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Abbotskerswell

NEW Friday 3 December 2021 - The Korgis - Abbotskerswell Village Hall, Slade Lane, nr Newton Abbot TQ12 5YF (map)
Tickets £15 from Mike Webb mikewebb1420@btinternet.com, 01626 363640"

Acoustic Warehouse - Kingsteignton

NEW Wednesday 2 March 2022 7.15pm - Acoustic Warehouse Music & Performance Club, Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH
Monthly every 1st Wednesday, finishing at 10.00pm. We continue to raise funds for Rowcroft Hospice with £2 entry and raffle ticket. Covid safety with individual mic covers. More information from Nigel Dee 07989 180091. www.facebook.com/Acoustic.Warehouse.TQ123QH.

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

News from the Folk Clubs
Acoustic Warehouse Music & Performance Club, Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH
The AWMPC open mic club has now restarted monthly on the First Wednesday of each month. The next session is 1st September with prompt start at 7.15pm and a finish at 10.00pm. More information from Nigel Dee 07989 180091 www.facebook.com/Acoustic.Warehouse.TQ123QH.

Ashburton

NEW Tuesday 9 August 2022 7.30pm - Rory McLeod - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
An ex-circus clown and fire eater, Rory McLeod is a one-man-soul-band, and poet. He has a natural troubadour's talent for weaving magical, musical, storytelling spells accompanied by his own bizarre solo orchestra of distinctive instruments.The spoons, finger-cymbals, bandorea, Djembe-drum, harmonica, guitar, trombone and-tap-dancing shoes accompany the "rich, raw, deep and resonant" voice of this "singular and liberating performer." Expect the unexpected. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/545436.

tbc NEW Friday 1 July 2022 7.30pm - Sarah McQuaid - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
“She reached parts other singers fail to do ... There is emotion, beauty, passion and musically great arrangements and fab playing. ” - Rob Bozas, Bozas International (Publisher, Peter Gabriel/Real World); “Captivating, unorthodox songwriting … layered satin vocals ... enthralling, harrowing arrangements … a gateway into a true innovator’s soul.” - PopMatters; “Her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever.” - Huffington Post. www.sarahmcquaid.com.
www.ashburtonarts.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 11 June 2022 7.30pm - Honey & The Bear - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
British folk and roots duo Honey & The Bear combines delicately interweaving vocal harmonies with emotive and evocative songwriting. With a diverse range of sounds and textures, and rhythms that flow from the fast and furious to gentle ballads, their live performances are spirited and dynamic. Conjuring stories in song, they tell tales of Suffolk folklore, courageous people they admire, their passion for nature and the odd heartbreak or two. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/543496.

NEW Wednesday 1 June 2022 7.30pm - The Rosie Brown Band - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Weaving folk, jazz and blues influences, with glimpses of Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake and vintage John Martyn, the band expresses a musical sensibility all of its own. Drawing on country, 60s surf and classical, this is beguiling and intricate music, filmic and funky, full of emotion. Songs with surfaces light and shimmering, evocative of landscape, love, loss, darkness and light www.rosiebrown.com. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/547431.

NEW Saturday 14 May 2022 7.30pm - Chris Cleverley - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
A singer/songwriter who “was born under a solstice moon, in an aura of honeysuckle mysticism. With a visceral lyrical style, inspired by the American greats Elliott Smith and Sufjan Stevens, his songwriting explores the place of folk music within the 21st Century emotional landscape.” See
www.chriscleverley.com. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/538533.

NEW 23 April - 8 May 2022 - Tinners Moon Festival - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
details tba
www.ashburtonarts.org.uk/whats-on.

NEW Saturday 23 April 2022 7.30pm - Nick Hart - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Nick Hart is an award-winning singer and multi-instrumentalist whose work with English folk song is rapidly gaining him a reputation as one of the most acclaimed performers of his generation. His considered approach to accompaniment is informed by a deep respect for the nuances of traditional song and his captivating live performances are a testament to the importance he places on story-telling. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/539936.

NEW Friday 1 April 2022 7.30pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - South Dartmoor Community College, Balland Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7EW
2022 marks 27 years of making music together for this popular wife and husband duo, twice winners of 'Best Duo' BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The couple will revisit and reinterpret songs which span their career. From the early days of folk supergroup ' Equation ' through to the current release 'Personae ' with a nod or two along the way to their extra-curricular musical adventures, the evening promises a whistle-stop tour through their artistic journey to date. Full details www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kathryn-roberts-sean-lakeman-tickets-258059632307?aff=ebdssbdestsearch. Tickets also available from Ashburton Post Office. Licensed bar. All proceeds to FOSDA (Friends of South Dartmoor Association).

Ashburton Community Folk Orchestra
(this has been running for a couple of weeks but I've only just found out about it)
Thursdays 6, 13, 27 February; 5, 12, 19, 26 March: Weekly on Thursday mornings from 10.30 – 12noon in Ashburton Arts Centre (The Old Methodist Church, 15, West St, TQ13 7DT), led by award winning and experienced Community Musician David Faulkner. All acoustic instruments and different levels of ability welcome. Play music from Devon and beyond; play in harmony; develop learning by ear. Scores and sound files provided. “Let’s make a big band, make some music and have some fun! Come and join the band!” Cost: £8 per session or £32.50 for 5 sessions (concessions available). See: www.ashburtonarts.org.uk/events/ashburton-community-folk-orchestra-2020-01-16 or for more information, contact David Faulkner on 07967 121985 or email david.eelgrinders@gmail.com.

Full details, tickets etc. www.wegottickets.com/ashburtonarts. www.facebook.com/pg/ashburtonarts/events. www.ashburtonarts.org.uk.

NEW Tuesday 24 May 2022 7.30pm - Daphne’s Flight - St Andrews Church, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Daphne’s Flight was created 25 years ago by five of the leading singer songwriters of their generation - Chris While, Julie Matthews, Melanie Harrold, Helen Watson and Christine Collister. Described as one of the most exciting vocal groups to emerge on the acoustic music scene, their energy on stage is matched only by their collective talents, Daphne’s Flight are unrivalled and sit firmly in a class of their own as singers, musicians and writers. Their highly anticipated 3rd studio album was scheduled to tour in the spring of 2020, now rescheduled to 2022. Miranda Sykes on vocals and double bass replaces Christine Collister on this tour. For tickets (£20), please email Sarah Tobin on sarah.tobin@plymouth.ac.uk.

NEW Saturday 11 May 2019 7.30pm - Wild Goose / Skylark - Ashburton Town Hall
Wild Goose is 'Wild, eclectic and dangerous... Pink Floyd, Kenny Rogers, Bryan Adams channelled by Woodie Guthrie. Guitar, violin, banjo, mandolin, piano, percussion.' Skylark is 'Beautiful arrangements of traditional and contemporary songs with vocal harmonies, fiddle, flute, guitar and mandolin'. Bar and raffle. Tickets £7, U15 free, from Jane 07818 844346 or Ashburton Information Centre. All proceeds to Cancer Lifeline South West, a wonderful charity providing residential therapeutic breaks for cancer sufferers and their carers.

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.

NEW Friday 17 April 2020 7.30pm - Belinda O'Hooley: Inversions Tour - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
‘Inversions’ showcases Belinda’s abilities as a composer and pianist with many of the piano pieces inspired by the songs and tunes her father inherited from a long line of male musicians in the hills of the West coast of rural Ireland. With the passing of her father in 2017, Belinda; the first woman to be handed the tradition, has found the freedom to express the music of her ancestors in her very own, unconventional way, evolving and migrating into something you could describe as an inversion: a reversal of the norm. The venue is 700+ years old and in a narrow lane with very restricted parking. Please use the Town Centre car park (free after 6pm). The venue is a couple of minutes walk. For disabled access, please contact Ian Pickvance iin advance to make arrangements. Details www.wegottickets.com/event/494667. All profits from this event go to Macmillan Cancer Support.

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.

Awliscombe

NEW Wednesday 8 June 2022 7.30pm - Jurassic Folk (Acoustic) Club - The Honiton Inn, Awliscombe, Honiton EX14 3PJ
The Club re-opened in October 2021 at this new venue and meets monthly on the 2nd Wednesday. The Club welcomes audience, singers and musicians from near and far for an evening of live acoustic performance. Come along, bring your voice or an instrument or both and entertain or be entertained. www.jurassicfolk.co.uk. For further details contact Adrian on 01404 549903 or Mike on 01404 43429.

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.

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 Friday 22 November 2019 7.30pm - Harbottle & Jonas - Bigbury Memorial Hall, Bigbury TQ7 4HQ
Harbottle & Jonas are a stunning young folk duo based in Totnes. Together the husband and wife duo combine the rich traditions of folk music with original and contemporary interpretations through a blend of closely intertwined vocal harmonies. Harbottle & Jonas sing about family, villages swept into the sea, polar expeditions, historical characters and peculiar narratives. Their music is original and unique. It is performed with integrity and on instruments that include the concertina, harmonium, banjo, stompbox, and acoustic guitar. Details www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

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

NEW Friday 29 April 2022 7pm - Suthering - Village Hall, 46 Fore Street, Bishopsteignton, Teignmouth TQ14 9QZ
Suthering combines the musical talents of Julu Irvine and Heg Brignall. A couple in life and in music, the duo are true story-tellers who champion female characters, creating new narratives for women and unearthing the female heroines of folk. With their wonderful chemistry and charisma on stage, natural humour and two beautifully matched voices, an unusual mix of cascading, dramatic piano; intricate, fingerstyle guitar; flute, whistles and harmonium, Julu and Heg bring an exciting take on folk storytelling with their evocative and distinctive sound. Full details www.villagesinaction.co.uk/events/suthering-if-we-turn-away-tour.

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

Black Dog

NEW Friday 19 April 2019 7.30pm - The Drystones - Black Dog Memorial Hall, Black Dog, nr Crediton EX17 4QS
The Drystones are a young duo making big waves on the UK folk scene. Combining traditional music’s timeless instrumental union of fiddle and guitar with technical mastery, an unexpectedly large live sound, it’s no wonder they’ve been described as ‘indecently talented’ (Mike Harding) and earned themselves a nomination for the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Since forming in 2011 to play at their local folk festival in Priddy, Somerset, they have played festivals across the country, including Glastonbury and Sidmouth Folk Week, have supported Seth Lakeman and Steeleye Span, produced two albums and, somehow, squeezed in their music degrees. Tickets: adult £9, child £7, benefits £7, family £20. Call 01363 877417 to book.

NEW Saturday 16 April 2016 8pm - Dallahan - Black Dog Memorial Hall, Black Dog, nr Crediton EX17 4QS
Tickets £8 (child £3, conc £5.50) from 01363 866434 & Kennerleigh Community Stores. Licensed bar

Blackawton

NEW Saturday 23 November 2019 - 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. Tickets £10 adult, £5 U16, from Blackawton Community Shop, phone 01803 712159 (George Inn) or email villagehall@blackawtoncommunity.com.

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)

NEW 17-19 June 2022 - Craft Festival - Bovey Tracey
See Bovey Tracey event details at www.craftfestival.co.uk. Musical entertainment includes Cosgrave & Soph contemporary folk, Griselda Sanderson, Annika Skoogh Latin duo, Becky Brine, Saff Juno. More Music to be announced.

NEW Saturday 31 August 2019 1pm - Meridianum Ensemble - Baptist Church, Bovey Tracey
An exciting fusion of folk musics from across Europe, played on an amazing variety of instruments (Soufian Saihi on Arabic oud; Ricardo de Noronha on Middle-Eastern percussion; Nuno Silva on Persian santur; Griselda Sanderson on Swedish nyckelharpa and Louis Bingham on cittern; Steve Tyler on hurdy-gurdy). Part of the Nourish Festival: craft ~ food ~ music. Full festival details www.nourishfestival.org.

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 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 6 December 2019 - A Causley Christmas - The Heart of Devon, Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton EX17 6HU (map)
Join Jim Causley in celebrating the Christmas season as he entertains you with lesser known carols from the West Country and around the British Isles. Jim takes you for a journey through Christmas past that will be guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit! 'A natural gift for entertainment’ The Guardian. Tickets £10. Booking essential. available online www.wegottickets.com/event/485369 or call 01363 82379. www.theheartofdevon.co.uk

NEW Sunday 23 June 2019 6pm - Anna Tanvir - Waterside Café, Bow, nr Crediton EX17 6LA
Singer and Celtic Harpist. Songs from around the world. Tickets £18 for dinner and concert. Telephone Bow Garden and Aquatic Centre 01363 460466.

Bradninch

NEW Tuesday 19 April 2022 8pm - Dom Prag - Bradninch Folk Club, Guildhall, Fore Street, Bradninch, nr Cullompton EX5 4NN
Bradninch Folk Club is proud to host one of England’s most prolific and greatly lauded singer song writers Reg Meuross. The breadth and depth of Reg Meuross’ material is unparalleled in contemporary folk: songs about forgotten heroes, famous names, folk legends, the climate emergency, tales from the kitchen sink and news from the world stage; if something needs to be sung about then Reg Meuross has a song for it. Reg masterfully accompanies himself on his rebuilt 1944 Martin six-string guitar, harmonica, tenor guitar, banjo and dulcimer and his captivating, beautiful tenor voice.
The Club's guest nights takes place in the upstairs room. Seating is arranged to provide space for the audience whilst maintaining an intimate setting for the performance. The format of the evening provides a support artist and a short set from Reg in the first half followed by a short break and longer set by Reg in the second half. BYO  refreshment or purchase locally. A stairlift is available for access to the upstairs room. You are assured of a personal welcome to the club. Entry is £7 (cash) per person with accompanied U18s free. www.facebook.com/groups/Bradninchfolk/?fref=ts. Doors 7.45pm.

NEW Tuesday 16 November 2021 8pm - Dom Prag - Bradninch Folk Club, Guildhall, Fore Street, Bradninch, nr Cullompton EX5 4NN
Talented folk singer with a feel for traditional song, confident in his own compositions and a likable personality who connects directly with the audience. A seated gig in the upstairs room, audience capped at 50% capacity, providing for comfortable spacing yet retain clear views of the performers. Support: Patrick Divine-Wright, a beautiful voice perfect for the Irish songs which are his speciality. BYO refreshments. www.facebook.com/groups/Bradninchfolk/?fref=ts. Doors 7.45pm.

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

Bradninch Folk Club News
BRADFOLK, the informal gathering of musicians and singers will continue on the 1st Tuesday of the month in the function room at the White Lion from 8pm. It is free for performers and audience and we never really know what will happen, but it is an opportunity to meet, play and discuss music.
Guest Nights at the Bradninch Folk Club are on the Move
The Guest Nights at the Bradninch Folk Club will start again on 17 September at a new venue, the Guildhall (Fore Street, EX5 4NN). This is because the function room at the Castle with its amazing acoustics is being redeveloped. The club is grateful to all the landlords of the Castle who over the years have provided free accommodation and support. The club as always is working on providing the best performance experience for our audience in September. The room is a larger space on the ground floor which we will lay out to preserve the intimate performance space which is essential for the close relationship which exists between audience and performer but also the room has potential for increasing the audience size and accommodating larger acts. The Guildhall is accessible for disabled persons and it is hoped that this fact and other features of the venue will make it a comfortable space for the audience and performers.

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/Galmpton

NEW Sunday 12 June 2022 3pm - Jim Causley: Songs of Devon - Galmpton Primary School, Greenway Road, Brixham TQ5 0LT (map)
Rescheduled from Sunday 20 March: A concert of traditional Devonshire songs. Hosted by Brixham Folk Club; support: Maggie Duffy. Doors 2.30pm. Tickets £12 (£10 concs) are available from jocastle_4@hotmail.com.

NEW Saturday 14 May 2022 7.30pm - Keith James: The Songs of Leonard Cohen - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, wry humour and the 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. Full details www.brixhamtheatre.uk.

NEW Friday 29 April 2022 7.30pm - Strike the Bell - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
Concert featuring Cloud 9, The ContraBand and Missin’ Tackle Shanty Crew - a great way to start Brixham’s Pirate weekend. Full details www.brixhamtheatre.uk.

NEW Saturday 12 March 2022 7pm - The Children of Lir: Gaelic songs and stories of Ireland - Farringdon Church, East Devon EX5 2HY
A unique melding of traditions with Gaelic songs and stories of Ireland by Patrick Devine-Wright and friends. Patrick has won several prizes for the solo singing of Gaelic songs, including the All-Britain Feis Ceoil. He was an understudy in the Riverdance show during its first West End run in the Hammersmith Apollo theatre and his musical influences include Iarla Ó’Lionaird, Muireann Nic Amhlaidh, Séamus Begley and Martin Hayes. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/538849.

Brixham Folk Club will be meeting next on Friday 1 October in its new venue: 'The Trawler'  at 66 North Boundary Road, Brixham TQ5 8LA.
Exmouth Folk Club will be restarting its regular 4th Sundays on Sunday 26 September 7pm at the GWRSA Railway Club, 3-5 Royal Avenue, Exmouth EX8 1EN. For more information call Chris Austin 07812 688432. Free admission, all performers and supporters welcome, acoustic only. Real ales are served and there is parking and level access.

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

NEW Wednesday 17 November 2021 - Gigspanner Big Band - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
The Gigspanner Big Band are a unique force in British folk music. Their high-energy, virtuosic performances appeal equally to traditionalists and to those looking for something more experimental, and they have garnered praise from publications as varied as fRoots, The Telegraph and The Wire, where they were described as ‘melodically folk-rooted yet open and innovative beyond the constraints of genre’. Beginning life as a trio - with legendary Steeleye Span fiddle player Peter Knight being joined by percussionist Sacha Trochet and guitarist Roger Flack - the line-up has been expanded to form the Gigspanner Big Band, with acclaimed multi-instrumental duo Edgelarks (Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin - BBC Folk Awards 'Best Duo') and Bellowhead co-founder and melodeon player extraordinaire, John Spiers, joining the fray. As collaborations go, it doesn't get much more mouth-watering than this. www.brixhamtheatre.uk. Bookings www.ticketsource.co.uk/brixham-theatre/peter-knight-s-gigspanner-big-band/e-maxvzo.

NEW Friday 4 October 2019 - Cosgrave & Banks - Brixham Folk Club, The Old Coaching Inn, Fore Street, Brixham TQ5 8AG
Brixham Folk Club meets the first Friday of each month. This month includes a 1-hour set from Cosgrave & Banks.

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.

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.

NEW Tuesday 14 December 2021 8pm – Brixham Blues 2nd Tuesday BBT2 – The Birdcage, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8LT
We are up and running again at our new venue with acoustic blues. hokum, gospel and Hawaiian music from resident duo The Boal Weevils – Andy Boal and Stuart ‘Marshcat’ Cumberpatch - plus contributions from some of Devon’s finest curators of the country blues heritage. Free. Contact: stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

NEW Thursday 12 March 2020 8.30pm - Brixham Blues Club, The Old Coaching Inn, Fore Street, Brixham TQ5 8AG
Resident duo the Boal Weevils provide support for Nine Pound Catfish: Ian Gardner on guitars, mandolin, banjo and vocals, with Jane Gardner singing and playing washboard, bells, hooters, whistles and spoons. Their music is full of fun and whimsy, a heady cocktail of hokum, ragtime blues and old country music, mainly from the ‘twenties and ‘thirties. Free. Floor spots welcome. Contact: stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

NEW Thursday 13 February 2020 8.30pm - Brixham Blues Club, The Old Coaching Inn, Fore Street, Brixham TQ5 8AG
This month, we hand over the mic to Clive Sheard and David Jeffery and friends of Teignmouth Blues Club, who will regale Brixham regulars with a touch of the exotic - skilful Piedmont guitar picking, quaint tales and scurrilous humour. The resident Boal Weevils will try to keep things under control. Free. 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

UPDATED Thursday 26 March 2020 7.30pm - Gypsy Dreamers - Village Hall, Buckland-in-the-Moor TQ13 7HP (map)
Bringing together 4 successful multi-instrumentalist singers who have performed all over the world, from Sidney Opera House to the Glastonbury Festival, Gypsy Dreamers presents a sophisticated and hugely entertaining mix of pop songs, Latin and jazz tunes, French chansons and originals in their unique style. “dynamic hybrid jazz-meets-classical project that explores tango, bossa nova, pop, jazz and world sounds via violin, cello and percussion.” Time Out. www.gypsydreamers.com. Call or text 07818 225511 or email davidburke9@icloud.com to book. £9 adult, £5 child.

NEW Friday 21 February 2020 7.30pm - Flats and Sharps - Village Hall, Buckland-in-the-Moor TQ13 7HP (map)
Flats and Sharps are a four-piece Bluegrass outfit originally from Penzance, Cornwall. Delivering energetic, enthusiastic and spirited performances, their shows are a fresh and modern outlook on foot-stomping Bluegrass with powerful and well-crafted original songs. Their music blends strong harmonies and stonking solos, and their incredible stage presence and energy will have you dancing, laughing and singing along in no time! Call 01364 653525 or book online at www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

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.

Callington

NEW Saturday 19 October 2019 7.30pm - Zulu Tradition - Callington Town Hall, New Road, Callington, PL17 7BD
From Kwa-Zulu Natal to the world’s stage, rekindling the spark of Zulu culture and heritage, through song, dance, and drums. Zulu Tradition is a company of genuine young Zulu singers and dancers who deliver a heady mix of traditional African harmonies and high-energy, athletic dance – all traditionally costumed – and supported by drum-rhythms. Full details
www.carntocove.co.uk/event/zulu-tradition.

NEW Saturday 18 May 2019 8pm - Ceilidh / Barn Dance with Dartmoor Pixie Band - Rilla Mill Village Hall, nr Callington
Bar available. Call 07366 141335 to book tickets £10 (incl. pasty) and collect from The Manor House Inn, Rilla Mill.

Calstock

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

Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Calstock Arts was established in 2010 and is a not-for-profit arts venue. It is largely staffed by a dedicated team of volunteers. Initially set up as a Community Interest Company we converted to Charity status in 2015. Our programme is varied and includes folk, jazz and classical music, dance, films, talks, comedy, workshops and exhibitions. Fully licensed bar. Full programme details: www.calstockarts.org. The current programme includes:

Coming later at Calstock Arts - The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Full details for all events below at www.calstockarts.org.
3/12 Sam Sweeney Band; 2022: 5/2 Steve Knightley; 20/2 Lau Unplugged; 11/3 Chris Wood; 1&2/4
Cara Dillon; 23/4 Eliza Carthy Trio

NEW Friday 10 March 2023 8pm - Rachel Newton - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Singer and harpist Rachel Newton draws on poems and ballads that are hundreds of years old, working them into her contemporary compositional style to create a rich sound that is ambitious, original and unique. Folk Radio ‘One of the standout musicians of her generation..a really distinctive music maker’; Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 ‘The Sound of Modern Scotland‘. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Friday 25 November 2022 8pm - Lady Maisery - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Award-winning vocal trio long celebrated for their innovation at the forefront of the English folk scene. All composers and multi-instrumentalists in their own right, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans weave together a rich palate of sounds with their unique approach to harmony singing, intelligent and thoughtful arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions. Whether unearthing a feminist twist hidden in a traditional tale, delivering a poignant anti-war ballad, or showcasing their immense multi-instrumental talents in original compositions that draw on a myriad of musical influences, Lady Maisery are skilful explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of song. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 19 November 2022 8pm - Janice Burns & Jon Doran - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Anglo-Scottish duo who formed in 2017, after meeting whilst studying folk and traditional music at Newcastle University. They find their songs in archives that span the depths of our history; songs that, regardless of age, tell vivid stories about the nature of life, from the ethereal landscapes of ancient ballads to the urban rhythms of work songs. Their compelling storytelling comes alive through tight vocal harmonies and sensitive interplay between mandolin and bouzouki, with arrangements that balance intricacy with energy. Their dynamic performances are a celebration of their own musical and geographic backgrounds, embracing the differences that connect them. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/538869. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Friday 4 November 2022 8pm - Windjammer - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Windjammer are a trio who cast timeless stories in a context of their own making. They blend self-penned songs and instrumentals with original, genre-bending arrangements of music drawn from the traditions of British folk. Turning unflinchingly from soft, delicate emphasis to shoulder-rolling grind, and from light harmonies to prog-infused instrumentalism, they have a habit of keeping audiences surprised and engaged with ever-changing soundscapes. Their debut album, ‘Awaken’ (produced by Sean Lakeman), showcases and expands this palette in a studio context. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/543710. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Sunday 23 October 2022 8pm - Jacob & Drinkwater - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
UK alt-folk duo Jacob & Drinkwater have been called “stand out new folk” by BBC6 Music and “inventive and thrilling” by R2 Magazine. Jacob’s sweeping vocals never fail to captivate, delivering many a spine-tingling moment; the fluidity and precision of his finger-picking underpinned by Drinkwater’s nimbly rhythmic double bass; at times sweetly soaring, haunting, percussive and driving, the layers of depth a perfect counterfoil. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 22 October 2022 8pm - Juan Martin - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Juan, guitarist and composer, plays and introduces his compositions within the forms of the great tradition of flamenco. His exquisite style is enhanced through minimal amplification to capture his very pure flamenco sound. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 15 October 2022 8pm - Ye Vagabonds - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn grew up playing music together. In 2017 they launched their debut, self-titled album to great acclaim. “​Ye Vagabonds” comprises of harmony rich folk music, influenced by Irish traditional music, Appalachian singing, and the 1960’s folk revival. It includes ten mellow tracks weaved with thoughtful lyrics, thickly layered with strings and droning harmonium. In 2019 they won the BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Traditional Track, and they swept the boards at the RTÉ Radio One Folk Awards where they won Best Traditional Track, Best Group, and Best Album. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Friday 30 September 2022 8pm - Rheingans Sisters - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
The Rheingans Sisters make playful, powerful and richly connecting music that is wholly contemporary while deeply anchored in folk traditions. The award-winning multi-instrumentalists, composers and folk scholars are nominated for ‘Best Duo/Group’ at 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 10 September 2022 - Mississippi MacDonald - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
“It’s modern, it’s not musical archaeology,” says London-based soul-blues stylist Mississippi MacDonald of his music. “It celebrates a fantastic tradition. It’s soul-blues, and you’ve got to put your best into it.” Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Thursday 1 September 2022 8pm - Miranda Sykes & Hannah Martin - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Miranda (Show of Hands) and Hannah (Edgelarks, Gigspanner Big Band) have spent many years playing on the British folk scene, with several appearances at Calstock Arts, but neither has ever dedicated an entire set to traditional song. Centred around their deep knowledge of roots music, and a love of harmony singing, they bring together old songs with new ideas; ancient tales with bass, fiddle, and banjo; and two mesmerising storytellers joining voices to create a spine-tingling testimonial to our shared musical heritage. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 9 July 2022 8pm - Alasdair Roberts - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Glasgow-based musician – primarily a singer and guitarist. Acclaimed by Folk Radio UK as ‘one of our most talented, important and relevant songwriters and song-adapters’, Alasdair draws upon the traditional song and music culture of Scotland, and further afield, to create both his own idiosyncratic and evocative compositions as well as fresh interpretations of folk songs and narrative ballads. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Thursday 16 June 2022 8pm - Nancy Kerr & James Fagan - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
One of the best-known and most experienced folk duos on the British circuit today. Outstanding musicianship, a lifelong grounding in traditional singing and instrumental playing, acclaimed original compositions but most noticeably a visceral chemistry between these two make Kerr and Fagan a perennial favourite at festivals, venues and clubs across the country. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Thursday 19 May 2022 8pm - Granny's Attic - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (melodeon, anglo concertina, vocals), George Sansome (guitar, vocals) and Lewis Wood (violin, vocals) have honed their skills touring the UK and Europe since 2009. The trio have been heralded for their lively performances and skilled delivery of traditional material, playing with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Friday 6 May 2022 8pm - Tony McManus & Julia Toaspern - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Hailed by the late John Renbourn as ‘the best Celtic guitarist in the world’, Tony McManus has been listed as one of 50 transcendental guitarists of all time by Guitar Player Magazine. Julia Toaspern, from Berlin, combines classical violin and voice training with an interest in jazz, baroque and traditional music. She has released two albums of original songs and performed both as a classical player and as a singer/songwriter on both sides of the Atlantic. Her skills as a guitarist are prodigious and make a very exciting fit with Tony’s work. The duo’s guitar treatments of traditional music is unique exploring the harmonic possibilities of these old, and sometimes not so old, tunes. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

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

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

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

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

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

NEW Friday 4 March 2022 8pm - Gallery Bar Special: Kit Hillbillies - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Old-timey, good-timey bluegrass! With rousing vocal harmonies that smuggle in occasional quirky local references. Instrumental tasting notes: Banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar. Irresistibly tappy on the toes, with a crisp percussive finish. Think Betty Stogs, rather than Harvey’s Bristol Cream!
Free entry, bucket for the band. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

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

Calstock Boot Inn (monthly, was previously in descending date order Calstock Boot Inn, Linkinhorne, Metherell)

Session news
Saturday 9 April 2022 7.30pm - Monthly Session - Who'd Have Thought It Inn, St Dominick, Saltash PL12 6TG
In the conservatory. Flat car park adjacent. 01579 350214.

