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Brixham Pirate Festival - Saturday 29 April 2017 - Monday 1 May 2017 - visit website
Music includes: Pirates of St Piran, Tricorn Shonkey, The O’Marleys, Old Gaffers, Gurdy Bird, Boarding Crew, Captain’s Beard, Neck, Hornswaggle, Black Friday, The Salts, The Pyrates.

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The annual Gathering of the Society for Storytelling -  Plymouth University’s iconic Roland Levinsky Building in Plymouth City Centre - Friday 5 May - Sunday 7 May 2017. Go to website for tickets and information.

5th Callington MayFest - Saturday 13th May 2017 - visit website



Get ready for MayFest with free workshops
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SAMBA WORKSHOPS - with Sean Hooper
from Truro School of Samba
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March 11th 10.30 Callington Scout Hut
March 25th 10.30 Callington Scout Hut
April 22nd 10.30 Callington Scout Hut
April 29th 10.30 Callington Scout Hut
May 6th 10.30 Callington Scout Hut

CORNISH DANCE WORKSHOPS - with Carmen HuntRegister your interest! email
March 6th 19.00 Callington Bowling Club
March 20th 19.00 Callington Bowling Club
April 3rd 19.00 Callington Bowling Club
April 17th 19.00 Callington Bowling Club
May 1st 19.00 Callington Bowling Club

MUSIC WORKSHOPS - with Jon Dyer of WREN Music
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March 11th 10.30 Methodist Church
March 25th 10.30 Methodist Church
April 22nd 10.30 Methodist Church
April 29th 10.30 Methodist Church
May 6th 10.30 Methodist Church
SINGING WORKSHOPS - with Sarah Owen of WREN Music
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March 11th 10.30 Town Hall
March 25th 10.30 Town Hall
April 22nd 10.30 Town Hall
April 29th 10.30 Town Hall
May 6th 10.30 Methodist Church
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Dart Music Festival - Friday 12 to Sunday 14 May 2017 - Website
Multi-genre largely free festival.

Royal William Yard Festival - Saturday 27 - Sunday 28 May 2017 - Visit Website for tickets and more information- Headlined by Seth Lakeman. 6 stages, various genres. Line-up also includes Haunt The Woods

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

Exmouth Festival 2017 Website


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 - Friday 16 to Sunday 18 June 2017 - visit website
Acts booked include - Chris Wood, Eat The Rich, Ewan McClennan, Andy Clarke & James Dumbleton, Mooncoin Ceilidh Band, Barron Brady, Canaan's Land & Celt.
Plus 10 (and counting!) morris sides. More to be announced.

Round the Square Music and Arts Festival - Friday 16 to Sunday 18 June 2017 - visit website  Follow on FaceBook
New community multi-arts festival in Great Torrington witha focus to help provide funds towards re- opening the historic town hall.

Great Torrington is holding a new festival, over three days in June, based around it's fabulous town square to help raise money to reopen it's historic town hall to the public. The festivals’ focus reflects the diverse and wonderful community the town has, by putting on a wide range of events with music ranging from rock to jazz, art from formal to abstract and performances from modern to traditional. We have talks and presentations, street theatre, dance, children’s activities and a myriad of other festival goodies across several town streets and venues.

Artists from across the UK have been enticed to come to entertain, with  a little something for everyone. Alongside the wide ranging music offer – there is also a day of children’s activities (Saturday) and a day of dance (Sunday), in the square and its all free in the streets!. The church hosts local participation shows commemorating the famous botanist and illustrator Keble Martin – once of the parish  - with a project from Great Torrington School. The museum will be open (in part) and illustrated talks of local interest will be presented – along with a town walk providing context to the mediaeval history of the town.
Art is well catered for with an exhibition by John Hurford, a local artist with an international reputation – and Paul Seed – local film and tv director, who is exhibiting his local and not so local photos in the Plough Gallery.
The Plough is the centre of proceedings with a full programme of world and indie music, workshops, dances and film. Local artists and bands get a platform to play at the church on Friday and the Torridge Vale Club on Saturday  - with the club hosting a special ‘youth’ show on Sunday afternoon with local hot favourite music stars Rich Cottell and Jazzy. Other entertainment comes from The G.T. Silver Band, Gittisham Hall Jazz band, Truffetete French dance band, Morris and Appalachian dance, Streetz, Punch and Judy, Children’s Circus skill activities and plenty more.
The town is famous for it's Mayfair celebration and this festival will be building on that, reinforcing it's position as one of the strongest community's in the country. The vibrancy of the towns folk is the main inspiration behind the whole event. “Torrington has such a wide range of fun loving good people that we felt we wanted to put on a festival that reflected that”, says Matt Whittaker one of the organizers.
There is much to see and do – ticket prices are being held at a minimum to encourage participation – and under 16’s are free! The festival is being funded with support from within Great Torrington -   The Chamber of Trade and Town Council – but if anyone else wishes to help fund some of the extensive ongoing costs, or get involved in the planning or on the weekend – then please do get in contact. Further announcements will follow. Contact – Matt Whittaker – 01805 - 622830 All tickets are available from The Plough Arts Centre. – 01805 624624


