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This weeks events Saturday 22 April to Saturday 29 April

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Saturday 22 April

St George’s Beer Festival - Luke Blaber & Phil Cribb - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Local musician Luke Blaber performs his own take on a variety of rock, indie and folk covers from the 90's and 00's. His husky voice and energetic guitar provides a unique sound to both classic and off the wall tunes. Accompanied by the superb Phil Cribb from Dartmoor, Phil and Luke are certain to entertain with foot stomping tunes from the last 40 years.

Hummingbirds in concert - St Stephen's Church, Exeter, Exeter - 8.00pm (Doors 7.30pm) - £8.00/£6.00 conc. To book tickets in advance please email (Part of the proceeds from this performance will go to Hospicecare Exeter) 
Hummingbirds Acappella trio, Ami Lee, Emily Roblyn and Sarah Pennington have been delighting live audiences since 2013 with their extraordinary arrangements, powerful original songs and infectious sense of fun. They weave quirky rhythms around lush harmonies across an impressive spectrum of songs, some political, some sweet, some just darnright entertaining. After their recent sell-out CD launch concert they have booked a second performance in Exeter and invite you to join them to celebrate. ''These guys are amazing. If you need some soulful, smiley music for a gig look no further.'' 
The 2 - on tour - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton, Totnes TQ9 7SE - 7.30pm - Tickets £8.00/£6.00 from Anna Lunk telephone 01803 762751 and on door.
First UK tour for The 2, France based virtuoso guitarists Roger Moss & Thomas Ottogalli. The pair met whilst playing at a folk festival in SW France where they’re based. A shared love of guitar led them to explore the possibilities of bringing together their diverse styles, using original songs plus heavily reworked covers from blues, bluegrass to the Beatles and more. The dynamic duo bring together acoustic and electric guitar artistry and vocals.

World Unlimited -The Company Of Players - 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

Inspired by the likes of The Elizabethan Sessions and The Full English, The Company of Players is a contemporary folk supergroup set up by Jess Distill of Said The Maiden. The purpose - to write, record and perform songs inspired by the works of William Shakespeare, To help Mark the 400th anniversary of his death. With sponsorship from Looe Music festival and funding already in place for a second project, 2017 is set to be a big year for the Company. The collective features the talents of emerging folk artists Said The Maiden, Lukas Drinkwater, Kelly Oliver, Sam Kelly, Chris Cleverley, Kim Lowings, Minnie Birch, and Daria Kulesh.  Having already been championed by the likes of Mike Harding, and Geoff Lakeman. The Company of Players offers a very exciting, dynamic and theatrical live show.

 

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

Adrian Legg - Live! - St. Lawrence Chapel, Ashburton, TQ13 7DD Doors 7:30 pm. Tickets - £12.00 from Ian Pickvance (01364) 653500 or email
A rare opportunity to see the unique fingerstyle guitar talent of Adrian Legg in Ashburtons beautiful 700 year old St. Lawrence Chapel.
"To say Legg plays a good guitar is like saying Menuhin saws a fine fiddle. This man is ridiculously talented" - Music Week Voted "Guitarist of the decade" by Guitarist Magazine Guitar Players readers poll winner for Best Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitarist 1993/'94/'95/'96 All profits to Macmillan Cancer Support.

ST GEORGE’S DAY EVE - FOLK DAY - GREAT TORRINGTON
11.00 am - 2.00 pm Morris displays
2.45 pm - 4.45 pm Callers workshop Castle Community Centre - 3.00 admission
5.00 pm - 6.45 pm Song - Castle Community Centre - with Jerry Bix Instruments also welcome
7.00 pm Devon Folk A.G.M. Plough
8.00 pm Concert: Dr Feelgood Plough Arts Centre - full details and tickets on website
8.00 pm Ceilidh - Winkeilidh Band - Castle Community Centre - £6.00 admission (under 16's £4.00). No bar - tea and coffeee avaialble - bring your own refreshments.
Launceston Folk Dance Club Dance - Launceston Town Hall - Pixie Band - Bring and Share supper - for more information please telephone Rosemary Phillips 01566 774491
Bridport Ceilidhs featuring GIG CB with Chris Shaw calling at Church House (St Mary's) Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW - 7.30 - 11.00pm dance.
Soft drinks provided; bring a bottle, bring finger food snacks to share, bring a friend “ bring two! “ and make a party of it!   Tickets in advance from Bridport Music Shop, South Street and Lime Tree Deli, West Street, or telephone organiser Monty on 01308 423442 or email.
See website for more information
Regular events 4th Saturday

