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Saturday 1 April
Ceilidh with Pigs Might Fly - Voodoo Lounge, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS - 8.00pm - Caller Jeremy Child. An LGBTQ+ friendly Barn Dance open to all. £7.00/£5.00 - no bar. Details on website

The ceilidh is being run by Gender Free Dance, an organisation that promotes folk dancing in a safe and non-discriminatory environment. Gender Free Dance held its first such ceilidh, which was well-attended, in Exeter in November. Jeremy Child, originator of the project and organiser of the ceilidh, said: “Gender Free Dance is not just about putting on safe dances for the LGBTQ+ community, but about making ALL forms of folk dance equally welcoming to anyone, regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender of Birth/Expression.

Blagards & Cowboys - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
A country/rock duo - Adrian Connery vocals/guitar and Rick Harris vocals/percussion will be performing a selection of foot-tapping country rock numbers including some of Adrian’s originals. Adrian is one of the founder members of the original Blagards and Cowboys which included members who performed with the rock band Deep Purple and the 1960s pop-rock group Episode Six. Their debut release, "Skulduggery" has received rapturous reviews from the country music media.

Ponchartrain - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 9.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website Don’t miss this amazing Bristol based band who’ll be playing an all acoustic set of ‘vintage Americana’.  They have a real 40s and 50s vibe of honky-tonk, rockabilly, Cajun and blues. The band comprises front man Paul Godden with Jean Godden on fiddle, Joe Allan on upright bass, and Stig Manley on mandolin and guitar. Paul has had a notable musical career backing and supporting legends such as Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, etc., has toured and recorded with Van Morrison and appears on two of his albums.

Jimmy Ireland  - Venezia, Piazza Terracina, 61 Waterside, The Quay, Exeter EX2 8GY  - 7.30pm - free entry

The Dartmoor Pixies - Charity ceilidh supporting "National Kidney Foundation" and "Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute" - Shebbear Village Hall, Shebbear, Beaworthy EX21 5RS - 8.00pm -11:30pm, bring and share supper Tickets £7.50 and children under 15 enter free. For more information please telephone Ruth 01409281699 or 07812740756 

Sunday 2 April

Dave Ward and Malcolm Horton - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
A fabulous double bill! Popular singer/guitarist Dave Ward will be performing some of his uplifting anthemic rock, pop and folk classics whilst singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Malcolm Horton will will hold you spellbound when he performs a number of his own enchanting and thought provoking songs.

World Unlimited -Green Light Unplugged Showcase & CD Launch - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £9.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
This event is the final chapter of a competition for original acoustic songwriters and musicians from the Devon area, which also raises funds and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Support, Devon. The 12 audition gigs were completed just before Christmas, and in January our judges chose the 13 winning acts, and the recording process is well underway. We are now eagerly awaiting this Launch where all the winning artists will play, to be hosted by James Santer of BBC Radio Devon Introducing. We have definitely found some fantastic local talent and we would love you to come along to the show. Tickets just £9.00 adv, and can be purchased directly email without a booking fee (payment by cheque, cash or BACS); you can also contact him on 01803 875527/07815 620402, or £10.00 on the door. All proceeds from the album and the launch event will go to Macmillan Cancer Support, Devon.

 

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 1st Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor - Richard Grainger - Richard is one of the most prolific and diverse artists on the Folk Scene today, working tirelessly to promote the music and
folk arts in general to an ever widening audience. Born in Middlesbrough, he was brought up in a musical family, and sang with them from an early age. Richard served his time in Teesside Folk Clubs joining the Fettlers in 1986 before launching a solo career which has taken him round the world and produced 11 albums of original and traditional songs. He is a fine guitarist and now regarded by many, as Teesside and North Yorkshire’s best living folk-songwriter. 'Widely respected songwriter and guitarist with a clear and 'captivating' vocal style'. Many of his songs are already performed widely by artists including The Wilson Family, Flossie Malavialle, GU4, John Morris, Dick Miles, Monkeys Fist , Kimbers Men and many more. Book by email
Monday 3 April
 
Tuesday 4 April
Hands Across the Sea - Caspar John Hall - Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth TQ6 0HJ -7.30pm - Entry by ticket only. Tickets £10.00, available from The Britannia Association Office, email or telephone 01803 677565. Payment can be made by debit/credit card.
A concert by Britannia Royal Naval College Volunteer Band: A wide variety of music from the American Continent and the United Kingdom will be performed suiting all ages and tastes.

'The Centenary of the Death of Edward Thomas' - Totnes Library, The Mansion, 36 Fore St, Totnes TQ9 5RP - 7.00pm. A performance by The Totnes Poetry Group with music provided by Mick Bramich. The piece is based on his war diaries, letters and poetry with a slice of traditional song and music which interested Thomas very much.

Keith James presents - Songs of Leonard Cohen - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 7.30pm. Tickets £10.00 (+booking fee if paid for by card) advance £12.00 on the door. Tickets are available from the B-Bar in person (daily from 11am) via the Barbican Theatre website or telephone 01752 242021. The Songs of Leonard Cohen 1934 - 2016

This wonderful Tower of Songs - stripped back, desolate, naked and sensual. Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, a wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the brush of each line. The chilling announcement of Leonard's passing has marked the end of an era. His music befriended an entire generation. Within every line of his writing, he has been challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply and recognise our own fragility. A Man of Grace. This World will miss him very much..!

