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Inter-Varsity Folk Dance Festival – Friday 26th February – Sunday 28th February 2016. In 2016 Warwick Folk is hosting IVFDF, the Inter-Varsity Folk Dance Festival, for the very first time
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Exefest - Exeter Canalside Folk Festival Visit website for more information.
Crediton Folk Weekend 2016 - Friday 13th to Sunday 15th May 2016 - website For More Details ~ email We are sorry to announce that the Crediton Folk Weekend this year has been cancelled. This is due to various reasons.
We apologise to all involved and hope this event will happen again sometime in the future.
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Dart Music Festival - Friday 15 to Sunday 15 May 2016 - Website
Multi-genre largely free festival. Advertised 'folk/country' line-up currently includes: Cooper and Davies; The Bookshop Band; Circes Diner; Velvet and Stone; Gary Quinn; The Porter Family; The Lyers; Billy Thompson Gypsy Style; Ninebarrow; Lost Eleven; Martin & Eliza Carthy.
10th Bude & Stratton Folk Festival - Friday 27 May to Monday 30 May 2016 Visit Website
On late May bank holiday weekend Bude & Stratton Folk Festival again welcomes visitors from far and wide. Artists include Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll, Ange Hardy, Jim Causley, Jim Mageean and Barrie and Ingrid Temple.
This friendly festival features concerts, workshops, open-mic stages, music sessions and sing arounds. The Sunday evening Music Hall is a major draw. There is Morris Dancing on the quay and Maypole Dancing on Bark House Green. Local schools enjoy free workshops from festival artists.
Venues include the Falcon Hotel, Bude Rugby Club and St Michael's Budehaven. Early bird tickets £40 until 1 April 2016. Booking info on the website. For more information please telephone Peter O7736 374OO3
Exmouth Festival’s West Country Traditions - Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th June 2016 - The Strand, Exmouth (and surrounding venues) EX8 1AL.
Hosted by The Exmouth Shanty Men, the weekend will be headlined by 5 times Radio 2 Folk Awards winner Jim Moray and packed with Shanty Singers, Folk singers, Morris Dancers, Steam, Heritage films, exhibits, craft demonstrations and many other fringe events in The Strand and adjacent indoor venues. 10.30 - 21.30 hrs on Saturday and 11.00 - 18.00 hrs on Sunday. The weekend also features lots of things for children to do and is the finale of this year’s Exmouth Festival which celebrates its 20th year and runs from Friday 27th May - Sunday 5th June. For mor einformation visit Exmouth Festival website or telephone 01395 276167.
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Halsway Hothouse Festival - Saturday 4 June 2016 Halsway Manor, Halsway,
Nr Crowcombe, Taunton, Somerset TA4 4BD Moore Moss Rutter, Gilmore & Roberts, Sam Kelly, The Little Unsaid, The Drystones, Jon Dyer & Alfie Gidley, Jemima Farey, Mazy House, Sharp Teeth Theatre, Thirsty Jenny, Jekyll & Hyde, plus sea shanty, clog dance and flamenco workshops, great food, local ales and ciders, camping and b&b.
Halsway Hothouse Festival is a one day, one night festival celebrating the new folk generation. It’s the place to see performances by the very best young, emerging artists. We hand-pick performers from all over the UK, and make sure we showcase Somerset talent too. It's a 'folk' festival - but we're pretty open-minded as to what 'folk' means. Expect acoustic folk / roots music, a party atmosphere, great food and drink, and much, much more... It takes place on Saturday 4 June, kicking off at 12 noon and continuing until 11.30pm.
This year’s Hothouse artists include 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees Gilmore & Roberts and Sam Kelly, alongside previous winners Moore Moss Rutter. The Little Unsaid will be making an appearance showcasing their cutting edge alt-folk/electronica. South West performers are well-represented in the line-up, including Priddy duo The Drystones, Jemima Farey, Jon Dyer & Alfie Gidley, Wells-based Thirsty Jenny and Jekyll & Hyde, plus the West Somerset collective Mazy House fronted by gifted young chanteuse Rosie May. As in previous years, there will be the chance to take part in workshops: Clog Dancing with Claire Bailey, Flamenco with Karina Gracia, and Shanties with Pete Truin and the Trad Academy Choir. All ages and abilities are welcomed!
Festival Director Will Lang says, 'This is a small festival that's full of heart - created to support and celebrate young performers, and to entertain and delight audiences of all ages.'
