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Abbotskerswell

NEW Saturday 13 January 2018 - Davis Lindley Mullan - Abbotskerswell Village Hall, Slade Lane, nr Newton Abbot TQ12 5YF (map)
Fans of Stackridge and The Korgis will be delighted that Andrew Cresswell Davis is back on the road with some of the best songs he has ever written. Supported by Mutter Slater & Clive Ashley. Tickets £10 from Mike Webb 01626 363640, mikewebb1420@btinternet.com. Real ale will be Pandit from New Lion brewery, Totnes. Cider will be Green Valley dry. Doors 7.30pm.

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 Friday 24 November 2017 - The Final Acoustic Haven: Velvet & Stone and Jakob Calladine - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
Velvet & Stone: Maverick Music Magazine UK, brilliant band weaving a rich tapestry of keyboards, bass, guitar and violin, led by excellent vocalist Lara Snowdon. Jakob Calladine & Band, exquisite songwriter and singer. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/420066.

NEW Friday 27 October 2017 - Acoustic Haven: Martha Tilston - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
Doors 6.30pm. Martha Tilston is a truly spell-binding performer and song-writer, a true gem of the South-West. Part of her Green Moon Tour with fiddle and guitar, with multi-instrumentalist Matt Kelly. www.marthatilston.co.uk. Support: Rob Forest: contemporary folk singer-songwriter based in Exeter whose songs are written with an ear to the earth and carry a driving message to inspire community, connection and care for the land. www.robforest.com. Also Murmeln with backing from 'Hands of the Heron', alt-folk collective from Bristol. Music starts 7pm. Tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/418758 or from The Zero Waste Shop in Totnes www.thezerowasteshop.co.uk. More info www.acoustichaven.co.uk.

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.

Acoustic Warehouse - Kingsteignton

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

NEW Monday 22 October 2018 - Rebecca Hosking - Acoustic Warehouse: Graham Butterfield - Ten Tors Inn, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3NP
Singer/songwriter from Nashville, returning for a 3rd visit to our club www.reverbnation.com/rebeccahosking. Entry only £2 with open mic from 7.15pm to 10.15pm. Rebecca is our featured artist. Further information from Nigel Dee 07989 180091.

Session News
Acoustic Warehouse - Ten Tors Inn, Kingsteignton
, Newton Abbot TQ12 3NP- Every Monday 7.15pm to 10.15pm. £2 entrance including raffle, raising money for Rowcroft Hospice. Featured artist events: 24 September - Rick Lawes; 8 October - Chris & Paul Woodhouse (Folk Inspired); 22 October - Rebecca Hoskins (from Nashville).

UPDATED Monday 22 October 2018 - Acoustic Warehouse: Rebecca Hosking (featured artist) -  - Newton Abbot RFC, Rackerhayes, Newton Road, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3SJ
Singer/songwriter from Nashville, returning for a 3rd visit to our club www.reverbnation.com/rebeccahosking. Entry only £2, with open mic from 7.15pm to 10.15pm. Rebecca is our featured artist. Further information from Nigel Dee 07989 180091. www.facebook.com/Acoustic.Warehouse.TQ123QH.

Session News
New venue for Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Performance Club:
Newton Abbot RFC, Rackerhayes, Newton Road, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3SJ

Every Monday 7.15pm to 10.15pm. £2 entrance including raffle, raising money for Rowcroft Hospice. Featured artist nights - 19 November - Eternal Circle (Martin & Janet Sidebotham), 3 December - Tom Hayes (of Alpha Tide, album launch), 17 December - Nigel Dee. Unplugged sessions on 5 November and 10 December. Closed 24 and 31 December. www.facebook.com/Acoustic.Warehouse.TQ123QH.

NEW Monday 27 August 2018 - Si Barron - Acoustic Warehouse: Graham Butterfield - Ten Tors Inn, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot
A very talented artist, playing a variety of styles of music and currently part of the trio – Nine Pound Catfish. www.reverbnation.com/grahambutterfield. Entry only £2 with Open Mic from 19.15pm till 22.15 Graham is our first of a programme of Featured Artists. Further information from Nigel Dee 07989 180091
 

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.

Ashburton

Session news
Ashburton: The Gathering (at Ashburton Arts Centre) – acoustic music session, usually 2nd & 4th Saturday mornings of the month. All welcome to play, sing, listen. Admission free (donations welcome). Contact details see www.ashburtonarts.org.uk/regular-events.

NEW Friday 22 March 2019 - Mae Karthauser Trio - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Mae is a British songwriter with a rich, acrobatic voice and a distinctive circusesque piano style. Raised in a musical family and one of seven children, she began learning piano, violin and singing as a child, before going on to study at Dartington College of Arts and California Institute of the Arts in LA. Her training began classically, but quickly spread to music spanning Eastern Europe, Bulgaria, Africa, North India and Java as well as in jazz, folk and more popular modern styles. Support: brilliant Bert Miller! Presented by The Whitehouse Sessions.
www.ashburtonarts.org.uk. More details www.wegottickets.com/event/455339.

NEW Saturday 9 March 2019 - Jim Causley - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
details tba/tbc An evening with Jim Causley.
www.jimcausley.co.uk. www.ashburtonarts.org.uk.

NEW Friday 19 October 2018 8pm - Gadarene - Ashburton Town Hall, North St, Ashburton TQ13 7QQ
Ultra modern ancient tunes; lively innovative folk band: Nick Wyke fiddle, Matt Norman mandolin, John Dyer flute, Laurel Swift double bass, Si Paull drums. More info, ticketing etc. www.gadarenemusic.com.

NEW Saturday 22 December 2018 7.30pm - The Lost Sound, Dartmoor Folk Choir  - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
'Stormy Weather' – Sandra Smith, Director of the Lost Sound writes: “Our finale concert of the year and our 10th anniversary! Let us kick start your festive holidays with some fantastic Winter songs from around the world and from around the ages! From Medieval to Blues, from Folk to Gospel – a programme packed with atmosphere, character and stunning original arrangements of old songs. Hear those chilly winter winds a blowing, celebrate the howling stormy weather and let us warm you up for a wonderful Yule! More details, ticketing etc. www.ashburtonarts.org.uk/whats-on.

NEW Saturday 15 December 2018 7.30pm - Glorious Chorus - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Join one of the South West's best loved acclaimed choirs for a concert full of festive favourites and original music.  Tickets from www.gloriouschorus.co.uk or Drift Records, Totnes tel. 01803 866828.

NEW Sunday 9 December 2018 7.30pm - Meridianum Ensemble - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
This large world music group features musicians from the UK (inc Griselda Sanderson, Louis Bingham, Steve Tyler and Katy Marchant) and Portugal. Fascinating sounds. See www.meridianum.eu for more about the band. More details, ticketing etc. www.ashburtonarts.org.uk/whats-on.

tbc NEW Saturday 24 November 2018 7.30pm - Simon Mayor & Hilary James - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
tbc details tba ‘A witty and captivating mix of folk, blues, swing and classical showstoppers, spiced with a unique brand of off-beat humour’ The Guardian. www.mayorandjames.com. More details, ticketing etc. www.ashburtonarts.org.uk/whats-on.

tbc NEW Sunday 25 November 2018 4pm - Simon Mayor & Hilary James - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
tbc details tba A special family oriented / children's concert. www.mayorandjames.com. More details, ticketing etc. www.ashburtonarts.org.uk/whats-on.

NEW Friday 16 November 2018 7.30pm - Reg Meuross + Harbottle & Jonas - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
The Whitehouse Sessions presents Reg Meuross, described as a "brilliant singer-songwriter and true troubadour with a social conscience" by Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2's Folk Show. With special guests Harbottle & Jonas, a stunning young folk duo based in Totnes. Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. Full details www.regmeuross.com.

NEW Saturday 20 October 2018 7.30pm - Moscow Drug Club - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Moscow Drug Club 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, Leornard Cohen, Tom Waits & Bertolt Brecht, Moscow Drug Club provide an intoxicating & intimate musical experience. More details, ticketing etc. www.ashburtonarts.org.uk/whats-on.

NEW Saturday 6 October 2018 7.30pm - Mevagissey Male Choir - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Over its 44 years, the Choir has travelled all over the world - to the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Gibraltar, Madeira, and Cyprus - and sung in UK venues as prestigious as the Royal Albert Hall and Westminster Abbey. It all began with a handful of local men who met one evening in October 1974 to create their own choir. Over the years, much as changed – but not the passion or the determination to strive for excellence. We pride ourselves, not only on the quality of our singing, but also on the breadth of our repertoire, which ranges from Bizet and Puccini to Leonard Cohen, Freddie Mercury, and favourites from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s – not forgetting, of course, traditional Cornish songs. More details, ticketing etc. www.ashburtonarts.org.uk/whats-on.

NEW Friday 24 August 2018 7.30pm - The Corn Potato String Band - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
All the way from the USA, the Corn Potato String Band has achieved high praise in traditional American music, keeping old time fiddle and banjo music from a one-way trip to the dustbins of history. Theirs is a story of struggle, hard knocks and triumph. Essentially unable to cope with modern life, the members of this band are outcasts of society who survive by playing the lost music of the flatlands where they were raised. Tickets, depending  on what you can afford, £13+ or £10+ at www.wegottickets.com/ashburtonarts, or £6 on the door. www.ashburtonarts.org.uk.

NEW Friday 21 September 2018 7.30pm - Geoff Lakeman - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
The Whitehouse Sessions are hosting a fantastic evening of songs and music starring Geoff Lakeman, a "stalwart of the West Country Folk scene and the father of a virtual folk dynasty". Geoff is the dad of Sean, Sam and Seth Lakeman, who are all internationally renowned folk musicians. Em is a Devon based singer-songwriter and guitarist performing her own material alongside arrangements of traditional songs. Plus special guest, local singer-songwriter Em Marshall, formerly of the Dark Lanterns. Tickets £10/£8 adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/443998 or call Katie Whitehouse 07832 200980; £12 door.

NEW Saturday 30 September 2017 - O'Hooley &Tidow - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
This BBC Folk Awards nominated duo are coming to Ashburton! There's bound to be laughs, anecdotes and some fabulous music! www.ohooleyandtidow.com. Tickets £12 from Ian Pickvance 01364 653500 or email ianpickvance[at]msn.com. Doors 7.30pm. Light refreshments available, including lots of CAKE! All profits to Macmillan Cancer Support.

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 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.

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.

Awliscombe

NEW Friday 14 December 2018 7.30pm - India Electric Company - Church of St Michael & All Angels, Church Hill, Awliscombe, Honiton (map)
Part of a unique series of candle-lit concerts from India Electric Company in historic churches. www.indiaelectricco.com. Refreshments will be available. Limited parking but plenty available in the village hall & pub car park a few yards up from the Church. Please note, there are no toilets at the venue, but the lovely pub The Honiton Inn is a few yards up the road. After show drinks at the pub strongly advised! Doors 7pm. Tickets £11+/£9+ from www.wegottickets.com/event/454280.

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.
Saturday 5 March 2016 - Awliscombe St. Michael's Church EX14 3AH

Bere Ferrers

NEW Saturday 13 October 2018 8pm - 'Shanty Special' Evening - BFS Club, Bristol Row, Bere Ferrers, Yelverton PL20 7JL
The Tavy Tars are holding this ‘Shanty Special’ evening at Bere Ferrers Social Club when they will present 4 cheques for £400 from funds they have raised to: Help for Heroes, St Luke’s Hospice, the RNLI, and TASS (Tavistock and Area Support Services). Free entry, donations welcome.

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).

Bigbury

NEW Sunday 18 November 2018 7.30pm - The Churchfitters ~ Folk Unlimited - Bigbury Memorial Hall, Bigbury TQ7 4HQ
The Churchfitters is a folk band like no other. A double bass made out of a motor bike petrol tank. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock rhythms and traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising jazz sax! Throw in some exquisite harmonies, a slew of startlingly original songs and a few jokes that create instant rapport and you’ve got a high energy show that always leaves audiences cheering. How do you adequately describe such a musically diverse, uplifting band? You leave it to Mike Harding, a self-confessed ‘huge, huge fan’. He calls their music ‘totally brilliant and beautiful’. Details, bookings etc. www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

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

NEW Saturday 17 November 2018 - Autumn Ceilidh with Spinach for Norman - Blackawton Village Hall, Vicarage Road, nr Totnes TQ9 7AY
Doors and bar 7.15pm. Music 8-11pm with a short interval. ‘Reel Ale’ bar throughout. Tickets £10 adult, £5 U16, from Blackawton Community Shop, The George Inn 01803 712 159 or villagehall@blackawtoncommunity.com; also available on the door if space permits, tickets are limited to 100 so door availability can’t be guaranteed.

NEW Saturday 17 February 2018 8pm - Winter Ceilidh with Heart of the Wood Ceilidh Band - Blackawton Village Hall, Vicarage Road, nr Totnes TQ9 7AY
Tiggy Saint’s new band. Tickets £10, U16 £5, includes a locally made pasty* in the interval and there’s a bar for liquid refreshment. Tickets from Blackawton Community Shop, The George Inn, bvhtreasurer@gmail.com or 01803 712159. * Gluten free or meat free alternatives if ordered in before 15 February from bvhtreasurer@gmail.com or 01803 712159.

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.

Bovey Tracey (South Devon Music)

Bovey Tracey - Diary dates for South Devon Music concerts Full details see www.southdevonmusic.co.uk.
Saturday 17 November 2018 8pm - Kitty Macfarlane
Saturday 1 December 2018 8pm - Sarah McQuaid
Saturday 2 February 2019 8pm - Bob Cheevers
Saturday 16 February 2019 8pm - Claude Bourbon
Thursday 14 March 2019 8pm - Nick Harper

NEW Thursday 14 March 2019 8pm - Nick Harper - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL
Just ask anybody who's seen him! Remarkable performer. As it happens, he's the son of the legendary Roy Harper. Full details www.southdevonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 16 February 2019 8pm - Claude Bourbon - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL
A true virtuoso guitarist. One reviewer said “What came next I find hard to describe, an almost endless amalgam of different influences, melting into each other as we moved from classical openings, across a whole continent of cultural roots, from the Balearics to the Balkans, and then across to the Mississippi Delta, and shoehorned into all that was music that would not have been amiss in the courts of emperors and kings… It’s not easy to begin to describe the breadth or mastery of the music you will hear if fortunate to catch one of Claude’s gigs. Full details www.southdevonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 2 February 2019 8pm - Bob Cheevers - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL
We say hello once again to the wonderful songwriter Bob Cheevers. Long recognized by peers as being blessed with the acute vision of a master painter coupled with the precision attention to detail of a great novelist, Cheevers has written over 3,000 songs in his five decade career. Along the way he has rightfully earned the mantle of master songwriter as well as the respect of his many songwriting pals, including Texas icon Ray Wiley Hubbard, who recently said, “Bob is one cool scarecrow gypsy poet who writes and sings the romantic beautiful truth. When he releases a record, I listen.”  Full details www.southdevonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 1 December 2018 8pm - Sarah McQuaid - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL
Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th). A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument. www.sarahmcquaid.com. Full details www.southdevonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 17 November 2018 8pm - Kitty Macfarlane - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL
Stunning voice, brilliant guitarist, great songwriter. Doesn't sing about how she's feeling (much)! Full details www.southdevonmusic.co.uk.

NEW 1 September 2018 - Nourish Festival - Bovey Tracey
Craft ~ food ~ music. Saturday lunchtime sees the extraordinary English bagpipe orchestra (and no, that's not a misprint!) Zephyrus playing in the Baptist Church before guitar and flute duo Craig Ogden and Judith Hall bring the festival's curtain down in the evening. www.nourishfestival.org.

NEW 8-10 June 2018 - Bovey Tracey Contemporary Craft Festival
Under the heading "Live music and festival food", musicians include La Vie En Rose gypsy jazz, Baron Brady folk duo, Cosgrave & Banks contemporary folk, Annika Skoogh & Matt Carter Jazz duo, Harbottle & Jonas, Dan Fraser, Louise Parker Jazz Duo, Becky Brine Duo, The Liberty Sisters, Kindred Spirit & Bovey Tracey School. www.craftsatboveytracey.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 28 April 2018 5.30pm - Mother's Ruin - Bell Inn, Town Hall Place, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9AA
Folk rock an’ roots band Mother’s Ruin take inspiration for their music from traditional and modern folk-rock, roots and originals. A novel treatment of a strong song are the foundations of their repertoire. Part of the Green Man Festival which culminates with an evening ceilidh at the Dolphin Hotel. See e.g. https://quoteevents.com/bovey-tracey/green-man-spring-festival-4.

NEW Saturday 14 April 2018 - Sarah Yeo - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL
Sarah says..”The [forthcoming] album will give me more chance to record a complete set of songs, with the main elements being country and folk, also to invite some more talented guest musicians on board. When I write a song, I generally have a feel for how I want the song to sound but when the producer takes hold of the songs, they could go anywhere! ..in an amazingly good way! That's what I love about the whole process ..It's as exciting for me as everybody else to see how I am going to sound..I can’t wait to take these songs around to perform to audiences, it's the best bit"! Full details www.southdevonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 1 April 2018 - Nick Harper - Edgemoor Hotel, Haytor Road, Newton Abbot TQ13 9LE
To call Nick a superlative singer/songwriter could put his highly lauded guitar talent in the shade, and to call him a guitarist's guitarist might slight his distinctive, soulful voice and passionate songs. Not forgetting the wild ride that is one of his live shows - from personal introspection to biting political satire via a charmingly caustic wit that would make Groucho Marx proud. He often segues from his own compositions to well-loved covers he makes his own. Full details www.southdevonmusic.co.uk.

Bow nr Crediton (Mick Richards)

NEW Friday 14 September 2018 8pm - Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar - Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton EX17 6HU (map)
Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar joined forces in 2011. Combining Russell’s powerful vocals and driving guitar style with Algar’s All-Ireland winning fiddle playing, the duo have become one of the most sought after acts on the British folk scene. In 2013 the pair won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award before going on to win the Horizon Award for best breakthrough act from the same source in 2014. In 2015, they were nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Best Duo category. Having toured extensively in the UK for five years, as well as in Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar have released 3 studio albums. “folk at its very best” Maverick. “invigorating…infectious joy” Songlines. “Brimming with passion” FRUK. www.russellalgar.co.uk.  Tickets £10. Tel 01363 82379 or via www.theheartofdevon.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 26 May 2018 8pm - Reg Meuross & Anna Tanvir - Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton EX17 6HU (map)
A captivating musical evening with multi-award winning Somerset singer-songwriter Reg Meuross, with very special guest the harpist Anna Tanvir. Anna will perform a solo opening set, and will join Reg for part of his headline set. The combination of these two musicians is magical. Reg is a true modern troubadour, from gigging in village halls and folk clubs to playing the Royal Albert Hall and intimate as well as huge festival stages in the UK and abroad, he consistently entrances his audiences with songs of life, love and injustice, soulfully delivered with melodic tenor vocals and exemplary guitar playing. He has that rare gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, on a really human level, with words and music painting pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung. Anna Tanvir is an exceptional singer and Celtic harp player of Indian/Irish origin. She has performed all over Europe, India and Madagascar combining a classical technique with a traditional sound. Her repertoire is a mix of traditional melodies and her own compositions reflecting her mixed cultural heritage and transcending the barriers of nation and language by recounting universally relevant stories of life and love. Tickets £12(+) from www.wegottickets.com/event/427168 or call 01363 82379.

NEW Saturday 10 June 2017 8pm - Martyn Joseph - Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton EX17 6HU (map)
A jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, with a powerful show stopping voice, nicknamed “The Welsh Springsteen”! Fully seated. Licensed bar. Ticketing etc. www.theheartofdevon.co.uk. Tel 01363 82379.

NEW Saturday 17 June 2017 2pm-late - Heart of Devon of Festival - Bow (on A3072 Okehampton – Crediton)
A free family festival in the true Heart of Devon. 2017 lineup includes: The Leylines, Lionstar, Delta 88, Eliza Acty, Locked Horns and the Samba Marcianas. Plenty of off-site parking £3all day. www.theheartofdevon.co.uk.

Bradninch

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

NEW Tuesday 20 November 2018 8pm - Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer - Bradninch Folk Club, Castle Hotel, Bradninch, nr Cullompton EX5 4NN
A duo with a strong reputation for delivering great performances. Vicki & Jonny effortlessly blend traditional material with contemporary interpretations whilst equally creating original self-penned tunes and songs that are entirely at home in the tradition be it ballad or dance. The resultant mix is a sound that is both familiar and fresh. The duo is well known for their instrumental skills, Jonny mainly plays guitars (and other stringed things) and accordion and Vicki the Swedish nyckelharpa. Between them they have an impressive range of other instruments including various types of bagpipes, flute, recorder, cow horn and some instruments too big to go gigging with. For more information call 01392 881105. www.facebook.com/groups/Bradninchfolk/?fref=ts.

NEW Saturday 20 October 2018 7.30pm - Roots Night: FOS Brothers, Spin 2 - Bradninch Guildhall, Fore Street, EX5 4NN
2 of the West Country's best Roots/Folk/crossover bands share the stage at the beautiful Guildhall in Bradninch. FOS Brothers: Growing up in Belfast in the 70’s the FOS brothers fuse an eclectic mix of their own original songs with traditional Irish sensibilities flavoured liberally with Floydian/Genesis/Horslipian spices. Their mix of drums, percussion loops and samples, soaring guitars and bass delight festival and venue audiences and that’s before they start singing! Bucolic folk has a psychedelic head-fit. Spin 2: Top Southwest contemporary folk band, comprising of Curved Air and the Huckleberries fiddle player: Paul Saxosnovitch and Ex- Lost T-Shirts Of Atlantis front man Chris Rudd. With a rock-solid rhythm section and all-original material, Spin 2 play a tight set of original songs and tunes, expertly delivered and with a sense of humour and fun. More info, ticketing etc. www.fosbrothers.com.

NEW Tuesday 16 October 2018 8pm - Kelly Oliver - Bradninch Folk Club, Castle Hotel, Bradninch, nr Cullompton EX5 4NN
Only Devon tour date to promote her third studio album, 'Botany Bay'. Kelly Oliver enjoyed her visit in May 2017 and asked if she could bring her new recording project to the club in 2018.  'Botany Bay' is a full, traditional English folk album, made up entirely of traditional folk songs collected in Kelly's home county of Hertfordshire. The songs have all been arranged by Kelly and her producer Stu Hanna, with Stu's vibrant and punchy production complimenting Kelly's contemporary and distinctive style. Guest musicians on the album include Phil Beer, Luke Jackson, Lukas Drinkwater and Jamie Francis, Toby Shaer and Evan Carson. Kelly will be playing a mix of the traditional folk songs from the album and her own original songs. Support: two singer songwriters established reputations of their own Peter Falloon and Tobias Ben Jacob; the third support will be Sam McCrory. For more information call 01392 881105. www.facebook.com/groups/Bradninchfolk/?fref=ts.

NEW Saturday 9 December 8pm - The Moulton Brothers - Ye Old White Lion, 26 High Street, Bradninch EX5 4QL
The Moulton Brothers, all born in Exeter, will be playing lots of foot tapping and sing along Irish and Scottish music at the white lion. Mac plays violin, mandolin and banjo, Neil plays violin, and Bruce keeps the beat with the bodhran, all brothers sing and sometime dress according to the song, lots of fun and brotherly banter to entertain you all evening.

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, accompanied U17 free. For more information call 01392 881105 or visit the Club on Facebook www.facebook.com/groups/Bradninchfolk/?fref=ts.

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.

Brixham

NEW Tuesday 26 February 2018 7pm - ‘Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways’ - Brixham Library, Market Street, Brixham TQ5 8EU
This double bill includes story, poetry and music to whisk you back to the days of WWII when a shortage of crews to keep the working boats going brought a new breed of boater to the canal. Young women, later nicknamed idle women took on the challenge and this is their story. Performed by the Alarum Theatre Company, this is a first for Brixham. Ticketing details tba.

NEW Friday 16 November 2018 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Brixham Library, Market Street, Brixham TQ5 8EU
The Friends on Brixham Library are delighted to welcome back Cosgrave & Banks for our annual concert. They first performed in 2016 and there has been an overwhelming demand for their return. They have been described as ‘one of Devon’s multi-instrumental treasures’ whose music takes you ‘on a sumptuous journey far and wide across the UK and Europe’. Their last concert was a magical evening and we are looking forward to the same superb quality of music delights. Doors 7pm. Members £10; non-members £12, available in advance from Brixham Library, tel: 01803 853870; ticket includes a free drink.

NEW Saturday 8 September 2018 - Fishstock Food & Music Festival - Brixham
The English Riviera’s renowned urban music and seafood festival. On the Folk, Roots & Acoustic stage 11am-9.45pm: Old Gaffers, Double A & The Bay, Devon Bird, Torbay Ukelele Band, Maggie Duffy & Bob Thomson, Don't Fret, Harbottle & Jonas, Rio, Riviera Ukelele Band, Leighe J Hall, Windslide; also Banned From The Moor. See  www.fishstock-brixham.com for timings.

NEW Saturday 3 March 2018 7.30pm - 'Twixt Land & Sea' - St Mary’s Church, Higher Brixham TQ5 0BU
A special project presented by The Friends of Brixham Library to celebrate the Cow Town St Mary’s Lottery project recording local information in and around the churchyard and the local area. Compèred by the Rev. Ian Blyde, the evening involves local duo Susie & Bill Trezise of ‘Harping’ Mad; ‘Flapjack Folk'; the local mixed choir ‘One Accord’ and the ‘Missin’ Tackle’ Shanty Crew. Tickets £4 adults (children free) available on the door on the night only. Tea, coffee and cakes available during the interval.

NEW Saturday 27 January 2018 7.30pm - Mark Harrison with Charlie Benfield - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
Mark Harrison has established a reputation for making a unique kind of all-original music, based on the style of the early blues and folk/blues artists, with a modern twist. His highly individual music, with its memorable tunes, striking lyrics and strong and compelling rhythms, is reflected in his recently released fifth album. Mark is a rhythmic, finger-picker and slide player, with a very distinctive style. His songs will move you, make you think and make you smile, tapping into the timeless quality of ‘old’ music to produce new music relevant to today. ‘one of the British Isles’ great blues singers and guitarists …. totally and absolutely original’ Mike Harding. Charles Benfield is a brilliant and much admired double bass player, with fine vocals and the lynchpin of the duo. www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk. Tel 01803 882717.

NEW Friday 17 November 2017 7.30pm - ‘Missin’ Tackle’ Shanty Crew & Friends - Brixham Library, Market Street, Brixham TQ5 8EU
Come and join the fabulous Brixham Shanty crew for an enjoyable concert in the library. The lads will be singing from their growing repertoire of songs and will be joined by guest performers Susie & Bill Trezise along with Steve Gill and his friend Charlie. Ticket includes free drink, £8 FOBL members, £10 non-members, available from Brixham Library tel: 01803 853870.

NEW Friday 7 July 2017 7.30pm - Brixham Folk Night with guest Rick Christian - Brixham Theatre Lounge, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
Rick was one of the contributors to the "Guinness Encyclopaedia of Popular Music", published in 1992, and the subsequent "Guinness Who's Who of Folk Music". From 1993 until 1996, Rick toured Denmark regularly, and in 1994, was a founder member, with singer/guitarist Peter Dunhill, of the harmony group The Open Road. Since November 2000 Rick has basically continued to work solo. His most recent recording was released to much acclaim in 2014. www.rickchristian.co.uk. Entry £3, performers £2.

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

NEW Friday 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.

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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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). Contact: email stuart1929@btinternet.com, tel. 01803 855256.

UPDATED Thursday 8 November 2018 8.30pm - The Boal Weevils - Brixham Blues BBT2, Old Coaching Inn, Fore Street, Brixham TQ5 8AG
The Boal Weevils celebrate the end of austerity with their hard-time Delta blues and inspirational gospel from the same era. Plus guests and floor spots. Contact: stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

NEW Thursday 13 September 2018 8.30pm - The Boal Weevils plus Devon Delta - Brixham Blues BBT2, Old Coaching Inn, Fore Street, Brixham TQ5 8AG
A double bill at Brixham Blues this month: The Boal Weevils – Stuart ‘Marshcat’ Cumberpatch playing slide and lap steel guitar and harmonica and Andy Boal on vocals and guitar – and, for one night only, Devon Delta will be reformed to provide some toe-tappin’ Delta blues, with Devon Delta’s harmonica player Robert Spence joining the Boal Weevils to conclude the evening. Contact: stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

Broadhempston

NEW Saturday 20 October 2018 7.30pm - The Leisure Society - St Peter & St Paul Church, Broadhempston, nr Totnes TQ9 6BN
The 6-piece folk influenced rock band enjoys a loyal following. This promises to be an exceptional and intimate performance as part of their UK tour. In receipt of two consecutive Ivor Novello nominations the band enjoys endorsements of everyone from Guy Garvey to Brain Eno. Now putting the finishing touches to their long awaited fifth album, expect to hear brand new Nick Hemming masterpieces. “Warm, colourful, literate songs that reach into the heart and head” (The Independent). Tickets £13 from Anna on 01803 812426 or email annabeadel[at]yahoo.co.uk.

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]

Buckfastleigh

NEW Thursday 15 November 2018 7.30pm - Buckfastleigh UNEARTHED - Town Hall, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0DD
What are the the stories & characters that make Buckfastleigh such a unique place? Playwright Lucy Bell, Actors Charlie Coldfield & Kirsty Cox, visual artist Peter Magerum and folk musician Jim Causley have joined forces to weave together stories of Buckfastleigh’s history into a fascinating evening of original song, enthralling drama, interactive art, reminiscent sound and archives footage and images. Doors 7pm.
www.villagesinaction.co.uk/projects/unearth.

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 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.

Buckland-in-the-Moor

NEW Friday 7 September 2018 7.30pm - Son Yambu - Village Hall, Buckland-in-the-Moor TQ13 7HP (map)
Son Yambu play authentic ‘Son Cubano’ or Cuban son – the essential Afro-Cuban music that originated in the streets of eastern Cuba at the turn of the last century. Son is a fusion of Spanish and African rhythms and is the root of all salsa music. Formed in 2011, Son Yambu feature a new generation of (mainly) Cuban musicians who are all passionate about maintaining the traditions of the genre, continuing the Buena Vista legacy that put Cuban music back on the map in 1997. The UK’s very own Buena Vista band… absolutely tremendous… if you don’t start to move to this there is no hope for you! Extraordinary music.’ Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3. Tickets from 01364 653525. More details http://villagesinaction.co.uk/events/son-yambu.

NEW Saturday 21 April 2018 7.30pm - Davis Lindley Mullan - Village Hall, Buckland-in-the-Moor TQ13 7HP (map)
Fans of Stackridge and The Korgis will be delighted that Andrew Cresswell Davis is back on the road with some of the best songs he has ever written. www.dlm3.co.uk/about-me/. £10 adult, £5 child. Tickets from 01364 653525 or email davidburke9 [at] icloud.com or on the door (best to book in advance as we are a small venue).

Budleigh Salterton

NEW Saturday 16 June 2018 7.30pm - Summer Ceilidh with Spinach for Norman - Public Hall, Station Road, Budleigh Salterton, nr Exmouth EX9 6RJ (map)
Caller Pam Hayes. Tickets £10 on door. Profits to Exeter Leukaemia Fund. BYO refreshments.

NEW Saturday 14 April 2018 9pm - Dumbo's Feather - Dog & Donkey, 24 Knowle Village, Budleigh Salterton EX9 6AL
Dumbo's Feather with their occasionally ethereal mix of reels, jigs, polkas, airs and songs. As always, the popular Irish/Scots/World music band shall be fronted by the lightning fast fiddling of Alice McShane, and augmented by the often inspirational, always reliable multi-instrumental pairing of Mike Cosgrave and Richie Evans.

NEW Sunday 15 April 2018 4-10pm - Emily Smith & Jamie McClennan, The Ellis Gang, Reg Meuross, Miranda Sykes - Salem Chapel, 4 Vicarage Rd, East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton EX9 7EF
4 acts, and complimentary Tapas and a drink ,with other food and drink available to buy. The "The Ellis Gang" are a father and son guitar duo from Cornwall; Miranda Sykes as part of her solo tour; singer. songwriter, story teller Reg Meuross; top of the bill Scottish folk singer Emilly Smith & Jamie McClennan (who have previously headlined at The Sidmouth Folk Festival, Cambridge Folk festival, and appeared on the Transatlantic sessions on BBC 2, possibly their only gig in the West Country as part of an English tour promoting a new album. Tickets £25 available from David Ash on 01395 445346/ or preferably email davidvash@btinternet.com. The Salem Chapel is limited to 120 persons and tickets have started to sell. The historic venue is a dissenters chapel built in 1791 and maintained by the Historic Chapels trust.

