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Page last updated on 19-02-2018
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Thursday 1 February
 
Friday 2 February
Kent DuChaine - the American Delta Bluesman - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 8.00pm - Full £12.00 - Supporter £8.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
DuChaine has shared the stage with many of the greatest Bluesmen & Blueswomen including Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker & Margie Evans.  DuChaine plays an 83 year old “National Steel” guitar kitted out with extra heavy gauge strings to be able to cope with his powerful playing style.

World Unlimited - Boo Hewerdine - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £12.50+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
Part of Independent Venues Week. As a recording artist, Boo’s first tentative steps came with the band, The Great Divide before the formation of his much-loved eighties group The Bible and a career that subsequently bloomed such that he is now in constant demand as a musician, songwriter, producer, teacher and live concert performer.

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

Widecombe Sailing Club Winter Regatta - The Old Inn, Widecombe in the Moor, TQ13 7TA
Judging from last year, a great social evening in prospect, with excellent food, and great entertainment. Daf says "...still lots of room for the Winter Regatta, hot dinner and stand up and sing. No pressure on anyone to perform, just come along and enjoy yourselves. £18.00 for dinner, pud, cheese, cuppa coffee, probably tea also available...". Contact Daf Edwards telephone 07957 280129 or email for details. Go to website

Phil Beer - St Paul's Church, Church Street, Starcross EX6 8QB - 7.30pm - Tickets £15.00 (+) from 01626 890957 or WeGotTickets
Phil is starting his winter tour at St Paul's, Starcross. The Starcross concerts aim to raise some money to keep the church going and make it a more viable community building.

Saturday 3 February
Kent DuChaine - the American Delta Bluesman - St Anne's Community Centre Paternoster Row, Barnstaple EX31 1SX - 8.00pm - Full £12.00 - Supporter £8.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
DuChaine has shared the stage with many of the greatest Bluesmen & Blueswomen including Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker & Margie Evans.  DuChaine plays an 83 year old “National Steel” guitar kitted out with extra heavy gauge strings to be able to cope with his powerful playing style.
Ceilidh with Dawntreader Ceilidh Band - Ipplepen Village Hall, Newton Abbot TQ12 5SB - 8.00pm - Tickets £10.00 to include a light supper. Pay bar. All proceeds to Ipplepen Community Hub redevelopment fund. To reserve tickets telephone Steve Major 01803 812084

Martin Simpson - The Flavel, Flavel Place, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9ND - 7.30pm - Tickets adult £19.00 under 18's £5.00 - Box Office telephone 01803 839530 or book online at website
Firmly established as a Flavel favourite and widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, Martin Simpson’s interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, he is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety. His many collaborators include Richard Thompson, Martin Carthy and Jackson Browne and he has been named BBC Radio 2 Folk Award’s Musician of the Year twice. There is no doubt that, after 45 years as a professional musician, Martin is better than ever.

 

Mrs Midnight’s Mythical MidWinter Ceilidh - St Matthews Church Hall, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ. 8.00pm - Tickets £8.00 door/£6.00 concessions or advance. Email or telephone 07789 714498 to book a place.
Bar, raffle, mythical pasties and a spot from Great Western Morris.
Sunday 4 February
Chris Wood - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 8.00pm - £13.00+ (£11.00+) - Seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website - Independent Venue Week

Criticised by an art school lecturer as having “a remarkable eye for trivia”, Chris Wood’s love of small things has made him one of England’s most vivid and arresting song writers. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables. Hollow Point is his chilling ballad of the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezez and Wood’s feel for the sheer “one thing after another-ness” of life allows us, for the first time, to see the event through the eyes of the victim.

Joan Armatrading presented Chris with the 2011 BBC Radio Two Folk Singer Of The Year award before inviting him as special guest onto her Autumn 2012 tour. They played 51 cities and Wood found himself eavesdropping on conversations from pound shops to tea rooms, army recruiting centres to hotel saunas collecting the poetry of recession. His response is None The Wiser, a fourth solo album to be released in Summer 2013. With humble hymns and sweeping statements from Alzheimers to William Blake, Wood lovingly takes the pulse of his homeland in what could be his best album yet.

