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Events Saturday 7 December to Saturday 14 December

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Page last updated on 6-12-2019
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Saturday 7 December

World Unlimited - Glorious Chorus + support from the Exeter St Lucia Singers.
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm - Start 7.30pm
Tickets £10.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
Glorious Chorus is an a-cappella choir, founded and led by Helen Yeomans, based in South Devon. Helen writes original songs and arrangements for the choir – songs with a message that move audiences and performers alike.
The choir auditions its members from all over the South West. Although predominantly amateur singers, they are all trained in vocal technique and performance to achieve polished performances, whilst retaining passion and spontaneity. The choir nurtures talent from within, boasting soloists, poets, rappers and dancers to add texture to its repertoire.

 

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

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 accomplished guitarist and a master of country/folk finger style. He has performed at numerous festivals and venues throughout the South West to rapturous applause. Today Nigel will be performing a selection of popular songs including  country, folk,  and blues classics.

3rd Folk Plus in Concert
Marldon Christmas Tree Farm Cafe, Totnes Road, Marldon TQ3 1RR
Doors 7.30pm.
Tickets £8.50 advance, £10 on the door. Teelephone Paul 07894 961010 or email.
Programme of music across a wide range of genres. Featuring Folk Plus Club regulars and, special guests, terrific 4 part harmony group One Accord. Cosy Log cabin. Good parking and access.
Pet Yeti (previously known as The Propane Brothers)
Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
7.30pm
Tickets Full price (Support the artists and arts) - Mid Price (A bit cheaper if you need it) - Low price (Even cheaper if you need it) from WeGotTickets To reserve tickets, email Further information from Ashburton Arts FaceBook page or Ashburton Arts website
Bluegrass super group from the UK – high octane solos, lonesome harmonies and trendy footwear. These five musicians have an impressive list of achievements and awards between them having all performed internationally in acclaimed bands. The Propane Brothers is certainly more than the sum of its parts, it’s an explosive live act not to be missed!
Whinwhistle Hill – midwinter concert
Littlehempston Village Church TQ9 6LY
Doors open at 7.30pm
Ticket prices Adults: £10.00 - Under 16s: £5.00 - Family: £25.00 (2 adults 2 under 16s). For tickets go to WeGotTickets. For more information email, or telephone 01803 864286 or go to FaceBook
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A midwinter celebration of traditional music and song. Ancient melodies and uplifting lyrics to warm us through the long nights, performed in the atmospheric setting of Littlehempston's 15th Century village church. Festive treats, mulled apple juice, tea and coffee will be available during the break.

Whinwhistle Hill
Combining strong vocals and resonant instrumentation this dynamic trio will take you on a winding journey across oceans, along rivers and over snowy peaks, including some wintery repertoire put together especially for this concert. Featuring: Louis Bingham (cittern, guitar & voice), Phil Hogg (piano & voice) and Griselda Sanderson (nyckelharpa, hardanger & fiddle).
Jim Causley - History Through Song (Exeter Local History Society)
Jury's Inn, Western Way, Exeter EX1 2DB
7.00pm
The event is free to members. £3.00 non-members. Booking is essential. Go to website for more information

Christmas Special. History through the contemporaneous thoughts (and voices) of ordinary people. We will explore our history via folk songs from Jim Causley, an English folk singer, songwriter and musician from Devon who specializes in the traditional songs and music of the West Country. Born in Exeter, he is a relative of the Cornish poet Charles Causley.

Described by Mojo Magazine as "the finest singer of his generation", Causley grew up in the heart of Cider Country, an area rich in traditional music with its thriving wassailing tradition and its close proximity to Sidmouth and Dartmoor folk festivals.  

3 Daft Monkeys
Village Hall, Buckland-in-the-Moor TQ13 7HP
7.30pm
Tickets £5.00 - £9.00 Telephone 01364 653525 or book online at Villages in Action website
Bringing vibrant and sparkling new songs from their recently released album Year of the Clown, festival favourites 3 Daft Monkeys perform a brand new set of their quirky, original and upbeat fiddle-driven tunes. Now with a 4 piece line up, the band is taking their famously dynamic live show to new danceable dizzy heights. With Celtic and eastern influences, the 3 Daft Monkeys style of world folk music reflects the global village in which we now live. Their infectious dancing rhythms lead you through a musical journey of the senses and emotions, and will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated.
Seth Lakeman with special guest Winter Mountain SOLD OUT
The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ
8.00pm
Tickets £22.00 allocated seating. For more information and tickets and accessible seats telephone 01404 384050 or go to website

Charismatic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman recorded and released his acclaimed, ninth solo album The Well Worn Path on a short break from his whirlwind world tour with rock legend Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters in 2018 & 2019.  Seth has been touring around the world for the last year with Robert Plant, playing as part of his band and also opening shows with his own set.

