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Events Saturday 19 October to Saturday 26 October

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Saturday 19 October
Darren Lucas & Dave Hare
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information
Don’t miss talented Exmouth songster/guitarist Darren Lucas and violin virtuoso Dave Hare when they put their unique interpretations on a selection of popular and interesting, lesser known songs from 1920’s to the present day.
Wild Goose and Skylark
Ashburton Town Hall
7.30pm
Tickets £7.00/U15 free, from Jane telephone 07818 844346 & Ashburton Information Centre. All proceeds to the Bank Youth Project, a youth centre for all young people aged 9-19 who live in and around Ashburton.
Wild Goose is 'Wild, eclectic and dangerous... Pink Floyd, Kenny Rogers, Bryan Adams channelled by Woodie Guthrie. Guitar, violin, banjo, mandolin, piano, percussion.'
Skylark is 'Beautiful arrangements of traditional and contemporary songs with vocal harmonies, fiddle, flute, guitar and mandolin'.
Bar and raffle.
CEILDH: Merry Neet with Taffy Thomas & Friends.
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
8.00pm
£10.00 adults - £4.00 concesions
Join us for our annual Merry Neet ceilidh and story rounds. This is part of our Tales in Trust Weekend the theme for which is ‘The Nature of Stories’ celebrating the place of story in the natural world. Performances that explore the way flora and fauna fulfil an important function in our folk tales.
For more information and tickets go to website
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Jane Thomas and English Contra Dance Band 
Willand Village Hall, Gables Road, Willand, Cullompton, Devon EX15 2PL
8.00pm
Admission £8.00 - bring and share supper - raffle.
For more information please telephone Marilyn Broom 01404 47200 or Zena Roberts 01884 253546 - or visit website
Autumn Ceilidh - The Mooncoin Ceilidh Band
South Brent Village Hall
  • 7.30pm (Doors open 7.00pm).
    Tickets £8.00. On the door or artworks. For more information telephone Eileen01364 73699 or email or visit website.
    Dance into the longer nights with Anne Gill (caller); Steve Gill (melodeons); Sophis Colkin (fiddle); Nick Scott (Uillean pipes/Bodhran), Andy Clarke (guitar/bouzouki) - all welcome:
    Reel Ale bar and nibbles available.  

One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area, including the annual South Brent Folk Day and the Annual ‘Twixt’ Ceilidh on Friday 27 December 2019.
Sunday 20 October

Kitty Macfarlane
Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
7.00pm for 7.30pm start
Tickets £12.00 from TicketSource To reserve tickets, email Further information from Ashburton Arts FaceBook page or Ashburton Arts website

Kitty Macfarlane is a songwriter and guitarist from Somerset, recently nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019 for the Horizon Award, and voted FATEA Female Artist of the Year.

Her trademark lies in remarkably mature songwriting, a marked empathy with the environment and a strong sense of place. Carried by a clear voice 'controlled yet wild' (Folk Radio), her lyrics touch on intervention and rewilding, climate change and migration, woman’s age-old relationship with textiles and the land, and the changing face of the natural world. From the starling murmurations on the Somerset Levels to the lowly eel's epic transatlantic migration, the coasts and estuaries of the South West and the small part we ourselves play in a much bigger picture, her songs are bound by the underlying theme of mankind's relationship with the wild.

Her debut album Namer Of Clouds was one of The Guardian's Best Folk Albums of 2018 and nominated for fRoots Album Of The Year. Last year she was invited to guest-present two episodes of BBC Radio 4's Tweet of the Day and performed live in session on BBC Radio 2 at the beginning of 2019.

 

Daniella
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Talented singer/songwriter Daniela is guaranteed to impress you when she performs a selection of popular ballads both old and new.  Her beautiful singing is perfectly complimented by her competent guitar playing when she performs a selection of folk, rock and indie covers together with some of her own brilliant songs

John Smith
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
Doors open 8.00pm
Tickets £15.00 - Standing (+balcony) Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

Essex-born John Smith has built a reputation as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and songwriters.  Raised by the Devon seaside and making his bones in the bars and clubs of Liverpool, John has released five albums with over 10 million Spotify streams. He has played to audiences all over the world in living rooms, festival tents and sold-out concert halls.  He is a genuine folksinger, an inquisitive truth-seeker, devoted song interpreter, and enchanting writer. 