6th Annual South Brent Folk Day - Saturday 1 July 2017 - Visit South Brent Folk website

Singing, music, dancing, workshops and concerts around the village. Poetry competition, around the theme of 'Moorland Water'; entry £2.50 per poem or £1 for Junior (under 15) section; closing date Saturday 14 June 2017, to be judged by 'Moor Poets' Susan Taylor and Simon Williams. If you would like to enter, download the form from the website.
Evening Folk Concert at 7.30pm (with Reel Ale bar) in the Village Hall with singer, dancer, multi instrumentalist, Pete Coe the 'One Man Folk Industry'; Flash Jack crew from Plymouth singing sea songs, shanties & songs of love, lust & loose living and South Brent's own Emily Roblyn singing songs from the heart with a voice of 'pure nectar'.
For more information contact Eileen McKee telephone 01364 73699 or email or John Rawlinson telephone 01364 73117 or email

Clovelly Maritime Festival in aid Bideford Sea Cadets - Sunday 16 July 2017. Please visit website for more information.

The day will be full of fun and packed with a programme of all sorts of activities and entertainment for all ages.
This year there will be a second Clovelly Cup Race with the North Devon Yacht Club! They will be racing outside the harbour across the bay (if any yachtsmen and women are interested in taking part or being involved, please email Rachel. It will be an amazing sight to see, with the boats surrounding the harbour and setting off around the race course. They will also be joining us in the harbour with information on their club and how to become a sea cadet.
Throughout the day there will be music, street entertainment, activities and games for the whole family, including building your own miniature boats with The Plough, Arts & Crafts and The National Trust, Mermaid storytelling ‘Tales from the sea’, Shipwreck Survival, Punch & Judy, Beach Spa, plus face painting & henna tattoos and a variety of stalls selling food and event-themed arts & crafts. It is definitely a day to remember!
Free entry for under 16’s who come in maritime-themed fancy dress costumes! Standard admission charges include all entertainment.

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

Plus as always, house band New Crisis
Many more acts to be announced

Skinny Lister, Slamboree, Undercover Hippy and more added to line up

CHAGSTOCK FESTIVAL organisers have announced that UK country superstars, The Shires will headline the main stage on Saturday night.

Hailing from the Home Counties, The Shires made music history by becoming the first UK country act to score a Top 10 album. The duo are at the forefront of the British country music movement and the runaway success of their recently released album ‘My Universe’ has made them not just the fastest selling UK country artist ever, but one of the biggest-selling breakthrough UK acts of any genre in recent years. Across their two albums, Ben and Crissie have had 5 singles ‘A-listed’ by BBC Radio 2 and appeared on a string of high profile TV shows including Graham Norton, the BBC Music Awards and Children in Need Rocks.
Having headlined the prestigious Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury last summer, we are delighted that The Shires will be bringing their uniquely British take on Country Music to our beautiful shire this July.

Also confirmed are the two Marquee stage headliners; Skinny Lister and Slamboree.

Skinny Lister are a high energy six-piece British folk band signed to cult label Xtra Mile in the UK, alongside the likes of Frank Turner and Against Me! Over their 7 year career they have released three critically acclaimed albums, the most recent of which, ‘The Devil, the Heart, and the Fight’ was awarded 5/5 by The Independent. Skinny Lister’s infamous live show has blown away audiences on both sides of the Atlantic; in the UK they have performed at virtually every major festival, including Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds and Isle Of Wight, and just some of their USA highlights including joining the Vans Warped Tour and appearances at both SXSW and Coachella.
Slamboree are fast becoming one of the most sought after bands on the scene. Almost certainly the world’s first ‘Pyro-Circus Rave Massive’ act, they are more than just a collection of musicians. Fusing high octane, fire-breathing circus performance with music that can be best described as ‘traditional Balkan folk crossed with full on wobbly bassline rave’, they are not to be missed!

As previously confirmed, British Funk & Soul legends Soul II Soul will headline on Friday, preceded by Indian singer-songwriter extraordinaire Raghu Dixit.

Soul II Soul need little introduction. Best known for timeless classics Back To Life and 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. They’ve been recognised throughout their 29-year career, winning 2 Grammies and being nominated for 5 Brits.

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.

Mr Tea & The Minions are, in their own words “On a mission to spread fun, cheekiness and crazy dancing to audiences everywhere”. With their brand of Gypsy flavoured party music sure to put a smile on your face and your knees up in the air, they are sure to fit right in at Chagstock!

