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Inter-Varsity Folk Dance Festival – Friday 27th February – Sunday 1st March 2015. Exeter University Streatham Rise, EX4 4QJ Exeter, Devon - visit FaceBook page or website for up to date information
The country’s longest continually running folk festival. We warmly welcome folkies from around the globe and we really hope you’ll be there too! The Festival is particularly aimed at students, but it is open to everyone. Whatever style you go for, you’re bound to find like-minded people waiting to meet you. 

Nancy Kerr and The Sweet Visitor Band - Blackbeard’s Tea Party - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Buffalo Gals Stampede - Greg Russell - Panjandrum + Gordon Potts - Tickled Pink + Nick Walden - Vertical Expression + Linda Leslie - Fraich‘Airs – Pigs Might Fly + Seonaid Scott

Exefest - Exeter Canalside Folk Festival Visit website for more information.

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Brixham Pirate and Shanty Festival 2015 - Saturday 2 to Monday 4 May 2015. Around the harbour in Brixham. Live music, Games, Re-enactments, Skirmish on the Golden Hind, Record attempt, Fancy dress competition. Thousands of pirates. Come to watch or dress up and join in. Everyone is welcome.
For more information go to website or email

Crediton Festival 2015 - Friday 17th to Sunday 19th April 2015  - website For More Details ~ email

Dart Music Festival - Friday 15 to Sunday 17 May 2015 - Website Folk performers include Belshazzar's Feast; Flats and Sharps; Harbottle and Jonas; Jenna Witts; Nicky Swann; Appaloosas; Urban Folk Quartet; The Wurzels, The Nauti Buoys

9th Bude & Stratton Folk Festival - Friday 22 May to Monday 25 May 2015 Visit Website

Guests confirmed so far (December 2014) Jim Causley - Jackie Oates - Lynn Heraud & Pat Turner - Liam Robinson - Geoff Lakeman - Andrew McKay & Carole Etherton - Pam 'n' Al - Capella - Thorn & Roses - Hamish Curry - Martyn Babb - Ken Hobbs

Exmouth Festival Website.Seven days of multi-genre music in Manor Gardens supported by literature events, visual arts projects and theatre performances across the town, and also including West Country Traditions Day

44th Chippenham Folk Festival - Friday 22 May to Monday 25 May 2015 - website

Dulverton Folk Festival - Website

The Bradninch Music Festival - For more information visit website

Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival - Friday 12 to Sunday 14 June 2015 - visit website  

Clovelly Seaweed Festival - Sunday 14 June, in aid of the N. Devon Hospice 10am to 5pm
The first annual event held to promote seaweed for its immense health and nutritional benefits. As it is hugely versatile, quay kitchens will be serving a wide variety of dishes and stalls will be selling a wide range of seaweed products and seaweed arts and crafts. There will also be live Folk music, demonstrations, talks and walks throughout the day. Children will enjoy story telling, street entertainment and The National Trust event-themed craft activities.
Normal admission charges apply. Please visit website for more information.

Moor Merriment - A Dartmoor Weekend - Go to Facebook page or website for more information

17th Teignmouth Folk Festival - Friday 19 to Sunday 21 June 2015 - website
Concert venue this year is the United Reform Church (refreshments but regret no bar at this venue).
8pm Friday night concert - John Kirkpatrick with support from Baldricks’s Plan. 8pm Saturday night concert - TheYoung 'Uns with support Nick Dow. 2.30pm Sunday afternoon concert - The New Scorpion Band: "The Plains of Waterloo". All concert tickets £12.
Saturday 9.30am-11am Border Morris Workshop with John Kirkpatrick – Teignmouth Community School Hall. Entrance £5.
Saturday night Ceilidh with Mrs Midnight's – School Hall – £8 door.
Other booked artists – The City of Plymouth Band, The Old Gaffers, Rumpus, Leggy Blonde, Mally Dow and lots more. Please check website for further details for events going on in the Heritage Centre, The Triangle Stage & Dicey Reilly’s,

South Brent Folk Day - Saturday 4 July 2015

Singing, music, morris (Harberton Navy Morris) and clog dancing, afternoon Americana concert including Skylark and Appaloosas and workshops (including Concertina / Song accompaniment, Hammer Dulcimer and Mountain Dulcimer; Appalachian Dance), throughout the day in the Old School Centre.