World Unlimited -Nick Harper - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £12.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
Part Of Independent Venues Week. "Nick Harper has a quality that stands head and shoulders above anything else you are likely to encounter…The Verse Time Forgot from the new album 'Harperspace' is as close to a perfect song as you are likely to get." Edinburgh Evening News. To call Nick a superlative singer/songwriter could put his highly lauded guitar talent in the shade, and to call him a guitarist's guitarist might slight his distinctive, soulful voice and passionate songs. Not forgetting the wild ride that is one of his live shows - from personal introspection to biting political satire via a charmingly caustic wit that would make Groucho Marx proud. He often segues from his own compositions to well-loved covers he makes his own. 

World Unlimited is a voluntary not-for-profit organisation. Telephone 01803 875527 or email
Originally based in Birmingham, WU now regularly promotes concerts in South Devon. Go to website for more information

Regular events 1st Sunday
Monday 5 February

"Acoustic Warehouse" For more information - visit FaceBook

Tuesday 6 February
 
Regular events 1st Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Ted Farmer
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
DANCE - Fraddon Folk Dance Club (Cornwall)
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - open night
Wednesday 7 February
Local Records Acoustic Showcase - Velvet & Stone, Fly Yeti Fly, Mudskippers, Greg Hancock - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 7.30pm - Entry £7.00 recommended donation/pay what you want. For more information and tickets go to FaceBook
Exeter Local Records is proud to present some of the finest acoustic bands & songwriting from the area with a lineup of acts featured on their 4th compilation of 'Devonish' music. Velvet & Stone push boundaries with original songs that draw on personal stories and rugged folk landscapes: haunting harmonies blend with punchy pop hooks. Fly Yeti Fly weave songs and stories from their travels together with a sound reminiscent of the 60s folk scene. Mudskippers' genre defying combination of clarinet, cello, guitar & voice draws inspiration from modern folk as well as indie pop and punk. Greg Hancock is a songwriter guitarist who reveals his skewed perspective on love-gone-wrong and current affairs along the A303.
Tunelink traditional music and dance workshop with Griselda Sanderson and Louis Bingham
Regular events 1st Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Home Brew - Robert Blackborow
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 8 February
Becca Langsford and Alex Hart  - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 9.00pm - admission £2.00 - Free with B-Card - Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information.
Becca Langsford is a young vocalist with the rare ability to sing the blues with total conviction! She displays a deep maturity as a singer.
Becca comes from a strong musical background; her father played harmonica with Plymouth-based band ‘The Legal Eagles’ and her brothers are all musicians with direct links to blues and roots music. Being raised on the likes of Taj Mahal, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin has given her an early insight into blues, soul and gospel music. No stranger to live performance, Becca has been singing at concerts and family gatherings for as long as she can remember.
In 2008 she was invited to sing onstage by virtuoso blues guitarist/vocalist, Vince Lee and his band, The Big Combo.

Alex Hart is a 23 year old female singer/songwriter from Ashill, Devon. She released her first album "On This Day" in 2014 and has just finished her UK Tour with her band. Alex performs all over the country with her Taylor guitar and her west country - country sound and is picking up rave reviews across the country with regular air play from Radio 2 and national BBC radio shows. During the summer of 2013, Alex released a track with electronic duo 'Electronic Youth', a cover of Angie Stones' "I Wish I Didn't Miss You" which went to no.2 in the Music Week Dance Charts and was supported by Pete Tong on Radio 1. She was also lucky enough to have supported Turin Brakes at the Lyme Regis Folk Festival where she managed to pick up two record deals, one in the US (OK!Good Records) and in the UK (Right Track Records).
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 this relaxed atmosphere. The monthly event has included a wide range of musical genres from classical to pop and performances from solo singers, instrumental ensembles and poets. So if you have a musical talent to share please come along and join in.