SONG - Shammick Acoustic - Daniel Nestlerode
Daniel is an American singer who performs a good mix of traditional, original and modern songs, and, unusually, accompanies himself on mandolin.  Originally a guitar player, after moving from Pennsylvania to California, he picked up a mandolin, and was hooked, proceeding to study with some of the great mandolinists of our time. 

Having crossed the Atlantic, he has lived in Cambridge since 2012, worked in a few local folk clubs, and released his first CD, ‘More Than a Little Guitar’ which received excellent reviews.  Since then he has worked full time throughout England, Europe and back in the States, more recently adding guitarists Paul Ballantyne or Mark Gamon to the mix – on this occasion Mark will be accompanying him.  Daniel has built a convincing reputation for excellent vocal ability and “history-soaked original songs” – it will be interesting to find out whose history…

As usual, we shall have some of our talented local performers in support.

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

 

Sunday 23 April

Rakes Adrift are performing in Concert - The Old Mill, Ossaborough Lane, Woolacombe EX34 7HJ - Admission is free - and the concert starts at 8.00pm

Julian Piper Blues Band - Budleigh Salterton Jazz Festival - Public Hall Public Hall, Station Road, Budleigh Salterton, nr Exmouth EX9 6RJ - 2.00pm - Tickets £12.00. Box office telephone 01395 445275.
After years of playing and touring alongside American blues legends, performing at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, and in blues havens like Chicago and Mississippi, it's probably fair to say that Julian Piper has had a blues education second to none. Ringing the changes this time around, Julian steps out with a semi acoustic trio featuring double bassist Warwick Downes and drummer Andy Mills. Expect material from New Orleans to Chicago, featuring some of the finest slide and blues guitar this side of the Mississippi.Exe Delta.

Paddy's Whiskers - The Boathouse, Preston Sands, Paignton TQ3 2NJ Live music starts at 2:30pm and entrance is free.
The Paignton based Irish/Celtic/American band play a mixture of fiddle led Irish jigs and reels for dancing, banjo driven bluegrass numbers, and Scottish tunes on border bagpipes. The whole band sing and at a Whiskers gig you’ll hear well known favourites from the folk tradition, together with a few original songs and tunes written by the band.

Live music starts at 2:30pm and entrance is free. Tables may be booked on 01803 665066. For more information go to website  or telephone Andrew 01803 520798.

St George’s Day Celebration - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
The Bicton Inn 4 day Beer Festival culminates with an evening devoted to St George and William Shakespeare, whose birthday falls on the same day. The celebration will include traditional music from the Balcony Band, sonnets and brief extracts from Shakespeare, together with some traditional English food and amazing selection of English ales.

St George’s Beer Festival - Tash - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
You are guaranteed to enjoy young singer Tash Fardell when she performs a selection of popular contemporary and classic pop and folk. You’ll be entranced by her versatile and emotive singing and highly original renditions. Tash will be accompanied by her talented backing band Jas Walker and Ian Davey.

Maia - Voodoo Lounge Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 8.00pm - £8.00 (£6.00) - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website
A genre busting mix of sweet stunning vocal harmonies over funky blissed out grooves, punctuated by echoing banjo, guitar, shimmering mandolins, spooky brass and keyboards. Self proclaimed ‘sci-fi folk’ evangelists, Maia formed in 2009 as experimental acoustic alchemists playing whatever instruments were lying around and now have (excellent) third album Wild Waters out in April. ‘Youthful, spirited, richly atmospheric and intelligently off-centre alt.folk pop’
Keston Cobblers Club - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 7.30pm - £16.00+ - Seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website

Folk-pop 5-piece Keston Cobblers Club release their new album, Almost Home, in March 2017 and will tour across the UK in celebration of its release.