There will be a poetry competition around the theme of 'Tree life': entry £2.50 per poem - closing date Saturday 20th June 2015.
Food during the day from 'Two Good Cooks' (Anna Stewart & Tara Vaughan-Hughes).
Evening Folk Concert at 7.30pm in the Village Hall with:
Hattie Briggs Trio; Hattie is a Gloucestershire based singer-songwriter and BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Nominee in 2014. Having had 3 singles in the iTunes singer-songwriter chart, she will be releasing her debut album ‘Red & Gold’ on 6th April. Visit website
Steve Turner began his career on the Manchester folk scene at the end of the 1960s. He is a multi-instrumentalist, with one of the best voices in the business who accompanies himself on the concertina and cittern and also plays mandolin and banjo. His 5th album 'The Whirligig of Time' was long listed for the BBC folk awards in 2008 and his latest 'Rim of the Wheel' was released in 2012 to rave reviews. Visit website
The Claque (Dave Lowry, Sean O'Shea, Tom Addison, Barry Lister) have four voices of depth and maturity blended to give warmth and harmony to the English tradition. Distilled from legendary groups of old, they formed as a group together in 2006 having known each other for the best part of forty years. They also combine to run the Exeter and Sidmouth folk clubs. Visit website
Reel Ale Bar; Doors open 7.00pm; Tickets £10.00 in advance / £12.00 on the door or by post (contact Eileen McKee on 01364 73699 or email ). Further details to be announced Visit South Brent Folk website

Tivvy Fest - For more information go to Website

Chagstock Festival - Friday 17 July to Saturday 18 July 2015 - Whiddon Down, Devon - Website
CHAGSTOCK FESTIVAL is one of the Westcountry’s best-loved festivals. Set in 70 acres of farmland on the edge of Dartmoor, Chagstock is renowned for its stunning location, diverse line-up of artists and non-corporate, family friendly atmosphere. Chagstock showcases the very best music, food and entertainment that the Westcountry and the UK have to offer.

Main Stage Saturday night Headliner - The Levellers.
With their own Beautiful Days festival now sold out, this is the now only opportunity to see this massively popular folk-punk band perform in the Westcountry this summer.

Formed in Brighton in 1988, The Levellers recently released their documentary ‘A Curious Life’, which charts the band’s phenomenal career; achieving huge international mainstream success, releasing a No. 1 album and more than 14 Top 40 singles, and performing to record crowds at Glastonbury. Still going strong after 27 years this performance will be jam packed with hits from throughout the Levellers’ incredible back catalogue, including classics as One Way, Carry Me and, of course, What A Beautiful Day.

New Model Army - Seth Lakeman - Neville Staple Band - Mad Dog Mcrea - Martha Tilston - Electric Swing Circus - Gaz Brookfield - Ciaran Lavery - New Crisis - Molotov Jukebox - The Eskies - Police Dog Hogan - Dojo - Roving Crows - Rusty Shackle - Faustus MD - Saturday Main Stage Headliner still to be announced!

Headlining the main stage on Friday are mighty alt-rockers, New Model Army. Their incredible stage presence, combined with a massive back catalogue of classic songs from across their 35-year history, makes them the ideal band to round off the first evening at Chagstock.

Also on the Friday main stage line up are Neville Staple Band, whose frontman has been at the vanguard of Ska since joining The Specials back in 1978. BBC Folk Award nominee Martha Tilston, and Irish Music Award winning Celtic Fusion act Roving Crows.

Saturday's main stage headliner is yet to be announced, but Seth Lakeman, house band New Crisis, raucous six-piece electro swing band Electric Swing Circus and female-fronted reggae band Dojo will ensure the Dartmoor faithful are in full swing long before they hit the stage.

Headlining the Marquee on Friday are the wildly popular Plymouth based Folk-Gypsy-Pop band Mad Dog Mcrea. They are joined by Police Dog Hogan who are making a real name for themselves in the folk-bluegrass scene. Completing the line-up are the brilliant Folk-Rockers Rusty Shackle, whose 2013 album 'The Bones' reached number 13 in the iTunes singer/songwriter charts.

