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Dartmoor Step Dancing Project wins National Lottery support
FOLK music charity Traditional Arts Support in the Community (TASC) has received £24,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to carry out research into the traditional step dancing of Dartmoor.

The charity has been devising and delivering projects since 1994 but this is its first partnership outside Wales.
Director Philip Freeman, who also founded the Welsh Folk Music Development organisation TRAC-CYMRU, said, “We’re very excited about this project and see it as a huge privilege to make it happen.” TASC will be working closely with Dartmoor Folk Festival, which hosts the Annual Dartmoor Step Dancing Championships, to look at the steps, stories and music that make up the tradition, and the history behind it. The money will be used to buy recording equipment, employ someone to collect material and train volunteers, hold classes in the community in the months running up to the festival, and provide a new website where everyone can access the material collected.

By means of interviews, photographs and recordings, a team of volunteers will unearth the background to the area’s rich tradition, as well as filling in the gaps of what is already known. Alongside the research there will be opportunities to see and learn about step dancing at different venues in various locations across Dartmoor.

Demonstrations, introductory classes and taster sessions for all groups will take place across the region. 
“This is fantastic news” said Dartmoor Folk Festival committee member Mark Bazeley, who is also a musician in the Dartmoor Pixie Band. He added: “We’re really looking forward to finding out as much as we can and hope as many people as possible will get involved.”

Step dancing has seen a strong revival in recent years, and many people are coming forward with their recollections. This will be a chance for the unique story of Dartmoor to be told, and shared, for future generations to enjoy.
A Project Officer will shortly be appointed to co-ordinate this work, and anyone interested in applying can obtain further information via the Festival Office email

The 40th anniversary Dartmoor Folk Festival will take place at South Zeal, near Okehampton, on August 11, 12 and 13.


Exeter Secret Gigs - March and April

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Saturday 29 April    Luke Jackson and Rebecca Loebe
Sunday 30 April    David 9 Lunas


Morris Dancers required
The organisers of Paignton Regatta would like to feature Morris dancing on Paignton Green on two Sundays the 6th and 13th of August during Regatta Week. They are looking to fill 2 slots on each day, one at 12 noon and another at 3pm. They will have a small arena space and a stage with PA, for the musicians. If any team is interested in spending a sunny afternoon (or two) by the sea in sunny Paignton, please can they contact Dave Thomas on 07970 267274


Plymouth Morris Men Practices
are at
The School of Creative Arts
22 Millbay Road, Millbay, Plymouth, PL1 3EG
on
Wednesday evenings from 4th January
From 7.30pm – 9.30pm
All welcome. Come and enjoy an evening for all ages with music and dance


The Paimpol Sea Shanty Festival 11,12,13 August 2017

The Island Trust are offering a voyage on their boat Pegasus, departing from Plymouth on Wednesday 9 August and returning to Plymouth on Friday 18 August.  You do not need to have any experience to come on board and enjoy a wonderful voyage to France taking in three days at the festival.  This will be a hands on experience, during the voyage you will get the opportunity to  to help sail the boat, guided by our highly qualified and friendly crew.  This will include raising of sails, navigation and watches to name a few.  There will be 9 places available on board. 

Further details regarding the festival can be seen here

Further information will be posted on the Island Trust website in the near future.  If you would like to register your interest and find out more please do not hesitate to email

The cost of the voyage will be £1,100 per head and includes use of safety equipment, waterproofs and all meals on board. 


April AT THE BICTON INN - 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU - Click on link for more information

Saturday 1 April - 5.00pm - Blagards & Cowboys
Saturday 1 April 9.00pm - Ponchartrain
Sunday 2 April 5.00pm - Dave Ward and Malcolm Horton
Thursday 6 April 8.30pm - Session Night
Friday 7 April 9.00pm - Jas Walker
Saturday 8 April 6.00pm - Various Artists and Guests
Sunday 9 April 5.00pm - Nigel Challis
Thursday13 April 9.00pm - Open Mic Night
Friday 14 April 9.00pm - Poppy and Nigel
Saturday 15 April 5.00pm - Guy Somerfield
Sunday 16 April 5.00pm - Martin Weller
Thursday 20 April – Sunday 23 April - St George’s Beer Festival
Thursday 20 April 8.30pm - Bicton Folk Session
Friday 21 April 9.00pm - Dave Ward and Malcolm Horton
Saturday 22 April 5.00pm - Luke Blaber & Phil Cribb
Sunday 23 April 5.00pm - Tash
Thursday 27 April 8.30pm - Bicton Folk Night
Friday 28 April 9.00pm - Bicton Street Blues
Saturday 29 April 5.00pm - Daniela
Sunday 30 April 5.00pm - Tim Royce


Filing Room Sessions - “An eclectic music show for musicians, music fans and music event organisers” Read more..
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The Mike Harding Folk Show - an hour plus show of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music every Sunday at 5.00pm and also available 24/7