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This weeks events Saturday 18 May to Saturday 25 May

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Saturday 18 May
Maggie Duffy
Blue Walnut, Walnut Road, Torquay TQ2 6HS
8.00pm
Songs/stores with Maggie
Barn Dance with The Dartmoor Pixie Band SOLD OUT
Rilla Village Hall, Rilla Mill, Callington, PL17 7NT, Cornwall
8.00pm
Ticket price of £10 includes a medium pasty from Helluva pasties.  Raffle prizes and bar available. Telephone 07366 141335 tpo book tickets and collect from The Manor House Inn, Rilla Mill
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Artist to be confirmed
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information
8.00pm

Mathew McGhie
Not to be missed; all the way from Edinburgh, Corby born singer/songwriter Mathew McGhie is an impressive acoustic indie, folk and experimental rock musician. His highly evocative songs have been described as sounding like a mix of Jake Bugg, Neil Young & Noel Gallagher. Mathew is currently on a UK tour, promoting his latest solo E.P.

Viva, The Singers Upstairs and Devonly Voices
St Andrews Church, Ashburton
7.30pm
Tickets £6.00 adult, £2.00 U15, from Ashburton Information Centre. Further information 01364 652768.
Led by Roz Walker, Viva women's acappella choir sings a wide range of songs from traditional Spanish and African lullabies, Georgian healing songs and weather rituals, to contemporary pop and folk. Devonly Voices and Singers Upstairs are a 75 strong choir led by Vicky Hadland with big acappella harmony, singing rock, pop, world music and folk. Refreshments. Part of ‘Ashburton Choirs Festival’.

World Unlimited -John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett 
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm
Tickets £14.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
The Nearly Free Tour - This magnetic bond still holds after more than 40 years of attempted escapes and still loved for their total in-yer-face originality, the contrast between the dead pan humour of Barrett and mad onstage antics of Otway are hilarious to watch. John’s lyrical genius and Willy’s outstanding musicianship (he seems to play almost every stringed instrument known to man, plus a few hybrids of his own making!)
Ever keen to add a new dimension to the show, Willy has a new addition to his array of instruments. Beware the Moose Homp!!.
Willy’s interest in making instruments began when he commandeered two guitars made by his dad in 1965. One from an old guitar neck and a scaffold plank which became affectionally known as the Les Dawson, and the other branded the Mk1 Schitstik electric slide of similar pedigree. These instruments were used on many of the early tracks, including Really Free and Racing Cars)
Was the Last Straw Tour of 2017 to be the end? Willy’s remark “this will be the last time that many of you will see us together again” was often hastily misinterpreted as the final throw of the dice, but the reason given “it’s not us packing up, it’s you lot dying off, you know who you are!” is often overlooked by eager scribes. And so the rumours abound. 
For any Otway/Barrett virgins out there who don’t know what to expect, be prepared for everything from bare-chested theremin playing to wah wah wheelie bin as the duo jump from one hit and 40 near misses to another: An amazing and irreverent performance by two master entertainers. 

 

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

Callington MayFest

SONG - Open night Shammick Acoustic -   John Doyle
No 4th Saturday concert this month, as the villagers will be Hunting the Earl of Rone, but the opportunity arose for us to book a very special guest – and it’s Tom’s birthday too! What a birthday present! John Doyle is not that well-known in England, which is our loss – but the situation is improving.
John is an ex-patriot Dubliner, living for many years now in the United States, where with Liz Carroll he has performed for President Obama and the US Congress, and received a Grammy nomination for ‘Best Traditional World Album’. Influenced from his early years by not only Celtic performers such as Paul Brady and Dick Gaughan, but English folk artists such as Nic Jones, Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson and The Watersons, he is acknowledged as one of the finest guitarists in Irish music, but also as a superb interpreter of traditional songs, and is increasingly heralded as an excellent writer of songs concerning Irish emigration.
The list of people with whom he has worked is far too long to give, but it includes Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Mike McGoldrick, Mary Black, Kate Rusby, Linda Thompson, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Joan Baez, to name but a few. Regularly touring throughout America, Europe and Ireland, until very recently his touring in the UK has been more or less confined to Scotland, so Shammick Acoustic is privileged to present this amazing and charismatic musician and singer.