Saturday's Marquee stage line up is headlined by the incredible London based six piece "GypStep band", Molotov Jukebox. Fronted by their hugely enigmatic frontwoman Natalia Tena (who's 'other' career as an actress has seen her appear in numerous high profile roles including About A Boy, Game Of Thrones and four of the Harry Potter movies). Co-headlining are The Eskies "Ireland's best 5-piece gentlemen's club who play gypsy-folk-noir with occasional brass and wind sections". Completing the bill are County Antrim born Cieran Lavery, hugely popular Bristol-based Acoustic magazine "Singer Songwriter Of The Year" Gaz Brookfield and Cambourne's Kezia; 2-time winner of The Cornish Guardian's 'Best Female' Award.

Last year’s festival sold out for the third year running, and featured memorable performances from The Waterboys, Lightning Seeds and The Moulettes amongst many others.

As introduced in 2012 in recognition of the tough economic climate for families, all children under 12 can attend the festival for free (ticket is required). Chagstock’s capacity is once again capped at just 5,000 tickets to ensure that its intimate, family-friendly atmosphere is maintained.

Simon Ford Chagstock Festival organiser says, “After three consecutive sold-out years the pressure is one again on myself and the team to deliver the best Chagstock ever. With this incredible Friday line-up we have gone a long way to achieving that, but there is still plenty more for us to do...! Keep an eye on the website and facebook for updates, band announcements and all the Chagstock news you need...And of course, as always we are sticking to the non-corporate vibe and family friendly atmosphere with loads of great and varied music, food and entertainment”

Chagstock Festival is a Not For Profit Organisation, proud to support Devon Air Ambulance Trust and WaterAid.
Weekend Tickets are priced at £85.00 (Adults), £55.00 (Under 18's), Under 12’s are free (ticket is still required). A Family Ticket for 2 Adults & 2 Under 18s is £240.All weekend tickets include 2 nights of camping and car parking.

Day tickets will also available later on, Booking fees apply. Tickets are available from website

Hatherleigh Festival - visit website

Sidmouth Folk Week - 29th July to 5th August 2016 - Visit Website

Bob Cann

Click on image for short slide show of some of the performers at this year's festival

Photgraphs by Alan Quick

38th Dartmoor Folk Festival - Friday 7 to Sunday 9 August. For further details about the Festival, telephone 01837 840102 - visit website

Record crowds attended the Dartmoor Folk Festival

A RESURGENCE in the popularity of folk music, song, dance and crafts resulted in record crowds attending the 38th Dartmoor Folk Festival last weekend, August 7-9.
Local and national artists entertained audiences at the event held at South Zeal, near Okehampton.
The festival included concerts, dances, a Dartmoor Fayre, a ceilidh, folk service, craft displays, music hall, pub sessions, a ramble on Dartmoor and music, song and dance workshops.
The packed programme of events also included a dedicated children’s festival.
Hotly-contested competitions included the Dartmoor Broom Dance championships and Dartmoor Step Dance championships.
Matt Norman, formerly of South Zeal and Exeter, was judged the winner of the adult step dance competition after a startling display in the final danced on the 15-inch square board on top of a wagon.
Matt previously won the title in 2011 and 2008.  Joint second were Jenny Read and Nina Hansell.
Junior step dance competition winner was Molly Marvin (14), of South Zeal, who previously won the title in 2012.  Second was Emilia Bazeley (13) and third was Christabel White (14).
Broom dance champion was Molly Welsh (11) of St Austell, Cornwall.  Joint second were Evelyn Hansell of Wallingford, Oxford and Ruth Frangleton (11) of South Zeal and third was Annie Hockadan (10) of Welford, Stratford, Warwickshire.
The festival was founded by the late Bob Cann, from South Zeal, who wanted to revive and preserve the traditions of Dartmoor.
The festival association includes many descendants of Mr Cann, and his widow, Joyce, is president.
“We have had record crowds and all of the events, from concerts to walks on Dartmoor, church services and many music sessions have gone very well,” said Alan Quick, press officer.
He added: “The resurgence in the popularity of folk music and traditions has really helped put the festival on the map".
“It is renowned as one of the top family-friendly folk events in the South West but people attend from across the country as well as locally.
“The campsite as an example, saw more than 200 pitches occupied before the festival started on Friday evening.
“The weather was fantastic and new this year was a hotly-contested Jig Doll competition, which included lots of audience participation, in fact the judges were the audience who watched the competition at the outdoor arena.”
Mr Quick said the festival provided a huge economic boost to the area with shops, pubs and bed and breakfast establishments, local suppliers and exhibitors generating thousands of pounds into the local economy.
He added: “The festival has grown over the years and attracts some of the best folk artists around, whilst maintaining its reputation for being a relaxed, friendly and traditional festival.
“It is deeply rooted in the heart of the Dartmoor community and is keeping customs and traditions alive.”