Steeped in the lineage of British folk, taking his cue from Richard Thompson and John Martyn, Smith has evolved a transatlantic blend of fingerstyle and slide guitar techniques. John’s intimate takes on love, loss and the journey we make, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following.  His honey-on-gravel voice and mesmerizing fingerstyle guitar are undeniable.  Sometimes using a slide, sometimes with guitar on his lap, sometimes detuning mid-song, Smith’s obsession with the instrument has made a master of him.  Whether by way of album or concert, he leads the listener, enthralled in his presence, on a viscerally emotional journey.

Regular events 3rd Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor

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Monday 21 October
 
Tuesday 22 October

World Unlimited -Budapest Café Orchestra
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm - Start 7.30pm
Tickets £16.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
"Their virtuistic skill, hilarious sense of humour and undoubted sensitivity kept the packed audience spellbound. amazing ....unlike any other band that I have every heard." Ely Standard Newspaper - Rosemary Westall. Led by leading violinist and composer, Christian Garrick, the Budapest Café Orchestra play traditional folk & gypsy flavoured music from across the world. Raucous, toe-tapping Balkan and Russian numbers are combined with jazz and swing inflections whilst Klezmer, Romanian Doinas and Hungarian Czardas are awarded fresh treatments.

 

World Unlimited is a voluntary not-for-profit organisation. Telephone 01803 875527 or email
Originally based in Birmingham, WU now regularly promotes concerts in South Devon. Go to website for more information

Willy Porter SOLD OUT
The Bridge Inn, Bridge Hill, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ
Doors 7.30pm. Performance 8.00pm.
Tickets £14.00 from WeGotTickets
For more information telephone Twigg’s Gigs on 07508 169 049 or go to website
Willy Porter has been turning first time listeners into die hard fans for more than two decades. Willy blurs the line between indie-folk and rock with his searing signature finger-picking guitar sound, absorbing lyrics, and playful, high-energy live performance style. He has shared world stages with music icons Jeff Beck, Tori Amos, and Paul Simon, carving out a successful solo career as an artist who makes music that resonates long after the last guitar chord fades.

 

Regular events 4th Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Aileen Wills - Chris Toyne
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
STORY TELLING - Stone Soup - Stone Soup continues its Twisted Tales series for adults.
SONG - Shape Note Singing in Ipplepen
Wednesday 23 October
Sam Dowden a Gallery Gig
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
8.15pm
Tickets £6.50 
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Sam Dowden is North Devon’s solo singer song-writer, artist & loop pedal perfectionist. Expect an eclectic mix of covers plus his own material.
Whitehouse Sessions presents - Boo Hewerdine  Support: Ben Morgan-Brown - singer/songwriter and accomplished finger style guitarist. 
Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Doors 7.00pm
Tickets £10.00+ from WeGotTickets
Boo is currently finishing recording for the third of his stripped back album releases 'Before' out on Reveal Records, Friday 6 September. This Whitehouse session will showcase these new songs and old favourites.

The new recordings on ‘Before’ are a perfect contrast of mood and theme to the gloriously rich, full band pop sound of 2017’s acclaimed ‘Swimming in Mercury’ album. This new album finds Boo focused on the art of reduction, consumed by fine details and found sound, songs where the fragility and beauty of life are laid bear with a stark emotive honesty.

‘Before’ was recorded in the first weeks of 2019, with supreme Danish multi-instrumentalist Gustaf Ljungren Boo’s only collaborator on the set. Whilst this is an album for the times (that echoes the darkness and confusion in Europe surrounding it’s pre-Brexit conception) Before is also a timely reminder of the power of simplicity, Hewerdine’s lyricism set to a subtle backdrop of vintage instrumentation.
Thursday 24 October
Rakes Adrift a Gallery Gig
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
8.00pm
Tickets £6.50
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Featuring fiddle, melodeon, banjo, guitar, whistle and bodhran, ‘Rakes Adrift’ combine traditional and contemporary music and song to create an exciting and varied sound, ranging from rousing jigs, reels and lively songs to softer tunes and ballads. As well as regular performances at pub, club, wedding reception and Arts centre venues, during recent years we have played at Cornwall Folk Festival, West Somerset Folk Festival, Pilton Green Man Festival, Clovelly Maritime Festival, Clovelly Herring Festival, Sea Ilfracombe Festival, The Plough Arts Centre and Ilfracombe Beer, Food and Music Festival
Bicton Folk Night
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
8.30pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Shanty/folk singer Derek Brooks invites you to a traditional folk night, when a varied selection of singers, musicians and poets perform individually and as a group. If you sing or play why not come along and join in the session? Otherwise enjoy listening to a selection of lively traditional acoustic music.