With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form.
Regular events 1st Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Jeremy Child
DANCE - Fraddon Folk Dance Club (Cornwall)
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - open night
Wednesday 5 April
Shore to Shore revisited: Jim Payne & Wren Music - Lecture recital - Newton Abbot Museum, 2A St Paul's Rd, Newton Abbot TQ12 2HP - 1.00pm - Free entry, with a collection for Wren Music
Jim Watts - 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
Jim Watts sings in a rich deep voice accompanied by smooth picking on his vintage Gibson and Levin Guitars. He has a wide eclectic repertoire of Blues, Folk and Country.With songs drawn from Robert Johnson through to Townes Van Zandt he surely has something for everyone.
Regular events 1st Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club in Honiton - Club Callers - Ivor Hyde and Holly
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club - Bicknoller VH - Eileen Nightingale - John & Mary Brock
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 6 April

Session Night - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 8.30pm. Go to Bicton Inn website Enjoy an evening of lively, foot-tapping music when local musicians get together for an open acoustic session featuring accordions, violins, guitars, banjos, mandolins, bodhrans etc. Anyone can come and join in, lead a tune or just enjoy listening to the amazing sound created by the performers. The session usually includes lots of jigs, reels, polkas, airs and shanties, but anything can happen!

Shore to Shore revisited: Jim Payne & Wren Music - Lecture recital - Exeter Central Library, Castle Street, Exeter EX4 3PQ - 3.00pm - Free entry, with a collection for Wren Music
Shore to Shore revisited - Jim Payne & Wren Music - (Concert) Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter, EX2 4AZ - Ticket £10.00+ from WeGotTickets - Box Office - Telephone 01392 277189 - Visit website - email
This event is part of ‘Shore to Shore Revisited’ a lecture, recital and concert tour given by Newfoudland’s Jim Payne and Devon’s Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker of Wren Music. Jim Payne is a renowned Newfoundland folk singer who is best known for performing Newfoundland’s traditional sea shanties. He was born in Notre Dame Bay in Newfoundland and plays many instruments, including the guitar, violin, accordion and mandolin. Besides being a singer, he is a storyteller, actor and writer. He also teachesNewfoundland square and step dances.  He has been inducted to the Arts Newfoundland Hall of Honour.

WREN MUSIC runs choirs, orchestras and youth groups throughout Devon and provides opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to make music, including those with special educational needs and disabled adults and children.
In 2016,
Paul and Marilyn received the prestigious Gold Badge from the English Folk Dance and Song Society for their work in general, and for their contribution as performers and song collectors, notably their work with the Baring-Gould collection. Paul is chairman of the Devonshire Association's Music Section.

Geoff Lakeman - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 8.30pm - tickets £2.00 Free with a B-Card - Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
Internationally recognised exponent of the rare Duet Concertina performing folk song, Americana and 1920s jazz. Stalwart of the west country folk scene and father of a virtual folk dynasty. This gig is part of a tour to launch Geoff's debut solo CD, "After All These Years". Albums will be available at the gig. The CD has mega guests - Seth, Sean and Sam Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Kathryn Roberts, Nic Jones, Jim Causley, Sam Kelly, Ben Nicholls...and others. "Let the music keep your spirits high."

Sam Lewis - Otterton Mill, Otterton, nr Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 7HG - 8.00pm Tickets £15.00 (price covers the music only) Visit website

With his compelling songs, stirring melodies and preternatually soulful voice Sam Lewis has quickly established himself as one of Nashville’s most talented new tunesmiths and is a welcome debutant here at the Mill in 2017. His 2015 album ‘ Waiting on you’ recieved a top review from Mojo and featured in the Telegraph’s list of top country albums from 2015.

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 1st Thursday
DANCE - Tavistock Folk Dance Club - Alyson and Jerry Tucker
DANCE - Exmouth Folk Dance Club - Rosie Shaw
Friday 7 April
House Concert: Ruth Theodore - Hatch Court, Churchstow
East London based multi instrumentalist folk singer/songwriter who possesses a very quirky and unique style of delivery. You've only got to read the review of her last CD Cactacus in Froots to understand the impact this lass is having on the folk scene.

Donations on arrival. Email Mark at for availability and reservations.

Jas Walker - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 9.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website Talented singer, musician and songwriter Jas has performed at venues and festivals throughout the South West and produced several successful albums. His original songs which feature powerful melodies and enchanting lyrics are beautifully rendered by his versatile voice and intricate guitar style. Today, Jas will play a selection of popular covers as well as some of his own inspirational songs.

'Tales by the Teign' an evening of storytelling - Oystercatcher's Cafe, 12 Northumberland Place, Teignmouth TQ14 8DD - 8.00pm. Tellers and listeners very welcome. Details from Martyn Hillstead telephone 01626 778071 or email.
Dila V and the Oddbeats - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 7.30pm - standing Gig + bookable seats on the balcony Full £12.00 - Concession £11.00 - Supporter £10.00  
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Fronted by Dila Vardar's bewitching vocals, The Odd Beats unfailingly deliver an exhilarating, exuberant and intercontinental sonic journey. Their Bosporus-straddling blend of Turkish folk, psychedelic flair and irresistible Balkan dance beats comes with sinuous hints of Greek Rebetiko amongst other tasty world music flavours. 

