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Inter-Varsity Folk Dance Festival – Friday 27th February – Sunday 1st March 2015. Exeter University Streatham Rise, EX4 4QJ Exeter, Devon - visit FaceBook page or website for up to date information
The country’s longest continually running folk festival. We warmly welcome folkies from around the globe and we really hope you’ll be there too! The Festival is particularly aimed at students, but it is open to everyone. Whatever style you go for, you’re bound to find like-minded people waiting to meet you. 

Nancy Kerr and The Sweet Visitor Band - Blackbeard’s Tea Party - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Buffalo Gals Stampede - Greg Russell - Panjandrum + Gordon Potts - Tickled Pink + Nick Walden - Vertical Expression + Linda Leslie - Fraich‘Airs – Pigs Might Fly + Seonaid Scott

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

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Brixham Pirate and Shanty Festival 2015 - Saturday 2 to 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 - Friday 17th to Sunday 19th April 2015  - website For More Details ~ email

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


9th Bude & Stratton Folk Festival - Friday 22 May to Monday 25 May 2015 Visit Website

Guests confirmed so far (December 2014) Jim Causley - Jackie Oates - Lynn Heraud & Pat Turner - Liam Robinson - Geoff Lakeman - Andrew McKay & Carole Etherton - Pam 'n' Al - Capella - Thorn & Roses - Hamish Curry - Martyn Babb - Ken Hobbs

Exmouth Festival Website.

44th Chippenham Folk Festival - Friday 22 May to Monday 25 May 2015 - 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  

Clovelly Seaweed Festival - Sunday 14 June, in aid of the N. Devon Hospice 10am to 5pm
The first annual event held to promote seaweed for its immense health and nutritional benefits. As it is hugely versatile, quay kitchens will be serving a wide variety of dishes and stalls will be selling a wide range of seaweed products and seaweed arts and crafts. There will also be live Folk music, demonstrations, talks and walks throughout the day. Children will enjoy story telling, street entertainment and The National Trust event-themed craft activities.
Normal admission charges apply. Please visit website for more information.

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

17th Teignmouth Folk Festival - Friday 19 to Sunday 21 June 2015 - website
Guests include The Young 'Uns - John Kirkpatrick - The New Scorpion Band - Nick Dow - Baldrick's Plan - Old Gaffers - Mrs Midnight's - City of Plymouth Pipe Band

South Brent Folk Day - Saturday 4 July 2015

Singing, music, morris (Harberton Navy Morris) and clog dancing, afternoon Americana concert including Skylark and Appaloosas and workshops (including Concertina / Song accompaniment, Hammer Dulcimer and Mountain Dulcimer; Appalachian Dance), throughout the day in the Old School Centre.

There will be a poetry competition around the theme of 'Tree life': entry £2.50 per poem - closing date Saturday 20th June 2015.
Food during the day from 'Two Good Cooks' (Anna Stewart & Tara Vaughan-Hughes).
Evening Folk Concert at 7.30pm in the Village Hall with:
Hattie Briggs Trio; Hattie is a Gloucestershire based singer-songwriter and BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Nominee in 2014. Having had 3 singles in the iTunes singer-songwriter chart, she will be releasing her debut album ‘Red & Gold’ on 6th April. Visit website
Steve Turner began his career on the Manchester folk scene at the end of the 1960s. He is a multi-instrumentalist, with one of the best voices in the business who accompanies himself on the concertina and cittern and also plays mandolin and banjo. His 5th album 'The Whirligig of Time' was long listed for the BBC folk awards in 2008 and his latest 'Rim of the Wheel' was released in 2012 to rave reviews. Visit website
The Claque (Dave Lowry, Sean O'Shea, Tom Addison, Barry Lister) have four voices of depth and maturity blended to give warmth and harmony to the English tradition. Distilled from legendary groups of old, they formed as a group together in 2006 having known each other for the best part of forty years. They also combine to run the Exeter and Sidmouth folk clubs. Visit website
Reel Ale Bar; Doors open 7.00pm; Tickets £10.00 in advance / £12.00 on the door or by post (contact Eileen McKee on 01364 73699 or email ). Further details to be announced Visit South Brent Folk website

Tivvy Fest - For more information go to Website

Chagstock Festival - Friday 17 July to Saturday 18 July 2015 - Whiddon Down, Devon - 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.