Regular events 2nd Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Eileen Nightingale and Amycrofters
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
MUSIC - Brixham Blues - BBT2 Benny Guitar Carr & Stuart ‘Marshcat’ Cumberpatch at Brixham Blues - Brixham Blues, Maritime Inn, King Street, Brixham TQ5 9AH - 8.30pm
“This could be the last time – Maybe the last time, I don’t know”. The Maritime Inn is being sold, so this could indeed be the last second Thursday Brixham Blues session before a move to a new venue. Come along and savour the unique ambience of this traditional pub with Benny Guitar Carr’s driving rhythms and Stuart ‘Marshcat’ Cumberpatch’s melodic excursions into the world of the 1930s National steel guitar. Floor spots welcome, free parrot, optional hellhound.
SONG - Totnes Folk Song Club  - For the last thirty minutes or so Andy Clarke & Bruce Millar
Friday 9 February
Dave Ward and Malcolm Horton - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 9.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website

Enjoy an impressive double bill featuring two of Exmouth's most popular musicians. Singer/ songwriter Malcolm Horton will be performing some of his inspirational songs, together with popular pop classics and singer/guitarist Dave Ward play some popular stomping rock and pop  from the 80s, 90s and 00s.

Julian Piper Acoustic Blues Trio - Waie Inn. Zeal Monachorum EX17 6DF - 7.30pm (Doors 7.00pm) Tickets are £6.00 on the door
Got to website for more information. Support From Gareth Hedges. Invigorated by a recent trip to Chicago, Julian Piper hits mid devon for an evening of original songs from his album 'Terlingua', mixed up with some classic blues from Furry Lewis and The Mississippi Sheiks, along with rafter raising New Orleans rumbas. Largely acoustic but helping out will be Chris Billings on guitar, bass and dobro, along with Lucy Piper on percussion.
Ensemble Baklava  - 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.
“Sounds from across the ages, time and space. Half forgotten memories of lost worlds invade the mind. The pictures change, images are evoked…of a medieval pilgrimage, the lament of a troubadour for his love in a walled garden. Shimmering scenes emerge from under the hot sun. The percussion entrances the swaying image of a veiled dancer. Greek taverna, Turkish fasil, taximi…..musical images fuse and separate…“

With a unique combination of instruments, Ensemble Baklava blends the sounds of the oud, bouzouki, concertina, bagpipes, Middle Eastern percussion, mandolin, baglama, spiked fiddle, guitar, tin whistle and voices to bring evocative, stirring and lively music and song from the Mediterranean region, both contemporary and ancient.

Russell Harris, Nick Millington, Howard Frey and Julia Thomas perform Turkish, rembetiko, Sephardic, medieval and traditional Music melded with improvisation and original material for a memorable performance of timeless music.
Sam Baker - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 8.00pm (Doors 7.30pm). Tickets £15.00. Tickets are available from the B-Bar in person (daily from 11am) via the Barbican Theatre website or telephone 01752 242021.
Sam Baker’s music and story have been shared by some of the most prestigious media outlets in the world - NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous others. He is a true artist in every way, sharing amazing life experiences through music, story, and art. Baker’s story includes surviving devastating injuries from a terrorist bomb on a bus bound for Machu Picchu, Peru in 1986. Most of the passengers were killed, including the German family that he had befriended. His injuries required him to relearn how to walk, move, and speak. Baker released his first record, Mercy, in 2004, the first in a trilogy of song paintings with sparse instrumentation and poetic delivery. His 2013 release, ‘Say Grace,’ was named one of the Top Ten Country Albums of 2013 by Rolling Stone Magazine.
Harbottle & Jonas - Gallery Bar Special - 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 performers please. Go to website for more information or telephone 01726 879500.