NEW Sunday 23 April 2017 2pm - Julian Piper Blues Band @ Budleigh Salterton Jazz Festival - 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

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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Calstock - Diary dates for Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map) - Full details etc. www.calstockarts.org.
Friday 5 October 2018 - Kris Drever and Boo Hewerdine
Saturday 13 October 2018 - Gallery Bar Special: Snob Hill
Saturday 3 November 2018 - Phillip Henry
Friday 7 December 2018 - O’Hooley & Tidow
Both sold out Friday & Saturday 21 & 22 September 2018 - Cara Dillon

NEW Thursday 7 March 2019 8pm - Leveret - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
A unique collaboration between three of England’s finest folk musicians, Andy Cutting (button accordion), Sam Sweeney (fiddle) and Rob Harbron (concertina) are each regarded as exceptional performers and masters of their instruments. Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity. Leveret’s music is not arranged in the conventional sense and the trio rely on mutual trust and musical interaction to create new settings of their repertoire in the moment, with no two performances alike. Their playing is relaxed and natural, drawing audiences in and inviting them to share in music making that is truly spontaneous and timeless. www.calstockarts.org.
Fiddler Sam Sweeney was the 2015 BBC Folk Awards Musician of the Year, directs the National Youth Folk Ensemble and is known for his work in Bellowhead, Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band, The Full English and his own Made In The Great War project. Melodeon genius Andy Cutting, a four-time BBC Folk Awards Best Musician, is a compelling solo performer and currently works with Blowzabella, Topette, June Tabor and Roger Daltry. Concertina wizard Rob Harbron leads the English Acoustic Collective summer school and is known for his work with The Full English (Best Group and Best Album BBC Folk Awards 2014) and Jon Boden.
Leveret’s music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new. Their most recent album Inventions features entirely original material that brings Leveret’s trademark groove, energy and intuitive playing to bear on a set of new tunes composed by the trio, three of today’s finest tunesmiths in the folk field.

NEW Friday 1 February 2019 8pm - Phil Beer - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
String Theory Tour. Charming, disarming and exceptionally talented, multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer is something of a national treasure on the folk, roots and acoustic scene. One-half of award-winning powerhouse Show of Hands, Phil is equally in demand for his solo shows. In early 2019 Phil sets out to share some of his most loved songs at carefully selected venues across the UK – we’re delighted to be one of them. With the odd laugh thrown in for good measure, Beer’s flawless musicianship and rich vocals will leave you wanting more. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Friday 25 January 2019 8pm - Burns Night Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Blue Jewel is one of the most sought after ceilidh bands in the south west, playing mostly Irish tunes (on fiddles and bouzouki) for English country dances, with a sprinkling of great dances from elsewhere in Europe. Caller Kip is relaxed and clear, making it all easy and fun. From novice dancers to the more experienced, children to the silver-haired, you’re guaranteed to have a great time! “The Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band is absolutely fantastic! They stand out not only because of the quality of the musicians but also because the caller gives the ceilidh such a fun atmosphere. I couldn’t recommend them more highly.” Lindsay Braga. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Friday 7 December 2018 8pm - O’Hooley & Tidow - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
One of British Folk’s mightiest combinations, O’Hooley & Tidow return for an evening of beautifully performed, original, contemporary and traditional Winter songs from their latest album ‘WinterFolk Vol 1’, produced with BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Ben Walker. Four times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (their time will come!) and described by The Guardian as ‘exceptional songwriters’, Belinda and Heidi’s powerful, deeply moving and soulful performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that went down a storm at their last appearance with us. ‘They sing together in the way families do…like The Coppers or The Watersons’. Tom Robinson, 6 Music. www.ohooleyandtidow.com. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 13 October 2018 8pm - Gallery Bar Special: Snob Hill - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Since forming five years ago, four part a capella folk group Snob Hill has become a regular fixture on Cornwall’s folk club and festival circuit. Using a range of close harmonies, the group’s repertoire extends from medieval to modern, delivered in style by family members Chris, Claire and Alex Richards, together with singer-songwriter Jim Flanders. Free entry, informal atmosphere, donations to the performers please.
Full details www.calstockarts.org.
There’s a special bonus at our events over the weekend of Friday 12 and Saturday 13 October. Our Gallery Bar will host a beer tasting by Devon based Bere Brewery before Histories of the Unexpected and Snob Hill.

Calstock Hall

NEW Sunday 26 August 2018 7.30pm - The Corn Potato String Band - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
See descriptions above. https://cornpotato.com. Doors 7.30pm. Full details www.calstockhall.org.

NEW Saturday 23 June 2018 - Katey Brooks - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Singer-songwriter Katey Brooksʼ unique sound epitomizes the culturally diverse environment in which she grew up. Born and raised between Bristol, London and Arizona to musical parents, the Indie Award nominee is best described as Joni Mitchell meets a female Hozier, with all the haunting intensity and every bit of the soul. Full details www.calstockhall.org.

NEW Friday 11 May 2018 8pm - Birds of Chicago - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Alli Russell (Po’Girl) and JT Nero (JT & the Clouds) returning after 5 years to the Tamar Valley as a four piece band. Birds of Chicago began in 2012 when Nero started writing for his vocal star-muse, Russell. Both were accomplished singer/songwriters with projects of their own, Nero with JT and the Clouds and Russell with the acclaimed Canadian roots outfit Po’ Girl, but together there was an unmistakable chemistry. Stark, elemental imagery that feels like scripture, or a lost folk song recovered; the Birds draw heavily on the gospel tradition and the music feels like a new, secular gospel of sorts. www.birdsofchicago.com.
 Adv tickets £12 (door £13) at www.calstockhall.org.

NEW Saturday 7 April 2018 8pm - Kit Hillbillies - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Gareth Hedges, Ann Sutcliffe, John Mortimer, Mark Smith & Snob Hill. Tickets £5.
www.calstockhall.org.

NEW Saturday 16 September 2017 8pm - Martin Simpson - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Trails and Tribulations Tour. Adv tickets £15 (door £16) at www.calstockhall.org, or 01726 879500 or Limekiln Gallery.

Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard, Cornwall

NEW Saturday 15 December 2018 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 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. www.carnglaze.com.

NEW Wednesday 18 July 2018 8pm - Sika - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
On tour from New Zealand. In conjunction with Suara Sound Academy. Following his successful concert here in 2016 , 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. Although this is a seated concert, you will have room to move around, toe tapping or moving to the primal sounds, feeling the beat within your heart and Soul. The dynamic performance of music will move you to the core and get you dancing on your feet. www.carnglaze.com.

NEW Saturday 14 April 2018 8pm - Show of Hands - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Duo Tour "Where We’re Bound". Steve Knightley and Phil Beer: two extraordinary craftsmen with one unique sound. Dovetailing old songs with new, this is an unmissable celebration of the duo’s enduring impact on roots, acoustic and folk music. Show of Hands weave story and melody to create a spellbinding display of consummate musicianship. Multi-award-winning, and with five sell-out Royal Albert Hall shows under their belts, the original duo format makes a rare return to more intimate settings. Steve and Phil’s special guest is compelling musician and fellow Devonian Geoff Lakeman, chieftain of the brilliant Lakeman tribe. www.carnglaze.com.

Chagford

NEW Saturday 8 December 2018 - Meridianum Ensemble - Church of St. Michaels the Archangel, Chagford TQ13 8BN
This large world music group features musicians from the UK (inc Griselda Sanderson, Louis Bingham, Steve Tyler and Katy Marchant) and Portugal. Fascinating sounds. See www.meridianum.eu for more about the band.

NEW Wednesday 26 September 2018 7.30pm - Lvov Affair - Chagford Inn, 7 Mill Street, Chagford TQ13 8AW
"Every few weeks in the autumn Wednesday night in the Chagford Inn becomes a whole lot more fun thanks to Lvov Affair playing their wonderfully evocative folk and gypsy music". https://bunelik.wixsite.com/lvov./ www.thechagfordinn.com.

NEW Wednesday 4 April 2018 7.30pm - Show of Hands - Jubilee Hall, Chagford TQ13 8DP (map)
"Where We’re Bound" duo tour. www.showofhands.co.uk. Steve Knightley and Phil Beer: two extraordinary craftsmen with one unique sound. Dovetailing old songs with new, this is a celebration of the duo’s enduring impact on roots, acoustic and folk music. Show of Hands weave story and melody to create a spellbinding display of consummate musicianship. Multi-award-winning, and with five sell-out Royal Albert Hall shows under their belts, the original duo format makes a rare return to more intimate settings. Steve and Phil’s special guest is compelling musician and fellow Devonian Geoff Lakeman, chieftain of the brilliant Lakeman tribe.

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 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.

Cheriton Fitzpaine

NEW Saturday 8 December 2018 - Jim Causley: A Causley Christmas! - St Matthew’s Church, Cheriton Fitzpaine, Crediton
Join Jim in celebrating the Christmas season as he entertains you with lesser known West Country carols, medieval and secular carols from around the British Isles, his own settings of moving Christmas poems by his relative, the late Cornish poet Charles Causley as well a gurt dollop of festive fun with songs of over-indulgence and even a spot of panto too! If you are feeling a little dismayed with the over-commercialisation of “Christmas present” then join Jim for a journey through Christmas past that will be guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit! www.jimcausley.co.uk. Tel. 01363 866082.

NEW Saturday 27 October 2018 7.30pm - 3 Daft Monkey - Parish Hall, Bary Lane, Cheriton Fitzpaine, Crediton EX17 4BB
With Celtic and eastern influences, the 3 Daft Monkeys’ dynamic style of world folk music reflects the global village in which we now live. Their infectious dancing rhythms lead you through a musical journey of the senses and emotions, and will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/449812.

NEW Saturday 2 June 2018 7.30pm - Clive Carroll - St Matthew’s Church, Cheriton Fitzpaine, Crediton
'A Thousand Years of Music' is a show that demonstrates the versatility of the guitar to its fullest extent. For the last decade, audiences all over the world have been kept in a constant state of awe and amazement at his virtuosity and skill. With his breath-taking 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.clivecarroll.co.uk. Licensed bar. Tickets from 01363 866082.

NEW Saturday 28 April 2018 7pm - Shanty Evening with The Exmouth Shanty Men - Parish Hall, Bary Lane, Cheriton Fitzpaine, Crediton EX17 4BB
£10 adv (from Gordon Leigh 01884 855368 or Sheila Jefferies 01884 855634), £12 door. Bar. Fund raising event for the re-hanging of Cadbury's church bells.

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.

Christow

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

Chudleigh

NEW Saturday 1 December 2018 10.30am-3.30pm - Music for Morris Dancing – Community Hall Primary School, Lawn Drive, Chudleigh TQ13 0LS
Cotswold - North West - Border - Molly - Rapper - Longsword. Led by Steve Gill and Mary Marker. A Devon Folk event. Music available/by ear. £10. Details, application form see www.devonfolk.org.uk/Pages/Activities.html.

NEW Saturday 4 November 2017 8pm - 3 Daft Monkeys – Chudleigh Community School Hall, Lawn Drive, Chudleigh TQ13 0LS
Bringing vibrant and sparkling new songs from their latest album, festival favourites 3DM perform a brand new set of the quirky, original and upbeat fiddle driven tunes. Now with a 4 piece line-up, the band are taking their famously dynamic live show to new danceable dizzy heights. With Celtic and eastern influences, their style of world folk music reflects the global village in which we now live. Their infectious dancing rhythms lead you through a musical journey of the senses and emotions and leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. www.3daftmonkeys.co.uk. Tickets from 01626 852553, £11 adult, £7 child. Seated, but with room to get up and dance.

NEW Tuesday 4 July 2017 8pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Chudfest, Chudleigh
with support from Maggie Duffy & Tiggy Kazza. Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have formed an exciting folk duo, performing a highly entertaining smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain, Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe) and beyond with superb musicianship. "Steve and Mike are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior.
www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Maggie and Tiggy have supported Ange Hardy and opening this year for Geoff Lakeman, Bob Fox and Phil Beer and Sarah McQuaid. “Maggie's voice has a rare and haunting quality which is just amazing” Judi Spiers. www.maggieduffy.co.uk. Concert in marquee on playpark behind St Martin & St Mary Church, Fore St., Chudleigh, TQ13 0HZ. Licensed bar. Tickets £10. Full info and booking www.chudfest.co.uk/folk-night.

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

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 Friday 7 December 2018 8.30pm - House Concert: Meridianum Ensemble - Hatch Court, Churchstow
This large world music group features musicians from the UK (inc Griselda Sanderson, Louis Bingham, Steve Tyler and Katy Marchant) and Portugal. Fascinating sounds. See www.meridianum.eu for more about the band. Donations on arrival. Contact Mark on 07730 921192 or by email wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations. No bar so BYO.

NEW Saturday 17 November 2018 8.30pm - House Concert: Daria Kulesh & Marina Osman - Hatch Court, Churchstow
Russian folk duo. Donations on arrival. Contact Mark on 07730 921192 or by email wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations. No bar so BYO.

NEW Saturday 10 November 2018 8.30pm - House Concert: Harbottle & Jonas - Hatch Court, Churchstow
Donations on arrival. Contact Mark on 07730 921192 or by email wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations. No bar so BYO.

NEW Saturday 27 October 2018 8.30pm - House Concert: Jamie Yost + Matthew Gordon Price - Hatch Court, Churchstow
Jamie Yost is an alternative folk, singer-songwriter, based in the southwest. His sound has been compared to artists such as Noah Gundersen, Matt Corby and Daughter. The last few years have proved to be a successful period for the singer-songwriter finding himself supporting Brit Award Nominee Beth Rowley, the legendary Martha Reeves and the incredible Country Folk Duo Ward Thomas. Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU2PV8Ahicg. Matthew Gordon Price is an alternative folk musician who provides an emotional narrative of which many can relate. His sound has been compared to artists such as Damien Rice, Marcus Mumford and Glenn Hansard. www.matthewgordonprice.com. Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=r17n1S2NWTE. Donations on arrival. Contact Mark on 07730 921192 or by email wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations. No bar so BYO.

NEW Saturday 20 October 2018 8.30pm - House Concert: Elise Yuill Cohen - Hatch Court, Churchstow
Support: Matthew Birch. Donations on arrival. Contact Mark on 07730 921192 or by email wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations. No bar so BYO.

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.

Colyford

NEW Sunday 9 September 2018 7.30pm - Bob Fox - Colyford Memorial Hall, Swan Hill Road, nr Seaton, East Devon EX24 6QJ.
While on tour with War Horse Bob Fox is coming to play a gig in Colyford. An evening of songs from his home in the north east of England and from further afield, his great voice and amazing guitar playing are well worth seeing. Tickets £10 adult (£5 U16) available from Colyford Post Office or 01297 553710.

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.

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

NEW Friday 14 December 2018 7.30pm - Contra (American Barn) Dance - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB
Caller: Jeremy Child. Band: tba, possibly recorded music.
A monthly series of Contra Dances. 7.30-10pm. 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 12 October 2018 7.30pm - Contra (American Barn) Dance - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB
Caller: Jeremy Child. Band: Chris Jewell. A monthly series of Contra Dances. 7.30-10pm. 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 14 September 2018 7.30pm - Contra (American Barn) Dance - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB
Caller: Jeremy Child. Band:
Stick the Fiddle. A monthly series of Contra Dances. 7.30-10pm. 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 8 June 2018 7.30pm - Contra (American Barn) Dance - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB
Caller: Jeremy Child. Music: tba, possibly recorded. A monthly series of Contra Dances. 7.30-10.00pm. 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 11 May 2018 7.30pm - Contra (American Barn) Dance - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB
Caller: Jeremy Child. Music: Jigs for Gigs. A monthly series of Contra Dances.
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 Saturday 10 February 2018 7.30pm - Contra (American Barn) Dance - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB
Caller: Jeremy Child. Music: Chris Jewell. A monthly series of Contra Dances. 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 9 June 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 and/or live 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.

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  www.exeterfolkclub.org

2018
Friday 28th September – Open Club Ni ght
Friday 12 th October – Barron Brady VPC
£10 pay in adv; £12 adv notice - pay on the door
Friday 26th October – Open Club Night
TBC - November – Clive Gregson VPC
£12 pay in adv; £14 adv notice - pay on the door)
Friday 30th November - Open Club Night
Friday 14th or 21st December – Christmas Party
Open Cl ub Ni ght

NEW Friday 9 November 2018 8pm - Clive Gregson - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
The only concert Clive is doing in the South-West on his current tour, so a great opportunity to see this exceptional songwriter, singer and guitarist in a relaxed and informal venue. Clive first came to prominence with his cult band, Any Trouble, in the early 80's. From 1985 for several years he and Christine Collister were the foremost acoustic duo in the country. He has toured solo over the world and become a very successful performer. He has also worked with Richard Thompson, Nanci Griffith, Eddie Reader, Boo Hewerdine and has been a member of Plainsong. His songs have been covered by the likes of Fairport Convention, Nanci Griffith, Kim Carnes and Norma Waterson, among others. 13 solo albums to his credit, plus many more with Christine Collister and Any Trouble. www.clivegregson.com/index.html. Early booking advised. Support: TBC. Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) paid in adv £12; adv notice, paid on door £14. Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983. www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub.

NEW Friday 12 October 2018 8pm - BarronBrady - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
An opportunity to see what has become a rare appearance together, BarronBrady, are an exciting duo comprising of popular performer Si Barron and partner Ros Brady. They are both lively and enthusiastic and gentle and sympathetic towards their interesting mix of traditional song arrangements and own compositions. The duo have released three acclaimed albums. With brilliant vocals, striking harmonies and excellent instrumentation on guitar, whistles, harmonium and shruti box, not to mention an easy-going engagement with their audiences, they are always guaranteed to provide an impressive performance. http://barronbrady.com/index.html. Support: Julia Howe. 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.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub.

Crediton

NEW Sunday 25 November 2018 7.30pm - Crediton UNEARTHED - Crediton Arts Centre, East St, Crediton EX17 3AX
What are the the stories & characters that make Crediton such a unique place? Playwright Lucy Bell, Actors Charlie Coldfield & Kirsty Cox, visual artist Peter Magerum and folk musician Jim Causley have joined forces to weave together stories of Crediton’s history into a fascinating evening of original song, enthralling drama, interactive art, reminiscent sound and archives footage and images.  Doors 7pm. www.villagesinaction.co.uk/projects/unearth.

NEW Friday 13 & Saturday 14 July 2018 6.30pm - Phil Beer in Concert by Candlelight - St Petrock’s Church, Clannaborough, nr Crediton EX17 6DA
A rare opportunity to experience a performance by the multi talented musician Phil Beer at this very special venue by candlelight. An audience with Phil Beer has been described as a glimpse into his world where folk, blues, hymns, the sea, the West Country and a life spent in music combine to make a true show. A Phil Beer gig is one spent in the company of a true craftsman, a master musician and consummate performer. Set within the grounds of Clannaborough Barton Farm and on the Two Moors walk, St Petrock’s is one of only a few remaining Churches not to have electricity. This beautiful building will only accommodate an intimate audience (max 60). All profits will go towards The Church Wall fund. Sadly, due to restrictions on site, there is no wheel chair access. Please telephone 01363 82379 for more details. Tickets £15+ from www.wegottickets.com/event/431842 (for 13 July), www.wegottickets.com/event/431843 (for 14 July), or email richardsmik1@gmail.com.

NEW Saturday 28 October 2017 7.30pm - ‘Tangled Up in Dylan’ - Crediton Arts Centre, East St, Crediton EX17 3AX
Steve Page, from the band Open Secrets, delivers a virtuoso one man performance of songs spanning the career from possibly the world’s most influential songwriter, Bob Dylan. www.creditonartscentre.org.

NEW Saturday 29 July 2017 8pm - The Thatchers - Buccaneers Bar, East Street, Crediton EX17 3AZ
Dirty blues and folk with an attitude! Highly influenced by the Southern americana folk scene The Thatchers blend a heavier side of the genre with their signatured, well balanced three part  harmonies and have been quoted by many as 'festival favourites' duo to their on-stage charisma. www.teamthatchers.com.

NEW Saturday 6 May 2017 7.30pm - Music & Storytelling: Crediton’s Celtic Connections - Crediton Arts Centre, East St, Crediton EX17 3AX
An evening of two halves. Local storytellers start with tales from the Celtic world, then hand over to Xogara, a folk quartet from Oxford, who bring everything you might expect of an Anglo-Cymraeg- Galego fourpiece. These acoustic multiinstrumentalists play with verve and gusto to complement the subtlety of their arrangements of traditional and contemporary music from all over the British Isles and beyond. Everything from the gaita to the bouzouki, including flute and sax from Crediton girl Jo Hamilton. www.creditonartscentre.org.  Tickets £7/£5.

NEW Saturday 10 June 2017 7.30pm - The Travelling Talesman - London Inn, Morchard Bishop, Crediton EX17 6NW
Performance storyteller presents 'Oi Sunshine!': Details www.thetravellingtalesman.co.uk. £6.50 adv, £20 table of four. 16 plus. Speak to Jo or Cliff, call 07766 342147, email talesman@thecatspaw.co.uk.

d'Accord

Saturday 14 April -2018 Dave Shepherd and Anna Pack
Saturday 19 May 2018 (date change) - Poisson Rouge
Saturday 23 June 2018 - Eelgrinders

NEW Saturday 23 June 2018 -  d'Accord Exeter - St Matthews Church Hall, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
Guests The Eelgrinders http://www.eelgrinders.co.uk. Dance workshop 7.30pm prompt. Admission £9 includes tea & biscuits. BYO drinks. Free parking opposite. Info Mike 01392 811593, email daccordexeter9@gmail.com. https://frenchdancedevon.wordpress.com.

NEW Sunday 10 June 2018 11am - d'Accord Boat Trip - Exmouth
Music & dancing afloat. BYO picnic. Tickets £12 available at d'Accord club nights. Email daccordexeter9@gmail.com for details and bookings Call: 01392 811593.

NEW Saturday 19 May 2018 -  d'Accord Exeter - St Matthews Church Hall, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
Doors 7.15pm. Guests Poisson Rouge http://www.poissonrougeband.com. Dance workshop 7.30pm prompt. Admission £9 includes tea & biscuits. BYO drinks. Free parking opposite. Info Pat / Mike 01392 811593, email daccordexeter9@gmail.com. https://frenchdancedevon.wordpress.com.
Sunday 10 June 2018 11am -
d'Accord Boat Trip - Exmouth
Music & dancing afloat. BYO picnic. Tickets £12 available at d'Accord club nights.

NEW Saturday 14 April 2018 -  d'Accord Exeter - St Matthews Church Hall, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
Doors 7.15pm. Guests Dave Shepherd and Anna Pack http://shepherd-pack.com. Dance workshop 7.30pm prompt. Admission £9 includes tea & biscuits. BYO drinks. Free parking opposite. Info Pat / Mike 01392 811593, email daccordexeter9@gmail.com. https://frenchdancedevon.wordpress.com.
Sunday 10 June 2018 11am -
d'Accord Boat Trip - Exmouth
Music & dancing afloat. BYO picnic. Tickets £12 available at d'Accord club nights.

NEW Saturday 24 March 2018 -  d'Accord Exeter - St Matthews Church Hall, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
Doors 7.15pm. Steve Tyler (Hurdy gurdy & cittern) & Katy Marchant (bagpipes & whistles). Supported by Roger & Makiko. Dance workshop 7.30pm prompt. Admission £9 includes tea & biscuits. BYO drinks. Free parking opposite. Info Mike 01392 811593, email daccordexeter9@gmail.com. https://frenchdancedevon.wordpress.com.

NEW Saturday 11 November 2017 - d'Accord Day Of Dance with Kantref - Newton St Cyres Village Hall
From 2pm with bring food to share for 6pm. Evening dance at 7.30pm. Support band Poisson Rouge. £18 door (all inclusive), £16 early bird (all inclusive) from September, £12 evening Bal only (from 7.30pm), £8 workshop only.

Dartington

NEW Tuesday 24 July 2018 7.30pm - ‘Love Said To Me’ Rumi Concert - Studio 30, Park Rd, Dartington Estate, Totnes TQ9 6EF
With storyteller and spoken word artist Ellaya Ariella Ayal Mor from Israel and devotional artist Elise Yuill Cohen from the UK. ‘Love Said To Me’ weaves the powerful poignant words of Sufi poets Rumi and Hafiz into songs, sounds and silence creating an unforgettable evening that will leave a deep imprint on your heart.
Ticketing details etc: www.eliseyuillcohen.com/calendar.

NEW Friday 6 October 2017 - Edgelarks Launch Tour - Dartington Hall, Totnes TQ9 6DE (map)
New album - and new band name - for Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin. With special guest The Little Unsaid. details tba

28 July - 25 August 2018 - Dartington International Summer School & Festival
For details of the Folk Courses taking place during Week 2 (4-11 August): Folk Surgery (Sally Davies & Paul Hutchinson); Folk Choir (Sally Davies); Accordion Workshop (Paul Hutchinson); Folk Baroque (Andy Watts [Carnival Band]; As I Walked Out One Morning (David Harbottle & Freya Jonas), see www.dartington.org/whats-on/summer-school/week2courses.
The following Public Concerts and Ceilidh will all take place in Dartington's Great Hall:
Friday 3 August 10pm - Tavern Night: Medieval Partying
The City Musick, singers and students. Celebrate the end of the week in rousing style, with medieval songs and dances, washed down with mead, ale or wine! FREE tickets from the box office in advance.
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=307799.
Sunday 5 August 5.15pm - Poetry & Folk
Katrina Porteous spoken poetry with Alexis Bennett folk fiddle.
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=305198.
Sunday 5 August 7.45pm - Harbottle & Jonas
Freya Jonas voice and melodeon, David Harbottle voice and guitar.
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=304999
Thursday 9 August 5.15pm - As I Walked Out One Morning
Tickets are FREE but please book. David Harbottle and Freya Jonas directors, Sally Davies conductor, Paul Hutchinson accordion, Alexis Bennett fiddle, Dartington Folk Choir and Instrumentalists. Some of the most exciting musicians working in folk music and folk poetry present this concert of specially created work for singers and instrumentalists.
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=306801
Thursday 9 August 10pm - Pagoda Project
Created by Paul Hutchinson (piano accordion) and Karen Wimhurst (clarinets) to evolve their fusion sound, Pagoda Project brings together a unique blend of traditional folk music with jazz improvisation to create a warm and dynamic sound.
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=306803
Friday 10 August 10.30pm - Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band
The final night party celebrating this week's folk themes, with caller Alexis Bennett and the Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band. Bring your dancing shoes!
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=306804
Plus: Late sessions in the White Hart bar on 7 and 9 August.

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.

NEW tbc Saturday 16 September 2017 - LOSt COYOTES - Dartington Village Hall, Cott Road, Dartington TQ9 6HY (map)
Mostly a Devon-based 4-piece band (some Jiggerypipery members) who play a bewitching mix of Americana, Cajun, Latin-American, and Celtic songs and tunes, finding a natural chemistry between these musical genres in a melodious blend of their instruments and voices. From up-beat Cajun rhythms and Celtic jigs and reels, to more soulful songs and airs, and with themes of land, migration and borders running through much of their repertoire. www.lostcoyotes.co.uk/home-page.

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

Coming up at The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Details in the Diary on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk and full details at www.theflavel.org.uk.
Saturday 3 February 2018 - Martin Simpson
Friday 23 March 2018 - The Furrow Collective (Folk at the Flavel)
Friday 20 April 2018 - Charlie Dore & Julian Littman
Saturday 9 June 2018 - Keith James: The songs of Leonard Cohen
Friday 22 June 2018 - Megson (Folk at the Flavel)
Saturday 15 September 2018 - Leveret (Folk at the Flavel)

NEW Thursday 2 May 2019 7.30pm - Flook - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Folk at the Flavel welcomes Flook, recently reformed after a hiatus of 10 years. After forming in 1997, Flook had a remarkably successful performing and recording career. The sheer enjoyment of playing together shined through their albums but was also a key factor in their very successful live shows. Three studio albums were all critically applauded and they won the accolade of Best Group at the BBC Folk Awards in 2006 having previously been nominated for Best Album. Owing to overwhelming popular demand they are back together to play a limited tour of Europe so catch these rare shows while you can. Flook are flutists Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen, guitarist Ed Boyd and bodhran maestro, John Joe Kelly. £19, U18 £5. Book at www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

NEW Thursday 22 November 2018 7.30pm - The Newgrass Cutters - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Pete Brown, son of Rock'n'Roll veteran Joe, has formed a new and wonderfully talented Bluegrass band, featuring the superb musicians who tour with Joe Brown. These are the incredible Nashville recording artist and banjo/mandolin virtuoso Richard Collins, Mike Nichols on bass, legendary drummer and singer Phil Capaldi, plus Pete Brown on guitar, lap steel and mandolin. Collectively they’ve worked with some of the biggest names in the business including George Harrison, Deep Purple, Dave Gilmour and Steve Winwood. They wow the audiences with their stunning new arrangements of rock and pop classics, brilliant interpretations, and acclaimed vocal and instrumental performances they call ‘NewGrass’. £14. Book at www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

NEW Sunday 11 November 2018 7.30pm - John Smith - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Folk at the Flavel's final concert of 2018.
John Smith may have what is often said to be the most common name in the UK but he is a far from common musician and performer, having gained a reputation through relentless touring as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and singer-songwriters. Once described by the legendary John Renbourn as the “future of folk music” his reputation now extends far beyond the UK folk scene, as reflected by sideman credits which include Joan Baez, David Gray and Lisa Hannigan. He has supported among others John Martyn and Gil Scott Heron. John has evolved his own blend of fingerstyle and slide techniques. His most recent, fifth album was produced by Sam Lakeman. He has been described in a Time Out review as “Spellbinding” and as the “Guitarists Guitarist” in The Sunday Times. Support: Maz O'Connor, described by the Guardian as "one of folk's brightest young talents", is known for her stunning voice and captivating stage presence. £15, U18 £5. Book at www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

NEW Sunday 8 April 2018 2.30pm - The Meridianum Ensemble - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
This family friendly event is a great opportunity for all to get up close to some fascinating instruments from around the world and hear them played by some of Europe & North Africa's top players. Music will range from Mediaeval dances to swirling Arabic rhythms and Nordic-influenced melodies. During the interval you'll get the chance to have a closer look at the instruments such as the Middle Eastern percussion of Ricardo de Noronha, the Persian Santur of Nuno Silva, the Swedish nyckelharpa of Griselda Sanderson, Soufian's Arabic lute, the cittern and Bulgarian Tambura of Louis Bingham, the European hurdy-gurdy of Steve Tyler and Katy Marchant's bagpipes and recorder.Video https://youtu.be/GzWavUnlDYI. www.facebook.com/meridianumensemble. www.theflavel.org.uk.

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 Monday 31 December 2018 8pm-12.15am - New Year's Eve Ceilidh with Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - Strand Centre, 32 The Strand, Dawlish EX7 9PT
Caller Anne Gill. Tickets £12.50, advance only, from Alan 01626 863016 or Anne 01803 290427. No bar, BYO drinks and food to share. In aid of Teignmouth Folk Festival.

NEW Saturday 12 August 2017 8pm - Ceilidh with Mrs Midnight’s Ceilidh Band - Strand Centre, 32 The Strand, Dawlish EX7 9PT
Dawlish celebrates Carnival with a ceilidh, caller Mike Boston. Tickets £8 available on door, No bar, BYO.

NEW Friday 28 July 2017 7.45pm - Buncrana - Strand Centre, 32 The Strand, Dawlish EX7 9PT
An evening of relaxed acoustic Irish Folk music. All proceeds to the Strand Community Trust. Tickets only £3, in advance from the centre or email bookingsstrandcentre@gmail.com.

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.

Drewsteignton

NEW Saturday 17 March 2018 8.30pm - LOSt COYOTES - Drewe Arms, The Square, Drewsteignton EX6 6QN
St Patrick’s Night! Mostly a Devon-based 4-piece band (some Jiggerypipery members) who play a bewitching mix of Americana, Cajun, Latin-American, and Celtic songs and tunes, finding a natural chemistry between these musical genres in a melodious blend of their instruments and voices. From up-beat Cajun rhythms and Celtic jigs and reels, to more soulful songs and airs, and with themes of land, migration and borders running through much of their repertoire. £6 door. Info: 07557 002622.

Also, and this is thanks to you, we are playing Sunday 7th April at the Church House Inn, Harberton, from 7.30pm - 9.30pm, admission free.
 

NEW Saturday 16 December 2017 6.30pm - FOS Brothers - Drewe Arms, The Square, Drewsteignton EX6 6QN
Dave and Sam McCrory from East Belfast, together they create a unique soundscape of acoustic music heavily influenced by their Irish roots. They have been performing for over 25 years www.fosbrothers.com. Support: Adam Sweet www.adamsweetmusic.com. The night includes a 3-course Christmas dinner (veggie option). Tickets limited to 60 people so book now if interested. Pay with credit/debit card by ringing the pub. www.thedrewearmsinn.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 30 September 2017 8pm - Tim Jones - Drewe Arms, The Square, Drewsteignton EX6 6QN
Tim Jones is one of the most distinctive voices on the English folk scene. Able to alternate between mass singalongs and powerful stripped back ballads, his songwriting and delivery of traditional material has been likened to that of Peter Bellamy, Nic Jones and Fairport Convention. 'Blossom & Fruit', his second album with band The Dark Lanterns, is released on 25th September and has already been attracting extensive radio play in the UK and US. To celebrate its release he will be performing an intimate acoustic show accompanied by Em Marshall (Crow Puppets). www.timjonesmusic.com.