The Bradninch Music Festival Gardens 4 and 5 June 2016
The Bradninch Musical Gardens on the weekend 4 and 5 June is on the preceding weekend to the Bradninch Music Festival. The musical gardens weekend combines an open garden safari to over 20 gardens with added musical and theatre events as well as the Bradninch tradition of the Club Walk with Brandinch Millers Morris and Majidah Tribal Belly Dance troupe touring the town. Tickets can be purchased from the Bradninch Spar and Post Office or at the participating gardens at £6.00 or £10.00 for 2 covering both days. The event is a social highlight in Bradninch with the opportunity to meet lots of people and view the gardens, arts & crafts with live entertainment as well as cream teas, cakes and other refreshments at venues around the town. Go to Facebook page
16th The Bradninch Music Festival - Friday 10 to Sunday 12 June 2016 - For more information visit website
The 16th Bradninch Music Festival combines community events with new and favourite musical performers on the multiple stages around the town. The weekend is packed with over 30 events with some 200 performers including many young and up and coming acts. There will be plenty of opportunities to dance and listen to a wide range of music including Gothic pop, folk, blues, singer songwriters, jazz, choral and classical, circus skills, children's' events but the Bradninch Music Festival is not about labels it is about live music and fun. Most of the events excluding workshops are free but you will be invited to contribute donations towards the costs of the festival through official collection buckets.
The two headline concerts will be held at the Bradninch Guildhall on the Friday and Saturday nights. The featured acts will be; Friday Patrick Gardiner from Northern Ireland and Midlands high-energy Celtic roots band Roving Crows - Tickets £10.00.
Saturday will feature a return visit by the very popular Fish Out of Water, Tickets £7.00
or a combined ticket £15.00. Tickets and more details including programme from Bradninch Spar and Post Office, or telephone 01392 881566 or visit website
Clovelly Seaweed Festival in aid of the North Devon Hospice - Sunday 12 June 2016 - 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.
A little Moor Merriment - A Dartmoor Weekend - Friday 17th to Sunday 19th June 2016 Go to Facebook page or website for more information Friday 17 June 2016 Jim Causley with beki Driscol and Nick Wyke - the evening will be compared by Dave Wills and Len Harvey (2/5ths of the Kelly Quarry Blasters) Lustleigh Village Hall Tickets £10.00 (16 and under £6.00)
Saturday 18 June 2016
From 12.30 p.m. in Lustleigh village Centre and town orchard a family lunchtime barbeque (Michael Howard Butchers Moretonhampstead)
Bar In the Village Hall
Many FREE events throughout the afternoon Dance Workshops, Morris Dancing, Music, Mummers Play, Photography Exhibition and Film
7.30 p.m. Family ceilidh, Dartmoor Pixie Band, Lustleigh Village Hall Tickets £7.50 (16 and under £5.00)
Sunday 19 June 2016
10.30 a.m. guided Walk around Lustleigh
2.00 p.m. An afternoon walk around Lustleigh Cleave
5.00 p.m. The Church of St. John The Baptist special folk service
18th Teignmouth Folk Festival - Friday 17 to Sunday 19 June 2016 - website
The James Brothers
The Roaring Trowmen
City of Plymouth Pipe Band
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South Brent Folk Day - Saturday 2nd July 2016 - Visit South Brent Folk website
Clovelly Maritime Festival in aid of the North Devon Hospice - Sunday 17 July 2016. 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.
The 'Clovelly Gun Run' starts the event from the harbour to Victoria Fountain. Two teams will take it in turn to manhandle this weighty gun. Come along and support the cadets as they try to beat their race time last year. It really is an amazing sight of hard work and dedication!
Then there'll be lively music, street entertainment, crafty creations, sea story telling, puppet shows and family activities.
On the quay, there'll be seafood kitchens and a range of food and art & craft stalls.
Free entry for under 16s if they come dressed as a pirate, mermaid, salty sea dog or fish wife. Under 7s have free entry anyway, but we would love it if they come dressed up too.
So do come along and enjoy this fun-packed day out in support of the North Devon Hospice. Standard admission charges include all entertainment.
