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Page last updated on 16-03-2020
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Wednesday 1 April
Grace Petrie
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
8.00pm
£13.50 To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Grace Petrie’s unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered, have won over an army of loyal fans across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes.  She’s toured with Billy Bragg and Frank Turner, supported comedians Robin Ince and Josie Long, and collaborated with Leon Rosselson and Peggy Seeger.  She has been a frequent guest on BBC Radio 4’s the Now Show and has appeared on Channel 4’s Random Acts. Her new album ‘Queer As Folk’ was released Sept ’18.

Regular events 1st Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - A Tight Squeeze - Mark Moran
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club Bicknoller Village Hall
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 2 April
 
Friday 3 April

Lost Revellers
B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
9.00pm
Admission £3.00
Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
Folk-fusion band playing original compositions and creative arrangements of world folk and jazz tunes, drawing on Gypsy jazz, tango, Eastern-European folk music and classical repertoire. Performed on violin, accordion, drums/percussion and bass, Lost Revellers' live set combines a high octane performance, masterful musicianship and musical creativity.

 

The Trials of Cato
Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm
Tickets £12.00 advance, £13.00 door. £1.00 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £8.00 under 18s. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500.

Winner of Best Album Award at the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Originally from North Wales and Yorkshire, The Trials of Cato formed whilst living in Beirut and spent a year boiling down the roots of their sound into a hybrid of traditional influences that intrigued Lebanese audiences in the country’s biggest venues. Returning home from Beirut in the winter of 2016, they have since torn a shape very much their own into the canvas of the UK folk scene.

Back in the UK, they set too performing tirelessly up and down the country, leading to BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe hailing them as “one of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times.”

The band’s rapid ascent shows no signs of abating, having been nominated for the Horizon Award and Best Album in the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

 

Saturday 4 April
Spring Céilidh - Spinach for Norman
South Brent Village Hall
Postponed until the autumn

7.30pm (Doors 7.00pm)
Entry £8.00 on the door or artworks. For more information telephone Eileen 01364 73699 or visit website.
Sunday 5 April
Jackie Oates and John Spiers
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
8.00pm
Tickets £12.00+ (£10.00+) Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

Multi award winning contemporary folk duo Jackie Oates and John Spiers meld together their love of English traditional folk tunes and songs with their voices and acoustic instruments, resulting in a fresh sound that is uplifting, joyful and poignant. John and Jackie, already admiring of each others’ work, met through the vibrant folk scene of Oxford and its surrounding villages, after Jackie moved to the area in 2011.

They began playing music together shortly after, through regular appearances at Nettlebed Folk Club, special festival sets, a live set for BBC Radio 3 and Johns contribution to Jackie’s 7th album ‘The Joy of Living‘. Jackie and John are looking forward to introducing their new music to audiences beyond Oxfordshire and recording a full length album during early 2020.

Regular events 1st Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor Book by email
Monday 6 April
Feast of Fiddles
Exeter Corn Exchange - Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW
7.30pm (Doors 6.45)
£20.50+ (includes £1.00 booking fee). Box office telephone 01392 665938 - For more information go to website

Feast of Fiddles was born in Nettlebed on Valentine’s Day 1994 as a one off special concert. Since then the band has done 26 spring tours, 25 festivals and has 7 CDs to its name. Not bad for a bunch of old folk-rockers! This is a group of friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun.

Fiddlers Peter Knight (Gigspanner, Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Brian McNeill (Battlefield Band), Ian Cutler (Bully Wee), Tom Leary (Lindisfarne) and Garry Blakeley (Band of Two) add the large range of fiddle playing styles to the  back-line of guitars, keyboards, sax and accordion – all held together by legendary drummer Dave Mattacks.

The show features all the individuals in a wide range of ensemble pieces – instrumental and vocal: a live music entertainment like no other on the circuit which is guaranteed to be enjoyed by even the most doubting of friends dragged along! 