Harbottle & Jonas are a stunning young Folk duo based in Totnes. Their varied set includes songs you’ll know, as well as their own compositions with a story to tell. They have received praise from Folk royalty including Seth Lakeman and Jon Boden, and have featured on BBC Introducing.

A busy schedule continues with them supporting Martin Carthy, Seth Lakeman, Ruarri Joseph and Maz O’Connor, amongst others.

World Unlimited -Martha Tilston - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £12.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
“Sharp, original songs that dissect the modern world. She captures both the harshness and enchantment of life” - Guardian. Martha’s vibrant upbringing was both musical and artistic. In London with her artist mother and theatre director stepfather, there was always late night piano sessions, Joni Mitchell or Leonard Cohen spinning on the record player and creative chaos everywhere. But in Bristol her singer-songwriter father Steve Tilston and folk singer Maggie Boyle (step-mother) influenced her musical ear. She would often find legendary musicians like Bert Jansch, John Renbourn gathered and singing in the family kitchen. It was perhaps no wonder that all these textures fed into her creativity and emergence of Martha as a powerful songstress in her own right.

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

House Concert: Sam Green - Hatch Court, Churchstow - 8.30pm - Return visit from slide blues guitarist Sam Green. Go to Sam's website for his story and his music. Donations on arrival. Contact Mark on 07730 921192 or by email for availability and reservations.
Saturday 10 February

The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Jim Watts - 5.00pm
Impressive country blues artist Jim Watts sings with a rich deep Southern voice which he accompanies with an authentic picking style on his vintage Gibson and Levin Guitars. His eclectic repertoire features modern and traditional blues, folk and country, with the songs from artists ranging from Robert Johnson to Townes Van Zandt.
Los No Boss - 9.00pm
If you want humour combined with some great music this is the band for you. Los No Boss is a popular duo throughout the South West and well known for their funny lyrics and catchy Latin style accompaniment. Many of their songs are tales of ordinary life, but reflect some of the humorous idiosyncrasies of life in West Country.

Bob Cheevers - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL - 7.30pm - Advance tickets £10.00 available from website or to personal callers at the Dolphin. (£12.00 door).
You don’t have to go to Texas to experience authentic country music - because we are bringing it here! Bob Cheevers is an exceptional singer/songwriter. His remarkable career includes writing over 3,000 songs, opening for Johnny Cash, winning competitions in Nashville and being awarded the 2011 Texas Music Award for “Singer/Songwriter Of The Year”. (How hard must that be?!). Why go home? – The Dolphin are offering a special deal. Dinner, bed and breakfast plus concert tickets at £95.00 for 2 in a double room (or £58.00 solo). Advance booking required email.


Richard Digance - The Not Bad For His Age Tour 2018 - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 7.30pm - Full £20.00 - Concession £20.00 - Supporter £15.00  
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Richard resumes as normal after his Golden Anniversary celebrations of 2017 with a series of dates doing what he loves best, telling stories, playing the guitar and singing songs. This year there's a whole new show having shaken off the nostalgic trip of 50 years last year.

With a BAFTA Nomination as TV Entertainer Of The Year and Gold Award recipient from The British Academy of Composers, he turned his back on show biz for his first love of music and live performance. 4,000 live shows, 62 British tours, 14 books, 3 stage plays, 32 albums and nearly 4 million YouTube visits says it all. He composed the audio book music for Bill Bryson’s best-seller ‘The Road To Little Dribbling,’ His Animal Alphabet poems, serialised by The BBC, are used as English Teaching Aids, in 14 countries from The USA to Swaziland,his guitar instrumentals are used on numerous TV productions. He supported Robin Williams at The London Palladium, and supported Steve Martin in The USA. On TV he played guitar with Queen’s Brian May, Status Quo and The Moody Blues.  Yes, after 50 years he's still doing what he loves.

Greg Hancock, Katie Whitehouse and Steve Jenner - Holbeton Village Hall PL8 1LW   Songwriters' Circle.
3 of the county's top singersongwriters will take it in turns to introduce and perform a selection of songs.

