Whats On - Festivals

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Exefest - Exeter Canalside Folk Festival - Saturday 12 April 2014 Visit website for more information.
2nd year, at the Double Locks pub.
With the Melrose Quartet - Multiple BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners Nancy Kerr and James Fagan join forces with legendary Sheffield duo Richard and Jess Arrowsmith (Crucible, Hekety, Pecsaetan) and are capturing imaginations with their bold new take on old and new English songs and tunes. Glorious four-part harmony singing combines with crunchy twin fiddles, full bodied melodeon and powerful bouzouki in a set that will leave your heart singing and your feet tapping - visit website.
Plus The Dovetail Trio, presenting England's traditional songs with a bold and fresh approach, The Dovetail Trio explores familiar narratives and modern themes with infectious energy and a passion for musical heritage - go to Facebook page.
The Black Hares, an English folk duo who play whatever pleases them and do not rule out any musical style or genre. Whether from any part of Great Britain, Scandinavia or North America all music is considered fair game - go to website.

The 22nd – Tucker’s Maltings Beer Festival - “Showcasing the Finest ales of the Southwest’s SIBA members.” Thursday 24th to Saturday 26th April 2014

Live music Friday night, Saturday afternoon, Saturday early evening, Saturday late evening
Sessions & Prices - Thursday 24th - 5pm – 11pm at £5 per Ticket - Friday 25th - 11am – 5pm at £3 per Ticket - 6pm – 11pm at £7 per Ticket - Saturday 26th 11am – 11pm at £5 per Ticket - Got to website for more information

Budleigh Guitar Festival - Friday 25th - Sunday 27th April 2014 - Cancelled - Budleigh Salterton Public Hall, Station Road, Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 6RJ, St Peter’s Church & selected venues around the town.
Friday evening only, Saturday and Sunday 12 noon til close. Featuring: Martin Barre (Friday), Tommy Emmanuel (Saturday); Glenn Tilbrook (Sunday); . Plus: Clive Gregson, Mark Griffiths & Andy Roberts (3 Boxes); B.J.Cole; Peter White; Chris Foster; John James; John Etheridge; Philip Henry; Sam Carter; Chris Woods, Nick Harper, and Flats & Sharps. Concerts, workshops, open mic, full bar, stalls, all-day food. For more information email Telephone box office/enquiries 01395 443419 or 07891 663044 or go to WeGotTickets

Brixham Pirate and Shanty Festival 2013 - Saturday 3 and Sunday 5 May 2014. 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

Blackawton Festival of Wormcharming, Blackawton Beer Festival & Blackawton Music Festival - Sunday 4 May 2014
All free. Music will be in the grounds of the George Inn, only 5 miles from Dartmouth; various acts including
(three piece folk-orientated band featuring Ocean Colour Scene songwriter and vocalist Simon Fowler (guitar/vocals), Dan Sealey (guitar/vocals) & Adam Barry (piano/organ/vocals), about to tour the UK and release a new album. Crooked Tempo - samba band
Nauti Buoys - local shanty band;
Plus Swamp Hogs, Phil Hickin. Wormcharming/Beer Festivals from noon (earlier if you want to worm charm!), music 1.45pm-6.15pm approx. Fancy dress (theme is the Great War) welcome. Admission free – collections in support of Devon Air Ambulance and other local charities.

Crediton Festival 2013 - Friday 9 to Sunday 11 May 2014 website Cancelled
For More Details: Contact Pete & John Tel. 01363 775695 ~ email

Dart Music Festival - Friday 16 to Sunday 18 May 2014 - Website

Mostly free, largely outdoor, multi-genre festival. Line-up includes Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin 17/5. Martha Tilston, Taiko Journey, Torbay Folk Choir, Wren Music, Nauti Bouys. Download the full programme for £4.00 from the website.