NEW Saturday 29 February 2020 - Folk Evening - Boot Inn, Fore Street, Calstock PL18 9RN
Change of date, not 7 March as previously stated, for the last session of this winter. An unavoidable clash of gigs etc would mean the session being very thin on the ground. That would be a great shame for our last sing and play at The Boot Calstock, until October 2020 anyway. Sorry if we have to miss some of you due to prior bookings. Thank you one and all for making the evenings enjoyable throughout this long wet winter. Sylvie & Mike.

The monthly session previously held (in descending date order) at Calstock Boot Inn, Linkinhorne, Metherell is moving again to:
Linkinhorne (nr. Callington): Church House Inn PL17 7LY (01579 363711)
The Boot Inn, Fore Street, Calstock PL18 9RN. Public car park nearby.
Saturday 29th September. Folk Evening (first of the former Cross House and Boot Inn evenings at its new venue)

NEW Saturday 2 March 2019 - Folk Evening - Church House Inn, Linkinhorne, Callington PL17 7LY (map)
Regular first Saturday of the month folk evening. Playing, singing, nattering and noggins. Song and music session. All welcome, bring your instruments and voices. Pub contact David Farwig 01579 363711, djfarwig@hotmail.co.uk.

Calstock Hall

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

NEW Saturday 20 November 2021 - Sheelanagig - Calstock Village Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Sheelanagig for over a decade have brought their array of foot-stomping folk tunes to audiences across the globe. A quintet with a well-stocked armoury of stringed instruments – guitar, fiddle, double bass – added with the rhythmic energy of flute and drums and a bagful of joint-jumping tunes, these boys from the South-West England create a real dynamic which is inherent in both their furious dance medleys as well as their interestingly arranged original pieces. www.sheelanagig.co.uk. Doors 7.30pm. Full details www.calstockhall.com.

NEW Friday 21 May 2021 8pm - Martha Tilston - Calstock Village Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
A socially distanced gig. Full details www.calstockhall.com.

NEW Saturday 2 November 2019 - Martha Tilston - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Martha Tilston returns to Calstock to share her wonderful and beautiful folk songs again. Tickets £13 adv (£15 door), available online from www.ents24.com, Calstock Hall during office hours, Lime Kiln Gallery or Gunnislake Post Office. Doors 7.30pm.www.calstockhall.com.

Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard, Cornwall

NEW Saturday 28 May 2022 8pm - Show of Hands with special guests Track Dogs - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Take six voices, add fiddle, cajon, trumpet, banjo, guitars, bass and mandolin. Season with sun-soaked Latin rhythms then throw in a West Country heartbeat and you have an unmissable collaboration between folk legends Steve Knightley and Phil Beer and the Madrid based Irish American roots quartet, Track Dogs. Full details www.carnglaze.com.

NEW Saturday 11 December 2021 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. In constant demand and having played just about every festival and two-bit, jibe-arsed dive in Christendom, Mad Dog Mcrea are, in every sense of the word, a live, band. Full details www.carnglaze.com.

Chagford

NEW Thursday 24 October 2019 - Budapest Café Orchestra - Jubilee Hall, Chagford TQ13 8DP (map)
Led by British composer and violinist Christian Garrick the BCO play a blistering barrage of traditional folk and gypsy-flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia, Klezmer laments, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czardas and their own unique re-imaginings of some of the biggest pieces ever written by the greats. They have won legions of fans through their magical and infectious performances. Evoking vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros, Budapest café life and gypsy campfires - plus a few surprises along the way - hugely entertaining, immense skill and profound musicianship. Check them out on YouTube! Tickets £10, call 01647 24789 to reserve.

NEW Friday 7 June 2019 7.30pm  - Ninebarrow - Church of St. Michaels the Archangel, Chagford TQ13 8BN
Multi-award-winning folk duo (and walkers!) who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mark Radcliffe as sounding like ‘two halves of one voice’, by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. Most recently, the duo were nominated in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the ‘Horizon’ category for Best Emerging Artist. Tickets £10, child £7, available from Sally’s Newsagents, Chagford, or call 01363 85370, or online from www.ninebarrow.co.uk. Organised by the Two Moors Way Association www.twomoorsway.org/latest-news.

NEW Thursday 4 April 2019 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.

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.

Chagstock Festival

NEW Fri/Sat 23/24 July 2021 - Chagstock Festival - Whiddon Down, nr Chagford
See www.chagstock.info.

Cheriton Bishop

NEW Thursday 4 April 2019 - Steve Knightley - Higher Eggbeer Farm, Cheriton Bishop, Exeter EX6 6JQ
In aid of Age UK Exeter. An intimate evening with Steve Knightley in a beautiful setting. As a long-serving troubadour of the folk and acoustic music scene, master songwriter and storyteller Steve has spent much of his life on the road, collecting songs, stories, anecdotes and observations – with the odd disaster along the way. Steve once again takes to England’s highways and byways to present ‘Roadworks’ – a show which builds on the success of his sell-out 2018 solo tour ‘Songs and Stories’. Advance tickets only, £25; price includes a delicious meat or vegetarian curry. Full details www.eventbrite.com/o/age-uk-exeter-18519087485.

Cheriton Fitzpaine

NEW Saturday 18 April 2020 7.30pm - Zulu Tradition - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
NEW Sunday 19 April 2020 3.30pm - Zulu Tradition - Parish Hall, Bary Lane, Cheriton Fitzpaine, Crediton EX17 4BB
Zulu Tradition is rekindling the spark of Zulu culture and heritage through song, dance, and drums. Imagine a youthful, mixed gender Ladysmith Black Mambazo with high-energy dance! Zulu Tradition is a company of genuine young Zulu singers and dancers who deliver a heady mix of traditional African harmonies and high-energy, athletic dance – all traditionally costumed – and supported by drum-rhythms. Their stage shows are exciting, enthralling and hugely entertaining and they attract enthusiastic audiences.
Ticketing see www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

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.

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 14 March 2019 8pm - Balagan Café Band - Chudleigh Community School Hall, Lawn Drive, Chudleigh TQ13 0LS
From Parisian and American Jazz, the Chalabi music of Algeria, Tango from Argentina, Balkan folk melodies through to folk music of Western Europe, guitar, violin and cello. An eclectic mix of music for the ears, heart, and feet! See https://www.greennote.co.uk/production/balagan-cafe-band/. Licensed Bar. Tickets from Lynn and Chris Evans 01626 852553, or direct from Chudleigh DIY, adult £10, under 16s £7. (A Chudleigh Community Project/Villages in Action event.)

NEW Saturday 16 February 2019 8pm - Moscow Drug Club - Chudleigh Community School Hall, Lawn Drive, Chudleigh TQ13 0LS
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, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits & Bertolt Brecht, provide an intoxicating & intimate musical experience. Early gigs in the bars and clubs of Bristol provided evidence that Moscow Drug Club made a noise that made people happy. www.moscowdrugclub.com. Tickets £12 adult, child £8 from 01626 852553.

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

NEW Friday 27 May 2022 8.30pm - House Concert: Owen Shires - Hatch Court, Churchstow
Welsh singer songwriter performing at an intimate house concert. This is a non ticketed event with donations on the door. Doors 7.30pm. For reservations and enquiries please contact Mark Arnold at wheelwrightmark@gmail.com or 07730 921192. No bar so BYO.

NEW Saturday 6 November 2021 8.30pm - House Concert: The Rhonetones - Hatch Court, Churchstow
The Rhonetones are Tim Dalling (the accordionist (from Old Rope/New Rope String Band) and his daughter Rhona. Soulful songs mostly and some tune sets. Donations on the door. Doors 7.30pm. Contact Mark on 07730 921192 or by email wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability, reservations, directions. No bar so BYO.

Session News - Churchstow nr Kingsbridge
The regular first Thursday sessions at the Church House Inn, Churchstow, resume on Thursday 5 September, 8pm start. Tel 01548 810806 for details.

House Concerts at Hatch Court, Churchstow
Mark has recently announced the following 2020 programme:
Saturday 14 March - Ned Roberts
Friday 27 March - The Carrivick Sisters
Tuesday 26 May - David Starr
Friday 12 June - Keith Christmas
Donations on the door. Doors 7.30pm, start 8.30pm. Contact Mark on 07730 921192 or by email wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability, reservations, directions. No bar, BYO.

NEW Friday 12 June 2020 8.30pm - House Concert: Keith Christmas - Hatch Court, Churchstow
Local folk singer with a long history in the folk scene. Donations on the door. Doors 7.30pm. Contact Mark on 07730 921192 or by email wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability, reservations, directions. No bar so BYO.

NEW Tuesday 26 May 2020 8.30pm - House Concert: David Starr - Hatch Court, Churchstow
Fine country/folk singer from Colorado. Donations on the door. Doors 7.30pm. Contact Mark on 07730 921192 or by email wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability, reservations, directions. No bar so BYO.

NEW Friday 27 March 2020 8.30pm - House Concert: The Carrivick Sisters - Hatch Court, Churchstow
Old timey and bluegrass music embellished with lyrics from local Devon tales and folklore. Donations on the door. Doors 7.30pm. Contact Mark on 07730 921192 or by email wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability, reservations, directions. No bar so BYO.

Churston

NEW Saturday 7 March 2020 7pm - Third Annual Barn Dance with Stargazey Pie - Churston Grammar School Hall, Greenway Road, Galmpton, Brixham TQ5 0LN
Caller to guide us through the dances: Hugh Edwards. Even if you have never “Barn Danced” we can promise you a great fun evening. Licensed bar serving wine, beer, cider and soft drinks. Our main beneficial charity for this event will be the “Torbay Holiday Helpers Network (THNN)” who provide free fun filled holidays to families who have seriously ill/handicapped children, or have suffered a recent bereavement. Tickets £12 to include a choice of pasties and salad. For tickets contact Robbie Clymo info@stmarguerite.co.uk or call 01803 698376 or Niki Bowman niki@bowmannet.com or call 01803 666161.

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 Saturday 16 July 2022 7.30pm - Ninebarrow - St Andrew's Church, Market Place, Colyton EX24 6JS
Multi-award-winning folk duo who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mark Radcliffe as sounding like ‘two halves of one voice’, by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. Full details www.ninebarrow.co.uk/colyton.

NEW Saturday 30 November 2019 7.30pm - Harbottle & Jonas - Colyford Memorial Hall, Swan Hill Road, nr Seaton, East Devon EX24 6QJ
Harbottle & Jonas are a stunning young folk duo based in Totnes. Together the husband and wife duo combine the rich traditions of folk music with original and contemporary interpretations through a blend of closely intertwined vocal harmonies. Harbottle & Jonas sing about family, villages swept into the sea, polar expeditions, historical characters and peculiar narratives. Their music is original and unique. It is performed with integrity and on instruments that include the concertina, harmonium, banjo, stompbox, and acoustic guitar. Details www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

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 Saturday 11 July 2020 - Ninebarrow - St Andrew's Church, Market Place, Colyton EX24 6JS
Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mark Radcliffe as sounding like ‘two halves of one voice’, by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. Full details www.ninebarrow.co.uk/colyton.

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 / Exeter Ceilidhs

NEW Saturday 25 May 2019 8pm - Ceilidh with Phoenix - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Callers: Mary Howells & Jeremy Child. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See
www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

NEW Saturday 27 April 2019 8pm - Ceilidh with Dumbo's Feather - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Caller: Jeremy Child. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See
www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

NEW Saturday 23 March 2019 8pm - Ceilidh with Dartmoor Pixie Band - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Callers: Sarah Bazeley & Jeremy Child. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See
www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

NEW Saturday 2 March 2019 8pm - Ceilidh with Amber Fire - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Callers: Chris Jewell & Jeremy Child. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See
www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

NEW Saturday 26 January 2019 8pm - Ceilidh with Pigs Might Fly - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See
www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. 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). Coming later: March 2 - Amber Fire; March 23 - Dartmoor Pixie Band; April 27 - Dumbo's Feather; May 25 - Phoenix

Mar/Apr/May 2019 NO DANCES - Sorry
Jun 14th 2019 with Fresh Aire
Jul 12th 2019 band tba

NEW Friday 8 February 2019 7.30pm - Contra (American Barn) Dance - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
NB New venue.
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 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.

Cornelius family (Exeter)

The regular monthly open club nights at Victoria Park Tennis Club are currently scheduled for 28/1, 25/2, 25/3, 29/4, 27/5, 24/6;
plus: 11/3 Cornelius family celebrate 50 years of performing, 22/4 Mike Silver, tbc May: Johnny Coppin. www.exeterfolkclub.org,

tba Saturday 12 November 2022 8pm - Bob Fox - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
details tba/tbc

NEW Friday 13 May 2022 8pm - Johnny Coppin - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Johnny has been entertaining audiences now for over five decades, with his excellent songwriting,and his piano and guitar accompaniment. He started off as a member of the popular folk-rock band Decameron in the 1970's. Many of his albums have been highly acclaimed, which sometimes include musical transcriptions of Gloucestershire poets, etc. Johnny is also well-known for his recordings and performances of Christmas songs. www.johnnycoppin.co.uk/index.htm. Info / ticket enquiries contact: exeterfolkclub@outlook.com, 01392 210983, www.exeterfolkclub.org, www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub.

NEW Friday 22 April 2022 8pm - Mike Silver - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
After 50 years on the road, Mike remains better than ever with his superb voice, guitar playing and songwriting. Many of his songs have been covered by other famous artists, including Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues) and his songs receive regular radio airplay globally. Aside from performing solo, Mike, has become known for touring and recording as a duo with Johnny Coppin. www.mikesilver.co.uk. Info / ticket enquiries contact: exeterfolkclub@outlook.com, 01392 210983, www.exeterfolkclub.org, www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub.

NEW Friday 11 March 2022 - The Cornelius Family - Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Peter & Maggie's 50th Anniversary of performing; with their son Martyn, forming the Cornelius Family musical trio. Special charity event in aid of the RD&E Hospital Exeter. Very eclectic repertoire with both contemporary and traditional folk songs, as well fringing on rock and pop songs, all performed acoustically. Self-penned songs also included in the mix. The Cornelius Family have been running folk clubs since 2005 and currently run the Exeter Folk Club. Advance notice required. Info / ticket enquiries contact: exeterfolkclub@outlook.com, 01392 210983, www.exeterfolkclub.org.

UPDATED Saturday 26 February 2022 - Paul Downes & Phil Beer - Exminster Victory Hall, Main Road, Exminster EX6 8DF
Special event presented by Exeter Folk Club. A rare opportunity to see these local legends together, as they haven't performed in this area for many years. Phil, of course, is a member of folk titans, Show Of Hands and Paul is rated as one of the finest folk guitarists in the U.K., being utilised by Mick Ryan, as a duo and featured in several of Mick Ryan's folk operas. Covid safety measures will be in place. A car park is situated on Deepway Lane at the recreation ground (approx 100 yards away), plus a limited car park by the hall and street parking. Advance notice required for attendance for this event. Info / ticket enquiries contact: exeterfolkclub@outlook.com, 01392 210983, www.exeterfolkclub.org.
No alcohol license for this event - please BYO soft drinks - teas/coffees/biscuits will be available.

Crediton

NEW Friday 17 June 2022 7.30pm - Jim Causley - Red Lion, 8 Shobrooke Village, Crediton EX17 1AT
Drawing from the collections of Victorian folksong collectors such as Sabine Baring-Gould and Cecil Sharp, more modern collectors and writers including Cyril Tawney and Tony Rose, Edwardian ballads and Music Hall ditties, as well as a few of his own self-penned hits, proud Devonian, awarding winning folk singer and musician Jim Causley presents an evening jam-packed with Devonshire delights that richly bring to life the distinct flavour of music making from this unique corner of the British Isles. Full details www.villagesinaction.co.uk/events/jim-causley-traditional-songs-of-devon.

NEW Friday 5 June 2020 - Jim Causley - Boniface Centre, Church Lane, Crediton EX17 2AH
details tba Saint Boniface Day concert.
www.jimcausley.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 16 November 2019 7.30pm - The Lost Sound Chorus - Heart of Devon, Crediton Congregational Church EX17 3LB
The Lost Sound Dartmoor Folk Choir sing traditional songs with contemporary arrangements in a unique style that has audiences captivated. Their partnership with Show of Hands has taken them to Exeter Cathedral, the Royal Albert Hall and more recently headlining the St Ives Festival. ‘The gang are the real deal. If you are into choral singing they are an exciting and innovative bunch and their leader Sandra has a contemporary approach which makes people sit up and listen’. Geoff Lakeman. Licensed bar. Tickets £8.50 adv, £10 door, online www.wegottickets.com/event/481455, or Olivia James, High Street, Crediton or call 01363 82379.

NEW Friday 1 November 2019 8.30pm - Papa Gator and The Levee Breakers - Buccaneers Bar, East Street, Crediton EX17 3AZ
A Voodoo All-Hallows Night ?!? The magic music of Louisiana - Cajun, N'Orlins r'n'b & funk, and Southern soul. Papa G are a 5-piece featuring accordion/keys, pedal steel, guitar, bass, and Devon's funkiest girl drummer! Warning: be prepared to dance. Fancy dress would be fantastic but not necessary. £6 entry, door only. Doors 7.30pm.

NEW Friday 8 February 2019 8pm - Miranda Sykes - Parish Hall, Colebrooke, nr Crediton EX17 5JH
The acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ returns in 2019 with a new album and UK tour. 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 solo as she started out: One woman, one bass, and one guitar. Building on the success of her Borrowed Places tour which opened a window into the past, explaining where she had been, physically and spiritually, Miranda is back with a new project: Behind The Wall, a roller coaster ride exploring where we are going; Miranda, you, me, all of us. Powerful and hard-hitting but also poignant and beautiful. www.mirandasykes.com. Tickets £12 tel. 01363 84309.

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. www.creditonartscentre.org.

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 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.

Cullompton - Shape Note

NEW Friday 20 December 2019 7.45pm - Mulberry House Third Friday Sacred Harp Singing, Cullompton
House singing from the shape-note tradition, singing from The Sacred Harp and The American Christmas Harp books. 7.30pm for 7.45pm until 10pm. Venue details and other information: Steve or Martin: 01884 563138, steve@mulberryhouse.org.uk. Shape Note South West website: www.southwestshapenote.weebly.com.

NEW Friday 15 November 2019 7.45pm - Mulberry House Third Friday Sacred Harp Singing, Cullompton
House singing from the shape-note tradition, singing from The Sacred Harp book. 7.30pm for 7.45pm until 10pm. Venue details and other information: Steve or Martin: 01884 563138, steve@mulberryhouse.org.uk. Shape Note South West website: www.southwestshapenote.weebly.com.

NEW Sunday 29 September 2019 3pm - Mulberry House Fifth Sunday Shape-Note Singing, Cullompton
House singing from the shape-note tradition, singing from The Sacred Harp and other books. 2.45pm for 3pm until 6pm. Venue details and other information: Steve or Martin: 01884 563138, steve@mulberryhouse.org.uk. Shape Note South West website: www.southwestshapenote.weebly.com.

NEW Friday 20 September 2019 7.45pm - Mulberry House Third Friday Sacred Harp Singing, Cullompton
House singing from the shape-note tradition, singing from The Sacred Harp book. 7.30pm for 7.45pm until 10pm. Venue details and other information: Steve or Martin: 01884 563138, steve@mulberryhouse.org.uk. Shape Note South West website: www.southwestshapenote.weebly.com.

NEW Friday 19 July 2019 7.45pm - Mulberry House Third Friday Sacred Harp Singing, Cullompton
House singing from the shape-note tradition, singing from The Sacred Harp book. 7.30pm for 7.45pm until 10pm. Venue details and other information: Steve or Martin: 01884 563138, steve@mulberryhouse.org.uk. Shape Note South West website: www.southwestshapenote.weebly.com.
Please note that there is no Mulberry House Singing in August. Next dates are 20 and 29 September.

NEW Sunday 30 June 2019 3pm - Mulberry House Fifth Sunday Shape-Note Singing, Cullompton
House singing from the shape-note tradition, singing from The Sacred Harp and other books. 2.45pm for 3pm until 6pm. Venue details and other information: Steve or Martin: 01884 563138, steve@mulberryhouse.org.uk. Shape Note South West website: www.southwestshapenote.weebly.com.

NEW Friday 21 June 2019 7.45pm - Mulberry House Third Friday Sacred Harp Singing, Cullompton
House singing from the shape-note tradition, singing from The Sacred Harp book. 7.30pm for 7.45pm until 10pm. Venue details and other information: Steve or Martin: 01884 563138, steve@mulberryhouse.org.uk. Shape Note South West website: www.southwestshapenote.weebly.com.

NEW Saturday 8 June 2019 - South West Sacred Harp Singing Day - Baptist Church, High Street, Cullompton EX15 1AB
10.30am-4.30pm (registration from 10am). Singing from The Sacred Harp (Denson 1991 edition), loaners and sale copies. Bring and share lunch. Basket passed to cover costs. Beginners, improvers and experienced singers all welcome. We sing for ourselves and each other - no auditions, no rehearsals, no performances, no audience. We provide music, and teach you all you need to know to enjoy this robust and exciting music. Contact Steve or Martin, 01884 563138; Steve: 07976 605692, steve@mulberryhouse.org.uk; Martin: 07721 451406, catherwoodsreticule@hotmail.co.uk. For more details of this and other All Day Singings (3 per year) at the Baptist Church, and regular Third Friday Singings (evening) and Fifth Sunday Singings (afternoon) at Mulberry House in Cullompton see https://southwestshapenote.weebly.com.

d'Accord

NEW Saturday 9 April 2022 7.30pm - d'Accord French & Breton dance and music - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
We are delighted that our N. Devon friends, Truffetete, return to play for us. They offer an eclectic mix of French and Breton dances and will include opportunities to learn Rond de Barbatre as well as revise mazurka and 8x waltz.
Don't forget to buy your Boat Trip Tickets for Sunday 22 May while they are available at the early bird price of £15 each. Tell your friends too - we will have a great time!