Folk concerts in Teignmouth - Tom McConville support Celt - Alice Cross Centre, 1-3 Bitton Park Road, Teignmouth TQ14 9BT - 8.00pm. Tickets £14.00 on the door/£12.00 if reserved in advance. Telephone 01626 775517 for advance ticket sales or more information or email  Visit website
A welcome return for both Tom McConville and CELT (support). Tom was born in Tyneside and he is one of the finest fiddle players in Britain and a grand singer and raconteur. As well as his solo work he has played with Barbara Dickson, Richard Thompson, Allan Taylor, Lindisfarne, Keiran Halpin, Dabhand, and he has shared the stage with Stephan Grappelli, Sean Maguire, Paul Brady, The Chieftains. Tom has a BBC 2 Radio Folk Award. “One of the greatest violinists I've ever heard and by far the biggest influence in my music” (Seth Lakeman). A world class act! The support band for this concert are CELT, a high energy but also sensitive Celtic Music band whose members have roots in Skye, Dublin and Swansea and their whistle player is also a fantastic Irish dancer. They are rapidly gaining an enviable reputation and a large following.

World Unlimited - Miranda Sykes - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £12.00+ advance from WeGotTickets, telephone 01803 875527 or email
Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ is returning to her roots. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she will be touring as she started out: one woman, one bass, and one guitar. Borrowed Places is a project that draws its inspiration primarily from the songs and landscapes of her native Lincolnshire but seen through the eyes of someone who has lived away for many years. The themes are not specific; the land changes, it grows, it shrinks, it adapts and it resists but most of all it lives and breathes.

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

Contra Dance - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB - 7.30pm  - Caller Jeremy Child music Chris Jewell. A monthly series of Contra Dances to recorded music. Cost £5.00 per person. Beginners welcome.  Soft drinks, tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. For more information visit website

Luke Jackson & Andy Sharps - St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Stoke Hill, Exeter EX4 7AH - 7.30pm - Tickets £12.00 from WeGotTickets For more information go to website
Luke is a  Singer/Songwriter from Canterbury, Kent, who in 2013 was nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and The Young Folk Category.  With a bold, distinctive voice and a sweet, percussive guitar style, Luke is a confident and captivating live performer. He was also winner of Fatea’s “Male Artist of the Year 2014” and again in 2016.
He regularly tours across Europe playing in France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany and in 2016 made his first visit to the USA to play at the International Folk Alliance conference in Kansas, and then returned again in 2017 due to popular demand, and at the beginning of 2018 he undertakes his 4th series of joint headline shows with Grammy Award winner Amy Wadge.
November 2016 saw the release of Luke’s 3rd full studio album, “Tall Tales and Rumours” to universal critical acclaim, which Maverick, in a 5 star review, described as “a brilliant, thoughtful album – Jackson shows talent beyond his years”.  Whilst Acoustic Magazine noted “Jackson has been compared to a young Richard Thompson and for once these are not empty words”.
In February 2018 he will be releasing his first live album, featuring his 3 different guises, as a solo artist, with his trio and as a duo with Andy Sharps, with whom he’ll be playing this show. Their luscious harmonies and Andy’s rhythmic underpinning of Luke’s songs creates a very special magic that makes every show unique.

 

Mad Dog Mcrea - Pigs Nose Inn Hall, East Prawle, Kingsbridge TQ7 2BY - 9.00pm. Tickets £15.00 advance £17.00 including shuttle bus. Telephone 01548 511206, go to website or purchase from the bar.
Mad Dog blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Early bookers can also book return shuttle bus from Kingsbridge via East/West Charleton or Frogmore
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Simon Maplesden and Jigs for Gigs - Willand Village Hall, Gables Road, Willand, Cullompton, Devon EX15 2PL - 8.00pm - Admission £8.00 - bring and share supper - raffle. For more information please telephone Marilyn Broom 01404 47200 or Zena Roberts 01884 253546 - or visit website
Regular events 2nd Saturday
Cornwall Festival Folk Club
SONG - Open night Shammick Acoustic