Chagstock Festival - Friday 22 July to Saturday 23 July 2016 - Whiddon Down, Devon - Website
Donovan | The Stranglers |
Easy Star All-Stars - Radiodread 10 Year Anniversary |
The Blockheads | Ferocious Dog | Cattle & Cane |
Danny & The Champions Of The World | Marc O'Reilly Band |
Tankus The Henge | Rews | Voodoo Trombone Quartet |
Wildwood Kiln | Blackstatic | The Leylines | Electric Company |
Josephine & The Artizans | Johnny & The Chic Sisters |
Plus as always, House Band...New Crisis
CHAGSTOCK FESTIVAL organisers have confirmed that Rock N Roll & Songwriting Hall Of Famer, Donovan will headline Friday night on the festival’s 10th Anniversary this July. Donovan is a legendary Scottish Poet, folk-rock & pop-troubadour who has been an essential part of worldwide popular culture since signing to Pye Records in 1965. Best known for his signature song, ‘Mellow Yellow’, Donovan has recorded more than 27 albums, and his 1967 hit, ’Sunshine Superman’ (featuring Jimmy Page on Guitar and John Paul Jones on Bass) was a US No.1 single.
Over the course of his 50-year musical career, Donovan has performed with legends such as Pete Seeger, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones. He taught John Lennon & Paul McCartney the finger-picking guitar style, and performed on the recording of The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’. He was also one of the few non-band members to co-write with The Beatles; collaborating on ‘Yellow Submarine’.
In addition to his induction into the Rock N Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame, other awards that this unique songwriter and performer has been presented with include an Ivor Novello, A distinguished medal as “Officer of Arts & Letters” (France), A BMI Icon award, the MOJO magazine Maverick Award, A BBC Folk Lifetime Achievement Award and many more.
Live performance highlights are include sets at numerous historically important events including Monterey 1967, Newport 1965, Isle of Wight 1970, Bath Blues 1970 ... and now of course Chagstock 2016, where he will be performing a ‘greatest hits’ set, along with his current band.
Also added to the Chagstock 2016 bill are The Blockheads. Formed in 1977 to promote Ian Dury’s album 'New Boots and Panties'. Chaz Jankel, Norman Watt-Roy, Charlie Charles, John Turnbull and Mick Gallagher became known as 'The Blockheads'. Chaz composed 'Hit me with your Rhythm Stick' with Ian, which has sold more than 1 million copies to date, and reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart.
The last performance by Ian Dury & The Blockheads was February 6th 2000 at The London Palladium. At this point the band had to make a decision to either stop or continue. The choice was made and the band has continued making albums and touring the world. Now over a decade since Ian passed away, The Blockheads still perform to packed out venues around the world.
Saturday night at Chagstock will be headlined by none other than legendary post-punk band, The Stranglers. The Stranglers are one of the UK’s best loved bands, who have enjoyed a litany of hits across their incredible 42-year career, including ‘Golden Brown’, ‘No More Heroes’, ‘Peaches’, ‘Always the Sun’ and ‘Skin Deep’.
Other acts confirmed include the wildly popular Ferocious Dog, alt-folk six-piece Danny & The Champions Of The World, the BBC Introducing endorsed Cattle & Cane, a return performance from spellbinding Irish Folk/Blues troubadour Marc O’Reilly, and many more.
Taking place on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd July, Devon’s much-loved, family friendly, not-for-profit event will feature the biggest and most diverse line up in its 10-year history.
The theme for the wildly popular fancy dress day on Saturday will be ‘Legends’.
Chagstock Festival is a Not For Profit Organisation, proud to support Devon Air Ambulance Trust and WaterAid.
Chagstock 2016 Tickets £85.00 (Adults), £55 (Youth aged 12-17),
Under 12’s are free (ticket is still required). A Family Ticket for 2 Adults & 2 Under 18s is £250.
A Campervan pass is £15.00, and a Group Ticket discount (buy 6, get one free) is also available. All weekend tickets include 2 nights of camping and car parking. Tickets are available from website
Dartington International Summer School & Festival 30th
July to the 27th August 2016
Dartington International Summer School & Festival is one of Europe's leading music summer schools. Throughout August the beautiful medieval Dartington Estate will host a daily programme of music courses, masterclasses and workshops, and at night the summer school transforms into a thriving concert series. The music courses range from jazz, opera and folk to contemporary and classical music, music theatre, world music and electronica. The programme also embraces poetry, literature and dance, as well as multimedia and film. Every year many new artistic partnerships are forged, leading to groundbreaking new work, as well as collaborations that develop and mature far beyond the Summer School.
This year, Week 2 will have a particular focus on folk music, with a folk choir led by Sally Davies, courses on teaching and arranging folk music, and tuition by the wonderful Northumbrian pipes player, fiddler and singer Kathryn Tickell.
The Summer School also presents Party in the Town, a new, free festival held all over
Totnes on 27th May, celebrating the creativity and diversity of local musicians and artists. Click here for more information.
Booking for the 2016 Summer School is now open go to website View the 2016 brochure.