Tuesday 7 April

World Unlimited - Calan
Abbotsbury Church, Waverley Rd, Newton Abbot TQ12  2ND
Doors 7.00pm - Start 7.30pm
Tickets £16.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
We’re delighted to welcome Welsh folk supergroup Calan with their trademark brand of high-energy routines, verve and raw excitement. Already voted ‘Best Band’ at the inaugural Wales Folk Awards (2019) and ‘Best International Band’ at France’s gigantic Lorient Festival (often thought of as the World Cup of folk music!),they arriv fresh from a barnstorming tour of the USA.
This brand new show includes numbers from their 6th and latest studio album. Expect stunning playing, beautiful songs and soaring harmonies…with added virtuoso step dancing! Calan’s legion of fans need no introduction to the musical thunder and lightning these stunning players create. But if you’re new to the magic, check them out at www.calan-band.com then come and help us raise the roof.

 

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 Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Cancelled
DANCE - Fraddon Folk Dance Club (Cornwall)
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - open night
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club Singers Night
Wednesday 8 April

World Unlimited - The Suitcase Junket
Abbotsbury Church, Waverley Rd, Newton Abbot TQ12  2ND
Doors 7.00pm - Start 7.30pm
Tickets £12.50+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
The latest album from The Suitcase Junket, Mean Dog, Trampoline is populated by characters in various states of reverie: leaning on jukeboxes, loitering on dance floors, lying on the bottoms of empty swimming pools in the sun. Despite being deeply attuned to the chaos of the world, singer/songwriter/ multi-instrumentalist Matt Lorenz imbues those moments with joyful wonder, an endless infatuation with life’s most subtle mysteries.

Produced by Steve Berlin (Jackie Greene, Rickie Lee Jones, Leo Kottke) of Los Lobos, Mean Dog, Trampoline marks a deliberate departure from the self-recorded, homespun approach of The Suitcase Junket’s previous efforts. In creating the album, Lorenz pulled from a fantastically patchwork sonic palette, shaping his songs with elements of jangly folk, fuzzed-out blues, oddly textured psych-rock.

“I’ve been blessed in my career as a producer to have worked with some remarkable artists, but I have never worked with anyone quite like Matt Lorenz/ The Suitcase Junket. Besides making the complexity of everything he does look effortless, he’s a truly gifted singer and and amazing songwriter.” — Steve Berlin

 

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 2nd Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Home Brew - Chris Jewell
Thursday 9 April
The Askew Sisters    
Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Doors 7.00pm Start 7.30pm
Tickets Full price (Support the artists and arts) £13.00+ - Mid Price (A bit cheaper if you need it) £10.00+ - Low price (Even cheaper if you need it) £6.00 from WeGotTickets To reserve tickets, email Further information from Ashburton Arts FaceBook page or Ashburton Arts website
‘Gifted multi-instrumentalists, singers and writers’ Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
‘Beautiful, uncanny and subtly political songs’ The Guardian
‘This mixture of the homegrown and the exotic, the old and the new, is revealing. It helps to explain just why the Askew Sisters are one of the most refreshing and exciting acts in folk music, and why Enclosure is set to be one of the albums of the year’ Folk Radio UK
"Enclosure is an album that very few other musicians could have made, partly because it transcends considerations like ‘traditional’ and ‘contemporary’ without losing sight of the important issues it highlights. It is full of apparent contradictions that resolve into fully realised ideas: it always feels intimate and yet its themes are universal, it is steeped in the history of place and society and yet it constantly looks to the future, and it is an album about captivity that revels in its own musical freedom." Folk Radio UK
"Expansive, pristine and strikingly modern, whilst remaining true to the tradition" EDS
‘A powerful new album’ The Independent
Tom McConville
Otterton Mill, Otterton, nr Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 7HG
Tickets £15.00 (price covers the music only)
Pre-booking required. Food served 6.00pm to 7.30pm, music starts at 8.00pm. To book, telephone 01395 568521 - website 

Mad Dog Mcrea & Midnight Mango, in Association with Exeter Phoenix, are Proud to Present Mad Dog Mcrea’s Gypsy Caravan Weekender
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
Thu 09 Apr 2020 - Sat 11 Apr 2020 | 7.00pm (All Nights) |
£36+ Weekend Ticket Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

Mad Dog Mcrea
are pleased to announce the headliners for their inaugural Gypsy Caravan Weekender which is taking place over the 2020 Easter Bank Holiday weekend, Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th April 2020, at Exeter Phoenix.