Its nearness to Valentine’s Day may inspire people’s choice of songs, poems, etc. so that there’s a little romance in the air! Open Nights are a chance for anyone and everyone to come and have a go, whether it’s with music, songs, poetry, stories – or in the absence of anything else, even jokes!  There’s no pressure to perform, although everyone is encouraged to do so, and if you do, you’ll find a warm, friendly and supportive environment in which to do so.  It’s also good fun – plenty of smiles and laughter.The evening starts about 8.00 pm, and takes place in the ‘museum’ at the Pack o’ Cards in Combe Martin, so no bar noise to compete with!

There’s no admission fee, although the pot is sent round for contributions to Shammick Acoustic’s expenses.

Good food is available if you fancy eating beforehand – just ring Chris & Debbie on 01271 882300 – as is accommodation if you’re coming from a distance.

Sunday 11 February
Guy Somefield - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website

Charismatic singer/songwriter Guy Somerfield performs his unique renditions of covers and original songs featuring his strident vocal and vibrant 12 string guitar and harmonica playing. Guy will be playing a mix of folk, rock and pop ballads together with some of his own brilliant songs.

Sarah McQuaid - Tavistock Wharf, Canal Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8AT - 7.30pm Tickets £12.00 - £10.00 Wharf Music Club - seated - Box office 01822 611166 - Visit website for more information and tickets.
“The precision and sophistication of the writing and playing blows me away. I am so glad to be involved,” writes guitar legend Michael Chapman in his introduction to Sarah McQuaid’s fifth solo album which he offered to produce after meeting Sarah at a festival where they were both on the bill. Recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ards International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland, Sarah’s also drawn critical praise for her voice (which has been variously likened to malt whiskey and melted chocolate) and her engaging rapport with audiences.

 

World Unlimited -Lisbee Stainton - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £12.00+ advance from WeGotTickets, telephone 01803 875527 or email
Due for an official release in early 2018, Lisbee Stainton made a stream of her album ‘Lisbee LIVE’ available on Spotify from 20th October regarding the new album, Stainton said, “I put together 'Lisbee LIVE' because I wanted to do something a bit different. I felt that to capture a selection of songs I've written, both old and new, in a stripped-back and almost vulnerable manner, would allow them not only to be heard in a similar way to how I approach performing my headline solo shows, but also to be heard as they were written. Listeners could perhaps hear them and discover them in a way they had never before.” Now based in London, Hampshire-born Stainton’s career originally started in 2007 when she became the first unsigned artist to play London's O2 Arena. Soon after, BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson discovered Stainton’ song 'Red', and his support subsequently led to Lisbee's music being playlisted by BBC Radio 2. 

In addition to releasing five studio albums (‘Firefly’ (2006), ‘Girl on an Unmade Bed’ (2010), ‘Go’ (2011), ‘Word Games’ (2014) and ‘Then Up’ (2017), Stainton has also toured with notable artists such as Joan Armatrading, Paul Brady, Gretchen Peters, Paul Carrack and Seth Lakeman - the latter being so moved by Stainton’s live performances that he invited her to join his band in 2012.

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

The O'Marleys- The Thirsty Farmer, Whimple, Devon EX5 2QQ - 5.00pm - free entry

The O'Marleys, Mac on Fiddle, John on Guitar and Adrian on the Irish Bodhran will be playing lots of Lively Irish and Scottish music to get those feet tapping. All 3 sing and have plenty of well known songs you can sing along to.
Irish Band The O'Marleys will be playing some lively Irish and Scottish tunes, a fun Sunday early evening.

The Tannerhill Weavers - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 4.00pm - Full £12.00 - Concession £11.00 - Supporter £10.00  To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland 's premier traditional bands.  Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies.  Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich musical heritage of the Celtic people.  These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better...yet continue to do just that.  