NEW Saturday 12 March 2022 7.30pm - d'Accord French & Breton dance and music - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
We welcome back the wonderful Pendans - Julie Carter on violin and Mike Hawthorn on guitar and mandolin. They will be travelling up from Penzance to play their lovely music for us; for a taster see www.facebook.com/pendanspz. For more information on d'Accord (and other related events in the area) see www.facebook.com/groups/149787688758876.
Tickets for the 2022 Boat Trip on Sunday 22 May will also be available for purchase from the March club night onwards. These will be sold at an early bird price of £15 each before 30 April, rising to £17 after that date. Tickets for children under 12 will be £7 each. More details to follow. N.B. If you bought tickets for the original trip in 2020, these will be valid for 2022.

NEW Sunday 22 May 2022 11am - d'Accord Boat Trip - Exmouth
Tickets for the 2022 boat trip on Sunday 22nd May will also be available for purchase from the March club night onwards. These will be sold at an early bird price of £15 each before 30th April, rising to £17 after that date. Tickets for children under 12 will be £7 each. More details to follow. N.B. If you bought tickets for the original trip in 2020, these will be valid for 2022.

The biennial d'Accord boat trip on the Exe estuary will depart from Exmouth at 11am and return by 2pm. Bring an instrument, dancing shoes, lunch, binoculars, camera or just yourselves for a leisurely cruise on the Pride of Exmouth. Tickets: £13 early bird (until 18 April), then £15.00, £6 U12, on sale at d'Accord club nights. Email daccordexeter9@gmail.com.

Dartington

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

NEW Tuesday 2 August 2022 7.30pm - Leveret - Dartington Great Hall, Totnes TQ9 6DE (map)
Folk trio Leveret (Sam Sweeney, Andy Cutting and Rob Harbron) makes its Festival debut with a captivating blend of old and new folk tunes, plus music from John Playford’s English Dancing Master. Full details www.dartington.org/whats-on.

NEW Monday 1 August 2022 9.30pm - Balladeste - Dartington Great Hall, Totnes TQ9 6DE (map)
A candlelit evening with the alt-folk string duo of Preetha Narayanan (violin) and Tara Franks (cello), who weave their own original creations with arrangements of Indian devotional songs. Full details www.dartington.org/whats-on.

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

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

NEW Sunday 10 April 2022 7.30pm - Jon Boden & The Remnant Strings - Dartington Great Hall, Totnes TQ9 6DE (map)
Drawn from the line-up of Jon’s genre-busting big band the Remnant Kings, Jon Boden & the Remnant Strings features Jon Boden (fiddle, guitars, concertina, stomp-box), Helen Bell (viola), Morven Bryce (violin) and Lucy Revis (cello). Best known as lead singer of folk big band Bellowhead, which sold over a quarter of a million albums over their twelve year career, Jon Boden has also developed his own song-writing through the albums ‘Songs From the Floodplain’ and ‘Afterglow’ which focus on stories from a post-oil world where folk arts thrive. Usually touring the project with the 11-piece Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings, this smaller line-up offers a more intimate version of the material. Expect music from Jon’s solo albums and from across his career including Bellowhead, Spiers & Boden and Folk Song A Day. Full details www.dartington.org/whats-on.

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

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

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

NEW Wednesday 22 December 2021 7.30pm - Awake Arise: A Christmas Show For Our Times - Dartington Great Hall, Totnes TQ9 6DE (map)
Celebrating the riches of our varied winter traditions and reflecting upon the hope and resilience in music and song that can bring joy to us all. With Lady Maisery, Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith. Featuring traditional songs, folk carols, spoken word and newly written music to galvanise and brighten this darkest season, Awake Arise is a warm gift to the wintertime. True to the reputations of both acts as outspoken voices on the folk scene, this collection is also a rallying cry to embrace the power of collective endeavour as a vital support during times of hardship and loneliness. Full details www.dartington.org/event/awake-arise-a-christmas-show-for-our-times.

NEW Friday 10 April 2020 - Tunelink Spring Ceilidh - Dartington Village Hall, Cott Road, Dartington TQ9 6HY (map)
Called dances will be led by the Bear's Den Dance Band featuring Louis Bingham (cittern, banjo and calling), Gris Sanderson (fiddle), Zingo Warde (uilleann pipes) Chris Brady (guitar) and Ricardo Nunes de Noronha Lopes (percussion). There will also be dances from across Europe and beyond, from Cornish five-steps to Bulgarian circle dances, with live music from the Tunelink Players to kick the evening off. Doors 7pm, called Ceilidh dances starting around 8pm, last dance around 10pm. Family friendly event, all welcome. No bar, BYO drinks and snacks to enjoy. Tickets/details www.wegottickets.com/event/499874.

NEW Friday 25 October 2019 7pm - Tunelink Autumn Ceilidh and Circle Dance - Dartington Village Hall, Cott Road, Dartington TQ9 6HY (map)
Called dances with The Bear’s Den Dance Band. Clare Lindley: Calling/Fiddle. Mike Cosgrave: Guitar/Accordion. Gris Sanderson: Fiddle/Nyckelharpa. Louis Bingham: Banjo/Mandolin/Bodhran. Adult £10, child £5, family (2+2) £25. Tickets from Shinners Bridge Garage, Dartington or call 01803 864286, email tunelinksouthwest@gmail.com. No bar, BYO refreshments.

NEW 27 July-24 August 2019 - Dartington International Summer School & Festival
Folk during week 2, 3-10 August. Courses: T
hree Hundred Years: Music from Northumberland and the Borders (Alistair Anderson) - Creative Writing: Poetry of Place (Katrina Porteous with Alexis Bennett) - Folk Choir (Harbottle & Jonas) - Playing for Dancing (Alistair Anderson) - Folk Collective (Emily Portman, Alexis Bennett, Harbottle & Jonas) - Folk Surgery (Alexis Bennett) - Creative Conversations (James Runcie). Full details www.dartington.org/whats-on/programme/summer-school. Concert/ceilidh information tba

Dartmouth

NEW Saturday 26 November 2022 7.30pm - Gigspanner - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
The final date for the 2022 Folk at the Flavel series features the legendary fiddle player Peter Knight, founder member of folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span with his band, Gigspanner. Not unexpectedly, British traditional music forms the bedrock of the trio’s repertoire but it’s their approach that sets them apart. Their arrangements leave enough room for the music to spread and stretch in the moment allowing influences from French, Cajun, Cuban and Eastern European traditions to be woven into the mix. Peter Knight’s virtuoso fiddle playing is complemented by the flawless playing of Roger Flack on guitar and Sacha Trochet on hand drums and percussion. Full details www.theflavel.org.uk.

NEW Sunday 23 October 2022 7.30pm - Fairport Convention - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Folk at the Flavel are proud to welcome to the Flavel the band credited with launching folk rock in the UK and one of the most iconic bands of any genre. Full details www.theflavel.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 8 October 2022 7.30pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
The Dartmoor-based husband and wife team have twice won the coveted 'best duo' title at the BBC Radio Two Folk Awards (2016 & 2013), consistently delivering assured, distinctive performances whether live or recorded as evidenced by their most recent album released in 2020, On Reflections. Over two decades of performance they have always been bold and innovative, mixing traditional song arrangements with their self-penned material which reels from the bitter to the sweet, the wry to the sad, the political to the passive. They have developed their professional and personal relationship into an enviable class act of imaginative song writing and musicianship. Full details www.theflavel.org.uk.

NEW 6-8 May 2022 - Dart Music Festival - Dartmouth
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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, tel. 01803 839530.

NEW Saturday 7 December 2019 7.30pm - The Travelling People - St. Clement's Church, Church Road, Dartmouth. TQ6 9SN
Folk trio from the Derby area who have been entertaining audiences in folk clubs, churches and cathedrals for nigh on 50 years, mainly in the Midlands, but have also performed in France, Ireland and the Isle of Man. But their ‘travelling’ days are over and their farewell tour will finish at the end of this year. So this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see this very talented trio who perform a wide variety of music including three-part harmonies, ballads, chorus singing and monologues, on instruments including double bass, guitars, mandolin, ukulele and washboard. Their performances are liberally enhanced with comedy, anecdotes and the history of their songs. They provide entertainment that all the family can enjoy. Tickets £12.50 (includes a buffet supper). Call 01803 361370 or email: robert.boyle7@btinternet.com. BYO drinks.

NEW Saturday 2 March 2019 8.30pm - Paul Cowley - The Windjammer, 23 Victoria Rd, Dartmouth TQ6 9RT
Lovely country blues. www.paulcowleymusic.com. Tel. 01803 832228.

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 Tuesday 31 December 2019 8pm-12.15am - New Year's Eve Ceilidh with Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - Strand Centre, 32 The Strand, Dawlish EX7 9PT
Caller Anne Gill. Ticket £12.50, advance only, from Anne Gill 01803 290427. No bar, BYO drinks and food to share. In aid of Teignmouth Folk Festival.

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

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 Friday 6 May 2022 8pm - Naomi Bedford & Paul Simmonds - Drewe Arms, The Square, Drewsteignton EX6 6QN
Duo, based in the folk and country roots genre. They have made 4 acclaimed albums and been nominated for a Radio 2 Folk Award (Best Original Song). Their last album (an album of Appalachian ballads originating in England and Scotland) was featured as the Guardian Album of the Month. Paul is also the chief songwriter with legendary folk-rock band The Men They Couldn’t Hang. Naomi has appeared on Later with Jools Holland. Local support. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/538872.

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.

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

Moved to Northcott 2 April
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26 March 2022 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - Barnfield Theatre, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
Pass Notes – The stories behind the songs. Following the success Steve's intimate one man show, his latest outing is intended for anyone fascinated by the art and craft of song writing. Exploring his extensive back catalogue and introducing unheard, new material he explores the themes and stories that inspire him and shows how music and words can become lyrics and chords and notes can meld to create songs that acquire a life of their own! www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk/steve-knightley-pass-notes

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.

Exeter Cavern Club

NEW Saturday 7 March 2020 - Haunt the Woods + Guests - Cavern Club, 83-84 Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RP
Blending sounds from alternative, prog, folk and pop and channelling influences from the likes of Pink Floyd, Muse, Jeff Buckley and Radiohead, Haunt The Woods have crafted a distinctive sound, glistening with ambient swells and underpinned by expressive rhythms and masterly songwriting. Details
www.wegottickets.com/event/495720.

NEW Monday 17 December 2018 - Wildwood Kin Christmas Party - Cavern Club, 83-84 Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RP
A family trio – two sisters and their cousin – Wildwood Kin formed four years ago while in their mid to late teens. They borrow heavily from early folk influences, not least in their hypnotic three-part harmonies. But Turning Tides, their extraordinary debut album, delves deeply in to other genres, featuring both electric and acoustic instruments and it boasts inventive electronics and spectral atmospherics. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/456330.

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

NEW Thursday 28 April 2022 8pm - Oysterband - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Oysterband, the 5-times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winning outfit that brought passion, power and not a little poetry to folk and roots music, enter their fifth decade as vital and creative as ever, with some of the finest songs in the modern folk canon to their name: Put Out The Lights; When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down); Blood Wedding; Everywhere I Go; The Oxford Girl; Granite Years; Native Son; A River Runs… Theirs has been a unique and fiercely independent career. Oysterband still play with that spirit of the punk ceilidh band that roared through people’s lives all those years ago. But the growing depth and sensitivity of their songwriting, coupled with the strength of John Jones’ voice and their remarkable musicianship, have lifted their music into a richer, more acoustic era. Full details www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Wednesday 20 April 2022 8pm - The Unthanks - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
The Unthanks return to live touring after two years off the road, with the rich and colourful sound of their eleven-piece ensemble, showcasing forthcoming new album, Sorrows Away, alongside favourites such as Magpie, The King Of Rome and Mount The Air. At the nucleus of a constantly evolving unit is the traditional upbringing of Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank and the arrangements and writing of composer, pianist, producer and Yorkshireman, Adrian McNally. Descriptions of The Unthanks range variously from “music that asks you to consider everything you know and un-think it”, to “a take on tradition that flips so effortlessly between jazz, classical, ambient and post-rock, it makes any attempt to put a label on them a waste of time”. Full details www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

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

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

NEW Sunday 16 January 2022 8pm - The Simon & Garfunkel Story - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Direct from it’s success at London’s Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, a sold-out worldwide tour and standing ovations at every performance. Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th Anniversary Celebration also features a full live band performing all the hits including 'Mrs Robinson', 'Cecilia', 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', 'Homeward Bound' and many more. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on

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

NEW Saturday 27 November 2021 8.30pm - The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Tap your toes with the royalty of the ukulele scene, the independent rock-stars of the “bonsai guitar”, who have plucked and sung, joked and whistled with Clean Bandit, Robbie Williams, Madness, Cat Stevens, The Ministry of Sound and Blue Peter. The world’s very first Ukulele Orchestra is not just about ukuleles; it is about entertainment, joy, fun, strum and artistry. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/?p=3&c=Music

Book early! These shows always sell out.

Exeter Cygnet Theatre (was 'New Theatre')

NEW Saturday 5 March 2022 4pm & 7.30pm - Wren Music: Her Story - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Stories of women performed by the Her Story Choir and folk musicians of Wren Music, celebrating the lives of women past and present. See www.wegottickets.com/event/539253 / www.wegottickets.com/event/539255.

NEW Friday/Saturday 18/19 June 2021 7.30pm - Kemp's Jig - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
A “horrible histories” for all ages, Kemp’s Jig tells of Shakespeare’s forgotten clown and his Morris dance from London to Norwich in a bizarre publicity stunt. Based on Kemp’s own diary this is an irreverent one-man show telling the story of the most famous comedian of his generation and the most famous playwright in history. Fans of Upstart Crow and Shakespeare in Love will cheer Kemp on his riotous romp through Elizabethan England. www.cygnettheatre.co.uk/whats-on-upcoming-shows.

Saturday 7 March 2020 7.30pm - Sisters of Science (Wren Music) - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Singing the hidden stories of women scientists. Three professional singers from Wren have recruited a women’s choir especially for this performance. In 2020 the show will tell the stories of women involved in science, technology, engineering and maths. Those involved in the project have found existing and traditional songs which follow this theme and have also written new songs to share the lives of women from history - and from contemporary society - who have stories that you may not have heard before. Tickets £10(+). Box Office 01392 277189.
www.wegottickets.com/cygnettheatre.

NEW Saturday 1 February 2020 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. Tom will be joined on stage by Michael Biggins Pianist from the Glasgow Royal Academy. Box office 01392 277189/665885. Online:
www.wegottickets.com/cygnettheatre.

NEW Wednesday 11 December 2019 7.30pm - A Winter Concert with Wren Music - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Performances from Voices in Common Folk Choir, MenSing Male Vocal Group & Singing Roots Youth Choir. Songs to warm the heart and lift the spirit. Tickets £6(+). Box Office 01392 277189.
www.wegottickets.com/cygnettheatre.

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.

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 2 June 2022 8pm - The Rosie Brown Band - The Coffee Cellar, Exeter Quay
Weaving folk, jazz and blues influences, with glimpses of Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake and vintage John Martyn, the band expresses a musical sensibility all of its own. Drawing on country, 60s surf and classical, this is beguiling and intricate music, filmic and funky, full of emotion. Songs with surfaces light and shimmering, evocative of landscape, love, loss, darkness and light www.rosiebrown.com. Tickets adv only, £8 at www.seetickets.com/event/the-rosie-brown-band/the-coffee-cellar/2338137. Music in the Quay of Exe is a loose collective of venues and local musicians spawned by the First Thursday Club@The Hourglass. For more information, contact Rob Brown: 07973 779558; brownstheword@gmail.com.

NEW Wednesday 1 June 2022 7.30pm - Show of Hands with special guests Track Dogs - Exeter Cathedral
Take six voices, add fiddle, cajon, trumpet, banjo, guitars, bass and mandolin. Season with sun-soaked Latin rhythms then throw in a West Country heartbeat and you have an unmissable collaboration between folk legends Steve Knightley and Phil Beer and the Madrid based Irish American roots quartet, Track Dogs. www.showofhands.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 19 March 2022 3pm - Jim Causley's 'Cream Tea Concert' - Shillingford St George Village Hall, nr Exeter EX2 9QL
A concert of traditional Devonshire songs followed by a delicious Devonshire cream tea! Contact nrh047[at]gmail.com for further information.

NEW Saturday 12 March 2022 7pm - The Children of Lir: Gaelic songs and stories of Ireland - Farringdon Church, East Devon EX5 2HY
A unique melding of traditions with Gaelic songs and stories of Ireland by Patrick Devine-Wright and friends. Patrick has won several prizes for the solo singing of Gaelic songs, including the All-Britain Feis Ceoil. He was an understudy in the Riverdance show during its first West End run in the Hammersmith Apollo theatre and his musical influences include Iarla Ó’Lionaird, Muireann Nic Amhlaidh, Séamus Begley and Martin Hayes. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/538849.

NEW Thursday 10 February 2022 - Rob Brown's in a Bit of a State - The Coffee Cellar, Exeter Quay
Doors 7pm. Tickets in advance only: £10 at www.seetickets.com/.../the-coffee-cellar/2207258. Rob Brown, vocals. Adam Sweet, guitars, Lucy Piper, drums, Ian Jennings, double bass www.facebook.com/MusicInTheQuayOfExe, www.robbrownvoice.co.uk/music. Eclectic (electric and acoustic) blues/post-blues/country/spoken word performance. Music in the Quay of Exe is a loose collective of venues and local musicians spawned by the First Thursday Club@The Hourglass. Venues such as Exeter Brewery, The Coffee Cellar and The Hourglass are in the mix. Much more to come.

NEW Saturday 16 May 2020 8pm - Velvet & Stone, Jenna Witts, Emily Davies - Evangelical Church, School Road, Silverton, EX5 4JH
A special evening of live music. Velvet & Stone: "Dark and haunting folk-noir” Folk & Tumble; “Sonic bliss” Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music; “Haunting” Clare Balding, BBC Radio 2. Jenna Witts: "Staggering maturity, winning delivery, and an abundance of natural talent. An irresistible example of superior acoustic music" Daily Telegraph. Emily Davies: "A pure and supremely talented songwriter: spend a little time in her presence and drift away somewhere else entirely." Green Man Festival. www.velvetstonemusic.com, www.jennawitts.com, www.emilydavies.co.uk. £10+. www.wegottickets.com/event/500790.

NEW Monday 24 February 2020 7.30pm - Ciaran Algar & Jamie Francis - M&D Room, Devonshire House, Exeter University, Stocker Rd, Exeter EX4 4PZ
Acclaimed folk musicians Ciaran and Jamie will be performing a variety of tunes and songs. Tickets £12 (£6 Exeter Folk Society members). Details www.facebook.com/events/570597930354344.

NEW Friday 21 February 2020 8pm - Trikkeballakke - Topsham Brewery & Taproom, Marine Warehouse, 1, Haven Road, Exeter EX2 8GR
Trikkeballakke perform the traditional songs, tunes and dances of Naples and Southern Italy.

NEW Thursday 6 February 2020 - Gets/z Loose - First Thursday Club at The Hourglass, 21 Melbourne Street, Exeter EX2 4AU
Fronted by Rob Brown, Gets/z Loose is a high-energy ensemble of amplified acoustic slide guitar, bass, harmonica and congas. Playing old blues tunes in their own way, the band has given getting on for 1,000 gigs in London and across the UK. The Hourglass is an indie gastropub just above Exeter Quay. Hosted by singer and TV voiceover Rob Brown, the club presents blues, roots and folk bands in the pub’s welcoming basement room. Think Paris in the sixties without the smoke. www.robbrownvoice.com, www.hourglassexeter.co.uk. £5 entry. Doors 8pm.

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

NEW Saturday 16 November 2019 - Jim Causley: Traditional Songs of Devon - Village Hall, Tedburn St Mary, Exeter EX6 6EZ
A proud Devonian, awarding winning folk singer and musician Jim Causley has dedicated much of his career to researching and reviving the forgotten gems of songs from his native western peninsula. Drawing from the collections of Victorian folksong collectors such as Sabine Baring-Gould and Cecil Sharp as well as more modern collectors and writers including Cyril Tawney and Tony Rose, living singers as well as a few of his own self-penned hits, Jim presents an evening jam-packed with Devonshire delights that richly bring to life the distinct flavour of music making from this unique corner of the British Isles. From Arscott of Tetcott to Widecombe Fair and everything in between, this show is a thoroughly enjoyable introduction to Devon’s rich musical culture. Tel. 01647 231297.

NEW Saturday 5 October 2019 7.30pm - Matthew Falloon & Mischa Bray: Sound Mind Sessions - All Saints Church, 8 Church St, Kenton, Exeter EX6 8LU
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 Matthew Falloon & Mischa Bray. R2 magazine has described Matthew Falloon's songwriting as "exceptional" and "breathtakingly beautiful", while Uncut compares his music to Jackson Browne and Paul Simon. Mischa Bray is the virtuoso violinist, guitarist and mandolin player, talented songwriter, in-demand arranger and electric performer. Supporting are two fantastic and unique acts strongly championed by BBC Introducing, Matthew Gordon-Price and Jamie Yost. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/473453.

NEW Saturday 15 June 2019 8pm - Dumbo's Feather - The Stand Off, Portland House, Longbrook Street, Exeter. EX4 6AH
As always, the fiery and inspired fiddling of Alice McShane shall be augmented by the dynamic duo of multi-instrumentalists that is Mike Cosgrave on accordion, acoustic guitar, low whistle and vocals, and Richie Evans on Lead vocals, bodhran, acoustic guitar, bouzouki and harmonica.

NEW Friday 1 March 2019 -  Jacob & Drinkwater - The Exeter Brewery, Cowley Bridge Road, Exeter EX4 4NX
'This Old River' tour. UK alt -folk duo Jacob & Drinkwater have been called ‘stand out new Folk’ by BBC6 Music and ‘inventive and thrilling’ by R2 Magazine. Jacob's sweeping vocals never fail to captivate, delivering many a spine-tingling moment; the fluidity and precision of his finger-picking underpinned by Drinkwater's nimbly rhythmic double bass; at times sweetly soaring, haunting, percussive and driving, the layers of depth a perfect counterfoil. Featured numerous times on BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music and lauded by their musical peers as one of the most accomplished acts touring the circuit today. www.jacobanddrinkwater.com. More details www.wegottickets.com/event/456398.

NEW Saturday 15 December 2018 7.30pm - Exmouth Shanty Men - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter EX2 6LB
A pre-Christmas concert - but without any carols! £8. For ticket information see www.countesswearvillagehall.co.uk.

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 Sunday 1 December 2019 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. Information from Pete Privett on 07837 532704 or tsmtickets@btinternet.com. Tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/484603.

NEW Saturday 14 September 2019 - Tedburn Fair - Tedburn St Mary, Exeter EX6 6EN
On the Kings Arms Music Stage at the event: 3pm FOS Brothers 4.30m Marnie and 6pm Dirty Money with Sarah Jory. Full details, band videos etc. www.facebook.com/events/2237122276598132. £6 on gate, U14 free.

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 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 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 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 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

NEW Thursday 11 November 2021 7pm - Billy Bragg - Exeter University Great Hall EX4 4PZ (map)
Billy Bragg has been a fearless recording artist, tireless live performer and peerless political campaigner for over 35 years. Honoured with the PRS Outstanding Contribution to British Music award at the Ivor Novello awards in May 2018, he is regarded a valuable statesman and activist. www.billybragg.co.uk. Tickets www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/elsewhere.

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.

Exeter Northcott

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

Exeter Lemon Grove

NEW Thursday 9 May 2019 - Wildwood Kin - Lemon Grove, Exeter University, St German's Road, Exeter EX4 6TG (map)
Standing. Wildwood Kin are a family trio whose sound is characterised by extraordinary harmonies. Their brilliant debut album, while influenced by their early folk leanings, delved deeply into other genres, featuring both electric and acoustic instruments, and boasted inventive sonics and spectral atmospherics alongside their hypnotic three-part harmonies. Guitarist Emillie Key, her bouzouki/keyboard-playing sister Beth and their drumming cousin Meghann Loney, all sing, swapping leads and joining on harmonies. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Exeter Phoenix

Coming later at Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
13/2 Martha Tilston; 2/3 Faustus; 29/4-1/5 Mad Dog Mcrea's Gypsy Caravan Weekender; 28/5 Red Hot Chilli Pipers; 30/9 Wildwood Kin; 13/10 Leveret

NEW Sunday 19 February 2023 - Sharon Shannon Trio - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Sharon Shannon is a musician who likes to surprise. While she is known for her arrangements of traditional Irish tunes and Irish-influenced compositions, she has always been eager to explore new styles, and to meet and work with other musicians. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Tuesday 18 October 2022 - Thea Gilmore - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Back with an eagerly anticipated new set of live dates sfter the success of her first ever solo tour in 2021. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

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

NEW Sunday 9 October 2022 - Hannah & Toby - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
If you’re looking for warmth, honesty and musical excellence, look no further. This folk is full of soul. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

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

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

NEW 9-11 September 2022 - European Fingerstyle Collective Guitar Festival - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
The first ever European Fingerstyle Collective Guitar Festival. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Monday 5 September 2022 - Sons Of The East - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Indie-folk band from the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia, who have already seen their music achieve 130 million streams and over 30 million YouTube views as their popularity continues to soar worldwide. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Wednesday 29 June 2022 - Martin Carthy - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Ballad singer, ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist
. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

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

NEW Wednesday 8 June 2022 - John Kirkpatrick: The Victorian Farmer's Year in Song - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Following his appearances on the massively popular TV series “Victorian Farm”, John Kirkpatrick presents a programme of traditional songs to take us through a year in the countryside, reflecting the highs and lows of each season, and giving an authentic voice to the old way of life. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

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

NEW Monday 30 May 2022 11am-4pm
National Youth Folk Ensemble Open Day: Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS
(map)
News from the EFDSS: "We are making music in-person again and welcoming young musicians to our brand-new National Youth Folk Ensemble Open Days! Take part in a band for a day, develop your creativity, play by ear, learn from inspiring professional musicians and explore folk music with other young people." Full details www.efdss.org/whats-on.