Over the last few years, the band has been steadily building a name for themselves and winning over an army of loyal fans. They’ve played some of the UK’s biggest festivals, including Glastonbury, Bestival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Wilderness and Green Man; sold out their own headline tours; been playlisted by 6Music and Amazing Radio; and been invited to perform live on BBC Radio by the likes of Dermot O’Leary, Steve Lamacq and Bob Harris.

 

Faustus - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 7.30pm - Full £15.00 - Concession £13.00 - Supporter £11.00  To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Nominated in the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, the Faustus triumvirate are three of the leading lights of their generation: Saul Rose (Waterson:Carthy, Whapweazel), Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast). They have a plethora of experience between them, brought together here in a virtuosic display of musicianship and testosterone.  Rooted deeply in the English tradition, in 2007 they received a 75th Anniversary Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

Faustus came together in 2006 as an evolution of the award winning band Dr. Faustus.  They made an eponymous debut album in 2008, produced by Stu Hanna and released by Navigator Records, which saw them nominated as the Best Group in the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.  Subsequent touring saw them headlining at festivals, as well as playing sell-out concerts at arts centres and clubs. 

 

Regular events 4th Sunday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club
Concert tickets can be bought on singers’ nights, at concerts or from website - all enquiries telephone 01392 875332
Monday 24 April

Eliza Acty - Bread and Roses, 62 Ebrington Street, Plymouth PL4 9AF - 8.00pm
Devon-based singer and musician. With her unique vocal style, Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time and contemporary songs that spans over a century of music. Previously performing with the successful old-time band ‘Appaloosas’. She recorded two albums with Appaloosas, as the lead vocalist and guitarist. Eliza has been seen in folk clubs, festivals and music venues all over the South West including appearances on BBC Radio Devon and BBC Radio Cornwall. Recently, Eliza released her first solo EP " Enough Time". Added accompaniment from Peter Acty on clawhammer banjo and guitar.

 

Valerie June - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - doors 8.00pm - £14.00 - Standing - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website

If Valerie June had been a roots artist in America 80 years ago, and she often sings as if she was, she might have been a principle influence on today’s myriad retro troubadours, hers a stunningly emotive amalgamation of blues, folk, gospel, soul, Appalachian and bluegrass (including irresistible banjo).

Like a potent distillation bubbling on a Prohibition-era porch, Valerie June makes self-styled “organic moonshine roots music”, music for the porch parties of today, a party where she strums her guitar, plucks her banjo, opens her mouth and delta-blues-country stridently sashays out, a stunning peal somewhere between Dolly 

Tuesday 25 April

World Unlimited - Heg & The Wolf Chorus - 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
”Simply stunning" - Folk Radio UK. Following the hugely successful UK tour throughout the Autumn, Bristol four-piece Heg & The Wolf Chorus are back on the road in the spring 2017 performing their acclaimed debut album Raising The Fires. The band perform the album's enchanting story of a witch who was wrongfully burnt at the stake.
The scorned woman casts a spell, ending the world as we know it and conjuring all the mythological creatures back to roam the Earth. A tale inspired by traditional Scottish folklore.

 

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 Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Aileen Wills - Petronella
STORY TELLING - Stone Soup - Stone Soup continues its Twisted Tales series for adults.
Wednesday 26 April

Jeff Lang - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ - 8.00pm - Tickets £12.00 from the Bridge Inn telephone 01392 873862.
A welcome rare return visit after several years, from a man who really is in a field of one. Originally influenced by dusty blues heroes like Blind Willie Johnson alongside Neil Young and Bob Dylan, Jeff's career has seen him work alongside the late Chris Whitley and John Butler who's described him as 'the man'. A stunning slide guitarist, Celtic, Indian and African music all make up Jeff's stunning sonic pallette. Catch him while you can.

Police Dog Hogan - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 8.00pm - £15.00 - Seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website

A high-energy and eclectic eight-piece, combining fiddle, banjo, mandolin, accordian and guitars with knockout four-part harmonies. You could call it Americana, country-folk, folk-pop or even urban bluegrass, but it’s difficult to do justice to the sheer range of styles this band is willing to take on and, if necessary, transform.