The Tannahills have turned their acoustic excitement loose on audiences with an electrifying effect.  They have that unique combination of traditional melodies, driving rhythmic accompaniment, and rich vocals that make their performances unforgettable.  Over the years the Tannies have been international trailblazers for Scottish music, and their tight harmonies and powerful, inventive arrangements have won them fans from beyond the folk and Celtic music scenes.  Inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame in 2011, they are firmly established as one of the premier groups on the concert stage.  From reflective ballads to footstomping reels and jigs, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits. 

 

Regular events 2nd Sunday
SONG -Folk on the Moor - Steve Turner - £10.00
From a long line of English concertina players and singers, Steve made a long overdue and welcome return to the folk scene in 2005. Often "under the radar", he is a fine arranger of traditional material and his understated style belies his talent and sheer quality of musicianship. According to Nancy Kerr, he has a "total intensive musical focus and a vase serious repertoire". Book by email
Monday 12 February
Ensemble Baklava  - Bread and Roses bar, 62 Ebrington Street, Plymouth, PL4 9AF - 9.00pm - free admission.
“Sounds from across the ages, time and space. Half forgotten memories of lost worlds invade the mind. The pictures change, images are evoked…of a medieval pilgrimage, the lament of a troubadour for his love in a walled garden. Shimmering scenes emerge from under the hot sun. The percussion entrances the swaying image of a veiled dancer. Greek taverna, Turkish fasil, taximi…..musical images fuse and separate…“

With a unique combination of instruments, Ensemble Baklava blends the sounds of the oud, bouzouki, concertina, bagpipes, Middle Eastern percussion, mandolin, baglama, spiked fiddle, guitar, tin whistle and voices to bring evocative, stirring and lively music and song from the Mediterranean region, both contemporary and ancient.

Russell Harris, Nick Millington, Howard Frey and Julia Thomas perform Turkish, rembetiko, Sephardic, medieval and traditional Music melded with improvisation and original material for a memorable performance of timeless music.
"Acoustic Warehouse" For more information - visit FaceBook
Tuesday 13 February
 
Regular events 2nd Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Mark Moran - Jigs for Gigs
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
Wednesday 14 February
The Eskies - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 8.00pm - £11.00+ - Standing - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website

Having been cast out, blacklisted, rejected and ejected from gentlemen’s clubs far and wide, five dejected cast asides joined forces in what was to be their own celebration of commonality.

Purveyors of music that meanders from sea soaked waltz to Italian tarantella, from Brassy funeral march-esque lament to weep along Klezmar knees up, from chain gang holler to rag time finger snap. Skipping through the dark side of anything that makes you want to dance, steeped in melodrama and usually with not a small amount of tongue in cheek.

The Eskies have brought this unique brand of folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty and swaggering stage spectacle to ballrooms and booze houses far and wide, sullying soirees and lowering inhibitions of get togethers and social occasions wherever they have ventured.

Regular events 2nd Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Gibby Swaine - Gill Spence
Thursday 15 February
Becky’s Open Music Night - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 8.30pm. Go to Bicton Inn website

An open session featuring folk, country and indie acoustic music hosted by Exmouth’s favourite balladeer Becky Brooks. Anyone can come and join in the fun, perform solo or as part of the group.

Red Rocks Story Open Mic - Upstairs at the Anchor, Old Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LP - 7.30pm
Come tell or read aloud your own work. Slots are 8 mins (about 1600-ish words.) Storytellers arrive at 7.00pm, first come, first tell. £3.00, £2.00 storytellers. Telephone 07834 194215 or email. This event repeats on 19 April, 21 June.
Friday 16 February

Laurie Ward & Friends - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 9.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Musician singer/songwriter Laurie is a talented young artist who has been writing and performing music since he was 7 years old. Today Laurie together with friends will be performing an eclectic mix of music from reggae to folk, raunchy rock to gentle ballads and of course some of his own brilliant songs.

