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Wednesday 1 February

Pitmen Poets - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 8.00pm Full £17.00 - Concession £16.00 - Supporter £16.00  To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
The Pitmen Poets features four of  North East England’s leading champions of its musical heritage:

Ex-Lindisfarne singer and songwriter Billy Mitchell, renowned singer and instrumentalist Bob Fox, leading exponent of Tyneside song Benny Graham, and much-covered Durham songwriter Jez Lowe individually and collectively celebrating the triumphs, tragedy, humour and hard times of North-East England's coal mining tradition in an evening of music, song and spoken word, illustrated by atmospheric archive photography.

 

Regular events 1st Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club in Honiton - Club Callers - Chris Toyne
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club - Halsway Manor - Robert Blackborow - Friendly Folk
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 2 February
Bicton 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!
Mae Karthauser - 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
Mae Karthauser is a British singer songwriter with a rich and acrobatic voice and a distinctive folk-pop-circus piano style. She studied at Dartington College of Arts and California Institute of the Arts in LA and has performed her songs in France, Austria, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Norway and California - solo and with The Midnight Fairground band, and also in collaboration with circus, theatre and dance performance. She is trained both classically, and in vocal world music spanning as far as Eastern Europe, Bulgaria, Africa, North India and Java as well as in jazz, folk and more popular modern styles. Mae performs with circus companies such as Svalbard Company, Sweden, The Flying Frenchies (her music appears also on the film "Petit Bus Rouge"), and has recently began working with Arles based, Gratte Ciel. Alongside collaborative work, she has recorded three albums, and is currently writing a fourth.

Ben Hunter, Joe Seamons & Phil Wiggins - Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR - 8.00pm - Tickets £12.50 from Topsham Books telephone 01392 877895.
One of those rare collaborations that just don't come around too often, and heck you miss them at your peril, we invite you to jump into the creek and take an invigorating swim with banjo player Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons, purveyors of a swirling musical whirlpool of pre-war American music. Kicking up the dust on banjo, guitar and fiddle, and performing material that emerges from rough-and-tumble collisions of all manner of inspirations from the early 20th Century, joining them is legendary harmonica player Phil Wiggins, arguably the greatest Piedmont stylist on the planet. Veterans of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis , Tennessee, Hunter and Seamons emerged triumphant winners (from 94 acts) for their superb blend of a cappella field hollers, fiddle & banjo breakdowns and distillations of early Dixieland and ragtime.

Regular events 1st Thursday
Dance - Exmouth Folk Dance Club - Ted Farmer
Friday 3 February
Moscow Drug Club - Clyst Hydon Village Hall, EX15 2ND - 7.30pm. To book tickets, please telephone 01884 277819 - Villages in Action - for more information visit website

Moscow Drug Club…is a curious musical place where certain elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango & Gypsy Campfire meet, have a few to drink and stagger arm in arm into the darkness of some eastern European cobbled street on a mission to find the bar where Django Reinhardt & Tom Waits are having an after hours jam with the local Tziganes….

Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jaques Brel, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits & Bertolt Brecht, Moscow Drug Club provide an intoxicating & intimate musical experience.

Early gigs in the bars and clubs of Bristol provided evidence that Moscow Drug Club made a noise that made people happy. Since that time, they have continued to purvey their interpretations of highly fashionable gypsy swing and leftfield cult classics along side beautifully written original material that are pleasing crowds and critics alike.

You are cordially invited to share a wry smile with us as you enter the darkly comic world of Moscow Drug Club…..this way please & mind the stairs!

 

World Unlimited - Arthur Smith - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £12.50+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information
One of our funniest and most original comic performers in a night of hilarity, mirth and scandal...Join comedian, writer and broadcaster Arthur Smith and bask in an evening of laughter and off the wall humour with one of theUK’s leading original alternative comedians.Expect an evening of sublime playfulness, crammed with jokes,anecdotes, short stories, poems, songs and readings from his recent memoir My Name Is Daphne Fairfax.A BBC regular, well known for his appearances on TV’s Grumpy Old Men, Q.I., Have I Got News For You, The One Show,Radio 4’s Loose Ends, Balham Bash and countless otherTV and Radio shows spanning his thirty year career.He is a ‘Spirit of The Fringe’ award-winning EdinburghFestival stalwart, an Olivier ominated playwright andall round British Institution. 
A little note from Arthur – ‘I am looking forward to presenting you with a range of stand-up comedy, anecdotage, showbiz gossip and grumpy railing. I may also have Leonard Cohen with me... please supply some decent weather and provide me with a cream tea, yours in expectation, Arthur Smith’

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

'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.

Gaz Brookfield with support from Sarah Yeo - Whimple Village Hall, School Hill, Whimple EX5 2SL - doors 6.30pm - music starts 7.30pm. Tickets £8.00 For more information go to Facebook

Gaz Brookfield has been touring extensively, and is a festival favourite having appeared at numerous festivals including Glastonbury, Beautiful Days and Bearded Theory. His songs are largely based on his own personal experiences with powerful lyrics, and an equally powerful guitar.

Sarah Yeo lives just a few miles from Whimple. She is a singer songwriter with an uplifting folk/country flavour.

Regular events 1st Friday
Saturday 4 February

Ponchartrain - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00 pm. 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.

Barn Dance - Teigny Lastic Band and caller Joan Holloway - The Alice Cross Centre, 1 - 3 Bitton Park Road, Teignmouth TQ14 9BT - 7.00 - 10.30pm Tickets £10.00 in advance, £12.00 on the door, children under 15  £5.00 includes hot supper. Telephone 01626 778039 to book tickets or email. A great evening of dancing , live music and hearty food.

South West Sacred Harp Singing Day - Cullompton Baptist Church, High Street EX15 1AB. 10.30am - 4.30pm. Bring & Share lunch. Donations to cover costs. Details from Stevie 01884 563138/07976605692 or Martin 07721451406
Moscow Drug Club - Chudleigh Community School Hall, TQ13 0LS - 8.00pm. To book tickets, please telephone 01626 852553 - Villages in Action - for more information visit website

Moscow Drug Club…is a curious musical place where certain elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango & Gypsy Campfire meet, have a few to drink and stagger arm in arm into the darkness of some eastern European cobbled street on a mission to find the bar where Django Reinhardt & Tom Waits are having an after hours jam with the local Tziganes….

Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jaques Brel, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits & Bertolt Brecht, Moscow Drug Club provide an intoxicating & intimate musical experience.

Early gigs in the bars and clubs of Bristol provided evidence that Moscow Drug Club made a noise that made people happy. Since that time, they have continued to purvey their interpretations of highly fashionable gypsy swing and leftfield cult classics along side beautifully written original material that are pleasing crowds and critics alike.