Get ready to shake your hips, shimmy your tummy and twirl around the dance floor with this eccentric and exceptionally cool multinational musical family.

 

Regular events 1st Friday
SONG - Brixham Folk Club - Guest night - Shore to Shore revisited - Jim Payne, Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker – (Concert) 7.30pm
Admission £6.00 on the door - no advance tickets
Part of ‘Shore to Shore Revisited’  - a lecture, recital and concert tour given by Newfoundland’s Jim Payne and Devon’s Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker of Wren Music. Jim Payne is a renowned Newfoundland folk singer who is best known for performing Newfoundland’s traditional sea shanties and plays many instruments, including the guitar, violin, accordion and mandolin. Besides being a singer, he is a storyteller, actor and writer. He also teaches Newfoundland square and step dances. Wren Music runs choirs, orchestras and youth groups throughout Devon and provides opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to make music, including those with special educational needs and disabled adults and children. In 2016, Paul and Marilyn received the prestigious Gold Badge from the English Folk Dance and Song Society for their work in general, and for their contribution as performers and song collectors, notably their work with the Baring-Gould collection. Paul is chairman of the Devonshire Association’s Music Section.
Saturday 8 April

Various Artists and Guests - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 6.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
A selection of Exmouth’s top musical talent will be presenting an impromptu evening of eclectic music from 6pm until midnight. The concert will include performances from Reefs of Moonshine, Behn Wright, Guy Somerfield, Dave Ward, Bongo Pete and Malcolm Horton to name but a few. If you perform, come and join in.

Wild Willy Barrett’s French Connection - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX - Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm - £12.00 advance, £13.00 door, £1.00 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £6.00 under 18s.Go to website for more information.
You won’t find another band like them - from a Parisian café via a Dublin hooley to a New Orleans party with rip-roaring fiddle & banjo. Imagine stumbling across a smoky back street bar, late night jam: Django Reinhardt and The Pogues; Robert Johnson accompanies Edith Piaf; Bob Marley’s jammin’ with Stéphane Grappelli; Tom Waits joins in. Multi-instrumentalist and erstwhile Godfather of grunge folk, Wild Willy Barrett is the driver, as the versatile and heartrending vocals of French singer Aurora Colson take centre stage. Well known for his partnership with John Otway, he’s had a long and varied career, recording with Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Gordon Giltrap and Ralph McTell, as well as being considered as Brian Jones’s replacement in the Rolling Stones! Changing gear between almost every number, the quartet perform stunning original compositions and arrangements on guitar, cello, harmonium, whistle, fiddle, banjo and Irish pipes. Enjoy a wonderful evening of unique musical entertainment overlaid with a large dose of dry humour!

 

Cosgrave & Banks - St Matthew’s Church, Cheriton Fitzpaine, EX17 4JB. Doors and bar open at 6.30pm, music starts at 7.00pm. Delicious light supper served in the interval at 7.45pm. Tickets £11.00 (including the light supper) in advance from 01363 866082 or on the door. Proceeds in aid of The Friends of St Matthew’s Church.

Mike Cosgrave and Steve Banks have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo. Mike started his musical career with renowned late 90’s Celtic/World music crossover Sin é. He has since worked with artists as diverse as the late “Celtic Soul” singer Jackie Leven and current star of the English scene Jackie Oates, as well as bluegrass virtuoso’s Daily Planet and highly regarded singer-songwriters Jenny Crook and Reg Meuross.

Steve started out as a violinist with the likes of the London Symphony Orchestra, but then moved to folk as drummer/fiddler with the Carnival Band, including their ever-popular Christmas tours with folk legend Maddy Prior. He went on to form his own band, Blue Jewel, which had a strong Devon following, and recorded two albums, with material written or arranged by Steve (Dart Songs and John Smart’s Bottle).

Both are gifted multi-instrumentalists and writers. Mike plays accordion, guitar and whistle; Steve the fiddle, vocals and guitar. Their programme is a smorgasbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). Their debut CD ‘Warp and Weft’ was released in 2016 to excellent reviews.

“Gypsy jazz, folk, classical and much more for all those who like the highest standard of musicianship… seek them out and you will be amazed.”  Whats Afoot Magazine

Sam Carter - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH - 7.30pm - Tickets £10.00+ from WeGotTickets - go to website for more information
Since being named Best Newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Sam Carter has been stirring audiences from Camden to Canada, via an attention grabbing appearance on Later… with Jools Holland and a dreams-really-do-come-true performance in a specially assembled band to back Richard Thompson at Shrewsbury Folk Festival.

Described as ‘the finest English-style finger-picking guitarist of his generation’ by Bellowhead’s Jon Boden, Sam has toured the world, equally happy to perform intimate solo shows on acoustic guitar, on electric with a full band, or to collaborate with other artists. Recent collaborations have included a trip to Pakistan to work with revered South Asian classical musicians Sajid Hussain and Haroon Samuel; an appearance on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show playing songs co-written with Zimbabwean musician and former refugee Lucky Moyo; and closer to home as part of the all-star tribute tour The Lady: A Homage To Sandy Denny. In 2014 Sam teamed with Jim Moray to form False Lights, a band with the stated aim of updating the template of folk rock and making a joyful racket. Their 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominated album Salvor, released the following year, was praised from all corners – proving that people really were ready for traditional English songs played in a style that owed as much to Radiohead as it did to Fairport Convention.