Bath Folk Festival - website.

Lyme Folk Weekend - Friday 21-Sunday 23 August, Lyme Regis - visit website for more information

This year's Lyme Folk Weekend, now in its third summer, will be bigger and better say organizers but still retain its intimate Lyme Regis vibe as they announce a full programme of singing, dancing and music-making at Marine Theatre and other venues around the town.

Turin Brakes, the acclaimed electro-folk combo, will open this year's festival on Friday night (21 August), supported by Radio 2 Folk Awards nominees, Wildwood Kin, and Jonny Morgan, Lyme's favourite folk troubadour.

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, the award-winning husband and wife duo, who's latest album, "Tomorrow Will Follow Today" has gathered critical accolades galore will headline Saturday night (22August), with Lee Rahn, a virtuoso singer-songwriter and Aime, one of the best family acoustic bands around.

Jim Causley with Ninebarrow, Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll Thorn & Roses, Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed will bring down the curtainon Sunday (23 August) with How the West was Sung, an evening of music, song, poetry and dance, all with a West Country theme, supported by Six Days, the Lyme-based brother and sister duo making big waves on the folk circuit

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings the Pilot Boat will host three folk acts for amere £5.00 on the door, featuring Isobel Sugden,  Jack Warshaw,  Mischa and his Merry Men,  Russell Joslin,  Mitchell & Vincent,  The Uke Men League,  Toby Noble,  Cecilia Meadows and Lee Rahn.

Saturday night wouldn't be the same without another riotous ceilidh (£5.00 on the door) in the Langmoor Marquee which coincidentally will act as the festival beer tent and workshop venue. There will be free daily concerts on the Seafront Stage from noon to 5.00pm plus the usual Morris dancing and parade throughout the town. For more information and tickets go to website or contact 01297 442138.

Beautiful Days Festival - Friday 21 - Sunday - 23 August 2015 - Escot Park near Exeter. See website - for details.

43rd Cornwall Folk Festival - Friday 28th to Monday 31st August 2015 - Visit festival website

There are great opportunities for any new local Devon/Cornwall Bands to come and play on our Fringe Stage at the Festival if anybody wants to email Mike Walford

‘Early Bird’ Full Weekend Tickets (to include camping) can be purchased from our website or by telephoning Brian Flexman at our Box Office on 01208 812230 (situated in the Hobgoblin Music Shop, Wadebridge), or by chatting to ‘Ramblin’ Mike Walford on 01637 880604.

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Clovelly Lobster and Crab Feast - Sunday 6 September, in aid of the National Lobster Hatchery
10am to 5pm
A day of live folk music, quay kitchens, beer tasting, a prize draw, arts and crafts stalls and cookery demonstration.  For the children there's street theatre, walkabout magic, balloon modelling and The National Trust event-themed craft activities. The National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow, will bring along a tank of baby lobsters, to be released into the sea. Normal admission charges apply. Please visit website for more information.

Totnes Festival - website

Riverside Beer, Folk , and Music Festival - Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th October 2015 - In Aid Of The North Devon Air Ambulance and The North Devon Childrens Hospice. Riverside Caravan & Camping Park, Marsh Lane, North Molton Road, South Molton, North Devon, EX36 3HQ.
21 bands [now being booked] - Camping available for caravans, RV’s, motorhomes, campervans, tents from £20.00 - 5 star showerblock facilities, bar , food,  fun for all the family. For booking details telephone  01769 579269,  email or visit website

Acoustica Festival - Saturday 26 September 2015 - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS + partner venues
For more information go to website or telephone 01392 667080 The line-up of acts at Exeter Phoenix include: Bert Miller & the Animal Folk, Moon Brother, Matt Woosey, The Little Unsaid, Lightvessel, Sadie Horler, Crow Puppets, Rapha Ghetti, Tobias Jacob, La Vie En Rose, The Woodsman, ProjectSez Tucker, Whitaker