Thursday sees sassy alt rock/grunge pop band Hands Off Gretel headline, Friday sees a return to Exeter Phoenix for high-energy, fiddle leading, footstompin’ Noble Jacks and Saturday will be headlined by none other than Mad Dog Mcrea themselves.

Not only will there be a full programme of live music in the Main Auditorium of Exeter Phoenix, there will be live music in other spaces within Exeter Phoenix.

Regular events 2nd Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club Peter Howarth & Weston C.D.Band
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels

SONG - Totnes Folk Song Club Geoff Lakeman and Rob Murch SUSPENDED until further notice
Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL
8.00pm

Friday 10 April

Mad Dog Mcrea & Midnight Mango, in Association with Exeter Phoenix, are Proud to Present Mad Dog Mcrea’s Gypsy Caravan Weekender
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
Thu 09 Apr 2020 - Sat 11 Apr 2020 | 7.00pm (All Nights) |
£36+ Weekend Ticket Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

Halsway European Ensemble Weekend Halsway Manor
Saturday 11 April

Mad Dog Mcrea & Midnight Mango, in Association with Exeter Phoenix, are Proud to Present Mad Dog Mcrea’s Gypsy Caravan Weekender
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
Thu 09 Apr 2020 - Sat 11 Apr 2020 | 7.00pm (All Nights) |
£36+ Weekend Ticket Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

Halsway European Ensemble Weekend Halsway Manor
Regular events 2nd Saturday
Sunday 12 April
Halsway European Ensemble Weekend Halsway Manor
Regular events 2nd Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor - Book by email
Monday 13 April
Halsway European Ensemble Weekend Halsway Manor
Easter House Party Halsway Manor
Tuesday 14 April
Easter House Party Halsway Manor
Wednesday 15 April
Easter House Party Halsway Manor
Regular events 3rd Wednesday
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club Bicknoller Village Hall
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Petronella - Ray Goodswen
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
MUSIC - Blues night at the Lemon Tree (Open Mic).
Thursday 16 April
Sarah McQuaid   
Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
7.30pm (Doors 7.00pm)
Tickets Full price (Support the artists and arts) £13.00+ - Mid Price (A bit cheaper if you need it) £10.00+ - Low price (Even cheaper if you need it) £6.00 from WeGotTickets To reserve tickets, email Further information from Ashburton Arts FaceBook page or Ashburton Arts website
Her award-winning musicianship, distinctive chocolatey vocals and mastery of the songwriting craft have led reviewers to describe Sarah McQuaid as a “triple threat”. Add to that a warm, charismatic stage presence, five critically acclaimed solo albums and a battery of instruments including acoustic and electric guitars, drum and piano — and you’ve got a one-woman powerhouse who defies categorisation because there simply isn’t anyone else out there quite like her. Not to be missed!
“She reached parts other singers fail to do ... There is emotion, beauty, passion and musically great arrangements and fab playing. It’s a complete package. I loved the show and was very moved.” —Rob Bozas, Bozas International (Publisher, Peter Gabriel/Real World)
“Captivating, unorthodox songwriting … layered satin vocals ... enthralling, harrowing arrangements … a gateway into a true innovator’s soul.” —PopMatters
“I’ve attended hundreds of concerts of all kinds, and her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever.” —Huffington Post
“A voice as thick and soft as fur.” —Elmore Magazine
Easter House Party Halsway Manor
Friday 17 April

Engel and the Mountain People
B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
9.00pm
Admission £3.00
Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
One day, whilst hiking through the Alpine wilderness, Indie/Folk singer Luke Engel happened across a feral mountain tribe. After careful tuition and many a battle...Engel and the Mountain People marched down the slopes towards civilisation.