Having spent the summer continuing his tour with Rober Plant and playing a number of festivals with his band Seth is now embarking on a solo tour and choosing to play these shows in intimate art centres in towns that he has not visited for a long time. We are delighted to welcome to the Beehive with this solo show.

Since the Mercury Prize nominated “Kitty Jay” (recorded in his kitchen for £300) and the follow-up gold selling “Freedom Fields” Seth Lakeman has relentlessly pushed his musical boundaries and those of folk and roots music. The Well Worn Path is a return to a no-nonsense, organic, classic folk-rock approach with hints of Fairport Convention, Neil Young, Nick Cave and Billy Bragg. Plus Lakeman’s trademark foot-stomping, fiddle bow-shredding and soaring vocals.

 

The Travelling People
St. Clement's Church, Church Road, Dartmouth. TQ6 9SN
7.30pm
Tickets £12.50 (includes a buffet supper). Telephone 01803 361370 or email
Folk trio from the Derby area who have been entertaining audiences in folk clubs, churches and cathedrals for nigh on 50 years, mainly in the Midlands, but have also performed in France, Ireland and the Isle of Man. But their ‘travelling’ days are over and their farewell tour will finish at the end of this year. So this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see this very talented trio who perform a wide variety of music including three-part harmonies, ballads, chorus singing and monologues, on instruments including double bass, guitars, mandolin, ukulele and washboard. Their performances are liberally enhanced with comedy, anecdotes and the history of their songs. They provide entertainment that all the family can enjoy.
BYO drinks.

The Finn Collinson Band
The Plough@StAnne's, Paternoster Row, Barnstaple EX31 1SX
8.00pm
Tickets Full £10.00 - Supporter £8.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Finn Collinson is a recorder player and folk musician from East Anglia. Still in his early 20s, he is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the foremost exponents of the recorder on the English folk scene, performing at folk clubs, venues and major festivals including The Sidmouth Folk Festival, Broadstairs Folk Week and FolkEast.
During the summer and autumn, Finn is embarking on a nationwide tour to launch his new album CALL TO MIND. Released in September 2019, the album is a diverse and creative exploration of the contemporary folk genre, with exciting and sensitive arrangements of traditional and contemporary tunes and songs. Captivating the listener from the first breath, the album showcases the recorder in new and exciting instrumental contexts, with beautifully reflective airs and vibrant tunes. Add to this the expressive tone of Finn’s vocals, his dynamic guitar style and the energy of a full band, the album takes you on an unexpected journey of musical storytelling.
Finn will be joined on-stage by his full band, featuring the powerful rhythm section of Jonno Gaze (drums, percussion) and Tom Leader (guitar, double bass) alongside strikingly distinctive oboe and vocals from Emma Beach.
With music that will make you both pause for reflection and dance in the aisles, an evening with Finn Collinson is sure to enthral audiences with its energy and diversity.

Christmas Frolics with The Mellstock Band
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
8.00pm
£12.00

The Mellstock Band return to Halsway Manor with a new Christmas and Album. An uproarious celebration of dance, drink and general misbehaviour as carried on at Christmas in many villages until about a hundred years ago – along with sobering admonitions from puritans, parsons and angels. The band perform in period costume with a mix of early and modern instruments. The stories and poems come from Dorset stalwarts Thomas Hardy and William Barnes. Hardy’s family were themselves musicians and collectors of folks song and dance manuscripts. These dance traditions were central to Christmas celebrations alongside the ancillary activities of drinking, singing and revelry. Alongside this are carols dedicated to dancing, bell-ringing and cider, and the Devil’s own tunes, with parsons and preachers caught in the crossfire. The Mellstock Band are running a musicians weekend workshop.
For more information and tickets go to website

Show of Hands
Exmouth Pavilion Esplanade, Exmouth, Devon EX8 2AZ - Box office hotline 01395 222477 - go to website
2.30pm

Adult £26.50, Under 21 £13.50

Show of Hands
Exmouth Pavilion Esplanade, Exmouth, Devon EX8 2AZ - Box office hotline 01395 222477 - go to website
7.30pm

Adult £26.50, Under 21 £13.50
Show of Hands fans rejoice as Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, two undisputed kings of the folk, roots and acoustic scene reunite with long-term collaborator Miranda Sykes for a brand-new album and tour. And there’s more, because the trio is expanding to include master percussionist Cormac Byrne who returns with his infectious rhythms by popular demand. There are no support acts on this tour, and instead during the opening set each musician will introduce themselves and play in six unique duo combinations where literally anything could happen! This will be an evening spent immersed in the talents of some of the most accomplished musicians of their time, and is not to be missed. Steve says, “With the heartbeat and harmonies that Cormac and Miranda add, we are at last creating a sound we’ve dreamed of making for twenty-five years!”. The album and tour promise infectious new songs and a sound with more depth and intensity than ever before.