Also confirmed is Billy Rowan, aka The Undercover Hippy who’s unconventional take on the singer/songwriter genre brings together acoustic guitar, soulful vocals, infectious reggae rhythms, and – as a former Drum N Bass impresario - the lyrical delivery of a skilled MC.

Taking place on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd July, Chagstock will once again showcase the very finest music, food and entertainment from the Westcountry and beyond.

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.

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

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.

Organiser Si Ford writes
“This year, Chagstock will be dedicated to the memory of my dear mother who passed away just before Christmas. It was after all in her back garden that the very first private Chagstock took place back in 2003. Her maiden name was Monypenny (the derivation of which is a long interesting story of its’ own), and during the 2nd World War she joined the WRNS and worked at a satellite branch of Bletchley Park working the code breaking machines. Having signed the Official Secrets Act at the time, she was unable even to tell my father what she had been doing until the 1970s. So in a way she was the original ‘Miss Monypenny’. So with all this in mind, and in her honour, we are going for a theme of Spies & Dolls. We will also be formally re-naming the beer tent will Miss Monypennys’!

Fancy dress will be encouraged but does not necessarily have to be 007 Bond related – there are plenty of other options! We will be formalising the fancy dress competition this year and will publicise parade and judging times in due course.”

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

£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.
Day and weekend tickets also available
Tickets are available from website


Dartington International Summer School & Festival 2017 - Go to website

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

Seth Lakeman - Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes - Oysterband - Ralph McTell & Wizz Jones - The Spooky Men’s Chorale - Dervish - Lau - Martin Carthy & Sam Sweeney - Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita - Chris Wood - Yves Lambert Trio - Duncan Chisholm - Rura - George Monbiot & Ewan McLennan
Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker - Leveret - Roy Bailey - O’Hooley & Tidow - Coope Boyes & Simpson - John Kirkpatrick - Daoiri Farrell - Jim Causley Trio - Mawkin - Moirai - Ange Hardy - Imar - Attila The Stockbroker - Sara Grey & Kieron Means - Sheesham and Lotus & ‘Son - Siobhan Miller Trio - Crows - Grace Petrie - Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith
The Changing Room - Rusty Shackle - The Drystones - Brighde Chaimbeul - Jen Butterworth & Laura-Beth Salter - Rosie Hood - Alden, Patterson & Dashwood - Geoff Lakeman - Thomas McCarthy - Alice Jones - Jim & Lynette Eldon - Slow Moving Clouds - Brian O’Leary & Jack Talty - Token Women - Florida - Kirkophany - Steamchicken - English String Band
The Pigeon Swing - Lasair - Threepenny Bit - Diatonics - This Way Up - Purcell’s Polyphonic Party - Bob Isaacs - Michael Barraclough - Momentum - Contra Alt Delete - Linda Game Band Mrs Savage’s Whim - Ivan Aitken - John Sweeney - Val Knight - Kerry Fletcher
Pre-Festival Specials
Thursday 3 August
Fisherman’s Friends - Barbara Dickson & Nick Holland
Friday 4 August
Michael Morpurgo & Voices At The Door
Concerts - Ceilidhs - Folk Dances - Roots Parties - Dance Spectaculars - Children’s Festival - Huge Workshop Programme


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



We are seeking Young Performers who would like to play, sing or dance during Sidmouth FolkWeek 2017.

Would you like the opportunity to perform in the Young Performers Showcases on The Garden Stage in Blackmore Gardens?

If you are a young folk performer (singer, musician, band, dancer etc) this may just be your opportunity to be part of the 2017 Young Performers Showcase events at Sidmouth FolkWeek.

Register your interest by emailing:  - if under 18 years of age, this must be submitted by an adult.

Please do not send any further details, sound files etc until you hear back from the festival

Bob Cann

Click on image for short slide show of 2016 festival

Photgraphs by Alan Quick

40th Dartmoor Folk Festival - Friday 11 to Sunday 13 August 2017 - For further details about the Festival, telephone 01837 840102 - visit website

Artists confirmed for 2017 so far include:

Fay Hield and the Hurricane Party (Friday) - Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra - Jim Causley Trio - Siobhan Miller Trio - Keith Donnelly - Jackie Oates - Gadarene (Sunday) - Geoff Lakeman - The Valiant Dance Band (Friday) - The Dartmoor Pixie Band (Saturday night & Sunday night) - Ramsley Minors - Entertainingly different



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


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

Baring-Gould Folk Song School - Sunday 22 to Friday 27 October 2017 - For more information visit website or telephone 01837 53754

Baring Gould Folk weekend - Friday 27 to Sunday 29 October 2017 - For more information visit website or telephone 01837 53754


Clovelly Herring Festival - Saturday 18 November 2017 - 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.