 

Geoff Lakeman & Rob Murch
Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ
8.00pm
Tickets £10.00 Telephoine 01837 840775 or email.
The “ Titan of Twang “ and the “ Concertina Crooner” team up in a dynamic new duo. Geoff Lakeman teases English and Irish folk, Americana and jazz songs out of his vintage duet concertina. Rob Murch brings the “ wow factor” to the banjo, with his unique, punchy fingerstyle playing. Both live on Dartmoor, so it was inevitable they’d gang-up musically. Expect self-written and West Country songs, rattling folk tunes and foot-stomping ragtime and cakewalk riffs. Rob’s percussive finger-ballet up and down the fret board of his 100 year-old instrument is mesmerising. He’s revered throughout the UK for his long-time work with the renowned Dartmoor Pixie Band and The Watch trio.

Belinda O'Hooley: Inversions Tour
St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD
Doors 7.00pm Start 7.30pm
£14.00+ £12.00 (concessions) from WeGotTickets
‘Inversions’ showcases Belinda’s abilities as a composer and pianist with many of the piano pieces inspired by the songs and tunes her father inherited from a long line of male musicians in the hills of the West coast of rural Ireland. With the passing of her father in 2017, Belinda; the first woman to be handed the tradition, has found the freedom to express the music of her ancestors in her very own, unconventional way, evolving and migrating into something you could describe as an inversion: a reversal of the norm. The venue is 700+ years old and in a narrow lane with very restricted parking. Please use the Town Centre car park (free after 6pm). The venue is a couple of minutes walk. For disabled access, please contact Ian Pickvance (email) in advance to make arrangements. Details. All profits from this event go to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club - Mike Silver - Support: Rosie Eade
Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
8.00pm
For information and ticket enquiries email telephone 01392 210983 go to website or FaceBook

After 50 years on the road, Mike remains better than ever with his superb voice, guitar playing and songwriting. 
His most recent album, released last year, was Alchemy, a compilation of some of his best and most well-known songs. 
Many of his songs have been covered by other famous artists, including Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues) and his songs receive regular radio airplay globally. 
Aside from performing solo, Mike, has become known for touring and recording as a duo with Johnny Coppin. 

We hope that this concert goes ahead, as planned, as we have sold a number of tickets already. Keep an eye online (website, FaceBook) for updates.

 

Rebecca Loebe - Support Greg Hancock
Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter, EX3 0HF
Doors 7.30pm Performance 8.00pm
Tickets £12.00 from WeGotTickets For more information please telephone Twigg's Gigs 07508 169 049 or email
Hot drinks available at the Twigg's Gigs café. BYO alcohol.
Rebecca Loebe at Matthews Hall in Topsham celebrates the 10-year anniversary of her breakthrough album “Mystery Prize.”
On this intimate, acoustic concert tour she’ll re-visit songs and stories from the album that spent ten weeks on the Americana Top 40 chart and launched her international touring career with a European record deal and an invitation to appear on the first season of NBC’s “The Voice.”
Over the past decade, Rebecca has built a fervent, grass-roots following performing an average of 150 concerts per year in over 40 states of the US and 15 countries. Along the way, she’s released three more full-length studio albums which feature many collaborators and themes that can be traced back to her early work on Mystery Prize.
As a writer, Rebecca has taken top honours in some of the songwriting world's most prestigious competitions including the Kerrville New Folk Songwriting contest. Come learn why Rolling Stone, Billboard Magazine, and NPR’s Mountain Stage have all recently raved about Rebecca.


Easter House Party Halsway Manor
Halsway Playford Assembly Halsway Manor
Regular events 3rd Friday
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Plus level
South West Shape Note - Mulberry House Third Friday Singing Cullompton - Sacred Harp Singing
7.30pm for 7.45pm until 10.00pm
House singing from the shape-note tradition, singing from The Sacred Harp book.
Venue details and other information: Steve or Martin telephone 01884 563138 or email

Shape Note South West website

Saturday 18 April
Anairda & The Anarkistas
B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
9.00pm
Admission £3.00
Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
World folk-rock/fusion band with international roots who believe in the power of music to inspire change.
Sarah Yeo
Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ
8.00pm
Tickets £8.50+ from WeGotTickets
Top Devonian singer songwriter Sarah Yeo's CD releases to date have racked up amazing reviews from the leading critics in the Country Folk Americana world. “ Beautiful Voice” BBC Introducing.“A touch of Mary Chapin Carpenter and Miranda Lambert. Silky smooth. Her raw emotion pours out”  RnR Magazine
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Simon Maplesden & Jigs For Gigs
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
Steve Knightley - The Stories Behind The Songs
Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm
Tickets £18.00 advance, £19.00 door. £1.00 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500.