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

NEW Friday 29 April - Sunday 1 May 2022 - Mad Dog Mcrea's Gypsy Caravan Weekender - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Mad Dog Mcrea are pleased to announce the headliners for their inaugural Gypsy Caravan Weekender which will place over the weekend – Exeter’s newest festival! Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

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

Exminster

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

Exmouth

NEW Thursday 14 July 2022 7.30pm - Gigspanner Big Band and Raynor Winn: Saltlines - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
Saltlines: A Portrait of the South West Coast Path in Old Songs and New Words. The Salt Path is Raynor Winn’s Sunday Times best-selling memoir of walking the South West Coast Path in its entirety…a walk that was an impulsive response to unexpected circumstances which left her and her husbandhomeless. It has won global praise for its 'against all odds' uplifting message, and its frank exploration of the reality of homelessness. The Salt Path is one couple's story, but such a well-trodden path must hold many more stories of loss, love and the natural world. Perhaps these stories could be found in the form of traditional songs and tunes that have been left behind and saved for us due to the diligence of song collectors such as Cecil Sharp. This seed of an idea has developed into an exciting collaboration between Raynor Winn and The Gigspanner Big Band, a collective of some of the most high-profile names on the British folk scene. Full details www.ledleisure.co.uk/exmouth-pavilion/whats-on.

NEW Tuesday 7 June 2022 8pm - The Exmouth Shanty Men - The Beach Pub, Exmouth EX8 1DR
Shanty Singing at Beach Pub. Another of our ever popular informal Shanty sessions at the Beach Pub - our home 'port' in Exmouth. It's on the Esplanade if you don't know it, adjacent to the docks and marina. If the weather is good we will no doubt sing outdoors first, followed by retiring into the Beach to complete the evening. It's free, so hope to see you there. www.exmouthshantymen.com.

NEW 2-5 June 2022 - Exmouth Festival
Multi-genre (free) festival. Line-up includes The Lost Sound Dartmoor Folk Choir. See www.facebook.com/ExmouthFestival.

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

NEW Wednesday 27 April 2022 7.30pm - Seven Drunken Nights: The Story of The Dubliners - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
Direct from the West End and having sold out venues worldwide, Seven Drunken Nights - The Story of the Dubliners returns to theatres in 2021 with a brand new production for its incredible 5th Anniversary tour. This hugely talented cast of musicians and singers bring the music of this iconic group back to life and will have you singing and dancing in the aisles. Full details www.ledleisure.co.uk/exmouth-pavilion/whats-on
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NEW Tuesday 5 April 2022 8pm - The Exmouth Shanty Men - The Beach Pub, Exmouth EX8 1DR
The Exmouth Shanty Men in their favourite Dockside Pub, singing shanties and drinking beer. Free entry. www.exmouthshantymen.com.

NEW Thursday 17 March 2022 8pm - St Patrick's Night - Bicton Inn, 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU (map)
Continuing an afternoon of celebrations, in the Railway Club, The Park and the Strand...the party continues from 8pm. Musicians, singers and enthusiastic audiences welcome.

NEW Thursday 24 February 2022 8pm - Folk and Acoustic Night - Bicton Inn, 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU (map)
An evening of song, music and fine ale. Led by Jeff Lewis.

NEW Thursday 21 October 2021 7.30pm - Trafalgar Night - Bicton Inn, 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU (map)
An evening of Shanties, Sea songs and poetry, led by Derek Brooks . You are welcome to lead songs, join in, or drink beer... Happy Days

NEW Tuesday 21 January 2020 8pm - Shanty Workshop with The Exmouth Shanty Men - The Beach Pub, Exmouth EX8 1DR
Another of the ever-popular Free Shanty Workshops at the crew's home base (adjacent to the marina). Why not come along and learn a few shanties - or just sit and listen?

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.

Folk on the Moor

And coming later in the year ......
June 12: State of the Union (Brooks Williams & Boo Hewerdine)
June 26: Steve Tilston
July 10: Richard Grainger
July 24: Winter Wilson

tbc NEW Sunday 20 November 2022 7.45pm - Sarah McQuaid - Folk on the Moor, The Exchange, 1 Fore Street, Ivybridge PL21 9AB
details tba/tbc

tbc NEW Sunday 13 November 2022 7.45pm - Bob Fox - Folk on the Moor, The Exchange, 1 Fore Street, Ivybridge PL21 9AB
details tba/tbc

 

NEW Sunday 24 July 2022 7.45pm - Winter Wilson - Folk on the Moor, The Exchange, 1 Fore Street, Ivybridge PL21 9AB
Kip Winter is a highly versatile singer, having sung everything from opera to soul and jazz, but she is happiest singing folk and blues. Dave Wilson is a leading lyricist and together they produce first-class songs and beautiful harmonies, expertly accompanied on a variety of instruments: guitar, accordion, flute and banjo. For reservations please contact folkonthemoor1@gmail.com. www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 10 July 2022 7.45pm - Richard Grainger - Folk on the Moor, The Exchange, 1 Fore Street, Ivybridge PL21 9AB
A Teessider, Richard is an exponent of “the living tradition”, having written songs and musical plays on industrial, maritime and environmental themes. His varied material ranges from Homer’s Odyssey to the Yorkshire whaling industry! A first rate singer/guitarist, ‘Hard Road To Prospect Hill’ made the FRUK ‘Best Albums of the Year. For reservations please contact folkonthemoor1@gmail.com. www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 26 June 2022 7.45pm - Steve Tilston - Folk on the Moor, The Exchange, 1 Fore Street, Ivybridge PL21 9AB
Anyone wanting a supreme demonstration of the singer/songwriter’s art should not miss tonight’s performance. Writer of such classics as “The Reckoning” and “Slipjigs and Reels”, Steve is also an outstanding guitarist standing “shoulder to shoulder with any guitarist/songwriter in the world.” For reservations please contact folkonthemoor1@gmail.com. www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 12 June 2022 7.45pm - State of the Union - Folk on the Moor, The Exchange, 1 Fore Street, Ivybridge PL21 9AB
Acclaimed songwriter Boo Hewerdine and Americana singer/songwriter Brooks Williams create a magical, stripped back and enthralling musical atmosphere with two guitars and two voices. Their performances are consistently brilliant, equal parts emotive and entertaining and their songs equal parts wit, whimsy and pathos. For reservations please contact folkonthemoor1@gmail.com. www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 29 May 2022 7.45pm - Kenny Speirs - Folk on the Moor, The Exchange, 1 Fore Street, Ivybridge PL21 9AB
Originally a guitarist and vocallist with The John Wright Band, Kenny went on to form "Real Time" with his late partner, Judy Dinning, and then to develop a successful solo career. Anthony John Clarke sums him up beautifully: "Kenny Speirs' lifetime in music is legendary. His songs and voice resonate from the Scottish Borders and beyond accross the folk music world. He has been there and done it. A proper master of his craft." For reservations please contact folkonthemoor1@gmail.com. www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 22 May 2022 7.45pm - The Magpies - Folk on the Moor, The Exchange, 1 Fore Street, Ivybridge PL21 9AB
When you combine three highly accomplished musicians (Bella Gaffney on guitar, banjo and vocals, Kate Griffin on clawhammer banjo and vocals and Holly Brandon on fiddle and vocals), with excellent songwriting skills, you get an outstanding trio, who provide a captivating blend of British folk and Bluegrass. there are also original interpretations of traditional pieces, as well as influences from Eastern Europe and Quebec. For reservations please contact folkonthemoor1@gmail.com. www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 24 April 2022 7.45pm - Harbottle & Jonas - Folk on the Moor, The Exchange, 1 Fore Street, Ivybridge PL21 9AB
Voted "Best Band/Duo" last year by Fatea magazine, locally based couple, Dave and Freya have developed a distnct and compelling signature sound, blending concertina, harmonium, cittern, stomp box, acoustic guitar and banjo with their beautiful and closely intertwined vocal harmonies. With "Stunning songwriting and heart-rending arrangements" (Americana UK), they have already made a big name for themselves. For reservations please contact folkonthemoor1@gmail.com. www.moorfolk.co.uk.

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

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

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

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

NEW Sunday 13 February 2022 7.45pm - Phil Beer - Folk on the Moor, The Exchange, 1 Fore Street, Ivybridge PL21 9AB
Perhaps best known as one half of "Show of Hands" and a top-flight fiddler, Phil is not just a stunning musician, capable of playing just about any stringed instrument, but is also a talented singer and producer (also on Ben Campbell's latest CD). He has a countless list of musical collaborations, award nominations and recording credits and is in constant demand as a composer/session musician. A musical genius! Please email us at folkonthemoor1@gmail.com to let us know you are coming along. www.moorfolk.co.uk

NEW Sunday 23 January 2022 7.45pm - Dartmoor Pixie Band - Folk on the Moor, The Exchange, 1 Fore Street, Ivybridge PL21 9AB
Another locally based act (the clue is in the name!) with their own distinctive style, the Pixies are a country dance band comprising Mark Bazeley on melodeon, Jason rice on accordion, Ed Rennie on bass, Thomas White on percussion and Rob Murch (who accompanied Geoff Lakeman brilliantly at the Club in October) on 5 string banjo. They create a joyous, fulsome sound and there may well be some step dancing! Please email us at folkonthemoor1@gmail.com to let us know you are coming along. www.moorfolk.co.uk

NEW Saturday 25 September 2021 7.30pm - Silvington & Ben Campbell - Sparkwell Village Hall, Sparkwell, Plymouth PL7 5DD
CD Launch Concert. Come along and hear what Tricia, John and Ben have been working on during lockdown. 2 CDs of brand new material. Free entry (pass the hat to pay for hall). BYO drinks. To reserve tickets contact John johnfconnor@aol.com or Ben benguitar1@hotmail.co.uk. There may also be an additional surprise guest!

Coming up at Folk on the Moor Club, The Exchange, 1 Fore Street, Ivybridge PL21 9AB
Full details about the club see www.moorfolk.co.uk.
NEW Sunday 15 March 2020 7.45pm - - Dan McKinnon
NEW Sunday 29 March 2020 7.45pm - - Louise Jordan
NEW Sunday 5 April  2020 7.45pm -  The Salts
NEW Sunday 19 April 2020 7.45pm - Lander Mason
NEW Sunday 26 April 2020 7.45pm - Richard Grainger

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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

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

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 6 April 2019 - Greg Hancock’s Songwriters Circle - Holbeton Village Hall, Brent Hill, Holbeton PL8 1LW
Part of Greg Hancock’s ’The State Of My Hair’ album tour: three Devon singer-songwriters in one evening. Holbeton’s own Steve Jenner brings a wide range of influences from jazz, classical and pop/rock and writes melodic songs that catch revealing details of human experience both personal and general. Katie Whitehouse is a major mover and shaker in the music scene in Devon and beyond - she is an artist manager, a choir leader, a composer and arranger and also a fine singer-songwriter in her own right. Her subtle and inventive songs are poetic and resonant and deeply moving. Greg Hancock is a widely admired guitarist, singer and songwriter who takes an oblique look at the human condition in the modern world. He can switch from comedy to tragedy in a moment. Through stories and portraits he reveals the uniqueness of individual experience, but also the commonality of all life and emotion. Tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/460548 or call 07447 745871.

Holcombe Burnell Church

NEW Friday 18 October 2019 7.30pm - Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll - Holcombe Burnell Church, Longdown EX6 7RZ
Tickets £10, child free, including refreshments, from 01392 811246 or 01392 811816. www.englishfiddle.com.

NEW Tuesday 7 March 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Holcombe Burnell Church, Longdown EX6 7RZ
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.

Honiton

Coming later at Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.
8/12
Seth Lakeman; 2022: 11/3 Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman; 23/4 Noble Jacks

NEW Thursday 15 December 2022 7.30pm - St Agnes Fountain - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Since their first get together, to record the eponymous St Agnes Fountain album in 2001, the quartet; David Hughes, Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie and multi award winning duo Chris While and Julie Matthews, have brought musical invention and laughter to the star-dust atmosphere of the season. In 2020, David decided to leave the band to concentrate on solo pursuits and whilst his presence will be missed, Chris, Chris and Julie will be keeping the Christmas Aggie spirit alive and touring as a trio celebrating 20 years together with a tour of the new material and reworking those old Aggie classics in what will be a new chapter in the unstoppable force of St Agnes Fountain.  Full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Friday 21 October 2022 7.30pm - Fairport Convention - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Fairport Convention have been entertaining music lovers for over half a century, with 2022 being their 55th anniversary! During that time the band that launched British folk-rock has seen many changes, but one thing has remained the same - Fairport’s passion for performance. Full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 7 May 2022 7.30pm - The Last Inklings & Suthering - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Double bill: Full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

The Last Inklings are Leonardo MacKenzie and David Hoyland, both accomplished multi-instrumentalists with a solid folk background. The band's innovative sound crosses genres, centred around cello, mandolin and vocal harmony, layered with guitar, piano, strings, synths and percussion. With vibrant backstories and creative musicianship, their songs have a modern flavour that is rich with imagery and narrative, exploring at their core what it is to be human.
Suthering combines the musical talents of Julu Irvine and Heg Brignall. A couple in life and in music, the duo are true story-tellers who champion female characters, creating new narratives for women and unearthing the female heroines of folk. With their wonderful chemistry and charisma on stage, natural humour and two beautifully matched voices, an unusual mix of cascading, dramatic piano; intricate, fingerstyle guitar; flute, whistles and harmonium, Julu and Heg bring an exciting take on folk storytelling with their evocative and distinctive sound.

NEW Wednesday 4 May 2022 7.30pm - Show of Hands with special guests Track Dogs - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Take six voices, add fiddle, cajon, trumpet, banjo, guitars, bass and mandolin. Season with sun-soaked Latin rhythms then throw in a West Country heartbeat and you have an unmissable collaboration between Folk legends Steve Knightley and Phil Beer and the Madrid based Irish American Roots Quartet, Track Dogs. Full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

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

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

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):

Acoustic Café 8pm Weds 13th Feb-Free.
A supportive open Mic session with host and guitarist Terry Stacey-Come along to the Beehive bar to listen or to play, everyone welcome.
Folk Café Weds 13th March 8pm-Free A supportive open Mic session with our friendly folkie host and singer, Sue King-Come along to the Beehive bar to listen or to play, everyone welcome. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ

NEW Saturday 31 August 2019 8pm - An Evening with Jim Causley - Doug's Shed, Splatthayes, Buckerell, nr Honiton EX14 3ER
Tickets £10 adv from David Wayne 01404 850637, david.wayne@care4free.net. BYO drinks and glasses.

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

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.

Horrabridge

NEW Friday 15 July 2022 7.30pm - Ninebarrow - St John The Baptist Church, Walkhampton Road, Horrabridge PL20 7RF
Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mark Radcliffe as sounding like ‘two halves of one voice’, by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. Nominated in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Best Emerging Artist and most recently picking up Best Duo in the Folking.com awards 2019, their latest album, ‘A Pocket Full of Acorns’ (released in March 2021) was released to wide-spread critical acclaim including coverage on BBC1’s Countryfile and BBC Radio 4’s ‘Front Row’. Full details www.ninebarrow.co.uk/horrabridge.

Ide

NEW Saturday 15 June 2019 8pm  -Edgelarks Album Launch Party! - West Town Farm, Ide, Exeter EX2 9TG
Join Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin to launch their new album, Feather, with a party at beautiful West Town Farm. In April 2018, Edgelarks retreated to a remote cottage in Ulpha, western Cumbria. They breathed in the mountain view, banked up the fire, and took their instruments out of their cases. Then they sat down, and wrote. Tired of the navel-gazing tendencies of sad song writing, and the terrible events frequently depicted in the folk ballad tradition, they decided to turn their attention to an oft overlooked but vital facet of our lives: hope. Swiftly, a set of songs and tunes emerged. Stories of wonder from the natural world; tales of rejoicing and long lost returns; and simple thanksgiving for their own surroundings and place in the landscape. Informed by world rhythms, British folk roots, and the duo's penchant for making as much noise as possible with only two people, the album is an upbeat celebration, an incitement to hope. Full details
www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/exeter/west-town-farm/edgelarks-album-launch-party.

Ipplepen

NEW Saturday 20 November 2021 8pm - Exmouth Shanty Men - Ipplepen Village Hall, Newton Abbot TQ12 5SB (map)
A concert fundraiser for Ipplepen Church. Let's hope the Lord does not take offence at our sometimes bawdy songs of the sea! Doors 7.15pm. For ticket information contact the local organiser: Licensed bar with very reasonably priced beer, cider and wine. Tickets £8 from trevorashford321@gmail.com.

NEW Sunday 19 September 2021 7.30pm - Miranda Sykes & Hannah Martin - Ipplepen Village Hall, Newton Abbot TQ12 5SB (map)
Debut Tour - A new collaboration from two of the UK's finest folk singers. Although both artists have worked for many years within the folk world, neither felt they had dedicated enough time to purely traditional material. Discovering a magical alchemy in singing together, the pair formed a duo and plan to tour for the first time in September 2021. For tickets (£15), please email Sarah Tobin on sarah.tobin@plymouth.ac.uk.

Shape Note Singing - Monthly Singings - Methodist Church, East Street, Ipplepen TQ12 5SX
Shape note singing is an American Choral tradition of unaccompanied singing in four part harmony.  We will sing from The Sacred Harp which has been in continuous use since 1844, and a newly compiled collection called the Shenandoah Harmony which contains an extensive collection of early American hymns. We are not a traditional choir with no membership or performances. We sing for the joy of the experience rather than for the appraisal of an audience.
We are holding the singings on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Next Singing: Tuesday 26 February 7-9pm. For more information email jeremyjamesdonaldson@gmail.com.

NEW Friday 8 February 2019 7.30pm - Newton Abbot Ukulele Club - Methodist Church, East Street, Ipplepen TQ12 5SX
A fundraising evening in aid of the Ipplepen Community Hub Building Fund. Come and listen to Newton Abbot Ukulele Club. Singing, stomping, foot tapping and clapping- we defy you not to join in! Tickets £5 from the Hub or on the door. Raffle and refreshments available.

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.

Ivybridge

NEW Wednesday 7 December 2022 8pm - St Agnes Fountain - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Since their first get together, to record the eponymous St Agnes Fountain album in 2001, the quartet; David Hughes, Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie and multi award winning duo Chris While and Julie Matthews, have brought musical invention and laughter to the star-dust atmosphere of the season. In 2020, David decided to leave the band to concentrate on solo pursuits and whilst his presence will be missed, Chris, Chris and Julie will be keeping the Christmas Aggie spirit alive and touring as a trio celebrating 20 years together with a tour of the new material and reworking those old Aggie classics in what will be a new chapter in the unstoppable force of St Agnes Fountain. Full details www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk.

NEW Friday 24 June 2022 8pm - Richard Digance - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Richard Digance is a BAFTA Nominated entertainer and a recipient of The Gold Award from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. He is also one of a handful of folksinger/songwriters listed in The Virgin Anthology of Songwriters. Full details www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk.

Coming later at The Watermark in Ivybridge
(early booking advised for these shows which will undoubtedly sell out at The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map))
Thursday 10 October 2019 8pm - Fairport Convention
Thursday 5 December 2019 8pm - St. Agnes Fountain
Wednesday 18 December 2018 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea
See
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk for full details, bookings etc.

Kingsbridge

NEW Friday 15 July 2022 7.30pm - Kingsbridge Live Music: Rhillig - Regal Club, Church Street, Kingsbridge TQ7 1DD
Rhillig (Phil and Mahrey Bertoud) perform original songs and tunes as well as traditional music from the British Isles and beyond. From fast, fiery and foot-tapping fiddle tunes to beautiful ballads and songs. You can usually expect to hear the odd unexpected item thrown in for good measure, too!. £2 entrance plus donations. Contact Norman 07766 766171 or John 07939 411985 for details.

NEW Friday 17 June 2022 7.30pm - Kingsbridge Live Music: Silvington - Regal Club, Church Street, Kingsbridge TQ7 1DD
£2 entrance plus donations. Contact Norman 07766 766171 or John 07939 411985 for details.

NEW Friday 20 May 2022 7.30pm - Kingsbridge Live Music: Dust Devils - Regal Club, Church Street, Kingsbridge TQ7 1DD
Blues, Americana and bluegrass - slide guitar, banjo, mandolin. £2 entrance plus donations. For further information call John 07939 411985 or Norman 07766 766171.

NEW Friday 22 April 2022 7.30pm - Kingsbridge Live Music: Ben Campbell - Regal Club, Church Street, Kingsbridge TQ7 1DD
Singer/guitarist and stalwart of the South West folk scene. £2 entrance plus donations. For further information call John 07939 411985 or Norman 07766 766171.
Coming next: May 6 - Open night; May 20 - Dust Devils - blues, Americana and bluegrass - slide guitar, banjo, mandolin.

New South Hams Music Venture - Kingsbridge Live Music: Ben Campbell -
based at the Regal Club, Church Street, Kingsbridge TQ7 1DD on alternate Fridays. Just getting off the ground, but so far:
March 18 - Silvington; April 1 - Open night; April 22 - Ben Campbell; May 6 - Open night

NEW Thursday 27 February 2020 8pm - Free Concert - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
Finish about 10pm. No need to book; but please be seated by 8pm. To get a good seat get in early! We thank the Crabshell Inn for use of the room. www.shamstrad.co.uk.

Kingsand / Torpoint

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

NEW Saturday 13 November 2021 - Gigspanner Trio - Maker with Rame Community Hall, Fore St., Kingsand, Cornwall PL10 1NS (map)
details tba www.gigspanner.com/live/2021/11/13/gigspanner-trio-concert-cornwall

Tickets will be available from Mac's Village Store, Kingsand and Millbrook News, Millbrook.

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.

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.

Kingston, Reading Room. Kingston, Kingsbridge

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

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

NEW Wednesday 16 December 2020 - Belshazzar's Feast - Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge TQ7 4QE (map)
Their final Christmas tour, with seasonal material. £15 adv, £18 door. Support: Silvington. Call 01548 810806 for full details.

NEW Saturday 2 May 2020 - Anthony John Clarke - Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge TQ7 4QE (map)
Call 01548 810806 for full details. £10 adv, £12 door. Support: Silvington.

Littlehempston

NEW Saturday 8 February 2020 7.30pm - Ceilidh with Stargazey Pie - St John the Baptist Church, Littlehempston, Totnes TQ9 6LY
Caller: Hugh Edwards. £10 to include supper. Call 01803 866133 for details. Church car park above the church..

NEW Saturday 7 December 2019 7.45pm - Whinwhistle Hill: Midwinter Concert - St John the Baptist Church, Grattons Lane, Littlehempston, Totnes TQ9 6LY
Doors 7.30pm. A midwinter celebration of traditional music and song. Ancient melodies and uplifting lyrics to warm us through the long nights, performed in the atmospheric setting of Littlehempston's 15th Century village church. Festive treats, mulled apple juice, tea and coffee will be available during the break.
Combining strong vocals and resonant instrumentation the Whinwhistle Hill dynamic trio will take you on a winding journey across oceans, along rivers and over snowy peaks, including some wintery repertoire put together especially for this concert. Featuring: Louis Bingham (cittern, guitar & voice), Phil Hogg (piano & voice) and Griselda Sanderson (nyckelharpa, hardanger & fiddle). Adult £10+, U16 £5+, family 2+2 (U16) £25+, online: www.wegottickets.com/event/488218. Contact email: tunelinksouthwest@gmail.com, phone 01803 864286. Parking outside church.

NEW Friday 29 March 2019 - Harbottle & Jonas - Tally Ho, Littlehemspton, Totnes
Their music is always accompanied with a great story. Together the husband and wife duo combined the rich traditions of folk music with original and contemporary interpretations through a mix of closely intertwined vocal harmonies and compelling and authentic musical arrangements. www.harbottleandjonas.com. 01803 862316, www.tallyhoinn.co.uk.

NEW Friday 1 February 2019 - Long For The Coast - Tally Ho, Littlehemspton, Totnes
Long For The Coast is the musical alias of Jamie and Sophie Gould. With a combination of sincere lyrics and beautiful harmonies, they sing stories about social change, spiritual adventures, and close friends lost and found. www.longforthecoast.com. 01803 862316, www.tallyhoinn.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 30 March 2019 - Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll: Concert / Workshop - Littlehempston Community Space, St John the Baptist Church, Grattons Lane, Littlehempston, Totnes TQ9 6LY
An acoustic concert with English folk duo Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll, part of their 'Beautiful Spaces' tour. Tickets £8 adv, £10 door. Nick and Becki will also be running an instrumental music workshop at Littlehempston from 3-5pm. Learn a new tune created especially for the workshop. £5 adv, £6 door.  Advance tickets from www.wegottickets.com/englishfiddle.

Lustleigh

Presented by Lustleigh Arts & Entertainment Project. Narthen are Barry Coope of Coope Boyes and Simpson, Jo Freya of Blowzabella/Moirai, 5 time BBC Folk Award nominee Jim Causley, and Fi Fraser of The Old Fashioned/ Polka Works. Further details from peter@moormasons.plus.com.