Sidmouth Folk Week - 29th July to 5th August 2016 - Visit Website
THE SIDMOUTH SEASIDE STOMPERS
Musical children (8-12 years of age) who play any musical instrument are being encouraged to participate in the The Sidmouth Seaside Stompers Ceilidh Band Workshop at Sidmouth FolkWeek. This provides 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 tutors this year are Ray Langton (musical director) - melodeons/accordions, Josh Smallbone - guitar, Stephen France - brass, Adam Courthold - percussion, Mathew Keegan-Phipps - woodwind, Beth Gifford and Anna Mullens – viola/fiddle.
The Sidmouth Seaside Stompers will work together with their tutors to learn ceilidh band music to play for a wonderful, evening, outdoor ceilidh in Blackmore Gardens. The gardens will twinkle and sparkle to provide a truly memorable experience for those playing on The Garden Stage.
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 Blackmore Gardens.
For further information please contact Ray & Bev Langton Children’s Festival Producers email
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of some of the performers at last year's festival
Photgraphs by Alan Quick
39th Dartmoor Folk Festival - Friday 5 to Sunday 7 August 2016. For further details about the Festival, telephone 01837 840102 - visit website
Beautiful Days Festival - Friday 19 - Sunday - 21 August 2016 - Escot Park near Exeter. See website - for details.
43rd Cornwall Folk Festival - Friday 26th to Monday 29th August 2016 - Visit festival website
Download concert programme (PDF) and details of day tickets
Ralph McTell and Martin Simpson headlining the weekend with further star acts!
The festival is further supported this year by an extended outdoors " Fringe Stage" where over three dozen young Regional folk/rock acts will be "strutting their stuff" along with further music enhancement with acoustic musicians playing in most of the cafes, bars and streets around Wadebridge. We are renaming Molesworth Street as " Shanty Street " for the duration of the Festival and there will be a " Young Musicians Award and Competition "once again in the Town Hall this year with a bursary to be won.
Full Weekend Season Tickets before 30th April - Adults £55.00/Children 5 to 16 years old £25.00/Children under 5 free.
Please note that a Full Weekend Season ticket allows you easy
access and actual priority for any Main Concerts, Ceilidhs and
Workshops- so book now to ensure you avoid any disappointment
of our selling out Events !
Season Tickets from 1st May onwards – Adults £70.00 / Children 5 -
16 years old £30.00/Children under 5 free
Clovelly Lobster and Crab Feast - Sunday 4 September - 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.
It's in aid of the National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow, who will be exibiting some of their baby lobsters prior to their release into Clovelly Bay at the end of the day. At the heart of the NLH's work is their lobster restocking project whereby local fishermen bring 'pregnant' female lobsters to the hatchery so that their delicate offspring are given a better chance in life by being raised in captivity without predators. These young lobsters are raised to a size where they can be released back into the sea and look after themselves. Visit website. (As seen on BBC2 TV 'Country Show Cook Off'). Visit website to watch a lobster film about the Lundy no take zone. Standard admission charges include all entertainment.
Lyme Folk Weekend - Friday 9-Sunday 11 September 2016 - Lyme Regis - visit website for more information
Lostinfolk Festival - Lostwithiel Community Centre - Friday 16 September to Sunday 18 September 2016 Visit website
The festival will offer four concerts over the three days plus a late-night ceilidh after the Saturday evening concert. The line-up includes well known folk and acoustic artists who will be familiar to many of the county’s folk club audiences including Jez Lowe & the Bad Pennies, Richard Digance, Johnny Coppin & Mike Silver, Sally Barker, and Exeter’s Wildwood Kin. Audiences will also have the opportunity to enjoy exploring the effervescent Gerry Colvin Band, world folk music rhythms of the Hut People, and Cambridgeshire mandolinist Daniel Nestlerode. Add to this impressive list the Americana and rocky blues of the Spikedrivers, Suffolk’s Broadside Boys with their tales of local characters, the full on fiddle led Celtic fusion of the Roving Crows, and last but certainly not least, the folk rock dance masters of experimentation (yes you can folk dance to Kraftwerk!) Tickled Pink for the ceilidh, and there is certainly a diverse mix of musical genres to appeal to everyone!
Acoustica Festival -Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS + partner venues
For more information go to website or telephone 01392 667080
Riverside Beer, Folk , and Music Festival - Friday 30th September – Sunday 2nd October 2016 -
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. 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
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 - 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.
Ilfracombe Folk, Roots & World Music Festival- For more information go to website