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May

Dart Music Festival - Friday 12 to Sunday 14 May 2017 - Website
Multi-genre largely free festival.

11th Bude & Stratton Folk Festival - Friday 26 May to Monday 29 May 2017 Visit Website


Exmouth Festival 2017 Website

June

The Bradninch Music Festival Gardens 3 and 4 June 2017 Go to Facebook page

17th The Bradninch Music Festival - Friday 9 to Sunday 11 June 2017 - For more information visit website


Clovelly Seaweed Festival in aid of the North Devon Hospice - Sunday 4 June 2017 - Please visit website for more information.
Its launch in 2015 was a great success.  It is held to promote seaweed for its immense health & nutritional benefits.  As it is hugely versatile, quay kitchens will have a surprising variety of dishes and stalls will be selling a range of seaweed products along with demonstrations, crafts and talks. There will also be plenty of entertainment for both adults and children to enjoy, such as the Marine Biological Association’s ‘Amazing World of Algae’ interactive workshop, The National Trust seaweed craft activities and The Seaweed Health Foundation will provide information on the benefits of human food quality seaweed for food and health.  There'll be street entertainers and live music throughout the day. You will be amazed at the world of seaweed.  Bring your own and ask the experts what is the best use for your particular selection. Admission charges include all entertainment.


19th Teignmouth Folk Festival - visit website

July

Annual South Brent Folk Day - Saturday 1 July 2017 - Visit South Brent Folk website

Singing, music, dancing, workshops and concerts around the village.


Clovelly Maritime Festival in aid of the North Devon Hospice - Sunday 16 July 2017. Please visit website for more information.


Midsummer Dreams Festival - A family weekend festival full of theatre, dance, music and workshops at Dartington, Devon. Visit website

Chagstock Festival - Friday 21 July to Saturday 22 July 2017 - Whiddon Down, Devon - Website

CHAGSTOCK FESTIVAL organisers have confirmed that British Funk & Soul legends Soul II Soul will headline Friday night! Indian singer-songwriter extraordinaire Raghu Dixit has also been added to the bill, alongside the inimitable Dub Pistols.

Soul II Soul need little introduction. Best known for the timeless classics Back To Life and their breakthrough smash hit Keep On Movin’, they’ve sold over 10 million albums, performed live in over 20 countries, and headlined some of the most famous venues in the world, including Wembley.
They’ve been recognised throughout their 29-year career, winning two Grammies and being nominated for five Brit Awards. Their iconic frontman Jazzie B was awarded an OBE for services to music in the 2008 New Year's honour's list, has been given the keys to no less than 5 US cities including LA and New York, and an ironwork sculpture of him stands proudly in his birthplace Finsbury Park as recognition of his contribution and inspiration to the community.

Hailing from Bangalore in Southern India, Raghu Dixit's music is a seamless weaving of Indian ethnic folk, Sufi and classical with other traditional and contemporary influences from across the globe. His lyrics, though intense, are simple and speak about every common man's emotions and experiences, and his unique songwriting and vocal delivery have earned him a treasured place in the both the traditional and contemporary Folk & World music scenes. Raghu is also a hugely successful film composer, having scored more than 20 movies in five different languages.

Led by indefatigable south-Londoner Barry Ashworth, The Dub Pistols have lived every rock ’n’ roll cliché more vividly, knowingly and hilariously than almost any other British band. They’ve burned through record labels, band members, and hundreds of thousands of pounds with their almost heroic devotion to hedonism. Yet they have worked with heroes like The Specials, Busta Rhymes, Horace Andy, Madness and Gregory Isaacs and in this, their 20th Anniversary year, The Dub Pistols are busier than ever, having reinvented themselves as the ultimate Festival band; the go-to act to get a big crowd dancing.

Early Bird tickets – where adult weekend camping tickets are incredible value at just £80, and a family of four can enjoy the weekend for only £240 – go on sale on Friday 28th October via Website. As introduced back in 2012, all children under 12 can attend the festival for free (ticket is required).

Chagstock is also extremely proud to have been nominated at the 2016 Festival Awards in three categories; Best Small Festival, Best Family Festival and the Grass Roots Award. Voting is open until Monday 31st October at website

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. Starting life as a small private party, Chagstock has now grown into a major fixture on the Westcountry festival circuit, selling out all 5,000 tickets for the last four years in succession.

Simon Ford Chagstock Festival organiser says, “After the incredible success of our 10th anniversary last year, we have once again given ourselves a very high bar to reach. However with 2 fantastic bands already in the bag, we are confident we can bring you another fanastic Chagstock in 2017. If you came and enjoyed last year’s event, please don’t forget to vote for us in the UK Festival Awards! See you next year!”

Chagstock Festival is a Not For Profit Organisation, proud to support Devon Air Ambulance Trust and WaterAid.


EARLY BIRD WEEKEND CAMPING TICKETS
£80 (Adults), £55 (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.

Tickets are available from website

August

Dartington International Summer School & Festival 2017 - Go to website


Sidmouth Folk Week - 4th August to 11th August 2017 - Visit Website

THE SIDMOUTH SEASIDE STOMPERS

Musical children (8 years and over) who play any musical instrument are being encouraged to participate in the 2017 Sidmouth Seaside Stompers Ceilidh Band Workshop. This gives an amazing opportunity to be part of a real ceilidh band and playing for a very special ceilidh as part of the Sidmouth FolkWeek programme.