Budapest Café Orchestra
Jubilee Hall, Chagford TQ13 8DP
Tickets £10.00 telephone 01647 24789 to reserve.
Led by British composer and violinist Christian Garrick the BCO play a blistering barrage of traditional folk and gypsy-flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia, Klezmer laments, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czardas and their own unique re-imaginings of some of the biggest pieces ever written by the greats. They have won legions of fans through their magical and infectious performances. Evoking vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros, Budapest café life and gypsy campfires - plus a few surprises along the way - hugely entertaining, immense skill and profound musicianship.

 

The Eskies
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
7.00pm
Tickets £12.00 - Standing - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

Hailing from Dublin, The Eskies bring their unique brand of folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty and swaggering stage spectacle to ballrooms and booze houses far and wide. The release of their second album ‘And Don’t Spare The Horses‘ on Absolute Record has cemented their position of one of the best emerging artists from Ireland.

Last year saw them play over 40 festivals in 5 countries, tour Ireland, UK, Netherlands and Switzerland as well as being invited to the influential new music festival Eurosonic Festival. Other notable festival performances included Glastonbury Main Stage Avalon, Main Stage Cambridge and Bestival. They have just finished a tour of Australia which took them to Port Fairy Festival who invited them half way around the planet before they had released a single song!

 

Friday 25 October
Bodstone Boys shall be performing at Westward Ho!'s 'Day of the Dead' Festival
The Bodstone Boys set will be from 6.45pm to 7.45 p.m. on the Village Green Stage.
Bodstone Boys are ex-youngsters Chris and Garry from the combes of North Devon Featuring guitar, melodeon, bodhran and percussion, Bodstone Boys perform traditional and contemporary music and song in an easy going yet energetic manner.
Firework display from 8.15pm.
For more information about the fetival go to website
Trio Baklava
Willow Vegetarian Restaurant,87 High Street,Totnes TQ9 5LW
7.00pm - 10.00pm
The usual fare of Spanish, French, Italian, Greek, Turkish and original music and improvisation from 1300 to the present and lovely, healthy food and drink of course.

Eliza Acty
B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
9.00pm
Admission £3.00
Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
With her unique vocal style, Eliza performs a wide range of Folk, Americana and Old-time music.
She performs as a duo alongside her father, Peter Acty, accomplished American-style clawhammer banjo player and classic, percussive finger-pick guitarist.

The duo have a strong dynamic acoustic sound tied together with traditional banjo songs and tunes and Eliza's own original songs inspired by artists such as Bob Dylan and Gillian Welch, whilst also taking great inspiration from nature and her surroundings in Dartmoor, Devon.
"She has the perfect Americana voice" - Kenn Clarke, Folk in the Mearns (Mearns FM, Stonehaven, Scotland)

 

Track Dogs
The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ
Doors 7.30pm for 8.00pm start
Tickets £12.00 advance/£15.00 on the door For more information and tickets and accessible seats telephone 01404 384050 or go to website

We are delighted to welcome this ‘awesome foursome’ to the Beehive after their stunning performance at this year’s Costa Del Folk, we know that they are going to blow you away with their shiny happy music!

Made up of two Irishmen, an Englishman and an American, the band came together in 2011 to create their unique brand of acoustic music - a veritable 4 x 4 of voices and instruments identified by the fusion of styles which include Folk, Latino, Americana and Bluegrass.The band has a striking line-up of 4-part harmonies, acoustic guitar, ukulele and bass alongside cajón and trumpet with a bit of banjo and mandolin thrown in for good measure!

The Madrid-based band, whose name derives from the maintenance crews working the New York subway system, released their fourth studio album earlier this year, “Kansas City Groove”. It was inspired in part by their recent career-changing experiences at the Folk Alliance in Kansas City in early 2017, and the album is a mix of all that makes theTrack Dogs sound so special: healthy doses of Americana, Latin and Folk.