You are cordially invited to share a wry smile with us as you enter the darkly comic world of Moscow Drug Club…..this way please & mind the stairs!

 

World Unlimited - Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £11.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information
Miranda and Rex are as dazzling as ever on their respective instruments double bass and mandolin/bouzouki. The duo has kept things as honest as they dare to reflect their live performances. There are no guests; no four part harmonies; no grand multitracked opuses; no bells and definitely no whistles. The songs shout very loudly for them-selves with only a smattering of sharp and contemporary production gloss. "From the first few notes you know that this is something special."Folking.com

 

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

Bridport Ceilidhs featuring Abacus with Richard Mason 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
Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX - Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm - Tickets £12.00 advance, £13.00 door, £1 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £6.00 under 18s and students with ID. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500
Ange and Lukas have rapidly gained a reputation as a phenomenon on the indie and folk music circuit. If you’ve not yet heard them perform live then don’t miss this opportunity you’re in for a treat. Since she burst onto the scene in 2013 Ange Hardy has racked up an impressive array of awards including a nomination at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and winning three consecutive FATEA awards: Female Vocalist of the Year (2013), Album of the Year (2014) and The Tradition Award (2015). Lukas Drinkwater’s previous visit to Calstock Arts was a cracking gig with Jim Causley, and he’s also to be found playing with festival favourites Three Daft Monkeys. Ange and Lukas perform live with a staggering array of ever-changing instruments and equipment: a 27-string harp, 4 different guitars, a double bass, an array of traditional whistles, an Indian shruti box, two loop pedals, a stomp box and anything else they’ve decided to bring with them to keep their sound engineer on his toes! It’s Ange’s innovative and spellbinding use of loop pedals to build layers of vocal harmony live from the stage that have gained her the most attention as a live performer – the dexterity of timing and skill required to harmonise with herself is almost as impressive as her ability to seemingly never perform the same set list twice. “A quality duo. There’s frankly so much to admire, but the main thing is it sounds beautiful!” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2.
Sunday 5 February

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

Maggie Duffy & Tiggy Kazza Concert - Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater - support Maggie Duffy & Tiggy Kazza (Tiggy plays a mean fiddle, mandolin and guitar, and also provides vocals and harmonies). Galmpton Village Hall, Greenway Road, Galmpton, TQ5 0LT - doors will open at 2:00pm. Tickets £12.00 in advance available from Maggie telephone 01803 855 961, email or WeGotTickets

Nominated at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and celebrated by The Telegraph as “one of Britain’s top folk musicians” Ange Hardy has grabbed the attention of the traditional folk music world by writing new material and embracing modern technologies whilst maintaining a traditional feel. Alongside a staggering list of other accolades Ange was awarded FATEA Magazine’s “Female Vocalist of the Year” in 2013, “Album of the Year” in 2014 and “The Tradition Award” in 2015. As a solo artist Ange performs with a 27-string Salvi Harp, three different guitars, a variety of low whistles, a bodhrán drum, a tambourine, and an Indian shruti box. Combined with her innovative and subtle use of live looping to build layers up vocal harmonies she’s one of the most diverse solo-artists you're likely to encounter. As well as being a prolific and successful solo artist Ange Hardy is also part of a duo with Lukas Drinkwater. Their album Findings (Ange's fifth studio album) was launched as part of a live session and interview on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show at the end of 2016.

 

Cara Dillon - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 7.30pm Full £22.00 - Concession £20.00 - Supporter £18.00  To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
The extraordinary Irish singer makes music that transcends genres and crosses barriers. ‘A Thousand Hearts’, Cara Dillon’s fifth solo album, is another small masterpiece of song and emotion, ethereal and radiant, beautifully honed and perfectly true.    If you don’t know the voice of Cara Dillon, you’re in for a treat. If you are already amongst her legions of admirers around the world, you know you have something special in store.  
Regular events 1st Sunday
Monday 6 February

"Acoustic Warehouse" For more information - visit FaceBook

Tuesday 7 February

Exmouth Shanty Men - Free Shanty Workshop - The Beach Pub, Victoria Road, Exmouth EX8 1DR (by Exmouth Dock) - 8.00 pm. 

This is our 10th Anniversary Year - and as well as invites all over Europe, we want to meet and thank and celebrate with our own local Devon shipmates and supporters. For more information please email
Semi-Toned - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ - 7.00pm - Tickets £20.00 each include a bar meal - from website
Tight harmonies - even tighter trousers! Did you follow their progress last year on the BBC2 TV series "The Choir: Gareth's Best In Britain"?  Semi-Toned - the all male, student a cappella group from Exeter University, who went on to win the show. performing live at The Brook. Semi-Toned are appearing at The Brook as part of our "Evening With" series which has already included guests such as Julie Felix, Phil Beer and Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman. For more information telephone 01752 297604 or visit website
Regular events 1st Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Jane Thomas
DANCE - Fraddon Folk Dance Club (Cornwall)
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - open night
Wednesday 8 February
Fairport Convention - Exeter Corn Exchange - Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW - 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm). Tickets £25.00/£23.00 over 60s (includes £1.00 booking fee). Box office telephone 01392 665938 - For more information go to website
To mark its fiftieth year, Fairport, the inventors of British folk rock, have released a brand new CD titled 50:50@50. The band will play a selection of tracks from the album as well as long-established favourites from their extensive repertoire.
Tonight's concert will also feature an opening performance by Sally Barker, one of England's most talented singer songwriters. Sally came to prominence in the all-girl folk group The Poozies but is best known for her appearances on the BBC TV talent show The Voice where she sang on Sir Tom Jones' team. "Vigorous and confident...the music leapt around the room." - The Mirror
Regular events 2nd Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Ray Goodswen - Friendly Folk
Thursday 9 February
Free Concert - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ
The evening will start with a tribute to Tom Lehrer (b1928). An extremely clever and talented songwriter/pianist his cutting satire was much needed in the 1950s/60s and boy, doesn’t the US appear to need someone like him now. Next, we’re delighted that Brenda Burnside is back to give us a full set. As she is suffering from GST* it is a pleasure to know that our friend Patrick Barton has agreed to accompany Brenda on guitar. (*guitarists sore thumb). After the interval we welcome Nick Hanbury. Nick sings well researched songs which he accompanies with a delicate, intricate classical guitar style. “The Debman Duo” (Debbie & Norman) will bring our evening to a joyous end. Can’t wait. No need to book; all we ask is that you will be sitting down ready for us to start at 8.00pm. To get a good seat get in early! We hope you can join us. We thank the Crabshell Inn for use of the room. Contact: Paul Rossiter 01548 852841.
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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.