Following the success of last year’s intimate one man show, Steve’s latest outing is for anyone fascinated by the art and craft of song writing.

Exploring his extensive back catalogue and introducing unheard, new material, Steve explores the themes and stories that inspire him. He’ll show how music and words can become lyrics and chords, and notes can meld to create songs that acquire a life of their own.

DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance Duo Confluence (Gill Redmond and Alasdair Paton)

St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant, Exeter  EX4  7AH.  Parking will be available at the Health Centre car park a short distance along the road.
Doors open at 7.15pm and the first band will start their set at 7.30pm.
No partner is needed for many of the dances and beginners are always welcome.
Admission £9.00 which includes tea and biscuits.

Halsway Playford Assembly Halsway Manor
Totnes Early Music Society - JOGLARESA: The Enchantress of Seville
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

A welcome return for one of our most popular ensembles! Joglaresa explore the roots of Iberian song - from the motets from the convent of Las Huelgas, and Arab-Andalusian ballads, to Judeo-Spanish romanzas. With medieval and traditional instruments from Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Joglaresa perform songs, kept alive through centuries of tradition - a colourful and timeless kaleidoscope of Occident and Orient connecting the Occident to the Orient, and the 11th to the 21st century.

Sunday 19 April
Steve Knightley - Pass Notes
Barnfield Theatre, Exeter EX1 1SN
7.30pm
Tickets £19.00 Box office 01392 270891 (Weekdays 10.00 - 4.00) For more information go to website
Rearranged from Saturday 29 February
Pass Notes – The stories behind the songs. Following the success of last year’s intimate one man show, Steve’s latest outing is intended for anyone fascinated by the art and craft of song writing. Exploring his extensive back catalogue and introducing unheard, new material he explores the themes and stories that inspire him and shows how music and words can become lyrics and chords and notes can meld to create songs that acquire a life of their own!
Faustas
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
Doors open 8.00pm
Tickets £15.00+ (£13.00+) Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

Faustus, with their trademark powerhouse English folk, have spent much of the past two years researching and writing new material from the poetry of 1860s Lancashire Cotton Famine, resulting in powerful and moving new songs and an already acclaimed 5-track EP, Cotton Lords.

Band members Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Steeleye Span, Bellowhead), Saul Rose (Waterson:Carthy, Eliza Carthy’s Wayward Band, Whapweazel) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast) are three of the leading lights of their generation and all deeply rooted in the English tradition.

World Unlimited - She’Koyokh and Jyotsna Srikanth
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm - Start 7.30pm
Tickets £14.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
“One of the finest and most entertaining British-based exponents of global music” (The Guardian). She’Koyokh are a 7-piece, London-based, virtuosic, versatile and prize-winning band playing klezmer and traditional music from the Balkans and Turkey. She’Koyokh has toured the world with highlights at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and festivals in Germany, Hungary, Poland, Cyprus, Spain, the Canary Islands and Norway; WOMAD UK, WOMAD Fuerteventura, Sziget and Pannonica Festivals; Fundación Juan March Madrid, London’s Southbank Centre, Aldeburgh’s Snape Proms and live sessions on BBC Radio.

Four globally acclaimed albums have earned She’Koyokh the reputation  as “one of London’s musical treasures playing the best klezmer and Balkan music in Britain” (The Evening Standard).
With seventeen years absorbing and performing the rich folk music traditions of Jewish Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Balkans, She’Koyokh’s shows bring together the stunning polyphonic melodies and intricate rhythms of Bulgaria, treasured tunes from Serbian villages and exhilarating Gypsy dances from Romania as well as soulful Sephardic songs and klezmer music from Jewish eastern Europe.

The band formed in 2001 with the support of a Millennium Award from the Jewish Music Institute. In 2008 they were awarded first prize in the International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam and have been shortlisted twice for Best Group in the Songlines World Music Awards.