NEW Saturday 26 November 2016 8pm - Crow Puppets - Drewe Arms, Drewsteignton
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NEW Saturday 2 July 2016 8.30pm - The Coyotes - Fingle Bridge, nr Drewsteignton EX6 6PW
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.

East Prawle

Sold out Friday 14 December 2018 - Seth Lakeman - Pigs Nose Inn Hall, East Prawle, Kingsbridge TQ7 2BY (map)
Full details www.pigsnoseinn.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 6 October 2018 9pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Pigs Nose Inn Hall, East Prawle, Kingsbridge TQ7 2BY (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 with their infectious songs. Early bookers can also book return shuttle bus from Kingsbridge via East/West Charleton or Frogmore. Doors 8pm. Full details www.pigsnoseinn.co.uk.

Exeter Barnfield

NEW Wednesday 18 April 2018 8pm - Show of Hands - Barnfield Theatre, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
"Where We’re Bound" duo tour. www.showofhands.co.uk. Steve Knightley and Phil Beer: two extraordinary craftsmen with one unique sound. Dovetailing old songs with new, this is an unmissable celebration of the duo’s enduring impact on roots, acoustic and folk music. Show of Hands weave story and melody to create a spellbinding display of consummate musicianship. Multi-award-winning, and with five sell-out Royal Albert Hall shows under their belts, the original duo format makes a rare return to more intimate settings. Steve and Phil’s special guest is compelling musician and fellow Devonian Geoff Lakeman, chieftain of the brilliant Lakeman tribe. www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk.

NEW Sunday 11 March 2018 7.30pm - The Bob Dylan Story - Barnfield Theatre, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
The new stunning and definitive tribute to a songwriting genius who spoke for a whole generation. Enhanced by a top backing band, the show lovingly and authentically recreates the many songs that made Dylan the living legend he is today, the way we all remember hearing them. www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 24 February 2018 8pm - Keltia - Clifford Room, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
The six musicians that make up Keltia have come from different musical backgrounds, but all share a love of the music and mystery that hails from the Celtic lands. This evening will be a celebration of songs, tunes and stories of magic, love and myth from and about the Celtic worlds from these shores and way beyond. As the darkness of winter fades, this will be an evening to herald the coming light and spring. www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk.

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 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 Thursday 28 March 2019 7.30pm - Feast of Fiddles Silver Jubilee Tour - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
The Feast of Fiddles band-waggon trundles merrily on in its Silver Jubilee year. Born in Nettlebed on Valentine’s Day 1994 as a one off special concert, Feast of Fiddles has done 25 spring tours, 24 festivals and has 7 CDs to its name. Not bad for a bunch of old folk-rockers! This is a band of friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun. Fiddlers Peter Knight (Gigspanner, Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Brian McNeill (Battlefield Band), Ian Cutler (Bully Wee), Tom Leary (Lindisfarne) and Garry Blakeley (Band of Two) add the large range of fiddle playing styles to the rock back-line of guitars, keyboards, sax and accordion – all held together by legendary drummer Dave Mattacks. A live music entertainment like no other on the circuit which is guaranteed to be enjoyed by even the most doubting of friends dragged along! Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Friday 15 February 2019 7.30pm - Fairport Convention - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
After more than fifty years on the road Fairport Convention’s passion for live performance has never wavered. This concert will showcase the band’s musical sophistication and instrumental virtuosity during a fascinating journey through their inspiring and extensive repertoire. Renowned as the founding fathers of British folk-rock music, Fairport Convention has maintained consistently high standards for over five decades and remains as entertaining as ever. Still bold, still vigorous and still willing to take musical chances, an evening with Fairport never fails to dazzle and delight audiences. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Sunday 23 September 2018 7.30pm - Phil Beer - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Phil Beer is the multi-instrumental half of the west countryʼs award winning acoustic duo, Show of Hands, described as a true craftsman, a master musician and consummate performer. With a professional career of over 36 years, Phil has a great deal of material to draw on for his solo appearances. All are songs and music of memory and significance sung in the subtle and melodic Phil Beer style and interjected with musings and amusings to an almost personal audience. It is a treat of past and current favourites from one of the most popular musicians on the acoustic circuit. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Friday 13 April 2018 8pm - The Fureys 40th Anniverary Tour - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
After three previous shows, Legends of Irish music & song The FUREYS, renowned for their hit songs ‘I will love you’, ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘The Green fields of France’, ‘The old man’, ‘Red rose café’, ‘From Clare to here’, ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal away’ etc return for another night of music and song. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Wednesday 11 April 2018 7.30pm - Feast of Fiddles 25th Annual Tour - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Little did the band think it would be setting off on its 25th annual spring tour in 2018 but what started as an idea in a folk club has become a national folk-rock institution. Feast of Fiddles has been variously likened to a “group of geography teachers” or “Bellowhead with bus passes!” but doesn’t seem to be slowing down any. A band of friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun. Typically, fiddlers Peter Knight (Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Brian McNeill (Battlefield Band), Ian Cutler (Bully Wee), Tom Leary (Lindisfarne) and Garry Blakeley (Band of Two) add the large range of fiddle playing styles to the rock back-line of guitars, keyboards, sax and accordion – all held together by legendary drummer Dave Mattacks. A live music entertainment like no other on the circuit which is guaranteed to be enjoyed by even the most doubting of friends dragged along! Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Wednesday 21 February 2018 7.30pm - Fairport Convention - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Fairport Convention has been making great music for over 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. This year’s Winter Tour will feature a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and new material from their most recent studio album 50:50@50 celebrating their Golden anniversary. The concerts will also feature an opening performance by the wonderful singer / songwriter duo Winter Wilson, who have become favourites on the folk scene in the UK and as far away as Australia. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Wednesday 22 November 2017 8pm - Steeleye Span - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Folk rock pioneers Steeleye Span are touring with a new live show. Maddy Prior - the voice of the band - leads a line-up featuring faces old and new. . Having just released the album “Dodgy Bastards” to great critical acclaim . Ttheir 2016 performances will see them perform new gems alongside classics that have made them one of the most successful British Folk Rock bands ever. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/steeleye-span.

Spring at Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Exeter Corn Exchange puts on a wide range of top-class events including comedy, various music genres, top tribute bands, dance, and much more. See www.exetercornexchange.co.uk for full details. Current Spring 2018 programme includes:
Wednesday 21 February 2018 7.30pm - Fairport Convention
Wednesday 11 April 2018 7.30pm - Feast of Fiddles 25th Annual Tour
Friday 13 April 2018 8pm - The Fureys 40th Anniverary Tour

Exeter Cygnet Theatre (was 'New Theatre')

NEW Saturday 17 March 2018 7.30pm - Tom McConville - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Award winning fiddle player and singer Tom McConville is internationally renowned for his fiery, heart-stopping performances. Winner of the BBC Folk Musician of the Year in 2009, he 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. His live performances are a roller coaster of musical delights; fast rhythmic dance tunes through beautiful slow airs and of course great singing – all presented with his inimitable sense of humour and style. Joining Tom will be English bagpipes and accordion duo David Faulkner and Steve Turner, a local duo with a national and international outlook. Steve and David have been playing together for 25 years and have performed at many events and festivals across Britain and Europe.
Box Office: 01392 277819. www.cygnettheatre.co.uk.

NEW Friday 17 November 2017 8pm - Wren Music: Blackberries & Bandages - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Songs that tell the story of Devon’s Home Front in WW1 Featuring singers and players from Wren Music’s Voices in Common Choirs & Rough Music. Tickets £10.
 Box Office: 01392 277819/665885 or www.wegottickets.com/event/412443.

NEW Friday 29 September 2017 7.30pm - Wren/Cygnet Double Bill: Solarference & Rosa Rebecca - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Singers and sound artists Nick Janaway and Sarah Owen perform a genre-defying mix of live sampling and traditional folk song, with voice at the heart of the music. “Arresting, atmospheric and thrilling – Dolarference are one of the most original acts playing English folk music” –froots magazine. Rosa Rebecka: Not only an outstanding vocalist but also a truly original songwriter, Rosa Rebecka produces finely crafted songs which mix haunting narrative storytelling with sublime musicality. www.wegottickets.com/cygnettheatre.
Box Office: 01392 277819/665885.

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 Thursday 28 February 2019 7.30pm - Seth Lakeman & band  - Exeter Cathedral
Seth Lakeman takes a break from the Robert Plant musical juggernaut in Autumn 2018 to release his ninth studio album. The charismatic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist found time at the beginning of the year, in between charging around the globe with Robert Plant to record the new studio album. It’s a return to a no-nonsense, organic, classic folk-rock approach with hints of Fairport Convention, Neil Young, Nick Cave and Billy Bragg – plus Lakeman’s trademark foot-stomping, fiddle bow-shredding and soaring vocals. Seth brought in top producer Ben Hillier and along with long-time collaborator Ben Nicholls on upright and electric bass, he was joined by new boys Kit Hawes on electric and acoustic guitar and drummer Evan Jenkins. Full details, ticketing etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/seth-lakeman-2.

NEW Thursday 13 December 2018 7.30pm - Swedish St Lucia Procession - St Michael's Mount Dinham Church, Exeter EX4 4EB
Across Scandinavia, the darkest part of the year is marked by celebrating St Lucia, bringer of light, in a special candlelit musical procession. Exeter's very own Swedish choir, ExeSwedes - with friends - will be donning their candles, crowns and Lucia robes and performing a magical concert featuring seasonal Swedish songs. Led by Rosa Rebecka. Free of charge.

NEW Saturday 1 December 2018 7.30pm - Johnny Coppin ‘All on a Winter’s Night’ - Tedburn St Mary Methodist Church, School Lane, Exeter EX6 6AA
Carols, songs and stories with Johnny Coppin, accompanied by Paul Burgess and Dik Cadbury. ‘Unquestionably at the top of his game’ - Acoustic Magazine. Tickets and/or information from Pete Privett on 07837 532704 or tsmtickets@btinternet.com.

NEW Saturday 8 December 2018 7.30pm - Barn Dance - Longdown Village Hall, nr Exeter EX6 7SN
Caller: Jeremy Child. Band: Chris Jewell. £7, including pasty.

NEW Saturday 1 December 2018 - Ceilidh with Spinach for Norman - The Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free).

NEW Saturday 13 October 2018 7.30pm - Spinach for Norman: Autumn Ceilidh - Victory Hall, Broadclyst, Exeter EX5 3EE
This festive knees-up is an open invitation to everyone to come and enjoy a great night of music and dancing with a caller. Ploughman’s supper included, BYO drinks. Spinach for Norman, the acclaimed all string Ceilidh band, has just celebrated its 33rd year playing traditional dance music from England, Ireland and Scotland. "We’ll also add dances from other parts of Europe into the mix, including France and even Transylvania”, says Joel Segal, the band’s lead violinist. www.spinachfornorman.com. Proceeds to the Broadclyst Twinning Association. Tickets £10 adult, £5 child, U5s free available from TicketSource (no booking fee) or email jonathan.m.croley[at]googlemail.com. Adv booking recommended!

NEW Saturday 6 October 2018 7.30pm - The Drystones - The Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
The Drystones are a duo whose arrival on the UK folk scene is making waves. Combining traditional music’s timeless instrumental union of fiddle and guitar with technical mastery, a ‘brave experimental bent’, and an unexpectedly large sound when playing live, it’s no wonder they’ve been described as ‘indecently talented'. Tickets from 01392 833583. More details http://villagesinaction.co.uk/events/the-drystones.

NEW Friday 31 August 2018 8pm - Rory McLeod (solo) - America Hall, De La Rue Way, Pinhoe, Exeter EX4 8PX (map)
Rhythmic storyteller, multi-instrumentalist, …telling unpalatable truths about broken hearts…social injustice…in songs, that are percussive, bold, lyrical, deeply personal …and have an unexpected edge to them, accompanied by spoons, harmonica, guitar, trombone and-tap-dancing shoes. Tickets £15 door or £12+/£10+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/438975. WeGotTickets. Ticket enquiries - 07903 125606 or email. johnzeallyis[at]hotmail.com. Bar and free car parking.

NEW Saturday 1 September 2018 7pm - Sound Mind Sessions: Harbottle & Jonas - All Saints Church, Kenton, nr Exeter EX6 8LU
Harbottle & Jonas are a stunning young folk duo based near Totnes, Devon. Their music is eclectic in style and always accompanied by a story. They have received plaudits from folk royalty including Seth and Geoff Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, and Declan Sinnott BBC Introducing have described their music as “phenomenal” and a review by Americana UK said “stunning songwriting and heart-rending arrangements - 9/10”. Support from two unique, very different acoustic artists: Local singer-songwriter Holly Morwenna, known for her purity and clarity of her vocals and folk-blues singer-songwriter and 12 string guitarist Ollie Dixon. Tickets £10+/£9+ from www.wegottickets.com/event/445676, or call 07974 213030 (no booking fee). Sound Mind Sessions aim to raise awareness and funds to support mental health in the creative industries.

NEW Wednesday 22 August 2018 7pm - Vic Shepherd & John Bowden - Church of Our Lady, Upton Pyne nr Exeter EX5 5JA
A rare chance in the South West to hear Sheffield musicians John Bowden & Vic Shepherd who have a long connection with the Grenoside Sword Dancers and traditional music in Ecclesfield and Grenoside. They sing English songs as well as North American and Canadian variants, either in unaccompanied harmony or with Anglo concertina, melodeon and jew's harp. For many years they had a dance band, Nine Daies Wonder, and were members of Sheafknot, Sheffield's one and only shanty and maritime group. Their two CDs, A Motty Down and Still Waters, have been receiving enthusiastic reviews. John’s family used to farm near Upton Pyne and two relatives are named on the village war memorial. They were lads who looked after the war horses in WW1 and John will be singing Home Boys Home! the song he wrote in their memory. Bar, delicious interval refreshments. All proceeds to the maintenance of the beautiful Grade 1 listed village church. Tickets: £7.50 from Linda Findlay 01392 841402 lindafindlay99@yahoo.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 14 July 2018 9.30pm - The O'Marleys - Bowling Green Pub, 29-30 Blackboy Rd, Exeter EX4 6ST
4 piece band with guitar, fiddle, bodhran and banjo.

NEW Friday 28 September 2018 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter
'Songs & Stories Part 2 - Roadworks' tour. www.showofhands.co.uk/steve-knightley-tour-dates.

NEW Saturday 16 June 2018 7.30pm -  Spinners Legends 2018 - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB
During the 60s & 70s the sensational Spinners took the TV screens and music world by storm and introduced many of us to the folk scene with a combination of traditional folk music, many well known songs by Ewan MacColl, sea shanties, Christmas songs and those which simply made us laugh. Mick Groves and Hughie Jones, 'the last two Spinners standing' joined by bass John McCormick are meeting up for this one-off concert. Tickets £10 are available from The Tally Ho, Countess Wear Road, Exeter or by post: Spinners Legend, 1 Whitlow Copse, Exeter EX2 5NB. Cheques payable to Exegroves incl: SAE please. www.mickgroves.co.uk, 07779 255228.

NEW regular event Irish Set Dancing - St Thomas Church Hall, Exeter EX4 1AP
No experience or partner needed. Friday evenings: May 18, June 15, July 20 7.45 to 10pm. £5 door. For further information, contact John on 07903 125606 or email johnzealleyis@hotmail.com.

NEW Saturday 21 April 2018 8pm - Brooke Sharkey, Tobias ben Jacob - St Stephen's Church, High St, Exeter EX4 3LW
Presented by SongSpaces & Poltimore Festival. ''What places Brooke Sharkey on a higher plane than most of her contemporaries is actually pretty simple: the sheer strength of her songwriting, and the truly soul shifting quality of her voice... This is mature, refined songwriting of the highest calibre.'' The Observer. www.brookesharkey.co.uk. Tobias ben Jacob is accompanied by producer and multi-instrumentalist John Elliott (The Little Unsaid). www.facebook.com/tobiaslampliter.

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.

NEW Saturday 16 September 2017 7.30pm - Miranda Sykes - Poltimore House, Exeter EX4 0AU
Miranda Sykes is a multi-talented singer, double bass and guitar player who easily slips between genres as diverse as folk, jazz, rock and pop. Her rich, spine-tingling vocals and strident, yet sensitive double bass playing is much in demand and she has worked alongside some of the finest musicians in the world. Adv £12, child £6; door £13, child £7. See www.poltimore.org/public-events.

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

Coming up at Exeter Phoenix (from August onwards), Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Exeter Phoenix arts centre stages an enormous range of musical events. See www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music for full details. The current programme includes:
Monday 20 August 2018 - Hayseed Dixie

Sunday 26 August 2018 - Eddi Reader
Monday 3 September 2018 -
Bridget St John
Sunday 30 September 2018 - Luca Stricagnoli
Thursday 11 October 2018 - Noble Jacks
Sunday 21 October 2018 - Karine Polwart
Thursday 25 October 2018 - Phillip Henry (workshop & concert)

Wednesday 7 November 2018 - Fisherman’s Friends
Tuesday 4 December 2018 - Thea Gilmore

Friday/Saturday 7/8 March 2019 - Mad Dog McRea

NEW Sunday 28 April 2019 - Jim Causley - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
details tba/tbc Traditional Songs of Devon.

NEW Friday/Saturday 7/8 March 2019 - Mad Dog McRea - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
+special guests. 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. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Tuesday 4 December 2018 - Thea Gilmore - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Since releasing her debut as a teenager nearly 20 years ago, the Oxfordshire-raised, Cheshire-based singer and songwriter Thea Gilmore has gained global acclaim for making music not only of extraordinary beauty, but of rare honesty and insight. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Monday 12 November 2018 - John Smith - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. “The future of folk music” - John Renbourn; “He’s a magician” - Ben Howard; “Spellbinding” - Time Out. John Smith has gained a reputation through relentless touring as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and singer-songwriters. Compared as a singer to John Martyn and Ray Lamontagne, Smith has evolved his own transatlantic blend of fingerstyle and slide techniques, switching between acoustic and electric guitars in various tunings. His uniquely intimate take on love, loss or even a mythic murder ballad, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following, made up of people willing to take part in the communion of a song. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Sunday 11 November 2018 - Adverse Camber: Dreamng the Night Field - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
English and Welsh are artfully woven together to make these ancient voices and living landscapes come alive in an exhilarating performance that features one of Wales’ most engaging storytellers alongside exquisitely haunting live music. By turns, thrilling, funny, powerful and poetic, this spellbinding new performance vividly evokes the ancient Celtic legend of the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogion. Recommended for audiences aged 12+. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 10 November 2018 - William the Conqueror - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. Cornwall trio William the Conqueror have been picking up praise from far flung corners ever since Ruarri Joseph took the step to go public with his erstwhile secret alter-ego. Debut album, Proud Disturber of the Peace, was released in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim, and their shows have been steadily winning over fans up and down the country. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Wednesday 7 November 2018 - Fisherman’s Friends - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Bound together by lifelong friendship and shared experience for more than 25 years the Fisherman’s Friends have met on the Platt (harbour) in their native Port Isaac to raise money for charity, singing the traditional songs of the sea handed down to them by their forefathers. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Thursday 25 October 2018 - Phillip Henry (workshop & concert) - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Guitar workshop 4-6pm / Evening concert.
In the autumn of 2018, Phillip Henry will celebrate the release of his long awaited solo album True North with a national tour. Commemorating ten years since his journey to Kolkata to study under the great slide guitarist Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, True North charts a life spent travelling the globe, collecting tunes, stories, and instruments. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Sunday 21 October 2018 - Karine Polwart - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Karine Polwart is a multi-award-winning songwriter and musician, a theatre maker, storyteller, spoken-word performer, essayist, and published writer. Karine will be touring in 2018 with her trio – long-term collaborators brother Steven Polwart (guitars) & Inge Thomson (accordion, percussion) – and releasing new studio album Laws of Motion in Autumn 2018. www.karinepolwart.com. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Thursday 11 October 2018 - Noble Jacks - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing/balcony seating.
With the fiddle leading the charge, Noble Jacks are out to take no prisoners as they come on with their high-energy footstompin’ rhythms which have taken crowds by storm across the UK and beyond! The band have been relentlessly touring through 2017, stompin’ their way round the British folk scene with sold out headline shows promoting their debut album ‘What the Hammer’. As well as this, Noble Jacks have appeared at major festivals including Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, and main stage Beautiful Days – to name but a few! The band headed to Costa Del Folk in Portugal in October 2017. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Sunday 30 September 2018 - Luca Stricagnoli - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Prepare yourself for a World Class Acoustic Experience! With his music videos having internet views exceeding 100 million and bookings in every corner of the globe, Luca Stricagnoli will be here as part of this eagerly anticipated full UK and Ireland Tour. With very special guest on the night Meg Pfeiffer. ‘When it comes to crazy guitar skills Luca Stricagnoli is one of the absolute best’ NME. www.lucastricagnoli.com. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Tuesday 11 September 2018 - Leveret - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England’s finest folk musicians. Andy Cutting (button accordion), Sam Sweeney (fiddle) and Rob Harbron (concertina) are each regarded as exceptional performers and masters of their instruments. Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity. Leveret’s music is not arranged in the conventional sense and the trio rely on mutual trust and musical interaction to create new settings of their repertoire in the moment, with no two performances alike. Their playing is relaxed and natural, drawing audiences in and inviting them to share in music making that is truly spontaneous and yet deeply timeless. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Monday 3 September 2018 - Bridget St John - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated.
Mention of the legendary Bridget St John often seems to induce a misty-eyed, faraway look; many a student room in the 60s and 70s would have echoed to her distinctive voice. Bridget’s impressive voice is deep and resonant. It’s a voice made for melancholy, and you can’t argue with her musical ability, whether it is singing Dylan, a tribute to her friend John Martyn, or her own work. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Sunday 26 August 2018 - Eddi Reader - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Known for her work with Fairground Attraction and her enduring solo career, what sets this three-time BRIT Awards winner apart is the depth of her emotional live performances. Constant touring with her band has created a magical organic chemistry between Eddi and her players, and the results of this relationship can be found on her most recent release. From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings joyous life to all forms of song. Her taste in co-writers, writers, songs and players is impeccable and anything with her name on it is a guaranteed musical treasure.. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Monday 20 August 2018 - Hayseed Dixie - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing/seated. Is there really such a thing as a hillbilly band covering rock classics? You betcha. They are called Hayseed Dixie and they play Rockgrass. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Saturday 28 July 2018 - Jeff Lang - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Voodoo Lounge. John Butler has said 'Seeing Jeff Lang was like being in church for three hours - a totally sacred event, and certainly when considering Jeff Lang's music, it's easy to run out of superlatives. Influenced in equal parts by the elemental blues of Blind Willie Johnson and Skip James, the songwriting of Bob Dylan and Richard Thompson, and the guitar of Ry Cooder and Jimi Hendrix, the Australian Weissenborn magician explores a sonic palette as eclectic as it's stunning. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Wednesday 25 July 2018 - Hat Fitz & Cara - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated.
Aussie mountain man meets beautiful Irish Colleen. Yes, it’s all been said before, but the combination of Hat Fitz’s reconstructed Delta Blues brought to you via a battered National Steel guitar, and Cara’s inventive drumming, soulful vocals, frantic washboard and haunting Irish whistle playing, makes this pair one of the most sensational duos around. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Friday 13 July 2018 - The People’s String Foundation - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. 'The Virtual Orchestra'. Virtuoso Violinist Ben Sutcliffe and Guitarist Zaid Al-Rikabi from The People’s String Foundation are packing their 32 piece virtual Gypsy Orchestra into a suitcase and taking the it on tour with their newest album release Res Publica. This music is sure to set your heart racing, get your toes tapping, and warm the soul with the people’s spirit and grafter’s hearts. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

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 Saturday 2 February 2019 7.30pm - Velvet & Stone: Sound Mind Sessions - St. John in the Wilderness, St John's Road, Exmouth EX8 5EG
Sound Mind Sessions is a venture providing spine-tingling original live acoustic music in beautiful Devon venues, while raising awareness and funds for Mental Health issues in the creative industries. Show headlined by stunning alt-folk group Velvet & Stone whose brand of contemporary folk combines wide-open soundscapes with catchy pop hooks and great songs, and has been described as “haunting” by BBC Radio 2, and “superb” by BBC Introducing. Led by the ethereal combination of Lara’s vocals, and Kathryn’s violin;Velvet & Stone’s music draws upon personal stories, melancholy tales and rugged landscapes, taking their audiences on an unforgettable journey through stunning melodies and soundscapes to foot-stomping folk-rock.. Support: two brilliant and unique acts, Georgia Omarah and Ben Morgan-Brown. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/455337.

NEW 6-8 December 2018 7.30pm Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
Last 3 nights of the autumn tour. With Miranda Sykes and special guest Cormac Byrne. www.showofhands.co.uk.

NEW Tuesday 13 November 2018 8pm - Shanty Workshop with The Exmouth Shanty Men - The Beach Pub, Exmouth EX8 1DR
Shanty workshop led by the Exmouth Shanty Men. Lead a song, join in and ask us about joining our crew. www.exmouthshantymen.com.

NEW Sunday 21 October 2018 8pm - Trafalgar Night - Bicton Inn, 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU (map)
A night of shanties, sea songs and stories, celebrating The Battle of Trafalgar. Led by Derek Brooks, and members of the Exmouth Shanty Men. Join us, sing a song, tell a story, or read a poem and drink some beer...

NEW 1-3 June 2018 - West Country Traditions Weekend - Exmouth
Presented by Exmouth Festival, featuring some of the finest acts from the South West. Located on the Imperial Grounds Exmouth, our main stage will be a Big Top.
Friday 1 June 7.30pm - Dartmoor Night, featuring Bill Murray, Jim Causley, The Dartmoor Pixie Band and more - Free entry
Saturday 2 June 7.30pm - Edgelarks and Tobias Ben Jacob - Tickets £10
Sunday 3 June 7.30pm - Steve Knightley, supported by The Exmouth Shanty Men, Alan Whitbread - Tickets £18
Tickets available from www.exmouthshantymen.com.
Plus Saturday and Sunday, free entertainment both days, including local folk artists, such as Devonbird, Rosie Eade, Shanty Groups from across the South West, Morris and Clog Dancers, singing and musicians sessions, craft stalls, steam engines and much more. Further details soon on the Exmouth Festival website www.exmouthfestival.org.uk.

NEW Tuesday 29 May 2018 8.30pm - Devon Bird / Andy Clarke Solo - Exmouth Folk Night, Manor Hotel, The Beacon, Exmouth EX8 2AG (map)
Hi guys, please add Exmouth Folk Night, Tues 29th May. Manor Hotel, Exmouth 8.00 for 8.30. Devon Bird and Andy Clarke Solo. Free.

22/5, 17/7, 18/9, and 13/11

NEW Saturday 17 March 2018 9pm - St. Patrick's Night: Dumbo's Feather - Park Hotel, 114 Exeter Road, Exmouth EX8 1QH
Following their spectacular performance at The Park last St. Patrick's Night, Tonia and Pete booked Dumbo's Feather on the spot for this year's celebrations of all things Irish and so it'll be reels, jigs, polkas, songs and craic a-plenty in a sea of green

NEW Friday 17 November 2017 9pm - Dumbo's Feather: Thank Folk It's Friday - The Oddfellows, High Street, Exmouth EX8 1NP
Dumbo's Feather hosting their monthly folk night 'Thank Folk It's Friday' at The Oddfellows in Exmouth. Entry is free, and although we shall aim to have the night on the second Friday of every month, on occasion it may require a bit of tweaking due to availability of players. Expect fiery reels, jigs and polkas coupled with traditional songs and airs.

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 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.

Folk on the Moor

Early 2018 Guest Dates for Folk on the Moor Club, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Full details about the club see www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 28 April 2019 7.45pm - Ian Bruce - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
details tba  Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 23 September 2018 7.45pm - Colum Sands
Sunday 7 October
2018 7.45pm - Kevin Dempsey
Sunday 21 October
2018 7.45pm - Brian Willoughby & Kathryn Craig
Sunday 4 November
2018 7.45pm - Stephen Fearing
Sunday 18 November
2018 7.45pm - Jody Kruscal
Sunday 2 December
2018 7.45pm - Jigantics
Sunday 16 December
2018 7.45pm - Johnny Coppin

NEW Sunday 16 December 2018 7.45pm - Johnny Coppin - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
details tba  Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 2 December 2018 7.45pm - Jigantics - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
details tba  Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 18 November 2018 7.45pm - Jody Kruskal - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
A NewYorker, who plays the Anglo concertina, Jody's concerts offer a warm and engaging presentation of traditional and popular American songs. From witty and humorous ditties to songs that explore the depths of the human condition, his singing tells stories that are hilarious, gritty and true... stories of train wrecks, wrecked marriages, death row, lonesome lovers, heroes, losers, swaggering braggarts, lazy slackers and slapstick fools! Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 4 November 2018 7.45pm - Stephen Fearing - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Canadian born but raised in Dublin, Stephen's music is a mesmerizing blend of folk, roots, and pop. He is a gifted story-teller, guitarist and a fine singer/songwriter, with a clear voice that commands immediate attention. He has released nine albums as a solo artist, the latest of which "Every Soul's a Sailor" was preceded by the single "Blowhard Nation", an anti-Trump protest song, released before the US presidential election. Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 21 October 2018 7.45pm - Brian Willoughby & Cathryn Craig - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Another brilliant guitarist with an understated style that demonstrates perfectly the art of good accompaniment, ex-Strawbs man Brian is the perfect foil for the powerful voice and songs of his wife, Cathryn. Hailing from Richmond, Virginia she cut her musical teeth working alongside the likes of Chet Atkins, Garth Brooks and the Righteous Brothers and, with Brian, creates an unmissable blend of vocal and musical harmony. Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 7 October 2018 7.45pm - Kevin Dempsey - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
An outstanding and highly versatile guitarist/singer/songwriter, Kevin is a much sought-after musician in the folk world, both at home and abroad. He was a member of Whippersnapper and subsequently in duos with each of (amongst others!) Chris Leslie, Dave Swarbrick and Joe Broughton, who calls him, "the best guitarist on the planet". He accompanied Mary Black on a tour in America and holds summer workshops in both France and the UK. Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 23 September 2018 7.45pm - Colum Sands - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
A brilliant observer of minute and often humourous details of life, Colum's last gig at the Club 5 years ago was, according to Anton "One of the most complete evening's entertainment I've ever had. I was deeply moved by his poignant songs, charmed by his warmth, laughed until it hurt at his hilarious banter and was simply enthralled by the man's sheer ability to hold an audience in the palm of his hand. A truly memorable evening."
Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 9 September 2018 7.45pm - Winter Wilson - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Kip Winter is a versatile singer, having sung everything from opera to soul and jazz, but she is happiest singing folk and blues. dave Wilson is recognised as a leading lyricist and togethr they produce first-class songs and beautiful harmonies, expertly accompanied on a variety of instruments: guitar, accordion, flute and banjo. They recently toured with the Fairports and were runners-up in the Folking.com awards for Top Duo. 
Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

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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

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

NEW Sunday 18 November 2018 7-9pm - LOSt COYOTES - Church House Inn, Harberton, Totnes TQ9 7SF
Devon-based band LOSt COYOTES play songs about the American south, traditional celtic tunes from Ireland and Scotland, cajun songs from Louisiana, and a sprinkling of songs from Latin America. With acoustic instruments - fiddle, cittern, accordion, and percussion and the odd howl - this is atmospheric music to evoke a mood, or lively music to get up and dance. Free entry. Info: 07557 002622. Sunday night is pizza night at the Church House Inn. www.lostcoyotes.co.uk/home-page

NEW Saturday 14 July 2018 8pm - LOSt COYOTES - Throwleigh Village Hall, Gidleigh EX20 2JA
Tickets £5 door. Dress up for Fiesta night! Bring your now nachos and tequila! More info from 07557 002622.

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.

Holbeton

NEW Saturday 10 March 2018 - Greg Hancock, Steve Jenner & Katie Whitehouse - Holbeton Village Hall, Brent Hill, Holbeton PL8 1LW
Songwriters in the round, an informal glimpse into the songwriters journey with three very different writers, all three on stage at the same time but playing in turn. Doors open 7pm for 7.20pm start. Tickets £10 from Holbeton Village Store or online www.wegottickets.com/event/429637.

NEW Saturday 23 September 2017 7.30pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Village Hall, Holbeton PL8 1LW
Acclaimed folk musicians from Dartmoor. winners of ' Best Duo' BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016 + 2013. "An absolute masterclass in how to do it right." Support: Steve Jenner. Tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/407326.