Americana at the B-Bar - Jeff Finlin & Clive Barnes - 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.
Jeff Finlinn was bBorn in Cleveland, Ohio, the grandson of Irish railroad workers (who seemed to be in the habit of leaping from trains), Jeff Finlin is a fascinating, unique artist. His career has taken many twists and turns.

As a musician,Clive Barnes is highly regarded as one of the finest performers on the roots circuit, a reputation solidified by the lyrical and songwriting prowess on this new collection of songs.
Iain Thomson & Marc Duff - St. Leonard’s Church, Sheepstor, PL20 6PF - 7.30pm - To book tickets, please telephone 01822 853186 - Villages in Action - for more information visit website

Iain’s compositions are sensitively written and his songs and tunes about the changing face of rural Argyll move the hearts and souls of his audience. ‘A contemporary folk singer and songwriter, whose work I happen to think has a very special edge to it.’ Mike Harding BBC Radio 2. ‘He proves himself to be a very talented writer and a strong performer.’ Paul Kerr – Blabber and Smoke

Marc is best known as one of the founder members of the Celtic supergroup Capercaillie. Since leaving the group in 1995 to pursue his own career, he has worked with many prominent artists, playing low D whistle, Bodhran, bouzouki, wind synthesizer and now with the uilleann pipes bringing a whole new dimension to the music. Along with Iain’s guitar, piano and vocals, the duo produce a unique and touching sound. Contemporary, but with a traditional twist.

Regular events 2nd Thursday
Dance - Exmouth Folk Dance Club - Dennis Warry
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Simon Maplesden - Stick The Fiddle

SONG - Totnes Folk Song Club - with guests - Kevin & Louise

Friday 10 February
Cosgrave & Banks - Lydford Nicholls Hall, EX20 4BH - 7.30pm. To book tickets, please telephone 01822 820345 - Villages in Action - for more information visit website

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

Iain Thomson & Marc Duff - Colyford Memorial Hall, EX24 6PW - 7.30pm To book tickets please telephone 01297 553710 - Villages in Action - for more information visit website

Iain’s compositions are sensitively written and his songs and tunes about the changing face of rural Argyll move the hearts and souls of his audience. ‘A contemporary folk singer and songwriter, whose work I happen to think has a very special edge to it.’ Mike Harding BBC Radio 2. ‘He proves himself to be a very talented writer and a strong performer.’ Paul Kerr – Blabber and Smoke

Marc is best known as one of the founder members of the Celtic supergroup Capercaillie. Since leaving the group in 1995 to pursue his own career, he has worked with many prominent artists, playing low D whistle, Bodhran, bouzouki, wind synthesizer and now with the uilleann pipes bringing a whole new dimension to the music. Along with Iain’s guitar, piano and vocals, the duo produce a unique and touching sound. Contemporary, but with a traditional twist.

Contra Dance - St Katherine's Priory, Exeter EX4 7JY - 7.30pm  - Caller Jeremy Child - music Chris Jewell. A monthly series of Contra Cost £5.00 per person. Beginners welcome.  Using recorded music from your favourite English bands as well as some of the top American Contra Bands. Soft drinks, tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. For more information visit website
Ralph McTell & Wizz Jones - The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ - 7.30pm - Tickets: £20.00 seated. For more information and tickets telephone 01404 384050 or go to website
Two folk legends are coming to the Beehive: It was 50 yrs ago that Wizz invited Ralph to Cornwall to play with him at the now legendary Folk Cottage. 50 yrs later Ralph invited Wizz back to record their first album together which they are now about to tour, called “About Time.”!
Limehouse Lizzy - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - Standing Gig + bookable seats on the balcony Doors 8.00pm - Tickets Full £16.00 - Concession £14.00 - Supporter £12.00  To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy alive, well and dominating stages worldwide. The band have also added a tribute into their show to ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist (and world renowned solo artist) Gary Moore.
From various T.V. appearances to actually being recruited to record and tour by members of the original Thin Lizzy, Limehouse Lizzy enter their 21st year with their most explosive show and critically-acclaimed line-up yet.

Regular events 2nd Friday
Saturday 11 February

Oggle Band Ceilidh - Chittlehamholt Village Hall, Beares Farm, Chittlehamholt, Umberleigh, Devon, EX37 9NS - 8.00pm.  For tickets and more information telephone 01769 540057 or 07721 581495 or email

Dave and Laurie Ward and Friends - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU - 7.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Today we have a double bill of father and son. Popular singer/guitarist Dave will be performing some of his uplifting anthemic rock, pop and folk music whilst talented singer/songwriter son Laurie will be doing a mixture of well known rock, pop, and reggae favourites along with some of his own amazing songs. Dave and Laurie will be joined by some of his talented friends.

Iain Thomson & Marc Duff - Dunkeswell Village Hall, EX14 4QZ
To book tickets telephone 01404 891677 - Villages in Action - for more information visit website

Iain’s compositions are sensitively written and his songs and tunes about the changing face of rural Argyll move the hearts and souls of his audience. ‘A contemporary folk singer and songwriter, whose work I happen to think has a very special edge to it.’ Mike Harding BBC Radio 2. ‘He proves himself to be a very talented writer and a strong performer.’ Paul Kerr – Blabber and Smoke

Marc is best known as one of the founder members of the Celtic supergroup Capercaillie. Since leaving the group in 1995 to pursue his own career, he has worked with many prominent artists, playing low D whistle, Bodhran, bouzouki, wind synthesizer and now with the uilleann pipes bringing a whole new dimension to the music. Along with Iain’s guitar, piano and vocals, the duo produce a unique and touching sound. Contemporary, but with a traditional twist.

World Unlimited - Jackie Oates & Megan Hegwood - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £12.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information
Megan Henwood and Jackie Oates sparked a friendship at Nettlebed Folk Club and discovered how effortlessly their vocals blended. In their solo careers they have both worked closely with Oxfordshire based bass player Pete Thomas, so he was the natural choice when they decided to put the band together.. He accompanies them, combining their vocal harmonies, viola, guitar with double bass. This multi award winning contemporary folk duo meld together their love of storytelling, songwriting and melody with their voices and acoustic instruments, resulting in a fresh sound that combines both reworked traditional folk song with original and contemporary material.

 

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

Ceilidh with the Cotton Mill Ceilidh Band - Totnes Civic Hall, Market Square, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5SF - Doors open 7.15pm bands start 7.45. By popular request, our second ceilidh with this great band. Also featuring Jamming Session and MC Matt Harvey! More info on FaceBook
Proceeds to Totnes Area Green Party and Totnes homeless shelter. Use town centre car parks.

Folk concerts in Teignmouth - Jez Lowe; Stephan Nolan  - Alice Cross Centre, 1-3 Bitton Park Road, TQ14 9BT. 8.00pm - £12.00 on the door or £10.00 advance. Telephone 01626 775517 for advance ticket sales or more information email Visit website

Jez Lowe is one of England's premier song writers. A double nomination in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards – for best singer and best new song – was a timely reminder of Jez Lowe’s standing in the UK folk and acoustic music scene. Not only he is one of the busiest live performers in the country, but his songs are among the most widely sung by other performers, whether by long-established acts like Fairport Convention, The Dubliners and Bob Fox, or by the new breed of stars like The Unthanks, The Young Uns and The Duhks. Jez has been performing throughout the world either solo, with his band The Bad Pennies, with The Bronzies, Men at Words, Steve Tilston, The Pitmen Poets, etc. Steve Nolan is a local singer originally from Dublin and a main member of up and coming local band The Celt.

DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Gill Spence - Fresh Aire - 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
Teign Playford Club - Kingsteignton Community Hall, Rydon Road, Kingsteignton TQ12 3LP 2.30pm - 5.30pm with Jean Foster and Gwyn George.
Regular events 2nd Saturday
Cornwall Festival Folk Club
SONG - Open night Shammick Acoustic Open Night with Johns & Nowak - an English acoustic duo whose music is steeped in the American tradition.  Camilla and Andy hail from the Bath/Bristol area, and perform tunes and songs both traditional and original, accompanied by mandolin and guitar.
Sunday 12 February
Claude Bourbon - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9AL - 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm) at the £8.00 in advance from website; £10.00 on the door


Don’t miss this special concert from the remarkable Claude Bourbon. We are guaranteed a truly beautiful musical evening to banish the winter blues! Claude is a classically trained virtuoso guitarist and a mesmerising performer. You will find Latin, Spanish, gypsy, jazz, delta blues and mediaeval influences throughout. For mor einformation go to website

 

Martin Weller - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU - 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website Recording artist and songwriter Martin Weller needs little introduction. He leads a number of popular bands including Bobkatz, Big Ed and the Redrockers and KNIKS. He has performed at festivals and venues throughout the uk and abroad over many years and has a number of successful albums to his name. Today Martin will be performing solo, unplugged, a selection of rock and pop classics together with some of his own amazing songs.

Bideford Folk Dance Club - Tea Dance - Northam Hall, Northam, Bideford EX39 1AZ .  (The hall is opposite the doctors surgery and on the corner of the B3236 and Fore Street.) Music and calling from Chris Jewell and Nick Wyke.  - 2.30pm - 5.30pm. Admission £5.00.Bring and share cake.  Tea and coffee provided.  More information from Chris Jewell telephone 01237 423554 or email

Regular events 2nd Sunday
SONG -Folk on the Moor - Cosgrave & Banks - Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville - Book by email
Monday 13 February
Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - The Pig & Pallet, Unit 10 Topsham Quay The Strand, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0JB - Doors 7.15pm - Tickets £15.00 - telephone Kevin 07771 558914 or email. -
"Acoustic Warehouse" For more information - visit FaceBook
Regular events 2nd Monday
STORYTELLING - South Devon Storytellers - Continuing our travels through the wilds of Norse myth: for February, Lisa will be telling the stories of trickster Loki's children, including the eight legged horse Sleipnir and the giant wolf Fenrir. 
After the break there will be space for everyone to tell (please bring stories of no longer than 10 minutes, no notes or prompts).
Tuesday 14 February
 
Regular events 2nd Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Eileen Nightingale - Jigs for Gigs
Wednesday 15 February
Elani Evangelou - 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
Elani Evangelou is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from Devon. Born into a family of musicians, her influences span across countless genres and styles – making Elani’s sound something rather unique. The jazzy tones of Amy Winehouse covers, combined with her blues and folk original songs and even occasionally rapping – An eclectic performance not to be missed.
Phil Beer - The Flavel, Flavel Place, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9ND - Concert starts 7.30pm - Tickets £18.00 and £5.00 for under 18’s. Box Office telephone 01803 839530 or book online at website
Phil Beer is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music, so this is an evening not to be missed for all folk fans. A dazzling instrumentalist with a rich singing voice, Phil is probably best known for his fiddle playing with the all-star line-up Feast of Fiddles and as one half of Show of Hands. He also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro. How many of these instruments he will be able to fit into his solo Folk at the Flavel performance remains to be seen! A Dart Gig Promotion – Folk at the Flavel.
Regular events 3rd Wednesday
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club - Halsway Manor - Ray Goodswen - Petronella
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Colin Andrews - Home Brew  
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 16 February

Open Folk Night - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU - 8.30pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Enjoy an informal evening of acoustic folk and country music hosted by Becky Brooks. Lead a tune or join in with the session, musicians of all abilities are welcome. 

Music for Syria - A varied programme of music given in aid of Exeter-based charity From Syria with Love - Chamber ensembles including Ensemble Baklava, Flute Cake and Starlings Vocal Octet - Southernhay United Reform Church, Dix's Field, Exeter - 7.30pm - Tickets adults £7.50 - students and under 16 £4.00 - available from Devon Strings Workshop, 1 Bartholomew Street West, Exeter Telephone 01392 433748 (Wednesday to saturday 10.00am - 6.00pm.
Kate Ferguson - 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
Folk singer, musician and songwriter based in Devon. Classically trained in singing from a young age, she has also been greatly influenced by artists such as Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins and Cara Dillon. Her wide range of musical influences come together to make a distinctive soprano vocal style, which she accompanies with fingerstyle guitar.
Regular events 3rd Thursday
Dance - Exmouth Folk Dance Club - Jean Hackston
Friday 17 February

Rakes Adrift - Concert - George and Dragon, Fore Street Ilfracombe, EX34 9ED - 9.00 p.m. For imnformation please telephone 01271 863851

Bicton Street Blues - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 9.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Bicton Street Blues is fronted by popular bluesman Dave Gwilliam 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. Tonight they will be playing a set featuring lots of raunchy rock and blues.

Café Culture: Robert Garnham/Raise The Roof - Unit23, Ford Road Ind Estate, Totnes TQ9 5LE - Telephone 01803 864130- 7.30pm Tickets £6.00/£5.00 on the door
After our first, successful Cafe Culture in Unit 23we have another one planned starring the inimitable Robert Garnham, performing his performance poetry show Static, which he took to the Edinburgh fringe last year, and Raise the Roof, an award-winning women's barber-shop quartet from Plymouth. It will be a fun evening for all

Gallery Bar Special: Fly Yeti Fly - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX - Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm - Free entry, informal atmosphere, donations to the band please. Go to website for more information.
Devon-based acoustic duo Lorna Somerville and Darren Fisher blend sensitive vocal harmonies with intricate guitar arrangements, mandolin and harmonica. Their natural and free-spirited sound draws others into their world, telling tales of love, loss and living off the land. With a musical style that has been described as ‘dream-folk’, their melodic songs echo influences from 1960s folk musicians, modern Americana and their home in the south west of England.

 

Harbottle & Jonas - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 9.00pm - Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
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. 'A Really Unique Sound' - Seth Lakeman. 'Thoroughly Enjoyable' - Jon Boden

SONG - Exeter Folk and Acoustic Music Club - Guests – Mick Ryan & Paul Downes - Support - Dave Hoad - 8.00pm - Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) - Paid in advance - £10.00; Advanced notice without pre-payment - £12.00 (paid on the door).
For more information/ ticket enquiries email,  telephone 01392 210983 - visit website visit FaceBook
One of the finest duos on the folk scene. Mick Ryan – one of folk's finest voices and writer of many highly-acclaimed folk operas, including The Navvy's Wife, The Pauper's Path and A Day's Work. Paul Downes – one of the UK's finest guitarists and multi-instrumentalists. Paul's solo album, The Boatman's Cure, has been highly praised. He has been involved, as musical director and participant in all of the above folk operas. Visit website

 

Regular events 3rd Friday
DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance - The Andro Sisters - The Andro Sisters are Richard Heacock – violin, Chris Park – whistles, pipes, percussion, Patrick Randall – Mandola

Richard Heacock is a composer & full time musician & has appeared in several episodes of Poldark. The Andro Sisters have performed at French Dance Stroud and Pentreffest in Wales and they visit dance clubs to promote French and Breton dance. they will play out on the floor amongst the dancers. Supported by Roger and Makiko - Admission £7.00 (includes tea\ coffee and biscuits) Bring your own drink

Saturday 18 February

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.

Lewis and Leigh - Unit23, Ford Road Ind Estate, Totnes TQ9 5LE - Telephone 01803 864130- 7.30pm Tickets £10.00+. (Tickets on the door are subject to a surcharge). For more information and tickets go to website.
Three well received EPs have built a growing following and Lewis & Leigh received two nominations (Best UK Song & Best UK Act) at the inaugural UK Americana Awards earlier this year.
Ceilidh & Supper with 'Strings 'n Things' of North Devon Folk Orchestra to raise funds for special projects run by Wren Music - Alverdiscott Community Hall, Stoney Cross, Bideford EX39 4PZ - 7.30pm - Tickets £8.00 on door to include ploughmans supper & pud.  Bring own drink.  Non-alcoholic refreshments and raffle available.  For more info email
Maire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman - Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge TQ7 4QE - 7.30pm Tickets £10.00 advance - telephone 01548 810806 - £12.00 on the door.
Key harp virtuoso Maire with guitar legend Chris . Support from Silvington, South Devon's fast emerging duo. SOLD OUT

Steve Knightley - Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton EX17 6HU - 8.00pm - £17.00 Visit website for more information
A solo appearance from the singer song-writing force behind 'Show Of Hands' described by Peter Gabriel as " One of the great English Bands". Many of Steve's songs are are inspired by the people and landscape of his native West Country and others are inspired by contemporary issues such as 'Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed' with powerful lyrics and cracking tunes. An evening with Steve is, above all, wonderful entertainment, he captivates his audience with great songs, superb musicianship, witty and humorous anecdotes all performed with a great passion. 

Sunday 19 February

Jas Walker - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Jas is a talented singer, musician and songwriter. His powerful melodies and enchanting lyrics have been known to bring a tear to the eye. Today, Jas will play a selection of popular covers as well as some of his own inspirational songs.

Regular events 3rd Sunday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club - The Tom McConville Band - Matthews Hall, Fore Street Topsham EX3 0HF - 8.00pm - Tickets £12.00 advance/£14.00 on the door
Live performances of The Tom McConville Band combine a rollercoaster of musical delights from fast, rhythmic dance tunes through beautiful slow airs and of course, great singing with fantastic harmonies; all presented with that inimitable sense of humour and style. Fronted by the incendiary fiddle playing of BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year Tom McConville, the band also features accordion player Shona Kipling, guitarist David Newey and Phil Murray - the man Mike Harding called 'the best acoustic bass player in Britain'. ‘One of the greatest violinists I've ever heard and by far the biggest influence in my music - A true master’ - Seth Lakeman
Monday 20 February
 
Tuesday 21 February
 
Regular events 3rd Tuesday

DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Jeremy Child

SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - Ollie King support Harbottle & Jonas - Two Hundred Hurts - John Middleton - 8.00pm - doors open at 7.45.  Entry £5.00 for aged 17+ (accompanied)

Young musician Ollie King will be performing at the Bradninch Folk Club on the 21 February as part of tour promoting his latest album Diffractions.  Ollie is recognised by many as a rising star including renown  musician Andy Cutting who has won the Folk Musician of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards three times describes Ollie as  “one of the finest… up and coming young melodeon players in England”.  Ollie King is ubiquitous in the reinvigorated English tradition music scene.  He is a master of music and song; praised by fRoots Magazine - “For a young musician, he is astonishingly mature and fluent, with a lyrical, flowing style all his own. He produces a rich, mellow sound, perhaps not unconnected to his use of vintage Hohner melodeons. Whatever difference that makes, he is a real delight to listen to.”   He released his critically acclaimed debut album Gambit on RootBeat Records in autumn 2014 and his second album Diffractions explores the nature of folk music, and how it changes and morphs through the people that play and write it.

In support of Ollie the club has two duos and a solo artist.  Harbottle & Jonas are a stunning young folk duo based in Totnes. Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. They are hard working songsmiths (about 100 gigs a year) that place an emphasis on musical independence, originality and breathe new life into Traditional English Folk songs.  They have many admirers with a “thumbs up” from Seth Lakeman  - 'Great! A really unique sound' and from Jon Boden formerly of the folk super group Bellowhead; 'I'm really enjoying this' .

Two Hundred Hurts are from Somerset, songwriters Alec and Jules are skilled at producing original songs often in a traditional idiom.  Jules’ vocals are delivered with great power, versatility and beautifully woven with Alec’s guitar to great effect.  Also in support an old friend and supporter of the club John Middleton who will open the evening with his songs concerning the important emotional things of life.
The Bradninch Folk Club in its many guises can be contacted on 01392 881105 or on Facebook 
Wednesday 22 February
La Vie En Rose - Toorak Hotel, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5JS - 8.30pm - Tickets £7.00/£6.00 advance from Torbay Bookshop, Paignton or from website
Gypsy jazz & swing. The band, featuring David Jones (gtr), Laurie Light (guitar), Rebecca Willson (vlolin), Nick White (clarinet) and Mitch Humphrys (double bass). has a collective, wide-ranging background in classical, traditional jazz, rock, Western swing, blues and roots but brought together by a shared love of gypsy jazz. The fiery swing, romantic waltzes, Latin beats and lilting melodies of Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and The Quintette du Hot Club de France are still as engaging now, as when they first burst onto the stage in the 1930’s and ‘40’s. A duet of guitars, a hot fiddle, soulful clarinet and slaptastic upright bass come together to play music inspired by those ‘hot jazz’ musician, but of course, with a few surprises from the band thrown in.