 

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

Halsway Playford Assembly Halsway Manor
Regular events 3rd Sunday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club Gigspanner Big Band
Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HF
8.00pm
£20.00+ advance From WeGotTickets - £22.00 on the door
A unique force in British folk music. Their high-energy, virtuosic performances appeal equally to traditionalists and to those looking for something more experimental, and they have garnered praise from publications as varied as fRoots, The Telegraph and The Wire, where they were described as ‘melodically folk-rooted yet open and innovative beyond the constraints of genre’. Beginning life as a trio - with fiddle player Peter Knight being joined by percussionist Sacha Trochet and guitarist Roger Flack - the line-up has been expanded to form the Gigspanner Big Band, with acclaimed multi-instrumental duo Edgelarks (Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin - BBC Folk Awards 'Best Duo') and Bellowhead co-founder and melodeon player extraordinaire, John Spiers, joining the fray. As collaborations go, it doesn't get much more mouth-watering than this.
SONG - Folk on the Moor Lander Mason
Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE
7.45pm
£10.00. Book by email

An immensely talented duo - ask anyone from the Club who has seen them and you will find universal praise. Fiona Lander is a multi-instrumentalist (vocals, piano, whistles, saxes, clarinet and recorder) and Paul Mason a fine guitarist/vocalist and they combine a multitude of musical styles, both traditional and contemporary folk with jazz and other styles in original compositions. Quality and versatility!
Monday 20 April
Faustas
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
8.00pm
Tickets £15.00+ (£13.00+) Seated. Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England’s finest folk musicians. Andy Cutting (button accordion), Sam Sweeney (fiddle) and Rob Harbron (concertina) are each regarded as exceptional performers and masters of their instruments. Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity. Leveret’s music is not arranged in the conventional sense and the trio rely on mutual trust and musical interaction to create new settings of their repertoire in the moment, with no two performances alike. Their playing is relaxed and natural, drawing audiences in and inviting them to share in music making that is truly spontaneous and yet deeply timeless.

Fiddler Sam Sweeney was the 2015 BBC Folk Awards Musician of the Year, directs the National Youth Folk Ensemble and is known for his work in Bellowhead and The Full English, and his new solo album The Unfinished Violin. Melodeon genius Andy Cutting, a four-time BBC Folk Awards Best Musician, is a compelling solo performer and works with Blowzabella, Topette, June Tabor, and Roger Daltry. Concertina wizard Rob Harbron leads the English Acoustic Collective summer school and is known for his work with The Full English (Best Group and Best Album BBC Folk Awards 2014), Emily Portman, Emma Reid, and Jon Boden.

Leveret’s music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new. With their first three albums and over a long string of sell-out gigs, the trio have built a strong reputation as superb musicians, fine tunesmiths and captivating performers. On their new album Diversions they have brought their trademark groove, energy and intuitive playing to bear on a newly unearthed set of upbeat and accessible traditional gems – truly great music from a band at the top of their game.

Give Voice Halsway Manor
Regular events 3rd Monday
Tuesday 21 April
Give Voice Halsway Manor
Regular events 3rd Tuesday
MUSIC - Exeter Ukulele Club
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Jane Thomas - Jigs for Gigs
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club Singers Night
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club
Bradninch Guildhall, Fore Street, Bradninch. EX5 4NN

The Bradninch Folk Club in its many guises can be contacted on 01392 881105 or on Facebook 

Wednesday 22 April
Give Voice Halsway Manor
Regular events 4th Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Chris Toyne - Simon Maplesden
SONG - Lympstone Folk, Roots and Acoustic
Thursday 23 April
Give Voice Halsway Manor
Friday 24 April
Give Voice Halsway Manor
Saturday 25 April
Greg Harper
Lustleigh Village Hall, TQ13 9TA
7.30pm
Tickets £10.00 available from 01363 772769, or in person from Lustleigh Dairy & Post Office
Performing original songs, accompanied by Nigel Ratcliffe (keyboard) & Chris Denman (bass). "Penetratingly powerful songs, with lyrics that cut hard, wide and deep" FolkWords, "Great songs" Steve Knightley.
Warm welcome, candlelit tables, tea & homemade cakes, or BYO. Fundraiser in aid of Brain Tumour Research.
Teign Playford Club Jean Foster
Kingsteignton Community Hall, Rydon Rd, Kingsteignton TQ12 3LP
2.30pm to 5.30pm