Sam’s third solo album How The City Sings captures this fervently admired singer, songwriter and guitarist at his most passionate and moving. Recorded live to tape in the studio, the album was produced by Dom Monks (who worked with Ethan Johns on records by Laura Marling, Paolo Nutini and The Staves) and keyboardist Neil Cowley (Neil Cowley Trio, best known for his contributions to Adele’s 19 and 21 albums). In addition to Neil, whose emotive piano lines were often improvised, the band includes fiddler Sam Sweeney (Bellowhead, Leveret and BBC Folk Musician of the Year) drummer Evan Jenkins (Neil Cowley Trio) and Sam’s longstanding bassist Matt Ridley.

 

Mad Dog Mcrea - support from Mr Tea and the Minions.
The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ - Doors 7.30pm - Tickets £15.00 - standing Box office 01752 892220. For more information and to purchase tickets go to website
Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs.
Folk concerts in Teignmouth - Janet Russell - Alice Cross Centre, 1-3 Bitton Park Road, TQ14 9BT. Doors 8.00pm - Tickets £12.00 on the door or £10.00 advance reservation. Telephone 01626 775517 for advance ticket sales or more information email Visit website
Janet Russell has been one of my long time favourite Scottish singers. Her own songs often have a hard edged humour about issues affecting women. At the start of her career she partnered Christine Kydd and their work together received critical acclaim. She has worked with the likes of Sandra Kerr, Rosie Davis, Peta Webb as well as Christine Kydd.She is a member of the Natural Voice Practioners’ Workshop and is a Director of Yorkshire Dales Workshops promoting participation in folk arts. She was  musical director for Mikron Theatre for ten years and is recognised as an accomplished vocal harmony leader. She produced the first English performances of “The Christmas Truce” and “Hearts of Coal” with Coope, Boyce and Simpson. “The most striking feature of Janet Russell’s arresting voice is a lower register whose distinctive power and edge make dramatic listening” Tony Rose, The Guardian.
Ceilidh - Polkaworks - John Blackburn calling - Northam Hall Fore St, Northam, Bideford EX39 1AN. For more information please telephone 01237 476632.
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Jane Thomas - 3D - Willand Village Hall, Gables Road, Willand, Cullompton, Devon EX15 2PL - 8.00pm - Admission £7.00 - bring and share supper - raffle. For more information please telephone Marilyn Broom 01404 47200 or Zena Roberts 01884 253546 - or visit website
Regular events 2nd Saturday
SONG - Open night Shammick Acoustic - featuring Oka Vanga - Oka Vanga, an up-and-coming duo otherwise known as Angela Mayer & William Cox.  They are an award-winning folk and roots duo from London, via in Angie’s case, South Africa.  With guitars, ukulele and mandolin (not all at the same time!), great musicianship and fine songs, they are varied and interesting.
Sunday 9 April

Nigel Challis - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website 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.

Winter Mountain - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - 8.00pm - £10.00 -- Box Office - telephone 01392 667080 For more information and tickets go to website

With his highly anticipated second album I Swear I Flew garnering rave reviews and nationwide radio play, strengthened by extensive touring which included support sets for the legendary Seal, Elbow frontman Guy Garvey, Cara Dillon, The Feeling and Ben Ottewell of Gomez, it’s safe to say that 2016 has been a hell of year for Winter Mountain!

In the spring of 2017 Joe takes his full band on the road for the first time. Together they are a blistering, shimmering 4 piece comprised of exemplary musicians who recreate and re-energise the soulful, folk-rock songs from both of the extraordinary albums that have won Winter Mountain so much acclaim. The musicians playing credits between them include Joss Stone, Beverly Knight, Seth Lakeman, Sandy Shaw, Madness, Mark Ronson, Jamiroquai – the list goes on!

Hailing from the wild and beautiful northern shores of Cornwall, UK Joe Francis AKA Winter Mountain blends melodic songs, an extraordinary voice and heartfelt lyrics in a sound reminiscent of a time before digital recording, when the emphasis fell on the importance of the live performance and the essence of the song.