 

Regular events 4th Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Simon Maplesden - Chris Toyne 
SONG - Culm Valley Music and Performance Club - Guest night with Reg Meuross  - £10.00
Thursday 27 April
Julian Langer (Gallery Gig) - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 8.15pm - £5.00
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Eclectic singer-songwriter Julian Langer brings his personal approach to folk music. ‘his instrumentation exhibits an exotic flair once again, binding together a number of cultural characteristics, including those of India, Aboriginal Australia and Spain’ Puremzine.

Bicton Folk Night - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 8.30pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Exmouth Shanty Man Derek Brooks hosts a traditional folk night when a varied selection of singers and musicians perform.  If you sing or play an instrument why not come along and join in the session? Otherwise enjoy listening to a selection of lively acoustic music which usually includes lots of jolly jigs, reels and airs.

Western Centuries - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 8.00pm. Tickets £13.00 (+booking fee if paid for by card) advance. £15.00 on the door. Tickets are available from the B-Bar in person (daily from 11am) via the Barbican Theatre website or telephone 01752 242021. Cancelled
Round up a country band and an early R&B group with three lead vocalists, weave in a hefty amount of vocal harmony and witty turns-of-phrase, and let ‘em rock out like The Band. The sound of roots music mavericks Western Centuries sits at these crossroads, and their debut album Weight of the World introduces a band as skillful in their musicianship as they are innovative in their writing. Led albeit subtly by Seattle based Cahalen Morrison this 5 piece band won't be playing the small venue circuit too long.

Devon, EX9 7HG - 8.00pm Tickets £15.00 (price covers the music only) Visit website

This Californian born singer-songwriter has been touring and performing since the age of 15, when she left home with guitar in hand to travel across America in a converted school bus.  Whisky poets & angels, cowgirls & bluebirds, West’s characters chart the tides, test the winds and weather severe storms; all given life by her compelling stage-presence and luscious voice.  West’s deep Americana sound, informed by nomadic-roads travelled, continues to radiate her respected reputation within the roots scene around the world (Bob Harris is a “massive fan”).  Corinne will be performing songs from her 2015 album “Starlight Highway”.

To book, telephone 01395 568521 or visit the craft shop in the mill building - website

The concerts take place in the Mill’s intimate restaurant setting, and music-goers can enjoy great menus of seasonal food between 6 to 7.30pm. Music starts at 8pm. (Note: ticket prices shown cover music only).  

Regular events 4th Thursday
DANCE - Tavistock Folk Dance Club - club callers
DANCE - Exmouth Folk Dance Club - club callers
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Robert Blackborow - The Weston Country Dance Band
SONG - Bideford Folk Song Club - Jim Causley
SONG - Teignmouth Folk Club with guests Blagards & Cowboys
Friday 28 April
Rakes Adrift are performing in Concert - 4-5 Fore Street, Ilfracombe EX34 9ED - Admission is free - and the concert starts at 9.00pm

Bicton Street Blues - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 9.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Stompin’ blues/rock performed by stalwarts Dave Gwilliam (vocals & guitar) and Ollie Davey (mandolin & guitar). Bicton Street Blues is fronted by popular bluesman Dave Gwilliam and accompanied by talented multi-instrumentalist Olly Davy. Dave originally fronted Laughing Gravy and the Fourbeats and Olly has played in a variety of folk, and blues bands including the Junkyard Angels.

Klezmer Ceilidh - Kevara - St Matthew's Hall, Exeter, EX1 2LJ. Entry £8.50/£700. Doors open 6.30pm, music from 7.00pm to 10.15pm. Please note this is slightly earlier time than usual due to restrictions on the hall. Please bring your own refreshments.

Cat Weatherill with ‘Lost in the Lamplight’ - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 8TA Box office 01803 882717 - 7.30pm - Tickets £12.00 Advance (£10.00 FofBL/BATS members) All tickets £14.00 on the door if available. Go to website for more information and tickets

The Friends of Brixham Library & Brixham Arts & Theatre Society present international author, raconteur and storyteller - Cat Weatherill with ‘Lost in the Lamplight’. Rich and wonderful stories for world-weary adults, told after dark, by lantern light. Cat’s stories are cinematic, deeply emotional and beautifully told. She is a physical performer, with extraordinary focus and intensity, weaving in song and musical instruments to create a shimmering tapestry of tales. Cat is one of Europe’s leading performance storytellers. She works internationally, from Singapore to Swindon and everywhere in-between. She has performed solo shows at the Barbican and read her stories on Radio 4. Her shows linger long in the memory and people always want more. There will be some selected tales especially for this year’s Pirate Festival audience.