Bridport Ceilidhs featuring Doug Eunson and Sarah Matthews with Gill Spence Church House (St Mary's) Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW
7.30 - 11.00pm.
Some soft drinks provided; bring a bottle, bring finger food snacks to share, bring a friend “ bring two! “ and make a party of it!   Telephone organiser Monty on 01308 423442 or see website for more information
Regular events 2nd Saturday
SONG - Shammick Acoustic Open Night
Sunday 8 December

The Lost Sound - Dartmoor Folk Choir
St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD
Doors 3.30pm Concert starts 4.00pm
Tickets £8:50 advance, £10.00 on the door.
Directed by Sandra Smith, an afternoon concert of winter songs, organised and sponsored by Heart and Soul Funerals.

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

An afternoon of traditional jazz in the company of  talented jazz stalwarts Martin Nichols,  Bob King, and Charlie Hernshaw who will be performing a selection of beautiful, chilled jazz standards.

Regular events 2nd Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor Gerry Colvin
7.45pm
£10.00/£12.00 Book by email
There are no words to describe accurately a Gerry Colvin gig, apart from different to anything else you’ve ever seen. Gerry is known for his ability to engage the audience right from the very start and leave them uplifted, questioning, but always grinning inside and out. A real tonic for the soul. Definitely a concert you shouldn't miss!
Monday 9 December
Steeleye Span 50th Anniversary Tour
Exeter Corn Exchange - Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW
8.00pm (Doors 7.45)
£25.00 (includes £1.00 booking fee). Box office telephone 01392 665938 - For more information go to website

‘Space Oddity’, ‘Suspicious Minds’, ‘Pinball Wizard’, ‘Whole Lotta Love’, ‘Come Together’ - 1969 could easily be said to be a vintage year for music, the end of a decade that changed the world and the introduction to one that would prove equally inspirational. It would also see the birth of a band that would start as an idea to electrify traditional music and would go on to become one of the most enduring stories in the folk world and beyond.

Fifty years on and Steeleye Span are set to mark this incredible milestone with new album EST’D 1969 and a tour that will celebrate a band that are as creative and vital now as ever. Led by the iconic Maddy Prior, the seven-piece line-up will draw on the group’s incredible history to provide a night of favourites and surprises from down the decades.

Regular events 2nd Monday
STORYTELLING - South Devon Storytellers - Pie Street - 26 High Street, Totnes TQ9 5RY - 7.30pm
Tuesday 10 December

Haunt the Woods
B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
8.00pm
Admission £8.00
Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
Haunt the Woods are an exciting Prog Rock/Folk band from Cornwall, with a new and unique sound incorporating an eclectic blend of soaring vocals, beautiful melodies and spellbinding guitar, combined with 4 part vocal harmonies making the heartfelt and emotional lyrics extremely powerful.

 

Regular events 2nd Tuesday
SONG - Sidmouth Acoustic Folk Club
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Simon Maplesden
MUSIC - Bradninch Acoustic Music Club
Wednesday 11 December
A Winter Concert with Wren Music
Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter, EX2 4AZ -
Doors 7.00pm Start 7.30pm
Ticket Price: £6.00 - Box Office - Telephone 01392 2771808//665885 - Visit website - email
Performances from Voices in Common Folk Choir, MenSing Male Vocal Group & Singing Roots Youth Choir. Songs to warm the heart and lift the spirit.
Regular events 2nd Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club The Dancing Keys - Ted Farmer
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 12 December
Open Mic Night
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
8.30pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

An evening of music from anyone who would like to come along and perform in this relaxed atmosphere. The monthly event has so far included a wide range of musical genres and given exposure to some very talented musicians, poets and singers. If you have a musical talent, you don’t have to book a place, just come along and play.

Exmouth Town Band Christmas Concert Support: Exmouth Shanty Men.
Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ
7.30pm
Tickets £8.00+ To book go to website
Exmouth Town Concert Band once again stage their annual showpiece event at Exmouth Pavilion.

Featuring festive favourites and seasonal sing-alongs this ever popular event really is one not to be missed. The band will perform a packed programme including hits from stage and screen, marches, modern arrangements and popular classics.