Bude & Stratton Folk Festival - Friday 23 to Monday 26 May 2014 Website
Guests includeGuests include: Jim Causley - Jed Grimes - Steve Turner - Phillip Henry& Hannah Martin - Jackie Oates & Tristan Seume - Patti Smith & Ned Clamp - Les Sullivan - Andrew McKay & Carole Etherton - George Wilson - Peter Collins - Hamish Currie - Thorn & Roses - Roger Bryant - Rum & Shrub
Exmouth Festival - Friday 23 to Sunday 25 May 2014 Website.
Multi-genre festival including a significant folk element including David Harbottle & Freya Jonas, The Billycocks, The O'Marleys, Sma Green & The Midnight Heist, Jim Causley, Fiddler's Folly, Jess McAllister, Lazibyrd, Martin Weller, Plastic Paddys.

Ocmundtune Creative Arts - May Celebration - Friday 23 to Sunday 25th May 2014

Ocmundtune is an arts based project, a Journey towards an arts centre for Okehampton, Devon . There will be 3 evening concerts, some of our Acts include, Troubadours Garden , Saturday Sun, The Monkey Gland Band, Jerry Cahill, Gillie Nichols, Jackie Juno and Story Telling with Tom Hirons & Rima Staines Three Gypsy Tales Traveller Tales from eastern europe, with musical accompaniment.

There is a unique and varied selection of Workshops available throughout the weekend , including Vision and imagination, a painting based workshop for the visually adventurous, Ockness mosters -mask making for all the family, Creative Writing with Jackie Juno, Singing with Gillie Nicholls former singer & Songwriter of the Albion Band, and Guitar workshop with Jerry Cahill - a rare opportunity for all finger style guitarists , and a creative Theatre workshop, Crafts stalls and open mic.

The Programme is available to download (PDF). All workshops are £5 except Ockness Monsters which is £2.50 / adults free.

For further information please visit website.

Chippenham Folk Festival - Friday 23 to Monday 26 May - website
" This is the our 43rd Festival and we still maintain it's original core objective "... to be primarily a participatory festival promoting and presenting some of the best in English Folk Song, Music and Dance ...". It does this by presenting over 200 individual events and workshops, all in one weekend on the Spring Bank Holiday".

7th Dulverton Folk Festival Friday 23 to Monday 26 May - Website
Friday: Arrivals night with sessions in the Bridge Inn
Saturday and Sunday: Workshops, Concerts, Dancing, and more sessions
Monday: Farewell sessions.

The 14th Bradninch Music Festival Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June 2014.

The wonderfully eclectic Bradninch Music Festival is this year on the weekend 6th, 7th and 8th of June.  The festival combines original community arts, theatre and music in a fun mix.  Some of the best, brightest and newest acts of local, regional and national level will be in town.  There will be two main concerts at the Guildhall.  Friday will feature three award wining acts; singer-songwriter Emily Howard, 2013 Larmer Tree Breakthrough Music Award duo Ninebarrow and main act 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Best Duo, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin (Ticket price £10).  Saturday night at the Guildhall will be a dance event with the popular Rosie Eade Band and Spin2 (Ticket price £7).

Virtually every performance venue in the town is used.  During the Saturday afternoon the White Lion concert will be themed American Madness with Bicton Street Blues, Karl Zumar, Rail Hogs and Dave Gwilliam  and the Castle Hotel will put on World Music with Stampita, Dakar Audio Club and the Alchemist’s Wardrobe. For the Sunday the White Lion will have more award winners in the Get Folked Concert: Amy and Gavin Davenport, Lazibyrd (2013 SW Music Award), Andy Clarke & Steve Tyler and Devonbird.  The Castle Hotel will present Eclectica; Zoë Leonard, Wildwood Kin (winners of the 2014 national Open Mic UK competition at the NEC in Birmingham), Saturday Sun, Greg Hancock and Jake Miller.

Individual performances will be found from popular performers Peachy Farmer, Lovedaddies, Harlem Trainspotters, Robert Brown Claire, Rude Awakening, Bacchus, Castletown and Clam Jam at evening pub venues.

Most of the events in the pubs, the street entertainments, concerts in the church and entertainment at the picnic have no charge to attend. A samba band and morris dancing will be found on the streets on Sunday. Most festival music venues are deliberately open to enable people to move around and sample the amazing talent on offer.  The Bradninch Players normally sell out on their show at St Disen’s Church Hall which runs on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Night.  St Disen’s Church is the venue for a classical concert on the Saturday Night and on the Sunday the 80 strong Bradninch Festival Choir will be following up their thunderous debut of last year. 