Honiton

NEW Thursday 20 December 2018 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Standing. Here to get your Christmas off to a great start. 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. “This is music that transcends the run-of-the-mill Irish Wannabes and leaves them standing.” – Acoustic Magazine. “It’s always a joy to me when something jumps up and smacks you between the eyes – Mad Dog Mcrea did that to me” - Mike Harding. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 24 November 2018 8pm - Worry Dolls - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
“Worry Dolls combine a great sensibility of American Country music with their own English folk influences to create a warm and infectious sound” – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2. “London duo Worry Dolls lit up the main stage with their harmony driven indie-pop in their most prestigious performance to date” – Rob Bridge (Folk Radio UK), Cambridge Folk Festival. “Worry Dolls are going places” – The Bluegrass Situation. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 17 November 2018 7.30pm - Simon & Garfunkel: Through the Years - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
A unique concert which celebrates the unforgettable music of Simon & Garfunkel. Fronted by the duo Bookends, the concert has toured the globe extensively being described as ‘simply breathtaking’. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 10 November 2018 8.30pm - The Eskies - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Standing. Hailing from Dublin, The Eskies bring their unique brand of folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty and swaggering stage spectacle to ballrooms and booze houses far and wide. Last year saw them play over 40 festivals in 5 countries, tour Ireland, UK, Netherlands and Switzerland as well as being invited to the influential new music festival Eurosonic Festival. Other notable festival performances included Glastonbury Main Stage Avalon, Main Stage Cambridge and Bestival. Support: Black Water County, Smashing their way into the UK folk punk scene since 2013, Black Water County bring an energetic live show of stout quaffing, banjo breaking and tin whistle mangling original music, along with trads and shanties that have been given a good kick up the **** and a slap around the face. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Friday 5 October 2018 8pm - Albert Lee & his Band - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Albert Lee is one of the most respected and renowned guitarists in music history having worked with The Everly Brothers, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris and The Cricketts over his long and illustrious career. Albert is a Grammy award-winning musician whose talents continue to be in demand by fellow performers throughout the world. The ultimate virtuoso. His skill is extraordinary, his ear is extraordinary and he’s gifted on just about every level.” - Eric Clapton. “A brilliant guitar player. His sound is unmistakable - often emulated, never equalled.” - Emmylou Harris. Friday 5th Oct 8pm.Tickets £24.  Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 30 September 2018 8pm - Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Always engaging and far from predictable these 'Two musicians at the top of their game' (Music Riot) seek to push the boundaries of blues, folk and American roots music. Original compositions on Slide guitar, double bass, harmony vocals and good humoured banter are cornerstones of their live shows. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Friday 12 October 2018 7.30pm - Alaw - Sheldon Village Hall, Church Lane, Honiton EX14 4QU
Described by Songlines magazine as a “Welsh supergroup”, Alaw is three leading musicians who bring a wealth of experience to a shared passion – the traditional music of Wales. Whether unearthing rare gems or reimagining a well-loved melody, they treat their music with a deftness and sensitivity that is thoroughly absorbing. Combined with powerful song writing and original tunes, this makes for a musical experience that will stay with the listener long after the concert has ended. More details http://villagesinaction.co.uk/events/alaw.

NEW Friday 13 October 2017 8pm - Churchfitters - Village Hall, Luppitt, Honiton EX14 4RT
Doors 7pm. £12 adv from Steve, 01404 891268 or 07796 021639, £15 door. Bar, with coffee, tea and snacks also available. www.churchfitters.com.
www.facebook.com/Luppitt-Events-1589492987990744/timeline

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

Featured venue: Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
In addition to the bi-monthly 'Beehive Folk Café (alternate 2nd Weds, next: 8 November - a friendly, mostly acoustic session of folk, blues and roots hosted by singer Sue King) and 'Beehive Acoustic Café (alternate 2nd Weds, next: 13 December - hosted by Terry Stacey, where everyone is welcome to come along and perform or listen to some very talented local musicians at The Beehive bar, free of charge, the Beehive promotes a range of arts events, currently including (full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk, tel: 01404 384050):

NEW Wednesday 10 May 2017 8pm - The Beehive Folk Café - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Free, mostly acoustic session of folk, blues and roots hosted by folk singer Sue King. Everyone welcome to come along to perform or have a drink and listen to some very talented local musicians. 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 13 October 2018 7.30pm - Ceilidh with Dawntreader Ceilidh Band - Ipplepen Village Hall, Newton Abbot TQ12 5SB (map)
Ipplepen Community Hub are holding another ceilidh with all proceeds going to the Hub redevelopment fund. Tickets £10 to include a light supper. Bar available. To reserve tickets contact Steve 01803 812084 or stevemajor4@gmail.com.

NEW Saturday 1 September 2018 7.30pm - Paul Field - Methodist Church, East Street, Ipplepen TQ12 5SX
Paul has been a professional singer/songwriter since 1976 and has won several awards. More details www.paulfield.com, sound clips at www.paulfield.bandcamp.com. Tickets £8 adv from Ipplepen Hub, Post Office or contact stevepmajor4@gmail.com, £10 door, proceeds to the Community Hub building fund.

NEW Sunday 29 April 2018 - Rosa Rebecka + DCHQ - Ipplepen Village Hall, Newton Abbot TQ12 5SB (map)
Swedish/American folk singer Rosa Rebecka (www.rosarebecka.com) with her backing group The Resonance; sharing the bill is an a cappella singing quartet (DCHQ) singing an eclectic mix from folk to Elvis.

UPDATED Friday 9 March 2018 7.30pm - Ange Hardy - Ipplepen Village Hall, Newton Abbot TQ12 5SB (map)
Nominated at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and celebrated by The Telegraph as “one of Britain’s top folk musicians” Ange Hardy has grabbed the attention of the traditional folk music world by writing new material and embracing modern technologies whilst maintaining a traditional feel. Alongside a staggering list of other accolades Ange was awarded FATEA Magazine’s “Female Vocalist of the Year” in 2013, “Album of the Year” in 2014 and “The Tradition Award” in 2015, and the LCM "Live Performer of the Year" in 2017. As a solo artist Ange performs with a 27-string Salvi Harp, three different guitars, a variety of low whistles, a bodhrán drum, a tambourine, and an Indian shruti box. Combined with her innovative and subtle use of live looping to build layers up vocal harmonies she’s one of the most diverse solo-artists you're likely to encounter. Plenty of great music videos on www.angehardy.com. Support from Maggie Duffy. Bar – profits to charity. Doors 7pm. Seats (not doing tickets) £12.50 available from Sarah via sarah.tobin@plymouth.ac.uk.

NEW Saturday 3 February 2018 8pm - Ceilidh with Dawntreader Ceilidh Band - Ipplepen Village Hall, Newton Abbot TQ12 5SB (map)
Tickets £10 to include a light supper. Pay bar. All proceeds to Ipplepen Community Hub redevelopment fund. To reserve tickets contact Steve Major 01803 812084. www.facebook.com/ipplepencommunityhub.

NEW Friday 30 June 2017 7.30pm - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - House Concert at a 'secret' South Devon location
...in the Totnes / Newton Abbot / Torbay area. Contact Sarah at sarah.tobin@plymouth.ac.uk for further information and tickets @ £12.
And look out for a new album and a new name for the duo in the autumn - Edgelarks.

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 Saturday 2 February 2019 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Steve Knightley is the songwriting force behind the phenomenally successful acoustic roots duo Show of Hands as well as a fine singer and musician. From a rock background, Knightley is known for his strong narrative songs (many inspired by people and places in his native West Country) and cogent, inventive lyrics. His rock style rant Country Life and anthemic rally call Roots were both nominated for Best Original Song in the BBC Radio2 Folk Awards, whilst Show of Hands have won the categories Best Live Act and Best Duo. At the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Steve won the coveted Best Original Song category with his topical and widely acclaimed song aimed at bankers and MPs – Arrogance Ignorance and Greed. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Wednesday 19 December 2018 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. The famous purple happy bus is fired up and ready for action, and there’s room for you – jump aboard! Doors 7.30pm. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Friday 8 June 2018 7.30pm - Fake Thackray - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
A hilarious and heartfelt celebration of the life and songs of one of this country’s finest and funniest wordsmiths, Jake Thackray. 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 Jake’s biographer and the UK’s leading performer of Jake’s songs. As Fake Thackray he has toured with Fairport Convention, played at many festivals, theatres, clubs and on national radio. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Wednesday 30 May 2018 8pm - Fairport Convention - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Fairport Convention has been making great music for over 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. 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. Fairport Convention features Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

Kingsbridge

NEW Thursday 22 November 2018 8pm - Free Concert: Simon Barron + Acorn Shakers - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
Simon Barron has been singing and playing English traditional songs nationally for 15 years, first with the duo Barron Brady and now solo . Simon is a self-taught guitarist and keeps the accompaniment out of the way of the words and melody, it’s the songs that matter. Simon confesses to be a folk fanatic and says “folk is exciting, moving and relevant music, hallowed by time - the only kind of music that never gets old. I celebrate that and hope I demonstrate my love for this powerful music every time I sing.” Mike Harding said “...Simon’s a really, really fine guitarist and an even finer interpreter of traditional and contemporary folk songs". Acorn Shakers (Andrew, Emily, Nick and Claire) draw on their long-term musical experiences to play, sing and dance an exciting and varied repertoire from American Old Time’s golden era: the 1920s and ‘30s - from mountain ballads to string band songs, reels, rags and waltzes - and anything in between! Between them they play fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, tenor guitar, dulcimer, banjo bass, ukulele and washboard. They also throw in vocal harmonies and percussive feet! No need to book; but please be seated by 8.00pm. To get a good seat get in early! We thank the Crabshell Inn for use of the room. www.shamstrad.co.uk.

NEW Friday 22 June 2018 7.30pm - Barn Dance in aid of W.O.R.K. - Dodbrooke Parish Hall, Church Street, Kingsbridge TQ7 1NW
W.O.R.K.: Widows and Orphans in Rural Kenya, www.work-kenya.org). With live music from Phil & Mahrey Berthoud of Fiddlers on the Green and Ken Hudson calling. Tickets £8 (U12s free). Bring food to share. Drinks available for the young and not so young. All proceeds go directly to W.O.R.K. For tickets contact Mary-Jane Butler on 01548 01548 852670 or email mjbutler6[at]yahoo.com.

NEW Thursday 15 March 2018 8pm - Free Concert - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
Ashleigh Staden is an up-and-coming singer/songwriter originally from Paris but now hailing from Plymouth. Her velvety and delicate songs reflect her world travels, her passion for oceans and heartfelt relationships. We are delighted she will start the evening off. Then Andrew & Em “Gollywhoppers” will take us to the interval. They are expert players and vocalists of American Old Time. Their name is derived from the local name for daddy-long-legs in mid American states. (Interval of about 10 minutes). Then we have Silvington who are using the occasion for the West Country launch of their latest CD "Down the Line". No need to book; but please be seated by 8.00pm. To get a good seat get in early! We thank the Crabshell Inn for use of the room. www.shamstrad.co.uk.

NEW Silvington Album Launch
taking place during the free concert at the Crabshell Inn in Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map) on Thursday 15 March 2018 8pm
Come and celebrate as Silvington introduce "Down the Line", their follow-up to "Where the Acorn Falls". It has a good mixture of traditional songs, self-penned songs and covers. Songs of romance and songs of the working life - miners, steelworkers, nailmakers and inventors all feature. "Down the Line continues to showcase Silvington's complementary guitar styles and their trademark vocal harmonies. As they're already working on the next album, you might just get a sneak preview of that as well! There will opportunities to purchase this latest offering from Crabshell Records on the night.

NEW Thursday 22 February 2018 8pm - Free Concert - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
The beautifully melodious Paul Reid will get the 13th free concert underway with old favourites from his seemingly endless repertoire. Then Mahrey and Phil Berthoud will take us to the interval. Tonight this talented duo will be “Fiddlers on the Green” singing songs and foot-tapping tunes accompanied by guitars, fiddles, mandolins and ukuleles all expertly played. Interval. A mystery guest will get the second half started then we’re delighted that Janet & John are back. Refreshed after a week’s quiet retreat in East Portlemouth, Janet & John will be glad to get back to the bustle of real life that is Kingsbridge, and will be raring to entertain. As a bonus, they are going to invite all the evening’s performers to join them in a rousing end to the evening. No need to book; but please be seated by 8.00pm. To get a good seat get in early! We thank the Crabshell Inn for use of the room. www.shamstrad.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 25 January 2018 8pm - Free Concert - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
We are delighted to welcome "Cool Beanz"; Alex Marsden (vocals and guitar) Ian Feetenby (Vocals and Guitar), Charlie Stanier (Percussion) Matt Cooke (Bass), who are Kingsbridge’s hottest new band delivering a blend of cool, chilled, acoustic folk rock music. This will be an “acoustic” set from 8.00pm and they’ll get the concert off to a lively start. Local favourite Phil Kennerell is back again. We had to get him back in January so he could sing “January Man”. As one man and a guitar, Phil will take us to the interval at 9.00pm. And then Old Gaffers will sing us out to the end of the concert. Old Gaffers are a shanty crew. They started almost 10 years ago and now they gig all over the country. Don’t miss them; it’s going to be jolly. Concert will end at about 10pm. No need to book; but please be seated by 8.00pm. To get a good seat get in early! We thank the Crabshell Inn for use of the room. www.shamstrad.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 23 November 2017 8pm - Free Concert - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
Our winter concert series gets off to s rousing start from Rumpus. Then guests Owly Dave and Whistling Paddy: Environmentalist turned songwriter meets Ceilidh Band Leader turned whistle player, what could possibly go wrong? This dynamic duo perform a slightly strange and definitely unpredictable mix of traditionally rendered folk tunes along with original songs that range from the sublime to the hilarious. Paddy’s whistle playing is a joy to behold and Owly’s songs are beautifully crafted. Don’t miss them! After the interval: The Orchard Family (Tom, Jean and Ashley) are Romany Gypsies “from the Moor” with a long and strong family tradition of singing, playing and stepdancing. They bring together songs and music from a variety of sources choosing material which they have enjoyed within their family, and like to share. Tom and Ashley are melodeon players. Their playing is both robust and melodic and a good driver for stepdancing at which Tom excels. Jean sings strongly and clearly giving her delivery an immediacy and intimacy. Finish 10pm-ish. No need to book; but please be seated by 8.00pm. To get a good seat get in early! We thank the Crabshell Inn for use of the room.

NEW Saturday 15 July 2017 7.30pm - Fiddlers on the Green - Victoria Inn, Fore St, Salcombe TQ8 8BU
Fiddlers on the Green are a folk/acoustic duo featuring Phil and Mahrey Berthoud on fiddles, guitars, vocals, bodhran and mandolin. Everything from foot-tapping tunes from all over the world to fast and fiery reels and jigs. From beautiful traditional ballads to acoustic versions of pop favourites; as well as a few unexpected items. www.fiddlersonthegreen.com.

NEW Sunday 16 July 2017 6-8pm - Fiddlers on the Green - Hermitage Inn, 8 Mill St., Kingsbridge TQ7 1ED
Fiddlers on the Green are a folk/acoustic duo featuring Phil and Mahrey Berthoud on fiddles, guitars, vocals, bodhran and mandolin. Everything from foot-tapping tunes from all over the world to fast and fiery reels and jigs. From beautiful traditional ballads to acoustic versions of pop favourites; as well as a few unexpected items. www.fiddlersonthegreen.com.

NEW Thursday 20 July 2017 8pm - Kingsbridge Fair Week Open Mic - Hermitage Inn, 8 Mill St., Kingsbridge TQ7 1ED
Hosted by Fiddlers on the Green. Performers of all styles welcome. Hosted by Phil and Mahrey Berthoud of Fiddlers on the Green. Raffle in aid of Kingsbridge Fair Week with great prizes on offer. Come and enjoy a fun evening of music. www.fiddlersonthegreen.com.

NEW Sunday 4 June 2017 6pm - Fiddlers on the Green - Hermitage Inn, 8 Mill St., Kingsbridge TQ7 1ED
Phil and Mahrey are playing as Fiddlers on the Green from 6pm till 8ish (straight after the Food and Music festival). 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.
Also at the Hermitage, our Open Mic will be on Thursday 8th, starting at 8pm. All welcome to come and play, sing or watch.

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.

Kingsand

The Maker with Rame Community Hall on the 13th of December, with tickets available from

NEW Thursday 13 December 2018 8pm - Peter Knight & John Spiers - Maker with Rame Community Hall, Fore St., Kingsand, Cornwall PL10 1NS (map)
The pairing of violin and melodeon is not a new one, but in the hands of Knight and Spiers, improvisation and invention meet the listener at every turn. These uniquely gifted musicians make a sublime pairing, and create a live performance to be remembered for a long time. “Knight’s playing is a revelation. A world away from folky fiddling, it’s fully informed by the classical style, all long sweeping bow strokes and eloquent legato. Yet he never loses the essential folk heart of the music, tracing a graceful line of his own making” Review of Cambridge Folk Festival’s ‘City Roots’; “John’s elegant, rhythmic and virtuoso playing and easy-going folk club banter is a quiet triumph!” Robin Denselow, The Guardian. Tickets www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/peter-knight-and-john-spiers-tickets-48083138963. Hosted by Millbrook Folk Club.

NEW Sunday 13 May 2018 8pm - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Maker Church, nr Torpoint, Cornwall (map)
The advent of Gigspanner has introduced a whole new audience to the extraordinary musicianship of Peter Knight, a violinist whom many consider to be in a league of his own. The late author Sir Terry Pratchett in praising Peter's great gift wrote with typical lyricism "Peter Knight can spin the world on his Bow". Peter is joined by Roger Flack on guitar and Sacha Trochet on percussion, both powerful and intelligent musicians in their own right. The captivating nature of their set stems not only from their creative ability and vision, but the eclectic nature of the material chosen. There are eddies and undercurrents drawn from a whole palette of influences which engage and enthral audiences to the closing notes. Ticketing see www.gigspanner.com/live.html.

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
you can buy tickets direct from 01803 875527/07815 620402 (no booking fee) or online

World Unlimited concerts at St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
World Unlimted (Graham Radley) has recently announced its programme (subject to updates) through to Christmas time. "A magical setting for live music, our famous home made cakes and refreshments in the interval, please bring your own wine etc if you want, we have glasses." Free car park opposite. Tickets available from Seetickets.com and wegottickets.com (subject to booking fee). Or you can also buy direct, paying by BACS or cheque (no booking fee), call 01803 875527 / 07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details, samples, online bookings, full programme; or call 01803 875527 / 07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.
11 November 2018 – Calan
14 November 2018 - Daoiri Farrell
16 November 2018 – Gigspanner
17 November 2018 - Jo Harman
18 November 2018 - Urban Folk Quartet
23 November 2018 - Kiki Dee & Carmelo |Luggeri
30 November 2018 - Jamie Smith's Mabon
1 December 2018 - Sound Of The Sirens
4 December 2018 - Elles Bailey
8 December 2018 - Glorious Chorus
11 December 2018 - Peter Knight & John Spiers
21 December 2018 - Tobias ben Jacob and friends

NEW Saturday 13 April 2019 7.30pm - Phil Beer - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
details tba www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Friday 8 February 2019 7.30pm - John Smith - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Living with the traditional songs on "Hummingbird" are new original songs penned by Smith ("Hummingbird," "Boudica," and "Axe Mountain (Revisited)") - which stand up alongside the others as evidence of the power of his influences and personal history on his present creativity. Produced by Sam Lakeman and recorded at his Somerset studio, "Hummingbird" features Cara Dillon, John McCusker and Ben Nicholls. “You’re smiling even as tears catch in your throat.” -MOJO. “Spellbinding.” -Time Out. “the guitarists’ guitarist.” -The Sunday Times. “Staggeringly good.” -Acoustic Magazine. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 2 February 2019 7.30pm - David Ford - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Having gained a reputation as one of Britain’s finest songwriters and one of the very few with the willingness and expertise to tackle matters of politics and current affairs, Ford presents a new collection of songs, his most ambitious to date, regarding economics and the part it plays in 21st Century life. Ford has managed to seize this important, but admittedly dry, complex subject and deliver an album of accessible, emotive and engaging songs that try to make sense of an increasingly confounding world.  A multi-instrumentalist and master of the loop pedal. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Tuesday 29 January 2019 7.30pm - Ben Ottewell - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Demonstrating Ben’s potent and ongoing love-affair with Americana - and flecked with trace elements of what you might loosely call Derbyshire folk - A Man Apart is the first solo album he has made without some kind of Gomez project lurking in the background. As such, he found the process both liberating and ever-so-slightly daunting. “I still love my Americana and my JJ Cale”, says Ben in summary, “but I think this is quite an English-sounding record. I feel like I’m really finding my feet as a writer, and I notice that the people who are coming to my shows these days aren’t necessarily Gomez fans.”  Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Friday 21 December 2018 7.30pm - Tobias ben Jacob and friends - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
details tba Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Tuesday 11 December 2018 7.30pm - Peter Knight & John Spiers - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
The pairing of violin and melodeon is not a new one, but in the hands of Knight and Spiers, improvisation and invention meet the listener at every turn. These uniquely gifted musicians make a sublime pairing, and create a live performance to be remembered for a long time. “Knight’s playing is a revelation. A world away from folky fiddling, it’s fully informed by the classical style, all long sweeping bow strokes and eloquent legato. Yet he never loses the essential folk heart of the music, tracing a graceful line of his own making” Review of Cambridge Folk Festival’s ‘City Roots’; “John’s elegant, rhythmic and virtuoso playing and easy-going folk club banter is a quiet triumph!” Robin Denselow, The Guardian. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 8 December 2018 7.30pm - Glorious Chorus - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Join one of the South West's best loved acclaimed choirs for a concert full of festive favourites and original music. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Tuesday 4 December 2018 7.30pm - Elles Bailey - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Elles Bailey has a talent for crafting and seamlessly weaving rootsy blues, country, and soulful rock, with a contemporary edge. What’s more fate has blessed her with a ‘smoky vocal’ style that perfectly fits her music, after a stint in hospital as a child changed her voice forever. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 1 December 2018 7.30pm - Sound of the Sirens - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Exeter-based duo Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood dovetail beautifully on their debut album released in 2017 to wide praise including from R2 Magazine who called it a “stunning debut collection”.Their live shows combine a natural facility for connecting with their audiences and unforgettable performances with warmth, humour and, above all, real conviction. This show will give fans a taste of new material as they plan towards releasing a new album in 2019. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Friday 30 November 2018 7.30pm - Jamie Smith's Mabon - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Now consistently celebrated as one of the UK’s outstanding Celtic roots acts, the 5-piece band of virtuoso musicians perform blistering live shows. Songs, instrumentals - a broad musical palette - a combination of original compositions and talented musicianship. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Friday 23 November 2018 7.30pm - Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
For almost two decades, Kiki and Carmelo have been touring their spellbinding acoustic live show across the UK and Europe. Performing in this stripped back fashion allows each of their exceptional talents to shine through and create a wonderful and warm sense of intimacy for the audience. The duo’s latest critically acclaimed album includes the haunting duet “Horses” with Scottish singer Eddi Reader. Join Kiki and Carmelo for an acoustic journey of stories and song which include unique covers of songs by artists such as Kate Bush and Frank Sinatra and of course Kiki’s own hits “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, “I Got The Music In Me” and the stunning “Amoureuse”. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 18 November 2018 7.30pm - Urban Folk Quartet - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map) In the wake of his
In an age where the word “folk” encompasses everything from acoustic pop to hardcore traditional music, the use of such labels to distinguish one musical experience from another has arguably been stretched farther than ever. The Urban Folk Quartet’s distinguishing features have much less to do with the traditional idea of genre. Yes, this is fiddle-led music that draws heavily from celtic dance forms and traditional song but from there on in it is unlike any folk band you have ever heard. Just as English country dance unassumingly met with big band jazz musicianship in the mid 20th century, The UFQ’s approach to the folk ethos is to embrace any and every influence that genuinely makes sense of their time and place and makes sense in their music. From funk grooves to middle-eastern melodies, afrobeat to north Indian rhythms. “Seriously exceptional musicians” – R2 (Rock ‘n’ Reel); “Up there with the best of them – amazing musicians.” – BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Friday 16 November 2018 7.30pm - Gigspanner - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map) In the wake of his departure from Steeleye Span, multi award winning fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, and in the process established their reputation as one of the most genuinely ground-breaking forces on the British folk scene, inspiring Maverick magazine to write “Gigspanner are making some of the most beautiful music the genre has to offer” 5*****. Described as one of the “most quietly brilliant sets of musicians in the folk world and beyond”, they take self-penned material along with music rooted in the British Isles and with the flick of a bow, a finely chosen chord or slip of a beat, produce richly atmospheric arrangements. Peter is joined by Roger Flack on Guitar and Sacha Trochet on Percussion, both powerful and intelligent musicians in their own right. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Wednesday 14 November 2018 7.30pm - Daoiri Farrell - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Winner of two BBC Folk Awards 2017: The Horizon Award for best newcomer and Best Traditional Track. ‘Daoirí is one of the most important traditional singers to emerge in the last decade’ Dónal Lunny; ‘I’ve been listening to Daoirí’s emerging sounds since first hearing him at the Góilin Singers Club in Dublin when he was a young lad….always a treat to hear him sing.’ Christy Moore. A former electrician, who decided to change profession after seeing Christy Moore perform on Irish TV, Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell is being described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 11 November 2018 7.30pm - Calan - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
International award-winning band from Wales back on the road with their infectious rhythms and high energy routines to celebrate 10 years since the release of their first album with a brand new compilation recording also including some specially recorded new tracks. They come with accordion, harp, guitar, fiddles and Welsh bagpipes (!) along with a virtuoso performance from a champion step dancer. A fresh and vibrant sound with a pounding beat set against the backdrop of old traditions. Songs include the legend of Wales’ very own fairy realm with a tale of magic, myth and mischief along with some of the most beautiful and haunting melodies. They have introduced a new generation to Welsh music – and continue to do so as they tour Europe, North America, Australia and Asia. ‘…..a diverse ride between giddy Welsh reeling, healthy acoustic folk-pop with upfront attitude and brashness of youth.” FROOTS. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Tuesday 6 November 2018 7.30pm - Slocan Ramblers - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
The Slocan Ramblers are Canada’s young bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in the tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, in the last few years they have become a leading light of Canada’s roots music scene, built on their reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and an uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 4 November 2018 7.30pm - Juan Martin - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
‘The master Flamenco guitarist.’ The Guardian. The guitarist/composer plays and introduces his compositions within the forms of the great tradition. His exquisite style is enhanced through minimal amplification to capture his very pure flamenco sound: just Juan and his sublime guitar to lift and transport you to another dimension – melodic beauty and rhythmic passion. Viva el arte! Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 7 July 2018 7.30pm - "Folk and More" - Kingskerswell Village Hall, School Road, Kingskerswell TQ12 5DJ
On the bill are Harpingmad, the Cornelius Family, Graham Butterfield and Folk Inspired (Chris & Paul Woodhouse). Tickets are now on sale from Chris & Paul 07894 961010, email p.woodhouse47@sky.com and at the Garden Gate (the wool & knitting shop) in the main street Kingskerswell, tel 01803 873534.

Kingston, Reading Room. Kingston, Kingsbridge

Dolphin Open Mic - John O'Connor
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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 12 May 2018 7.30pm - Jez Lowe - Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge TQ7 4QE (map)
Sony award winning songwriter from Durham Jez received a double nomination in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards – for best singer and best new song – was a timely reminder of Jez Lowe’s standing in the UK folk and acoustic music scene. Not only he is one of the busiest live performers in the country, but his songs are among the most widely sung by other performers. www.jezlowe.com. Tickets £10 adv, £12 door, book on 01548 810806. Supported by Silvington, fresh from the launch of their second album “Down the Line” (www.silvington.org).

NEW Saturday 17 February 2018 7.30pm - Anthony John Clarke - Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge TQ7 4QE (map)
A welcome return to Kingston Seasonal Concerts for the genial Northern Irish singer songwriter. He'll make you laugh, he'll make you think, with classic songs like The Broken Years and The Only Life Gloria Knows. Tickets £10 adv from John on 01548 810806, £12 door.

Linkinhorne (was Metherell monthly)

NEW Saturday 29 September 2018 - Folk Evening - Church House Inn, Linkinhorne, Callington PL17 7LY (map)
First of the former Cross House Inn  regular first Saturday of the month evenings at its new venue. Playing, singing, nattering & noggins. Song and music session. All welcome, bring your instruments and voices. Another fun-filled folk evening. Pub tel 01579 363711.

NEW Saturday 3 March 2018 8.30pm - Folk Evening - Cross House Inn, School Road, Metherell, Cornwall PL17 8BQ (map), nr Callington
This session will be the last of this winter. Also, sadly for us, the last at the Cross House Inn. Julie and Ray are moving on and we wish them all the best of everything and thank them for their superb hospitality, log fires, good grub and, of course, drinkies. Plans are in hand and afoot to move to another venue in the autumn: watch this space. Sylvie and Mike.

NEW Saturday 3 February 2018 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. crosshouseinn@gmail.com.

Littlehempston

NEW Friday 16 June 2014 - Hearth Vocal Trio - Littlehempston Community Space (church), nr Totnes TQ9 6LY
'Hearth' (Faith Burch, Fran André & Holly Ebony) will be joined in harmony by the voices of Emily Roblyn and Toni Spencer for some uplifting arrangements of heartfelt songs. Emily's angelic vocals will resonate in the sublime acoustic of this characterful venue in a set of her own songs and Toni will share her thoughtful and evocative poetry. Delicious range of light snacks and drinks available (cash only). Doors 7pm. Limited capacity, booking (and cushion for added comfort) advised. £10 adv from www.brownpaperticket.com/event/2940211. £12 door. Inquiries fyandre@gmail.com. Full details www.facebook.com/events/1119220864849786.

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.

Lustleigh

NEW Saturday 25 November 2017 7.30pm - Charles Causley Film Evening (with Jim Causley) - Lustleigh Village Hall
Film evening with live music set from Jim Causley. 2017 is the centenary of the birth of the poet Charles Causley. The artist and film maker, Jane Darke, has made a feature length film about his life. The film will be introduced by Jane Darke and Jim Causley, who appears in the film, will also be present to sing some of his settings of Charles’ poems. Lustleigh has been chosen for this special event because of the Lustleigh connection with the Causley family – the name is a derivative of Caseley and they are a family with long connections to this area. Charles Causley worked for most of his life as a school teacher in Launceston. The film features many of his best poems, some set to music by his distant relation Jim Causley on his successful CD Cyprus Well. There is archive footage of Causley and interviews with poets who respect his work such as Simon Armitage, Roger McGough and Andrew Motion. Tickets £8.50 available from The Lustleigh Dairy tel. 01647 277498 or email peter@moormasons.plus.com. Bar.

UPDATED Saturday 16 December 2017 - The Lost Sound with Chris Hoban - Lustleigh Village Hall
The Lost Sound and Chris Hoban present Folk Carols and Songs for Winter from around the world. Dartmoor Folk Choir 'The Lost Sound' are a mixed voice chorus based in Buckfastleigh. They perform regularly and have recently been supporting 'Show of Hands' at various gigs including their 25 year anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall. The Lost Sound sings a wide range of folk material from ancient melodies with contemporary arrangements to punchy pop and angular Indie songs. They have a unique relationship with composer, Chris Hoban who has written specifically for the chorus and he also writes and arranges for Show of Hands. Tickets www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-lost-sound-in-concert-with-chris-hoban-tickets-38537366300.

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.

Lydford

NEW Thursday 15 November 2018 7pm - The Churchfitters ~ Folk Unlimited - Nicholls Hall, Lydford, Okehampton EX20 4BH
The Churchfitters is a folk band like no other. A double bass made out of a motor bike petrol tank. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock rhythms and traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising jazz sax! Throw in some exquisite harmonies, a slew of startlingly original songs and a few jokes that create instant rapport and you’ve got a high energy show that always leaves audiences cheering. How do you adequately describe such a musically diverse, uplifting band? You leave it to Mike Harding, a self-confessed ‘huge, huge fan’. He calls their music ‘totally brilliant and beautiful’. Details, bookings etc. www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

Lympstone

NEW Sunday 29 April 2018 7.30pm - Budapest Cafe Orchestra - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
See https://lympstone-entertainments.net.

NEW Thursday 26 April 2018 7.30pm - Nikolsky Ensemble - Parish Church, Church Road, Lympstone EX8 5JU
One of the most thrilling events ever promoted by Lympstone Entertainments was the performance by the Hermitage Ensemble from St Petersburg in 2016. At very short notice, Lympstone has been offered another concert by some of the same singers, including the star soloist, Sergey Grankvist. News has just come through that Visas have been granted to the four singers. This is the Nikolsky Ensemble, featuring the tenor who astonished audiences last time with his amazing voice. They will be performing a programme of Russian Orthodox sacred music, and well-loved Russian folk songs. The composers include Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Rachmaninov, and the songs in the second half feature such favourites as Moscow Nights, Song of the Volga Boatmen, Those Evening Bells and Kalinka. The concert will take place on in the wonderful acoustic of Lympstone Church. Tickets £12 available from boxoffice@lympsone-entertainments.net.

NEW Saturday 14 April 2018 8pm - Evening of Acoustic Music - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
With Reefs of Moonshine, Guy Somerfield, Navigator. Bar. Tickets £8 on door or from Chris Austin 07812 688432 or 01395 224594, Judy Day 01395 266080, Chris Hill 01392 496079.

NEW Sunday 12 November 2017 3pm - Crows - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
The popular 80s folk band favourite “Crows” have returned with a new line-up. Local folk performer Paul Downes now joins Mick Ryan, James Patterson and Dave Bordewey. Lympstone Entertainments are pleased to have managed to book the band following a busy summer which has seen them performing to great acclaim at folk venues and festivals across the country. Tickets £12.50 go on sale at the end of September and can be obtained from Demelza on 01395 272243, or by email boxoffice@lympstone-entertainments.net.