We have some excellent support spots too, from Dave & Bill Rodgers, Pam’n’Al. and a visitor from Oxfordshire, Bruce Gomersall.

Admission on guest nights £8.00 (£7.00 if bought in advance) ~ and members of Shammick Acoustic get a further reduction, priced at £7.00 (£6.00 if bought in advance). PLEASE NOTE: ‘paid in advance’ means paid, it doesn’t mean ‘reserved in advance’. Advance tickets can be bought up to a month before the event at Shammick Acoustic Sessions, OR at The Pack O’ Cards OR at Pet's Pantry in Combe Martin High Street. Advance tickets for non-members, can also be purchased by going to WeGotTickets 

DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance Philippe Plard and Mark Prescott - special guests to help us celebrate our 25th anniversary year. Support Fraich'Airs
St Matthew's Hall, Newtown, Exeter  EX1 2LJ. 
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. Bring and share early supper 6.15pm
Admission £9.00 which includes tea and biscuits.
No partner is needed for many of the dances and beginners are always welcome.
Sunday 19 May

Tim Royce and Steve Songi
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Acoustic guitar & vocals plus double bass - country, folk, blues and ballads - mellow to rocking. Tim and Steve stamp their own unique sound onto a huge repertoire ranging from Elvis to Elton, James Taylor to Jimi, Simon & Garfunkel to the Stones, Nick Drake to Dylan, and loads more too numerous to fit in here... Why be anywhere else?

Exmouth Shanty Men
Sandfords Orchards Cider Event, The Old Cider Works Commonmarsh Lane, Lords Meadow Industrial Estate, Crediton EX17 1HJ
5.00pm
To the home of Devon's famous Sandford's cider, for an afternoon of shanties and cider - what more could anyone ask for? Singing starts circa 5.00pm.
Show of Hands: ‘Special Relationship’ Tour with Richard Shindell
RHS Garden Rosemoor EX38 8PH Torrington
8.00pm
£25.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
For their ‘Special Relationship’ Spring tour Steve and Phil will be joined by acclaimed US singer songwriter, Richard Shindell. Hailing from New Jersey but now a resident of Buenos Aries his songs ‘You Stay Here’, ‘Reunion Hill’ and ‘Next Best Western’ are already firmly part of the Show of Hands repertoire. From the Great War to the Civil War, from Bristol to Baltimore, expect an Anglo/American exchange of songs of the road, history and romance.
Regular events 3rd Sunday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club - RANT
Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF
Doors 7.30pm - Start 8.00pm
£12.00(+) adv/£14.00 door, tickets available online at WeGotTickets or at Sunday night folk evenings at the Globe, Topsham. All enquiries telephone 01392 875332.
RANT is the meeting of four of Scotland’s finest fiddle players, two from the Shetland Islands and two from the Highlands. Nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 for Best Traditional track, they tour their unique brand of ‘chamber-folk’ far and wide. Bethany Reid, Jenna Reid, Lauren MacColl and Anna Massie join forces to create a sound which is both rich and lush, yet retaining all the bite and spark synonymous with a Scottish fiddle player. www.rantfiddles.com
‘This is dignified, deep and profound music.’ fRoots magazine
SONG - Folk on the Moor -Bert and Linde Nijland
Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE
7.45pm
£8.00/£10.00 Book by email
This Dutch duo combine the "silky weaving vocals" of Linde with classically trained Bert's varied multi-instrumental skills on guitars, banjo, cittern and accordion. Linde was half of the popular duo "Ygdrassil" and gained fame as a top class interpreter of Sandy Denny's songs. She has sung them in concert with Fairport as well as producing, amongst her 10 albums, "Linde Nijland sings Sandy Denny".
Monday 20 May
Acoustic Night at Artizan Gallery  - Devon-based Sarah Yeo, and a rare visitor to South Devon, Jim Watts plus 2 highly talented local poets.
Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW
Doors 7.00pm
The format of acoustic night at Artizan Gallery,Torquay, has changed. No longer an open-mic, instead we have 4x30 minute spots, 2 for poets and 2 for musicians. Door charges have been abolished, and now its 'pay what you feel'. Refreshments available. Curated by Robert Spence, 01803 613647.
Tuesday 21 May
House Concert: Sherburn, Bartley, Sanders
Frogmore, nr Kingsbridge
Tickets in advance (£10 donation). Supper during interval (for which guests are asked to bring a contribution). For more details about the event telephone Nigel/Sarah on 01548 531525.
Chris Sherburn (concertina) and Denny Bartley (vocals and guitar) have been bringing their unique sound to audiences across Europe and America since 1993, creating one of folk music's most enduring partnerships, recording 7 critically acclaimed albums. Their obvious rapport has made them one of the busiest acts on the folk scene in the guises of their duo work and their well-loved line-up as Last Night’s Fun. Their soul stirring songs, exhilarating tunes and quick wittedness, ensures that no two concerts are ever the same. Chris and Denny have now teamed up with Emily Sanders (fiddle/viola and vocals) and have become a well-established trio, for the first time blending vocal harmonies and strings to underpin Chris and Denny’s unique sound.
Regular events 3rd Tuesday
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club Barron Brady  
The Castle Hotel, Fore Street. Bradninch, EX5 4NN