Bridport Folk Dance Club’s Annual Dance, ”Miss Mayne’s Party” contact Mike on 01308 863 552 for details
Bridport Ceilidhs, Church House Hall,  South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

CARA DILLON
The Flavel, Flavel Place, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9ND
7.30pm
Box Office telephone 01803 839530 or book online at website

Cara Dillon, one of the most outstanding performers on the UK folk scene, makes her third appearance at the Flavel. Born in County Derry, Cara has risen to be one of the finest exponents of Irish song as well as, with husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman, steering an eclectic musical path combining the traditional with the contemporary. She has had a number of successful albums and tours extensively either with Sam or a full band appearing in concert halls and at festivals the world over. Cara has won countless awards and accolades including “Album of the Year” at the BBC Radio 2 folk awards, the Meteor Music award for “Best Irish Female”, and Tatler’s “Woman of the Year in Music”.Cara has also been featured in many remarkable projects including singing the title track for the film "Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue" and appearing on Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells 3.

Launceston Folk Dance Club - Saturday Dance - Centenary of Folk Dancing in Launceston with Sarah Bazeley &
The Dartmoor Pixie Band
Launceston Town Hall, PL15 7AR.
8.00pm - 11.30pm.
Tickets £8.00
For further information telephone Rosemary Phillips 01566 774491
Exeter Ceilidhs - Mischief and Mayhem Caller Gill Spence
The Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7UE.
8.00pm - 11.0pm
£8.00 (under 16 - £4.00 under 10 free)
Teas, coffees & biscuits are provided (small donation requested), but there is no bar. You may bring your own alcohol if you wish. For more information email or telephone Jeremy 07969 297 633
Regular events 4th Saturday

SONG - Shammick Acoustic Alice Jones
The ‘museum’ at the Pack o’ Cards, High Street, Combe Martin EX34 0JD.
Alice is a seriously impressive singer, multi-instrumentalist and dancer, deeply rooted in the English and American folk tradition. There are few professional musicians who have been immersed as thoroughly in traditional song, music and dance as this young lady. She has grown up in the very close-knit circle of Ryburn 3-Step, a community arts group based in Ripponden, West Yorkshire, created by Pete and Sue Coe, John Adams and Chris Coe, amongst other luminaries of the folk scene. Her first public performances were as a dancer with Ryburn Longsword, and as an Appalachian clogger, taught by the legendary Ira Bernstein and Sue Coe. At the age of just 12, she began to perform at festivals and teach workshops around the country. That, and working with other musicians such as Vic Gammon, Gina Le Faux, John Dipper and Pete Coe in a variety of bands and projects has given her experience and maturity at a remarkably young age, and enormous variety in her solo performances. Her main instrument is piano, but she might use clarinet or whistle, or even feet to create a unique characteristic yet seamless style, and ‘she doesn’t sing like a fake little girlie, she sings like a genuine adult’. Refrains and choruses specifically intended to invite as much audience participation as possible can also be expected. Can’t wait!
Doors 7.30pm - Start 8.00pm
Seriously impressive singer & multi-instrumentalist, deeply rooted in both the English & American traditions with an engaging stage presence.

Tickets are £9.00 if bought in advance through WeGotTickets or, if you’re in Combe Martin, at The Pack o’ Cards or Pets’ Pantry, both in High Street, or for £10.00 at the door (with a £2.00 discount for members of Shammick Acoustic).  They may also be reserved by ringing Tom & Barbara Brown on 01271 882366.

Sunday 26 April

Tobias Ben-Jacob with John Elliott
St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter, EX4 7AH
Doors 7.30pm Performance 8.00pm
Tickets £10.00+ from WeGotTickets For more information please telephone Twigg's Gigs 07508 169 049 or email
Hot drinks available at the Twigg's Gigs café. BYO alcohol.
The REFUGE album and tour project from songwriter Tobias Ben-Jacob (Jacob & Drinkwater) sees him team up with producer and multi- instrumentalist John Elliott (The Little Unsaid) for a song-centred gig that weaves in acoustic and electronic sounds, samples, field recordings, interviews, collaborations and co-writes.
The tour aims to shed light on the ongoing refugee crisis, and alongside the tour we will be fundraising for ‘Wave Of Hope For The Future’ a school for refugees at Moria Camp, Lesvos.
The opening set will be a solo performance from each artist.