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)

UPDATED Sunday 25 November 2018 - Ian Bruce - Caroline's Kitchen, Churston Farm Shop, Dartmouth Rd, Brixham TQ5 0LL (map)
For our end of season concert we are very fortunate to have secured Ian Bruce - a fabulous performer who we have hosted many times. Various samples https://ianbruce.bandcamp.com. Tickets £10. Doors 7pm. As the weather has turned decidedly cooler we will be holding this concert in the inner cafe, and therefore we need to know numbers, so please book your tickets a.s.a.p., from Maggie on 01803 855961 / 07770 806083, or email scotcraft@msn.com, or online www.wegottickets.com/event/455228. Caroline's has lots of free parking and is on the bus route. She also offers an amazing selection of beverages and snacks.

NEW Sunday 2  September 2018 7.30pm - Bob Fox - Caroline's Kitchen, Churston Farm Shop, Dartmouth Rd, Brixham TQ5 0LL (map)
Bob Fox, Warhorse Songman, back by popular demand. Bob has received many accolades on his warm rich voice and superb guitar style. His stories peppered with good humour make him an engaging and popular guest. www.bobfoxmusic.com. Support will be provided by Maggie Duffy and Bob Thomson. Tickets £14 available from Maggie on 01803 855961 / 07770 806083 or email scotcraft@msn.com, or monies may be left at Caroline's Kitchen, in an envelope marked Bob Fox Concert. Extensive ranges of ales, wines and soft drinks plus teas and coffees, snacks and cakes available.

NEW Sunday 29 July 2018 7.30pm - Tim Edey - Galmpton Village Institute Hall, Greenway Road, Brixham TQ5 0LT (map)
Tim Edey , a BBC Musician of the year multi- instrumentalist and singer, has toured the world and recorded with all of the major names in Irish/Roots music including The Chieftains, Ry Cooder, Dougie MacLean, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon to name just a few… His live solo shows are a stunning mix of world music inspired instrumental virtuosity and passion with a strong Celtic theme, to audience – chorus lines and above all a highly entertaining night of musical genius. Tickets £15 door or by email from mowglimgt@gmail.com.

As a duo, Maggie & Tiggy now have an official name - "Milliner’s Daughter". This is the title of a fiddle tune that Tiggy plays but, interestingly, it is also Maggie’s day job - making hats and feathery things for weddings, etc.

UPDATED Friday 27 October 2017 7pm - Steve Ashley - Caroline's Kitchen, Churston Farm Shop, Dartmouth Rd, Brixham TQ5 0LL (map)
South Brent Folk's headline concert act from 2013 is back in Devon, playing an intimate concert at Caroline's Kitchen. Steve has been described as one of the finest singer-songwriters in Britain with a great voice and dry ‘stage rap’. A member of the original Albion Country Band line-up, his songs have been covered by an ever-growing list of artists, notably Fairport Convention, Anne Briggs, Dave Pegg, Phil Beer and O’Hooley & Tidow. Solo albums include the award-winning 1974 classic folk-rock album, ‘Stroll On’ and ‘Time and Tide’, which was summed up in fROOTS as ‘a modern day masterpiece’. Sample Steve's recent music on www.steveashley.co.uk. Adv tickets £12. To book please call Maggie on 01803 855961 / 07770 806083 or email scotcraft@msn.com, online www.wegottickets.com/event/416761. Support from 'Milliner's Daughter' (Maggie and Tiggy), who have some new songs from uncharted territory. www.facebook.com/maggieandtiggymusic.

Manaton

NEW Thursday 5 July 2018 7.30pm - Sarah McQuaid - Parish Hall, The Green, Manaton, nr Bovey Tracey TQ13 9UJ
Sarah's second visit to Manaton. Recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ards International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland, Sarah’s also drawn critical praise for her voice (which has been variously likened to malt whiskey and melted chocolate) and her engaging rapport with audiences: “One voice, one guitar, and the wondrous reminder of the magic of music. Sarah has the gift.” – The Huffington Post. Music etc. www.sarahmcquaid.com. Tickets £8. Call to reserve: Jenny 01647 221600 or Rie 01647 221671.

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.

Marldon

NEW Friday 8 June 2018 7.30pm - Folk Plus Acoustic Music Club - Ye Olde Smokey House, Vicarage Rd, Marldon, Paignton TQ3 9NN (map)
For June only we are meeting on the 2nd Friday (8th June). July we revert to 3rd Friday (20th July). Entrance £2 for audience and singers alike. Arrive in good time for a 7.30 start. We finish by 10.45pm. Please tell Chris as soon as possible after arriving if you want to perform. We have the use of a p.a. system for those that want to use it. We are a friendly, encouraging club, where everyone's contributions are valued. The range of music is eclectic, predominantly folk but more besides. Further details www.facebook.com/folkplus2/?fref=ts or from Paul and Chris (Folk Inspired) who run the club, 07894 961010. Email p.woodhouse47@sky.com.

NEW Friday 16 March 2018 7.30pm - Folk Plus Acoustic Music Club - Ye Olde Smokey House, Vicarage Rd, Marldon, Paignton TQ3 9NN (map)
Our first 2 Folk Plus evenings, on our new slot on 3rd Fridays, have been a great success. Entrance £2 for audience and singers alike. Arrive in good time for a 7.30 start. We finish by 10.45pm. Please tell Chris as soon as possible after arriving if you want to perform. We have the use of a p.a. system for those that want to use it. We are a friendly, encouraging club, where everyone's contributions are valued. The range of music is eclectic, predominantly folk but more besides. Further details www.facebook.com/folkplus2/?fref=ts or from Paul and Chris (Folk Inspired) who run the club, 07894 961010. Email p.woodhouse47@sky.com.

NEW Friday 19 January 2018 7.30pm - Folk Plus Acoustic Music Club - Ye Olde Smokey House, Vicarage Rd, Marldon, Paignton TQ3 9NN (map)
Our first Folk Plus of the New Year and our first 3rd Friday session ever. As usual we aim to start promptly, at 7.30pm., so please get there early and if you want to perform, let Chris know a.s.a.p. New: one entrance charge for all = £2. www.facebook.com/folkplus2/?fref=ts.

Meavy

NEW Friday 23 November 2018 8pm - Eliza Acty - Parish Hall, Meavy PL20 6PJ
With her unique vocal style, Eliza performs a wide range of music - Americana, folk, old-time, contemporary and original, spanning a century of sound. Tonight Eliza sings and plays guitar alongside her father Peter Acty, an accomplished American-style clawhammer and frailing banjo player, and he's also a classic, percussive finger-pick guitarist. For videos go to www.elizaacty.com. £8. Licensed bar. www.meavy.org.uk/events.htm.

NEW Friday 18 May 2018 7.30pm - Mitchell & Vincent - Parish Hall, Meavy PL20 6PJ
Acoustic duo with guitars and fiddles, who make their own instruments. And the music they play? Take a listen at https://mitchellandvincent.com/audio. £8. Licensed bar. www.meavy.org.uk/events.htm.

NEW Friday 26 January 2018 7.30pm - Tamar - Royal Oak Inn, Meavy PL20 6PJ
Multi-instrumental folk and roots duo Oliver Wheeldon and Barney Kenny from Devon. Tamar's music covers folk, bluegrass, traditional. www.facebook.com/tamarband. £8. Licensed bar. www.meavy.org.uk/events.htm.

NEW Friday 22 Decmber 2017 7.30pm - Christmas Special: Harbottle & Jonas - Parish Hall, Meavy PL20 6PJ
Stunning young folk duo based in Totnes. 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. Playing over 100 gigs each year, these troubadours are to be found far and wide across our beautiful island. www.harbottleandjonas.com. £8. Licensed bar. www.meavy.org.uk/events.htm.

NEW Friday 24 November 2017 7.30pm - Geoff Lakeman - Parish Hall, Meavy PL20 6PJ
Geoff is a leading exponent of the rare Crane Duet concertina. He performs self-written and West Country songs, English, Irish and Scottish folk and other music as varied as Jimmie Rodgers, the Louvin Brothers, Richard Thompson and Randy Newman. He's also one of the few to play 1920's/30's jazz on an authentic 1920's instrument. His smooth tenor vocals and unique concertina accompaniment have won him plaudits and fans over the years but it has only been since retiring from a long career as a Fleet Street Journalist that Geoff has truly spread his wings musically. www.geofflakeman.co.uk. £8. Licensed bar. www.meavy.org.uk/events.htm.

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 Milverton Music Club - Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Outside our normal coverage area really, but anyway...
Steve Knightley in concert Friday 16 February 2018 8pm
Next open mic session on Friday 2 February is a Bob Dylan special.
Please come early as we are often full, doors open at 7.30pm. If you would like to play, sing or order tickets
contact 01823 400416 or email milvertonmusic@f2s.com. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Milverton Music Club - Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Outside our normal coverage area really, but anyway...
Steve Knightley in concert Friday 16 February 8pm
Regular monthly open mic sessions on 1st Friday. Please come early as we are often full, doors open at 7.30pm. If you would like to play, sing or order tickets
contact 01823 400416 or email milvertonmusic@f2s.com. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

Sold out Friday 7 December 2018 - Moscow Drug Club - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Contact
01823 400416 or email milvertonmusic@f2s.com. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Friday 19 October 2018 - Clive Carroll - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Possibly one of the best guitarists in the country. A true legend and fantastic performer. We predict a sell out on this one so please book your tickets at £10. There will also be a bar. Call
01823 400416 or email milvertonmusic@f2s.com. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Friday 15 June 2018 8pm - O'Hooley & Tidow - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on 6 Music and Radio 2, five star reviews and a feature in The Guardian, the songwriting, voice and piano partnership of Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow is regarded as ‘One of British folk music’s mightiest combinations’.  BYO drinks. Call 01823 400416 for more information or visit www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Friday 7 July 2017 8pm - Milverton Music Session -Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
We are looking forward to a great evening of music. This will be our last regular first Friday session before the summer break. Doors 7.30pm. Line-up: Tony Batten, Fi Keene, Nick Girone Maddocks, Chris Smith, Gabbi & Giles, Greg Hancock, Alex Seel, Border Tales, Lionel Took, Will Cann & Rosie Walker, Bob Gallie, Silver Street Band. 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.

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 Monday 10 September 2018 - Kevin Burke - The Horse, 7 George St, Moretonhampstead TQ13 8PG
Kevin Burke is an Irish master fiddler considered one of the finest living Irish fiddlers. For nearly four decades he has been at the forefront of Irish traditional music and Celtic music, performing and recording with the seminal groups The Bothy Band, Patrick Street, and the Celtic Fiddle Festival.
Sunday 9 September 4.00-6.30pm - Workshop with Kevin Burke. Limited places. Cost £45. Further information from marikatylerclark@gmail.com. Venue: Moretonhampstead Parish Hall, Fore Street TQ13 8LL.

NEW Saturday 14 July 2018 7.30pm - Dartmoor folk choir - The Lost Sound, Parish Hall, 12 Fore Street, Moretonhampstead, Devon TQ13 8LL (map)
The a cappela choir's summer season continues. 'In this heart' is a beautiful collection of songs of love, joy and bravery from England, Appalachia, Haiti and more. TLS will be ending their tour at Sidmouth Folk week on Sunday Aug 5th in the Manor Garden pavilion theatre. With a newly expanded choir, a strong, natural and powerful sound, they are earning a well deserved reputation for exciting singing. " Best choir in the region" Phil Beer. Tickets £8.50 via www.thelostsound.co.uk, email info@thelostsound.co.uk or at the Newsagents Moretonhampstead - A Moreton Music Day fundraiser.

NEW Wednesday 6 June 2018 7.30pm - Nancy Kerr - St Andrew's Church, Greenhill, Moretonhampstead TQ13 8NN
Music in Moretonhampstead
www.musicinmoretonhampstead.com are delighted that Nancy will be performing for us in the medieval St Andrew’s Church with its amazing acoustics. Nancy is one of the most celebrated folk musicians of her generation and BBC's Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year 2015. Tickets £13.50 www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nancy-kerr-tickets-44792705187?aff=es2, Moretonhampstead Information Centre, or on the door if any remaining.

NEW Friday 20 October 2017 7.30pm - Martin Carthy - St Andrew’s Parish Church, Moretonhampstead TQ13 8NN
"Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all" Q Magazine - performing in the Medieval acoustic marvel of Moreton’s parish church. An experience not to be missed! Tickets £14 from Moretonhampstead Information Centre, or online www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/martin-carthy-tickets-36542344135?aff=es2.

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.

Newton Abbot

NEW Thursday 6 December 2018 - St Agnes Fountain - Hannahs at Seale Hayne, Howton Lane, Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ
details tba. www.discoverhannahs.org. Tel. 01626 325800.

NEW Friday 17 November 2017 7.30pm - Joglaresa - The Courtenay Centre, Kingsteignton Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 2QA
5 vocalists with medieval folk instruments. Directed by Belinda Sykes, this London-based ensemble has been playing since 1992. Now well-established, they are particularly interesting for the way in which they imaginatively push, and often transcend, the limits of what is often thought of as early music. Their work focuses on connecting ancient and traditional musics but, rather than create a 'fusion' or a surreal mix of these styles, they aim to use their combined experiences (upbringings drenched in traditional Irish, English, Maghrebi, Balkan and Middle Eastern music) to create a homogenous sound - Joglaresa members spent years in North Africa and the Middle East absorbing the best traditional tunes, learning the local languages (Arabic and Hebrew). Full details www.nadsa.co.uk/joglaresa-137-p.asp.

Former venue was Devon Deli

Okehampton

NEW Wednesday 12 December 2018 8pm - Jim Causley: A Causley Christmas - All Saints Church, Okehampton
Join Jim in celebrating the Christmas season as he entertains you with lesser known West Country carols, medieval and secular carols from around the British Isles, his own settings of moving Christmas poems by his relative, the late Cornish poet Charles Causley as well a gurt dollop of festive fun with songs of over-indulgence and even a spot of panto too! If you are feeling a little dismayed with the over-commercialisation of “Christmas present” then join Jim for a journey through Christmas past that will be guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit! www.jimcausley.co.uk. Tickets £10 door. More information from Stephen Cook 01837 659297.

NEW 26-28 October 2018 - Baring-Gould Folk Festival - Okehampton
The Folk Weekend is dedicated to Revd. Sabine Baring-Gould, 19th century folk song collector based here in West Devon, and so our festival takes a special interest in song, and we evoke the spirit of Harvest Festival. Okehampton is a delightful former market town on the northern slopes of Dartmoor. We make use of community and church halls for the Festival Weekend, and the town offers a range of accommodation to suit most pockets - making the Baring-Gould Folk Weekend a perfect autumn break. This year’s artists include Phil Beer, Polly Bolton, Georgia Lewis, Hannah Cumming, Martin and Shan Graebe, Trev Munkenbeck, Bill Murray, Matt Quinn, Kevin Sessions and the festival ceilidh will be led by the eclectic Banter. For more details email or telephone 01837 53754, www.wrenmusic.co.uk/Baring-Gould.

NEW 22-26 October 2018 - Baring-Gould Folk Song School - Ebenezer Hall, North Street, Okehampton EX20 1AR
Dedicated to local folk song collector Revd Sabine Baring-Gould the annual Folk Song School gives you time out to concentrate on your own singing: your voice, your performance, your repertoire. Due to unforeseen circumstances Chris Coe is unable to join us this year, and we are pleased to say that James Findlay will be this year's guest tutor. As well as sharing his love of folk song, James will bring his skill as an actor to honing performing skills. The Song School is held at Wren Music’s headquarters in Okehampton. A converted chapel in the delightful moorland town of Okehampton. The Wren team is led Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker, who will have spent most of this summer taking English folk song to other parts of Europe as far apart as Iceland and Sardinia. The week is suitable for first time singers through to professionals – and the emphasis is on learner led activities, one-to-one and/or small group working with individual tutors and peer support. Cost: £300, plus an option on a £25 Baring-Gould Folk Weekend ticket (26-28 October). For more details email or telephone 01837 53754, www.wrenmusic.co.uk/Baring-Gould.

NEW Saturday 2 June 2018 - Youth Folk Sampler Day - Ebenezer Hall, North Street, Okehampton EX20 1AR
Aged 14–18 on 1 September 2018? Play an instrument confidently? Want to take part in an inspiring day of music making? Sign up for a free place on this Sampler Day. Explore English folk music, learn from inspiring tutors and play with other young musicians from your region. Take part in a day of creative folk music workshops and, if you want to, audition for the 2018–19 National Youth Folk Ensemble. Each Sampler Day features: music workshops with Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron and Miranda Rutter, Q&A with Ensemble staff, optional short audition. Sampler Days are open to players of any instrument. All playing and learning will be done by ear. These free Sampler Days have a positive and welcoming atmosphere. If you’re interested in joining the National Youth Folk Ensemble, you’ll need to attend one of them to start the audition process. Book your free place now, go to www.efdss.org/efdss-education/national-youth-folk-ensemble/sampler-days.

NEW Friday 22 June 2018 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks -Village Hall, Chapple Lane, Sampford Courtenay, Okehampton EX20 2SY
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have built a reputation for top quality musicianship and entertainment. “An eclectic mix of material, underpinned by top quality musicianship; a varied and highly entertaining programme” – Folk On The Moor Folk Club. “A sublime concert, complete with quirky intros; a sumptuous musical journey far and wide across the UK and Europe.” – Cheriton Fitzpaine Village Hall. "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun" – Tom McConville. Doors 7pm. Tickets £8 from Marilyn Weeks: 01837 851269, Deborah Taylor-Morris: 01837 82743, Terry Bullworthy: 01837 89168. Or on door. www.sampfordcourtenay-pc.gov.uk/node/301.

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.

Otterton Mill

We are pleased to announce our 2018 music gigs and tickets are available now. Along with the return of some of the Mill favourites, we also have some newcomers.

 

NEW Friday 7 June 2019 - Jim Causley - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
details tba/tbc An Evening with Jim Causley

NEW Thursday 8 March 2018 8pm - Kent DuChaine - Otterton Mill (Restaurant), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A great start for our Music season 2018 with a Mill favourite. Sharing the stage with many of the greatest Bluesmen & Blueswomen including Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker & Margie Evans, Kent has been described as “A Legend in his own lunchtime & a REAL Bluesman”, Mike Harding (The Mike Harding Folkshow 2016). Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Thursday 5 April 2018 8pm - Jess Klein - Otterton Mill (Restaurant), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Late addition to the 2018 programme is an American singer songwriter Jess Klein, with a devoted worldwide fan base, she is described as ‘a songwriter with a voice of unblinking tenacity’ by the New York Times. Her visit to the Mill is a first on her UK tour. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Thursday 19 April 2018 8pm - Tom McConville - Otterton Mill (Restaurant), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Another welcome return of one of the country’s finest fiddle players Tom McConville. A legendary musician , great singer whose craftsmanship is quite simply a world class. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Thursday 3 May 2018 8pm - Jo Harman Duo - Otterton Mill (Restaurant), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A first visit to the Mill for Jo a super talented performer whose rise to stardom is assured, hailing from the southwest we are delighted to welcome her to the Mill. “ On course to be the finest UK female blues soul voice” – Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Thursday 31 May 2018 8pm - Edwina Hayes’ Mile Roses Trio - Otterton Mill (Courtyard), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Edwina is a firm Mill favourite and regular performer and we are delighted to welcome the Mile Roses Trio to Devon. Described as Contemporary British Folk music with a nod to Nashville, Edwina, Kate Bramley and Simon Haworth are sure to enchant. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Thursday 28 June 2018 8pm - Goat Roper Rodeo Band - Otterton Mill (Courtyard), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Hold onto your hats this will be something completely different, a personal choice of Chris,’s these three lads are preaching Country Blues like you’ve not heard before. Other fans include Bob Harris who describes the trio as “ Amazing”, so be sure to head on down for this one. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Thursday 12 July 2018 8pm - Paul Lamb & The King Snakes - Otterton Mill (Courtyard), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Welcoming Paul Lamb back to the Mill, this time with his band, with a promise of a wonderful equilibrium of real blues, boogie, swing and a good time jump, Paul Lamb & the King Snakes will definitely be blowing up a storm. ‘Simply better than the opposition from whatever side of the Atlantic they come “Blues Print Magazine. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Thursday 26 July 2018 8pm - Boo Hewerdine - Otterton Mill (Courtyard), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
After a sell out 2017 gig at the Mill, we are delighted to welcome back acclaimed Ivor Novello Award nominated English singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine who, this year will be performing outside in our courtyard. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Thursday 9 August 2018 8pm - Fred’s House - Otterton Mill (Courtyard), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Fred’s House, winners of the Syd Barrett Pride of Cambridge Award 2017, are an award winning band based in Cambridge. They make summery, 70's West Coast inspired folk/rock but have their own distinctively fresh sound that is very much part of now. Maverick Magazine “Harmonies soar like a nightingale recalling the very best of Poco and CSN, but this music belongs to Fred’s House ... terrific.” Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Thursday 23 August 2018 8pm - Flats & Sharps - Otterton Mill (Courtyard), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Following on from their highly successful first appearance, Flats and Sharps will again be blurring the lines between Bluegrass, Folk, Country & Pop, performing their own highly original songs as well as their renditions of Bluegrass classics. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Thursday 27 September 2018 8pm - Lisa Mills - Otterton Mill (Restaurant), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Lisa returns with her southern soul Americana gospel and blues and her exceptional guitar mastery and mighty breathtaking voice to delight us. “Lisa Mills is one of the ten killer songwriters you need to hear right now ... her many styles of southern music come through in her powerful delivery.” Jim Hynes, Elmore Magazine. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Thursday 25 October 2018 8pm - Rag Mama Rag - Otterton Mill (Restaurant), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Rag Mama Rag create an exceptionally full and hard driving rhythmic sound which soon as audiences feet tapping. Their repertoire is 20’s and 30’s blues based but extremely varied including many regional styles of the period. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

Otterton Mill Music 2018 - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Otterton Mill has announced its new programme of music events, all on Thursdays. Full details see www.ottertonmill.com.
Spring – Upstairs in the restaurant – Tickets £15
8/3 Kent DuChaine; 5/4 Jess Klein; 19/4 Tom McConville; 3/5 Jo Harman Duo
Summer – outside courtyard – Tickets £17.50 including a glass of Mill punch
31/5 Edwina Hayes’ Mile Roses Trio; 28/6 Goat Roper Rodeo Band; 12/7 Paul Lamb & The King Snakes; 26/7 Boo Hewerdine; 9/8 Fred’s House; 23/8 Flats & Sharps
Autumn – Upstairs back in the restaurant – Tickets £15
27/9 Lisa Mills; 25/10 Rag Mama Rag

Paignton

NEW Thursday 22 November 2018 7.30pm - Maggie Duffy - Cantina Kitchen, Young's Park Road, Goodrington, Paignton TQ4 6BU
An intimate evening with Maggie presenting a mixture of her own songs plus some of the most lovely and seldom heard songs from many artistes and eras, such as Diamonds & Rust, Boy with the Moon & Star, Love Minus Zero. Free entry, Cantina Kitchen is a café/restaurant/bar, 01803 525377.

NEW Sunday 26 August 2018 2.30pm - Paddy’s Whiskers - The Boathouse, Preston Sands, Paignton
Paignton based Irish/Celtic/American band Paddy’s Whiskers 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. If it’s not raining, then the gig will be on the beautiful terrace overlooking Preston Beach. The venue is very family friendly. Live music starts at 2.30pm. Free entry. More information from www.paddyswhiskers.co.uk or ring Andrew on 07514064558.

Paignton based Irish/Celtic/American band Paddy’s Whiskers 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. Free entry. Tables may be booked on 01803 665066. More information from www.paddyswhiskers.co.uk or ring Andrew on 07514 064558.

NEW Saturday 8 December 2018 - Folk Orchestra of Torbay Christmas Concert - Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF (map)
details tba www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk. Box office 01803 665800.

NEW Tuesday 25 September 2018 7.30pm - QUEST with Breaking Tradition and the Demon Barbers - Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF (map)
The Demon Barbers, winners of the `Best Live Act' in the Radio 2 Folk Awards, together with Breaking Tradition, the UKs leading folk and hip hop dance company. QUEST is a spectacularly entertaining show where dazzling dance and stomping tunes combining to turn a rousing story into a family show full of blazing energy and joy. It's a real Folk and Hip-Hop dance extravaganza and if you're not sure what to expect then we say- come along, you'll love it! Tickets £7 - £14.
www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk. Box office 01803 665800.

NEW Sunday 22 July 2018 - Paddy’s Whiskers - The Spinning Wheel Inn, Paignton Seafront
Paignton based Irish/Celtic/American band Paddy’s Whiskers are playing at The Spinning Wheel Inn, Paignton at 3:00pm on Sunday, 22nd July. The band play 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 3:00pm outside on the terrace overlooking the beach. Entrance is free. More information from www.paddyswhiskers.co.uk or ring Andrew on 07514 064558.

NEW Sunday 25 February 2018 2.30pm - Paddy’s Whiskers - The Boathouse, Preston Sands, Paignton
Paignton based Irish/Celtic/American band Paddy’s Whiskers 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 Sunday 26 November 2017 2.30pm - Paddy’s Whiskers - The Boathouse, Preston Sands, Paignton
Paignton based Irish/Celtic/American band playing upbeat footstomping folk in a contemporary style - 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. Live music starts at 2.30pm and entrance is free. Tables to eat may be booked on 01803 665066. More information from www.paddyswhiskers.co.uk or ring Andrew on 01803 520798.

NEW Friday 1 September 2017 7.30pm - The Demon Barbers: The Lock In Remixed - Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF (map)
text www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk. Box office 01803 665800.

Peter Tavy

NEW Friday 6 April 2018 - Special Square Dance - Peter Tavy Village Hall, nr Tavistock PL19 9NS
With American caller Tony Mates. Live music from some of England’s finest old time musicians. Tickets £7 adult, £5 OAP/U16. Refreshments available by donation. Call 01822 810868 or 01822 810243 for more information.

Plymouth B-Bar

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

NEW Wednesday 19 December 2018 8pm - Jim Causley: A Causley Christmas - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Join Jim in celebrating the Christmas season as he entertains you with lesser known West Country carols, medieval and secular carols from around the British Isles, his own settings of moving Christmas poems by his relative, the late Cornish poet Charles Causley as well a gurt dollop of festive fun with songs of over-indulgence and even a spot of panto too! If you are feeling a little dismayed with the over-commercialisation of “Christmas present” then join Jim for a journey through Christmas past that will be guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit! £13. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Saturday 8 December 2018 8pm - The Dylan Project - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Take four of Britain's most talented folk-rock musicians and a unique singer, add the repertoire of a genius, and you've got the recipe for a dream band. The musicians in question are PJ Wright (slide and electric guitars, pedal steel) Gerry Conway (drums and percussion) Phil Bond (keys) Dave Pegg (bass) and the singer is Steve Gibbons. As The Dylan Project, they present an exhilarating tribute to the work of arguably the greatest postwar songwriter in the English language. The Dylan Project's repertoire spans the whole of Dylan's oeuvre – everything from Highway 61 to Mississippi – and new material is frequently brought into the setlist. Whether you are a diehard Dylan fan or just enjoy great songs performed with flair and brio, The Dylan Project will take your breath away. Go and see them or buy one of the albums – you won't be disappointed. £20. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday 30 November 2018 9pm - Jamie Yost - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Jamie Yost is an alternative folk, singer-songwriter, based in the southwest. With a blend of soulful vocals and heart felt lyrics he flits between the acoustic, electric and keys. His sound has been compared to artists such as Ben Howard, Matt Corby and Daughter. £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Saturday 17 November 2018 9pm - "Duelling Concertinas": Geoff Lakeman & Jody Kruskal - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
The B-Bar, is hosting an international squeeze-box "play-off" between two masters of the concertina. Expect musical fireworks at this one-off double-header gig featuring probably the USA's best concertina player Jody Kruskal who is touring the UK from his home in New York and our very own Geoff Lakeman, stalwart of the west-country folk scene as well as patriarch to Lakeman folk dynasty. The venue could not be better - it's less than 100 yards from the Mayflower Steps, from where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail! Both musicians are supreme entertainers who play a wide range of foot-tapping and sing-a-long material.And this is no long-face, serious concert. They promise gut-busting humour and plenty of audience participation. £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday 16 November 2018 9pm - The Man and The Lake - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Wild, poetic, uproarious and anthemic. The Man and The Lake is an Adriatic folk-rock band based in Bristol, UK. The band's eclectic sound is inspired by Italian, Romani and Balkan music and blended with American and British folk-rock. They bring fiery rhythms, dark notes and stories from far away. Their shows have been described as "a dance-off at a funeral", with diverse influences that will drive you ecstatically into a ritual Venetian dance. £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Saturday 10 November 2018 - John Smith - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
“The future of folk music” - John Renbourn; “He’s a magician” - Ben Howard; “Spellbinding” - Time Out. John Smith has gained a reputation through relentless touring as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and singer-songwriters. Compared as a singer to John Martyn and Ray Lamontagne, Smith has evolved his own transatlantic blend of fingerstyle and slide techniques, switching between acoustic and electric guitars in various tunings. His uniquely intimate take on love, loss or even a mythic murder ballad, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following, made up of people willing to take part in the communion of a song. £16.50. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Thursday 8 November 2018 8pm - Steve James - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
In the world of contemporary acoustic and roots music, Steve James has earned his reputation with decades of tireless international touring, a stack of solo recordings, a funny, kinetic stage presence and an unmistakable style of playing and singing. A blues musician, a notable songwriter, one of the best modern bottleneck slide players and a storyteller with an encyclopaedic knowledge of blues history. As a sideman, both on stage and on record, he’s played with Howard Armstrong, Bo Diddley, John Hammond, Maria Muldaur, Furry Lewis and James McMurtry…he often gets a shout-out to “get on up here” from the likes of Tommy Emmanuel, Hot Tuna or Chip Taylor. Check him out on this recent promo video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhboaObbJ_U. Tickets:£12.50 at www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/event-details/?eid=61428.

NEW Friday 26 October 2018 9pm - Megs Emry Band - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Folk-rock with a latin twist. Soaring folk-rock band bringing tender, starry moments through to mountainous and epic electric guitar solos. Expect powerful stories with bluesy and latin rhythms, taking you on a journey back to 70’s psychedelia via the sea. After the successful release of their debut EP last year the band appeared on official line-ups for festivals like Glastonbury and Shambala. They have just released their new EP. Come dance, come dream. "Imagine if Kate Bush and Jeff Buckley were farming Goat and Lamb on a hillside in Peru..." The Nod, Passion Radio Bristol. £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Thursday 25 October 2018 8.30pm - Flor Amargo - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
In her homeland of Mexico Flor Amargo is a HUGE artist, attracting millions of views of her youtube performances, selling countless albums, appearing on TV and selling out live gigs. Flor makes passionate performances of traditional songs and blends elements of rock, pop and jazz to create a truly compelling live show. It is an absolute honour to invite her to play at the B-Bar and a once in a lifetime opportunity to see such a revered performer in such an intimate setting. Don't miss it! www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMoufkGH0dk. £2. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Saturday 20 October 2018 9pm - Alex Hart Band - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
23 year old Alex Hart released her first album in 2014 and has just finished her UK Tour with her band. Alex performs all over the country with her Taylor guitar and her west country - country sound and is picking up rave reviews across the country with regular air play from Radio 2 and national BBC radio shows. She was lucky enough to have supported Turin Brakes at the Lyme Regis Folk Festival where she managed to pick up two record deals. £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday 19 October 2018 9pm - Mitchell & Vincent - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
The Westcountry duo’s fiddle and guitar playing has been described by Acoustic magazine as “Stunning”, while Bright Young Folk praised their music for "Providing skilled arrangements and expert delivery of tunes and songs which showcase the vibrancy, and variety, of folk music across Britain. A thoroughly engaging and enjoyable experience.” £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Thursday 18 October 2018 8.30pm - Sam Brothers - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
A massive talent - a remarkable guitarist and unique song-writer, blessed with an astonishing voice that recalls the gentle sensitivity of Nick Drake, but underscored by the screaming power and swooping range of Jeff Buckley. And with something more, an honesty and intensity that is purely Sam Brothers. His songs reflect the truths that his single-minded lifestyle and tough choices have delivered. Rooted in the raw passion of the early protest singers and touching on the beauty of the firstwave of folksters – Sam’s songs are invested with echoes of Dylan, Buckley, Drake, Van Zandt, and all the stops along the long, old, lonely road that those illustrious names illuminate.' £2. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday 12 October 2018 9pm - Windjammer - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
A contemporary folk trio, based in Plymouth. They play original material, along with new arrangements of traditional songs and tunes, and singing in three-part harmony. £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Thursday 11 October 2018 8.30pm - Matthew Gordon Price - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
An alternative folk musician who provides an emotional narrative of which many can relate. His sound has been compared to artists such as Damien Rice, Marcus Mumford and Glenn Hansard. Matthew has just supported the legendary Martha Reeves & The Vandellas at GLas-Denbury Fest 2018. www.matthewgordonprice.com. £2. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Saturday 29 September 2018 9pm - Johnny Mac & Co - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Johnny Mac and Co make a welcome return to the B-Bar to promote their new CD. Featuring guitar, vocals, saxophone, mandolin and percussion, they have their own unique blend of classic jazz and folk tunes, plus Johnny's own songs of East Cornwall life. Come along and let this acoustic four piece catch your ears and get your feet tapping. £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Thursday 27 September 2018 8pm - Geoff Lakeman - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
B-Bar regular Geoff Lakeman - dad to famous folk stars Seth,Sean and Sam -plays for us again including tracks from his lauded album "After All These Years." The CD has had national five and four--star reviews and been played on BBC Radio 2 by Mark Radcliffe, by Tom Robinson on his BBC Radio Six show, on BBC Radio 3 and just about every local radio station in the country. Come and hear the singer and concertina master's musical take on the west country,American and Irish folk, Americana and even 20's/30's jazz. £2. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday 21 September 2018 9pm - Eliza Acty - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Devon based singer and musician. With her unique vocal style, Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time, original and contemporary songs that span over a century of music. £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

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 Saturday 24 November 7.30 pm - The Lost Sound: Dartmoor Folk Choir - St Emmanuel Church, 1 Compton Ave, Plymouth PL3 5BZ
The Choir start a short winter tour entitled 'Stormy Weather' fresh from supporting Show of Hands in Plymouth at the Theatre Royal. 'As the rain descends and the stormy winds are howlin' - come take shelter in the warmth of our songs, our luxuriant harmonies and the rousing rhythms that mark the passage of time.' This show is raising funds for the local Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group. Online ticketing via www.thelostsound.co.uk or email info@thelostsound.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 11 November 2018 7.30pm Show of Hands - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
With Miranda Sykes and special guest Cormac Byrne. www.showofhands.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 24 February 2018 7pm - Plymouth Morris Men’s 48th Annual Ceilidh with Piping Hot - Woolwell Community Centre, Darklake Lane, Roborough, Plymouth PL6 7TR
Caller Joan Holloway. Tickets £10 (includes a pasty supper), available through www.plymouthmorrismen.org.uk.