Doors open at 7.45pm, start 8.00pm.
Entry £6.00 (accompanied under 18 are free).
Si Barron is no stranger to the Bradninch Folk Club, his distinctive playing style is impressive and his approach to traditional songs is original, preferring “less is more” but without losing the broader narrative of handed down verse.  Tuesday 21 May will be the last in the current series of Guest Nights at the Bradninch Club, but it is also a first for the Club because Si will be appearing with Ros Brady in the duo Barron Brady.  Simon Barron and Rosalind Brady have over a decade created a near legend as Baron Brady which is a combination of their great creativity and talent.   

They have a wide range of narrative songs with subjects ranging from Devon legends to contemporary rural reportage. Ros’ poetry is an important influence on their contemporary compositions. They have a dynamic acoustic style combining joy and verve in performance.  Simon’s ballistic fingerstyle guitar complemented by Rosalind’s harmonium and whistles to underline their harmony singing. These two artists demonstrate most clearly in their work the relevance of an old tradition expertly employed to reflect a modern world, appealing to both the intellect and the heart.

In keeping with the Bradninch Folk Clubs tradition of presenting strong support acts the May performance will not be short of variety.  Bradninch’s Gayle Peacock known for her unaccompanied singing on previous occasions including at the town’s Remembrance Day a couple of years back when every verse of the Green Fields of France was sung.  She has been a regular at BRADFOLK which is held on the first Tuesday of the month at the White Lion where she has been exploring more contemporary music, as always beautifully sung and accompanying herself on the guitar.  Frankie Woodhams will be joining her with harmonies on some of the songs.

Sanchia Hylton Smith who last appeared in the duo “To The Moon” will be bringing her wonderful vocals with support from guitarist Kimwei.  Sanchia’s music has been described as “an invitation to fall in love with life; its light and its shadows. Like Sandy Denny in conversation with Billie Holliday, her powerful, yet intimate, vocals give the impression she is singing just for you.” Her latest EP Midnight's Pillow, is available to buy and preview on Bandcamp

As mentioned earlier Kimwei will be at the Club and it would be negligent not to listen to some of Kimwei’s music.  He is an inventive and expressive guitar player, composer and singer, using every available part of the guitar in compositions. haunting and delicate, with a strong core of hope. He writes songs about seeking the truth, finding ourselves, about breaking the rules, asking ourselves questions, re-inventing ourselves, finding and showing new parts of ourselves and truly seeing others. He has just stepped down after twelve months in the role of Bard of Exeter. His work has been featured on Sky Arts, BBC Spotlight Oxford, BBC Radio Devon, the Royal Society of Chemistry’s “Friday Lates” and more recently on a pink boat at the heart o the London Extinction Rebellion protest.

For more information telephone Gerard Edwards 01392 881105 or Facebook Bradninch Folk Club.