Storytelling Sunday: The Heart of a Story - Endecott House, High Street, Chagford TQ13 8AY - 10am-4.30pm
Woody Pines - The George Hotel, 1 Broad Street, South Molton, EX36 3AB - 8.00 pm 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 or in person at the George Hotel
Nashville-based roots music hotshots Woody Pines have wowed the crowds on both sides of the Atlantic and last time they toured the UK, reviewers unanimously declared them to be one of the most entertaining acts on the Americana circuit.  These Muddy Roots Records stars have won fans around the world. BBC Radio 2 presenter Bob Harris is a fan and regularly features tracks on his show. He previously invited the band to appear on the stage he hosted at the big C2C event at the 02 arena in London. The trio was one of the headline acts flown over to Scotland to take part in Glasgow’s Celtic Connections mid-winter bash two years ago, included for their “fiery moonshine spirit that sparkles with feelgood freshness”.
Feast of Fiddles - Exeter Corn Exchange - Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW - 7.30pm (Doors 6.45pm) - £19.50 - Box office telephone 01392 665938 - For more information and to purchase tickets go to website
Feast of Fiddles embarks on its 24th annual tour and the band that has been variously likened to a "group of geography teachers" or "Bellowhead with bus passes!" doesn't seem to be slowing down any. A band of musical friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun. It all started at a folk club but has become a folk-rock institution with six CDs to their name, several festival appearances and sell out shows up and down the UK. Typically, fiddlers Peter Knight (Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Phil Beer (Show of Hands), 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 which is guaranteed to be enjoyed by even the most doubting of friends dragged along! "Britain's fiddling supergroup" - Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2. "The best fiddle players of a generation" - fRoots.
Regular events 2nd Sunday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club - Faustus - Matthews Hall, Fore Street Topsham EX3 0HF - 8.00pm - Tickets £12.00 advance/£14.00 on the door.
Faustus are three of the leading lights of their generation: Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead), Saul Rose (Waterson:Carthy, Whapweazel) 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. Four years after their critically-acclaimed album ‘Broken Down Gentlemen’, the pioneering ‘bloke folk’ trio return with their third release - ‘Death and Other Animals’. Here they tackle, head-on, subjects from the Dance of Death to the plight of the common man, and sand-swallowed ships to mythical black dogs. ‘One of Britain’s outstanding folk bands.’ **** The Guardian
SONG - Folk on the Moor Book by email
Monday 10 April
Jas Walker  - Venezia, Piazza Terracina, 61 Waterside, The Quay, Exeter EX2 8GY  - 7.30pm - free entry
Regular events 2nd Monday
STORYTELLING - South Devon Storytellers - Join us for yet another Pie Street story extravaganza. Bring a story to share, or just come along to listen! Ronnie will continue our journey through the wild Norse myths, and then after the break, everyone is welcome to contribute a tale (no more than 10 minutes please, no notes or prompts). The theme for this month, as ever entirely optional, is FISHING. Which apparently is what these two god-type chaps in a boat are doing. As ever, the bar at the wonderful Pie Street will be open.
Tuesday 11 April
Woody Pines Trio - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 8.00pm. Tickets £12.00 (+booking fee if paid for by card) advance £14.00 on the door. Tickets are available from the B-Bar in person (daily from 11am) via the Barbican Theatre website or telephone 01752 242021.
If you’re wondering where the music of Nashville troubadour WOODY PINES comes from, look to the streets. It was on the streets as a professional busker that Woody first cut his teeth, drawing liberally from the lost back alley anthems and scratchy old 78s of American roots music, whether country blues, jugband, hokum, or hillbilly. Heavy rollicking street performances are the key to some of today’s best roots bands, like Old Crow Medicine Show (Woody and OCMS’ Gill Landry used to tour the country in their own jugband), and they’re the key to Woody’s intensely catchy rhythms, jumpy lyrics, and wildly delirious sense of fun. Woody travelled all over the streets of this country, road testing his songs, drawing from the catchiest elements of the music he loved and adding in hopped-up vintage electrification to get that old country dancehall sound down right.

When Woody Pines sings “when the train rolls by, I get a faceful of rain,” this isn’t some hipster dilettante twisting a faux-handlebar mustache and singing about old-timey railroads, this is a dedicated student of Woody Guthrie who used to hop freight trains to get from town to town. This is serious roots music that’s as much a way of life as an aesthetic choice. This music isn’t for dabblers; you gotta feel it in your bones. Let Woody Pines help. 
Regular events 2nd Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Richard Mason - Abacus
Wednesday 12 April
Shore to Shore revisited: Jim Payne & Wren Music - Lecture recital - Sidmouth Library, Blackmore Drive Sidmouth EX10 8ET - 1.00pm - Free entry, with a collection for Wren Music
Shore to Shore revisited - Jim Payne, Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker (Concert) – 7.30pm - Tickets £10.00 - telephone 01837 52754 or got to website
Part of ‘Shore to Shore Revisited’  - a lecture, recital and concert tour given by Newfoundland’s Jim Payne and Devon’s Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker of Wren Music. Jim Payne is a renowned Newfoundland folk singer who is best known for performing Newfoundland’s traditional sea shanties and plays many instruments, including the guitar, violin, accordion and mandolin. Besides being a singer, he is a storyteller, actor and writer. He also teaches Newfoundland square and step dances. Wren Music runs choirs, orchestras and youth groups throughout Devon and provides opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to make music, including those with special educational needs and disabled adults and children. In 2016, Paul and Marilyn received the prestigious Gold Badge from the English Folk Dance and Song Society for their work in general, and for their contribution as performers and song collectors, notably their work with the Baring-Gould collection. Paul is chairman of the Devonshire Association’s Music Section.
Regular events 2nd Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Robert Blackborow - Jigs for Gigs 
MUSIC - Bradninch Acoustic Music Club

- Oka Vanga - Angela Meyer & William Cox are an award winning folk and roots husband and wife duo, who move effortlessly from playing their own songs to well-known folk and roots songs. Exquisite instrumentals are combined with songs to make their music set both varied and interesting, with contributions from Will on both Ukulele and Mandolin. A recent collaboration has also seen the addition of Oliver Copeland on Double Bass, which has brought a whole new dimension to their music and live set. Fans of both Folk and Roots music are sure to find something they will enjoy in their music!
Thursday 13 April

Open Mic Night - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 9.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website Enjoy an evening of music from anyone who would like to come along and perform in a relaxed atmosphere. This monthly event has so far included a wide range of musical genres from classical to pop and performances from solo singers to instrumental ensembles. So if you have a musical talent to share please come along and join in.