"Featuring special guests from The Exmouth Shanty Men."
Yuletide! A Tudor Christmas with Piva.
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
8.00pm
£12.00 Adults - £5.00 concessions

Join us for a night celebration as we welcome back ‘Piva – The Renaissance Collective’ for their every popular Christmas show.  Seasonal music, songs and traditions of the past played for today. Piva are one of this country’s leading early music ensembles. Playing throughout the UK and Europe they have gained a strong reputation for their lively performances and entertaining shows.

So come and let Piva ease you into the Christmas spirit by celebrating the Yuletide season Tudor style. Dancing, music, feasting, parties and games were part and parcel of a 16th century Christmas, much as they are today, so Piva will be your guide playing festive music on a wide range of instruments typical of the Tudor period.
For more information and tickets go to website

Regular events 2nd Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Simon Maplesden - Iain and Nick
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
MUSIC - Brixham Blues - BBT2 The Boal Weevils and Friends
Brixham Blues BBT2, Old Coaching Inn, Fore Street, Brixham TQ5 8AG
8.30pm
Free
The Boal Weevils - Stuart ‘Marshcat’ Cumberpatch on slide and lap steel guitar and harmonica and Andy Boal on vocals and guitar - and friends provide authentic Delta blues, Hokum, Hawaiian and Gospel in the 1930s idiom on vintage instruments from the same decade. 
SONG - Totnes Folk Song Club - Christmas Carols
SONG - Wadebridge Folk Club Christmas Party with a buffet.
Friday 13 December
Lil Jim
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
9.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Lil Jim is an amazing award winning, multi instrumentalist who seamlessly ties traditional music with modern arrangements and hooks. Combining guitar, harmonica and accordion with vocals and foot percussion Jim creates a dynamic and fresh sound of unstoppable rhythm and unrelenting melody. Jim has supported acts including Hayseed Dixie, Paul Jones and Midge Ure, and preformed standout shows at Leek Blues and Americana Festival and Acoustic Festival of Britain,

Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir A Candlelight Christmas Concert.
St Peter’s Church, Ugborough
7.30pm
Tickets: adults £10.00 (includes a glass of mulled wine/cider and a mince pie), U12 £5.00, in support of St. Peter’s Church Funds. Tickets available from Stafford & Susan Williams 01752 896528 or Jeremy Wells 01364 72180, or on door.

World Unlimited -Knight & Spiers + support Estuary Bells
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm - Start 7.30pm
Tickets £15.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
Knight & Spiers ~ A Concert of Seasonal Music from the English Tradition…and Beyond. These uniquely gifted musicians make a sublime pairing, and create a live performance to be remembered for a long time. This very special concert will feature lesser known carols, tunes and wassails from the English tradition and beyond. The pairing of violin and melodeon is not a new one, but in the hands of Knight and Spiers, improvisation and invention meet the listener at every turn. Together they have created a musical document that resonates with history, but also something that should inspire future generations of musicians to engage with Britain’s folk dancing heritage, and the beautiful, mysterious tunes that can be found within that heritage.

 

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

Saturday 14 December

A Brief History of Christmas
The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ
7.30pm
Tickets £12.50 advance/£15.50 on the door. Students £12.50. For more information and tickets and accessible seats telephone 01404 384050 or go to website
Acclaimed musicians GreenMatthews (with special guest Jude Rees of Pilgrims’ Way) present a festive romp through 600 Years of Yuletide Songs, Carols, Tunes and Tales, beginning in the Middle Ages and ending in the 20th century, a whistle-stop tour of the origins of our midwinter festivities. Featuring long-forgotten songs and tales as well as some familiar and well-loved carols, the show features music and songs played on archaic instruments such as cittern, shawm and rauschpfeife, as well as more familiar instruments such as guitar, flute, oboe and accordion - all helped along by GreenMatthews‘ trademark wit and humour.

 

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

Exmouth’s amazing singer-songwriter Eleanor first entered the music scene under the name ‘Ellie Jacobs’ when she collaborated with Randy Bachman from Bachman-Turner Overdrive to produce her first album ‘Girl On The Moon’. Eleanor’s unique sound combines the classic ‘Country’ genre with English pop/folk music which she describes as 'New English Country’. Accompanied by just an acoustic guitar, Eleanor is guaranteed to captivate you with her beautiful songs. Eleanor has appeared on Radio 1 and completed a tour of America.