SONG - Shape Note Singing in Ipplepen
Wednesday 22 May
Traditional Irish music session
The Honiton Inn - Awliscombe, nr Honiton EX14 3PJ
8.00pm
If you play a traditional instrument and know some Irish tunes, or just want to listen, please come along and join the fun. The idea is to transport you to an Irish pub for a couple of hours!
An Evening with Geoff Lakeman
Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
7.00pm
Tickets £10.00 each. Bookings essential. Go to FaceBook or Brook Inn website. Telephone 01752 297604 for further details.
Following the release of his 2017 debut solo album at the age of 69 Geoff has firmly established himself as a performer on the folk and acoustic circuit. His album received four and five-star reviews and national radio airplay. He’s been described as "the father of a virtual folk dynasty", as dad of Seth, Sean and Sam and father-in-law of Cara Dillon and Kathryn Roberts Expect self-written and West Country songs from Geoff, plus English and Irish folk, Americana like Jimmie Rodgers, the Louvin Brothers, Buddy Miller and Randy Newman and even 20/30’s jazz on an authentic 1926 instrument. The evening starts with a Ploughman's Supper at 7pm, with Geoff taking to the stage at around 8pm.
Sherburn Bartley Sanders
Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ 
8.00pm
Tickets £10.00+ from WeGotTickets
Chris Sherburn (concertina) and Denny Bartley (vocals and guitar) have been bringing their unique sound to audiences across Europe and America since 1993, creating one of folk music's most enduring partnerships, recording 7 critically acclaimed albums. Their obvious rapport has made them one of the busiest acts on the folk scene in the guises of their duo work and their well-loved line-up as Last Night’s Fun. Their soul stirring songs, exhilarating tunes and quick wittedness, ensures that no two concerts are ever the same. Chris and Denny have now teamed up with Emily Sanders (fiddle/viola and vocals) and have become a well-established trio, for the first time blending vocal harmonies and strings to underpin Chris and Denny’s unique sound.
Belshazzar's Feast
Cafe on the Green, Widecombe, TQ13 7TA

Doors open at 6.30pm for diners, 7.30pm for non-diners. The Cafe's postcode is TQ13 7TA.
Tickets £14.00 for the gig only or £26.00 for the gig preceded by a hot dinner (menu: Steak and Ale Pie, Chicken, Ham Hock and Leek Pie, Mushroom and Spinach Pie, with mash, seasonal veg, gravy; GF versions available). Tickets available from Daf Edwards email or telephone 07957 280129 or visit the Widecombe Sailing Club website.

In 1995 Paul Hutchinson (accordion) and Paul Sartin (oboe, violin and vocals) shared a musical passion borne out of the desire to earn sufficient money to support their extravagant lifestyles. Their amazing musicianship coupled with wry humour stunned audiences around Europe and the States.
As a singer, oboist, violinist, composer and arranger Paul performs and records extensively with BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Winners and Nominees Bellowhead,  Belshazzar’s Feast and Faustus. He edits publications of music manuscripts, delivers workshops, and is Consultant and Director of the Andover Museum Loft Singers. Having gained an Honours Degree and Choral Scholarship at Oxford, he gained a First for his Masters in Traditional Music, and in 2007 recieved a 75th Anniversary Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society. His recent composition, ‘The Hartlepool Monkey’, for Streetwise Opera, was nominated for a BASCA award.
Paul is well known from his work with Hoover the Dog, Karen Tweed and the Playford Liberation Front. He is a superlative accordion player with a unique style inspired by church organ music, violins & concertinas! Paul is an experienced workshop leader tutoring at Cecil Sharp House on a regular basis, Hands On weekends, Folkworks Summer Schools and Halsway Manor. His favourite colour is no longer pink. 


World Unlimited - Sara Grey & Kieron Means
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm
Tickets £12.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
Sara Grey, a fine American singer, banjo player and song collector, and son Kieron Means, singer and guitar player of great merit, and a fine performer of traditional and contemporary songs. "We perform from a wide range of American traditions including old-time songs and ballads from the Appalachians, Ozarks, New England and the West, blues and gospel music as well as a few of our favourite written songs. The passage of songs from Great Britain and Ireland to America is of particular interest to us. A good deal of our material is the American versions that have travelled, though a song or two from Britain will no doubt be sung. It is our aim during the evening to encourage our audience to join us in singing the chorus of many of our songs."