NEW Friday 15 October 2021 7.30pm - Narthen - Lustleigh Village Hall TQ13 9TA
Narthen, comprise Barry Coope (Coope, Boyes and Simpson) on vocals and piano, Jo Freya (Blowzabella, Morai) on soprano sax and whistles, Fi Fraser (Polkaworks, The Old Fashioned) on vocals and fiddle and Jim Causley on vocals and accordion. Proud Devonian Causley, has worked with many top folk artists including Waterson:Carthy, Eddi Reader, Shirley Collins, Show of Hands and Kate Rusby and all members of Narthen perform in shows with Michael Morpurgo. Narthen are noted for their powerful four-part harmonies whether that's ‘A Capella’ or in haunting accompanied songs - they are also accomplished instrumentalists. Their songs are evocative, poignant and moving. Apart from Sidmouth FF, Lustleigh is their only performance in Devon this year. Tickets £12 available from: www.ticketsource.co.uk/lustleigh-entertainment-and-arts-project/t-qdmqxj, Lustleigh Dairy or 01647 277498. Further info from: leap.lustleigh@gmail.com.

NEW Saturday 25 April 2020 7.30pm - Greg Harper - Lustleigh Village Hall, TQ13 9TA
Performing original songs, accompanied by Nigel Ratcliffe (keyboard) & Chris Denman (bass). "Penetratingly powerful songs, with lyrics that cut hard, wide and deep" FolkWords, "Great songs" Steve Knightley. www.gregharpermusic.com. Warm welcome, candlelit tables, tea & homemade cakes, or BYO. Tickets £10 available from 01363 772769, or in person from Lustleigh Dairy & Post Office. Fundraiser in aid of Brain Tumour Research.

NEW Saturday 16 November 2019 - Rejig - Lustleigh Village Hall
Highly danceable trad tunes and songs from Scotland and Ireland. Featuring Tony Bayliss: cittern, vocals - Louis Bingham: tenor banjo, mandolin - Carl Allerfeldt: fiddle - Pete Bingham: bass guitar - Simon Crowe: drums. https://soundcloud.com/louisbingham. Tickets £8 adv, £10 door, U16 £5. Available from The Dairy, Lustleigh, and from Moretonhampstead Information Centre. Contact: 07876 788988. Doors 7.45pm.

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.

Lyme Regis

Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
I've always thought of Lyme Regis being well outside my normal coverage (loosely defined as "within a 30-mile radius of Totnes as the crow flies" or "the southern half of Devon), but Google Earth tells me that the town is only about 39 miles in the former category - and the Marine Theatre is putting on a great programme of major folk concerts these days, with some of the acts probably not coming any further west on their tours, so I will give the venue a listing from time to time. The main one below caught my eye in Steve Cunio's 'Sadfolk' (www.sadfolk.co.uk) latest Somerset & Dorset email circular listings as Harberton Folk put on Blazin' Fiddles at the Ariel Centre in Totnes way back in 2003 and 2005:

NEW Saturday 26 February 2022 - Blazin' Fiddles - Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA
One of the world’s most prolific fiddle groups, Blazin’ Fiddles, formed for a one-off tour of the Scottish Highlands in 1999 are still raising roofs far and wide well over two decades later. www.marinetheatre.com/blazin-fiddles
A quick scan of www.marinetheatre.com/category/music reveals all these goodies too:
Saturday 23 October 2021 - Martin & Eliza Carthy
Saturday 27 November 2021 - The Strawbs
Sunday 19 December 2021 - The Young’uns
Friday 18 February 2022 - Lau
Thursday 10 March 2022 - Chris Wood
Friday 8 April 2022 - Jon Boden & The Remnant Strings
Thursday 19 May 2022 - Martin Simpson & Andy Cutting

Lympstone

NEW Saturday 18 April 2020 7.30pm - Zulu Tradition - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
NEW Sunday 19 April 2020 3.30pm - Zulu Tradition - Parish Hall, Bary Lane, Cheriton Fitzpaine, Crediton EX17 4BB
Zulu Tradition is rekindling the spark of Zulu culture and heritage through song, dance, and drums. Imagine a youthful, mixed gender Ladysmith Black Mambazo with high-energy dance! Zulu Tradition is a company of genuine young Zulu singers and dancers who deliver a heady mix of traditional African harmonies and high-energy, athletic dance – all traditionally costumed – and supported by drum-rhythms. Their stage shows are exciting, enthralling and hugely entertaining and they attract enthusiastic audiences.
Ticketing see www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 5 January 2020 - Lympstone Village Concert with Exmouth Shanty Men - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
details tba A welcome return to North Exmouth (as Lympstone is known to some), to put on one of our every popular Tall Ships and Tall Tales concerts. More details nearer the date.

NEW Wednesday 18 December 2019 7:30pm – Christmas Harpist Simon Ellis - The Methodist Hall, Lympstone Village, 3 Chapel Road, Lympstone EX8 5ER
All Christmas Folk Favourites (lyric sheet provided) with guests + mince pies! Tickets £5 from 01271 321706 (proceeds :- The Sam Banks Memorial Fund).

NEW Saturday 5 October 2019 7.30pm - Fake Thackray + Paul Downes - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY
An Evening Without Jake Thackray but with Fake Thackray, and the Real Paul Downes. John Watterson (Fake Thackray) performs the work of the much lamented Jake Thackray who became famous from his TV appearances in the 60s and 70s and became a cult figure through such songs as Sister Josephine. John's performance of these exquisitely funny songs is highly entertaining and a heartfelt tribute to one of the finest songwriters of the 20th century. Presented by Lympstone Entertainments and arranged by Paul Downes who was a friend of Jake Thackray. "We can't have Jake back, but this is the next best thing - a real tribute," Mike Harding. "It is marvellous that Jake's treasured songs ride again. They are in safe hands," Ralph McTell. Tickets £12.50 from Demelza on 01395 272243 or at 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).

Maggie Duffy (Churston, Galmpton)

Postponed due to unforeseen circumstances
Sunday 24 February 2019 7.30pm - Fake Thackray - Caroline's Kitchen, Churston Farm Shop, Dartmouth Rd, Brixham TQ5 0LL
(map)
John Watterson returns to us with songs and stories from the late, and much missed, Jake Thackray. Fear not however, as Jake truly lives on in John as he lovingly retells the stories and sings the songs. www.fakethackray.com. Tickets £10. Lots of free parking. Selection of beverages and snacks available. Maggie and Bob will be doing a half hour set prior to John taking to the stage. Contact Maggie Duffy on 01803 855961 / 07770 806083 or email scotcraft@msn.com.

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.

Manaton

NEW 27-29 May 2022 - Trad at The Tor: Arranging Traditional Music Course - Leighon House, Manaton, Newton Abbot, TQ13 9UP
Weekend residential course with tutors Louis Bingham, Tom Oakes and Griselda Sanderson for intermediate to advanced instrumental musicians who would like to develop the tools for arranging traditional music for ensemble. Each of the three tutors will explore different techniques, rotating groups of players to produce dynamic arrangements of traditional music from Scandinavia, Brittany, Ireland and beyond. Set in a beautiful location a stone's throw from Hound Tor, this is a weekend of oral learning. Participants will be expected to learn quickly by ear and memorise with the aid of a recording device. Camping is free, and chef-prepared meals are included in the price. For more information email gris_sanderson@hotmail.com; More details: www.wegottickets.com/event/542951.

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.

Marldon

Folk Plus Acoustic Music Club - Ye Olde Smokey House, Vicarage Rd, Marldon, Paignton TQ3 1NN (map)
Our extremely popular Folk Plus Acoustic Music club meets at 7pm on the 3rd Friday of the month, the next 2 sessions being:
Fridays 18 February and 18 March.
We operate a book in advance system, with the number of players and audience limited, to help make planning the evenings easier and safer. We are taking bookings for February and March - by email, Facebook Messenger or phone to 07894 961010. The bar in our room is open for our private use and we follow the pub's Covid safety rules strictly, which means masks must be worn on arrival and when moving through the building.
Paul & Chris Woodhouse

NEW Friday 18 February 2022 7.30pm - Folk Plus Acoustic Music Club - Ye Olde Smokey House, Vicarage Rd, Marldon, Paignton TQ3 1NN (map)
Regular 3rd Friday meetings. We operate a book in advance system, with the number of players and audience limited, to help make planning the evenings easier and safer. We are taking bookings by email p.woodhouse47@sky.com, Facebook Messenger or phone to 07894 961010. The bar in our room is open for our private use and we follow the pub's Covid safety rules strictly, which means masks must be worn on arrival and when moving through the building. See www.facebook.com/folkplus2 for all 2022 dates.

NEW Friday 19 November 2021 7.30pm - Folk Plus Acoustic Music Club - Ye Olde Smokey House, Vicarage Rd, Marldon, Paignton TQ3 1NN (map)
Regulars will notice some changes necessary to make things as safe as possible. We will limit numbers to 25 for the first session. Please tell us in advance if you want to attend and whether you would like to perform, through FB Messenger, by email: p.woodhouse47@sky.com or by phone 07894 961010. Please do not just turn up. We are now also taking bookings for our other 2 sessions (we meet on 3rd Fridays) this year: Friday 19 November; Friday 17 December (Christmas special!).
Arrive from 7.00pm., main door. The pub prefers people to wear masks when arriving and moving around the venue. Drinks will be available from our room, the Top Bar. We will use a smaller PA kit, until things settle down. We have fresh mike covers for each performer. We will finish at 10.30pm. The room is now beautifully carpeted and redecorated. New seats too! www.facebook.com/folkplus2

Meavy

NEW Saturday 18 September 2021 7pm - The Country Diary in Song with Broomdasher - St Peter’s Church, Meavy
A musical celebration of Edith Holden’s Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady with traditional folk songs of the day. The Diary was a worldwide phenomenon when published in 1977, with Edith’s beautiful paintings and words creating an exhilarating journey through the seasons. Full details etc. www.meavy.org.uk/events.htm.

NEW Friday 20 September 2019 8pm - Geoff Lakeman & Rob Murch - Parish Hall, Meavy PL20 6PJ
The “ Titan of Twang “ and the “ Concertina Crooner” team up in a dynamic new duo. Geoff has a rich, melodic voice and teases English and Irish folk, Americana and jazz songs out of his rare vintage Crane duet concertina. Rob brings the “ wow factor” to the banjo, with his unique, punchy fingerstyle playing. Both live on Dartmoor, so it was inevitable they’d gang-up musically. Expect self-written and West Country songs, rattling folk tunes and foot-stomping ragtime and cakewalk riffs. Rob’s percussive finger-ballet up and down the fret board of his 100 year-old instrument is mesmerising. He’s revered throughout the UK for his long-time work with the renowned Dartmoor Pixie Band and The Watch trio. The duo’s relaxed yet sparkling stage presence together is bubbling with the “feel -good” factor. £10. Licensed bar. Full details etc. 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.

Membury

NEW Saturday 11 December 2021 7.30pm - Flats and Sharps - Membury Village Hall, nr Axminster EX13 7AF
Four-piece bluegrass outfit from Penzance. Delivering energetic, enthusiastic and spirited music to audiences all around the world. Their shows include a wide variety of influences, from a fresh and modern outlook on foot-stomping Bluegrass material through to their powerful and well-crafted original songs, with beautiful moments everywhere in between. Their music perfectly blends strong harmonies and stonking solo, and their incredible stage presence will have you dancing, laughing and singing all evening. Full details www.villagesinaction.co.uk/event-listings.

Milton Abbot

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

Millbrook

NEW Saturday 18 April 2020 7.30pm - Millbrook Folk Club: Harbottle & Jonas  - Village Hall, The Parade, Millbrook PL10 1AX
details tba

NEW Saturday 1 February 2020 7.30pm - Millbrook Folk Club: Louis Bingham & Griselda Sanderson - Village Hall, The Parade, Millbrook PL10 1AX
Master tunesmiths from the premier division of folk musicians in an intimate setting. www.facebook.com/events/851791971942257.

NEW Saturday 19 October 2019 7.30pm - Millbrook Folk Club: Edgelarks - Village Hall, The Parade, Millbrook PL10 1AX
One of the UK's finest acoustic music acts, Edgelarks are Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin: multi-instrumentalists and songsmiths. Details http://tiny.cc/izojcz.

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.

Milverton (Music Club)

Milverton Music Club - Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Outside our normal coverage area really, but anyway...
Monthly open mic sessions on the First Friday - seats must currently be booked in advance: email milvertonmusicclub@gmail.com.
See www.milvertonmusic.co.uk for details of these future guest nights:
Friday 22 April 2022 - Flook

NEW Friday 22 October 2022 - Daoiri Farrell - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
A first time at the club for this outstanding musician and singer from Ireland. We booked him on the spot when we saw him in 2018 and we're still really looking forward to seeing him again four years later! www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Friday 17 June 2022 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
We welcome back this very popular, multi award-winning husband and wife duo who exude timeless class with their exquisite brand of traditional and contemporary music. They last played for us back in 2017 and we are really looking forward to hearing them again. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Friday 3 June 2022 - Special Jubilee Concert - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
The Silver Street Band guest singers & musicians play a Jubilee concert. All ticket money at £5 to the Ukraine appeal. Doors 7.30pm. BYO drinks and food. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

Modbury

NEW Sunday 8 September 2019 7.30pm - Phil Beer - Memorial Hall, Back Street, Modbury PL21 0RF
Phil Beer hardly needs any introduction, suffice to say it will be a great evening's entertainment and you'll be supporting a very worthwhile cause: Hearing Dogs for Deaf People www.hearingdogs.org.uk. Information and tickets £15 are available from John Bower, johnbower@btinternet.com, 07711 814718, or by collection from Pickles Hardware Store, Modbury, or send a cheque and sae to John Bower, Low Mead, Traine Paddock, Modbury PL21 0RH.

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

Moretonhampstead

NEW Friday 6 May 2022 7pm - Jim Causley with Bill Murray - St Andrew’s Church, Greenhill, Moretonhampstead TQ13 8NN
Songs of Dartmoor. A fund-raising event for Moreton Archives. See www.moretonhampstead.org.uk.

NEW Sunday 23 June 2019 - Moreton Music Day - Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor (various venues)
details tba Annual multi-genre free music event of over 20 years standing... www.facebook.com/MoretonMusicDay.
12.30pm: Short set from Dartmoor Folk Choir Lost Sound Chorus

NEW Thursday 9 May 2019 7.30pm - John Doyle - St Andrew’s Church, Greenhill, Moretonhampstead TQ13 8NN
‘One of the World’s best acoustic guitarists’ (Wall Street Journal). John Doyle is one of the biggest names in Irish music - a position confirmed when he was asked to perform for President Obama on St Patrick’s Day 2009. A founding member of the highly acclaimed super group Solas, he has subsequently played with dozens of greats including Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Linda Thompson and Kate Rusby. Since 2001 he has released three solo albums and has appeared on albums by the Transatlantic Sessions artists among others. Entrance £10 in advance or £12 on the door. Available from www.eventbrite.co.uk and Moretonhampstead Information Centre. www.johndoylemusic.com.

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 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.

Newton Abbot

NEW Friday 29 March 2019 - Charity Barn Dance - Buckland Athletic Football Club, Kingskerswell Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 5JU
Donations to Mind. Open to all, children welcome. Tickets £10 (to include ploughmans + pudding) available from Becky 07809 260544 or Liam 07597 365991. Cash bar. Doors 7pm.

NEW Friday 17 November 2017 7.30pm - Joglaresa - The Courtenay Centre, Kingsteignton Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 2QA
5 vocalists with medieval folk instruments. Full details www.nadsa.co.uk/joglaresa-137-p.asp.

Newton St Cyres

NEW Saturday 9 April 2022 7.30pm 7.30pm – Winter Wilson - Newton St Cyres Parish Hall, West Town Rd, Exeter EX5 5BW
Pre-Covid, Winter Wilson had completed tours of Australia, New Zealand, Canada and most of Western Europe. In addition, they were support to Fairport Convention on their winter tour. Superb writers, singers and musicians, Kip Winter and Dave Wilson bring a sense of intimacy to every venue, blending superb, often hard-hitting original songs, stunning harmonies and musicianship with sometimes hilarious humour and tales of life on the road. Kip (vocals, accordion, guitar, flute) "simply has a voice to die for” (John Roffey, Maverick Magazine), whilst Dave (vocals, guitar and banjo) is now rightly recognised as being amongst the top tier of British songwriters, with his songs sung in folk clubs across the UK and beyond. Tickets £12 from www.winterwilson.com/dates or from Nicola 01392 851985. Bar & Raffle.

NEW Saturday 18 September 2021 7.30pm – Steve Knightley - Newton St Cyres Parish Hall, West Town Rd, Exeter EX5 5BW
(Between Exeter & Crediton). Steve will be exploring his extensive back catalogue and introducing new material. He explores the themes and stories that inspire him and shows how music and words can become lyrics and chords, and notes can meld to create songs that acquire a life of their own! For tickets (£20), please contact 01392 851985.

Okehampton

NEW 21-25 October 2019 - Baring-Gould Song School - Okehampton
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. The regular tutors from the Wren team are Sarah Owen, Marilyn Tucker and Paul Wilson and they will be joined by Tim van Eyken (photo inset). Tim is folk singer/actor (War Horse) and he is an advocate for the Linklater Voice technique, an actor’s approach to the natural voice, which Tim applies to singing. www.wrenmusic.co.uk/Events-2019.

NEW 25-27 October 2019 - Baring-Gould Folk Weekend - Okehampton
We have an international line-up that includes the singers from Sardinia Sos Cantores (whose leader Angel Pisanu made a surprise visit this year), Dandari from Latvia and our friends from Iceland Chris Foster and Bara Grimsdottir. Full line-up tba. www.wrenmusic.co.uk/Events-2019

NEW Saturday 15 December 2018 7.30pm - Christmas Concert - Charter Hall, Market St, Okehampton EX20 1AA
Wren Music presents: seasonal music and songs, with West Devon Folk Choir, MenSing and Fiddle Orchestra of Devon in concert. Collection.
www.wrenmusic.co.uk.

Otterton Mill

Coming up at Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map) - Full details www.ottertonmill.com/events.
Thursday 5 May - Michelle Lewis
Friday 10 June - Jim Causley
Saturday 18 June - Veronica Sbergia & Max De Bernardi
Thursday 7 July - Danni Nicholls
Saturday 23 July - Mississippi MacDonald
Thursday 11 August - Jack Lukeman
Thursday 25 August - Roberts & Lakeman
Thursday 1 September - Jez Lowe

NEW Thursday 1 September 2022 - Jez Lowe - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
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, whether by long-established acts like Fairport Convention, The Dubliners and Bob Fox, or by the new breed of stars like The Unthanks, The Young Uns and The Duhks.
Full details www.ottertonmill.com/events.

NEW Thursday 25 August 2022 - Roberts & Lakeman - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Duos come and duos go… and some nurture and fine tune their art and watch it grow into something totally original, captivating and award-winning. Bonded by an unseen alchemy, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have entwined their professional and personal relationship into an enviable class act of imaginative songwriting and musicianship with a story that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, The Levellers, Fothering, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands. Kathryn and Sean have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk.
Full details www.ottertonmill.com/events.

NEW Thursday 11 August 2022 - Jack Lukeman  - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Irish singer songwriter, virtually a household name in Ireland for the last 2 decades. In the 2 years pre covid he built an ever-growing audience in the UK by opening on full tours with The Proclaimers, Imelda May, Jools Holland, Graham Gouldman, Hazel O’Connor, Neil Sedaka and The Stylistics. All of which indicates he appeals to a broad audience. As with these shows he is currently performing solo in the UK, moving from guitar to ukulele to keyboard and accordion. Full details www.ottertonmill.com/events.

NEW Saturday 23 July 2022 - Mississippi MacDonald - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
“It’s modern, it’s not musical archaeology,” says London-based soul-blues stylist Mississippi MacDonald of his music. “It celebrates a fantastic tradition. It’s soul-blues, and you’ve got to put your best into it.” Full details www.ottertonmill.com/events.

NEW Thursday 7 July 2022 - Danni Nicholls - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
With the wind in her sails from receiving two consecutive Americana Music Association UK award nominations (2017 UK Album of the Year for Mockingbird Lane and 2018 UK Artist of the Year), singer/songwriter Danni Nicholls has embarked upon her next artistic journey – her third studio album The Melted Morning.
Full details www.ottertonmill.com/events.

NEW Saturday 18 June 2022 - Veronica Sbergia & Max De Bernardi - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
The Red Wine Serenaders. “When it comes to knowing about Americana these two are right up there! Country blues, ragtime, vaudeville and even a little old time C&W. Max is a very accomplished guitarist and a strong vocalist, whilst Veronica plays a mean washboard, ukulele and possesses a strong vocal styling. Very uplifting music! So if you get the chance to see this duo in concert, take it!” – Mike Verno.
Full details www.ottertonmill.com/events.

NEW Friday 10 June 2022 - Jim Causley - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Since the release of his debut album in 2005, Causley’s unique voice and persona have helped him become one of the most well-loved and respected figures of today’s contemporary roots and folk scene. “The finest singer of his generation” Mojo Magazine “A voice in a million” Geoff Lakeman.
Full details www.ottertonmill.com/events.

NEW Thursday 5 May 2022 - Michelle Lewis - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
More polished than folk and more personal than pop, Michelle writes intensely visual songs with a gut punch of emotion. As a storyteller, she explores life’s defining moments, juggling the immediacy of first-hand experience with the serenity of emotional wisdom. Her lyrics find beauty in sadness and her music is rich with melody. Guided by her musical influences – Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Patty Griffin, and Jewel among others – Michelle’s style is truly her own. Full details www.ottertonmill.com/events.

Paignton

NEW Saturday 9 July 2022 2.30pm & 7.30pm - Rhythm Of The Dance - Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF (map)
Internationally recognised as one of the most popular and busiest Irish step dance shows, now in its 21st year of touring the world this incredible live show enjoys continued success year after year and is a big hit everywhere. Featuring World Champion dancers and some of the finest traditional musicians and singers this show takes you on an exciting journey through the ages and is full of pure energy and packed with dance and music. Full details www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk/shows/rhythm-of-the-dance/2022-07-09.

NEW Saturday 28 May 2022 7.30pm - One Night in Texas - Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF (map)
Featuring an all-live fiddle and banjo-headed band with male and female lead vocals and packed with more songs than you can shake a stetson at, this country music extravaganza will have you (line) dancing in the aisles. Full details www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk/shows/one-night-in-texas.

NEW Friday 17 May 2019 7.30pm - Talinka - Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF (map)
Talinka is where folk, early music, jazz and tango merge into simplicity, harmony and warmth. The band includes the sensually warm and velvety sound of vocalist Tali Atzmon. Yaron Stavi on Double Bass, Jenny Bliss Bennett on Viola De Gamba, Violin, flute and voice, and Gilad Atzmon on Bass Clarinet, Accordion and Soprano Sax. www.talinka.live. Support: Harbottle & Jonas are a stunning young folk duo, who combine the rich traditions of folk music with original and contemporary interpretations through a blend of closely intertwined vocal harmonies and compelling and authentic musical arrangements. Tickets £11-£13. www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk/shows/talinka.

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 Thursday 21 July 2022 - The Great Sea Choir - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
details tba Plymouth's contemporary a cappella folk choir directed by musicians Heg Brignall and Julu Irvine (Suthering). www.thegreatseachoir.co.uk. Full details www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Thursday 12 May 2022 8pm - Keith James: The Great Canadian Songbook - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
The music of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, The Wainwrights, Leonard Cohen, KD Lang, Gordon Lightfoot and many more. “I have been listening to and have been noticeably influenced by all of these Singer-songwriters throughout my career as a musician and have always been amazed by the unique sense of honesty and deep collective integrity that music from Canada possesses; a natural embodiment of human awareness that has caressed the country’s songwriters over many decades.” Keith James brings you a concert of this amazing material in the most emotional and sensitive way. Full details www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Saturday 30 April 2022 7.30pm - Windjammer: New Album Launch - Barbican Theatre , Castle Street, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
A trio who cast timeless stories in a context of their own making. They blend self- penned songs and instrumentals with original, genre-bending arrangements of music drawn from the traditions of British folk. Their creative approach blends vocals, guitar, whistles, accordion, synthesizer and percussion in arrangements that are both adventurous and considered. “Improbably mature vocals and a bold, contemporary approach.” Geoff Lakeman. Full details www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/whats-on. Pay what you decide.

NEW Thursday 28 April 2022 8pm - Black Friday - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
All aboard the good ship Black Friday – join her crew and captain Tom for another stormy crossing of the Celtic sea of folk-punk. We don’t know where we’re going and we don’t know when we’ll get there but we’ll have some fun along the way… Their music is influenced by their Irish and Cornish roots and their folk heroes. Catchy original songs and take on folk favourites by the likes of Flogging Molly and Pogues will keep you dancing all night. Free entry. Call 01752 242021 if you'd like to book a table.

NEW Wednesday 17 November 2021 7.30pm - Haunt the Woods - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Standing. Blending sounds from alternative, prog, folk and pop and channelling influences from the likes of Pink Floyd, Muse, Jeff Buckley and Radiohead, Haunt The Woods have crafted a distinctive sound, glistening with ambient swells and underpinned by expressive rhythms and masterly songwriting. Full details www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/whats-on/haunt-the-woods-2.

NEW Friday 22 October 2021 9pm - Suthering - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Suthering: the musical alias of Julu Irvine & Heg Brignall. Their harmony-rich songs tell tales of struggle and triumph against all odds; of heroes from both their own lives and from stories they have found. Inspired by strong female characters in history, mythology, and personal experience, and with an unusual mix of cascading, dramatic piano; intricate, fingerstyle guitar; flute, whistles and harmonium, Suthering bring an exciting take on folk storytelling with their evocative and distinctive sound. £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Call 01752 242021 too book a table.