Workshops run every day during the festival (Saturday to Thursday) with a superb group of extremely talented and experienced tutors. The 2017 tutors are Ray Langton (musical director) – melodeon, Josh Smallbone - guitar, Stephen France - brass, Adam Courthold & Rob Gifford - percussion, Mathew Keegan-Phipps & Catherine Gough - woodwind, Anna Mullensfiddle.

The Sidmouth Seaside Stompers will work together with their tutors to learn ceilidh band music to play for a wonderful, evening ceilidh in the Blackmore Gardens Marquee. This will provide a truly memorable experience for those playing for the event.

All children must have their own instruments and be able to play a number of tunes from music or by ear (approximately Grade 2 standard).

Music will be provided and parts for all instruments and all abilities will be available.

This is a very exciting opportunity for young musicians to work with others, learn new music and then to perform to an audience on the Thursday night in the Blackmore Gardens Marquee.

For further information and a FAQ sheet about this please contact Ray & Bev Langton Children’s Festival Producers on bev.langton@talk21.com


Bob Cann

Click on image for short slide show of 2016 festival

Photgraphs by Alan Quick

40th Dartmoor Folk Festival - For further details about the Festival, telephone 01837 840102 - visit website


 


Bath Folk Festival - website.

Beautiful Days Festival - Friday 18 - Sunday - 20 August 2017 - Escot Park near Exeter. See website - for details.

45th Cornwall Folk Festival - Thursday 24th to Monday 28th August 2017 - Visit festival website

For 45 years  Cornwall Folk Festival  has brought the best  of folk to Cornwall, and for Cornwall’s best to the world.
Legendary Scottish songwriter Dougie Maclean OBE – a “musical hero “ ( Wall Street Journal ) – has graced stages from Carnegie to Sydney Opera House and given Scotland the contemporary  classic “ Caledonia”.
Phenomena  Cara Dillon – “possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice” ( Q Magazine ) –honed her craft in Northern Ireland to becomeone of the finest exponents of Irish Song. Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith are huge fans.
Celtic Cornish supergroup Dalla  join Dougie and BBC Folk Awards Best Young Newcomers
Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin open for Cara.
2017 opens on Thursday evening with a centenary celebration of Cornish Poet Charles Causley with settings by relative Jim Causley and closes out with a bang with the spiritual fire of local stars The Grenaways, Brittany’s stomping Hop’ Op’  Ops and the alt-folk/rock of Kent’s  Cocos Lovers.
In between Scotland’s jazz-folk Dosca, Brian Phillips  (  Padstow ‘s favourite visitor/guest  & subsequent  following )  along with  one of Mark Radcliffe’s Glastonbury favourites , Cornwall’s Three Daft Monkeys, crank up the party.
The Fringe Stage showcases back-to –back talent from the South West. Pub sessions and music  in abundance on host-town Wadebridge’s compact streets  make for one of Britain’s finest small festivals, perfect for August Bank Holiday’s last blast of Summer.
For Further details telephone Mike 01637 880604

 
Georgie from Cornish All Girl Shanty Group " Figurehead "
Cara Dillon

September

Clovelly Lobster and Crab Feast - Sunday 3 September 2017 - 10th Anniversary - Please visit website for more information.

Clovelly celebrates its famous lobsters and crabs sustainably caught by its fishermen with a great day out for all the family. Choose from a variety of crab and lobster dishes cooked on the quay or book a table at the Red Lion Harbour Restaurant and dine on delicious lobster and seafood platters.

There'll be live folk music, chef cookery demonstrations, a prize draw for a magnum of champagne, local food and craft stalls, including plenty of freshly cooked lobsters and crabs, and beer tasting. Children will be kept entertained by street theatre, walkabout magic, balloon modelling and event-themed craft activities provided by The National Trust, also Shipwreck Survival and crab activities.

The historic ketch, 'Irene', will be there on the day.


Lyme Folk Weekend - Lyme Regis - visit website for more information

Fishstock Festival - Brixham - visit website

October

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


November

Clovelly Herring Festival - 10th Anniversary - Sunday 20 November - Please visit website for more information.
Clovelly was once a major centre for herring fishing and our annual Herring Festival is held to promote these tasty, nutritious 'Silver Darlings' and support carefully managed fishing as carried out by our local fishermen.  
The village once depended on the harvest of herring, which are caught in superb condition for a short season off its coast.  Records go back over 400 years and in 1749, there were a hundred herring boats in the port.  When fishing was good, 9000 herring could be landed at one time. Those days of massive catches are long gone and there remain just two herring fishermen who still employ sustainable fishing methods using drift nets and long lines.
Maritime historian and writer, Mike Smylie, will return with his 'Kipperland' exhibition, which is devoted to the history of the herring.  He will also be turning herring into delicious and delicate-tasting kippers and bloaters in his smokehouse.  
There will also be net making, flax processing and a curragh on show provided by 'Flaxland'.  
Enjoy a wide variety of herring dishes in the quay kitchens or at the Harbour Bar, cookery demonstrations, live shanty and sea song singers, stilted entertainers, other local food and craft stalls, a photographic exhibition of Clovelly herring fishing, a Herring Hunt, face painting, henna tattoosand National Trust event-themed, free craft activities. 
Standard admission charges include all entertainment.


December