Knight & Spiers at Lynton Town Hall
Lynton Town Hall. Lee Road, Lynton EX35 6HT
8.00pm
Tickets £16.00
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Witness one of the most intriguing and exciting collaborations on today's folk scene.
Peter Knight, legendary violinist and ex-member of folk-rock band Steeleye Span is paired with leading melodeon player and ex-Bellowhead member, John Spiers, for a special one-off performance in Lynton Town Hall. These uniquely gifted musicians make a sublime pairing, and create a live performance that will be remembered for a long time.

Folk Concert with Ian Bruce support from established local duo, ‘Silvington’ (Tricia Moore and John O’Connor).
South Brent Village Hall
7.30pm (doors open 7.00pm).
Tickets £12.00 on the door or £10.00 in advance from artworks. For more information telephone Elaine on 07834 439219 and see: www.ianbruce.org/.
Ian Bruce is a Scottish Singer songwriter with a wonderful voice and great guitar style, known for his own beautifully crafted compositions, his renditions of Robert Burns’ songs and other folk classics, presented with raw emotion and backed up by a joyful and interactive relationship with his audience. He is one of the best-known faces on the Scottish folk scene and a fine ambassador for the Scottish singer/songwriter genre in Europe and beyond. Apart from his solo work, he is half of the duo ‘Bruce & Walker’ and a member of ‘Auld Hat New Heids’ and ‘Bruce, Besch & Bramkamp’.

Totnes Early Music Society - SOCIETY OF STRANGE AND ANCIENT INSTRUMENTS: The Longest Night
St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes, TQ9 5NN
7.30pm
Advance tickets £13.00 (under 18s £5.00) available from the Dartington Box Office (telephone 01803 847070) and website On the door £14.00/£5.00. For more information see website

In Norway, the Lussinatten festival celebrates the longest night of the year. Legend has it that Lussi, a feared enchantress, punishes anyone who dares to work and, from Lussinatten until Christmas, spirits, gnomes and trolls roam the earth. Celebrate The Longest Night with devilish tunes, ancient Norwegian and English folk carols and other festive musical treats!

Award-winning Norwegian Hardanger fiddle player and singer, Benedicte Maurseth, SSAI’s director, Clare Salaman and harpist Jean Kelly, play hardanger fiddles, Swedish nyckelharpa, and clarsach (celtic harp). Their collaboration has resulted in a enchanting repertoire of songs, dances and instrumental pieces from Purcell and Playford to traditional Norwegian Hardanger fiddle tunes and ancient songs
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Sarah Bazeley - Dartmoor Pixie 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
SONG - Shammick Acoustic - Afternoon workshop special. Narthen, who are the concert guests in the evening, will be running a carol-singing workshop during the afternoon, from 1:30pm to 5:00pm (including a 30 min, break with tea or coffee, etc.), investigating some of the lesser-known carols in the English tradition. You may have heard of the Sheffield carol tradition, or of West Gallery carols. Here's a rare opportunity to learn more and get involved in these wonderful old localised settings of carols - some of which will be familiar. You can download a booking form for the workshop (with or without the evening concert as well) by from website
SONG - Shammick Acoustic - Narthen
7.30pm
Narthen may be a name new to many – but not for long, I suspect. They are a quartet of fine singers: Barry Coope and Lester Simpson, from the famed but now defunct Coope, Boyes & Simpson, with Jo Freya of Blowzabella and Moirai, and Fi Fraser of PolkaWorks and Old Swan Band, who got together to concentrate on a winter shows, but then took it further so that they could perform throughout the year. Since then, Lester has decided to give up the touring in favour of local choral work, so Narthen have been joined by our local lad Jim Causley, six times a BBC Folk Awards nominee. So the pedigree is there for all the members of the band, but their Christmas show is not just a bunch of folk with good voices belting out traditional carols. It’s a welcoming hotch-potch of stories, poetry and jokes threaded through with carolling and wassailing, both a capella and accompanied by a proper bagful of instruments, blown, plucked, bowed and struck. The show is rich in Variety tradition – there are various nods to Music Hall – and steeped in folk’s past and present. The way the show veers effortlessly between solemnity and silliness makes it a wonderful, and wonderfully warm, winter night out. Narthen will also be running a carol-singing workshop during the afternoon, investigating some of the lesser-known carols in the English tradition. Check out website for further details of the workshop.
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.
DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance The Eelgrinders
David Faulkner (on bagpipes & whistles), Helena Torpy (on violin), Laurence Morgan-Anstey (on bagpipes) and Steve Turner (on piano accordion) - need little introduction as they have played their wonderful music for us on many previous occasions.  They were also involved at the start of d'Accord! so their presence on this occasion is particularly fitting.  Support will be provided by TRaM
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.