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This weeks events Saturday 23 March to Saturday 30 March

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Saturday 23 March
Guy Somerfield
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

An afternoon featuring an eclectic mixture of music from Exmouth’s favourite troubadour. Singer/songwriter Guy Somerfield again delivers his very polished performance of songs with an original twist, ranging from gentle folk to pulsing rock and everything in-between. He will also be playing some of his own enchanting songs.

Nick Harper: 58 Fordwych Road
Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm
Tickets £12.00 advance, £13.00 door, £1 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £8.00 under 21s. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500
A new show that centres around a small flat in Kilburn, London in the mid-1960s. Then the abode of up-and-coming singer-songwriter Roy Harper and his wife, the flat was an after hours hangout for the legends who played in Soho at the height of the acoustic explosion in swingin’ 60s London. Bert Jansch, Davy Graham, John Renbourn, Paul Simon, Marc Bolan, Sandy Denny and others dropped in to drop out, jam and try new tunes. Also there was a toddler, inhaling the music and absorbing the vibe – Roy’s young son. Nick later carved out his own musical career and in this unique one-off show he plays tribute to the time, the place and the music that became the centre of everything for him and the rest of his ‘family’. The first half will see Nick delve into the songs he heard direct from the greats when growing up. In the second half Nick will trace the journey of how these luminary figures’ music evolved and helped shape popular music beyond the 60s. 

World Unlimited -The Brass Funkeys
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 The Brass Funkeys draw from the traditions of New Orleans with skilled musicianship, rolling from spirited second line revelry to soulful jazz funeral marches and pumping brass driven funk. Reggae, DnB, gypsy, swing and Latin influences are exposed in an eclectic live show revealing a band bursting at the seams with ideas and infectious energy."

 

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

Urban Folk Quartet
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
7.30pm
Tickets £13.00+ (£11.00+) - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

The Urban Folk Quartet’s distinguishing features have much less to do with the traditional idea of genre. Yes, this is fiddle-led music that draws heavily from celtic dance forms and traditional song but from there on in it is unlike any folk band you have ever heard. Just as English country dance unassumingly met with big band jazz musicianship in the mid 20th century, The UFQ’s approach to the folk ethos is to embrace any and every influence that genuinely makes sense of their time and place and makes sense in their music. From funk grooves to middle-eastern melodies, afrobeat to north Indian rhythms.

The first of those phenomenal fiddlers is Galician Paloma Trigás, who has shared stages and recorded with with the likes of The Chieftains, Sharon Shannon and Altan, during her tenure touring the stadiums of the world with Spain’s biggest folk star, Carlos Nuñez. The second is Joe Broughton (Albion Band, Bellowhead, Joss Stone) long established on the folk scene as the fieriest English fiddler and showman of his generation. Also an exceptional guitarist and mandolin player, in UFQ Joe deftly shares multi-instrumentalist duties (often mid-song) with Dan Walsh. Touted as one of the finest banjo players in the country as well as a gifted singer and guitarist, Dan (Seth Lakeman Band, The Levellers, Walsh & Pound) joined UFQ in 2014, as guitarist, oud player and founding member Frank Moon stepped out of touring life. The lineup is completed by Tom Chapman, widely considered to be the most accomplished and innovative cajonero the UK has to offer.

Since then UFQ’s trail has blazed across the world, playing everything from secluded coves to 30,000 capacity festival fields, igniting audiences and winning them a devoted fan base from The Bay of Biscay to edge of The North Pacific. UFQ‘s cross-genre appeal sees them occupying a singular position, crossing scenes and continents and sharing bills with the most eclectic range of artists. It only gets wilder…

DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance
Steve Turner and David Faulkner
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.
Admission £9.00 which includes tea and biscuits.
No partner is needed for many of the dances and beginners are always welcome.
Exeter Ceilidhs - Dartmoor Pixie Band
The Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7UE.
8.00pm - 11.0pm
Admission £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
Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham SOLD OUT
Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes.
Doors 7.15pm for 8.00pm start.
All tickets: £18.00 - for ticket information go to website
A rare opportunity in the South-West to catch two of the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear. Having toured together since 1986 to packed concert halls all over the world, multi-award-winning Aly & Phil continue to charm audiences with their stunning music, and on-stage charisma that defies description. Witty and humorous banter sits alongside tunes that tug the heartstrings, and joyous reels and melodies that have feet tapping along. Aly (MBE and Doctor of Music), a founder member of Boys of the Lough, is rightly regarded as Scotland's supreme fiddler- arguably the finest of all time. Aly launched the popular BBC TV series ‘Transatlantic Sessions’ in which he and Phil appear. Phil (MBE) is a world famous accordion player and composer. In recent years Phil's work-load has included many commissions for TV and film and an increasing amount of work as musical director for television and theatrical events.
Regular events 4th Saturday
DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance