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

Sold out Thursday 16 November 2017 - Seth Lakeman supporting and playing with Robert Plant - Plymouth Pavilions
Sorry I didn't tell you about this one earlier - I knew nothing about it until it was too late. If you know of relevant gigs I don't have in my listings, please tell me. Thanks. Read the story of how this came about here www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-41220247. JC

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.

Plympton

NEW Monday 23 July 2018 - Julie Felix - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Julie's back for her fourth performance at The Brook Inn. This folk legend of the 60s and 70s will be entertaining a small, select audience and the evening includes a three course meal. The cost is just £35 per person and numbers are limited so that everyone can enjoy a very special evening in the company of Julie Felix. Tel. 01752 297604 for further details. www.facebook.com/events/1998278277124715. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 19 May 2018 7pm - Medieval & Traditional Folk Concert - St Mary’s Church, Market Road, Plympton PL7 1QW
Musicians Devnent (Steve Tyler, Katy Merchant and Jim Causley) and dancers from the Age of Chivalry. Devnent are an exhilarating trio comprising international Medieval musicians Steve Tyler and Katy Merchant with award winning local folk singer Jim Causley. They’ll be bringing you a delightfully rich evening of song and instrumental music from Devon, Dartmoor and beyond, with music and song from Medieval Europe, traditional sources and recently written pieces, performed on hurdy gurdy, bagpipes and other exotic early traditional instruments. Age of Chivalry will perform a medley of Medieval dances based on the Festival themes of War, Health and Enlightenment. This event is part of the Historic Plympton Festival (14–20 May). Tickets £10. See https://historyfestival2018.wordpress.com/music-and-performance for booking details.

NEW Friday 11 May 2018 - Honey & The Bear - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Suffolk songwriters Jon Hart and Lucy Sampson are bringing their own brand of folk Americana to The Brook as part of their spring tour. Check out www.facebook.com/honeyandthebear. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk
. Tel. 01752 297604.

NEW Friday 4 May 2018 - Peter Donegan - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
The son of skiffle legend, Lonnie Donegan, now performing his father's songs and keeping alive the memory of one of the first stars of the hit parade. Tickets £3, available adv at the bar (free to restaurant diners that evening). www.facebook.com/events/1926312494365575. Any money raised from ticket sales will go towards Peter's fundraising campaign to help fund treatment for his three year old "Little Man", Eric, who has just been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. www.gofundme.com/littlemanfund. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk
. Tel. 01752 297604.

NEW Monday 23 April 2018 - An Evening with Jim Causley - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
What better way to mark St George's Day than an evening of traditional folk tales and music from one of Devon's best loved and respected figures of today’s contemporary roots and folk scene; Jim Causley. During the past decade Jim has been nominated no less than six times for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award and in 2017 he was nominated as “Singer of the Year” at the awards. We are delighted to offer an evening with Jim on St George's Day. Tickets £25 per person and include a two course meal. www.facebook.com/events/517564475294414. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk
. Tel. 01752 297604.

Sandford

NEW Friday 7 July 2017 - Reg Meuross - Lamb Inn, The Square, Sandford, Crediton EX17 4LW (map)
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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 Friday 16 November 2018 7.30pm - Kit Holmes with Alan Greenwood - Scoriton Village Hall, nr Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
A fun entertaining evening to get your music taste buds tingling! Kit’s trademark sultry vocals and virtuoso guitar playing have wowed audiences across the UK through extensive touring with the guitar hero, 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. Recent gigs include: Paul McCartney’s LIPA; the Anne Frank Awards at the BBC; a performance for Bill Bryson and Andy Kershaw and a headline show at the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain. Licensed bar. Tickets £10 adult / £5 child / £25 family available from Steph on 01364 631288 or www.ticketsource.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 28 October 2018 7.30pm - Trade Winds - Tradesmans Arms, Scoriton, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
With it being as close as you’re going to get to Halloween while still being a Sunday, perhaps stories, poems and songs with a spooky theme would be an idea, but as always, anything you want to bring and perform will be just great. Simon and Susan 01364 631308.

NEW Sunday 30 September 2018 7.30pm - Trade Winds - Tradesmans Arms, Scoriton, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
The first session of the 15th season of Trade Winds. Poems, Songs, Stories and Music feature, all completely free as always. Book up on the night, if you'd like a slot -- musicians/singers particularly welcome, to balance out the wonderful poets and storytellers. Simon and Susan 01364 631308.

NEW Sunday 29 April 2018 7.30pm - Trade Winds - Tradesmans Arms, Scoriton, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
The usual mix of poems, songs, stories and music. M/C for the evening will be Trade Winds stalwart Jennie Osborne and it will, we’re sure, be a great mix of fine poetry and good music, as usual. Do come along to take part or to enjoy the evening as audience. Simon and Susan 01364 631308.

NEW Sunday 25 March 2018 7.30pm - Trade Winds - Tradesmans Arms, Scoriton, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
The usual blend of poems, songs, stories and music will be on offer and all, as always, are welcome to perform anything that takes their fancy or to swell the numbers of the audience. Since it’s Spring, anything to do with pretty flowers, rabbits, snow, gales or two foot icicles will be welcome, but as always, the theme is optional. Do tell any friends who might like to come, particularly musicians and singers. Simon and Susan 01364 631308.

NEW Saturday 24 March 2018 8pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Scoriton Village Hall, nr Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
Folk duo Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have built a reputation for top quality musicianship and entertainment. “An eclectic mix of material, underpinned by top quality musicianship; a varied and highly entertaining programme” – Folk On The Moor Folk Club. “One of Devon’s multi-instrumental treasures.” – Topsham Folk Club. “A sublime concert, complete with quirky intros; a sumptuous musical journey far and wide across the UK and Europe.” – Cheriton Fitzpaine Village Hall. "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun" – Tom McConville. www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Tickets £8, can be booked on 01364 631288; or pay on the door. Licensed bar.

NEW Friday 30 June 2017 8pm - Blackheart Orchestra - Scoriton Village Hall, nr Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
Blackheart Orchestra are a British singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist duo comprising Chrissy Mostyn and Richard Pilkington. With folk/rock origins the band blend musical styles to create unique music at times haunting and enchanting and at other times creating a wall of sound using ancient synthesisers, electronic and bowed guitars and bass. The band have drawn comparisons to Kate Bush, Ellie Golding, London Grammar, Pink Floyd and Steve Reich. Tickets £10, licensed bar. Tel. 01364 631288.

NEW Saturday 15 July 2017 6.00-7.30pm - Trade Winds at Ways With Words - Dukes Room, Dartington Hall
Trade Winds at the Dartington literature festival. Free admission. Usual mix of poems, songs, stories and music. Simon and Susan 01364 631308.

NEW Sunday 28 May 2017 7.30pm - Trade Winds - Tradesmans Arms, Scoriton, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
As usual, all poets, musicians, singers and storytellers are invited, as well as all who would like to listen to them. This is a chance for anybody who has something they would like to read or perform to have a go; we’re lucky to have a very warm and receptive audience. All are welcome and, of course, it’s free, so do come to listen or perform.
Simon and Susan 01364 631308.

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.

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.

Seaton - Jurassic Folk (Acoustic)

Seaton - Jurassic Folk (Acoustic) Sesssions - Eyre Court Hotel, 2 Queen Street, Seaton EX12 2NY
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, in the Conservatory at the Eyre Court Hotel, Seaton. Doors open 7.30pm for a prompt start at 8.00pm. One interval and finishing at 10.30pm. Free admission. No slots are booked. All abilities of musician will receive a warm welcome. All music will be acoustic so that there will be no gaps between slots. Website www.jurassicfolk.co.uk (formerly
www.jurassicfolkandjam.com). For further details contact Adrian on 01404 549903 or Mike on 01404 43429.

Sidmouth

NEW Thursday 9 August 2018 5.30pm - Reg Meuross - Parish Church, Church Lane, Sidmouth EX10 8LG
With Anna Tanvir. This year he is raising funds for Gateway, for the homeless and those who are vulnerably housed. Mark Radcliffe described Reg as a “brilliant singer songwriter and true troubadour with a social conscience,” writing 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, and for this reason the church and Gateway are very excited to link up with him in this way. Tickets £10+ adv www.wegottickets.com/event/441913, £12 door, £5 for Sidmouth Folk Week pass holders. All profits to Gateway Homelessness Action Group .

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 Thursday 19 October 2017 7.30pm - Red Rocks Story Open Mic - Upstairs at the Anchor, Old Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LP
Come tell or read aloud your own work. Slots are 8 mins (about 1600-ish words.) Storytellers arrive at 7pm, first come, first tell. £3, £2 storytellers. Contact 07834 194215, email JanetTells@gmail.com. This event repeats in 2018: 15 February, 19 April, 21 June.

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 27 October 2017 7.30pm - SidMouth StoryNight - Cellar Bar, Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NG
SidMouth StoryNights for GrownUps presents: Janet Dowling and friends bring you The Return of Fearsome Fairy Tales for Fearless Adults- the Fairies Fight Back! 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 telling new tales of old fears. Be warned- these tales are not suitable for Adults of a nervous disposition. Tickets £8 adv from Paragon Books, High Street, Sidmouth, or on door. Bar available, Good disabled access. Not suitable for U14s. For more details call 07834 194215 or email JanetTells@gmail.com.

NEW Friday 22 September 2017 7.30pm - SidMouth StoryNight - Cellar Bar, Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NG
SidMouth StoryNights for GrownUps presents: Storyteller Graham Langley with musician Pam Bishop tell 50 Shades of Graham. Follow him as he touches the deepest levels of your emotions, at one moment bright and breezy bringing colour and sunlight into his stories, then dark and mysterious the next. Tonight his storytelling is taken to a new dimension as he is joined by Pam Bishop, who enriches the tales with her unique blend of music. He is described by The Times as a 'storyteller for the 21st century'. Tickets £8 adv from Paragon Books, High Street, Sidmouth, or on door. Bar available, Good disabled access. Not suitable for U14s. For more details call 07834 194215 or email JanetTells@gmail.com.

NEW Friday 30 June 2017 7.30pm - SidMouth StoryNight - Cellar Bar, Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NG
SidMouth StoryNights for GrownUps presents: Storyteller Michael Dacre and Spanish guitarist Steve Yates tell The Haunted Inn and other tales from the Saragossa Manuscript. Spanish tales within tales, interwoven with the magical strings of the guitar. Meet Moorish princesses, hanged men and a host of ghosts, ghouls, vampires, gypsies and wizards as well as lovely senoritas, bewitching serenades and foot tapping Spanish dances. “A fantastic duet of wicked words and virtuoso guitar playing.” Tickets £8 adv from Paragon Books, High Street, Sidmouth, or on door. Bar available, Good disabled access. Not suitable for U14s. For more details call 07834 194215 or email JanetTells@gmail.com.

NEW Friday 19 May 2017 7.30pm - SidMouth StoryNight - Cellar Bar, Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NG
SidMouth StoryNights for GrownUps presents: Lisa Schneidau and Ronnie Conboy: "Giants- Stories from the Bedrock of the British Isles". A journey through some of the old myths exploring the relationship between the Giants – the great rock builders – and the human beings that came after. Join us for an evening of myth and story, of fun, wonder, music, laughter and a smidgen of comedy violence! “A truly entertaining and accomplished story telling.” Tickets £8 adv from Paragon Books, High Street, Sidmouth, or on door. Bar available, Good disabled access. Not suitable for U14s. For more details call 07834 194215 or email JanetTells@gmail.com.

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 Thursday 27 December 2018 7.30pm - Twixt Christmas and New Year Céilidh - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Chill out and enjoy the music after the Christmas festivities or dance your (new) socks off with 'Buttoned Up'. Reel Ale bar. Tickets (which might make good Christmas presents) £7.50 from artworks. Entry includes one free non-alcoholic spiced berry drink. FFI: contact Eileen McKee on 01364 73699 or email: eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com.

NEW Saturday 20 October 2018 7.30pm - Autumn Céilidh with Half Moon Ceilidh Band - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
With caller Anne Gill, Andy Clarke (guitar, bouzouki) and Steve Gill (melodeons). All welcome: Reel Ale bar and nibbles available. Tickets £8 on door or from artworks. FFI contact Eileen on 01364 73699 or email eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com or visit
www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area, including the Annual 'Twixt' Céilidh on Thursday 27 December 2018.

NEW Saturday 28 April 2018 7.30pm - Spring Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Caller Kip Pratt (bodhran, fiddle), with Mike Vickery (mandolin, guitar) and Aaron Aldred (melodeon). All welcome: Reel Ale bar and nibbles available. Tickets
at £7.50 on the door or from artworks (Station Rd, South Brent www.artworksouthbrent.co.uk). FFI contact Eileen on 01364 73699 or email eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com or visit websitewww.southbrentfolk.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 17 March 2018 7.30pm - Tamar Valley & Launceston Male Voice Choirs - St Petroc`s Church, South Brent
Joint concert by two Cornish Male Voice Choirs, each with a repertoire of traditional songs, spirituals and songs from the shows. In support of Children`s Hospice South West. Tickets £7.50 available from
artworks (Station Rd, South Brent www.artworksouthbrent.co.uk) or Jeremy Wells tel. 01364 72180, or on door.

NEW Tuesday 28 December 2017 7.30pm - Twixt Christmas and New Year Ceilidh - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Chill out and enjoy the music after the Christmas festivities or dance your (new) socks off with 'Buttoned up' with caller Kate Fincham-Powell. Reel Ale bar. Tickets (which might make good Christmas presents) £7.50 from 'artworks', Station Road, South Brent. Entry includes one free non alcoholic spiced berry drink. FFI: contact Eileen McKee on 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 www.southbrentfolk.org.uk. In 2018 they will include a concert with Jackie Oates on Saturday 10 March 2018, South Brent Folk Day on Saturday 7 July 2018 and the Annual 'Twixt' Céilidh again on Thursday 27 December 2018.

NEW Friday 27 October 2017 7.30pm - Kevara Klezmer Ceilidh - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Come and dance to more East Euro musical offerings from Kevara. £8.50/7 concs. BYO refreshments.

NEW Saturday 30 September 2017 7pm - Brentathon Ceilidh - Old School Community Centre, South Brent
The South Brent Ceilidh Band comprising members of the Cotton Mill Ceilidh Band and 'Children's Folk at The Oak' will have you on your feet and the callers will lead you through the dance moves to jigs and reels. £5 per person or £10 for family ticket. BYO drinks. Part of the Old School Community Centre's 'Brentathon-20 - Raising the Roof' 20th Anniversary programme.

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.

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.

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:

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 23 November 2018 8pm - Rosie Hood and Lucy Huzzard - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
A folk singer/songwriter from Wiltshire, Rosie Hood is known for her strong, pure voice and captivating performances. A BBC Performing Arts Fellow in 2015 and a 2016 Horizon Award nominee, Rosie has become more than purely a traditional singer. Having learnt folk songs from an early age, Rosie has a keen interest in the history of traditional songs, particularly those of her native Wiltshire, where she has spent time researching in the local archives and developing a broad repertoire of local songs. June 2017 saw Rosie release her first solo album, a collection of old and new folk songs, described by The Guardian as “a classy arrival”. Melodeon player Lucy Huzzard is perhaps best-known for her clog dancing in the Demon Barbers' Lock In show and her work with Third Beat Dance Collective. Lucy studied on Newcastle University's Folk Degree. Email bookings@liveandacoustic.co.uk or call 01837 840775 for tickets £8. www.churchhouseconcerts.co.uk.

NEW Friday 12 October 2018 8pm - Greg Russell & Jack Rutter - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
You may know them individually as one half of the duo Ciaren Algar and Greg Russell or one third of the trio Moore, Moss, Rutter - but now Greg Russell & Jack Rutter are back for an evening with a difference: two mini concerts with solo spots from Jack and Greg, ending the evening together for a few final tunes and songs. Greg Russell: Possessed of an extraordinary voice that’s ‘full of character’ (The Telegraph), over the last 5 years Greg Russell has established himself as one of the most significant players on the U.K. folk scene. Playing guitar, bouzouki and singing, in 2013 he won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and in 2014 won the Horizon Award from the same source alongside Ciaran Algar. Jack Rutter: Still in his mid 20s, Jack Rutter (Moore Moss Rutter, Seth Lakeman band, Jackie Oates band) is a highly respected singer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist playing within the British folk tradition. His new solo set features a range of well known and rare traditional songs from a variety of sources, delivered with guitar, bouzouki or duet concertina accompaniment that complement his signature ‘honest, unaffected vocals’ (Yorkshire Evening Post).

South Zeal

NEW Saturday 9 December 2018 8pm - Christmas Party Ceilidh with Dartmoor Pixie Band & Friends - Victory Hall, South Zeal, near Okehampton EX20 2JT (map)
Guest appearance from Zeal. Adult £7, child free (must be accompanied by an adult) - Bring and Share supper - no bar so please bring your own. All welcome a fun evening for all of the family.

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

Starcross Concert News
The Ange Hardy concert at St Paul's Church scheduled for 6 October has unfortunately been cancelled, but two new concerts there have just been announced:
Friday 25 January 2019 - Jim Causley - details www.wegottickets.com/event/450530
Friday 15 February 2019 - Jackie Oates -
details www.wegottickets.com/event/450407
The Starcross concerts aim to raise money to keep the church going and make it a more viable community building.

NEW  - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
More than simply a folk-singer, multi award winning singer-songwriter and musician Jim Causley is an all-round entertainer and his 'Evening with' concerts give a full night of beautiful singing, moving ballads, hilarious ditties and everything in between. Drawing equally from traditional repertoire, modern songs as well as his own compositions and settings of poems by his relative, the celebrated Charles Causley. All accompanied on piano and various accordions and served with a gurt dollop of Westcountry humour, an evening with Jim is an evening not to be missed. .

NEW Friday 15 February 2019 - Jackie Oates - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
Jackie is a singer and fiddle player hailing from Staffordshire. Her unique treatment of English ballads and songs and pure, haunting singing style has established her at the forefront of the new English folk revival. www.wegottickets.com/event/450407. The Starcross concerts aim to raise some money to keep the church going and make it a more viable community building.

NEW Friday 25 January 2019 - Jim Causley - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
More than simply a folk-singer, multi award winning singer-songwriter and musician Jim Causley is an all-round entertainer and his 'Evening with' concerts give a full night of beautiful singing, moving ballads, hilarious ditties and everything in between. Drawing equally from traditional repertoire, modern songs as well as his own compositions and settings of poems by his relative, the celebrated Charles Causley. All accompanied on piano and various accordions and served with a gurt dollop of Westcountry humour, an evening with Jim is an evening not to be missed. www.wegottickets.com/event/450530.

NEW Saturday 6 October 2018 - Ange Hardy - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
With Greg Hancock. www.wegottickets.com/event/427976.

2019? Friday 14 September not 2018 - Maggie Duffy with the band Street Spirit - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
Details tba/tbc. Maggie, Simon Lane and Ryan Fyncham.

NEW Friday 11 May 2018 - Hannah White & Band - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
Another opportunity to hear the wonderful voice of Hannah White from the Sound Lounge in London. Hannah is a singer songwriter with an eclectic mix of music.  Tickets £7(+) from 01626 890957, www.wegottickets.com/event/424812. The Starcross concerts aim to raise some money to keep the church going and make it a more viable community building.

NEW Friday 6 April 2018 - Cosgrave & Banks - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
A very welcome return of this very talented duo. Doors 7.00pm. Tickets £10(+) adv from 01626 890957, www.wegottickets.com/event/424811. £12 door. The Starcross concerts aim to raise some money to keep the church going and make it a more viable community building.

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 Friday 1 December 2017 7.30pm - Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman - Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard PL14 5AZ (map)
Celtic Christmas Strings Christmas Show. The virtuoso partnership of England’s premier flatpicking guitarist and “the greatest Celtic harper of our age” (Live Ireland) has by now brought its unique musical vision to twenty-two countries on five continents. Together they have created one of the most distinctive voices in modern acoustic music. www.sterts.co.uk.

UPDATED Saturday 19 August 2017 - Jim Causley Trio - Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard PL14 5AZ (map)
Remarkably, given the prominence of his native West County in his music, Forgotten Kingdom is the first occasion Jim has actually recorded an album in his home county of Devon. Working alongside award-winning co-producer Mark Tucker, this was a project Causley has long dreamt of creating. For this decennary celebration, Jim has invited some of his closest musical friends to join him as guests. Among them are long-time collaborators James Dumbelton, Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll, all three members of Show of Hands on whose label (Hands On Music) the album is being released; contemporaries Seth Lakeman, Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston, Kathryn Roberts, Lukas Drinkwater and Jackie Oates. 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

Stockland

NEW Friday 15 December 2017 7.30pm - India Electric Company - St Michael & All Angels Church, Stockland, nr Honiton EX14 9BP (map)
The duo returns to Devon for a one-off candlelit concert. Sometimes folk, sometimes not, they use traditional instruments in contemporary styles to explore diverse themes from Eastern Europe, Irish traditions and urban alienation to end up with something “quirky and glittery - a veritable musical magpie’s nest.” - Mary Ann Kennedy, BBC Radio 3. After releasing their debut debut album in 2015 they began extensively supporting and accompanying Midge Ure throughout Europe. www.indiaelectricco.com. Contact: 01404 881207. www.wegottickets.com/event/402669.

Stoke Gabriel

NEW Saturday 26 January 2019 - Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - Stoke Gabriel Football Club
Hosted by Stoke Gabriel Boating Association. "We have played a number of ceilidhs for the SGBA over recent years, and they have all been great evenings". A few miles south of Totnes on the river Dart. Ticket details to follow www.sgbahost.co.uk/social_programme.htm.

NEW Wednesday 14 November 2018 7.30pm – ‘Tales and Songs of the Dart’ – Stoke Gabriel Church, Church Walk, Stoke Gabriel TQ9 6SD
Join John Risdon, renowned local historian, and Cosgrave & Banks, superb folk duo, for a magical tour of the extraordinary history and beauty of the Dart estuary, through tales, images, and music. John Risdon’s love of our local history, and ability to convey it in fascinating and vivid tales, is legendary. The tales are accompanied with his beautiful images of local scenes and historical paintings. Steve Banks of duo Cosgrave & Banks (www.cosgraveandbanks.com) lives in Stoke Gabriel, on the Dart, and wrote or arranged the songs and tunes for the CD 'Dart Songs'. The amazing tales you will hear, in prose and in song, include: the Battle of Blackpool Sands (1402); Madre de Dios – Portuguese galleon captured and brought to Dartmouth in 1592 with £1million of treasure aboard; Memory Tree – US troops preparing for the D-Day landings in 1942. Tickets £8.50 available on the door, include wine in the interval. All proceeds to Totnes Drop-In Centre, helping the homeless and needy in Totnes and surrounding areas.

NEW Saturday 20 January 2018 - Annual Stoke Gabriel Wassail
A magical evening of tradition and merriment, organised by the ‘Friends of Stoke Gabriel School’ (FOSS), 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. tbc Gates open 4pm; Entry £3 adult, £1 U18.See: www.facebook.com/stokegabriel.wassail.

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.

Taunton

NEW Thursday 4 October 2018 - Ralph McTell - The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Coal Orchard, Taunton TA1 1JL (map)
Box Office: 01823 283244. www.thebrewhouse.net.
Also at: Falmouth Pavilion on Friday 26 October 2018

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 Thursday 30 May 2019 7.30pm - Steve Turner - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Steve Turner is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments, stretching the boundaries of traditional forms, with one of the best voices in the business. He is a multi-instrumentalist, who also accompanies himself on the cittern, and also plays mandolin and banjo.
www.steve-turner.co.uk/index.htm. www.tavistockwharf.com.

NEW Sunday 3 February 2019 - Jim Causley - Tavistock Wharf (map)
details tba/tbc Traditional songs of Devon.
www.jimcausley.co.uk. www.tavistockwharf.com.

Coming up at Tavistock Wharf
Sunday 6 May 2018 7.30pm - Keith James: The songs of Leonard Cohen
Saturday 22 September 2018 8.30pm - Lindisfarne

NEW Sunday 23 December 2018 7.30pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Standing. Here to get your Christmas off to a great start. 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. “This is music that transcends the run-of-the-mill Irish Wannabes and leaves them standing.” – Acoustic Magazine. “It’s always a joy to me when something jumps up and smacks you between the eyes – Mad Dog Mcrea did that to me” - Mike Harding.
www.tavistockwharf.com.

NEW Friday 9 November 2018 8.30pm - The Eskies - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Standing. Hailing from Dublin, The Eskies bring their unique brand of folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty and swaggering stage spectacle to ballrooms and booze houses far and wide. Last year saw them play over 40 festivals in 5 countries, tour Ireland, UK, Netherlands and Switzerland as well as being invited to the influential new music festival Eurosonic Festival. Other notable festival performances included Glastonbury Main Stage Avalon, Main Stage Cambridge and Bestival. Support: Black Water County, Smashing their way into the UK folk punk scene since 2013, Black Water County bring an energetic live show of stout quaffing, banjo breaking and tin whistle mangling original music, along with trads and shanties that have been given a good kick up the **** and a slap around the face.
www.tavistockwharf.com.

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.

Session news - Copper Penny Inn, Chipshop, Tavistock
The regular monthly (4th Tuesday) acoustic sessions for November and December at the Copper Penny are cancelled due to to holidays and Christmas. The next Copper Penny session therefore will be on Tuesday 22 January 2019.

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 25 October 2018 8pm - Teighmouth Folk Club 15th Birthday - Oystercatchers Cafe, 12 Northumberland Place, Teignmouth TQ14 8DD (map)
The club celebrates its 15th birthday when the guests will be the very fine local trio Devon Bird. The band have a repertoire of mainly original material but firmly rooted within the folk tradition. A slice or two of birthday cake will be available, free, gratis and for nothing! Free admission. More details from Martyn Hillstead 01626 778071. Club Facebook page
www.facebook.com/groups/233792233306152

NEW Saturday 6 October 2018 2-4pm - Worts'n'All - Oystercatchers Cafe, 12 Northumberland Place, Teignmouth TQ14 8DD (map)
Those purveyors of fine folk music, Worts'n'All, playing at The Oystercatcher's Cafe. Free.

NEW 29/30 September 2018 - Teign Shanty Festival - Teignmouth
details tba www.facebook.com/TeignShantyFestival.

NEW Thursday 30 August 2018 8pm - Teignmouth Folk Club, Oystercatchers Cafe, 12 Northumberland Place, Teignmouth TQ14 8DD (map)
Singers' & Musicians' Open Night. Free. If it's half as good as last month it'll be awesome! Free admission. More details from Martyn Hillstead 01626 778071. Club Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/233792233306152.

NEW Thursday 26 April 2018 8pm - Teignmouth Folk Club, Oystercatchers Cafe, 12 Northumberland Place, Teignmouth TQ14 8DD (map)
Steve Gill, one of the area's foremost folk performers (and teller of the world's worst jokes!) will be our guest. A fine singer, box, whistle and harmonica player, Steve will be presenting an hour or so of songs by his favourite songwriter, the late, great Graham Miles. The first part of the evening will be devoted to the customary floor spots then Steve will see the evening out. If you fancy a spot let me know as I expect a busy night. Free admission. More details from Martyn Hillstead 01626 778071. Club Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/233792233306152.

NEW Thursday 25 January 2018 8pm - Teignmouth Folk Club, Oystercatchers Cafe, 12 Northumberland Place, Teignmouth TQ14 8DD (map)
With guests Brixham-based duo Harping Mad. Free admission. More details from Martyn Hillstead 01626 778071. Club Facebook page
www.facebook.com/groups/233792233306152.

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.

www.communigate.co.uk/twc/teignfc/index.phtml defunct link?

Teignmouth Other

UPDATED 22-24 June 2018 - Teignmouth Folk Festival www.teignmouthfolk.co.uk.
Friday evening concert 8pm - The Crows, support: Maggie Duffy - Bitton House
The Crows are Mick Ryan, James Patterson and Dave Bordewey now joined by Paul Downes.
Tickets £13. To book in advance call 01803 290427 or download a booking form from website. Licensed bar, tea, coffee. Limited parking at the venue - nearest Quay Car Park.
Saturday evening concert 8pm - Ian Bruce, support: Windjammer - Ice Factory
Tickets £13. To book in advance call 01803 290427 or download a booking form from website. Licensed bar.
Saturday night ceilidh 8pm - with Spinach For Norman - Richard Newton Hall
Caller Pam Hayes. Tickets £8 door. Licensed bar.
Also happening:
Friday night - Clive Sheard hosts a blues session - Ice Factory
Saturday 2-5pm - Heritage Centre (opposite station): Festival Folk Club.
Saturday 2-2.45pm & 3.30-4.15pm - Triangle Stage: Celt
Sunday time TBA - Triangle Stage: Paddy’s Whiskers
Sunday afternoon concert – United Reformed Church
Saturday/Sunday sessions 2-5pm - Oystercatchers Café
Sunday storytelling: 5.30-7pm – Oystercatchers Café
Other appearances: City of Plymouth Pipe Band; Morris Sides
Note various (new) festival venue addresses in Teignmouth:
Bitton House Council Chambers, Bitton Park Road TQ14 9DF
Ice Factory, 13 Somerset Place (upstairs 50-seater theatre, regret no disabled access), TQ14 8EN
Richard Newton Hall, Higher Buckeridge Road TQ14 8EN
Oystercatchers Café, 12 Northumberland Place TQ14 8DD

NEW Monday 10 September 2018 8pm - Acoustic Music Get-together - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
A meeting of those with an interest in live acoustic music with impromptu performances and this evening with a featured performance by the wonderful Kathryn Collings. Come along and join in, perhaps contributing a song, tune, or what you have. No bar, BYO drinks. Free entry but a donation will be taken to cover hall costs and pay the featured performer. Information Hugh 01626 775517 or email
hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com.

UPDATED Saturday 14 April 2018 7pm - Tom Lewis, The Back Beach Boyz, Caraidean - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
The final 'Teignmouth Folk Concert': Tom Lewis is one of England's top sea song writers. A great performer and advocate of audience participation. He is supported in this concert by Teignmouth's very own Shanty Crew, The Back Beach Boyz bringing their infectious brand of shanties and chorus songs which again invite audience participation. Finally they are joined in the concert by Caraidean (Gaelic for friends) who comprise performers who have had a long term association with the concerts including amongst others Robin Brown, Martyn Hillsted, Sandy MacKinnon, Roxie Llewelyn-Porter and other members of CELT, Pippa West, Julia Howe, Hugh Diamond. The whole aim is to provide a party atmosphere with everyone joining in with each other in performances. Tickets £12, £10 reserved in advance. Info. Hugh 01626 775517.

NEW Saturday 10 March 2018 8pm - Dick Miles - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
Dick Miles has a deep interest in traditional music and is well known for his rendering of such great ballads as Lord Bateman and Tam Linn. He is also a skilled writer of songs on modern themes. Born and raised in Suffolk his East Anglian roots run deep: some of his best songs are based on traditional tales of the region. Now living in Ireland he has married influences of local music into his style. He is particularly well known for his singing at maritime festivals and performs in clubs and festivals throughout Britain. Support: Old Gaffers are a well established Acapella Shanty Crew based in South Devon singing at a variety of events performing ballads and rin roaring songs which encourage audience participation. 
Tickets £10 door, £8 adv reservation and info from Hugh at hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com or call 01626 775517. Future programme etc. www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.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.