Baring Gould Folk weekend - For more information visit website or telephone 01837 53754

Baring-Gould Folk Song School - for more information visit website or telephone 01837 53754

Clovelly Herring Festival - Sunday 15 November
10am to 4pm
This popular festival is held in support of sustainable fishing to celebrate the herring, the 'Silver Darlings' of the sea.  There'll be herring specialities, live Folk music, local food and craft stalls and National Trust event-themed craft activities.  Mike Smylie, will return with his 'Kipperland' exhibition There'll also be net making, flax processing and a curragh on show provided by 'Flaxland'. Normal admission charges apply. Please visit website for more information.


Ilfracombe Folk, Roots & World Music Festival - Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 20th, 21st, 22nd November

2.00pm - 11:30pm each day

Advance three day tickets that includes three nights self catering accommodation, are only £129 per person (based on two persons sharing)
Advanced Early Bird Tickets are available for a limited period, at just £102 per person, based on four people sharing and £119 per person, based on two people sharing.  Single Rooms £139 (limited availability) and
Day Tickets are only £25 per person 

CARD HOTLINE - 01472 349222 open 9.00am – 5.00pm, Mon – Sat 9.00am – 2.00pm or book online at website

For more information go to website

As the first festival of its kind in Ilfracombe, the occasion had to be very special, so with Fairport Convention, Oysters3 and Barbara Dickson headlining and 17 other top class acts, this will most definitely be one of North Devon's finest festivals anda weekend not to miss!  
Based in suburban north London, Fairport Convention played their first concert in a church hall in May 1967 and very nearly half of a century later, Fairport Convention is in fine form and are still one of the busiest bands around
In 2002, they won the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and the seminal album Liege And Lief was voted 'Best Folk Album Ever' by Radio 2 listeners.  In Summer 2006, Liege And Lief was awarded a Gold Disc for its continuing sales. 
In August last year, the band staged Fairport's Cropredy Convention music festival in Oxfordshire and in most years, there are tours in the USA, Canada and UK by the Fairport Acoustic line-up and the spin-off band The Dylan Project.  The current line-up of Simon Nicol (lead vocal, rhythm and electric guitars), Dave Pegg (backing vocals, bass guitar, mandolin), Ric Sanders (violin), Chris Leslie (lead vocal, fiddle, bouzouki, mandolin) and Gerry Conway (percussion and drums) is still packing venues wherever they play! 
Oysters3, up close and personal are John Jones, Alan Prosser and Ian Telfer; the three founder members and creative heart of folk-rock legends Oysterband.  The Trio present a fresh acoustic performance, not-entirely-discreet stories - an insight into their history, sometimes turbulent, often funny, with great songs from every era of a unique career.  “The idea arose from Sidmouth and Shrewsbury Festivals recently asking them to do ‘something different’ as well as the regular Oysterband style of concert.  When the more or less improvised show went down a storm  -  they wondered “how on earth they’d never thought of doing this before!”

As a multi-million selling recording artist with an equally impressive Olivier Award winning acting career, Barbara Dickson OBE has firmly established herself as one of the most enduring and popular artistes in Britain today.  In this special acoustic performance, Barbara Dickson with her pianist Nick Holland explore her catalogue of songs at an intimate level.  The pair let the words and melodies take ‘centre stage’ as they perform a wonderful range of material drawing on Barbara’s folk roots, her latest exploration of the songs of Gerry Rafferty, and some of her classic hit records.  Nick joined Barbara’s touring band in the mid 2000’s after working with Troy Donockley in the Maddy Prior Band and recording with Maddy on a couple of her seminal albums which Barbara knew and admired.

The expansive and incredibly impressive full line-up comprises of:

Friday – Oysters3 - Charlie Worsham – Cross harbour - Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker - Lotte Mullan - Lindae Em

Saturday - Barbara Dickson & Nick Holland - Remembering August - Liv Austen - Dexeter - Lucy May - Delta Ladies -Ellie Dibben -Mark Harrison

Sunday - Fairport Convention - Julie Felix - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Coco and The Butterfields - Beth Porter - Woof and Wilde 

For bios for all artists download file (pdf)