 

World Unlimited - True Strays
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
The True Strays are a vintage loving, blues fuelled, dirty rock and roll band. Their live shows are a joyous hoedown of huge bass driven riffs, a howling tornado of resonator guitar, cacophonous drums and soaring Hammond organ.
Influences span the history of modern music with great admiration for the delta blues of the 40s and 50s, British Invasion and Psychedelic Rock of the 60s and 70s, Southern Rock and Soul and modern age Punk, Rock and Blues artists.

Blues music is at the heart of everything they do but their sound isn’t bound to those rules or that genre. Influences include greats like Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf, Jimi Hendrix etc.

 

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

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman Postponed until Saturday 5 September
All ticket holders will be automatically transferred to the new date.  If this is not convenient please contact the Box Office on 01805 624624 for a full refund or credit on your account.  
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
7.30pm
£16.00  To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

2020 marks 25 years of making music together for this popular wife and husband duo.

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK Folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships.

To celebrate and acknowledge this milestone, the couple will revisit and reinterpret songs which span their career. From the early days of folk supergroup ‘ Equation ‘ through to the current release ‘Personae ‘ with a nod or two along the way to their extra-curricular musical adventures, the evening promises a whistle-stop tour through their artistic journey to date.

Regular events 4th Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor Richard Grainger
Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE
7.45pm
£10.00. Book by email

From Teesside, Richard is a fine exponent of "the living tradition", as he has written many songs and musical plays, usually with an industrial, maritime or environmental theme. His varied material features events ranging from Homer's Odyssey, the story of James Cook to the Yorkshire whaling industry! He is a first rate singer and guitarist and his latest album "Hard Road to Prospect Hill" made the FRUK "Best Albums of the Year".
SONG/STORYTELLING - Tradewinds
Okey Folky - Singers, musicians, poets, step-dancers and audience members all welcome!
Monday 27 April
 
Tuesday 28 April
 
Regular events 4th Tuesday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club Singers Night
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Jeremy Child
SONG - Shape Note Singing in Ipplepen
Wednesday 29 April
Grace Lightman and Elani Evangelou
B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
8.00pm
Admission £2.00
Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
Two enchanting musicians join forces and conjure an atmospheric twist of indie folk & alt. For fans of Lucius, Big Thief, Sharon Van Etten.
Brooks Williams with Aaron Catlow
The Barrel House, 59a High Street, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5PB
8.00pm
Tickets £12.50+ from WeGoTIckets £15.00 on the door.
Much loved Americana, blues and folk singer-songwriter and guitarist Brookes Williams is celebrating 30 years on the road by touring with a new album of favourite songs from his back catalogue, Work My Claim. On stage at the Barrel House Brooks will be accompanied by master fiddle player Aaron Catlow.

With a remarkable twenty-nine albums to his name, Brooks is at the top of his game. He may call the UK home now, but his music and manner are firmly rooted in his Statesboro, Georgia, USA, birthplace. His wide smile and gentle grace immediately puts his audience at ease, as he takes on a journey from the roots of the early country-blues legends such as Robert Johnson and Blind Willie McTell, through jazz, folk and Americana. A skilled interpreter of the standards with his own unmistakable twist, he’s also a soulful singer and songwriter.

Brooks cut his teeth in the States supporting the likes of Nanci Griffith, Chris Smither, Leo Kottke, Shawn Colvin, and Taj Mahal. Williams is a guitarists’ guitarist. Behind his relaxed, easy manner, lies a sophisticated fingerpicker and a mean bottleneck slider. The groove he sets up on his battered Atkin J-43 is second-to-none in acoustic music.
Regular events 5th Wednesday
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Pair of Shears - Sarah Clough
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
Thursday 30 April