Teignmouth - Pavilions Teignmouth

NEW Sunday 3 March 2019 7.30pm - Phil Beer - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
details tba
www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 9 June 2018 7.30pm - 'Simon & Garfunkel: Through the Years' - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
The most authentic sounding concert to the unforgettable music of Simon & Garfunkel. Made up of Dan Haynes & Pete Richards, Bookends have toured the globe extensively performing the songs in a truly captivating way, against a backdrop of iconic imagery, their delicate recreation of the unmistakable sound of the American folk-rock duo is something of a masterpiece. Full details
www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk.

NEW Friday 4 May 2018 8pm - Jamie Smith's Mabon - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
Mabon's distinctive, infectious and multi-award winning music explores the styles of the Celtic traditions and works them anew; the music is self-styled, singular and toe-tappingly good – an irresistible blend of world music and Celtic roots, filled with energy, joy and passion. With a roll-call of performances at major World, Celtic and Folk festivals across the world, the five piece band of dazzling musicians perform outstanding original compositions, all given the same refreshing, creative treatment, as the band dances along the borders between Celtic heritage and contemporary sound. Details
www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk.

NEW Friday 2 March 2018 - Keith James: The Songs Of Leonard Cohen - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
[Please note that this performance has been postponed from 2nd March - all customers for the 2nd March concert have automatically been moved to 24th March concert (same seat number(s) - please note later time of 8pm). All customers, who have given Pavilions their contact details, are being contacted. If you have tickets for the 2nd March and you have not given contact details, please call the Box Office on 01626 249049 if you have any queries - we are open 10am to 3pm Mon to Sat and 1 hour before any film or show.]
Keith James in concert - The Songs of Leonard Cohen His wonderful Tower of Songs - stripped back, desolate, naked and sensual. Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, a wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the stroke of each line. 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. Details
www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk.

NEW Wednesday 31 January 2018 8pm - Sarah McQuaid - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
“The precision and sophistication of the writing and playing blows me away. I am so glad to be involved,” writes guitar legend Michael Chapman in his introduction to Sarah McQuaid’s fifth solo album which he offered to produce after meeting Sarah at a festival where they were both on the bill. Recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ards International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland, Sarah’s also drawn critical praise for her voice (which has been variously likened to malt whiskey and melted chocolate) and her engaging rapport with audiences. Details
www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk.

Throwleigh

NEW Saturday 14 October 2017 7.30pm - Nicky Swann - St Mary's Church, Throwleigh, NE Dartmoor EX20 2HU (map)
Award winning UK singer songwriter Nicky Swann showcases songs from her latest album.'Tell Them Of Us' is a dark, simmering journey through family history, based around her Uncle’s role as an RAF bomb aimer during the second World War Burma campaign. The songs becomes a vehicle for questioning our moral compass and how we are connected to the past. Visit Nicky's website for a taste of her music www.nickyswann.com. Tickets £10 to include interval refreshments can be booked in advance on 01647 231252 or 01647 21564.

NEW Saturday 24 June 2017 7.30pm - Paul Hutchinson & Karen Wimhurst as "Pagoda Project" - St Mary's Church, Throwleigh, NE Dartmoor EX20 2HU (map)
The Friends of Throwleigh Church are pleased to announce the return of Paul Hutchinson (accordion), with Karen Wimhurst (clarinets), currently touring as Pagoda Project www.pagodaproject.co.uk. Paul (one half of Belshazzar's Feast) has asked to come and make use of the wonderful acoustics of the ancient church building. Their music is described as bringing together a unique blend of traditional folk music with jazz improvisation to create a warm and dynamic sound. Please book in advance, £10 adult, £6 U17, call 01647 231051 or email: pagoda[at]dhatton.plus.com. More details see www.throwleighchurch.org/Pagoda%20project2.jpg.

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 1 December 2018 8pm - An evening of acoustic music - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
with Reefs of Moonshine, Guy Somerfield, Navigator. Tickets £7 door or available from The Bridge Inn 01392 873862; Chris Austin: 07812 688432 or 01395 224594. The Bridge Inn opens at 6pm on Saturdays.

NEW Friday 16 November 2018 8pm - Cam Penner & Jon Wood - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Producing music of truly epic proportions from not much more than a lap slide guitar, a ukulele, guitar and bass drum, Cam Penner's perambulations from his log cabin in British Columbia with his sidekick Jon Wood, are always eagerly awaited. A bearded bear of a man, Cam's formidable presence belies his ability to vocalize his acoustic lullabies in a way that’ll tug your gnarly heart strings, making breathtaking falsetto leaps as Jon Wood takes flight laying down ethereal washes of lap slide sound behind Cam’s Guitar and Ukulele. Tickets £12 from the Bridge 01392 873862 or www.seetickets.com.

NEW Saturday 27 October 2018 - Sam Green and The Midnight Heist - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Sam Green and the Midnight Heist are a Americana, Roots-Rock band from the North Devon Coast, in the southwest of England. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cRn5NTp6NCM. Tickets available from The Bridge Inn, £10, call 01392 873862.

NEW Friday 12 October 2018 - Cheney Tackett & Molly Davies - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Americana singer-songwriter Cheley's latest album was given a 4 out of 5 star rating in the March 2018 edition of the UK's Country Music People and Think Country UK said, "if this amazing singer-songwriter hits your town, GO!!!! Just go. I can't even say enough about her album, Buckeye....brilliant." She is a MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest winner, Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk winner, Independent Acoustic Music Award finalist (Best Song & Female Vocalist Categories), JPF Song of the Year winner, and 2018 International Songwriting Competition semi-finalist in the Americana Category. Tickets available from The Bridge Inn, call 01392 872862.

NEW Saturday 6 October 2018 - Dave Peabody & Regina Mudrich - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Acoustic blues, some jazz and the odd oddity. The combination of a grizzled veteran of the UK Blues scene – Dave Peabody’s been out there treading the boards alongside legendary U.S. bluesmen for four decades – and a vivacious classically trained German violin virtuoso, is hardly an obvious match. Yet as their last visit to the Bridge proved, these guys swing like fury, laying down a fiery mix of old time jazz and blues, unlike anything else on the block. Factor in a liberal dose of Dave’s tall stories, Regina's love of getting 'acquainted' with her audience, and it'll feel like you're in a New Orleans Bourbon Street bar, where the bad bad whisky runs as free as the women! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3OPJVWZNl98. Tickets available from The Bridge Inn, £10, call 01392 873862.

NEW Saturday 10 November 2018 8pm - Steve James - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
A man who's become something of a legend around these parts, Steve James is a peerless songsmith, a dynamic performer and with a sponsorship with the National Guitar Co. - validation were it needed - widely acknowledged as being one of the finest slide guitarists on the planet. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Steve transcends the limitations of traditional blues music, transforming the genre into something far removed from any suggestion of a museum like ambience ! Tickets £12 from the Bridge Inn 01392 873862.

NEW Wednesday 31 October 2018 8pm - Stephen Fearing - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Canada's long had a reputation for coming up with division one talent and singer/songwriter and ferociously talented guitarist Stephen Fearing , has become one of the country's most revered musical exports. Along the way he's also found time to be a founder member of Blackie And The Rodeo Kings, a band he founded with Colin Linden of 'Oh Brother Where Art Thou ?' fame. Tickets £12.50 from the Bridge Inn 01392 876382.

NEW Saturday 6 October 2018 8pm - Dave Peabody & Regina Mudrich - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
It may not be an obvious pairing, but last time around the unlikely combination of this grizzled veteran of the UK blues scene, and the Classically trained vivacious German violinist Ms Mudrich, proved to be a sensation. Expect a night of musical wonder that fuses blues, jazz and the odd oddity interrupted by Peabody's peerless stories - mostly long and tall ! Tickets £10 from the Bridge Inn 01392 876382.

NEW Wednesday 12 September 2018 8pm - Jim Reynolds - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
The legendary songwriter and guitarist returns to The Bridge Inn/ Tickets £6 can be purchased from the Inn or call 01392 876382 to reserve.

NEW Saturday 7 July 2018 8pm - Sarah McQuaid - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Sarah's sixth visit to this beautiful 16th century inn, run by the same family since 1897 and serving a fabulous selection of real ales. Recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ards International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland, Sarah’s also drawn critical praise for her voice (which has been variously likened to malt whiskey and melted chocolate) and her engaging rapport with audiences: “One voice, one guitar, and the wondrous reminder of the magic of music. Sarah has the gift.” – The Huffington Post. Music etc. www.sarahmcquaid.com. Tickets £10 adv from the Bridge Inn 01392 873862, £12 door. www.facebook.com/thebridgeinntopsham.

NEW Saturday 17 April 2018 8pm - American Folk Music Concert - The Malthouse, Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Rescheduled from 3 March. An informal concert of American Folk Music with Chris Billings, John Bickford, Olly Davey and friends. We got fiddles! We got gitaws! We got mandlins, banjers and dobros! We even got a tame Appalachian dancer!! The possum's gone. A wide range of folk songs and dance tunes played from the American tradition, with guest appearances too. All monies to FORCE Cancer Charity and Crisis UK. Tickets £5 from The Bridge Inn tel. 01392 873862.

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

Folk music & song on Sunday evenings at Topsham Folk Club
www.topshamfolkclub.org / www.facebook.com/topshamfolkclub

NEW Sunday 19 May 2019 8pm - RANT - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
RANT is the meeting of four of Scotland’s finest fiddle players, two from the Shetland Islands and two from the Highlands. Nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 for Best Traditional track, they tour their unique brand of ‘chamber-folk’ far and wide. Bethany Reid, Jenna Reid, Lauren MacColl and Anna Massie join forces to create a sound which is both rich and lush, yet retaining all the bite and spark synonymous with a Scottish fiddle player. www.rantfiddles.com
‘This is dignified, deep and profound music.’ fRoots magazine. www.rantfiddles.com. £12(+) adv/£14 door, tickets available online at www.topshamfolkclub.org or at Sunday night folk evenings at the Globe, Topsham. All enquiries 01392 875332.

NEW Sunday 7 April 2019 8pm - Daoirí Farrell - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell is being described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of the most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years. Winner of the Horizon Award and Best Traditional Track at the BBC Folk Awards 2017.. ‘Effortless, instinctive, natural…the real deal.’ – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. www.daoiri.com. £12(+) adv/£14 door, tickets available online at www.topshamfolkclub.org or at Sunday night folk evenings at the Globe, Topsham. All enquiries 01392 875332.

NEW Sunday 24 March 2019 8pm - Crows - Globe Hotel Malthouse, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
Mick Ryan, James Patterson, Dave Bordewey, and Paul Downes have reunited to reform the hugely popular 1980s group Crows. Featuring two of the finest male voices in the english folk tradition; Mick Ryan and James Patterson together with masterly musicianship from James on guitar, Paul on guitar, mandocello, mandolin and banjo and Dave on fiddle and mandola. £12(+) adv/£14 door, tickets available online at www.topshamfolkclub.org or at Sunday night folk evenings at the Globe, Topsham. All enquiries 01392 875332.

UPDATED Change of venue
Sunday 3 June 2018 8pm - Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage - Globe Hotel Malthouse, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
A chance meeting at their local Black Fen Folk Club in Cambridge uncovered Hannah and Ben’s shared musical passions and sympathies that over time has developed into a unique show of American roots and English folk music. Singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar, Hannah and Ben are a folk duo that look and sound classically timeless. ‘Spellbinding... Hannah and Ben were born to play and sing together.’ - fRoots Magazine. www.hannahbenmusic.com. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Sunday 20 May 2018 8pm - Feature night: Sarah Morgan - Topsham Folk Club, Globe Hotel Malthouse, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
www.topshamfolkclub.org. Next Club Guest nights at Matthews Hall: 3/6 Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage; 9/9 Narthen (Barry Coope, Lester Simpson, Jo Freya, Fi Fraser); 14/10 Martin Simpson

NEW 5/6 May 2018 - Topsham Folk Club 40th Anniversary - Come and help us celebrate. Details www.topshamfolkclub.org.
Saturday 5 May midday-3pm - The Globe Malthouse - A lunchtime instrumental session of mainly English tunes. This one-off event celebrates our monthly tune session. Free admission
Saturday 5 May 7-10.30pm - The Globe Malthouse - A reunion concert with invited guests who have been associated with the club over the years in all of its venues. A showcase of the wide range of musical styles that have given the club its unique identity. Tickets £5 – available at club nights but not online
Sunday 6 May midday-3pm - The Globe Malthouse - An open lunchtime singaround with folk club regulars as well as other invitees. Ask the compère if you would like to perform. Free admission.
Sunday 6 May 7-10.30pm - Matthews Hall, Topsham - A lively evening with Mrs Midnight’s ceilidh band.Come and enjoy dancing, special song spots and other attractions throughout the evening. Licensed bar. Tickets £5 – available online www.wegottickets.com/event/433703 and at club nights

NEW Sunday 29 April 2018 8pm - Jez Lowe & Steve Tilston - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Two of the UK acoustic/folk scene’s finest songwriters join forces for a series of concerts filled with songs and music, chat and banter and intimate insights into their approach to their craft. Listen in as they rekindle the spontaneity of their late-night living-room song swaps. Questions, answers, anecdotes and anarchy and a very special evening of music. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Sunday 21 January 2018 8pm - Topsham Folk Club Annual Charity Night - Globe Hotel Malthouse, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
CD sale (bring along your unwanted CDs). www.topshamfolkclub.org.

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.

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.

Topsham Other

NEW Sunday 16 September 2018 7.30pm - John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett - Matthews Hall, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF
This will be one of the last ever shows from the legendary duo after over 40 years on the road together. Combine John's superb songwriting skills with Willy's incredible musicianship - he plays virtually every stringed known to man along with a few hybrids of his own - and you have the recipe for a memorable gig. The contrast between Barrett's deadpan humour and Otway's amazing antics make every show a totally unique experience. Expect the unexpected as they jump from one hit and 40 near misses in an irreverent and highly entertaining show from two master performers. www.wegottickets.com/event/442385.

NEW Friday 20 April 2018 8pm - Spring Ceilidh with Mrs Midnight’s - Matthews Hall, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF
For more information email info@mrsmidnights.co.uk or call 07920 537200. £8 door/£6 concs or advance. Proceeds in aid of Friends of Topsham School

NEW Saturday 3 June 2017 8.30pm - Michael Chapman - Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
Currently riding the crest of a new wave of admirers, thanks in no small part to articles in the Guardian, Mojo and appearing on the Jools Holland show, the world has finally woken up it seems, to Michael Chapman. With the loss of John Renbourn and Bert Jansh, Michael is almost the last man standing, the last of the legendary class of  '66, and his latest album , recorded to celebrate the 50 years since he first launched his career in Cornish folk clubs, is widely regarded as his masterpiece. Michael has long regarded the West Country as his second home and without doubt this will be a night to remember. 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 19 November 2018 7.30pm - Artizan Acoustic Night / Open Mic / Daria Kulesh - Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW
With Daria Kulesh, singer/songwriter and so much more, as guest performer from 9pm. Daria may possibly be augmented by the fine musician Johnny Dyer. Refreshments available, both alcoholic and soft drinks. Doors open 7pm, open mic 7.30pm to 9pm. Curated by Robert Spence, 01803 613647.

NEW Monday 15 October 2018 7.30pm - Artizan Acoustic Night / Open Mic / Rob Force - Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW
Our
guest performer tonight from 9pm is Rob Force, a Plymouth-based musician/songwriter equally at home in all genres, acoustic and electric. Expect a soulful voice accompanied by top-class guitar-playing. Refreshments available, both alcoholic and soft drinks. Doors open 7pm, open mic 7.30pm to 9pm. Curated by Robert Spence, 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,

Torquay - Crown & Sceptre

NEW Friday 13 April 2018 8pm- Acorn Shakers - Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA (map)
Join Andrew, Emily, Claire and Nick for an evening of feel-good, foot-tapping songs and tunes from the golden era of American old-time music. With fiddle, banjo, guitar,dulcimer and mandolin... in fact, anything with strings (and some without!), all served up in a wonderful, traditional pub atmosphere. www.facebook.com/acornshakers. 8pm to 10pm. Admission Free. For more information 01803 269146.

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 - Other

NEW Wednesday 14 November 2018 - Afro Celt Sound System - Princess Theatre, Torquay
Formed by Grammy-nominated musician and record producer Simon Emmerson, Afro Celt Sound System are a European and African based collective who’ve been a ground-breaking force in music ever since they started. Their acclaimed live performances are energetic and captivating and innovatively combine folk traditions of different cultures to breath-taking effect. They won Best Group in the 2017 Songlines Music Awards. Simon Emmerson is joined by long-term members’ vocalist, kora and balafon player N’Faly Kouyaté and Dhol drummer Johnny Kalsi. Their live show features contributions from a host of other outstanding musicians including Armagh-born vocalist and flautist Rioghnach Connolly and bodhrán player and percussionist Robbie Harris. They will also be joined by special guests Peter Tickell on fiddle, Ged Lynch on drums, Simon Richmond on keyboards and Lottie Cullen on pipes and whistle. https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/an-evening-with-afro-celt-sound-system/princess-theatre-torquay.

NEW Friday 10 August 2018 - Richard Thompson - Princess Theatre, Torquay
One of this country's greatest songwriters and most distinctive guitar virtuosos, capable of breathtaking drama and sublime delicacy, prompting Rolling Stone to hail him as 'a perennial dark-horse contender for the title of greatest living rock guitarist.' His songs have been covered by everyone from Alison Krauss to Robert Plant. This date is part of a national tour linked to the September release of his new album 13 Rivers, which features the Electric Trio – his most thrilling and adventurous band. www.atgtickets.com/shows/richard-thompson/princess-theatre-torquay.

NEW 20-22 April 2018 - Grinagog Festival (multi-genre) - Torquay
Saturday - Torre Abbey - Jim Causley / The Drystones / Cut A Shine / Stompin' Dave / Forest Of Fools / Henge / Bert Miller & The Ammal Folk / Judelman Interstate Express / New York Brass Band / Elmore Goes Electric; Sounolaunch Chapel Sessions - Josh Short / Holly Morwenna / Sadie Horler / Chris Thomas / Ben Morgan-Brown / Great Big Feet and featuring Drop In The Ocean; Frighdays Presents - Sam Tanner / Lee Johnson / Samuel Wulf (Solo) / Alex Hart / Philip Bell / Brook Ward / The Diamond Family Archive / Cydney Brown. Full weekend programme, details etc. www.grinagogfestival.com.

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 Saturday 9 March 2019 - Jon Boden & The Remnant Strings - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
details tba www.jonboden.com. www.theploughartscentre.org.uk.

NEW Sunday 11 February 2018 - Tannahill Weavers - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
 one of Scotland 's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better...yet continue to do just that. www.theploughartscentre.org.uk.

2018
Occasional Feature: Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
/ George Hotel, South Molton
Out of our usual coverage area, but with programmes always worth a mention; all events can be found on www.theploughartscentre.org.uk:
Thursday 5 April - Andy Irvine (P)
Saturday 21 April - Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll (G)
Friday 27 April – Calan (G)
Saturday 5 May - Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman (P)

Totnes

NEW Tuesday 11 December 2018 - Harbottle & Jonas - The Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern Street, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5SP (map)
details tba/tbc www.bayhorsetotnes.com.

NEW Friday 19 October 2018 8pm - FOS Brothers - Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
"FOS Brothers play an intimate gig with their 4 piece band upstairs at the Dartmouth Inn. Limited tickets to provide a comfortable space for you the audience. Highly recommended to lovers of folk with a progressive world music twist. In full flow this band is phenomenal without losing touch of their folk root." Info provided by the event organiser. More info, ticketing etc. www.fosbrothers.com.

NEW Saturday 22 September 2018 7.30pm - Gris Sanderson & Louis Bingham - Upstairs at Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
An evening of dance tunes and songs with two of the UK’s top traditional musicians. Inspired by the many rich traditions of Europe, Gris and Louis present a musical experience reaching from Galicia to Norway, from Donegal to Piedmont, and many more places in between. Tickets on door: £8, £6 U16s. For more information call 07708 298146 or email music.bingham@gmail.com.

NEW Saturday 1 September 2018 7.30pm - Three Acres and a Cow: A History of Land Rights and Protest in Folk Song and Story - Totnes United Free Church, Fore Street, Totnes, TQ9 5RP
Featuring Katherine Hallewell and Roo Bramley. ‘Three Acres And A Cow’ connects the Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with Brexit, fracking and our housing crisis via the Enclosures, English Civil War, Irish Land League and Industrial Revolution. The show draws a compelling narrative through the people’s history of England in folk song, story and poem. Part TED talk, part history lecture, part folk club sing-a-long, part poetry slam, part storytelling session… Come and share in these tales as they have been shared for generations. Doors 6.30pm. Tickets £10/£8. Full details, bookings etc. https://threeacresandacow.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 15 September 2018 7.30pm - The Emily Askew Band: Alchemy - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
Top folk singer Emily Askew and her band kick off the new Totnes Early Music season with a programme based on Alchemy, their first album together which was hailed by The Times as "one of the albums of the year". The band fuses medieval and renaissance songs with modern folk styles, and comprises singer/guitarist/fiddler Jamie Roberts, fiddler/viola d'amore player John Dipper and percussionist Simon Whittaker alongside Emily herself. Multi-instrumentalist Emily moves effortlessly between the folk and early music worlds, and plays vielle, shawm, bagpipes, recorders and medieval harp. She has performed with The Artisans, The Dufay Collective, Joglaresa, and the Medieval Babes as well as The Askew Sisters of course.. A Totnes Early Music Society event. Advance tickets from Dartington Box Office 01803 847070, www.dartington.org/event/alchemy-the-emily-askew-band or email boxoffice@dartington.org £13, U18s £5. Door £14/£5

NEW Sunday 26 August 2018 3-6pm - Ensemble Baklava - The Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern Street, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5SP (map)
Mediterranean Music in the garden with Ensemble Baklava. A Bay Horse Beer and Cider Festival event. Great atmosphere, drink, food, music and free entry.

NEW Friday 13 April 2018 8pm - Tim Jones, Lux Harmonium, Julu Irvine & Heg Brignall - Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
The Black Bird Collective presents a night of stunning live music. One of the most distinctive voices on the English folk scene, Tim Jones is able to alternate between mass singalongs and powerful stripped back ballads. Tim's songwriting and delivery of traditional material has been likened to that of Peter Bellamy, Nic Jones and Fairport Convention. Editor's Choice Album of The Year 2017, fROOTS! Tim Jones & The Dark Lanterns 'Blossom & Fruit'.. Lux Harmonium: A must-see and creator of one of the best albums of recent times, the music of Luke Jones aka Lux Harmonium is truly breathtaking. Julu Irvine & Heg Brignall: A really exciting new collaboration between Julu and Heg of Heg and the Wolf Chorus. Tickets £8 door, £6 adv via www.blackbirdcollective.co.uk.

NEW Friday 30 March 2018 - Harbottle & Jonas - The Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern Street, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5SP (map)
Stunning young folk duo, guitarist David and concertina player Freya, based in Totnes. Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. www.harbottleandjonas.com.

NEW Saturday 31 March 2018 - Devonbird - The Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern Street, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5SP (map)
Songwriter Kath Bird draws on folklore, legend and family stories to create new material in the traditional genre, from foot-stomping jigs and reels to haunting ballads. Southwest folk awards finalists, with Sophia Colkin on fiddle and Andy Clarke on strings and vocals they create a pure, clear, magical sound.

NEW Friday 17 December 2017 8pm- Harbottle & Jonas - Royal Seven Stars, The Plains, Totnes TQ9 5DD
Stunning young folk duo based in Totnes. 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. Playing over 100 gigs each year, these troubadours are to be found far and wide across our beautiful island. www.harbottleandjonas.com.

NEW Saturday 18 November 2017 8pm - Film + Q&A + live music: The Ballad of Shirley Collins (PG) - Totnes Cinema, 27a High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NP
Film (2017) 94 mins  + Q&A with director Tim Plester + Live folk music pre & post film. Widely regarded as the 20th century’s most important singer of English traditional song Shirley Collins is someone who was born to invoke the old songs. But in 1980 she developed a disorder of the vocal chords known as dysphonia, which robbed her of her unique singing voice and forced her into early retirement. Here then is a story about one woman’s battle to rise again from long silent ashes. A story about heritage, posterity and the true ancestral melodies of the people. Full details www.totnescinema.co.uk. Advance booking advisable.

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 Saturday 2 June 2018 7pm - Lost Sound Chorus + Gaudeamus Chamber Choir - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
We are excited to be singing with this superb chamber choir from Essex as part of their Devon tour. We first sang together in London, as part of the Brandenburg concert series in 2015 and have remained in touch ever since. What a wonderful sound they make! Our two choirs make for an unusual and highly compatable mix of styles. Come and join us for some heartfelt and inspiring singing. Tickets £9.50 www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/joint-concert-with-gaudeamus-chamber-choir-from-essex-tickets-44483269657?aff=erelpanelorg.

NEW Saturday 26 May 2018 7.30pm - Ensemble Baklava and Radial Band - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
This is the second attempt (first date was snow-struck) for St John’s to host this exciting evening of music from two first rate folk/world local bands who are raising money for St John’s Windows of Opportunity Fund. Both bands combine improvisation and original material into their performances of songs and dance tunes drawn from the peoples and cultures of Europe - from the music of Medieval Spain to the rich musical heritage of the lands around the Eastern Mediterranean, from the dances of Scandinavia to the rhythms of eastern Europe- all performed on many exotic instruments.More info on websites www.baklavamusic.com and www.facebook.com/radialband. Tickets £8 door, refreshments.

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.

NEW Friday 9 March 2018 7.30pm - Lvov Affair - Willow, Totnes
https://bunelik.wixsite.com/lvov.

Totnes Barrel House

Totnes - Diary dates for The Barrel House - Full details etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.
Friday 19 October 2018 - 3 Daft Monkeys
Sunday 21 October 2018 7.30pm - Martin Carthy
Friday 23 November 2018 8pm - Sheelanagig
Saturday 8 December 2018 8pm - Martin Harley

NEW Saturday 28 April 2018 8pm - Mark Chadwick (Levellers) - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
One of the UK’s most successful songwriters, Mark Chadwick has co-written 20 chart singles and 6 Top 40 albums (including a Number 1) as part of The Levellers, the band he has fronted for over 20 years. All The Pieces is however, not a Levellers album. Whilst the voice may be familiar, that is where the similarities end. Instead, this is an intensely personal collection of folk-tinged acoustic pop tracks, written and refined over the course of the last two decades. Brought to life by award-winning producer Sean Lakeman. Full details etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

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 Early Music Society

Totnes Early Music Society (TEMS) Programme 2017-18
The three concerts listed below are part of a series of six, where the other three are all Baroque music: anyone who is interested in that too might want to take advantage of our subscription rate, which saves at least one third of ticket prices - effectively six concerts for the price of four. There are details on TEMS membership and the full programme on www.totnesearlymusic.org.
NEW Saturday 23 September 2017 7.30pm - Blondel - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
A History of Dance in Music. Enjoy the foot-tapping rhythms and the rich sound world of shawms, recorders, percussion, curtals and bagpipes in this fascinating journey of ‘Strictly – Medieval to Renaissance’. Top wind band Blondel lead us through music from Gace Brulé (c.1205) via Margaret of Austria’s dance book (c.1510), and on from Henry Vlll and William Byrd to Playford’s Dancing Master (1651) with many anonymous masters along the way. The four members of Blondel have played with many major early music ensembles including Joglaresa, The York Waits and The City Musick. This is the first in a new season of six concerts presented by Totnes Early Music Society (TEMS).  Tickets for non members £14, U18s £5, available from Dartington Box Office (01803 847070), website (www.dartington.org) and on the door.
NEW Friday 1 December 2017 7.30pm - Rosafresca - United Free Church, Fore Street, Totnes TQ9 5RP
Music from the Time of Ferdinand and Isabella. Travel back to Spain in c1520 as Rosafresca perform songs and dances from the Palace Song book, the magnificent collection of over 400 songs known as El Cancionero de Palacio complied for Queen Isabella of Spain. From the political, religious and pastoral to the amorous and downright bawdy, most are known as villancicos and would have been performed originally by peasants in village festivities. Singer Hayley Guest joins the three members of Rosafresca who play an array of period instruments, including vihuela, recorders, percussion and cello. The third of six concerts from Totnes Early Music Society. Tickets for non members £12, U18s £5, available from Dartington Box Office (01803 847070), website (www.dartington.org) and on the door.
NEW Saturday 10 March 2018 7.30pm - Passamezzo - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
Music from the Restoration. An evening of music, words and song from Restoration England to partner a lecture by top historian Ian Mortimer on 8th March (see www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk for more information). Accounts of the period come from Pepys, Evelyn and anonymous ballads describing momentous events, including the Great Fire of 1666 and Frost Fair in 1683. With theatre songs, tavern rounds, dance music and solos for the viol and cittern, and music by Wilson, Lawes, Locke and Purcell. Passamezzo gave us a hugely enjoyable concert in 2012, and TEMS is delighted to welcome them back. The fifth of six concerts from Totnes Early Music Society. Tickets for non members £14, U18s £5, available from Dartington Box Office (01803 847070), website (www.dartington.org) and on the door.

Totnes Folk Song Club

NEW Thursday 8 November 2018 8pm - Dave Webber & Anni Fentiman - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
Fantastic songwriting and wonderful harmonies. Many samples here www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdh6BQSLkaQ&list=PL_awpCy_HSY8yIDdpMH17GAe35Ktz4fSP. Plenty of time for floor singers as well so bring along your instruments and voices for a night packed with song. Entrance £5 performers, £6 non performers. Information: Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

NEW Thursday 13 September 2018 8pm - Harbottle & Jonas - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
Information: Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

NEW Thursday 12 July 2018 8pm - Phil Beer - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
Entrance £10. Information: Andy Clarke 01803 732312.
Contact Anne Gill on 01803 290427 or annemgill@tiscali.co.uk to reserve seats.

NEW Thursday 14 June 2018 8pm - Singers night - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
We have local troubadours 'The Whalers' to give us their take on Kipper family songs. Expect a hilarious last 45 minutes or so to the evening. More information from Andy Clarke 01803 732312. Coming next month on 12 July: Phil Beer (£10, Contact Anne Gill on 01803 290427 or annemgill@tiscali.co.uk to reserve seats.)

NEW Thursday 10 May 2018 8pm - Si Barron - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
details tba. "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 £5 for performers £6 non performers. Information: Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

NEW Thursday 12 April 2018 8pm - Singers night - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
Our club is going from strength to strength, every month is an absolute delight and this month is no exception with local troubadours Susie & Bill Trezise who together are Harping Mad (www.youtube.com/channel/UCKDhdQWqJ1mgEBnBJAoz2tg) to finish the evening off for us. I have already had a lot of interest in this so make sure you arrive in good time. You don’t want to miss the “Mystery Raffle”. Entry £2 non performers £1 performers. More information from Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

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 Whitehouse Sessions

New Venture in Totnes - The Whitehouse Sessions: Upstairs at Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
The Whitehouse Sessions are intimate musical evenings with some of the best singer-songwriters around. NB
Change of venue: These gigs were originally scheduled to take place at Unit 23 Live in Totnes.

NEW Sunday 7 October 2017 8.30pm - Jess Morgan & Dan Whitehouse - The Whitehouse Sessions: Upstairs at Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
Jess Morgan and Dan Whitehouse are two of the UK’s most talked about emerging songwriters, touring together featuring sets from both artists as well as collaboration. Theirs is a striking musical partnership that started when the pair wrote and recorded songs for Dan’s Reveal Records debut‘ That’s Where I Belong (2016). In the same year Jess released her gorgeous new album‘ Edison Gloriette’ to widespread acclaim. These shows are a chance to hear fresh new songs along with favourites from both artists’ catalogues and promises to be something really special. More info www.fromthewhitehouse.com. Doors 8pm. Tickets £10 from 07832 200980, katie@fromthewhitehouse.com or online www.wegottickets.com/event/417075. The Whitehouse Sessions are intimate musical evenings with some of the best singer-songwriters around.

NEW Thursday 30 November 2017 8pm - Boo Hewerdine - The Whitehouse Sessions: Upstairs at Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
We are very excited to welcome a big favourite: Boo Hewerdine, acclaimed Ivor Novello Award nominated English singer-songwriter returns to Totnes with new album “Swimming in Mercury” As a recording artist, Boo’s first tentative steps came with the band, The Great Divide before the formation of his much-loved eighties group “The Bible” and a career that subsequently bloomed such that he is now in constant demand as a musician, songwriter, producer, teacher and live concert performer. Early booking recommended. Support tbc. More info www.fromthewhitehouse.com. Doors 7.30pm. Tickets £10 from 07832 200980, katie@fromthewhitehouse.com or online www.wegottickets.com/event/417077. The Whitehouse Sessions are intimate musical evenings with some of the best singer-songwriters around.

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

NEW Sunday 14 October 2018 8pm - Reg Meuross - St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Stoke Hill, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Somerset singer-songwriter Reg Meuross represents contemporary folk writing at its best. Described by Mark Radcliffe live in session on BBC Radio 2 Folk Show as “a brilliant singer songwriter with a social conscience”, Reg has a 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. With special guest Sadie Horler. www.sadiehorler.com. Tickets £12. www.wegottickets.com/event/435728. Hot drinks available. BYO alcohol.