NEW Wednesday 29 April 2020 8pm - Grace Lightman & Elani Evangelou - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Two enchanting musicians join forces and conjure an atmospheric twist of indie folk & alt. For fans of Lucius, Big Thief, Sharon Van Etten. £2. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday 10 April 2020 9pm - Geoff Lakeman & Rob Murch - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
The "Titan of Twang" and the "Concertina Crooner" team up in a dynamic new duo. Geoff Lakeman teases English and Irish folk, Americana and jazz songs out of his vintage duet concertina.. Rob Murch brings the "wow factor" to the banjo, with his unique, punchy finger-style playing. The duo’s relaxed yet sparkling stage presence together is bubbling with the "feel -good" factor. £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Tuesday 10 December 2019 8pm - Haunt the Woods - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
An exciting prog rock/folk band from Cornwall, with a new and unique sound incorporating an eclectic blend of soaring vocals, beautiful melodies and spellbinding guitar, combined with 4 part vocal harmonies making the heartfelt and emotional lyrics extremely powerful. £8. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Thursday 31 October 2019 8.30pm - Alex Hart & Becca Langsford - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Two of Plymouth’s beloved supergroup The Trees perform a special duo night showcasing their songwriting skills and a few of their favourite classics. £2. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday 25 October 2019 9pm - Eliza Acty - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
With her unique vocal style, Eliza performs a wide range of Folk, Americana and Old-time music. She performs as a duo alongside her father, Peter Acty, accomplished American-style clawhammer banjo player and classic, percussive finger-pick guitarist. The duo have a strong dynamic acoustic sound tied together with traditional banjo songs and tunes and Eliza's own original songs inspired by artists such as Bob Dylan and Gillian Welch, whilst also taking great inspiration from nature and her surroundings in Dartmoor, Devon. £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.

Plymouth misc

NEW Thursday 26 May 2022 7.30pm - The Great Sea Choir - The Hook & Line, Royal William Yard, Plymouth
Outdoors. Plymouth's contemporary a cappella folk choir directed by musicians Heg Brignall and Julu Irvine (Suthering). www.thegreatseachoir.co.uk.

Plymouth Community Folk Orchestra - Reminder
Tuesday mornings 3, 10, 17, 24 May, 14, 21, 28 June, 5, 12, 19 July - 11am to 12.30pm. £8 per session. Concession available
At Emmanuel Church Hall, Compton Avenue, (corner of Mannamead Road) Plymouth, PL3 5BZ
Make a big band, make some music, have some fun! All levels of ability welcome. Play music from Devon and beyond. Develop music skills and learning by ear. Play in harmony. Scores and sound files provided. The Community Folk Orchestra is ‘open’ - so, there are no auditions and all are welcome to come along. Participants can join at any time. You will, however, need an acoustic instrument, some enthusiasm and a willingness to participate! For more information contact David Faulkner 07967 121985 / david.eelgrinders@gmail.com. www.facebook.com/PlymouthCommunityFolkOrchestra.

NEW Tuesday 2 November 2021 - Seth Lakeman & Band - Minster Church of St Andrew, Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 2AD
Freedom Fields 15th Anniversary Tour. Details www.sethlakeman.co.uk.

NEW 16-20 June 2020 - This Land - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
With text by Nick Stimson and songs written and performed by Seth Lakeman. Theatre Royal Plymouth's first ever international community production. This Land is an epic theatrical event marking the 400 year anniversary of the Mayflower’s journey and its impact upon arrival in America. Created and performed by 120 citizens of Plymouth, UK and 30 members of the Native American Wampanoag Tribe from Massachusetts, USA, This Land is the story of what happened then and what it means to us now. Witness the making of history with this unique and vital piece of theatre, which brings together communities from both sides of the Atlantic. www.theatreroyal.com.

NEW Friday 6 March 2020 8pm - The Unravelling Wilburys - The Plymouth Athenaeum, Derry's Cross, Plymouth PL1 2SW
The Unravelling Wilburys present The Music of Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Geoff Lynne. Tickets £20. Box office: 01752 267131 (Barbican). Fulldetails, tickets etc.
https://barbicantheatre.co.uk/whats-on/the-unravelling-wilburys.

NEW Sunday 1 March 2020 - The Simon & Garfunkel Story - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Direct from a week-long run in London’s West End, a sold out worldwide tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back! Featuring huge projection photos, original film footage and a full live band. www.theatreroyal.com.

NEW Saturday 15 February 2020 - Seth Lakeman - Minster Church of St Andrew, Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 2AD
Seth's new album 'A Pilgrim's Tale', telling the epic tale of the Pilgrim Fathers on the 400th anniversary of the historic Mayflower voyage, is released on 7 February 2020 and Seth will be playing songs from the album live in 10 towns and cities associated with the voyage, the last two being Dartmouth and Plymouth. www.sethlakeman.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 29 February 2020 7pm - Plymouth Morris' 50th Annual Ceilidh, with Dartmoor Pixie Band - Woolwell Community Centre, Darklake Lane, Roborough, Plymouth PL6 7TR
Tickets £10 (includes a pasty supper), available through www.plymouthmorrismen.org.uk (scroll down!). Bar supported by Summerskills (Plymouth’s oldest brewery).

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.

Plymouth Pavilions www.plymouthpavilions.com.

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

NEW Thursday 17 March 2022 - Mad Dog Mcrea St Patrick's Day Special - Plymouth Pavilions
Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. In constant demand and having played just about every festival and two-bit, jibe-arsed dive in Christendom, Mad Dog Mcrea are, in every sense of the word, a live, band. Support from special guests tba.
Full details www.plymouthpavilions.com.

NEW Wednesday 24 November 2021 - Levellers - Plymouth Pavilions
Balcony seating and standing. Levellers are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their seminal platinum-selling, album Levelling The Land with a 17 date UK tour playing the, now classic, album in full. They will also be playing other hits and songs from their Top 10 album Peace released in August 2020. www.plymouthpavilions.com

Plymouth - Stoke Damerel Church

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

NEW Saturday/Sunday 9/10 October 2021 - ‘A Mayflower Garland 400’ Folk Weekend - Stoke Damerel Church, Paradise Road, Stoke, Plymouth PL1 5QL
Celebrating what would have been the 90th birthday of the late Cyril Tawney and to commemorate Mayflower 400. Artists include Jim Causley, Shep Woolley, Wren Music, Doc Rowe, Martin Hazell and Jon Stevens, Mad Rush, Bill Murray and Ben Campbell, Suthering, Plymouth Morris, Fisher’s Footsteps History Walk, choir workshop and more. Event presented by Plymouth Folk Roots, Wren Music and funded by Mayflower Community 400 Sparks. See www.facebook.com/plymouthfolkroots for updates and tickets.

NEW Saturday 13 April 2019 - Ceilidh with The Lynher Band and Wreckers Border Morris - Stoke Damerel Church, 85 Paradise Road, Plymouth PL1 5QL
Doors 7.30pm. Tickets £7.50 The ceilidh is raising funds for this year’s charity The Shamrock Restoration Appeal. Shamrock is the last working barge on the River Tamar, and time takes its toll. The evening promises inclusive dancing, great fun, and entertainment. Bar, but please BYO snacks or food. Phone 01752 815495 or text 07812 834 626 to book your tickets.

Plympton

NEW Saturday 25 January 2020 9pm - The Kit Hillbillies - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Live bluegrass in a great community pub with an impressive stage set-up - It's very like a small arts centre, if you've never been there. Support (8pm): Local musician Liam Ferguson. www.facebook.com/pg/BrookInnPlympton/events.
www.brookinnplympton.co.uk. Tel. 01752 297604 for further details.

NEW Monday 18 November 2019 7pm - Julie Felix - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
We are absolutely delighted that Julie is returning to The Brook again this year - it's becoming an annual event now! Julie is an absolute folk legend who has hosted her own TV show and appeared at venues around the world. She's performed with a huge list of the great and the good of the music world and has a host of stories to share. An Evening With Julie Felix costs £20 each and includes a two course meal prior to the performance. (Trip to the zoo not included!!). www.facebook.com/pg/BrookInnPlympton/events.
www.brookinnplympton.co.uk. Tel. 01752 297604 for further details.

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.

Rattery

NEW Sunday 13 October 2019 7pm - Son Yambu - Rattery Village Hall, nr Totnes TQ10 9LD
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. The root of all salsa music, Son is a fusion of Spanish and African rhythms. Son Yambu feature a new generation of mainly Cuban musicians who are passionate about maintaining the traditions of the genre, continuing the Buena Vista legacy that put Cuban music back on the map. Tickets £12 adult, £34 family (2+2). Call Lisa on 01364 72597 or book online at www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

NEW Friday 15 March 2019 7.30pm - Ceilidh - Rattery Village Hall, nr Totnes TQ10 9LD
Caller Jeremy Child; multi-instrumentalist Chris Jewell. Tickets (includes a pasty) £8 adult, £4 U18, from Tickets from Kay 01364 72475 or Alison 01364 643741. Please BYO drinks.

Sandford

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

Scoriton

Suspended for March (and the next few months) Trade Winds - Tradesmans Arms, Scoriton, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)

NEW Sunday 15 December 2019 7.30pm - Trade Winds - Tradesmans Arms, Scoriton, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
Trade Winds Christmas Special . Usual poetry, song, story and music fare, but with a Christmas/Yule/Solstice flavour if you want to give it one. As always, whatever you would like to contribute will be very welcome. Please invite any friends, particularly if they might be persuaded to sing or play. There will be Festive Nibbles! Simon and Susan 01364 631308.

NEW Sunday 29 September 2019 7.30pm - Trade Winds - Tradesmans Arms, Scoriton, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
Trade Winds returns. Mix of poems, songs, stories and music. No theme for this first session, though interesting to note that the Autumn equinox happened just a few days ago, on the 23rd. Look forward to seeing anybody who can come – musicians particularly welcome, to maintain the balance. Simon and Susan 01364 631308.

Shaugh Prior

NEW Saturday 10 October 2020 - Glymjack - White Thorn Inn, Shaugh Prior PL7 5HA
A UK folk trio whose Show of Hands-produced current album and stellar live line-up featuring Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Saul Bailey has seen them emerge as one of the most exciting live acts on the UK folk scene, bringing the house down at festivals including Cambridge, Larmer Tree and Folk East in 2019, and wowing audiences at venues around the UK. www.glymjack.com.
www.facebook.com/whitethorninn.

Sheepstor

NEW Saturday 13 April 2019 7.30pm - The Drystones - Sheepstor Village Hall PL20 6PF
The Drystones are a young duo making big waves on the UK folk scene. Combining traditional music’s timeless instrumental union of fiddle and guitar with technical mastery, an unexpectedly large live sound, it’s no wonder they’ve been described as ‘indecently talented’ (Mike Harding) and earned themselves a nomination for the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Since forming in 2011 to play at their local folk festival in Priddy, Somerset, they have played festivals across the country, including Glastonbury and Sidmouth Folk Week, have supported Seth Lakeman and Steeleye Span, produced two albums and, somehow, squeezed in their music degrees. Tickets: adult £9, child £7, Family £25. Call 01822 853186 to book.

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.

Sidmouth

NEW 30 July -6 August 2021 - Sidmouth Folk Festival
See what's planned for Sidmouth for 2021 here
www.sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk and join the festival mailing list for regular updates.

NEW Monday 22 June 2020 - An Evening with Jim Causley - 1922 Social Club, Church St, Sidmouth EX10 8LY
possibly not a public event
East Devon Grecians Supporters. 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 Cornish poet 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.jimcausley.co.uk.

NEW Friday 21 February 2020 7.30pm - Hooper & Mills - Blues Wine Bar, Sidmouth EX10 8LY
An evening of acoustic blues. Contact Andy 01404 758103.

NEW FOLK CLUB Tuesday 10 December 2019 7.30pm - Sidmouth Acoustic Folk Club - Sidholme Hotel Lounge, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth EX10 8UJ
First night for this new folk club, meeting every 2nd Tuesday of the month except August. Entry £2 for all. Ends 10.30-pm. For information or queries, please call 07850 163241.

NEW Wednesday 11 September 2019 - An Evening with Jim Causley - Cellar Bar, Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NG
An evening of entertainment with a much respected figure of the contemporary roots and folk scene. Multi award winning singer-songwriter, musician and proud Devonian Jim Causley brings his distinctive melodies and toe-tapping tunes to the Cellar Bar. Tickets £10 from Kennaway House, pop in or call 01395 515551. Bar. Doors 7.30pm.

NEW 3-7 August 2019 - Sidmouth Fringe Sessions - Salcombe Regis
Coincides with (but independent of) the long-established Sidmouth Folk Festival. The Sessions celebrate the very best in emerging acts, breaking artists and under-the-radar musicians - not just locally but from across the whole UK. The Fringe has been supported by BBC Introducing (Devon & Cornwall) over recent years who host the shows. Plus occasional international touring artists. A fantastic mini festival of live music. An eclectic mix of many genres - and has included folk/roots, bluegrass, stomp, blues, acoustic, jazzfusion, world and indie rock/pop - plus everything in-between. Full details www.sidmouthfringe.co.uk.

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 .

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 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 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 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.

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.

South Brent

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

NEW Friday 29 October 2021 7.30pm - Reg Meuross and Harbottle & Jonas - St Petroc`s Church, South Brent
Songs of Love & Death - album launch/fundraiser, presented in the beautiful church where they recorded the songs, a stark yet beautiful album of traditional songs. Described as “a mighty songwriter” by Martin Carthy, Reg Meuross has been a constant presence in the nation’s folk clubs and venues throughout his 30-year career but until now he has never delved into the traditional songs that have so influenced his writing. Matching Reg’s talent for conveying the true meaning behind a song in his delivery, with South Brent’s own husband and wife duo Harbottle & Jonas' exceptional arrangement and accompaniment skills, the album tackles some of the most enduring songs from the English tradition. Support Ben Morgan-Brown. Tickets £10 from https://bit.ly/SOLDLaunchDevonGig or available from Art Works (cash only). More information www.regmeuross.com/events or call/text Katie 07832 200980.

NEW Sunday 27 December 2019 7.30pm - Twixt Christmas and New Year Céilidh with Buttoned Up - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
details tba 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.

NEW Saturday 17 October 2020 7.30pm - Autumn Céilidh with The Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
details tba 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.

NEW Saturday 4 July 2020 - 9th Annual South Brent Folk Day
With singing; music; dancing; workshops; and concerts in the Old School Community Centre, and a headline evening concert in the Village Hall
with guests Martin Carthy and Harbottle & Jonas.
For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. Awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2014, he has had trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick, Norma Waterson (his award-winning wife) and his daughter Eliza Carthy which have resulted in more than 40 albums. He’s a ballad singer, a ground-breaking guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of contemporary material and his settings of traditional songs with guitar, have influenced a generation of artists on both sides of the Atlantic including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon.
Harbottle and Jonas is a dynamic Devon (now South Brent) duo becoming increasingly popular at clubs and festivals up and down the country. Dave and Freya are partners in life and music who combine the rich traditions of folk music with original songwriting and contemporary interpretations as demonstrated on their fourth and most ambitious album, ‘The Sea Is My Brother’, which has a maritime theme maintained across political, historical, and personal stories and songs. They blend their closely intertwined vocal harmonies with concertina, harmonium, banjo, cittern, stomp box and acoustic guitar accompaniment.
The annual Folk Day is one of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area; still to come are an Autumn Ceilidh with ‘Mooncoin Ceilidh Band on Saturday 17 October 2020 and the Annual ‘Twixt’ Ceilidh on Sunday 27 December 2020 with ‘Buttoned up’.
See:
www.southbrentfolk.org.uk and Facebook: www.facebook.com/SouthBrentFolkDay.

NEW Saturday 7 September 2019 7.30pm - Choral Concert - St Petroc`s Parish Church, South Brent
Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir in concert with special guests Stithians Ladies Choir; Two Cornish Choirs in support of St. Petroc's Church. Tickets £7.50 available from
artworks (Station Rd, South Brent www.artworksouthbrent.co.uk) or Jeremy Wells tel. 01364 72180, or on door.

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.

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:.

NEW Friday 6 May 2022 8pm - Geoff Lakeman & Rob Murch - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
THE “ Titan of Twang “ and the “ Concertina Crooner” team up in a dynamic duo. Geoff Laleman, patriarch of a folk dynasty – as dad of Seth,Sean and Sam and father-in-law of Cara Dillon and Kathryn Roberts – teases English and Irish folk, Americana and jazz songs out of his vintage duet concertina. Rob Murch brings the “ wow factor” to the banjo, with his unique, punchy fingerstyle playing. Both live on Dartmoor, so it was inevitable they’d gang-up musically. Expect self-written and West Country songs, rattling folk tunes and foot-stomping ragtime and cakewalk riffs. Please email andrew@frangleton.co.uk or call 07773 321375 for tickets @ £12 (limited to 35 so we can all spread out more; hopefully too the weather will be warmer and we can leave the doors open for extra ventilation) which will be allocated on a first come first served basis so don’t delay! Cheers, Andy

NEW Friday 12 June 2020 8pm - Granny's Attic - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Granny’s Attic are a fantastic folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. These three young men are all exceptional musicians and fine singers and play English traditional and original music. Formed in 2009, they have since played at clubs and festivals up and down the country, and have been heralded for their lively performances and maturity beyond their years in their delivery and selection of traditional songs.
Call 01837 840775 or email andrew@frangleton.co.uk. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk.

Friday 1 March 2019 8pm - Edgelarks - St Andrews Church (adjacent to the Church House), South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
BBC award winning duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. Henry, slide guitarist and harmonica player, has immersed himself in the music of the Deep South of America, traditional music of the British Isles, and Indian classical music. Specializing in lap slides techniques, his Dobro playing draws together these diverse influences. His harmonica style combines country blues and folk styles with beat-boxing to create a 21st-century harmonica sound heavily steeped in tradition. Martin is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Devon. Writing mainly on fiddle, viola, and banjo, and drawing on the traditions of the British Isles. The concert is one in a series of preview tours to showcase their new album. www.philliphenryandhannahmartin.co.uk. Venue changed from usual Church House due to overwhelming demand for tickets. Call 01837 840775 or email andrew@frangleton.co.uk to book tickets @ £10. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk.

South Zeal

NEW Saturday 15 February 2020 8pm - Winter Ceilidh with Dartmoor Pixie Band & Friends - Victory Hall, South Zeal, near Okehampton EX20 2JT (map)
Floor spot from the fantastic
'Zeal'. Adult £8, children free. Bring & share supper, tea/coffee/squash; no bar, BYO. All proceeds to the Dartmoor Folk Festival.

NEW Saturday 6 April 2019 8pm - Ceilidh - Victory Hall, South Zeal, near Okehampton EX20 2JT (map)
Organised by Ruth Frangleton as a fundraier to contribute to her trip to the World Scout Jamboree this summer. It is a family friendly dance so all are welcome, please bring food for the bring and share supper (if you are able to), also feel free to bring your own drinks too. The band is mainly made up of musicians from the Exeter based band ‘Pigs Might Fly’, with Rosie Bains calling. Adult £8,child £4. More information at
www.facebook.com/events/2050000541780728/?ti=ia.

NEW Monday 31 December 2018 8pm - New Years Eve Ceilidh - Victory Hall, South Zeal, near Okehampton EX20 2JT (map)
With guest band led by Mike Palmer and Colin Andrews. Floor spots. Bring and share buffet. BYO drinks. Tickets in advance or on the door, but it would be really nice to know that you are coming so if possible do let us know in advance, adult £6; child £2. If you would like to welcome in the New Year with friends old and new please call 01837 840519 or email andrew@frangleton.co.uk to book tickets.

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.

Starcross

NEW Saturday 21 May 2022 2.30pm - Jim Causley - St Paul's Church, Church Street, Starcross EX6 8QB
Afternoon concert of Devon songs and stories given by a good Devon boy in the shape of Jim Causley. Concert followed by a Devon Cream Tea (done proper). Tickets £8 on door, or £7.50 adv from 01626 890957.

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 Saturday 21 March 2020 7.30pm - Songwriters Circle with Tobias Ben Jacob - St Paul's Church, Church Street, Starcross EX6 8QB
Songwriters Circle is Greg Hancock and Alex Seel. www.circletour.co.uk. Greg has known Tobias and loved his music since they first met when Greg set up home in Exeter in 2012. Tobias can write in styles that seem simple, and equally in more complex structures, but what always comes across is the precision and beauty of his guitar playing supporting his passionate, ethereal singing and extraordinarily emotional and moving lyrics. In the beautiful venue of St Pauls, where Greg has played several times and Alex and he did a Songwriters Circle in 2019, the sound of Tobias’s vocals reverberating around the rafters will be stunning! www.tobiasbenjacob.com.  Tickets: £10 from www.wegottickets.com/event/490115.

NEW Tuesday 18 February 2020 - New session, mainly Scottish tunes - Galleon Inn, Starcross
"I am setting up a new session night, focusing mainly on Scottish tunes. It's going to take place on the third Tuesday of the month, starting February 18th at the in Starcross. All abilities welcome as we will spend the first part learning tunes (aurally). I anticipate things will 'speed up' (or not, if it's an Air or Waltz :-)) as the group/evening progresses. Anyone interested in coming along please join the Facebook group 'Starcross Sessions'. Jo Hooper."

Staverton

NEW Thursday 23 January 2020 7pm - Harbottle & Jonas - Staverton Court Room, Mill Lane, Staverton, Totnes TQ9 6PD (map)
Harbottle & Jonas will be storytelling and performing ‘Songs and Stories of The Sea’ including the woeful story of the lost village of Hall Sands and other historic happenings. £5 admission on door (no adv tickets), includes slice of cake and a drink (free admission for school age children). Net proceeds to the upkeep of the village hall and playing fields.

Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross nr Liskeard

NEW Friday 4 November 2022 7.30pm - Sarah McQuaid - Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard PL14 5AZ (map)
“She reached parts other singers fail to do ... There is emotion, beauty, passion and musically great arrangements and fab playing. ” - Rob Bozas, Bozas International (Publisher, Peter Gabriel/Real World); “Captivating, unorthodox songwriting … layered satin vocals ... enthralling, harrowing arrangements … a gateway into a true innovator’s soul.” - PopMatters; “Her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever.” - Huffington Post. www.sarahmcquaid.com. Full details www.sterts.co.uk.

Sticklepath

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

NEW Friday 26 November 2021 ???- Jim Causley: A Causley Christmas! - St Mary the Virgin Church, Payhembury, Honiton EX14 3HR
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! See www.jimcausley.co.uk/concerts for contact details.

Stockland

NEW Saturday 19 March 2022 10.30am - Come and Sing for Peace in Ukraine - St Michael & All Angels Church, Stockland, nr Honiton EX14 9BP (map)
Join us for a joyous Song workshop, 10.30am until lunchtime. Simple peace rounds, chants and part songs and one from the Ukraine. No experience necessary. All welcome! Entrance free and donations to International Red Cross and UNICEF Ukraine crisis appeal. Coffee break. Wear warm clothes. Raise the roof and raise some funds! Organised by Caroline Rigby (workshop leader) and Jane Wedlock. Parking available at Stockland Village Hall car park EX14 9EF.

NEW Saturday 5 October 2019 7.30pm - Steve Knightley: Old Songs & New Songs - St Michael & All Angels Church, Stockland, nr Honiton EX14 9BP (map)
A very special candlelit concert, with all profits from the evening helping restore the village pub The King’s Arms Inn to its former glory. The villagers of Stockland have bought it but there were some pretty horrid surprises, despite the survey, hence the need to raise funds to get this ancient coaching Inn back on track! Steve Knightley is a multi-award winning singer-songwriter/musician and founder member of widely acclaimed folk/acoustic roots trail-blazers ‘Show of Hands’. Steve’s had a few pints at the pub and is looking forward to a few more! Book tickets £16 adv. from Wendy on 01404 881207, £18 door.

NEW Friday 22 February 2019 8pm - Track Dogs - Stockland Village Hall, nr Honiton EX14 9EF
Comprising two Irishmen, an Englishman and an American, the band came together in 2011 to create their unique brand of acoustic music - a veritable 4 x 4 of voices and instruments identified by the fusion of styles which include Folk, Latino, Americana and Bluegrass.The band has a striking line-up of 4-part harmonies, acoustic guitar, ukulele and bass alongside cajón and trumpet with a bit of banjo and mandolin thrown in for good measure! 2019 will see return performances at Costa del Folk in Ibiza (with Show of Hands and Seth Lakeman). Tickets £12 adv, or £15 door, please bring cash. Book early, limited availability; call Wendy: 01404 881207. Pop-Up Pub, all profits to Stockland Village Hall.

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 1 February 2020 7.30pm - Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - Stoke Gabriel Football Club, Broadley Lane, Stoke Gabriel, Totnes, TQ9 6RR
Hosted by Stoke Gabriel Boating Association. Tickets £8 adults, £3 children, available from Roz’s, Stoke Gabriel Stores.

NEW Saturday 18 January 2020 - The 28th Annual Stoke Gabriel Wassail
A magical evening of ‘Cider, Culture & Cheer’ organised by the ‘Friends of Stoke Gabriel School’ (FOSS), the Annual Wassail has become a very popular event 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 lantern procession led by the Wassail King and Queen and the apple blessing Wassail Ceremony will take place around 6pm within the village community orchard with wassail singing led by Rosa Rebecka. There will be other events in the village centre from 4pm into the evening.

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.

Taunton

NEW Friday 19 November 2021 - Ralph McTell - The Brewhouse, Taunton TA1 1JL
The only 'Hill of Beans' tour in the South-West. www.thebrewhouse.net.