The full Friday billing has beep confirmed, and is without question the biggest single-day line up in the festival’s 9-year history. Headlining the main stage are the mighty alt-rockers, New Model Army. Their incredible stage presence, combined with a massive back catalogue of classic songs from across their 35 year history, makes them the ideal band to round off the first evening at Chagstock.

Joining NMA on the main stage line up are Neville Staple Band, whose frontman has been at the vanguard of Ska since joining the Specials back in 1978. He was also a core member of both Fun Boy 3 and The Special Beat, before forming his own band in 2004. BBC Folk Award nominee Martha Tilston, and Irish Music Award winning Celtic Fusion band Roving Crows are the final 2 Friday night main stage acts.

Headlining the indoor Marque stage are the wildly popular Plymouth based Folk-Gypsy-Pop band Mad Dog Mcrea. Winners of the South West Music Award for Best Album, their raucous live shows have gained them a massive following in the Westcountry and beyond. Police Dog Hogan are making a real name for themselves in the folk-bluegrass scene for both their studio material and their high energy live performances at festivals including Bestival, Larmer Tree and now Chagstock! Completing the line-up are the brilliant Folk-Rockers Rusty Shackle, whose 2013 album ‘The Bones’ reached number 13 in the iTunes singer/songwriter charts.

The full Saturday line up will be announced later in the Spring.

Last year’s festival sold out for the third year running, and featured memorable performances from The Waterboys, Lightning Seeds and The Moulettes 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, “After three consecutive sold-out years the pressure is one again on myself and the team to deliver the best Chagstock ever. With this incredible Friday line-up we have gone a long way to achieving that, but there is still plenty more for us to do...! Keep an eye on the website and facebook for updates, band announcements and all the Chagstock news you need...And of course, as always we are sticking to the non-corporate vibe and family friendly atmosphere with loads of great and varied music, food and entertainment”

Chagstock Festival is a Not For Profit Organisation, proud to support Devon Air Ambulance Trust and WaterAid.
Weekend Tickets are priced at £85.00 (Adults), £55.00 (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 tickets will also available later on, Booking fees apply. Tickets are available from website

Hatherleigh Festival - visit website

Sidmouth Folk Week - Friday 31 July to Friday 7 August - Visit Website








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38th Dartmoor Folk Festival - For further details about the Festival, telephone 01837 840102 - visit website

Bath Folk Festival - website.

Beautiful Days Festival - Friday 21 - Sunday - 23 August 2015 - Escot Park near Exeter. See website - for details.

43rd Cornwall Folk Festival - Friday 28th to Monday 31st August 2015 - Visit festival website

There are great opportunities for any new local Devon/Cornwall Bands to come and play on our Fringe Stage at the Festival if anybody wants to email Mike Walford

‘Early Bird’ Full Weekend Tickets (to include camping) can be purchased from our website or by telephoning Brian Flexman at our Box Office on 01208 812230 (situated in the Hobgoblin Music Shop, Wadebridge), or by chatting to ‘Ramblin’ Mike Walford on 01637 880604.

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Clovelly Lobster and Crab Feast - Sunday 6 September, in aid of the National Lobster Hatchery
10am to 5pm
A day of live folk music, quay kitchens, beer tasting, a prize draw, arts and crafts stalls and cookery demonstration.  For the children there's street theatre, walkabout magic, balloon modelling and The National Trust event-themed craft activities. The National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow, will bring along a tank of baby lobsters, to be released into the sea. Normal admission charges apply. Please visit website for more information.

Totnes Festival - website

Riverside Beer, Folk , and Music Festival - Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th October 2015 - 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.
21 bands [now being booked] - 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

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


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 - Sunday 15 November
10am to 4pm
This popular festival is held in support of sustainable fishing to celebrate the herring, the 'Silver Darlings' of the sea.  There'll be herring specialities, live Folk music, local food and craft stalls and National Trust event-themed craft activities.  Mike Smylie, will return with his 'Kipperland' exhibition There'll also be net making, flax processing and a curragh on show provided by 'Flaxland'. Normal admission charges apply. Please visit website for more information.