As in previous years the weekend before the festival will also be featuring music and arts in the Bradninch Musical Gardens.  For more information visit website

Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival - Friday 13 to Sunday 15 June - visit website  
44 Shanty groups, 21 venues and 261 hours of shanty singing (that's 46 more hours than last year!) confirmed

Alan Whitbread, Baldricks Plan, Barnacle Buoys, Bluebell singers, Bone Idol, Bosun's Call, Cadgwith Singers, Cape Cornwall Singers, Dutch Uncle, Exmouth Shantymen, Falmouth Fish, Falmouth Shout, Fishermans Friends, Flash Jack, Hobsons Choice, Kanerien Trozoul, La Bordee, Many a Mickle, Mariners Away, Nankersey Male Voice Choir, Naze Shanty Group, Nordet, Pirates of St Piran, Press Gang, Rum & Shrub, Scheepsfolk, Shake A Leg, Short Drag Roger, Sheringham Shantymen, Stamp & Go, Swinging the Lead, Tavy Tars, The 5 Men Not Called Matt, Thraw'd Together, The Old Gaffers, Trim Rig and a Doxy, Two Anchors, The Back Beach Boyz, The Nauti Buoys, The Oggymen, Treverva Male Voice Choir, The Longest Johns, Vagrants Crew, Wareham Whalers.

Moor Merriment - A Dartmoor Weekend - Lustleigh will be hosting a weekend to celebrate the rich heritage of Dartmoor music and dance in various locations in the village - Friday June 13th to Sunday June 15th 2014.
Confirmed programme so far includes….
Friday 13th June Folk Concert (Village Hall)
Martin and Shan Graebe, talented and harmonious exponents of the traditional songs of Devon.
Jim Causley, Devon born-and-bred and now living on the Moor, he is an acclaimed singer, song-writer and musician with a rich voice and entertaining stage presence.
Hosts - Dave Wills and Len Harvey Lustleigh members of the "Forty Years A Dartmoor Legend" Kelly Quarry Blasters.
The artistes booked for this event all have a deep knowledge of and connection to Dartmoor.

Saturday 14th June Day of Dance ( Village Centre, Town Orchard or Indoor Venues if raining)
Displays by Morris sides including Cogs and Wheels, Tinners, and Beltane,
There will be workshops run throughout the day with a chance to try a hand (and feet) at traditional Dartmoor Step and Broom Dancing as well as Cotswold Morris and Maypole Dancing.
Music Sessions take place in the Town Orchard and the Cleave Pub.
Ceilidh - In the evening, the famous Dartmoor Pixie Band will play for a Ceilidh in the Village Hall with licensed bar.
Stalls around the village will include craft and local produce.

The church of St John the Baptist, on an ancient site at the heart of the village will be opening its doors to welcome everyone to a quiet look around the lovely interior and its flowers, with a guide on hand to answer questions and point out features of interest. Display by the Lustleigh Archive on village life in the past.
The day's events will be opened by a peal of church bells and Lustleigh's Village Crier Dave Wills.
As well as refreshment at the pub and the Village Hall there will be an early evening visit from the Fish and Chip Van!
If the weather is really bad everything takes place in the Village Hall - it will be a great day-long party!

Sunday 15th June -Church of St John, Lustleigh Music Society Concert (Village Hall)
Sunday service A special family service with pets!
Sunday 6.30. pm will see a repeat performance of Will Carnell and Alexa Mason's DARTMOOR CANTATA.  Sung by the Lustleigh Village Choir and accompanied by the Westerleigh Sinfonia Orchestra. This dramatic piece based on the legends of the Moor has been performed twice before, in Lustleigh and at Buckland Abbey. 
Children's choirs from Moretonhampstead and Bovey Tracey will be performing the premiere of ‘Giant Bolster of Haytor’ under the musical direction of Andrew Downton.
Friday to Sunday (Village Hall Foyer)
Exhibition by Lustleigh photographer Emma Wills More information on Facebook