Tavistock

NEW Sunday 20 November 2022 7.30pm - Simon & Garfunkel Through The Years - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Critically acclaimed as one of the greatest tribute shows anywhere in the world. The show has toured the globe extensively receiving standing ovations and selling out theatres night after night. Fronted by Dan Haynes and Pete Richards collectively known as Bookends, the show is a “masterpiece” (BBC Radio) which perfectly recreates the unmistakable sound of Simon & Garfunkel. Full details
www.tavistockwharf.com.

NEW Thursday 26 May 2022 8pm - Nick Harper - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Nick Harper returns to the South West with a brand new, magical project – Phantastes. Phantastes is an ethereal dream realm of an album that explores the parallels of the seminal fantasy novel of the same name by George MacDonald and the beginnings of Nick’s own love story from 1982. Totally divorced from 2020 in time and space, the album has been enthusiastically received by fans seeking a temporary refuge from the here and now. Full details
www.tavistockwharf.com.

NEW Monday 25 April 2022 8pm - Seth Lakeman & Band - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Standing. Charismatic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman has announced a new solo tour to celebrate the release of his new studio album ‘Make Your Mark’. Written during his enforced 18 months off the road, the album features 14 powerful, brand-new songs including the BBC Radio 2 playlisted single Higher We Aspire. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/541224.

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

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.

Teignmouth Folk Club & others

NEW Monday 4 April 2022 8pm - Paul Downes - Teignmouth Folk Club, The Brass, Hollands Road, Teignmouth TQ14 8SR
Guest night with Paul Downes
. Free admission. More details from Martyn Hillstead 01626 778071. Club Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/233792233306152.

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

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

Teignmouth Other

NEW Saturday 14 March 2020 8pm - Dan Mackinnon - Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
Blessed with a glorious baritone voice, a graceful mastery on guitar, and a hearty laugh that delights any room, Dan McKinnon has carved out his own unique, musical path. From early beginnings in the coffee houses, pubs and bars of Atlantic Canada, to yearly tours throughout the UK, Dan’s performances reveal an enduring respect for the past, tempered by a profound attachment to the present. His keenly observed stories and passionately delivered songs convey a deep inquisitiveness into the human condition combined with the rich heritage of the Maritimes. www.danmckinnon.ca. Support: Stephan Nolan, originally from Dublin, is deeply steeped in Irish song, has guested a few times for us, and was a member of CELT; treat it as a St Patrick's Day warm-up. Tickets £10. Information and reservations from Hugh on 01626 775517 or email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com.

NEW 28/29 September 2019 - Teign Shanty Festival - Teignmouth/Shaldon
Featuring 27 shanty crews and 150 hours of "free to attend" music. Saturday 28th midday to 11pm, Sunday 1pm to 6pm. There are also maritime experiences. The towns will be filled with music, singing and infused with a great community spirit. One of the shanty groups attending, "The Longest Johns", appeared on Gareth Malone's television program "The Choir" in 2017. Raising funds for: RNLI, Rowcroft Hospice, Teign Heritage Centre, Alice Cross Centre. Full details
www.teignshantyfestival.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 21 March 2019 8pm - Skylark - Ice Factory, 10 Somerset Place, Teignmouth TQ14 8EN
Concert with Skylark - traditional and contemporary songs and tunes with fiddle, flute, guitar and mandolin and poet Gill McEvoy. Part of the Teignmouth Poetry Festival. To book:
www.pavillionsteignmouth.org.uk or 01626 249049 or on the door. More info: www.poetryteignmouth.com/festival-2019.html.

NEW Saturday 8 December 7.30pm - The Lost Sound: Dartmoor Folk Choir - Teigmouth United Reformed Church, Dawlish Rd TQ14 8TB
You will be taken on a journey that determinedly bridges the gap between folk and choral music with songs of both beautiful simplicity and thrilling textures. Using both the full choir and many ensemble groups, showcasing both all male and all female singers, this is a stunning concert of many voices. You are invited to join the growing numbers that have come to appreciate their perfect blend of clear voices and moving performance. Tickets from Teign Music 5 Carlton Pl, Teignmouth TQ14 8AB; Online ticketing via www.thelostsound.co.uk or email info@thelostsound.co.uk. In aid of the South Devon Amnesty International group.

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 Friday 7 October 2022 7.30pm - Sarah McQuaid - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
“She reached parts other singers fail to do ... There is emotion, beauty, passion and musically great arrangements and fab playing. ” - Rob Bozas, Bozas International (Publisher, Peter Gabriel/Real World); “Captivating, unorthodox songwriting … layered satin vocals ... enthralling, harrowing arrangements … a gateway into a true innovator’s soul.” - PopMatters; “Her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever.” - Huffington Post. www.sarahmcquaid.com.
Full details www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk.

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

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

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.

Topsham Bridge Inn

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Tickets £10 adv from the Bridge 01392 873862. www.facebook.com/thebridgeinntopsham

NEW Saturday 21 May 2022 5.30pm - FOS Brothers - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Early evening gig on outside stage, 4.30 pm 'doors' (well, no doors really!), first set of 2 by FOS Brothers about 5.30 pm which gives you time to eat at the amazing Big Bear Burgers who will be there presumably selling big burgers. Tickets are limited so get buying and support a wonderful pub. www.fosbrothers.com for more information. Tickets £12 from the pub 01392 873862 or online
https://bit.ly/bridgefos. www.facebook.com/thebridgeinntopsham.

Topsham Folk Club

A look-ahead to guests next year at Topsham Folk Club
Sunday 6 February 2022 8pm - Nick Hart
Sunday 6 March 2022 8pm - Leveret
Sunday 22 May 2022 8pm - Gigspanner Big Band
Sunday 26 June 2022 8pm - Spiers & Boden
Full details www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Sunday 26 June 2022 8pm - Spiers & Boden - Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Spiers & Boden first rocketed onto the music scene in 2001 quickly winning a clutch of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and went on to become one of the best loved duos on the English folk scene and beyond. John and Jon were also founding members of the pioneering and hugely successful folk big band Bellowhead whose stellar career increasingly came to dominate their time. But now after exploring solo projects the duo is back with a brand new 13 track album ‘Fallow Ground’ and UK tour.
www.spiersandboden.com. www.topshamfolkclub.org. Bookings www.wegottickets.com/event/535021.
NEW 6.45pm - Jon Boden's Colourchord Workshop
A free harmony singing workshop to take place for 30 mins before doors of our Spiers & Boden show http://colourchord.org. Booking essential, places limited: www.wegottickets.com/event/547634.

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

NEW Sunday 3 April 2022 8pm - Edgelarks - Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
BBC Folk Award winning duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin – end their final duo tour in Topsham. Featuring old favourites and new material, their show promises to uplift and inspire, with its unique blend of traditional roots, world influences, and original songwriting. Two voices meld with virtuoso dobro, fiddle, banjo, and showstopping beatbox harmonica, to create a sound like no other. www.topshamfolkclub.org, www.wegottickets.com/event/537812.

NEW Sunday 20 March 2022 8pm - Topsham Folk Club: Charity Night - Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Free entry. Live music, CD sale, folk quiz, raffle. Please bring along any unwanted CDs, on the night or preferably in advance.  www.topshamfolkclub.org.

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

It’s all change at Topsham Folk Club
We’re very sorry to be leaving The Globe Hotel after nearly 28 years but delighted to be welcomed by The Bridge Inn for our singers’ nights which will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7 January 2020. Our concerts will remain at Matthews Hall on Sunday evenings and our monthly instrumental sessions currently at The Bridge are changing to the first Monday. The next two concerts at Matthews Hall, just announced:
Sunday 9 February 2020 8pm - Sam Kelly & Jamie Francis
Sunday 19 April 2020 8pm - Gigspanner Big Band

NEW Sunday 21 July 2019 8pm - Free feature spot: Downes, Bradley & Downes - Topsham Folk Club, Globe Hotel Malthouse, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
Topsham folk club singers’ night includes an hour with Paul Downes and Warwick Downes joining forces with concertina supremo Martyn Bradley. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

Topsham Other

NEW Sunday 17 May 2020 8pm - The Bob Dylan Story - Matthews Hall, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF
A stunning and definitive tribute to a songwriting genius who spoke for an entranced a generation. This special solo acoustic show lovingly and authentically recreates all the classic songs that makes Dylan the living legend he is today. With backdrop projection showing rare footage of the great man himself further illuminating the performance and fascinating insight into the stories behind the songs, make for a memorable and unforgettable trip down memory lane! www.wegottickets.com/event/499180.

NEW Friday 28 February 2020 8pm - Miranda Sykes: Behind the Wall - Matthews Hall, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF
Building on the success of her Borrowed Places tour, Miranda is back with a completely new project: Behind The Wall. Where Borrowed Places opened a window into the past, explaining where she had been, physically & spiritually, Behind The Wall is a roller coaster ride exploring where we are going; Miranda, you, me, all of us. What does it mean to be human today, living in our communities and societies and where will our actions lead us? Powerful and hard-hitting but also poignant and beautiful, this show gives us all a chance to reflect and maybe even empower us. www.mirandasykes.com. Contact 01392 879107. (will be) www.wegottickets.com.

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 Saturday 2 November 2019 8pm - Bob Cheevers - Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA (map)
Austin folk-country singer-songwriter Bob Cheevers returns after an absence of two years. If you didn't catch him then he's a southern gentleman with a line in tall stories and gentle eccentricities - certainly a larger than life character. Talking about Cheevers, Texas icon Ray Wiley Hubbard recently noted that “Bob is one cool scarecrow gypsy poet who writes and sings the romantic beautiful truth. When he releases a record, I listen.” Support: Steve Wilcock and Nicky Swann. Tickets £10, available at the venue by ringing 01803 328290 or online www.wegottickets.com/event/486259.

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 - Other

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

NEW 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.

Torrington

NEW Friday 27 March 2020 - Ninebarrow Band - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mark Radcliffe as sounding like ‘two halves of one voice’, by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. For the first time the duo will not only be joined by cellist and long term collaborator, Lee MacKenzie, but also the extraordinary talent of John Parker on double bass and Evan Carson on percussion. Full details 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.

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

NEW Sunday 8 December 2019 4pm - The Lost Sound - Dartmoor Folk Choir - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
Directed by Sandra Smith, an afternoon concert of winter songs, organised and sponsored by Heart and Soul Funerals. Tickets £8:50 adv, £10 door. See: www.thelostsound.co.uk. Doors 3.30pm.

Totnes Barrel House

NEW Thursday 19 May 2022 8pm - Jacob & Drinkwater - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
UK alt-folk duo Jacob & Drinkwater have been called “stand out new folk” by BBC6 Music and “inventive and thrilling” by R2 Magazine. Jacob’s sweeping vocals never fail to captivate, delivering many a spine-tingling moment; the fluidity and precision of his finger-picking underpinned by Drinkwater’s nimbly rhythmic double bass; at times sweetly soaring, haunting, percussive and driving, the layers of depth a perfect counterfoil. Full details www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

Totnes Bay Horse Inn

NEW Friday 23 August 2019 7.30pm - Lvov Affair - Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern Street, Totnes, TQ9 5SP (map)
Led by accordionist Basil Bunelik who grew up in the Ukrainian town of Lvov, his trio plunder the richness of East European folk music and present a wonderful variety of music and songs from Ukraine, Russia, Hungary, Romania, including klezmer and gypsy all played with authentic style and passion. https://bunelik.wixsite.com/lvov. Free admission, part of the Bay Horse beer festival.

NEW Sunday 26 May 2019 8pm - Trio of Men - Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern Street, Totnes, TQ9 5SP (map)
Trio of Men are municipal song-makers, a band who lead music-based projects and performances in South Devon and beyond. Their work together combines music with all-ages creative community involvement, projected imagery, humour and story. As three musician/performers, they regularly sing in 7/8 time about the Victorian engineer Oliver Heaviside, perform their own songs about illness and neighbours, sing new adaptations from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs and write instant songs with festival goers. www.trioofmen.org/about. Sea Change Festival fringe gig. (www.seachangefestival.co.uk 24-26 May)

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.

Totnes Civic Hall

NEW Saturday 27 July 2019 7.30pm - Spooky Men's Chorale - Civic Hall, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5SF (map)
The manchoir emerged blinking-eyed from the Blue Mountains of New South Wales 15 years ago and, armed with no more than their impressively cavernous vocal chords, a nice line in deadpan, improbable facial hair and an ill-matched set of hats, have been gleefully wooing audiences throughout Australia, NZ and the UK ever since. Brandishing a shiny brand new CD Welcome to The Second Half, the magnificent, craggy ensemblage of heavenly singing male bodies return to the UK in 2019, ever more comfortable with their whimsical humour and musical breadth – a winning spectrum of Georgian songs, pindrop-beautiful ballads, highly inappropriate covers and immaculate man anthems. Acclaimed a capella choir Glorious Chorus will be supporting. Details, tickets £22+/£18+ etc. https://spookymen.com/event/2-3/.

Totnes Early Music Society

NEW Saturday 21 September 2019 7.30pm - Ensemble Hesperi: The Pheasant's Eye - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
Totnes Early Music Society: Be guided through the musical scenery of 18th century Scotland through timeless folk tunes and infectious dance rhythms. Ensemble Hesperi offer an engaging programme based on Scottish Baroque music, from Scottish-born composers such as James Oswald and William McGibbon, They are joined by Scottish dancer Kathleen Gilbert to mix visual movement with a repertoire steeped in the iconic heritage of Scotland. Full details www.totnesearlymusic.org.

Totnes Folk Club

NEW Thursday 14 April 2022 8pm - Singers night - Totnes Folk Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
Another singers night at TFC. These are proving very popular with outstanding performances from local performers. Why not pop along and give it a go yourself....Or just join in the chorus.Couple of quid entry only. So please do come along, a warm welcome guaranteed. Contact: Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

"2019 events Every second Thursday of the month in the Dartmouth Inn
LT= Local Troubadours (Last 45 mins or so)
PA Professional (touring) artist (2 x 45 min sets)
TBC= To be confirmed

Oct - Knight and Tuffery (LT)
Nov - James Patterson & John Dipper (PA)
Dec - Xmas carols

NEW Thursday 10 September 2020 - An Evening with Jim Causley - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
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 Cornish poet 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.jimcausley.co.uk.
Contact: Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

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

Tunelink

NEW Autumn Course - Evening workshops in traditional music and dance - Totnes
Wednesday evenings 7.00-8.30pm: September 18 & 25, October 2, 9, 16 & 30, November 6, 13, 20 & 27. Sessions held in the Pulse building behind Totnes Library TQ9 5RP, led by Gris Sanderson and Louis Bingham. £8 pp per session, £6 pp for family groups. Contact tunelinksouthwest@gmail.com, Gris: 07792 319809, Louis: 07708 298146 for more information.  www.facebook.com/TunelinkSW.

NEW Friday 19 April 2019 - Tunelink Spring Ceilidh with Jiginaboot Ceilidh Band - Dartington Village Hall, Cott Road, Dartington TQ9 6HY (map)
Dance in the spring with our guest ceilidh band Jiginaboot, complete with caller and all the way from the Scottish Borders! Plus Celtic circle dances to start the night with music from the Tunelink Players. Tickets: £8 adult, £4 U16, £20 family (2+2). Available online: search www.eventbee.com for "Tunelink Ceilidh". Or contact Louis and Gris to book tickets in person and pick up local to Totnes: 01803 864286 / 07708 298146 / 07792 319809, tunelinksouthwest@gmail.com. Doors 7pm. BYO refreshments.

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

NEW Friday 6 March 2020 - Nancy Kerr & Luke Daniels & - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Tickets £13 for gig only, £25 for (pre-booked) dinner & gig. Contact Daf Edwards on 07957 280129 or dafedwards53@gmail.com to book. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.The cafe is licensed. Doors open at 6.30 for diners, 7.30 for non-diners.

NEW Friday 31 January 2020 - Widecombe Sailing Club Winter Regatta - The Old Inn, Widecombe in the Moor
A lovely cosy evening of good food followed by singing, playing, recitations - whatever you want to do! It's a non-scary occasion to try out any skills that haven't been showcased before among old shanties, silly songs and quite a lot of laughter. Menu: 2 courses for £16.50 (beef goulash, fish bouillibaise, lentil & coconut curry, plus a hot pud - fruit crumble or similar - or cheese & biccies). You don't have to choose in advance and there's nothing stopping you opting for a spoonful of each on your plate, if that's what you want. Contact Daf Edwards on 07957 280129 or dafedwards53@gmail.com to book.

NEW Tuesday 11 September 2019 all day - Folk at Widecombe Fair - Widecombe in the Moor
A full programme of music all day on the main stage, plus more (including morris dancing) on the village green and in the garden of the Rugglestone Inn. www.widecombefair.com. I can currently only find an online programme at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Whats_On_Sep.html#s10.

NEW Saturday 13 July 2019 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - St Pancras Church, Widecombe in the Moor
As a long-serving troubadour of the folk and acoustic music scene, master songwriter, storyteller and Widecombe Sailing Club's Rear Admiral, Steve Knightley has spent much of his life on the road, collecting songs, stories, anecdotes and Rowlocks (well, one of those) – with the odd disaster along the way. Steve returns to Widecombe to present 'Roadworks' - a stripped-back, one-man show that’s infused with wit, warmth and alchemy and builds on the success of his sell-out 2018 visit to The Cafe on the Green.  Tickets £18 from Daf Edwards on 07957 280129 or dafedwards53@gmail.com. www.widecomebsailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Rescheduled from 9 June
Sunday 21 July 2019  - The Ruggle Regatta - Rugglestone Inn, Widecombe in the Moor

Free event. Line-up: Back Beach Boyz from Teignmouth, followed by Wild Goose, Skylark, Widecombe Singers, Raven’s Return and then Banned from the Moor. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 8 June 2019 7.30pm - Lost Sound Chorus - St Pancras Church, Widecombe in the Moor
Dartmoor Folk Choir. Benefit concert for Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton. This volunteer team are just amazing and need some financial support to keep us safe! Come and help us boost their coffers! Bar also available run by the team. £8.50/£10. www.thelostsound.co.uk.

Willand

NEW Saturday 24 September 2022 - Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby - BackStage Devon, Muddifords Court, Willand, Cullompton EX15 2QG
"Combine a consummate singer and songwriter, with an outstandingly brilliant guitarist and you have pure magic. Their performances leave audiences spellbound" Ann and Eddie Green, Kirkham. www.backstagedevon.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 10 September 2022 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - BackStage Devon, Muddifords Court, Willand, Cullompton EX15 2QG
Steve is a multi-award-winning singer-songwriter/musician and founder member of folk/acoustic roots trail-blazers ‘Show of Hands’ described by Peter Gabriel as ‘one of the great English bands’. A constant throughout Steve’s work is his ability to root his songs in time and place, notably the West Country where he was raised.
Full details www.ticketsource.co.uk/backstage-devon. www.backstagedevon.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 3 September 2022 7.30pm - Miranda Sykes & Hannah Martin - BackStage Devon, Muddifords Court, Willand, Cullompton EX15 2QG
details tba
www.backstagedevon.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 14 July 2022 8pm - Phil Beer - BackStage Devon, Muddifords Court, Willand, Cullompton EX15 2QG
‘Songs of the Road’ tour. The first set will be short and sweet and taken from Phil's standing repertoire. The hour long second half will knit together a number of traditional, contemporary, and original songs about travelling. These will be arranged for the usual array of instruments and will tell the story of being on the road, both now and in older times. ‘Phil is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler’ - The Truth.
Full details www.ticketsource.co.uk/backstage-devon. www.backstagedevon.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 20 August 2022 8pm - Sarah McQuaid - BackStage Devon, Muddifords Court, Willand, Cullompton EX15 2QG
“She reached parts other singers fail to do ... There is emotion, beauty, passion and musically great arrangements and fab playing. ” - Rob Bozas, Bozas International (Publisher, Peter Gabriel/Real World); “Captivating, unorthodox songwriting … layered satin vocals ... enthralling, harrowing arrangements … a gateway into a true innovator’s soul.” - PopMatters; “Her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever.” - Huffington Post. www.sarahmcquaid.com.
Full details www.ticketsource.co.uk/backstage-devon. www.backstagedevon.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 25 June 2022 8pm - Steve Tilston - BackStage Devon, Muddifords Court, Willand, Cullompton EX15 2QG
Steve Tilston is one of our most celebrated song smiths, widely recognised within the world of folk and contemporary music; the words, arrangements and subtle, quite superb guitar playing could be no one else. Support: Verity Greenway. Full details www.ticketsource.co.uk/backstage-devon. www.backstagedevon.co.uk.

Wren misc

NEW 22-24 October 2021 - Wren Music Folk Festival - Wren Music, Ebenezer Hall, North Street, Okehampton EX20 1AR
Back for its 21st year, formally the Baring-Gould Folk Weekend, the Wren Music Folk Festival is hosted by the professional musicians at Wren Music, in easy-access indoor venues across the centre of the old market town of Okehampton, Devon. Over the weekend the artists and audience create one very special community. The weekend features concerts, workshops for singers and players, folk clubs and pub sessions. There will be a Saturday night Ceilidh and local dance sides performing across the weekend. The ‘Share the Stage’ concerts put you on the bill with the artists. This year Wren welcomes accordion players Mel & Kat Biggs, performing as a rare duo. Back by popular demand, international singer Lucky Moyo, who has performed for Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth II. Also Scott Gardiner, an award-winning singer of Scottish folk and bothy ballads. You’ll also see local favourites and the full Wren Ensemble. All artists perform and run workshops across the weekend. There will be delicious home-cooked food and local ales available at all events. Join the special Saturday supper with the artists, games and fun, and Sunday features the annual Prize Conker Competition. There will be events specifically for families and all ages are welcome. Weekend tickets just £45. Discounted tickets for groups and families. Full programme and ticket booking: www.wrenmusic.co.uk/event/wren-music-folk-festival.

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 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.

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.

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

 

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.

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World Unlimited -  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

Coming up from World Unlimited - at St Mary the Virgin Church, Abbotsbury, Newton Abbot TQ12 2ND (formerly in St Mary's Church, Kingskerswell )
See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for full details (plus several other gigs of different genres):
NEW Friday 11 March - Miranda Sykes
NEW Saturday 26 March - John Smith
NEW Saturday 30 April - Calan
NEW Friday 13 May - Keston Cobblers Club
NEW Saturday 21 May -
Old Baby Mackerel
NEW Tuesday 28 June -
Henhouse Prowlers

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

NEW Friday 27 May 2022 7.30pm - Nick Harper - St Mary the Virgin Church, Abbotsbury, Newton Abbot TQ12 2ND
Nick Harper returns to the South West with a brand new, magical project – Phantastes. Phantastes is an ethereal dream realm of an album that explores the parallels of the seminal fantasy novel of the same name by George MacDonald and the beginnings of Nick’s own love story from 1982. Totally divorced from 2020 in time and space, the album has been enthusiastically received by fans seeking a temporary refuge from the here and now. Full details www.worldunlimited.co.uk/whats-on.

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

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

NEW Saturday 7 May 2022 7.30pm - Tony McManus & Julia Toaspern - St Mary the Virgin Church, Abbotsbury, Newton Abbot TQ12 2ND
Hailed by the late John Renbourn as ‘the best Celtic guitarist in the world’, Tony McManus has been listed as one of 50 transcendental guitarists of all time by Guitar Player Magazine. Julia Toaspern, from Berlin, combines classical violin and voice training with an interest in jazz, baroque and traditional music. She has released two albums of original songs and performed both as a classical player and as a singer/songwriter on both sides of the Atlantic. The duo’s guitar treatments of traditional music is unique exploring the harmonic possibilities of these old, and sometimes not so old, tunes. Full details www.worldunlimited.co.uk/whats-on.

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

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

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

NEW Saturday 5 February 2022 - Flats & Sharps - St Mary the Virgin Church, Abbotsbury, Newton Abbot TQ12 2ND
‘One of the hottest new up-and-coming bluegrass bands.’ Flats and Sharps are a four-piece bluegrass outfit from Penzance, Cornwall. Delivering energetic, enthusiastic and spirited Bluegrass to audiences all around the world, Flats and Sharps have been performing their unique take on this music for over eight years. Their shows include a wide variety of influences, from a fresh and modern outlook on foot-stomping Bluegrass material through to their powerful and well-crafted original songs, with beautiful moments everywhere in between. Full details www.worldunlimited.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Saturday 18 December 2021 - Glorious Chorus - St Mary the Virgin Church, Abbotsbury, Newton Abbot TQ12 2ND
Glorious Chorus returns in full voice after almost 2 years of waiting. This choir has earned a reputation for passionate, polished performances at some of the most prestigious festivals including Glastonbury, Port Elliot & Voices Now festivals. It’s members come from all over Devon and the music is written by award-winning director/composer Helen Yeomans. Don’t expect your average twin-set and pearls here – this choir will have you rethinking what a choir is. Outstanding! Full details www.worldunlimited.co.uk/whats-on.

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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.

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.

 

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 18 March 2019 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 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. 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 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 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.

 

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 Tuesday 7 March 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Holcombe Burnell Church, Longdown EX6 7RZ
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 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 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 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.

 

Session news
The regular monthly sessions at the Boot Inn, Calstock PL18 9RN on Tuesday 13 August and at the Copper Penny Inn, Chipshop PL19 8NT on Tuesday 27 August are each cancelled due to holidays and stuff. Both sessions will resume in September as normal. 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 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 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.