SONG - Shammick Acoustic - Granny’s Attic
Inspired by the old traditional songs and tunes (thus the name), the trio started playing together at school in Worcester, from whence all three of them went on to study music at degree level, although not the usual ‘folk’ degree at Newcastle.  In 2014 the group were nominated in the BBC’s Young Folk Award, and since then have been in huge demand at festivals and clubs all over the country in between studying. 

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne plays melodeon, concertina as well as singing. George Sansome also sings, and plays guitar – he also plays euphonium, but not in Granny’s Attic!  Lewis Wood provides fiddle and mandolin, and writes many of the tunes the group play.  In his other life, he is a composer, and also plays for dancing. 
Extraordinary talent is exhibited by this ‘boy band’, and their enthusiasm is infectious!  We’re in for an exceptional night!

With support from local performers Roger Cockram, Al Cruse and Geoff Hocking

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.
Sunday 24 March
Nigel Challis
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Nigel is a highly popular musician/singer and a master of country/folk finger style guitar. He has performed at numerous festivals and venues throughout the South West to rapturous applause. Today Nigel will be playing some very chilled out country/folk/blues classics.

Nick Harper: 58 Fordwych Road
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
Doors open 8.00pm
Tickets £15.00+ (£13.00+) Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website
Nick Harper is one the UK’s best kept musical secrets. Those who have witnessed the spellbinding, one-man show will tell you this. A childhood growing up surrounded by the musical prowess of some of the 60’s most revered songwriters & musicians, not to mention being son of Roy Harper, along with 20 years of crafting songs & touring the land has spawned a truly one-off, original guitarist & songwriter who stands alone as a UK great, to be cherished and revered. 58 Fordwych Road is an all new show that centres around a living room in a small flat in Kilburn, London in the mid 1960s. Then the abode of up-and-coming singer-songwriter Roy Harper & his wife Mocy. The flat was an after hours hang-out for the legends who played at Les Cousins in Soho at the height of the acoustic explosion in swingin’ sixties London
Regular events 4th Sunday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club - Crows
Globe Hotel Malthouse, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR
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.
Mick Ryan, James Patterson, Dave Bordewey, and Paul Downes have reunited to reform the hugely popular 1980s group Crows. Featuring two of the finest male voices in the english folk tradition; Mick Ryan and James Patterson together with masterly musicianship from James on guitar, Paul on guitar, mandocello, mandolin and banjo and Dave on fiddle and mandola.
SONG - Folk on the Moor  Book by email
Monday 25 March
 
Tuesday 26 March

World Unlimited -Megan Henwood & Findlay Napier
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 Story Song Scientists. Distinguished English singer-songwriter Megan Henwood is far too self-deprecating to describe herself as a force of nature, but her third album 'River' reaffirms her unique ability to create roots music of beguiling purity from what's around her. Findlay Napier, artful acoustic guitar and remarkable voice, one of the finest songwriters and storytellers of the contemporary Scottish folk scene is an insurgent talent that comes on like a Caledonian Loudon Wainwright

 

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

Exmouth Shanty Men
Bridge Centre, St. Mary Magdalene Church, high street, Stoke Canon EX5  4AR
7.30pm
Tickets £7.00 adult, £3.00 U16, from Alison Bloomer by cheque+sae to Stoke Cannon Inn, High Street, Stoke Canon EX5 4AR; also available on door from 7pm.
Raising funds for the community to buy the local pub (50 yds from the church, so have a drink before/after the gig), and keep the village alive. Tea/coffee available in the church.
Raffle.
Regular events 4th Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Graham Knight
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
SONG - Shape Note Singing in Ipplepen
Wednesday 27 March

 

Regular events 4th Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - TBA - Jane Thomas
SONG - Lympstone Folk, Roots and Acoustic
Thursday 28 March