Party In The Town - Totnes, various venues for details of artists, times and venues go to website
Ensemble Baklava - The Bay Horse Inn, Totnes TQ9 5SP - 9.00pm - Free
With a unique combination of instruments, Ensemble Baklava blends the sounds of the oud, bouzouki, concertina, bagpipes, Middle Eastern percussion, mandolin, baglama, spiked fiddle, guitar, tin whistle and voices to bring evocative, stirring and lively music and song from the Mediterranean region, both contemporary and ancient.
Reg Meuross - Gallery Gig - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 8.15pm - Full £12.00 - Concession £10.00 - Supporter £8.00 -  To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
2017 heralds a new solo album from Reg Meuross. ‘Faraway People’ is a fresh collection of songs which comment bravely on life as he sees it, bringing wide ranging stories, from the ravages of austerity and the injustice of the plight of refugees, to some of most beautifully disarming lyrics ever written. Reg has that rare gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, on a really human level.
Small Town Jones - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter, EX2 4AZ - 7.30pm - Tickets £10.00+ from WeGotTickets Box Office - Telephone 01392 277189 - Visit website - email
There have been many comparisons for Devon based Singer Songwriter “Small Town Jones” (Jim Jones) in the music press of late. To be written into sentences likening him to such greats as John Martyn, Ron Sexsmith as well as Wilco can only be helpful, however, what is also becoming clear is that Small Town Jones is fast becoming known for his own unique trademark soundscape of honest intensity and heartfelt, emotional songwriting. “Jones has more in tune with the folk-rock of early John Martyn, Questing for hope, love and warmth rather than succumbing to despair and loss” Q. 
Regular events 4th Friday
DANCE - Exeter Folk Dance Club - Rhianwen Davies
Saturday 29 April
Brixham Pirate Festival

Daniela - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Talented German singer/songwriter Daniela Ruettinger is a truly international artist who has performed at festivals and venues around the world. Her beautiful singing is complimented by her competent guitar playing when she performs a selection of folk, rock and indie covers and some of her own soulful songs

Exeter Secret Gigs presents Luke Jackson - Rebecca Loebe - St Paul's Church, Starcross, EX6 8PZ - 7.30pm - tickets £10.00+ from WeGotTickets
LUKE JACKSON is a rising young Roots singer/songwriter from Canterbury, Kent , and 2013 saw him nominated for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and in 2014 he was named Fatea’s “Male Artist of the Year”
With a bold, show stopping voice and honed guitar skills, Luke is a confident and captivating performer demonstrating an astonishing maturity. 

He has been making waves on the live acoustic scene supporting such luminaries as Show of Hands, Karine Polwart, Oysterband and Martyn Joseph and he has delivered startling performances on the UK festival scene, from Cambridge to Sidmouth and The Great British Folk Festival. In the last year Luke as been playing Festivals across Europe, along with playing solo shows in The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany.

 

REBECCA LOEBE is a young singer-songwriter who grew up in Atlanta and has done time in DC, Boston and New York, now making her home in Austin, TX. 

She is known for her distinct voice, well-crafted songs and ability to bring an audience to her journeys, introducing them to the characters she meets and observations she makes as she travels. 

Verity Greenaway  - Venezia, Piazza Terracina, 61 Waterside, The Quay, Exeter EX2 8GY  - 7.30pm - free entry
The Phil Beer Band - The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ - 8.00pm - Tickets £19.00 seated. For more information and tickets telephone 01404 384050 or go to website

Frenetic, 'feel-good' and leavened with a good helping of humour. While having his feet firmly in the ‘Acoustic’ camp, Phil has “kept his hand in” with electric music with an annual outing of The Phil Beer Band which performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil''s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock.