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Saturday 1 February
Miranda Sykes
The Plough@TheGeorge, The George Hotel, 1 Broad Street, South Molton EX36 3AB
8.00pm
Tickets £13.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Building on the success of her Borrowed Places tour, Miranda Sykes is back with a completely new project: Behind The Wall. Where ‘Borrowed Places’ opened a window into the past, explaining where she had been, physically & spiritually, ‘Behind The Wall’ is a Roller Coaster Ride exploring where we are going; Miranda, you, me, all of us. What does it mean to be human today, living in our communities & societies & where will our actions lead us? Powerful and hard-hitting but also poignant & beautiful, this show gives us all a chance to reflect & maybe even empower us.

Sarah McQuaid
The Bridge Inn, Bridge Hill, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ
8.00pm
Tickets £10.00 advance from the Bridge Inn 01392 873862, £12.00 on the door.
This will be Sarah's seventh visit to this beautiful 16th century inn in Devon. 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!Music etc.
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Jig Foot - Dick Williams
Bridport Ceilidhs, Church House Hall,  South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW
Start time: 7.30pm - Finish time: 11.00pm
£9.00 in advance, £10.00 on the door, £4.00 for 6-16 yrs. Tickets can be bought at The Bridport Music Centre in South Street or booked by phone/email up to 5.00pm on the day. Contact Monty: telephone 01308 423 442 or email or see website for more information

Come along and enjoy a fun evening of dancing amongst friendly welcoming folk. No partner or experience required, all dances will be talked and walked through and called until you are all experts! Bring & Share supper and you own alcohol - the Woodman Inn is just opposite.

Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band
Stoke Gabriel Football Club, Broadley Lane, Stoke Gabriel, Totnes, TQ9 6RR
7.30pm
Hosted by Stoke Gabriel Boating Association

Concert with Harbottle and Jonas
St Petroc’s Church, South Brent
7.30pm
Tickets at £7.00/£5.00 will be available from early January from artworks or from Guy and Cathie Pannell. 
Dave Harbottle and Frey Jonas are a husband and wife duo who combine the rich traditions of folk music with original and contemporary interpretations through a blend of closely intertwined vocal harmonies and compelling and authentic musical arrangements, blending concertina, harmonium, banjo, cittern, stomp box and acoustic guitar. Having become national names on the folk scene, they are now South Brent residents. They will be playing on this occasion as a trio, with Annie Baylis-Gray bringing an extra dimension with beautiful vocal harmonies and fiddle playing. St Petroc’s Church is delighted to host this concert in aid of church funds and features in the duo’s latest music video recorded in the church.

 

Tom McConville
Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter, EX2 4AZ
7.30pm
Ticket Price: £15.00 - Box Office - Telephone 01392 2771808//665885 - Visit website - email

Award winning fiddle player and singer Tom McConville is internationally renowned for his fiery, heart-stopping performances. Winner of the BBC Folk Musician of the Year in 2009, he is truly the most original fiddle player in the UK. Blending traditional music from his home town of Newcastle with Irish, American and Scottish influences, he creates a sound that has jazz, folk, bluegrass and classical influence. His live performances are a roller coaster of musical delights; fast rhythmic dance tunes through beautiful slow airs and of course great singing – all presented with his inimitable sense of humour and style.
Tom will be joined on stage by Michael Biggins Pianist from the Glasgow Royal Academy

Sunday 2 February
Phillip Henry
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
7.30pm
Tickets £12.00+ - Seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website
Following the success of his critically acclaimed 2018 solo album, True North, Phillip Henry returns to the road in February 2020. His new show, Solo, continues to explore the virtuosic limits of his many instruments, from the 22-string Indian chatturangui, to the Dobro and National guitars that made his name. He will also bring his showstopping skill on the harmonica, with train impressions, boogie blues, and his trademark beatbox harmonica that never fails to get the party started.
Regular events 1st Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor Tom McConville
Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE 
7.45pm
Tickets £8.00/£10.00. To book tickets email
Tynesider Tom is simply one of the finest folk violinists of our time. He combines technical brilliance with an easy approach to his audience and has played alongside many of the folk greats (Bob Fox, Chris Newman, etc). He was one time mentor of the young Seth Lakeman, who describes him as his biggest influence and "a tme master". You will get not only fantastic fiddle-playing but great songs, a fine voice and dry humour.
Monday 3 February
Moonrakers Folk Orchestra Halsway Manor
Tuesday 4 February
Moonrakers Folk Orchestra Halsway Manor
Regular events 1st Tuesday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club Singers Night
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Simon Maplesden
DANCE - Fraddon Folk Dance Club (Cornwall)
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - open night
Wednesday 5 February
Moonrakers Folk Orchestra Halsway Manor
Regular events 1st Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Jeroka - Ted Farmer
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 6 February
Gets/z Loose - First Thursday Club
The Hourglass, 21 Melbourne Street, Exeter EX2 4AU
Doors 8.00pm
£5.00 entry.
Fronted by Rob Brown, Gets/z Loose is a high-energy ensemble of amplified acoustic slide guitar, bass, harmonica and congas. Playing old blues tunes in their own way, the band has given getting on for 1,000 gigs in London and across the UK. The Hourglass is an indie gastropub just above Exeter Quay. Hosted by singer and TV voiceover Rob Brown, the club presents blues, roots and folk bands in the pub’s welcoming basement room. Think Paris in the sixties without the smoke.
Sam Lee
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
Doors open 7.00pm
Tickets £21.00+ (£16.00+) Seated 14+ (under 16s to be accompanied by an adult- Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

Sam Lee plays a unique role in the British music scene. A highly inventive and original singer, folk song interpreter, a passionate conservationist, committed song collector and a successful creator of live events.

Alongside his organisation The Nest Collective and fellow collaborators Sam has shaken up the live music scene breaking the boundaries between folk and contemporary music and the assumed place and way folksong is heard. He’s injected a renewed passion into this old material, helping to develop its ecosystem by not only inviting in a new listenership but also interrogating what the messages in these old songs hold for us today. With his forthcoming album, Old Wow, he’s summonsed up a truly compelling and emotional album that takes his work to yet another level.

Moonrakers Folk Orchestra Halsway Manor
Moonrakers Folk Orchestra Performance
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
8.00pm
£5.00 For more information and tickets go to website
Members of Moonrakers bring their exciting and dynamic music to Halsway Manor to create a one-off folk orchestra with participants of Folk Orchestra week. Two of the members of Moonrakers – Jon Bennett (Guitar, bouzouki, ukelele, whistles and vocal) and Jacqui Johnson (cello, fiddle, whistle and vocals) will lead musicians and singers brought together over the Folk Orchestra week in this public performance of folk tunes.
Friday 7 February
Phillip Henry
The Barrel House, 59a High Street, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5PB
8.00pm
Tickets £12.00+ advance £15.00 on the door.
Booking office 01803 863000 - more information and tickets on website
Following the success of his critically acclaimed 2018 solo album, Phillip Henry returns to the road. His new show, Solo, continues to explore the virtuosic limits of his many instruments, from the 22-string Indian chatturangui, to the Dobro and National guitars that made his name. He will also bring his showstopping skill on the harmonica, with train impressions, boogie blues, and his trademark beatbox harmonica that never fails to get the party started. “Remarkable... the sound of a virtuoso and a master of his instrument. An absolutely splendid recording of uncommonly deep and textured music that feels utterly spellbinding throughout” - Folk Radio UK.
Moonrakers Folk Orchestra Halsway Manor
Scandi Winter Weekend Halsway Manor
Saturday 8 February
DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance Jon Mills, Kate Price and Jonathan Perry (Godot) from South. Wales

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.

DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Gill Spence & Fresh Aire
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
Flats and Sharps
The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ
8.00pm
Tickets £12.00 advance/£15.00 on the door (Allocated seating) For more information and tickets and accessible seats telephone 01404 384050 or go to website

Flats and Sharps are a brilliant four-piece Bluegrass band from Penzance and we are delighted that they are returning to The Beehive. Delivering energetic, enthusiastic and spirited Bluegrass to audiences all around the world, Flats and Sharps have been performing their unique take on this music for over eight years. Their shows include a wide variety of influences, from a fresh and modern outlook on foot-stomping Bluegrass material through to their powerful and well-crafted original songs, with beautiful moments everywhere in between. Their music perfectly blends strong harmonies and stonking solos, their incredible stage presence and energy create an evening that’ll have you dancing, laughing and singing along in no time. Over their time together, the band have made their presence known all around the world, including multiple tours in Australia, Europe and around the UK.

 

Scandi Winter Weekend Halsway Manor
Ceilidh Swedish Dance with Third Beat Dance collective.
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
8.00pm
£5.00 For more information and tickets go to website

Try your hand at Swedish dance (with the Third Beat Dance Collective). Join participants who are on Halsway Manor’s Scandi Winter Weekend for a night of Swedish dance. Suitable for absolute beginners. Come and try something different!

The Third Beat Dance Collective is comprised of Ella Sprung, Andy Parr and Lucy Huzzard, all of whom studied for a diploma in Swedish Folk dance at the Eric Sahlström Institute in Sweden. They bring a contemporary look at the intricacies of partner dance, and shine a new light on what traditional dance can offer for connecting with our bodies, the music and each other.

Klara Andersson has been taught traditional songs in the home since childhood. She plays Swedish pipes and recorder and started dancing ten years ago, now she has a bachelor degree in folk dance pedagogy. In 2015-2016 she studied folk singing at a folkhögskola in western Sweden where her interest for “trall” (Swedish diddling) grew bigger. Her repertoire of songs is varied and she has a love for singing with harmonies, especially if there is a nice groove or a melancholic melody!

Regular events 2nd Saturday
Cornwall Festival Folk Club
Sunday 9 February

Ben Morgan-Brown and Minnie Birch
St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH
Doors 7.30pm Performance 8.00pm
Tickets £12.00+ from WeGotTickets
Hot drinks at the Twigg’s Gigs café. BYO alcohol.
For more information call Twigg’s Gigs on 07508 169 049 or email

Two acclaimed singer songwriters come together for a special evening in Exeter.
Ben Morgan-Brown is a singer/songwriter and accomplished finger style guitarist.

Winner of Purbeck Rising 2019, named by FATEA as one of the Rising Stars of 2018 and described by Tom Robinson of BBC6 Music as ‘the brilliant Ben Morgan-Brown’, his intimate and often highly personal songs and performances have drawn comparisons to Bert Jansch, John Smith & Nick Drake. His 2019 release Nameless Gold received national airplay and was called “as good as minimalist folk gets…” by Louder Than War and “beautifully sophisticated… with an incredible depth of emotional honesty” by FATEA.

Minnie Birch writes dark, plaintive, beautiful music about life, love, adventures and fairy tales.
Following slots supporting Joan Armatrading and a stint at Edinburgh fringe, Minnie has been wooing audiences all over the place with tours in Iceland, America, Europe and all over the U.K under her belt. Her debut album received national airplay on BBC radio 2, BBC 6 music and on BBC Radio 1 as Huw Stephen’s Introducing artist of the week.

“Minnie is quite the wordsmith, knowing not just when to sing, but when to leave phrases hanging to concentrate on the meaning, silence can say so much and Minnie knows how to use it, almost as an instrument to contrast against not only what is being sung, but what is being played.”

Scandi Winter WeekendHalsway Manor
Regular events 2nd Sunday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club Sam Kelly & Jamie Francis
Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HF
8.00pm
£10.00 advance - £12.00 on the door
Sam Kelly is a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning Bristol-based singer, song-writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. As a young child Sam spent many a night enraptured, listening to his Irish grandfather tell folk tales, sing folk songs, and play folk tunes on his melodeon. Having caught the bug, Sam has dedicated his life to rediscovering and renewing the sounds of his gaelic heritage, and creating exciting new music that transcends the boundaries of traditional and popular music. Sam is joined here by Jamie Francis.
Monday 10 February
Reg Meuross Creative Songwriting Halsway Manor
Tuesday 11 February
Reg Meuross Creative Songwriting Halsway Manor
Regular events 2nd Tuesday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club Singers Night
SONG - Sidmouth Acoustic Folk Club
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Mark Moran - Pair Of Shears
MUSIC - Bradninch Acoustic Music Club
Wednesday 12 February
 Reg Meuross Creative Songwriting Halsway Manor
Regular events 2nd Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Brian Graham - Colin Andrews
Thursday 13 February
Reg Meuross Creative Songwriting Halsway Manor
Reg Meuross Support Holly D Johnston
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
7.30pm
£10.00 advance £12.00 on the door. For more information and tickets go to website

Reg Meuross, acclaimed singer-songwriter and Folking.com Soloist of the Year 2019, returns to the intimacy of the solo format after a successful Summer of festival appearances and an Autumn touring a full band production of his song cycle 12 Silk Handkerchiefs with support from Arts Council England.

On tour from October 2019 with new album RAW – a record that follows on from Faraway People and December to complete his trilogy of solo works – Reg will be performing new material at Halsway Manor as well as songs of history, protest, love, loss and legend from thirteen previous albums.

A true troubadour and constantly on the road, Meuross has the gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, painting pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung.

Masterfully accompanying himself on guitar, harmonica, banjo and dulcimer and captivating audiences with his beautiful tenor voice, witnessing a Reg Meuross performance is to experience a journey into the heart, soul and songs of one of England’s finest writers.

Grace Petrie
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
8.00pm
All tickets £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

 

Fairport Convention
Exeter Corn Exchange - Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW
7.30pm (Doors 6.45)
£26.00, £24.00 for 60+ (includes £1.00 booking fee). Box office telephone 01392 665938 - For more information go to website

Fairport Convention has been entertaining music lovers for over half a century. During that time the band that launched British folk-rock has seen many changes. But one thing has remained the same - Fairport’s passion for performance.

The Winter Tour concert will present a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and some surprises from albums old and new including Full House which was released 50 years ago this year. The band skilfully interprets traditional ballads and the repertoire also includes plenty of contemporary compositions.

The concert will start with a set by special guests Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer. They are famed for their close harmony singing and guitar virtuosity. Ben and Jimmy have showcased in Nashville, supported Ralph McTell on tour, and played Fairport’s Cropredy Convention and Cambridge Folk Festival.

Fairport Convention have won a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and Radio 2 listeners voted their groundbreaking album Liege & Lief 'The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time'. Their story has been celebrated with television documentaries on BBC Four and Sky Arts.

The band features founding member Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar (celebrating his fiftieth year in Fairport), Ric Sanders on violin, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion.

Regular events 2nd Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - No Club
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
MUSIC - Brixham Blues - BBT2
Brixham Blues BBT2, Old Coaching Inn, Fore Street, Brixham TQ5 8AG

SONG - Totnes Folk Song Club Mike Cosgrave & Stephen Banks
Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL
8.00pm
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) with a delightful smorgasbord of tunes and songs from Britain and Europe. "One of Devon's multi-instrumental treasures." – Topsham Folk Club. "Superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun." – Maddy Prior.  www.cosgraveandbanks.com. More info from Anne & Steve Gill 01803 290427 or Andy Clarke 01803 732312

SONG - Wadebridge Folk Club Special Guest: Jim Causley
Friday 14 February
Gilmour & Roberts
Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ
8.00pm
Tickets £10.00. Telephone 01837 840775 or email.
Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. Nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) met while studying at Leeds College of Music and released their debut album in 2008. Since then, the duo have toured Canada and mainland Europe, played some of the UK’s biggest acoustic festivals, toured with folk rock legends Fairport Convention and won countless accolades for their genre-spanning work.

Black Tar Roses
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
More Valentine's Day Massacre than St Valentines Day, join us for an alternative celebration with heartbreaky Americana and wicked dark folk from Black Tar Roses.

Recently back from launching their album Rebels, Rogues & Outlaws in the US they are looking forward to playing a little closer to home! Expect some nautical themed and outlaw tales with sweet and gritty vocal harmonies. They will be joined by special guests, luthier, mandolin and banjo player John Maddock and talented local guitar player and vocalist Chris Bailey.

“Black Tar Roses from Plymouth, UK bring a GREAT Americana, Rootsy/Folk
sound with the attitude of Social Distortion from Southern California. All the players are excellent and the vocals jump out at ya with super intelligent lyrics. Rebels, Rogues and Outlaws will be one of our 2019 Summer Favorites" Hank ~ Hanks Radio Network (HanksRadio.com)

 

Reg Meuross Creative Songwriting Halsway Manor
Bagpipe Weekend Halsway Manor
Seth Lakeman
The Flavel, Flavel Place, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9ND
Doors 7.00pm
For more information go to website
Saturday 15 February
Jack Cookson & Paul Armer
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

Two of Plymouth’s finest singer-songwriters, Paul Armer and Jack Cookson will be joining each other on the B-Bar stage, bringing a mixture of country, folk and roots influenced songs. Both artists will perform individually but expect to see them come together for a duo performance as the finale.

Paul Armer - With a voice and perspective that seems beyond his 24 years, and a collection of honest, heart felt songs that mirror and connect with an audience, Paul Armer is a Country/Americana singer-songwriter that deserves to be heard. Taking inspiration from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers, and Turnpike Troubadours, his sound resides where these influences meet.

Jack Cookson - Stylistically influenced by roots music from both sides of the Atlantic, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Jack Cookson combines dry and visceral word play with intricate finger-style guitar arrangements in a futile attempt to sing about his feelings in a unique way. He has shared the stage with the likes of Ralph McTell, Louis Berry and Mahalia, and in early 2016 he was announced as one of the final four nominees for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.

Bagpipe Weekend Halsway Manor
Pipes and Gurdies Concert and Dance
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
8.00pm
£10.00 adults £4,00 concessions. For more information and tickets go to website
Join us for perhaps the most vibrant gig of the year at Halsway Manor. More pipes and gurdies than you can shake a stick at! Tutors of international renoun are coming to Halsway to lead the popular Pipes and Gurdies weekend. You can experience their magic at this concert performance by Birgit Bornauw, David Faulkner, Efren Lopez, Isabelle Pignol and Scott Marshall.
Seth Lakeman
Minster Church of St Andrew, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2AD
Doors 7.00pm
For more information go to website
Sunday 16 February
Liam O’Maonlai and Martin Shaw   
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

Join us for a night of enchantment, humour and sheer waywardness with giant of Irish music Liam O’Maonlai (Hothouse Flowers) and much celebrated storyteller Martin Shaw on a journey into the power of language, tradition, innovation and wonder.

Something for the lover in all of us!

Bagpipe Weekend Halsway Manor
Regular events 3rd Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor Katie Kirk and Rick Williams
Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE 
7.45pm
To book tickets email
Monday 17 February
 
Tuesday 18 February
 
Regular events 3rd Tuesday

DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Jeremy Child

SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club Singers Night

SONG - Bradninch Folk Club
Bradninch Guildhall, Fore Street, Bradninch. EX5 4NN
Doors opening at 7.45pm and the performance starts at 8.00pm.
Entry is £6.00 per person with accompanied under 18 years free.

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

Wednesday 19 February
 
Regular events 3rd Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Rough Music - Sarah Clough
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
MUSIC - Blues night at the Lemon Tree (Open Mic).
Thursday 20 February
Lady Maisery
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
8.00pm
£10.00 adults £4,00 concessions. For more information and tickets go to website

Leading folk trio  Lady Maisery are returning to Halsway Manor to lead a creative singing week at Halsway Manor.

Enjoy a joyful and informal evening of song, as Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans perform in concert alongside participants from their Creative Singing Week course.

In an English folk scene currently bursting with bold and innovative folk music, vocal trio Lady Maisery shine brightly. With their unique approach to harmony singing, intelligent and thoughtful arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans harness and celebrate their united voice. Whether unearthing a feminist twist hidden in a traditional tale, delivering a poignant anti-war ballad, or showcasing their immense multi-instrumental talents in original compositions that draw on a myriad of musical influences, Lady Maisery are skilfull explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of song. Over the last five years, the trio have toured widely, performing sell-out shows across the UK and Europe.

Friday 21 February

Trikkeballakke
Topsham Brewery and Taproom, Marine Warehouse, 1, Haven Road, Exeter. EX2 8GR.
Strating 8.00pm.
Trikkeballakke perform the traditional songs, tunes and dances of Naples and Southern Italy.

Flats and Sharps
Village Hall, Buckland-in-the-Moor TQ13 7HP
7.30pm
Adult £9.00 Children under 16 years £5.00
Flats and Sharps are a four-piece Bluegrass outfit originally from Penzance, Cornwall. Delivering energetic, enthusiastic and spirited performances, their shows are a fresh and modern outlook on foot-stomping Bluegrass with powerful and well-crafted original songs. Their music blends strong harmonies and stonking solos, and their incredible stage presence and energy will have you dancing, laughing and singing along in no time! Telephone 01364 653525 or book online at www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

 

Jamie Smith’s Mabon: The Last Huzzah!
Teignmouth Pavillions The Den Crescent, Teignmouth, TQ14 8BG
7.30pm
Tickets £16.00 - Box office telephone 01626 249049 email or to book tickets on-line go to website.

The music of Jamie Smith’s Mabon is well described as Original, Interceltic, World Music.  Composed by frontman Jamie Smith, and brought to life by five highly accomplished musicians, it draws inspiration directly from the traditional folk music of the Celtic countries: a true exploration of forms and styles found in Celtic music and their forging into something bold and new.  Through a myriad of twists and turns, from thoughtful lyrics to joyful jigs, here is a band that can take you on an emotional journey: expect to witness the joy of creating music expressed in dynamic, virtuosic performance.

But as all good things do, they change and morph, and so it is with this happy band of mates. 2020 will see the band perform their last shows, both venue and festival, before turning to new pastures, putting on slippers, raising the pipe and following different paths. No 'musical differences' here, just a need to move on and try different things - of which i'm sure members will be only too happy to let you know about as the time comes.

Its been a remarkable 21 years, and all the more unusual because it has seen the band rise to the forefront of live music shows across the world - but without the normal backup of huge record company input, media storms and any form of musical compromise!

Enjoy the last months of this amazing band and catch them at one of the shows in 2020!

Saturday 22 February
Regular events 4th Saturday

SONG - Shammick Acoustic - The Salts
The Pack o’ Cards Inn - High Street, Combe Martin, North Devon , EX34 0ET

This five-piece band perform shanties and sea songs, but not in quite the way we’re used to hearing. Five seasoned musicians who produce a unique sound, described by Mike Harding as “rather like a Bellowhead reduction – more subtle, but just like a jus is reduced, they bring forward the essence of the key ingredients”. The band members’ backgrounds vary from classical music training, the BBC’s Young Folk competition, blues, and other music genres, individually they have worked with a variety of well-known musicians such as 60s’ legend Arthur Brown, The Pasadenas, Ben E King and Keith Hancock & Clive Gregson. When one talks about multi-instrumental, this lot take some beating, with mandolin, whistle, banjo, guitar, double bass – and usually drums, but that’s with the electric stage band, not in the confines of folk club venues. What’s more, the playing is truly accomplished, with superbly arranged vocal harmonies. The Salts’ second album, Brave, is receiving rave revues across the board, and their live performances are impassioned and rousing with swashbuckling energy and fire-cracked enthusiasm, and guaranteed to get you singing along!

 

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 23 February
Harbottle & Jonas
The Thirsty Farmer, Whimple EX5 2QQ Website
Husband and wife duo who combine the rich traditions of folk music with original and contemporary interpretations through a blend of closely intertwined vocal harmonies and compelling and authentic musical arrangements, blending concertina, harmonium, banjo, cittern, stomp box and acoustic guitar.

World Unlimited - Track Dogs
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
Track Dogs have been barnstorming the UK with some major festival appearances and collaborations.

It has been a pivotal year including playing to a heaving, rocking Trafalgar Square and surprise on-stage participation of Show of Hands’ Steve Knightley and Seth Lakeman at Shrewsbury Folk Festival. Well-established in Spain where they are based, they are surprising UK music lovers with “Sun-shiny songs thriving on dark themes behind irresistible rhythms.” The four international “madrileños” (Garrett Wall, Dave Mooney, Howard Brown & Robbie K. Jones) whose artistic name derives from the dark subterranean world of New York’s subway system, present Fire On The Rails, a kicking album that grows on the work that has opened so many doors for the band.

If they are still new to you, check out previous releases Kansas City Out Grooveand Uke Songs By Track Dogsand see why they are so hard to pigeonhole

 

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Regular events 4th Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor
Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE 
7.45pm
Book by email
SONG/STORYTELLING - Tradewinds
Okey Folky - Singers, musicians, poets, step-dancers and audience members all welcome!
Monday 24 February
Ciaran Algar & Jamie Francis
M&D Room, Devonshire House, Exeter University, Stocker Rd, Exeter EX4 4PZ
Doors 7.00pm Start 7.30pm
Tickets £12.00 (£6.00 Exeter Folk Societry members) available from website
PIVA: Real Roots Halsway Manor
The Fureys
Tavistock Wharf, Canal Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8AT
7.30pm
Tickets £22.00 (Advance) £24.00 from 6.00pm on the night- Box office 01822 611166 - Visit website for more information and tickets.
Legends of Irish music & song The FUREYS, renowned for their hit songs ‘I will love you’, ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘The Green fields of France’, ‘The old man’, ‘Red rose café’, ‘From Clare to here’, ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal away’ etc make their first visit on Sunday 23rd February.

The FUREYS have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 42 years, audiences that have included former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Former Irish President Mary McAleese and the late Pope John Paul while Tony Blair has publicly stated his favourite peace song of all time is the FUREYS “Green Fields of France” and President Michael D Higgins attended their last concert in National Concert Hall.

The oldest of the brothers, Eddie Furey left home in 1966 and travelled to Scotland at the time of the great folk revival where he shared accommodation with then unknown folk singers Billy Connolly, Gerry Rafferty and Alex Campbell. In 1969 with his brother Finbar, he was the special guest for the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem throughout the USA and Canada. In 1971 he moved to mainland Europe where he toured for seven years. Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics has credited Eddie with teaching him his first chords on guitar when they met up in the North East of England while Dave was still a teenager.
Tuesday 25 February
PIVA: Real Roots Halsway Manor
PIVA: Real Roots Concert
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
8.00pm
£10.00 adults £4,00 concessions. For more information and tickets go to website

Discover the Real Roots! of folk music, the world of late 16th century popular traditional music and instruments as heard in both court and country.

Piva – The Renaissance Collective have wide and diverse musical backgrounds and between them they have experience in playing renaissance, classical, and roots music.  They bring all of these diverse musical influences  together and fuse them with their knowledge of renaissance music and instruments.

Regular events 4th Tuesday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club Singers Night
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Ray Goodswen.
SONG - Shape Note Singing in Ipplepen
Wednesday 26 February
PIVA: Real Roots Halsway Manor
The Fureys
Exeter Corn Exchange - Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW
8.00pm (Doors 7.15)
£23.00 (includes £1.00 booking fee). Box office telephone 01392 665938 - For more information go to website

Legends of Irish music & song The FUREYS, renowned for their hit songs ‘I will love you’, ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘The Green fields of France’, ‘The old man’, ‘Red rose café’, ‘From Clare to here’, ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal away’ return to the Corn Exchange. 

The FUREYS have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 42 years, audiences that have included former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Former Irish President Mary McAleese and the late Pope John Paul while Tony Blair has publicly stated his favourite peace song of all time is the FUREYS “Green Fields of France” and President Michael D Higgins attended their last concert in National Concert Hall. 

The oldest of the brothers, Eddie Furey left home in 1966 and travelled to Scotland at the time of the great folk revival where he shared accommodation with then unknown folk singers Billy Connolly, Gerry Rafferty and Alex Campbell. In 1969 with his brother Finbar, he was the special guest for the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem throughout the USA and Canada. In 1971 he moved to mainland Europe where he toured for seven years. Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics has credited Eddie with teaching him his first chords on guitar when they met up in the North East of England while Dave was still a teenager.

Regular events 4th Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Jigs for Gigs  - Monty Crook
SONG - Bampton Folk Song Club - Suspended due to sale of pub
SONG - Lympstone Folk, Roots and Acoustic
Thursday 27 February

Liam Jordan
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
Liam Jordan is a folk-rock/Americana singer-songwriter based in the southwest. He started out playing in various folk clubs and bars, honing his craft and learning from his musical mentors on the local scene.
Off the back of his debut album, his first single ‘Tap at My Window’ was featured on Richer Unsigned’s ‘Best of June’ playlist in association with Q Magazine, and his second single 'Mansion On The Hill' featured on BBC national news last year as part of a report on UK poverty. The album has also received radio play on many stations including BBC Introducing Devon and Cornwall and Limerick Radio. He played a number of major UK festivals last year including Manchester Folk Festival and How The Light Gets In.

“Liam Jordan’s debut not only nails his colours to the mast as a certified talent, but just might be the first rung on his ascent to greatness. With a voice that sits between Jeff Tweedy and Jason Isbell, and with his own narrative framed in what would now be firmly coined as the landscape of Americana, it’s a rewarding debut. One to check out and keep a close eye on.” - Matt Owens (Noah and the Whale)

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman On Reflection Tour
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
Doors open
Tickets £16.00+ - Seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

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.

Free Concert at the Crabshell - The Orchard Family - Offshoots
Crabshell Inn, Embankment Rd, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 1JZ
8.00pm
Regular events 4th Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Ray Goodswen & Jeroka
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
SONG - Bideford Folk Song Club - Chris Cleverly Trio
SONG - Teignmouth Folk Club
Friday 28 February

Jimmy Ireland Support from Devon based folk inspired Singer-songwriter, James Saget
St Paul's Church, Starcross, Exeter, EX6 8PZ
Doors 7.00pm Start 7.30pm
Tickets £5.00 from WeGotTickets 

Join Jimmy Ireland on the first date of his spring tour!
Jimmy Ireland is a Devon based singer/songwriter who has a voice that can switch from delicate and fragile to rich and powerful with ease. Jimmy can be found performing at many venues and events across Devon. Some appearances over the last few years include supports for Ethemia, Tallulah Rendall, Tobias Ben Jacob, Greg Hancock, Jim Causley and the comedian John Bishop.
After moving from the UK in 2006 to the city of Mandurah, Western Australia where he spent the majority of his teens a keen interest in music led Jimmy to pick up the guitar in 2009.
He returned to the UK in 2011 where he furthered his career in music by performing on the local circuit in many venues across Devon and surrounding areas.
Jimmy began songwriting in 2013 releasing his debut solo EP, 'Bad Luck Boy' in June 2015.
As of June 2019, Jimmy successfully released the EP 'Silversands' reminiscing of his time growing up in Western Australia reflecting on themes including family, friendship, love and self discovery. The EP recorded LIVE at Momentum Studios in Plymouth featured local musical artists such as Paddy Blight, Garry Kroll, Fintan May and Rachel Hine.

Matthew Gordon Price
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
Matthew Gordon Price is an alternative folk musician who provides an emotional narrative, with an honest and heartfelt performance, hinting at comparisons to Damien Rice, Marcus Mumford and Glenn Hansard.
Rag Mama Rag
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 
Miranda Sykes: Behind the Wall
Matthews Hall, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF
Doors 7.00pm Start 7.30pm
Tickets £12.00+ from WeGotTickets
Building on the success of her Borrowed Places tour, Miranda is back with a completely new project: Behind The Wall. Where Borrowed Places opened a window into the past, explaining where she had been, physically & spiritually, Behind The Wall is a roller coaster ride exploring where we are going; Miranda, you, me, all of us. What does it mean to be human today, living in our communities and societies and where will our actions lead us? Powerful and hard-hitting but also poignant and beautiful, this show gives us all a chance to reflect and maybe even empower us.
Reg Meuross
St Katherine’s Priory, St Katherine’s Road, Exeter EX4 7JY
Doors 7.30pm Performance 8.00pm
Tickets £12.00+ from WeGotTickets
Hot drinks at the Twigg’s Gigs café. BYO alcohol.
For more information call Twigg’s Gigs on 07508 169 049 or email
Reg Meuross, acclaimed singer-songwriter and folking.com Soloist of the Year 2019, returns to the intimacy of the solo format after his Arts Council supported 12 Silk Handkerchiefs recording and full band show.
On tour now with new album RAW – a record that follows on from Faraway People and December to complete his ‘RAW Trilogy' of solo works – Reg will be performing new material at Twigg’s Gigs as well as songs of history, protest, love, loss and legend from thirteen previous albums.

A true troubadour and constantly on the road, Meuross has the gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, painting pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung. Masterfully accompanying himself on guitar, harmonica, banjo and dulcimer and captivating audiences with his beautiful tenor voice, witnessing a Reg Meuross performance is to experience a journey into the heart, soul and songs of one of England’s finest writers.
Steve Knightly: Pass Notes - The stories behind the songs
The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ
7.30pm
Tickets £19.00 - Box office 01752 892220. For more information and tickets go to website

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!