Steve Knightley - Magelake Pavillion, Culmstock Road, Uffculme, EX15 3DP - 7.30pm - £16.00 Box office telephone 01884 840 192

Regular events 4th Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Graham Knight - Meter Rite     
SONG - Bampton Folk Song Club - Suspended due to sale of pub
SONG - Culm Valley Music and Performance Club - Guest night - Steve Knightley - £16.00
Thursday 23 February

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.  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.

Joe Stead presents 'The Life and Times of Paul Robeson' - The Swan, The Strand, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5ET - Telephone 01395 272644 £5.00 (first come first served)

Joe is known to many in the South West as the former lead performer with the Kimbers Men shanty crew but is an expert on singer Paul Robeson, with whom he sang once at a private event. The son of a slave, Robeson rose from ‘white man’s lackey’ to become a belligerent, forceful spokesman for black human rights. He had a scholar’s ability to summon up wide ranging points of reference, a linguists ability to communicate in several languages, had had an outstanding career as an athlete, and a degree in law. But by 1960 his career and his health had been broken, his image converted by a now hostile establishment from public hero to public enemy. This extraordinary turnabout in what had been one of the great twentieth-century careers is a singularly American story emblematic of its times yet transcending them, encompassing not merely Cold War hysteria but racial symbolism and racial consciousness throughout the history of the United States. That a man so deeply loved all over the world could evoke in his own country such an outpouring of fear and anger is in itself a tragedy. The tragedy that was Paul Robeson’s life is brought to reality in this workshop/lecture by Joe Stead, in which you are invited to join in songs and listen to the resonant, changing voice of Robeson himself, learning about one of the most remarkable men in American musical and theatrical history. 2-hour show (20-min interval) including a lot of singing and talking by Robeson himself.

Alex Hart and Becca Langsford - 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
Alex Hart and Becca Langsford are both well known on the South West music scene in their own right, but have now come together with a blend of country, blues and folk, featuring acoustic guitar, mandolin and close vocal harmonies.
Lord of the Dance 2017: Dangerous Games - Plymouth Pavilions Arena, Millbay Road, Plymouth, PL1 3LF - 8.00pm - Visit website for more information and to purchase tickets
Exeter Folk Dance Club - Jane Thomas
Regular events 4th Thursday
DANCE - Exmouth Folk Dance Club - Chris Miles
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Ted Farmer - Friendly Folk
SONG - Bideford Folk Song Club - Guest night with Ollie King
SONG - Teignmouth Folk Club - Singers' & Musicians' Open Night. Free admission. All performers and listeners welcome.
Friday 24 February

Jas Walker and Friends - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 9.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Jas is a talented singer, musician and songwriter. His powerful melodies and enchanting lyrics have been known to bring a tear to the eye. Today, Jas will play a selection of popular covers as well as some of his own inspirational songs.

Giants! - Stories from the bedrock of the British Isles - Methodist Church Hall, Fore Street, Totnes - 7.30pm £9.00 door/£7.00 billetto (Giantstones) - A Wood Sisters Red Tent event

LISA SCHNEIDAU and RONNIE CONBOY return with a storytelling journey through some of the old myths, an exploration of the relationship between the Giants - the great rock builders - and the human beings that came after.

Where did the Giants come from? Where have they gone? And who left all those boulders lying around?

Join us for an evening of myth and story, of fun, wonder, music, laughter and a smidgen of comedy violence, and maybe you'll find out......

Refreshments will be available. This event is fundraising for the Wood Sisters Red Tent
Hummingbirds Acappella Trio - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD - 8.00pm - Tickets £8.00/£6.00 - SOLD OUT
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. Now they invite you to join them to celebrate the launch of their debut CD. ''These guys are amazing. If you need some soulful, smiley music for a gig look no further.'' 
Joe Stead presents 'The Life and Times of Paul Robeson' - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 8TA - 7.30pm - Tickets £10.00 (£8.00 Seniors/U16s/BATS Members) Box office 01803 882717 or go to website

Joe is known to many in the South West as the former lead performer with the Kimbers Men shanty crew but is an expert on singer Paul Robeson, with whom he sang once at a private event. The son of a slave, Robeson rose from ‘white man’s lackey’ to become a belligerent, forceful spokesman for black human rights. He had a scholar’s ability to summon up wide ranging points of reference, a linguists ability to communicate in several languages, had had an outstanding career as an athlete, and a degree in law. But by 1960 his career and his health had been broken, his image converted by a now hostile establishment from public hero to public enemy. This extraordinary turnabout in what had been one of the great twentieth-century careers is a singularly American story emblematic of its times yet transcending them, encompassing not merely Cold War hysteria but racial symbolism and racial consciousness throughout the history of the United States. That a man so deeply loved all over the world could evoke in his own country such an outpouring of fear and anger is in itself a tragedy. The tragedy that was Paul Robeson’s life is brought to reality in this workshop/lecture by Joe Stead, in which you are invited to join in songs and listen to the resonant, changing voice of Robeson himself, learning about one of the most remarkable men in American musical and theatrical history. 2-hour show (20-min interval) including a lot of singing and talking by Robeson himself.

DLM - Cheriton Bishop Village Hall, EX6 6JA - 7.30pm. To book tickets, please telephone 01647 24789 - Villages in Action - for more information visit website

DLM are a 3 piece acoustic trio based in the West Country. Andrew Cresswell Davis has honed his superb song writing skills over many years, and DLM are a vehicle for some of the finest songs Andy has ever written. Fans of Stackridge and The Korgis will be delighted that Andrew is back on the road with this fabulous semi-acoustic trio!

Andrew is accompanied by Clare Lindley and Brian Mullan and between them they play a variety of instruments – guitar, violin, cello and ukulele and more. With the addition of three fine voices, they create rich textures and intimate moods, which breathe life into songs of love, loss and squirrels!

‘The amazingly talented DLM are undoubtedly one of the very best live acts you will see and hear if you like songs that hit the nail on the head in under 5 minutes. Joyful and thought provoking stuff!’

World Unlimited - Marry Waterson & David A. Jaycock - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £10.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information
Inheriting the legacy of one of British folk's most revered families, it took a long time for Marry to step centre stage. David had been struck by the character and warmth of Marry’s singing “It was earthy, dreamlike, warm, powerful and jagged. It had the capacity to be both melancholic and joyful, and could tell a story - of course Marry Waterson could tell a story!” The match made, Marry & David entered into an eager musical correspondence by email and phone. Says David of the writing process, “What was coming back from Marry convinced me that we were on the right path. I felt a more tonal, but still dreamlike, surreal and at times dark sound was emerging. It was fascinating and exciting sending ideas and waiting to hear what came back. Marry was interpreting the pieces beautifully. I felt we were working almost telepathically at times.”
“Perfectly balances traditional & contemporary [folk]…echoes of Nick Drake, Vashti Bunyan and Sandy Denny while Woolgathering Girl is more reminiscent of latter-day Kate Bush.” ****METRO
“A gorgeously simple and direct record…holds up a light to the blackest of winter nights.” ****Q MAGAZINE

 

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

Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston - The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ - Doors 7.30pm - Tickets: £12.00. For more information and tickets telephone 01404 384050 or go to website
One of the most sought after duos on the folk & roots scene. The striking combination of the flame headed double bass player & virtuoso mandolin player create music that is "a musical partnership made in heaven.”

 

Sarah McQuaid - Teignmouth Pavillions The Den Crescent, Teignmouth, TQ14 8BG - 8.00pm - Tickets £12.00 - Child/Senior Citizen/Student £10.00 - Box office telephone 01626 249049 email or to book tickets on-line go to website.

Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th). Her new album Walking Into White (2015) is her most honest and adventurous work to date, with a depth and texture of soundscape that are reflected in her beautifully crafted live shows. A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument.

“Finding treasure feels great, and such is the case with musician Sarah McQuaid.... I’ve attended hundreds of concerts of all kinds, and her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever. One voice, one guitar, and the wondrous reminder of the magic of music. Sarah has the gift.” —The Huffington Post

“The echoing magic of ‘Walking into White’, the latest album from Sarah McQuaid, seizes you from the first and holds you captured long after the last notes fade.... Sending out a trembling resonance, this is a collection of songs that feel their way into your being.” —FolkWords

“The songs are acutely observed and literate, almost like journal notes set to music. They’re measured and tranquil but they’re never dull because there is always a sense of restlessness and unease behind the poetry.... And it’s all lovely.” —R2/Rock ’n’ Reel

Lord of the Dance 2017: Dangerous Games - Plymouth Pavilions Arena, Millbay Road, Plymouth, PL1 3LF - 8.00pm - Visit website for more information and to purchase tickets
Regular events 4th Friday
SONG - Exeter Folk and Acoustic Music Club
Saturday 25 February

The Lures - Buccaneers Live Events Venue & Bar, East Street, Crediton EX17 3AZ - 7.30pm - £2.00 entrance
The Lures - led by the dual vocals of Hamish Goodwin and Maria Kontorravdis. Energetic indie stompers and heartfelt folk songs for fans of The Shins, The Smiths, The Lumineers. Support: Tin Soldiers, atmospheric indiefolk with swirling violins, warm piano, and intense light and dark dynamics. For fans of Radiohead, Wolf Alice, Daughter. Cobby, singer-songwriter from Crediton, a stalwart of local rock and metal bands, his more laid back solo project shows off his song writing skills and lyrics.

Claude Bourbon - Village Hall, Herring Street, South Pool, nr Kingsbridge TQ7 2RP - Tickets £15.00, supper included. Doors open 7.00pm for supper at 7.30pm; concert starts 8.30pm.
Claude is a classically trained virtuoso guitarist and a mesmerising performer. You will find Latin, Spanish, gypsy, jazz, delta blues and mediaeval influences throughout. For more information telephone 01548 531979 or email.

 

Music on Saturday - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00 pm - 7.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
DLM - Black Dog Village Hall, EX17 4QS - 7.15pm for 8.00pm. To book tickets, please telephone 01363 866434 - Villages in Action - for more information visit website

DLM are a 3 piece acoustic trio based in the West Country. Andrew Cresswell Davis has honed his superb song writing skills over many years, and DLM are a vehicle for some of the finest songs Andy has ever written. Fans of Stackridge and The Korgis will be delighted that Andrew is back on the road with this fabulous semi-acoustic trio!

Andrew is accompanied by Clare Lindley and Brian Mullan and between them they play a variety of instruments – guitar, violin, cello and ukulele and more. With the addition of three fine voices, they create rich textures and intimate moods, which breathe life into songs of love, loss and squirrels!

‘The amazingly talented DLM are undoubtedly one of the very best live acts you will see and hear if you like songs that hit the nail on the head in under 5 minutes. Joyful and thought provoking stuff!’

The Boys from Melbourne Street - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH - Tickets £10.00(+) avaialble from WeGotTickets
The Boys are easily at home playing at large and small Festivals, in Clubs, Bistros, Concert Halls, Pubs, Beer Fests and Art Centres; they have headlined many a venue as well as supported national and international artists. They have produced a large body of original material, eclectic in style and genre covering almost any topic or subject. Their music will touch sensitive nerves, stand hairs up on the back of your neck, get your feet tapping, have you smiling and joining in the fun of singing along with their unusual and original brand of sound and music. They will have you captivated on the night, especially Dave’s percussion and Ukulele skills, Colin’s full guitar sound and mellifluous vocals and Keith’s fabulous fretless bass. “They’re a jovial bunch whose friendship shines through. "...it was impossible to categorise their music other than to say it was a mixture of acoustic folk, rock, jazz and originality. Their lead singer, who was not only a very accomplished guitarist, but had a voice not unlike Peter Gabriel, If you get a chance to see them, do, you won’t be disappointed.” The Note. Hot drinks and cake available at our gig café. BYO alcohol.

Plymouth Morris Men’s 47th Annual Ceilidh - The Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - Caller – Anne Gill - Woollwell Community Centre, Darklake Lane, Roborough, Plymouth PL6 7TR 7.00pm – 11.30pm
A great evening to be had for £8.00 - Includes a pasty supper. Licenced bar. For tickets telephone Andy 01752 300758 or email

Lord of the Dance 2017: Dangerous Games - Plymouth Pavilions Arena, Millbay Road, Plymouth, PL1 3LF - 2.30pm - Visit website for more information and to purchase tickets
Lord of the Dance 2017: Dangerous Games - Plymouth Pavilions Arena, Millbay Road, Plymouth, PL1 3LF - 8.00pm - Visit website for more information and to purchase tickets
Regular events 4th Saturday

SONG - Shammick Acoustic - Alex Cumming & Nicola Beazley
Having had the pleasure of their company as featured artists on an Open Night way back in 2014, we’ve finally managed to get Alex Cumming & Nicola Beazley as guest artists for a concert, not an easy job now that Alex is living in the States.  And if you missed them first time round, you should know that Alex and Nicola are an exciting accordion and fiddle duo who perform songs and tunes from around England. 