NEW Saturday 27 October 2018 8pm - Willy Porter - St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Stoke Hill, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Willy Porter is a guitar virtuoso with an insinuating voice that sneaks past your defences and gets under your skin. The Washington Post has called him “a dazzling acoustic guitarist with a moody baritone,” while the Boston Globe describes him as “an acoustic picker with the Olympian speed of Leo Kottke bolstered by rootsy vocals and twisting, offbeat lyrics.” www.willyporter.com. Tickets £12+. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/436490. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW Saturday 10 November 2018 8pm - Martyn Joseph - America Hall, De La Rue Way, Pinhoe, Exeter EX4 8PX (map)
Martyn Joseph is as performer like no other, a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”, but there are also shades of John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be – but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. Martyn’s music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman. www.martynjoseph.net. Tickets £17+. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/443338. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW Saturday 7 July 2018 8pm - Edd Donovan - St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Stoke Hill, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Edd Donovan is a highly distinctive singer and songwriter with a rare, original talent. His sound is heartfelt – comforting, yet challenging – wise.
His album Making Mountains (Vol. 1) is a remarkable piece of originality; a collection of thought provoking, (sometimes) challenging, yet beautiful songs that shine a light on modern life. Tracks have been played on BBC6 Music, various BBC folk shows, Baylen Leonard's Front Porch show, BBC Introducing and many folk and Americana radio shows internationally. Tickets £10. Call Twigg's Gigs on 07508 169049 to reserve tickets. www.wegottickets.com/event/437354.

Tickets £10; call 07508 169049, email sstwigg@blueyonder.co.uk or via www.wegottickets.com/event/428027.

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.

West Charleton

NEW Friday 23 November 2018 - Silvington and Friends - Royal Western Yacht Club, Queen Anne's Battery, Plymouth
Featuring Ben Campbell, Anton Horwich, Keith Fennell and Claire Fielding.
Silvington is a collaboration between two established performers, Tricia Moore and John Connor. They play folk, traditional and contemporary acoustic music. www.silvington.org. Tickets £10 from 01548 810806, email johnfconnor@aol.com, or via Folk on the Moor. In aid of Navy Wings, Fleet Air Arm charity.

NEW Saturday 27 October 2018 - Silvington - Village Hall, West Charleton, nr Kingsbridge TQ7 2AG (map)
Silvington is a collaboration between two established performers, Tricia Moore and John Connor. They play folk, traditional and contemporary acoustic music. Tickets £10 including pasty supper from 01548 531241 / 531562 in aid of St Mary's West Charleton.

Widecombe

The Ruggle Regatta!
Details to be announced later...

A possible Church gig at the end of the summer.
Not actually booked yet, but fingers crossed!

NEW Saturday 17 November 2019 - Folk & Acoustic Tune & Song Session - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Eat, drink, play, sing or listen with Banned from the Moor ceilidh band, Back Beach Boyz shanty crew from Teignmouth, and friends. An evening event - the music will start when the performers have finished their dinner. They anticipate ordering and eating as they arrive from 6.30pm onwards. Feel free to book and join the meal; call 01364 621720.

NEW Thursday 17 October 2019 - Edgelarks - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Phil Henry and Hannah Martin, who launched the Sailing Club four years earlier return under their new, much more succinct name. (details tba) £?? for dinner, pud, cheese, cuppa. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Wednesday 22 May 2019 - Belshazzar's Feast - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Paul Sartin and Paul Hutchinson bring their own brand of fun and music to the Cafe. (details tba) £?? for dinner, pud, cheese, cuppa. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Friday 22 March 2019 - Jim Causley & Bill Murray - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Traditional Songs of Devon. Jim Causley makes a welcome return, bringing Bill Murray with him, all the way from South Zeal, with lots of songs of Devon and Dartymoor. (details tba) £?? for dinner, pud, cheese, cuppa. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Friday 25 January 2019 - Widecombe Sailing Club Winter Regatta - The Old Inn, Widecombe in the Moor
This is 'Burns' Night, particularly up there, over the border. However, as this is a sailing club we thought it more appropriate that is should be called 'Drowns' Night. Unless anyone wishes to do a rendition of 'The boy stood on the burning deck'. Judging from the last two years, a great social evening in prospect, with excellent food, and great entertainment. No pressure on anyone to perform, just come along and enjoy yourselves. (details tba) £?? for dinner, pud, cheese, cuppa. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Thursday 4 October 2018 - John Kirkpatrick - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
John is one of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene, performing solo, in duos, acoustic groups and electric bands, and has established an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso (melodeon, Anglo concertina and button accordion), as well as a leading interpreter of English folk music. He has been a member of the Albion Country Band, Magic Lantern, The Richard Thompson Band, Umps and Dumps, Steeleye Span, Brass Monkey, Trans-Europe Diatonique, and Band of Hope, as well as numerous ceilidh bands. As songwriter, composer, choreographer, and musical director, he has contributed to over sixty plays in the theatre and on radio. And as featured artiste, band member, or session player, his music can be heard on over 200 different commercial recordings. Optional pre-booked dinner available for £12 (Confit Duck with Garlic Mash, Seasonal Veg and Salsa Verde, or Beetroot Risotto with Roasted Beetroot, Crumbled Feta and Pea-shoots). Concert only tickets £14. Contact Daf Edwards dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129 for details, bookings etc.  www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 18 August 2018 7.30pm - Chris Hoban - St Pancras Church, Widecombe in the Moor
One of the leading songwriters in the folk tradition in the South West and enjoying a growing reputation as a solo performer and multi-instrumentalist, accompanying himself on guitar, piano accordion, mandocello or 'cello. He also makes regular appearances in folk clubs and festivals with the West Country folk musicians Steve Knightley, Phil Beer, Miranda Sykes, Jim Causley, Geoff Lakeman, Phil Henry & Hannah Martin. He regularly writes songs for Show of Hands - Katrina, The Old Lych Way, The Lily and the Rose, for example - has featured on a number of their albums and joined them on their recent autumn tour, “Sanctuary”, performing in the cathedrals of Britain. This show includes a section called "1918" which is a series of songs (some of which have been recorded by Show of Hands, Miranda Sykes and others) telling untold stories from the Great War, many of them with local connections. Chris performs up to a dozen songs intermingled with stories and anecdotes. He will be supported and in some instances backed by the Widecombe Singers! Tickets £10. Contact Daf Edwards dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129 for details, bookings etc.  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 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.

Wren misc

NEW Wren Music ~ Blackberries and Bandages: A Concert for Devon Remembers Heritage Project
Saturday 24 June 2017 7.30pm - Holy Trinity Church, Barnstaple - for tickets, contact 01837 53754
Saturday 1 July 2017 7.30pm - Palace Theatre, Paignton - for tickets, contact 01803 665800
Saturday 8 July 2017 7.30pm - Beehive, Honiton - for tickets, contact 01404 384050
Devon Remembers is a four-year project to look at the effect of the Great War on the people of Devon. Wren Music was awarded the music commission. Our brief was the Home Front in Devon. The first half of each concert features Wren’s community choirs and orchestras local to that area; the second half is Blackberries and Bandages, bringing together the 20 members from across the groups who have worked on the concert. Tickets £5, U16s £3

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 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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

 

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 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 Sunday 9 December 2018 4pm - Eliza Acty - Seven Stars Inn, Seven Stars Lane, Plymouth PL5 4NN
With her unique vocal style, singer and musician Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time and contemporary songs that spans over a century of music. www.elizaacty.com.

NEW Monday 26 November 2018 8.30pm - Eliza Acty - Bread and Roses, 62 Ebrington Street, Plymouth PL4 9AF
With her unique vocal style, singer and musician Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time and contemporary songs that spans over a century of music. www.elizaacty.com.

NEW Monday 26 November 2018 8.30pm - Eliza Acty - Bread and Roses, 62 Ebrington Street, Plymouth PL4 9AF
With her unique vocal style, singer and musician Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time and contemporary songs that spans over a century of music. Her early influence started close to home with her father Peter Acty who is an accomplished American-style claw hammer and frailing banjo player, he is also a classic, percussive finger-pick guitarist and will be accompanying Eliza. 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.

 

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 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.

 

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

 

NEW Sunday 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.

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.

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.

NEW UPDATED Cancelled

 

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 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 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 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 Tuesday 4 July 2017 8pm - Amber Fire Folk Session: Delta Blues Night - Tally Ho, Littlehempston, Totnes TQ9 6LY
This month's Amber Fire Folk session will be a Delta Blues night led by Stuart Cumberpatch from Brixham Blues Club. Only Les from Amber Fire will be there, others can't make it hence the change for July only. Folk session resumes 1st Tuesday in August.

 

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.

 

NEW Saturday 13 May 2017 7pm - Medieval and Folk Music Concert - St Mary's Church, Plympton PL7 1QW
Featuring Mock Hobby Horse, Russell Harris and Nicholas Millington, who specialise in early music on a wide variety of traditional/acoustic instruments, "beautiful, haunting, timeless melodies". www.mockhobbyhorse.co.uk. Along with Mick Bramich, a knowledgeable and entertaining local folk musician. Mick plays traditional music and songs of the 19th and 20th centuries including some from the Sabine Baring Gould collection. £5 on door. Part of the 'Royalty in Residence' weekend at Plympton Priory Site St Mary's Church, which is in turn part of Plymouth History Festival 2017 running 6 May-4 June. Full details www.historyfestival2017.wordpress.com.

 

NEW Saturday 13 May 2017 7.30pm - The Lost Sound with Chris Hoban - St Michaels Church, Chagford
Dartmoor folk choir, The Lost Sound with singer/songwriter Chris Hoban. Both acts are fresh from the Albert Hall accompanying Show Of Hands. here they showcase their own styles of folk. The a cappella Lost Sound Chorus bring rich and tender harmonies to trad tunes from around Britain. "The best choir in the region" Phil Beer. Chris' self-penned songs and lyrical tenor voice bring him back to his musical roots. Tickets £8.50. Details see www.thelostsoundchorus.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 3 June 2017 7.30pm - The Lost Sound with Mariners Away - Tavistock Town Hall
Dartmoor folk choir The Lost Sound with Mariners Away Shanty Singers.Strong and vibrant harmonies from 2 different styles of folk from rousing Shanties to heartrending calls to the land! A boisterous and warming evening of harmony singing. Tickets £8.50. Details see www.thelostsoundchorus.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 1 July 2017 7.15pm - Blackheart Orchestra - Goose Field, off Exton Lane, Exton EX3 0PN
The Blackheart Orchestra are multi-instrumentalists Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington. Their unique music has been described as “Utterly magical” by the BBC’s John Gilmore and “One of the best things to come out of England in recent years.” by Fatea Music Magazine. “A heavenly fusion of acoustic folk, intelligent pop and classical composition…Enchanting”. ABC Radio Australia. Full details, sample links etc. www.extonvillagehall.uk/black-heart-info-04-17.html.Gates 6.30pm. Adv tickets £12. U12s free.

 

NEW Wednesday 7 June 2017 8.30pm - Ensemble Baklava - Speakeasy, Toorak Hotel, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5JS
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. £7 adv (www.speakeasytorquay.com/ensemble-baklava), £8 door.

 

NEW Friday 31 August 2018 9pm - FOS Brothers - Kings Arms, Tedburn St Mary, Exeter EX6 6EG
2 sets starting 9pm. Full 4 piece band with Sam, Dave, Pete Bingham bass and Rom Dobbs drums. Weather looking OK so we will be outside in the fresh air! "Highly recommended to lovers of folk with a progressive world music twist. In full flow this band is phenomenal without losing touch of their folk roots" (Tony Colvill). www.fosbrothers.com.

 

NEW UPDATED Cancelled

NEW Friday 20 October 2017 8pm - Red Dirt Skinners - Cadeleigh Parish Hall, nr Tiverton EX16 8HW
Sublime genre-crossing musicianship from a multi-award winning folk/roots duo who blend exceptional harmonies with unique instrumentation to create a full band sound - the internationally acclaimed Skinners sound. www.reddirtskinners.com. Tickets £10 adv from Catherine telephone 01884 855311, online www.wegottickets.com/event/413622, £12 door.

NEW Friday 10 November 2017 7.30pm - Mervyn Stutter - Nicholls Hall, Lydford
An evening of fun, laughter and song. www.mervynstutterK.com. ickets £9 from 01822 820589. BYO drink and nibbles.

 

NEW Sunday 19 November 2017 - Harbottle & Jonas Tamar - Rising Sun Inn, Gunnislake
Stunning young folk duo based in Totnes. 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. Playing over 100 gigs each year, these troubadours are to be found far and wide across our beautiful island. www.harbottleandjonas.com.

 

NEW Friday 24 November 2017 9pm - LOSt COYOTES - Rising Sun, Woodland, Ashburton TQ13 7JT
Mostly a Devon-based 4-piece band (some Jiggerypipery members) who play a bewitching mix of Americana, Cajun, Latin-American, and Celtic songs and tunes, finding a natural chemistry between these musical genres in a melodious blend of their instruments and voices. From up-beat Cajun rhythms and Celtic jigs and reels, to more soulful songs and airs, and with themes of land, migration and borders running through much of their repertoire. www.lostcoyotes.co.uk/home-page. More info 07557 002622.

 

NEW Saturday 24 March 2018 8pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Scoriton Village Hall, nr Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
Folk duo Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have built a reputation for top quality musicianship and entertainment. “An eclectic mix of material, underpinned by top quality musicianship; a varied and highly entertaining programme” – Folk On The Moor Folk Club. “One of Devon’s multi-instrumental treasures.” – Topsham Folk Club. “A sublime concert, complete with quirky intros; a sumptuous musical journey far and wide across the UK and Europe.” – Cheriton Fitzpaine Village Hall. "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun" – Tom McConville. www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Tickets £8, can be booked on 01364 631288; or pay on the door. Licensed bar.

 

NEW Friday 26 January 2018 7.30pm - Burn's Supper Ceilidh with Dumbo's Feather - Cruwys Morchard Parrish Hall, Pennymoor, nr Tiverton
Tickets £15 include a welcome drink and choice of Traditional Haggis, Sausage Casserole or a Vegetarian Option and Dessert. Tickets and meal choices can be purchased by contacting Angela Culverhouse on 01363 866143 or email aculverhouse74 [at] gmail.com. As well as Dumbo's Feather performing music for Ceilidh Dancingthey will be performing songs from the bard, and there will be light-hearted contributions from several guests as the evening progresses. The event is raising funds for Hospiscare.

NEW Sunday 11 February 2018 5pm - The O'Marleys- The Thirsty Farmer, Whimple EX5 2QQ
Free entry. The O'Marleys, Mac on fiddle, John on guitar and Adrian on the Irish bodhran will be playing lots of lively Irish and Scottish music to get those feet tapping. All 3 sing and have plenty of well known songs you can sing along to. Irish Band The O'Marleys will be playing some lively Irish and Scottish tunes, a fun Sunday early evening.

 

NEW Saturday 3 March 2018 7.30pm Charity Barn Dance with The Folk Orchestra of Torbay - Churston Grammar School Hall, Greenway Road, Galmpton, Brixham TQ5 0LN
Celebrity caller Hugh Edwards. Tickets £12 (hot pasties and salad included) available from Derek Brown on 01803 845196. Ample parking. Wine, beer, cider & soft drinks bar. In aid of Rowcroft Hospice and other Rotary charities

 

NEW Friday 9 February 2018 7.30pm - Julian Piper Acoustic Blues Trio - -Waie Inn. Zeal Monachorum EX17 6DF
Support From Gareth Hedges. Invigorated by a recent trip to Chicago, Julian Piper hits mid devon for an evening of original songs from his album 'Terlingua', mixed up with some classic blues from Furry Lewis and The Mississippi Sheiks, along with rafter raising New Orleans rumbas. Largely acoustic but helping out will be Chris Billings on guitar, bass and dobro, along with Lucy Piper on percussion. Tickets are £6 on the door but further information can be found on www.themusicroomlive.org.uk.

NEW Friday 23 February 2018 - Hooper & Mills - Broadhembury Village Hall
With special guest Clive Sheard. An evening of acoustic blues. Tickets £8 door. Telephone 01404 758103. Doors 7.30pm. In aid of Citizens Advice.

NEW Saturday 3 March 2018 7pm - John Smith - Broadhempston Church
Other than the name, there is nothing commonplace about John Smith. John has played to audiences all over the world, in living rooms, festival tents and sold-out concert halls, with a powerful singing voice that critics have compared to the likes of John Martyn and Ray Lamontagne. John has opened shows for Iron and Wine, Tinariwen, Gil Scott-Heron, John Martyn, and John Renbourn; and has performed alongside the likes of Jackson Browne, Jerry Douglas, Chris Thile, Martin Carthy, Richard Hawley, Jarvis Cocker and Rodney Crowell. In his role as a gun for hire in the studio and on the road, he has played with artists such as David Gray, Lisa Hannigan, Joe Henry, Gabrielle Aplin and Lianne La Havas. It’s all for the love of the guitar. John plays a rumbling fingerstyle and sometimes uses a slide, sometimes plays the guitar on his lap, sometimes he detunes mid-song. His guitar work and honey-on-gravel vocals have brought crowds to pin-drop silence and rapturous applause. http://devonsent.org/event/johnsmith.

 

NEW Saturday 17 March 2018 9pm - Paddy's Whiskers - The Snooty Fox, St Marychurch, 89-91 Fore Street, Torquay TQ1 4PZ
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 sing along favourites together with a scattering of bluegrass and original songs and tunes written by the band. Free entry. Venue 01803 323312. More information on Paddy's Whiskers www.paddyswhiskers.co.uk or call Andrew on 01803 520798.

NEW Wednesday 28 March 2018 8pm - Miranda Sykes - Uffculme Village Hall, nr. Cullompton. EX15 3AX
The acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ is returning to her roots. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she will be touring as she started out: one woman, one bass, and one guitar. Borrowed Places is a project that 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, and accompanying herself, Miranda interprets the soul of the land and takes her audience on a journey that resonates with us all, wherever we live and it is one you won’t want to miss. www.mirandasykes.com.
Tickets £11 Tel. 01884 840192 / 07790 774945 www.wegottickets.com/event/430647

 

NEW Storytelling show 'Silence' by Rachel Rose Reid
1911, a box marked ‘Old Papers, No Value’. A manuscript discovered. An unfolding story, Roman de Silence. Suffrage protest ignite. Could England and King Arthur's lineage both depended on a quest for female freedom? A silenced legend given life by contemporary storyteller Rachel Rose Reid. "Immense skill and breathless conviction...There's no faulting Reid's command of her craft" The Times. Rachel Rose Reid is a UK-based storyteller who has performed around the World and for BBC Radio 3, the Crick Crack Club, and Beyond the Border. www.silencespeaks.strikingly.com. Appearing at the following venues:
Thursday 19 April 2018 - Totnes, South Devon Storytellers - Totnes Methodist Church, Totnes
Saturday 21 April 2018 - Topsham, Artemis Storytelling - Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter
Thursday 26 April 2018 - Liskeard Storytelling Cafe - Liskeard Public Hall, Liskeard

 

NEW Saturday 29 September 2018 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - St Johns Church, North Bovey, nr Moretonhampstead TQ13 8QZ
'Songs & Stories' tour. Tickets: 07887 932212, email wendymkeeson@gmail.com.

NEW Friday 6 April 2018 7.30pm - Adam Bulley & Chas Mackenzie - Sheepstor Village Hall PL20 6PF
Head to West Devon for a fiery, energy-fuelled evening of acoustic music styles courtesy of guitar duo Adam Bulley & Chas Mackenzie (formerly Wingin' It). Weaving effortlessly between Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz, Folk & Pop, this performance is sure to capture your imagination and remain in your musical memory for many months to come! Tickets call 01822 853186.

 

NEW Saturday 28 April  2018 7pm - Charity Acoustic Band Night - War Memorial Hall, Meavy Ln, Yelverton PL20 6AL
Performances by Charlie Harris www.facebook.com/charlieharrisofficial, Eliza Acty www.elizaacty.com, Duo & Pony Pony www.ponyponymusic.com. In aid of South West Equine Protection. Tickets £7 adv from Office or call 01822 854823, £10 door. Licensed bar. Raffle.

 

NEW Saturday 14 April 2018 9pm - Eliza Acty - The White Thorn, Shaugh Prior PL7 5HA
With her unique vocal style, singer and musician Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time, original and contemporary songs that span over a century of music. www.elizaacty.com Eliza says "Not only is this a brilliant music venue regularly offering great acts but this place has the most wonderful atmosphere and you are sure to feel very welcome. Come along and eat/drink/chill out and see my duo set with Peter Acty adding some extra lovely clawhammer banjo and guitar." www.facebook.com/whitethorninn.

 

NEW Saturday 16 June 2018 7.30pm - Rotary Club of Paignton Annual Barn Dance - Churston Grammar School Hall, Greenway Road, Galmpton, Brixham TQ5 0LN
Band: The Stargazy Pie, caller Hugh Edwards. Doors 7pm. Tickets £12 available from Derek Brown on 01803 845196. Ample parking - wine, beer, cider and soft drinks bar. Hot pasties and salad included in ticket. Pasties supplied by Hallett's Bakery. In aid of Rowcroft Hospice and other Rotary Charities.

 

Session news
The regular monthly sessions at the Copper Penny Inn, Chipshop PL19 8NT on Tuesday 26 June and at the Boot Inn, Calstock PL18 9RN on 10 July are each cancelled due to holidays just for one event. Both sessions will resume as normal after these two cancellations. Mike & Tilly. www.mikeandtillymusic.co.uk.

NEW Wednesday 24 October 2018 - Ninebarrow - St Leonard's Church, Sheepstor, Plymouth
Doors 7pm. Tickets 01822 853186

NEW Friday 26 October 2018 - Ninebarrow - Downderry and Seaton Village Hall, Torpoint
Doors 6.30pm. Tickets: val@glastonbury-engineering.co.uk or 01503 250536

NEW Saturday 27 October 2018 - Ninebarrow - Denbury Village Hall, Newton Abbot
Tickets: Clare Head 01803 813149 & Union Inn, Denbury

 

NEW Saturday 29 September 2018 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - St Johns Church, North Bovey, nr Moretonhampstead TQ13 8QZ
Steve reprises his highly popular 'Songs and Stories' Tour in 2019 with 'Part 2 - Roadworks'. Tickets tel: 07887 932212, email: wendymkeeson@gmail.com.

 

NEW Saturday 27 October 2018 7-10pm - Devon Air Ambulance charity ceilidh with Worts'n'All - Broadhempston Village Hall, Kings Close Field, Broadhempston TQ9 6BJ
Tickets £7.50 (includes raffle), available from Kay on 01803 361829. Light refreshments available. No bar, BYO drinks.

 

NEW Saturday 20 October 2018 - Lvov Affair / Amber Fire Ceilidh Band - Shaugh Prior Apple Day, Shaugh Recreation Hall, PL7 5HG
Activities during the day in and around the Hall. Bring your own apples for pressing. Free entrance. Various events and music throughout the afternoon, including music from Lvov Affair. Lvov in the Ukraine is where accordionist Basil Bunelik lived and learned his music. A town where Russians, Ukrainians, Poles, Moldavians, Romanians, Jews and Gypsies mingled over the centuries, their music has been absorbed by Basil and now with Lisa Rowe on fiddle and Dmitry Babichev on guitar and vocals they are captivating audiences in Devon.
Amber Fire Ceilidh Band with Chris Jewell calling (and fiddling) playing for the evening barn dance, doors 7pm. Tickets £10, including pasty supper, from David Compton compton.dr@gmail.com.

 

NEW Saturday 10 November 2018 8pm - RSVP Bhangra Band - RatteryVillage Hall, South Brent TQ10 9LD (map)
RSVP is a Bhangra band that blends traditional Punjabi celebratory folk music with Western musical influences to create a sound that is unusual when heard by mainstream listeners, but none of that matters, because their ability to perform to a crowd is perfect. Their stage personalities are lovable, the Asian drumbeats are infectious, and the Western slant gives the crowd something unique to enjoy. With musicians drawn from one family, wholly rooted in an authentic living tradition, yet unafraid to innovate, this is the ultimate celebratory Indian music. RSVP will be bringing their Big Bhangra Beats and engaging, interactive vibe so be prepared to learn some Bhangra grooves and moves and get ready to party. Tickets from 01364 72597 / 07879 438769. More details, online booking... www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

Mad Dog Mcrea Dates - they invariably sell out, so book early!
Saturday 6 October 2018 9pm - - Pigs Nose Inn Hall, East Prawle, Kingsbridge TQ7 2BY (map) www.pigsnoseinn.co.uk
Saturday 15 December 2018 8pm - - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map) www.carnglaze.com
Wednesday 19 December 2018 8pm - - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map) www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk
Thursday 20 December 2018 8pm - - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk
Sunday 23 December 2018 7.30pm - - Tavistock Wharf (map) www.tavistockwharf.com

 

NEW 2-4 November 2018 - Exploring Folklore: Focus on Dartmoor - Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe, Somerset, TA4 4BD
For Halsway’s second Exploring Folklore weekend, the focus is that extraordinary wealth of folklore that was, and still is, found on Dartmoor. All our guest contributors come from the area and, between them, demonstrate not only how we live within our own folklore, but how closely all the different aspects of folklore combine to define a culture by drawing on the past, living in the here and now, and shaping the future. The team includes Dartmoor tradition bearer Bill Murray, Dartmoor step dance champion (and singer, musician & composer) Matt Norman, plus Tom Pearce’s Old Grey Mare will be travelling up from Dartymoor! Doc Rowe returns along with weekend host Tom Brown, for an enjoyable weekend of talks, presentations, practical workshops and performances exploring folklore, folklorismus and fakelore. For full details and ticket see https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/exploring-folklore-dartmoor/.

 

NEW Saturday 13 October 2018 9pm - The O Marleys - Rising Sun, Woodland, Ashburton TQ13 7JT
Irish band The O'Marleys (Irish / Roots / Country, 4 piece) will be playing lots of lively Irish and Scottish music to dance and sing along to. Not to be missed. With you favourites like lack Velvet Band, Whisky in the Jar, Rocky Road To Dublin, Liverpool, and many more uniquely arranged The O'Marleys way, a bit of Folk/Rock, and Reggae mix. Plus our latest single Nancy Mulligan by Ed sheeran with an Irish feel. The O'Marleys will be setting The Rising Sun alight with plenty of Irish Music and Craic. Free entry.

 

NEW Saturday 3 November 2018 - Lucy Farrell - Village Hall, The Parade, Millbrook, Cornwall PL10 1AX
A Millbrook Folk Club Event - all welcome. Doors 7.30pm. Multi-instrumentalist and singer Lucy is a 2017 BBC R2 folk award winner, a member of the highly acclaimed Furrow Collective, a member of Eliza Carthy's Wayward Band and Her early work collaborating with Jonny Kierney brought her to immediate public attention when they were invited to be the regular opening act for the Unthanks. Lucy is now embarking on a solo career alongside her highly critically acclaimed collaborations offering audiences her exquisite renditions of traditional ballads and quietly moving original songs. Tickets £8 online: www.facebook.com/events/293643941237896/?ti=ia or email millbrookfolk@gmail.com.

 

NEW Saturday 6 October 2018 6pm - Barn Dance in a Real Barn - West Hele Barn. Hennock, near Bovey Tracey TQ13 9PP
With Piping Hot ceilidh band and caller. Adult £5, accompanied children free. For more information and tickets please contact Alison Wonnacott on 01626 833266 / 07899 654666 or email alison[at]frostfarm.co.uk. Fun evening for all ages. BBQ, bar, draw,rRefreshments. Proceeds to Hennock Primary School.

 

NEW Friday 21 December 2018 8pm - Maddy and the Chaps - Welcome Inn, Mount Pleasant Rd, Dawlish Warren EX7 0NE
An eclectic mix of folk/country/Celtic acoustic music on guitars, ukelele, banjolele, banjo, acoustic bass, accordion, mandolin and bits and pieces of percussion. All five of band sing, allowing a range of singing styles and harmonies. Think Beatles and Mumford and Sons, John Denver and REM, Dolly Parton and Vance Joy, The Pogues and Buddy Holly.

NEW Saturday 8 December 2018 8pm - Maddy and the Chaps - Atmospheric Railway Inn, The Strand, Starcross, Exeter EX6 8PA
An eclectic mix of folk/country/Celtic acoustic music on guitars, ukelele, banjolele, banjo, acoustic bass, accordion, mandolin and bits and pieces of percussion. All five of band sing, allowing a range of singing styles and harmonies. Think Beatles and Mumford and Sons, John Denver and REM, Dolly Parton and Vance Joy, The Pogues and Buddy Holly.

NEW Saturday 20 October 2018 9pm - Maddy and the Chaps - The Bowling Green, 29-30 Blackboy Road, Exeter EX4 6ST
An eclectic mix of folk/country/Celtic acoustic music on guitars, ukelele, banjolele, banjo, acoustic bass, accordion, mandolin and bits and pieces of percussion. All five of band sing, allowing a range of singing styles and harmonies. Think Beatles and Mumford and Sons, John Denver and REM, Dolly Parton and Vance Joy, The Pogues and Buddy Holly.

NEW Saturday 13 October 2018 8.30pm - Maddy and the Chaps - South Devon Inn, Strand Hill, Dawlish EX7 9HR
An eclectic mix of folk/country/Celtic acoustic music on guitars, ukelele, banjolele, banjo, acoustic bass, accordion, mandolin and bits and pieces of percussion. All five of band sing, allowing a range of singing styles and harmonies. Think Beatles and Mumford and Sons, John Denver and REM, Dolly Parton and Vance Joy, The Pogues and Buddy Holly.

NEW Saturday 17 March 2018 8pm - Maddy and the Chaps - The Brunswick Arms, 10 Brunswick Place, Dawlish EX7 9PB
St Patrick's Day gig.

 

6/10 Mevagissey Male Choir; 20/10 Moscow Drug Club; 16/11 Reg Meuross + Harbottle & Jonas; 24+25/11 Simon Mayor & Hilary James; Meridianum Ensemble

 

NEW Thursday 8 November 2018 7.30pm - Gingang - The Horse, Moretonhampstead
Multi-instrumental trio Gingang present an evening of traditional music and song, including material from the new EP Dwarka: A Journey. This collection of music was inspired by the story of the horse Dwarka, ancestor of many of today’s Dartmoor ponies. Born in the Arabian desert, taken by the British army to India, and finally to Dartmoor and the Prince of Wales’ stud at Tor Royal, his story is told in Ginnie Pope’s book Hooves in the Heather. Through songs of departure and belonging, and original instrumentals evoking the landscapes of desert dunes and windswept moorlands, Dwarka: A Journey charts this unique story. Featuring: Tony Bayliss (cittern, guitar, vocals), Louis Bingham (cittern, guitar, vocals), Peter Bingham (bass guitar, whistles, vocals). Tickets £8.  Contact Tony Bayliss for booking info. Phone: 07876 788988, email: baylissringford@gmail.com.

NEW Friday 9 November 2018 7.30pm - Gingang - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Multi-instrumental trio Gingang present an evening of traditional music and song, including material from the new EP Dwarka: A Journey. This collection of music was inspired by the story of the horse Dwarka, ancestor of many of today’s Dartmoor ponies. Born in the Arabian desert, taken by the British army to India, and finally to Dartmoor and the Prince of Wales’ stud at Tor Royal, his story is told in Ginnie Pope’s book Hooves in the Heather. Through songs of departure and belonging, and original instrumentals evoking the landscapes of desert dunes and windswept moorlands, Dwarka: A Journey charts this unique story. Featuring: Tony Bayliss (cittern, guitar, vocals), Louis Bingham (cittern, guitar, vocals), Peter Bingham (bass guitar, whistles, vocals). Tickets £8.  Contact Tony Bayliss for booking info. Phone: 07876 788988, email: baylissringford@gmail.com.

NEW Sunday 11 November 2018 7.30pm - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Multi-instrumental trio Gingang present an evening of traditional music and song, including material from the new EP Dwarka: A Journey. This collection of music was inspired by the story of the horse Dwarka, ancestor of many of today’s Dartmoor ponies. Born in the Arabian desert, taken by the British army to India, and finally to Dartmoor and the Prince of Wales’ stud at Tor Royal, his story is told in Ginnie Pope’s book Hooves in the Heather. Through songs of departure and belonging, and original instrumentals evoking the landscapes of desert dunes and windswept moorlands, Dwarka: A Journey charts this unique story. Featuring: Tony Bayliss (cittern, guitar, vocals), Louis Bingham (cittern, guitar, vocals), Peter Bingham (bass guitar, whistles, vocals). Tickets £16, £10 or £6.  Contact Tony Bayliss for booking info. Phone: 07876 788988, email: baylissringford@gmail.com.

 

NEW Thursday 22 November 2018 7.30pm - Valerie Belsey with Jim Causley: Green Lanes in Devon - Whimple Victory Hall, Church Road, Whimple EX5 2TS
The History of Green Lanes in East Devon with author Valerie Belsey accompanied by folk musician Jim Causley. Doors 7pm.