Ida Wenøe - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 8.30pm - tickets £2.00 Free with a B-Card - Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
”It’s been a long time since I’ve heard an artist perfectly capture the distinctive sound of late ’80s/early ’90s folk-pop—that kind of glassy glaze that cuts right to your core—but Danish singer/songwriter Ida Wenøe has done just that with her emotionally-charged and uplifting new album Time Of Ghosts. (Robert Ham, Nordic Spotlight). In February 2016 Wenøe played an official showcase at Folk Alliance in Kansas City. She has received a prestigious nomination for the Danish Music Awards in the ‘Songwriter Of The Year’ category
Regular events 2nd Thursday
MUSIC - Brixham Blues - BBT2  - Gareth Hedges - Since he was road manager for many American roots musicians who were touring in Europe – Bill Monroe, banjo player Clarence Ashley, guitarist Tex Isley, Rev. Gary Davis and Mississippi Fred McDowell among others – Gareth Hedges has been entertaining people with his astonishing guitar picking. This will be his second visit to BBT2, Brixham Blues Second Thursday, where he will be performing solo and with Stuart “Marshcat” Cumberpatch, the club’s organiser.
DANCE - Tavistock Folk Dance Club - John Estall
DANCE - Exmouth Folk Dance Club - no meeting
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Colin Andrews - Iain Bryden's Band
SONG - Totnes Folk Song Club - with guests - Owley Dave & Whistling Paddy
Dave and Paddy will close the evening with a variety of original songs and traditional folk tunes with special guests Sophia Colkin, Peter Stevens, and Marianne Bryan. Pay on the door, non performers £3.00
Friday 14 April

Poppy and Nigel - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 9.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website This fabulous father and daughter duet present an evening of beautiful folk and indie. Poppy’s angelic voice and Nigel’s intricate guitar playing and vocal combine to create an enchanting and highly memorable sound

Contra Dance - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB - 7.30pm  - Caller Jeremy Child . A monthly series of Contra Dances to recorded music. Cost £5.00 per person. Beginners welcome.  Soft drinks, tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. For more information visit website
Windjammer - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 9.00pm - tickets £3.00 - Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information Windjammer are a contemporary folk trio based in Plymouth. Blending voice, guitar, accordion and percussion, they mix original compositions with reinterpretations of traditional material.

Rusty Shackle - The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ - 8.00pm - Tickets: £8.00 in advance, £10.00 on the door. (standing with some seating) For more information and tickets telephone 01404 384050 or go to website
Regulars on the festival circuit with two albums under their belts, this exciting six-piece indie-folk band come on like a punk Bellowhead or a poppier Pogues.

 

Ferocious Dog - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 8.00pm - £13.50 - Standing - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website
Ferocious Dog offer a full-on six-piece sound that encompasses folk infused with rock, reggae and Celtic vibrations. The combination of instruments creates a palette of sound that offers infinite variations: going in hard to get the audience up and moving, or slipping into melodic passages and dub-like fusions.

 

Regular events 2nd Friday
Saturday 15 April
Ceilidh - The Oggle Band - Welcombe Village Hall, Bideford EX39 6HF - 6.30pm to 10.00pm for more information please telephone 01288 331605

Guy Somerfield - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website Popular singer/songwriter Guy will be performing his unique renditions of covers and original songs featuring vocal, 12 string guitar and harmonica. Today Guy will be playing a mixture of folk, rock and pop ballads together with some of his own brilliant songs.

Harbottle & Jonas - Harbour Lights, Anchor Cottages, Hope Cove, Kingsbridge TQ7 3HQ - 8.00pm
Harbottle & Jonas are a stunning young folk duo based in Totnes, Devon. Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. They have received plaudits from folk royalty including Seth Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, Declan Sinnott, BBC Introducing and have recently been endorsed by Seasalt Clothing. Playing over 100 gigs each year, these troubadours are to be found far and wide across our beautiful island.
Sunday 16 April
Concert - Rakes Adrift - Ye Olde Globe, Berrynarbor, Ilfracombe EX34 9SG - 21.00.

Martin Weller - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website Top rocker Martin presents a selection of pop and rock covers together with original songs. A professional singer/songwriter Martin needs little introduction. He has performed at numerous festivals and venues throughout the uk and abroad and has a number of successful albums to his name.  Today Martin will be performing a selection of rock and pop classics together with some of his own amazing songs.

Woody Pines - Pebblebed Vineyard, Clyst St. George EX3 0NZ -  8.00pm - Tickets £15.00 advance (includes glass of wine) from Topsham Books telephone 01392 877895.
Hailing from Asheville North Carolina, Woody and his gang peddle an infectious brand of floorboard stripping downhome swing, the kind of mess up music you'd want to hear in a dirt floor Alabama juke joint around midnight. Hillbilly, jug band, hokum, blues and ragtime are all part of the guy's sonic mix, which'll be just about right for a night in the funky stable of Devon's finest vineyard.
Regular events 3rd Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor - Book by email
Monday 17 April
 
Regular events 3rd Monday
Tuesday 18 April
 
Regular events 3rd Tuesday
MUSIC - Exeter Ukulele Club
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Eileen Nightingale
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - Kadia - 8.00pm - doors open at 7.45pm.  Entry £5.00 (accompanied under 17 years free)