More details will be released as the plans are finalised and remaining artists are confirmed.  There will be free parking and ticket details will be announced in due course. Go to Facebook page or website for more information or telephone Alexa Mason 01647 277498

16th Teignmouth Folk Festival - Friday 20 to Sunday 22 June 2014 - website
Festival concerts at the Carlton Theatre: Friday night - Vin Garbutt with support Skyhook
Saturday night - The Gavin Davenport Band with support Paul Downes
Sunday afternoon - The Martyn Wyndham-Read Band with support Barron & Brady.
Other artists appearing at the festival - The City of Plymouth Pipe Band, The Old Gaffers, Halfway Harmony, Flash Company, Mrs. Midnight, Leggy Blonde and numerous dance sides.

South Brent Folk Festival - Friday 11 - Saturday 12 July 2014.

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

Now becoming an annual event, this year’s programme is still under development and therefore the following is provisional:

  • Friday 11 July: Family Céilidh with Blue Jewel Céilidh Band with caller Anne Gill (of Mooncoin Céilidh Band) in the Village Hall. Tickets £7.50/£2.50 for children artworks.
  • Saturday 12 July:
  • Singing, music, dancing, brass band, drop in concert (with Miggin's Delight; Rog Smith; Mick Bramich; Julia & Marjorie; Wild Harmony) and workshops (Melodeon; Guitar; Harmony singing; Fiddle) throughout the day in various village venues focusing on the Old School Centre. Food during the day from 'Two Good Cooks' (Anna Stewart & Tara Vaughan-Hughes).

Poetry competition on 'St Petroc's exploits', in line with the theme of the weekend's flower festival. Entry forms from artwork; closing date for entries is extended to Saturday 5 July.

  • Saturday 12 July: Evening headline concert at 7.30pm in the Village Hall with
    Pilgrims Way refreshingly different yet reassuringly traditional' 4-piece band (Edwin Beasant (melodeons, guitar, bass), Lucy Wright (vocals, fiddle); Tom Kitching (fiddle, mandolin, vocals) and Jon Loomes (Cittern, Guitar, Hurdy-Gurdy, Concertina)). Their debut CD is ‘Wayside Courtesiesand the
    Will Pound Band led by Will Pound, who is a festival favourite and was nominated for ‘Musician of the Year’ in this year’s BBC Folk Awards. One of the world’s top harmonica players, he plays both diatonic and chromatic harmonicas and has taken the instrument to new places with a style that is completely his own. The Will Pound Band comprises Will with Chris Sarjeant on guitar/vocals, ‘Henry Webster on fiddle and John Parker on double bass. The band’s new CD is ‘A Cut Above’.
    Local singer, Tricia Moore who is inspired by the stories of mermaids and giants which abound in Cornwall, as well as the history and tales of tin and copper mining on both sides of the Tamar Valley. Tricia has a growing collection of self-penned songs as well as some settings of local poet Marina Dewing and has a new album 'Sail Away'.
    Tickets £10 in advance from artworks or £12 on the door.

The folk festival will run alongside the South Brent Flower Festival in St Petroc’s church.

  • Sunday 13 July 2014: Another wonderful South Brent to round off the Folk Festival from 9.30-11.30am in the Old School Centre with the usual mix of good food, company and more great music.

Tivvy Fest - For more information go to Website Folk events are:
On Monday 30th June we have Jim Causley and Lukas Drinkwater bringing> the poetry of Charles Causley to Tiverton in musical form - at Tiverton Community Arts Theatre (TCAT), on the Tiverton High School campus, Bolham Road Tiverton. £5.00 on the door. Starts at 7.30pm. Jim is always a great entertainer and we have always tried to get him along to Tivvyfest.

On Tuesday 1st July we have an instrumental Folk Music Session at the Half Moon which is a pub situated at the bottom end of the Tiverton Market Car Park. Starts 8.00pm. Free, naturally!! Previous sessions at this venue have always been great fun and well-attended, so we hope to see lots of keen musicians sharing their tunes.