Free Concert at the Crabshell Artists include Paul Reid - Harpingmad - Silvington
Crabshell Inn, Embankment Rd, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 1JZ
8.00pm
Paul Reid has just produced his first, long awaited CD “The Bonny Broom” with Crabshell Records and we’re delighted he’ll be using this concert to launch it. His songs all have great tunes and tell stories of hard work and love, all beautifully delivered with haunting accompaniments from Paul and his friends. Harpingmad is a beautiful blend of Celtic harp(s), Irish whistle, baroque recorders, cello, mandolin and guitar, playing mostly traditional Celtic tunes and songs, with the odd contemporary song or tune to boot! Their music is melodic and soothing. Wherever they play, they are complimented on their relaxing, beautiful and enchanting sound, but then surprising with jolly wake up tunes. It is fitting that Silvington bring this series of concerts to its finale. They have been so supportive of the local traditional music scene and these concerts in particular


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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.

The O'Marleys
Stand Off, Portland House, Longbrook Street, Exeter, Devon EX4 6AB
9.30pm - 11.00pm
Free
The Fantastic O'Marleys irish band will be playing all your favourite tunes and songs, Mac racing away with lightning speed on his fiddle, Ioworth picking out those banjo notes with ease, and John Strumming away on Guitar, All three sing all your favourites like, Black Velvet Band, Whiskey in The Jar, Irish Rover, Wild Rover, Fields of Athenry, Blarney Roses and many more. A band rated the best in the South West and not to be missed. Check out their latest album, Trip to Exeter. Find them on FB and twitter
Amazing Irish band The O'Marleys will set the place alight when they play all your favourite Irish tunes at The Stand Off, Exeter.

Feast of Fiddles Silver Jubilee Tour - Exeter Corn Exchange - Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW
7.30pm (Doors 6.45)
Tickets £20.50 (includes £1.00 booking fee). Box office telephone 01392 665938 - For more information go to website

The Feast of Fiddles band-waggon trundles merrily on in its Silver Jubilee year. Born in Nettlebed on Valentine’s Day 1994 as a one off special concert, Feast of Fiddles has done 25 spring tours, 24 festivals and has 7 CDs to its name. Not bad for a bunch of old folk-rockers! This is a band of friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun. Fiddlers Peter Knight (Gigspanner, Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Brian McNeill (Battlefield Band), Ian Cutler (Bully Wee), Tom Leary (Lindisfarne) and Garry Blakeley (Band of Two) add the large range of fiddle playing styles to the rock back-line of guitars, keyboards, sax and accordion – all held together by legendary drummer Dave Mattacks. A live music entertainment like no other on the circuit which is guaranteed to be enjoyed by even the most doubting of friends dragged along!

Regular events 4th Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Kate & Doug Eaton - The More The Merrier
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
Friday 29 March
The Moulton Brothers
The Golden Lion, 65 New Road, Brixham, TQ5 8NL
8.30pm
An evening of Irish and Scottish folk music

Saskia Griffiths Moore
The Plough@StAnne's, Paternoster Row, Barnstaple EX31 1SX
8.00pm
Tickets Full £12.00 - Supporter £10.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Saskia Griffiths-Moore celebrates the release of ‘Ocean of Stars’ her strongest and most unusual album yet!  Drawing from Roots, Americana and Folk music, Saskia’s new album touches on subjects of life and death in an unusual and positive Brit-Country style.  With support from Jack Cookson.

 

Charity Barn Dance with Five Finger Eddie
Buckland Athletic Football Club, Kingskerswell Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 5JU
Doors 7.00pm.
Tickets £10.00 (to include ploughmans + pudding) available from Becky 07809 260544 or Liam 07597 365991.
Open to all, children welcome. Cash bar.
Donations to Mind. Mind, the mental health charity to make sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone.
Harbottle & Jonas
Tally Ho, Littlehemspton, Totnes TQ9 6LY
Their music is always accompanied with a great story. Together the husband and wife duo combined the rich traditions of folk music with original and contemporary interpretations through a mix of closely intertwined vocal harmonies and compelling and authentic musical arrangements. For more information telephone 01803 862316

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
Eliza Acty is a singer and musician based in Devon, UK. With her unique vocal style, Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time, original and contemporary songs that span over a century of music.