Saturday 29 February
Plymouth Morris' 50th Annual Ceilidh, with Dartmoor Pixie Band
Woolwell Community Centre, Darklake Lane, Roborough, Plymouth PL6 7TR
7.00pm
Tickets £10.00 (includes a pasty supper) Telephone 07837271769 or email
Go to website
Bar supported by Summerskills (Plymouth’s oldest brewery).
Reg Meuross
Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA
12 Silk Handkerchiefs solo special with special guests Julu Irvine & Heg Brignall.
7.30pm
Tickets £10.00 (Adults) £8.00 (Concessions under 16 over 65). For tickets and more information telephone box office 01803 415987 10-12 Monday -Satudray or go to website.
12 Silk Handkerchiefs is the story, told in song, of Hull’s Hessle Road fishing community.  In particular this is the story of fish wife Lillian Bilocca who fought an extraordinary campaign for improved safety at sea in the aftermath of the 1968 Triple Trawler Disaster, in which 58 crew members died, with just one survivor.

Reg Meuross brings a rare solo performance of his song cycle 12 Silk Handkerchiefs telling this story.
Accompanying himself on his ‘44 Martin six-string guitar, tenor guitar, banjo, dulcimer and harmonica the award winning singer-songwriter will also perform songs from new album RAW along with some old favourites.

The breadth and depth of his material is unparalleled in contemporary folk: songs about forgotten heroes, famous names, folk legends, the climate emergency, tales from the kitchen sink and news from the world stage; if something needs to be sung about then Reg Meuross has a song for it.

World Unlimited - 3 Daft Monkeys
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm - Start 7.30pm
Tickets from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
20 YEARS WILD…
3 Daft Monkeys will be celebrating an unbelievable 20 years of musical adventures, and would love to celebrate with you.  With a fiery helter-skelter blend of influences from East and West, 3 Daft Monkeys inject a unique wildness into their music, producing a symphonious cacophony of styles, Silvery vocal melodies soar above percussive global beats and rhythms, while passionate fiddle-driven tunes weave around animated guitar and bass, all presented with outstanding musicianship in their famously theatrical live performances.

This multi-award-winning live act continues to deliver dynamic, rampageous, powerful performances of their completely original songs with an endless energy and enthusiasm! With years of International festival experience in hand, 3 Daft Monkeys are guaranteed to whip an audience into a frenzy of emotions with every performance.

The band will be touring with their ultimate ‘best of’ set list, voted for by their dedicated fans, covering all their most popular songs both new and old, with an accompanying brand new ‘live’ album and merchandise.

 

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

Silvington
Slapton Village Hall
Tickets £10.00 to include supper. Details from Sue Staines 01548 581148.
Purveyors of both traditional and contemporary songs, multi-instrumentalist John Connor and Tricia Moore with her delicate guitar playing and clear voice are also prolific songwriters in their own right, and their repertoire rightly showcases some self-penned gems. Enjoy Silvington’s trademark vocal harmonies. Their latest album, Heva Heva, is curently available on Apple Music and iTunes, YouTube Music, Spotify Google Play and Believe Live.

 

Phil Beer Band
Exmouth Pavilion Esplanade, Exmouth, Devon EX8 2AZ
7.30pm
Tickets Standard £22.00+ Raised £24.00+ Box office hotline 01395 222477 - go to website
The Phil Beer Band performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil’s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock.

The highly popular line up comprises Gareth Turner, Steve Crickett, Greg McDonald, Olivia Dunn and of course, Phil Beer and promises to deliver a lively cocktail of folk, rock, country and blues.

The Phil Beer Band evolved organically in the early to mid 90s at Maisemore in Gloucestershire. It was a loose federation consisting of Phil Beer (Show of Hands) Nick Quarmby and Steve Crickett, all of whom lived close to each other, and melodeon player Gareth Turner from Northamptonshire. There was a need in the community for a band to play local events and ceilidhs and, following in the tradition set by the Albion Band (of which both Gareth and Phil were former members) the band always interspersed the dances with the odd song.

Basically, over a long period of time, it has evolved into a ‘Folk n Roll’ band with country rock overtones. It is the vehicle for Phil to return to the electric guitar and to have a good time with his mates. They look forward to seeing you!
Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman – On Reflection
Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm
Tickets £15.00 advance, £16.00 door, £1 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £8.00 under 18s. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500


2020 marks 25 years of making music together for Calstock Arts favourites Kathryn and Sean, one of the UK Folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships.

To celebrate this milestone, the couple will revisit and reinterpret songs which span their career. From the early days of folk supergroup Equation, to their 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.

Two times winners of the Best Duo Award in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

 

Steve Knightly: Pass Notes - The stories behind the songs
Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1SN
7.30pm
All tickets £19.00 Box office 01392 270891 (Weekdays 10.00 - 4.00) For more information go to website

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!

Exeter Ceilidhs - Home Brew
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