A return visit for the Bournemouth folk band Kadia. The band that rocked the crowd last year at the Bradninch Music Festival and the year before at the Cambridge Folk Festival.   They originally came to Bradninch on the recommendation of BBC Radio 2 Folk Horizon Award Nominees Ninebarrow who recognised Kadia’s originality in creating a folk narrative.  Experience shows that you cannot watch and listen to the band without smiling. Their debut album ‘East of Alexandria’ was included in the Telegraph’s list of top folk albums of 2015, described as a record ‘full of unexpected surprises’. The album was also nominated for the Fatea Magazine Debut Album of 2015 award, alongside Stick in the Wheel and The Changing Room. Fatea Magazine wrote that this was ‘an album of promises fulfilled’.  Their visit to Bradninch will be hot on the heels of the release of their first EP comprises a set of traditional songs collated during the period of recording of East of Alexandria. Some of these songs have a long, rich histories and they have existed in different guises under various names. This collection has been named after an older variant of Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight  – ‘The Outlandish Knight’. 
Support -  Nigel Barker (Melodeon & Guitar - original and traditional) + Dreamstate (Singer songwriter and guitars Kevin Spiers + Martin Baxter and new to the club Verity Greenaway. Host at Barnfield Music Club and a lovely singer songwriter.

The Bradninch Folk Club in its many guises can be contacted on 01392 881105 or on Facebook 
Wednesday 19 April
Fergus Tanner - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 9.00pm - tickets £2.00 - Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
Hauntingly beautiful” – James Santer (BBC Introducing in Devon) Alternative-folk singer/songwriter blending soulful lyrics with intricate guitar melodies. Thoroughly enjoyable for fans of Ben Howard, Mumford and Sons or Bears Den.
Regular events 3rd Wednesday
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club - Bicknoller VH - American Square Evening with Ziggy
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Jane Thomas - Pair of Shears         
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 20 April

St George’s Beer Festival - Bicton Folk Session - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 8.30pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Becky Brooks hosts this popular informal open session. Musicians of all abilities are welcome to come and perform or join in with others. It usually features lots of toe-tapping jigs, reels and airs, but anything can happen!. If you sing or play, come and join in the fun

Matt Gordon & Leonard Podolak - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - 8.00pm - £12.00 (£10.00) - seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

An irresistible brew of all-singing and all-dancing Appalachian mountain music played by two genuine flatfooting, fiddle and banjo virtuosos, as seen supporting Show of Hands at the Royal Albert Hall.

Leonard Podolak has been touring full force for the last 22 years mostly with the Grammy Award winning The Duhks. He is a critically acclaimed 5-String Claw-hammer banjo player, and is known for putting together wonderful combinations of musicians, often creating a full, but new sound in what ever project he touches.

The Duhks, having spent less time on the road, recently recorded a new CD so Leonard relishes every opportunity to tour and play with his great friend and musical partner Matt Gordon.

Matt Gordon has been living in the woodwork of the music business. He’s a great fiddler, clogger, hambonist, and harmonica player. He toured in the 80s and 90s with the Fiddle Puppet Dancers, taking part in the London debut of Riverdance, and participating in festivals around North America and Europe, with that group. 

Their latest CD, featuring their pal Bill Shanley called Three Thin Dimes is the first full recorded effort on Matt’s part, and although he knows many people in the Old Time Music world, and has recorded a track or two on other CDs he has not toured much in the recent years prior to this project, focussing on his career as a woodworker, and cabinet maker.

Together, Matt, and Leonard put on an exciting Show of Old-Time traditional fiddle and Banjo Music. They also clog, and do hambone. And there number one goal is break down the wall between them and the crowd, where everyone in the room creates the experience. In the last couple years they have played at festivals in Canada, Scotland, They have toured western Canada, and back in the winter of 2012 opened the Show for Show Of Hands, Wake The Union Tour in theatres all across the UK.

Regular events 3rd Thursday
DANCE - Tavistock Folk Dance Club - Alan and Marian Finch (Venue Parish Hall)
DANCE - Exmouth Folk Dance Club - no meeting
Friday 21 April

St George’s Beer Festival - Dave Ward and Malcolm Horton - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 9.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
A special double bill featuring two of Exmouth’s most popular musical talents. Singer songwriter Malcolm Horton performs some of his own inspirational songs together with popular pop classics. No one performs anthemic rock songs quite as well as singer, guitarist Dave Ward. You’ll find yourself tapping your feet and joining in when he performs some favourites from the 80s, 90s and 00s.

Debbie O' Shea - 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
Debbie O' Shea's haunting and passionate vocals with Ania Job's extraordinary versatility as a flautist combine with Rich Malfait's powerful song-writing and vocal style. Playing an eclectic mixture of music including Americana, blues, folk and self penned songs and melodies, their music and harmonies will mostly touch the soul, but with the newly added skills of Colin on bass, there should be something to get your foot tapping too!
Wildwood Kin - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 8.00pm - £12.00 - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website

Wildwood Kin are an acclaimed anglo/americana trio from Exeter in Devon comprising of two sisters, Beth and Emillie Key and their cousin Meghann Loney. The music is a mix of their own beautiful and thought provoking original songs with a few stunning arrangements of some better known covers. Their voices meld perfectly in effortless and sublime close harmony and they accompany themselves on a range of acoustic instruments. 

In 2015 the girls were shortlisted for a major BBC Radio Music Award and in 2016 their debut single Warrior Daughter spent several weeks on the Radio 2 playlist. Their tracks have notched several million streams on Spotify.