Tunelink South West presents a Family Atumn Ceilidh - The Bear's Den Dance Band & the Tunelink Players
Dartington Village Hall, Cott Road, Dartington, Totnes TQ9 6HH
Tickets: Adults £10.00, Children £5.00 Family tickets (2 adults & 2 children) £25.00 available from Shinners Bridge Garage, WeGotTickets or book by calling 01803 864286
No bar, but please bring your own food and drinks.
Mad Dog Mcrea Support Flats and Sharps
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
Doors 7.30pm Support 8.00pm Mad Dog Mcrea 9.00pm
All tickets £18.00  Standing Gig with Bookable Seats on the Balcony
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. In constant demand and having played just about every festival and two-bit, jibe-arsed dive in Christendom, Mad Dog Mcrea are, in every sense of the word, a live, band.

Matched with the unshakable dedication of their massive and “loyal-to-the-hilt”, fan base – Mad Dog Mcrea are more than just a very popular, festival act – with five albums under their belts, they are serious and acclaimed recording artists too. During 2019 Mad Dog Mcrea will be in the studio recording a new album.

The famous purple happy bus is fired up and ready for action, and there’s room for you – jump aboard!

SidMouth StoryNight
Cellar Bar, Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NG
7.30pm
Tickets £8.00 advance from Paragon Books, High Street, Sidmouth, or on door.
For more details please telephone 07834 194215 or email
Saturday 26 October
Martin Weller
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Talented singer, songwriter and recording artist Martin Weller is back at the Bicton for his last Exmouth gig before embarking on a circuit in Oregan, USA. He’ll be performing his unique interpretations of well known pop classics together with some of his own amazing songs, including new ones from his forthcoming album.

Track Dogs
The Plough@TheGeorge, The George Hotel, 1 Broad Street, South Molton EX36 3AB
8.00pm
Tickets Full £13.00 - Supporter £1100. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Sun-shiny songs thriving on dark themes behind irresistible rhythms.

Comprised of 2 Irishmen, 1 Englishman and 1 American the band came together in 2011 to make their unique brand of acoustic music; a veritable 4×4 of voices and instruments identified for their dynamic fusion of styles including folk, latin, Americana & even some bluegrass.

Duo Branschke/Armstrong
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
8.00pm
£10.00 adults - £4.00 concesions
Callum Armstrong and Matthias Branschke are two of Europe’s most innovative and accomplished bagpipers. We are delighted to have them at to Halsway to lead an intensive bagpipe ensemble course – but they are also squeezing in this duo gig!
For more information and tickets go to website
Exeter Ceilidhs - Spinach for Norman
The Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7UE.
8.00pm - 11.0pm
£8.00 (under 16 - £4.00 under 10 free)
Teas, coffees & biscuits are provided (small donation requested), but there is no bar. You may bring your own alcohol if you wish. For more information email or telephone Jeremy 07969297633
DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance Andro Sisters
St Matthew's Hall, Newtown, Exeter  EX1 2LJ. 
Doors 7.15.pm
Admission £9.00
There is a large public car park across the road which is free after 6.00pm. Doors open at 7.15pm and we will start with some dance tuition at 7.30pm, followed by the first band at around 8.00pm.
Admission £9.00 which includes tea and biscuits.
No partner is needed for many of the dances and beginners are always welcome.
Regular events 4th Saturday

SONG - Shammick Acoustic Bob and Gill Berry
It’s hard to believe that it’s well over six years since Bob & Gill Berry last gave a concert at Shammick Acoustic – and it’s been far too long! The duo have a long history within the folk movement, having run Chippenham Folk Festival for many years, sometimes to the detriment of their ability to take their own music around the country. They’re now beginning to hand that job over to others, which means that many clubs and festivals will have the chance to hear more of them. They also regularly run events at Sidmouth and Towersey Festivals. They were honoured by the English Folk Dance and Song Society for their significant contributions to the development and continuity of traditional English folk music, song and dance. But aside from all that, their strong voices with harmonies and some accompaniment on guitar, mandolin or bouzouki, are more than impressive! Last year saw the release of their latest album, ‘Echoes of Alfred’ with songs from the Alfred Williams collection from Wiltshire and the surrounding counties. Nothing fancy – just good, honest presentation of good, honest songs. Can’t wait to welcome them back!

Tickets are £9.00 if bought in advance through WeGotTickets or, if you’re in Combe Martin, at The Pack o’ Cards or Pets’ Pantry, both in High Street, or for £10.00 at the door (with a £2.00 discount for members of Shammick Acoustic).  They may also be reserved by ringing Tom & Barbara Brown on 01271 882366.