Alex first started on the accordion when he was just six years old, and has carried that through into his degree in Folk and Traditional Music, now with an expertise in singing, and calling for ceilidh dancing as well.  He also sings with the vocal quartet The Teacups, plays with the ceilidh band Dyer:Cummings, and has appeared on the BBC series The Edwardian Farm.  Nicola came later to her instrument, not starting until she was seven, and, like Alex, graduated from Newcastle University with the same degree.  She has toured Europe with her 6-piece band Ceol Tire, and also plays with the instrumental trio Speldosa.  

With Alex’s rhythmic accordion style and strong voice, and Nicola’s stunning and gutsy fiddle-playing, they are much in demand at the top folk clubs and festivals.  The chance shouldn’t be missed to hear them.

In addition, we’ll have support spots from a couple of local performers, as well as from young Totnes folk duo Harbottle & Jonas.

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 26 February
'Time of our Lives' - St. Paul’s Church, Devon Square, Newton Abbot TQ12 2HN - 5.00pm - Tickets £10.00 (U16 free) available from Torbay Hospital Main Reception, or St. Paul’s Church. (League of Friends 01803 654520).
With words and music, compiled and performed by Words for Voices with music from Devon Close Harmony Quartet (DCHQ), 'Time of our Lives' is a very humorous  look at the Seven ages of Man and gives us lots of scope to remind you of infancy, empathise with you through adolescence, flirt with you through the wooing years, have a crisis with you in midlife and then learn to forget about how it will all end! Words for Voices are 4 actors who have worked together for decades and produce very slick, brilliantly presented sketches on a particular theme. DCHQ have a great selection of songs to fit the theme, mostly a cappella and ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. "Although it’s not exactly a folk concert (with the acting) the quartet are singing Foreign Lander and Mike Harding's "Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls" amongst others." Proceeds will benefit Rowcroft Hospice and Torbay Hospital League of Friends.

The Martin Hodge Memorial Ceilidh with Spinach for Norman and Pam Hayes - The Phoenix Arts Centre, Voodoo Lounge, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - 3.00pm to 6.00pm. Entrance: Give a donation that will go towards Hospice Care. Martin Hodge, popular Phonic FM radio show presenter, Exeter Pride supporter and dance caller passed away suddenly several weeks ago.

Paddy’s Whiskers - The Boathouse, Marine Drive, Paignton TQ3 2NJ - 2:30pm.
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. More information on website or telephone Andrew on 01803 520798.

Austin, Hill ‘n’ Bays - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00 pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Don’t miss this versatile trio led by popular Exmouth singer-guitarist Chris Austin. They will be putting their special twist on an eclectic mix of music from American blues to English folk including popular pieces by artists such as Woody Guthrie, Gershwin, Little Feat and James Brown

An Audience with Phil Beer - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 7.30pm Full £16.00 - Concession £15.00 - Supporter £14.00  To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

An audience with Phil Beer has been described as a glimpse into his world where folk, blues, hymns, the sea, the West Country and a life spent in music combine to make a true show. A Phil Beer gig is one spent in the company of a true craftsman, a master musician and consummate performer.

Lord of the Dance 2017: Dangerous Games - Plymouth Pavilions Arena, Millbay Road, Plymouth, PL1 3LF - 7.30pm - Visit website for more information and to purchase tickets

Regular events 4th Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor -Geoff Lakeman - Having produced and nurtured the incredible musical talents of the 3 Lakeman brothers, and performed in a number of excellent bands, Geoff now has created a successful solo career, demonstrating superb ability on a duet concertina and his smooth, easy singing-style. He has supported this Club for decades - do not miss him! - Book by email
SONG/STORYTELLING - Tradewinds
Monday 27 February

Open Mic - Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW - 7.30pm (Doors 7.00pm). Entry £2.00 performers, £5.00 non-performers (£4.00 if pre-booked). Telephone 01803 428626 or 01803 613647
Our special guest in the second half of our unique open-mic is Michael Baker, a multi-faceted songwriting talent, well worth coming to see. Plus some fine music from local and not-so local singer/songwriters. Refreshments available.

 

Ensemble Baklava - Bread and Roses Pub, 62 Ebrington St, Plymouth PL4 9AF - 9.00pm - Free entry

World Unlimited - Siobhan Miller - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.30pm - Tickets £10.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information
One of Scotland's foremost traditional singers, and twice winner of the prestigious Scots Singer of the Year title at the Scots Trad Music Awards, Siobhan Miller has carved out a reputation as “one of the finest voices on the Scottish folk scene” (The Scotsman). Her soulful and stirring renewal of traditional song effortlessly stills and silences all spaces, from the most vast concert halls to the bar sessions afterwards.
Her hotly anticipated second album, released in January 2017, sees Siobhan reimagining a number of songs, handpicked from those which she grew up amongst and performed in her youth. As “the finest young interpreter of Scots traditional song” (Scotland on Sunday) her chosen material reflects on her musical upbringing whilst forging a unique path forward - with stunning vocal performances atop the instrumental talents of Euan Burton (double bass) and Aaron Jones (guitar). 

 

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

Tuesday 28 February
Joe Stead presents 'The Life and Times of Paul Robeson' Oddfellows Inn, 60 New North Road, (B3183) Exeter EX4 4EP - Telephone 01392 209050 - £5.00 (first come first served)

Joe is known to many in the South West as the former lead performer with the Kimbers Men shanty crew but is an expert on singer Paul Robeson, with whom he sang once at a private event. The son of a slave, Robeson rose from ‘white man’s lackey’ to become a belligerent, forceful spokesman for black human rights. He had a scholar’s ability to summon up wide ranging points of reference, a linguists ability to communicate in several languages, had had an outstanding career as an athlete, and a degree in law. But by 1960 his career and his health had been broken, his image converted by a now hostile establishment from public hero to public enemy. This extraordinary turnabout in what had been one of the great twentieth-century careers is a singularly American story emblematic of its times yet transcending them, encompassing not merely Cold War hysteria but racial symbolism and racial consciousness throughout the history of the United States. That a man so deeply loved all over the world could evoke in his own country such an outpouring of fear and anger is in itself a tragedy. The tragedy that was Paul Robeson’s life is brought to reality in this workshop/lecture by Joe Stead, in which you are invited to join in songs and listen to the resonant, changing voice of Robeson himself, learning about one of the most remarkable men in American musical and theatrical history. 2-hour show (20-min interval) including a lot of singing and talking by Robeson himself.

Regular events 4th Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Simon Maplesden - Jeroka
STORY TELLING - Stone Soup - Stone Soup continues its Twisted Tales series for adults.