World Unlimited - 3 daft Monkeys + support Holly Morwenna- 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
With Celtic and eastern influences, the 3 Daft Monkeys’ dynamic style of world-influenced folk music and infectious dancing rhythms will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. After experiencing the band’s notoriously energetic live performance at Glastonbury Festival last summer, Mark Radcliffe declared them as one of his “Highlights of the Festival” on BBC TV coverage, and subsequently invited them to play a session on his BBC Radio 2 Folk Show.
The band have also performed a live session with Whispering Bob Harris on Radio 2. With their quirky and original approach to music, and their passion, intensity and sheer joy of life, 3 Daft Monkeys have gained themselves a large and loyal cult following. Their music is hard to pigeon-hole, mixing and crossing many musical genres from Celtic, Klezmer, Gypsy, Balkan, Latin, Ska, Dub Reggae,Indie, Rock and even a hint of Shostakovich.

 

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Originally based in Birmingham, WU now regularly promotes concerts in South Devon. Go to website for more information

Church House Concerts - Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar - The Church House, South Tawton, Devon EX20  2LQ 8.00pm Tickets £10.00 telephone 01837 840775 or go to website

Greg Russell’s strong singing and guitar and Ciaran Algar’s lyrical fiddle playing give “everything that folk music should be about. There is tradition, there is musical invention and evolution of the tradition and there is the sort of protest on which the revival was based” (Dai Jeffries - Folking).

Soon after the joining of the pair, the duo were signed to Fellside Records and in July 2012 released their debut album, The Queen’s Lover. Numerous tours followed as the duo developed and honed their stage craft, becoming one of the most sought after young acts on the English Folk Scene.

 

SONG - Exeter Folk and Acoustic Music Club - Guest – Pete Morton - support Pete Falloon - £10.00 pay in advance; £12.00 advance notice-pay on the door.
An opportunity to see one of the UK's finest songwriters of emotionally-driven songs delivered with a distinctive voice. Pete has also performed as part of Mick Ryan's folk opera, A Day's Work and in a Christmas-themed trio with Emily Sanders and Chris Parkinson - The Magical Christmas Tree. His recent solo albums have earned high critical acclaim.

 

Regular events 3rd Friday
DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance - Deux Sans Frontieres - Mike Gulston : Octave Mandola & Guitar - Mark Prescott : Violin - support - Fraich Airs - 8.00pm Doors open at 7.45pm St Matthews Hall, Newtown, Exeter. EX1 2LJ Admission £7.00
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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

Sunday 30 April
Fiddlers on the Green - Hermitage Inn, 8 Mill St., Kingsbridge TQ7 1ED - 5.00pm
Folk/traditional duo featuring Phil and Mahrey on fiddles, guitars, vocals and bodhran. Fast and furious reels, foot-tapping jigs, beautiful and haunting ballads. Inspired by traditional music from the British Isles and beyond.
Brixham Pirate Festival

Tim Royce - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website Craftsman guitar playing complemented by smoky vocals, Tim stamps his own individual sound onto a huge repertoire ranging  from 60s & 70s rock and pop, 50’s rock 'n' roll, country, and jukebox favourites through to stompin' 20s & 30s jazz, jive and blues classics

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - 7.30pm - £10.00 -Box Office - telephone 01392 667080 For more information and tickets go to website

After winning the coveted title of Best Duo at the BBC Folk Awards, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker are bringing their latest tour to Exeter following the release of their latest album, Overnight

With the release of Overnight, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker have delivered an album of wonder and depth. The classic quality of these songs, the meticulous beauty of the arrangements, the blanket-warm production and perfect pairing of exquisite vocals and virtuosic guitar is the culmination of everything these idiosyncratically talented musicians have been working towards since they first met.

While much of their music is characterised by lush chamber ensemble orchestrations, what truly sets them apart is the combination of Josienne’s divinely nuanced, emotionally affecting voice and Ben’s intricately expressive, adroit guitar technique. They cite Sandy Denny, June Tabor, Nic Jones and Pierre Bensusan as respective influences but theirs is a captivating sound that’s all their own.

The way this duo inhabit songs that are sometimes centuries old, making them personal and present again, while also pricking the heart with their own tales of everyday love and loss makes the music of Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker a rare and precious thing.

Exeter Secret Gigs presents - David 9 Lunas - Secret Venue - 7.00pm - tickets £6.00+ from WeGotTickets

ESG first came across David 9 Lunas a couple of years ago and was really impressed with his songwriting, powerful singing and exciting guitar playing. He doesn't often get down this far South so don't miss this opportunity to see one of the most compelling performers on the circuit.

“David 9 Lunas is both an accomplished singer/songwriter and guitarist. A hard core professional soloist, David’s material stretches from a raw bluesy feel through to the more elegant influence of the likes of Nick Drake and Roy Harper. His voice is hauntingly compelling and accompanied by his sophisticated guitar playing, simply demands attention!”


Regular events 5th Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor - Tom McConville - Tynesider Tom is simply one of the the finest folk musicians of our time. Having played alongside some of the folk greats (Bob Fox, Chris Newman, etc) and at one time mentor of the young Seth Lakeman, who describes him as "... a true master", you will get not only fantasic fiddle-playing but great songs, a fine voice and dry humour. Book by email
SONG/STORYTELLING - Tradewinds