 

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

Regular events 4th Wednesday
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Stick the Fiddle - Jeremy Child
SONG - Lympstone Folk, Roots and Acoustic
Thursday 23 May

Bicton Folk Night
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
8.30pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Exmouth Shanty Man Derek Brooks invites you to join him for 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 varied and lively traditional acoustic music.

Alice Gullick
B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
8.30pm
Admission £3.00
Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
Alice's music is an ageless blend of folky acoustic roots with a tinge of Americana. The passionate energy of a young singer songwriter shines throughout her haunting vocals and heartfelt lyrics. Alice performs original music with her acoustic guitar, in her own unique style.

 

Belshazzar’s Feast
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
8.00pm
Tickets Full £14.50 - Supporter £11.50. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Paul Sartin (oboe, violin and vocals), and Paul Hutchinson (accordion) start with traditional folk music, add a touch of classical and jazz, throw in a bit of pop and music hall, and top it all off with a wry humour that has won them fans across the world.

 

Regular events 4th Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Club Callers - More The Merrier
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
SONG - Teignmouth Folk Club
Friday 24 May
Artist to be confirmed
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information
The Ukeabillies
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
Originating from the deep south (of England), deep down in rainy Plymouth in the Westcountry, comes a four piece band playing popular tunes with a Bluegrass twist, and a little bit of music which is modern-ish, singing songs with a bit of soul: 'Uke and Roll'.
Saturday 25 May
Artist to be confirmed
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information
Miranda Sykes
Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ
8.00pm
Tickets available from the Bridge or telephone 01392 873862.
The acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ is returning to her roots. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she is touring as she started out: one woman, one bass, and one guitar. Building on the success of her Borrowed Places tour which opened a window into where she had been, physically and spiritually, Miranda is back with a new project: Behind The Wall, a roller coaster ride exploring where we are going; Miranda, you, me, all of us. What does it mean to be human today, living in our communities and societies, and where will our actions lead us? Powerful and hard-hitting but also poignant and beautiful, this show gives us all a chance to reflect and maybe even empower us.

World Unlimited - Kitty Macfarlane
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm
Tickets £10.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
“This young Somerset-based singer-songwriter’s blessed with a strong identity: a confident singing voice and a compelling writing style deriving inspiration from growing up in the south-west, allied to a talent for finding wider significance in everyday experiences. An outstanding debut”​- fRoots Magazine

Kitty Macfarlane is a Bristol-based songwriter and accomplished guitar player. Her sharply observed narrative songs are pure poetry, rich with visual imagery and written with an eco-eye – bound loosely by the theme of mankind’s relationship with the wild. This autumn sees the release of Kitty Macfarlane’s highly anticipated debut album Namer of Clouds, produced by Sam Kelly and Jacob J Stoney and featuring a recognisable cast of musicians.

Gathering inspiration from the sky to the seabed, Kitty’s lyrics touch on intervention and rewilding, climate change and migration and one singular song which is a magical aural tapestry of woman’s historical relationship with textiles and the land. From the starling murmurations on the Somerset Levels to the lowly eel’s epic transatlantic migration, and the small part we ourselves play in a much bigger picture.

The album is augmented by all kinds of ‘found sound’ recorded in locations from Somerset to Sardinia – birdsong, waterfalls, the click of knitting needles- and is bookended by sounds of the wild. She’s toured with acclaimed folk duo Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, and also Blair Dunlop, and performed extensively around the UK. Her first EP received airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music. She has been shortlisted for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, received project funding from the English Folk Dance and Song Society and been awarded the Lyndsey de Paul Prize for female songwriters. Namer of Clouds is released on 21st September 2018.

 

 

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

Exeter Ceilidhs - PhoenixCallers Mary Howells & Jeremy Child
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 0796929763
Regular events 4th Saturday
SONG - Shammick Acoustic - Closed for Earl of Rone