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

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Brixham Pirate and Shanty Festival 2015 - Saturday 2 2o 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 - website
For More Details: Contact Pete & John Tel. 01363 775695 ~ email

Dart Music Festival - Friday 15 to Sunday 17 May 2015 - Website


Bude & Stratton Folk FestivalWebsite

Exmouth FestivalWebsite.

Chippenham Folk Festival - Friday 22 to Monday 25 May 2014 - 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  

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

Teignmouth Folk Festival - website

South Brent Folk Festival -

Contact email - telephone 01364 73699 or John Rawlinson email or telephone 01364 73117 or visit website

Tivvy Fest - For more information go to Website

Chagstock Festival - Whiddon Down, Devon - Website

Hatherleigh Festival - visit website

Sidmouth Folk Week - Visit Website








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37th Dartmoor Folk Festival - Friday 8 August to Sunday 10 August - For further details about the Festival, telephone 01837 840102 - visit website

Dartmoor Folk Festival attracted record crowds despite prediction of bad weather

RECORD crowds enjoyed three days of music, song, dance and crafts at the 37th Dartmoor Folk Festival. 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.

The festival chairman, Jason Rice, from Exeter, was judged the winner of the adult step dance competition. Jason works for Haines Watts, chartered accountants, of Crediton and Exeter. He previously won the title in 2001 and 2010. Junior step dance competition winner was Matthew Stoner (15), from South Zeal. He previously won the title in 2010 and 2011.
Broom dance champion was Izzy Rowland (11), from Sticklepath, near Okehampton. Eleanor Marvin (11) was second and Evelyn Hansell (9) was third.

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 have gone very well,” said Alan Quick, press officer, who added “Everything has gone swimmingly.” Jason Rice thanked the public for ignoring the weather forecasts and for travelling to Dartmoor for the event.
He extended thanks to all those involved, including an army of volunteers. He said: “The weather didn’t put a dampener on the weekend and played no significant part, however the Sunday afternoon main arena events moved into one of the marquees.“I would like to thank the villagers for putting up with the increase in traffic and all the artists who performed.”
He added: “The success of the festival is due to the many helpers.

There are a growing amount of young people from the village and further afield involved and it is them who play a valuable role, some as performers in their own right.”
Mrs Cann said: “It was a brilliant weekend – a ‘proper job’.“Everything went ‘tickety-boo!”

Mr Quick added that the family-friendly festival, was not only something everyone could enjoy but said it also 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 - Saturday 9 August to Sunday 17 August 2014 - website. Headline acts so far include Martin Carthy, Sheelanagig, Crowd, Tyn Dada and The Balina Whalers.

Beautiful Days Festival - Friday 15 - Sunday - 17 August 2014 - Escot Park near Exeter. See website - for details.

41st Cornwall Folk Festival - Friday 22nd to Monday 25th August 2014 - Visit festival website
Wizz Jones; Jezz Lowe, Mike Silver; Flossie Malavialle; Geoff Lakeman, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin; Grenaways, The Roving Crows; Andy Clarke and Steve Tyler; Pete Grassby; Steve Huntand Neil Davey; Andrew McKay and Carole Etherton; The O'Frankels; Brian and Marie Phillips; Devonbird; Mark Holland Band; Doxies; Jonah's Lift; Thorn and Roses; Liz Crow; Jess Handley; Vince and Nickie; Bradders.
Box office Telephone 01208 812230 - out of hours telephone - 01637 880604.






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Totnes Festival - website

Acoustica Festival - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS + partner venues
For more information go to website or telephone 01392 667080

This year’s festival of alt-folk, folktronica and Americana – music of acoustic origin – takes place at six venues and across eleven stages.

Friday: Bands from 6pm and into the early hours at Exeter Phoenix and from 10.30pm at Bikeshed Theatre and the Old Firehouse – including Josienne Clark & Ben Walker, Winter Mountain, Death & Treason, Rhyme & Reason (a dark musical cabaret), Black Feathers, Kezia, Grice, Tom Hickox, Jess McAllister, Bite The Buffalo, Sam Fearon, Richard O’Hara, the pick of student singer songwriters from the Academy of Music.
Saturday: Bands at Exeter Phoenix from 6pm at Exeter Phoenix and from 10.30pm at Bikeshed Theatre and the Old Firehouse – including Blair Dunlop, Hannah Lou Clark, Arhai, Nick Harper, Count To Fire, David Harbottle, Woodford Green, Moor Reason, Sunday: Skyclub, Wildwood Kin, Polly Money, young singer songwriters from Exeter Phoenix plus many more.
More details, booking etc.

Baring Gould Folk weekend - Friday 24 to Sunday 26 October 2014 For more information visit website or telephone 01837 53754
Held in a range of comfortable venues all in the centre of the old market town.
Artists include: Tickled Pink, Phil Beer, James Findlay, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Jon & Alfie, Lester Simpson and the Wren Band. As well as the strong programme of concerts and dances, you can sing with the Festival Choir or play with Festival Orchestra. On the Saturday night there is a Feast with hog roast or vegetarian options and even more music and song, and Sunday features the annual Prize Conker Competition. Weekend tickets £30.00 buy, 3 get 1 free!
Saturday night ceilidh with Tickled Pink - Charter Hall  Market Street, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 1AA. 8.00pm -11.00pm - Bar Open from 7.00pm - £5 entry or free with weekend or festival ticket. Price includes a pre Ceilidh warm up with Moulton Morris from 7pm.

Baring-Gould Folk Song School - Monday 27 to Friday 31 Ocotber 2014 for more information visit website or telephone 01837 53754

Led by Wren Music's Director Paul Wilson with the Wren team of Sarah Owen and Rosa Rebecka, Marilyn Tucker and David Faulkner; visiting tutor Janet Russell .

Tuition in large and small groups, as well as one-to-one. You will have the opportunity to plan your own week, balancing your own programme from the three main strands:
1. Developing Technique warming up; finding your own voice; breathing; pitching; phrasing; ornamentation; creating your own harmonies.
2. Developing Repertoire searching the archive; collation of text and tunes; putting tunes to words (and vice versa); arranging; using harmony; accompaniment.
3. Developing Performance Skills opportunities to sing away from the clubs; using PA systems; building confidence; overcoming nerves; relaxation; telling the story.
The 2014 fee is £300 if paid in full before 30 September, £350 thereafter (if any places still available).