Chagstock Festival - Whiddon Down, Devon- Friday 18 and Saturday 19 July 2014 - 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.
After selling out the entire allocation of early bird tickets in record time, all tickets, camping options and vehicle passes for this year’s festival are now available on website.

are delighted to announce that Lightning Seeds are the latest addition to their 2014 line-up. They will headline the main stage on Friday night.

Lightning Seeds are a Liverpudlian band fronted and formed by Ian Broudie. They’ve had 12 top 20 UK hits including Pure, Change, Sugar Coated Iceberg, You Showed Me and 1996 football anthem Three Lions. Ian Broudie and the Lightning Seeds have released seven studio albums to date – six as Lightning Seeds and one Ian Broudie solo album. Also on the bill are million-selling alt-rock legends, The Waterboys, who will headline the main stage on Saturday night.

Formed 30 years ago by Mike Scott, The Waterboys became famous for their powerful live performances and majestic albums such as A Pagan Place and This Is The Sea, which included their biggest hit The Whole Of The Moon.

The first acts confirmed for 2014 are Saturday headliners, The Waterboys, legendary 2-Tone band, The Selecter; Alt-Folksters, The Moulettes and award winning Canadian band The Stanfields, who blend hard rock with traditional atlantic folk. The wonderfully chaotic high-energy Balkan folksters Sheelanagig will headline the marquee stage on Friday night. Also on the bill are hotly-tipped English blues-rockers Sam Green & The Midnight Heist and local Okehampton rockers, Downfall. Chagstock’s house band, New Crisis also perform their traditional main stage slot.

This year’s Fancy Dress Theme will be ‘The Wild West!’

Last year’s festival sold out for the second year running, and featured memorable performances from The Boomtown Rats, Billy Bragg and The Mystery Jets 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, “I am delighted that Chagstock has now sold out two years in a row! The whole team is really excited for 2014 and are all working hard to make this year’s event they best yet. Once again we are sticking to the non-corporate vibe and family friendly atmosphere with loads of great and varied music, food and entertainment”

Weekend Tickets are priced at £75 (Adults), £50 (Under 18’s),
Under 12’s are free (ticket is still required). A Family Ticket for 2 Adults & 2 Under 18s is £210.
Camper / Caravans / Live-in Vehicles just £15 per vehicle
All weekend tickets include 2 nights of camping and car parking.
To buy tickets go to website
Day tickets will also available later on, Booking fees apply.

Hatherleigh Festival - visit website

Sidmouth Folk Week - Friday 1 August to Friday 8 August 2014 - Visit Website

Visit the Website now for full line-up details and news updates plus the best value ticket deals. The Early Bird ticket offer runs until 31st March 2014….. Still no booking fee - Book tickets at 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

Top local and national artists will headline at the 37th Dartmoor Folk Festival.
Artists announced, to date, include: New Rope String Band (Friday), Lady Maisery, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar (winners of the BBC Young Folk Awards 2013), Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer, The Old Fashioned, Bill Whaley and Dave Fletcher, Chalktown and Pete White's Suitcase Circus.
Other artists attending include Trevor Organ's Cracking Crockery, The Dartmoor Pixie Band, Tony Beard, Entertainingly Different, Dave Wills, various morris and dance teams, plus more to be confirmed.

The festival will include a packed programme of concerts, a ramble on Dartmoor, a ceilidh, folk service, craft displays, dances, a Children's Festival, a Dartmoor Fayre, music hall, pub sessions and music, song and dance workshops.

Competitions include the Dartmoor Broom Dance championships and Dartmoor Stepdance Championships.

It was 37 years ago that the festival was founded by the late Bob Cann, who lived in the parish of South Zeal.  He had the dream of a folk event on his doorstep that would help to revive and preserve the traditions of Dartmoor.
It was the traditional music, dance, song and crafts of the area that formed the basis for the first festival and they still remain for the association which runs the festival today.
Since it was founded it has grown so that it can invite some of the best folk artists around, whilst maintaining its reputation for being a relaxed, friendly and traditional festival.

For further details about the Festival, or to enquire about booking tickets telephone 01837 840102 - visit website

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 -
For more information go to website or telephone 01392 667080

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 buy, 3 get 1 free!

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).