 

Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll 'Beautiful Spaces' Tour - March 2019
Join English folk duo Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll for a series of intimate acoustic concerts in beautiful spaces.
The Oak Room Arts Centre, 2c St Peter Street, Tiverton. EX16 6NU
8.00pm
Tickets £8.00 advance from WeGotTickets £10.00 on the door

The joyful combination of English fiddle partnership Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll welcomes you into their family from the first note. This is a masterclass in the art and mystery of connection; two fiddles and two voices working in cinfidence and synergy creating music infused with England's shared stories, songs and melodies.

Saturday 30 March
Thunderbridge's Nick G-M and Tall Paul - A Gallery Gig
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
8.15pm
All tickets £6.50
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website In an intimate 'duolo' show, two of the west country bluegrass band's key members present some stripped back acoustic Americana. With guitars, banjo, mandolin and two voices, they will play both original and classic songs from their own and the Thunderbridge Bluegrass Band catalogues.
Reefs of Moonshine
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Enjoy an afternoon of very chilled music in the company of acoustic duo Reefs of Moonshine. Lisa’s angelic voice is beautifully complemented by Nick’s intricate guitar playing to create a very polished sound. The duo will perform their own arrangements of popular melodic songs....drawn from the worlds of folk, country and soul music.

Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll instrumental workshop
St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD
3.00pm - 5.00pm
Tickets: £5.00 in advance from WeGotTickets /£6.00 on the door.
Join Nick and Becki for an instrumental music workshop. Learn a new folk tune created especially for the event. You will need to bring your own acoustic instrument. Music will be taught be ear but notation will also be available so please bring a music stand if you have one. Contact Becki for more details - becki@englishfiddle.com - and please let us know if you play a transposing instrument (e.g. Bb).

Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll 'Beautiful Spaces' Tour - March 2019
Join English folk duo Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll for a series of intimate acoustic concerts in beautiful spaces.
St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD
7.30pm
Tickets £8.00 advance from WeGotTickets £10.00 on the door

The joyful combination of English fiddle partnership Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll welcomes you into their family from the first note. This is a masterclass in the art and mystery of connection; two fiddles and two voices working in cinfidence and synergy creating music infused with England's shared stories, songs and melodies.

Spring Céilidh with Spinach for Norman and caller Pam Hayes
South Brent Village Hall
7.30pm (doors open 7.00pm).
£8.00 Tickets on the door or from artworks. For more information telephone Eileen 01364 73699, email or visit website
Dance your cares away with Ben van Weede (fiddle), Joel Segal (fiddle), Howard Harrison (guitar/flute), Martin Henning (bass) and caller Pam Hayes - 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 on Saturday 6 July 2019 and the Annual ‘Twixt’ Ceilidh on Friday 27 December 2019.

Rebecca Loebe - with special guest, Greg Hancock
St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road Exeter EX4 7AH
Doors 7.30pm (Start 8.00pm)
Tickets £10.00 from WeGotTickets
Rebecca Loebe is not just another talent. She’s a sophisticated, mature writer with a relevant point of view and an assured, nuanced voice that’s both elegant and earthy, powerful and delicate, with a range and depth she hints at more than flashes. When the moment’s right, however, she’ll glide up a scale like Norah Jones, or drop right into a crag in Fiona Apple’s sidewalk.

But timing and delivery alone don’t make an artist. There’s got to be substance as well, and Loebe fearlessly probes the rawest corners of her psyche to find it. “There’s a lot of me talking to myself,” she says. “I’m writing a lot of empowerment jams these days, and I think it’s because it’s what I need. I’ve written albums full of what I needed to say, but this album is full of songs I need to hear.”

And now she’s on a guerrilla mission to share messages others need to hear as well. “I like to write catchy songs about topics that are meaningful to me, but use fun hooks to put words in people’s mouths,” Loebe admits. “My favorite thing is to get people singing along before they even realize they’re singing about women’s equality or their own self-worth.”

Before signing her first record deal last year, Loebe had made her national television debut on the first season of The Voice (her version of Nirvana’s “Come as You Are” charted worldwide and landed on the show’s first compilation album) and been declared a winner at the Kerrville New Folk songwriting competition.

Catch this award-winning songwriter and internationally recognized singer in concert with her full band this spring, as she celebrates the release of her fifth studio album Give Up Your Ghosts across the US and Europe