 

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 Saturday 13 April 2019 7.30pm - Daria Kulesh: Long Lost Home - Mamhead Village Hall, Stud Hill, Mamhead, EX6 8HP
With her striking voice and strong Russian and Ingush heritage, ‘bold, exotic, impressive’ Daria Kulesh is a rising star on the UK folk scene. Her intrepid quest to explore her family roots in the new solo album and touring show Long Lost Home has led Daria from the folk clubs of Hertfordshire to the mountains of Caucasus. Mixing history and folklore in captivating storytelling songs, performed on a selection of folk instruments, Daria will take you on an engaging, enchanting and uplifting journey. ‘Daria Kulesh entertained us with wonderful, charming stories and songs, one of the best voices around’ Robin Mansfield, Cambridge Folk Club. Tickets on sale soon. Tickets: adult £9, child £7, family £25. Call 0845 467 0529 to book, or book online, www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 16 February 2019 7.30pm - Jim Causley & Jane Darke: Cornwall’s Native Poet - Mamhead Village Hall, Stud Hill, Mamhead, EX6 8HP
A screening of the 2017 BBC film, Cornwall’s Native Poet by award winning Cornish filmmaker Jane Darke about the life the renowned Cornish poet Charles Causley. It features interviews with important names in literature such as Sir Andrew Motion, Simon Armitage, Roger McGough and the sound track is comprised of settings of Charles’ poems by his relative, award winning folk musician Jim Causley. Jane will introduce the film, and after the screening will follow a Question & Answer session between Jane, Jim and the audience. Jim will finish the evening by playing a live selection of his musical settings of Causley’s poems. Call 0845 467 0529 to book.

 

NEW Sunday 20 January 2019 2-4pm  -Workshop: Celebrating the Fiddle in 2019 - Berry Pomeroy Village Hall , nr Totnes
A workshop of music-making for intermediate to advanced players. A fun participatory workshop for fiddle players, led by Griselda Sanderson, playing traditional music from the UK & Sweden. Cost £10. Part 1 includes listening exercises to get all playing as a group with a focus on techniques used in ensemble playing. We will learn new tunes by ear. Notation can be sent in advance. Part 2 involves arranging the tunes and part-playing. We will work on adding drones and counter-melodies to create beautiful rich harmonies. Finally we will sum up what we have achieved in the session with a ‘performance’ that you can record for your future listening pleasure. Teas/coffees provided. Bring recording devices and music stands if you wish to read notation. For advance tickets: https://Griselda22.eventbee.com/event?eid=164479492. Contact: gris_sanderson@hotmail.com, Phone 07792 319809/ 01803 864286.

 

NEW Friday 15 March 2019 - Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll - St Mary's Church, Belstone, nr Okehampton EX20 1RB
An acoustic concert with English folk duo Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll in the beautiful setting of Belstone church. This is part of their 'Beautiful Spaces' tour. Tea and coffee will be served in the church during the interval but the pub is right next door if you prefer something stronger! A percentage of the ticket price will go back to the church. Tickets £8 adv, £10 door. www.wegottickets.com/event/459189.

NEW Friday 29 March 2019 - Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll - Oak Room Arts Centre, Tiverton
An acoustic concert with English folk duo Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll. This is part of their 'Beautiful Spaces' tour in March 2019. Tickets £8 adv or £10 door. The Oak Room will be running the bar and coffee shop for the evening. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/460172.

NEW Saturday 29 February 2020 - Silvington - Slapton Village Hall
Call 01548 581148 for details.

NEW Saturday 16 February 2019 - Supper concert with Silvington - Slapton Village Hall
South Devon duo Silvington will be featuring tracks from their new album "A Song in Every Window" - a history of Plymouth in song. Tickets £10 from Slapton Village Community Shop. In aid of St James the Great Church.

NEW Sunday 31 March 2019 12.30pm - Dashing Devon Dukes Spring Concert - Moreleigh Village Hall
The South Hams very own Guitar/Ukulele Band! Ukes and Guitars play folk and traditional songs as well as rocky hits. The Dashing Devon Dukes have been evolving for the last 5 years and are made up of keen youngsters from all over the South Hams who love to play ukuleles and guitars and sing together. A lunchtime concert of footstamping, singalong favourites to get the Season started. Tickets £5, available from the New Inn Moreleigh, Harbertonford Post Office or on the door! Proud to be supporting Devon Air Ambulance. www.dashingdevondukes.com.

 

NEW Saturday 1 June 2019 11am - Arquebus - Arts Cafe Bar, Axminster
Traditional folk mixed with original songs and tunes, performed in an upbeat contemporary foot stomping style. Free event in the courtyard garden. www.arquebustrio.co.uk.

 

NEW Wednesday 26 June 2019 8pm - Below The Blackdowns Traditional Irish session - Honiton Inn, Awliscombe
If you like traditional Irish music or play a traditional instrument and know some Irish tunes please come and join in the fun! A regular monthly session on the 4th Wednesday - but no sessions July/August.

 

NEW 1-3 October 2021 - Salcombe Live Festival
Weekend festival of live music, comedy and entertainment to be held in venues across the town. Line-up includes Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Harbottle & Jonas Trio, Winter Mountain, Jacob & Drinkwater. For further details visit www.salcombe-live.co.uk.

 

NEW Friday 9 August 2019 7.30pm - Summer Concert - Malborough Church, nr Salcombe
With Paul & Adrian, Janet & John, Folk on the Rock and Silvington. Last year's concert was terrific ... let's do even better this year. Tickets £8 adv available from Malborough Post Office, £10 door. Enquiries and reservations, call Marg on 01548 853385 or 07798 665129. Details: www.shamstrad.co.uk.
PS don’t forget about the New Mini Folk Fest Crabstock in Kingsbridge on Saturday 21 September: www.crab-stock.co.uk.

 

NEW Saturday 14 September 2019 7.30pm - 2nd Annual Old Time American Square Dance - Peter Tavy, nr Tavistock
With fine live band and Tony Mates dance caller from Seattle, Washington, whose grandfather grew up here; he is pleased to donate any proceeds to the Village Hall. The dances will be easy and fun, and the music of the very best. He has been calling dances for nearly 40 years, at major festivals and small village halls, bringing the joys of old time music and dance to folks of all ages. The dance location is under review, either the Village Hall or Dodd’s barn - half way to the local pub. £7 adult, £5 OAP/U16. For more information call 01822 810868 or 01822 810243. Refreshments.

 

NEW Friday 30 August 2019 8pm - Adam Sweet Band plus Julian Piper - Mariners Hall, Beer EX12 3JH
Adam Sweet specialises in a blend of blue eyed soul and Americana with a band that includes bassist Ian Jennings, a veteran of recording with Van Morrison and Jeff Beck. Slide guitarist Julian Piper will be playing an acoustic set featuring songs from his recent album 'Terlingua' mixed with dusty blues classics. Tickets £10 door, or adv from 01392 873407.

 

 

NEW Tuesday 22 October 2019 7.30pm - Budapest Café Orchestra -  - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
"Their virtuistic skill, hilarious sense of humour and undoubted sensitivity kept the packed audience spellbound. amazing ....unlike any other band that I have every heard." Ely Standard Newspaper - Rosemary Westall. Led by leading violinist and composer, Christian Garrick, the Budapest Café Orchestra play traditional folk & gypsy flavoured music from across the world. Raucous, toe-tapping Balkan and Russian numbers are combined with jazz and swing inflections whilst Klezmer, Romanian Doinas and Hungarian Czardas are awarded fresh treatments. Check them out on YouTube! Tickets £10, call 01647 24789 to reserve.

NEW Sunday 27 October 2019 7.30pm - Budapest Café Orchestra - Harrowbarrow & Metherell Village Hall, School Road, Harrowbarrow, Callington PL17 8BQ
The Budapest Cafe Orchestra is a music-driven phenomenon, a specialist performance-entertainment outfit, certified to enthral audiences everywhere. The infectious energy of the BCO will sweep you off your feet and stay in your heart forever. You will journey from one emotional pole to another: from a desperately tragic evocative heart-rending ancient Jewish melody to a dance from Romania or Russia and all the fiery exuberance that goes with it. Check them out on YouTube! Tickets £14(+) from Harrowbarrow Post Office, or email hmvillageorchard@hotmail.co.uk, or online from www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/budapest-cafe-orchestra-tickets-67928200075?aff=ebdssbeac. Proceeds to Harrowbarrow & Metherell Community Orchard. Cash bar.

NEW Thursday 24 October 2019 - Budapest Café Orchestra - Jubilee Hall, Chagford TQ13 8DP (map)
Led by British composer and violinist Christian Garrick the BCO play a blistering barrage of traditional folk and gypsy-flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia, Klezmer laments, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czardas and their own unique re-imaginings of some of the biggest pieces ever written by the greats. They have won legions of fans through their magical and infectious performances. Evoking vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros, Budapest café life and gypsy campfires - plus a few surprises along the way - hugely entertaining, immense skill and profound musicianship. Check them out on YouTube! Tickets £10, call 01647 24789 to reserve.

 

NEW Saturday 16 November 2019 8.30pm - Son Yambu - Village Hall, Ley Close, Liverton, Newton Abbot TQ12 6HW
Doors 7pm, dance class 7.30pm, band 8.30pm. 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. The root of all salsa music, Son is a fusion of Spanish and African rhythms. Son Yambu feature a new generation of mainly Cuban musicians who are passionate about maintaining the traditions of the genre, continuing the Buena Vista legacy that put Cuban music back on the map. £12 adult, £10 U18. Full details www.livertonvillagehall.co.uk.

NEW Friday 15 November 2019 7.30pm - The Black Feathers - Talaton Parish Hall, Talaton, nr Whimple EX5 2RF
The Black Feathers are Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler, whose perfectly paired voices intertwine effortlessly to create a genre defying sound. Combining elements of folk, roots, Americana, and southern rock, the duo have been touring all over the world, winning over new fans of all ages everywhere they go. Full details www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

NEW Friday 13 December 2019 7.30pm - Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir - St Peter’s Church, Ugborough
A Candlelight Christmas Concert. Tickets: adults £10 (includes a glass of mulled wine/cider and a mince pie), U12 £5, in support of St. Peter’s Church Funds. Tickets available from Stafford & Susan Williams 01752 896528 or Jeremy Wells 01364 72180, or on door.

NEW Saturday 29 February 2019 - Silvington - Slapton Village Hall
Purveyors of both traditional and contemporary songs, multi-instrumentalist John Connor and Tricia Moore with her delicate guitar playing and clear voice are also prolific songwriters in their own right, and their repertoire rightly showcases some self-penned gems. Enjoy Silvington’s trademark vocal harmonies. Their latest album, Heva Heva, is curently available on Apple Music and iTunes, YouTube Music, Spotify Google Play and Believe Live. Samples etc. www.silvington.org. Tickets £10 to include supper. Details from Sue Staines 01548 581148.

New Advance Diary dates
While trawling my various sources for concerts of interest well into the future, my latest researches have yielded the following (full details on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk):
NEW Monday 24 February 2020 7.30pm - The Fureys - Tavistock Wharf
NEW Friday 28 February 2020 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - The Watermark, Ivybridge
NEW Saturday
29 February 2020 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - Barnfield Theatre, Exeter
NEW Friday 3 April 2020 8.30pm - The Trials of Cato -
Calstock Arts (BBC Folk Awards 2019 Best Album Winners)
NEW Sunday 17 May 2020 7.30pm - Julie July Band: The Fotheringay Tour 2020 - Barnfield Theatre, Exeter
NEW Sunday 31 May 2020 8pm - Lau Unplugged -
Calstock Arts
NEW Friday 18 September 2020 7.30pm - Steve Knightley -
Pavilions Teignmouth
and this one caught my eye as a few balcony seats are still available and some folks like Jan and I don't do standing gigs any more:
NEW Thursday 7 May 2020 - The Red Hot Chilli Pipers - Exeter Phoenix
Standing, but a few balcony seats are still available. There has never been anything quite like The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, from their formation in 2002 and a cameo appearance at T in the Park in 2004 with the Darkness to opening the main stage in their own right in 2014. The past fifteen years has seen the Red Hot Chilli Pipers become the most famous bagpipe band on the planet..ever! Bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent and a show that carries its own health warning. The bands achievements have reached incredible heights with their groundbreaking fusion of traditional Scottish music and rock/pop Anthems which they proudly call “Bagrock”. The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are a genuinely unique experience. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

 

NEW Saturday 21 December 2019 8pm - Show Of Hands Christmas Special - Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NY
Yes, it's outside our area, but not too far away!
Show of Hands fans rejoice as Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, two undisputed kings of the folk, roots and acoustic scene reunite with long-term collaborator Miranda Sykes for a brand-new album and tour. And there’s more, because the trio is expanding to include master percussionist Cormac Byrne who returns with his infectious rhythms by popular demand.  With new songs, new sounds, heartbeats and harmonies, the quartet’s first secret gig last year at The Electric Palace sold out overnight. Join us for this very special Christmas show. £28.50 adv / £30 door. www.electricpalace.org.uk/events/event/show-of-hand-christmas-special.

NEW Friday 15 May 2020 7.30pm - Ninebarrow - St Michael’s Church, Shute, Axminster
Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, entertaining audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Combining breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, they deliver songs and stories inspired by the landscape and history of the British Isles. An evening with the duo isn’t just a concert with superb music – it’s also a night of folklore and storytelling at its very best. Ticketing see www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 11 January 2020 7.30pm - Ninebarrow - Mary Tavy Coronation Hall, Mary Tavy, Tavistock PL19 9QA
Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, entertaining audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Combining breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, they deliver songs and stories inspired by the landscape and history of the British Isles. An evening with the duo isn’t just a concert with superb music – it’s also a night of folklore and storytelling at its very best. Ticketing see www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

 

Wassail Theatre – Horses! Horses!
Johnny’s putting on a Big Fun fundraiser tonight at the Nags Head, though he’s not in the mood for fun… Horses! Horses! is the darkly comical tale of a stolen horse, wild west-country soul and the mess we make of relationships. Landlord Johnny is desperately trying to save his pub, while his wife Susie is hiding out on Ted’s farm. A show performed in the midst of the local boozer with pub games, pints, crisps, heartbreak and laughter, country music, lots of karaoke and a few surprises.
tbc Wednesday 11 March 2020 Church House Inn, Harberton TQ10 9LD
Thursday 12 March 2020 - King's Arms, Stockland www.villagesinaction.co.uk.
Friday 13 March 2020 - Tradesman's Arms, Scoriton www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

 

NEW Sunday 23 February 2020 - Harbottle & Jonas - The Thirsty Farmer, Whimple EX5 2QQ
Husband and wife duo who combine the rich traditions of folk music with original and contemporary interpretations through a blend of closely intertwined vocal harmonies and compelling and authentic musical arrangements, blending concertina, harmonium, banjo, cittern, stomp box and acoustic guitar. www.thirstyfarmer.co.uk.

 

NEW Saturday/Sunday 23/24 May 2020 10am-4pm - Green Man Event - Mount Edgcumbe
The giant figure of the Green Man returns to Mount Edgcumbe as a centre piece looming over the event sitting on his throne of leaves and bark – he will be presiding over stalls, entertainment (including Harbottle & Jonas), refreshments and lots of activities. Entry to the event is free of charge- all day parking £5 per vehicle. www.mountedgcumbe.gov.uk.

 

NEW Friday 13 March 2020 7.30pm - Storytelling: Frankenstein - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Told by Ben Haggarty with musician Sianed Jones. See www.artemis-storytelling.co.uk for further information. Aimed at adults - see more detailed age guidance on the performance page.

NEW Friday 7 February 2020 - Storytelling: The Wounded King, Fragments of Arthur for Our Times - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Told by Lisa Schneidau, Katy Cawkwell and Ronnie Conboy. Part of Library Lates at Exeter Library. See www.artemis-storytelling.co.uk for link to information. Not an Artemis event, but recommended.

NEW Saturday 1 February 2020 7.30pm - Storytelling: The Frog Princess Punked - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Told by Sally Pomme Clayton. See www.artemis-storytelling.co.uk for link to information. Not an Artemis event, but recommended.

 

Jim Causley local dates, Autumn/Winter 2021/2022.
‘A Causley Christmas’
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!
26th Nov – Payhembury, St Mary the Virgin. email: lesley.elford@gmail.com
27 Nov - Puddington Village Hall email: traceybaily@btinternet.com
28th Nov - Sticklepath, St Marys Church, email: carolandmikey@gmail.com
11th Dec - Wiveliscombe, Silver Street Sessions www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk
12th Dec - Folk on the Moor www.moorfolk.co.uk
16th Dec – Buckerell, Doug’s Shed www.buckerellparishcouncil.co.uk
17th Dec - Chaffcombe Village Hall www.chaffcombe.com
25th Jan 2022 - Torquay Museum, ‘History through Traditional Song’ Jim gives an illustrated talk on how traditional English folk songs tell an alternative history to that found in history books! www.torquaymuseum.org

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

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

 

NEW Thursday 21 October 2021 7.30pm - Chris Murphy - Powderham Castle
Los Angeles based violinist, fiddler and singer/songwriter Chris Murphy brings his critically acclaimed solo show of original Folk, Blues , Bluegrass, Gypsy & Irish Violin music to Powderham Castle! Chris combines his love of traditional music styles with a contemporary songwriters view of the world that he channels through an extraordinary vocals & violin + stompboard solo performance of profound depth & cinematic scope. Described as “Haunting & enchanting! a talented player traveling on the edge“ -Dirty Linen Magazine. www.chrismurphymusic.com. www.powderham.co.uk/events/view/chris-murphy

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

NEW Friday 19 November 2021 7.30pm - Shanties at St Andrews - St Andrews Church, Kenn, Exeter EX6 7UR
An evening of shanties and sea songs raising money for St Andrew's Church and Andy's Man Club (mental health charity), featuring sets from Kenn parish's own Bow Movement and guests Batten Down the Hatches the hauntingly melodic Hot Tuna, an all female maritime folk acapella group. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be available. Tickets £5 available on the door, in advance from Kennford Post Office, or by email thebowmovement@gmail.com.

NEW Thursday 17 February 2022 - Folk & Acoustic Music Night - Kings Arms, Strete, nr Dartmouth
This cosy village pub was taken over as a community pub in 2020 and has held a number of successful monthly live music events since then, focusing mainly on folk and blues. This month we are running an open mic sing along night. Any style welcome, all levels welcome. If you're interested please contact info@kingsarmsatstrete.co.uk. It would help to know in advance who is coming to play for planning purposes. Pub opens at 5.30pm serving local ales, cider, with a full menu. Music from 7pm. Free entry. www.kingsarmsatstrete.co.uk. T: 01803 770027.

NEW Thursday 18 November 2021 - Folk & Acoustic Music Night - Kings Arms, Strete, nr Dartmouth
This cosy village pub was taken over as a community pub in 2020 and has held a number of successful monthly live music events since then, focusing mainly on folk and blues. After a raucous sea shanty night with the Nautibuoys last month, November sees an acoustic and folk night with several acts from across the South Hams. We're still looking for more performers, ideally about 20 minutes each. If you're interested please contact info@kingsarmsatstrete.co.uk. We will need to know in advance who is coming to play for planning purposes.
Pub opens at 5.30pm serving local ales, cider, with a full menu. Music from 7pm. Free entry. www.kingsarmsatstrete.co.uk. T: 01803 770027.

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

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

Seth Lakeman touring with Benji Kirkpatrick
Thursday 3 February 2022 - Old Bakery Studios, Blewett’s Wharf, Malpas Road, Truro
Sunday 13 February 2022 - The Box, Tavistock Place, Plymouth
For details see www.sethlakeman.co.uk/live-dates.

 

NEW Friday 10 December 2021 7.30-10pm - Exeter Community Folk Orchestra: Winter Concert & Folk Session - Exwick Parish Hall, 66 Station Road, Exwick EX4 2AB
7.30-8.15pm Concert: Exeter Community Folk Orchestra led by David Faulkner; 8.15-10pm Open folk session where you can play your favourite tune, join in, sing a song, listen and have some fun. Entrance £2.50. BYO drinks and snacks. More info: David Faulkner, 07967 121985, david.eelgrinders@gmail.com.

 

NEW Saturday 12 February 2022 7pm - Alastair Caplin & Ewan Macdonald - Hillyfield nr Harbourneford
A Woodland Haven. A gig like no other... Enjoy a beautiful night in our traditional timber-framed barn nestled in the woods (*also our workshop). Fine Forest Food & Wine.... Good People... Sauna & star-gazing by the fire. These guys are exceptional and highly acclaimed fiddlers playing traditional Scottish tunes. Book early if you want to come. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/535310.

As many readers will know, some venues run their own email lists advertising their forthcoming events, but these tend to be mostly on a relatively short-term basis, i.e. a few weeks or a couple of months ahead. I try to periodically scan through the website listings of venues, which sometimes stretch up to 12 months into the future, and include all relevant dates to produce a single reasonably comprehensive listing for all the following venues in the open-ended Diary on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk:
Ashburton Arts, Brixham Theatre, Calstock Arts, Calstock Hall, Dartington Great Hall, The Flavel arts centre in Dartmouth, Exeter venues (Barnfield Theatre, Corn Exchange, Cygnet Theatre, Phoenix Arts Centre), Exmouth Pavilion, The Beehive arts centre in Honiton, The Watermark arts centre in Ivybridge, Folk on the Moor Folk Club in Ivybridge, Graham Radley's World Unlimited events at Abbotsbury Church in Newton Abbot, Otterton Mill, Paignton's Palace Theatre, B-Bar and Barbican Theatre in Plymouth, Plymouth Pavilions, The Wharf at Tavistock, Topsham Folk Club, Barrel House Ballroom in Totnes.

I have just completed such a scan so there's a huge amount of new information in the Diary, right up to the end of the year, and even beyond.
I am also extremely grateful to those various individuals, event organisers and venue managers who send me information for inclusion directly.

 

NEW Saturday 2 July 2022 7pm - The Lost Sound Dartmoor Folk Choir - Mothecombe PL8 ILA
We are guests of John Mildmay-White and family in the stunning Flete estate, who have been so welcoming. We are singing in the gorgeous walled garden in Mothecombe gardens, not far from the beach. The Lost Sound are in full voice in their outdoor 'Wild Folk' tour with an exciting concert of folk songs from the British Isles, Europe and America in glorious a cappella harmony. With full choir, both male and female ensembles, new singers, new soloists and new trios, come and be serenaded in the Wild, as the sun goes down in the stunning walled garden at Mothecombe gardens, 5 mins from the beach. Bar available, proceeds to charity, Parking in main beach car park by the School house cafe. BYO seats / blankets / picnic! Full details, tickets www.thelostsound.co.uk/concerts-and-gigs.

NEW Saturday 25 June 2022 7pm - The Lost Sound Dartmoor Folk Choir - YHA Dartmoor, Bellever PL20 6TU
The Lost Sound are in full voice in their outdoor 'Wild Folk' tour with an exciting concert of folk songs from the British Isles, Europe and America in glorious a cappella harmony. With full choir, both male and female ensembles, new singers, new soloists and new trios, come and be serenaded in the Wild, as the sun goes down on the edge of Bellever Forest. Bar available bring seating and blankets You can also book to stay over at the YHA directly with them. Full concert for Solstice weekend. Bar available. Car park close by. Please bring own seating/ blankets to keep warm. Full details, tickets www.thelostsound.co.uk/concerts-and-gigs.

NEW Saturday 4 June 2022 12noon - The Lost Sound Dartmoor Folk Choir - Exmouth
Short set at Exmouth Festival. Free. www.facebook.com/ExmouthFestival, www.thelostsound.co.uk/concerts-and-gigs.

NEW Saturday 21 May 2022 7pm - The Lost Sound Dartmoor Folk Choir - Great Ambrook, Ipplepen TQ12 5UL
(forecourt of Great Ambrook House, on same driveway as Italian Gardens) The Lost Sound are in full voice in their outdoor 'Wild Folk' tour with an exciting concert of folk songs from the British Isles, Europe and America in glorious a cappella harmony. With full choir, both male and female ensembles, new singers, new soloists and new trios, come and be serenaded in the Wild, as the sun gently sets. Limited to 60 tickets. Bar available - bring own seats/blankets. Full details, tickets www.thelostsound.co.uk/concerts-and-gigs.

NEW Sunday 1 May 2022 5.15am (sunrise 5.50am) - The Lost Sound Dartmoor Folk Choir - Haytor, Dartmoor
Joining Beltane Morris, for the first time, to sing and dance in the Summer. www.thelostsound.co.uk/concerts-and-gigs.

 

NEW Thursday 12 May 2022 7.30pm - Suthering - St Leonard’s Church, Sheepstor, Yelverton PL20 6PF
Suthering combines the musical talents of Julu Irvine and Heg Brignall. A couple in life and in music, the duo are true story-tellers who champion female characters, creating new narratives for women and unearthing the female heroines of folk. With their wonderful chemistry and charisma on stage, natural humour and two beautifully matched voices, an unusual mix of cascading, dramatic piano; intricate, fingerstyle guitar; flute, whistles and harmonium, Julu and Heg bring an exciting take on folk storytelling with their evocative and distinctive sound.
www.suthering.com. Tickets £12 adv from 01822 853186, drdartmoor[at]doctors.org.uk. Doors 6.45pm, food & drink refreshmentsavailable from that time. All profits will be split between Sheepstor village hall and Friends of St Leonard’s Church.

 

Musicians / Bands / Performers sought for fundraiser at the Guildhall Axminster
"We are putting on 2 fundraisers to raise funds for an aid trip to Ukraine. They are to be held as follows:
2nd of June 1-5pm. (Classical / folk music gig)
3rd of June 6-10pm. (Rock /pop/ music gig)
We are desperately looking for any musicians / bands or performers that would perform for us on either of these events. I know it is short notice and as it is a charity event there is little money to pay performers, but if anyone could help we would be extremely grateful.
Contact Michelle Willcocks on 01297 32322, email dawn_willcocks[at]hotmail.com."