SONG - Exeter Folk and Acoustic Music Club - Guest - Steve Turner - Support to be confirmed - Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX - 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). Information/ticket enquiries email - telephone 01392 210983 - visit website - go to FaceBook page.

Steve Turner is known as an excellent and multi-instrumentalist but particularly known as a pioneer of concertina accompaniment. He became prominent on the scene about four decades ago, then prior to 2005, took a 13-month gap to pursue stringed-instrument building business. Now back with a vengeance, he is proving himself to be as strong, accomplished and entertaining as ever. His material is largely traditional or based in the tradition with a sprinkling of his own tunes and songs. Visit Steve's website

Saturday 17 February
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 of which many can relate. His sound has been compared to artists such as Glenn Hansard, Damien Rice, Marcus Mumford and Paolo Nutini. His debut E.P'The Bird & The Tree', which was released on January 31st 2016 and reached the top 100 on the ‘Amazon download popular chart’. 2016 was a life changing year for Matthew, as he supported the likes of Beardyman, Lucy Spraggan, Phat Bollard and foundhimself on the same line-up as Craig David and Benjamin Francis Leftwich. Matthew also performed a ‘Live In Session’for BBC Introducing Devon. 2017 has been a growing period for Matthew’s music with the introduction of a full backing band which has performed on the main stage at Royal William Yard Festival supporting the likes of ‘Sound Of The Sirens’ and ‘Seth Lakeman’. Matthew is set torelease a new EP in 2018, which will include tracks such as ‘Vixen Queen’,‘Sweet As Stone’, ‘Numb’ and ‘Rivalry’.

Bicton Saturday Session - artist to be announced - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website

World Unlimited - Najma Akhtar's Five River - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £10.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email Five Rivers" is a musical journey that starts in India with the Ganges, to Africa's River Niger, to the UK's River Thames, on to Ireland with the River Shannon and finally ending at the Mississippi Delta. Najma explores the synergies that resonate with her Asian - British roots by connecting vocal expressions of unrequited love through the waterways of voice, poetry and music. Najma's music encompasses World Jazz, Asian Underground, Delta Blues, Psychedelia, Rock, Western Folk, Celtic, Sufi, North African Blues, Irish Celtic nuances and more. Her bi-lingual Indian vocals create a beautiful marriage between the East and the West that is utterly compelling.

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

Winter Ceilidh with Heart of the Wood Ceilidh Band - Blackawton Village Hall, Vicarage Road, nr Totnes TQ9 7AY -  8.00pm - Tiggy Saint’s new band. Tickets £10.00, U16 £5.00, includes a locally made pasty* in the interval and there’s a bar for liquid refreshment. Tickets from Blackawton Community Shop, The George Inn, email or telephone 01803 712159.
Gluten free or meat free alternatives if ordered before 15 February - email or telephone01803 712159.
Anthony John Clarke - Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge TQ7 4QE - 7.30pm - Tickets £10.00 advance from John on 01548 810806 or via the Silvington Facebook page. £12.00 door. Early booking advised, strong ticket sales already. Sold out
A welcome return to Kingston Seasonal Concerts for the genial Northern Irish singer songwriter. He'll make you laugh, he'll make you think, with classic songs like The Broken Years and The Only Life Gloria Knows. Saurday night in Kingston will be karaoke! Silvington are Tricia Moore and John Connor. They are building a significant following around South Devon with the success of their first album "Where the Acorn Falls". They will be showcasing material from their second album "Down the Line" as well as some well-known favourites.
Sunday 18 February

Fire Exit - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
If you enjoy chilled, traditional jazz you will love Fire Exit. Talented jazz stalwarts Martin Nichols, Bob King, Charlie Hernshaw, Paul Barnham will be performing a selection of beautiful, chilled jazz standards- perfect for a Sunday afternoon.

Tea Dance with live music and calling from Chris Jewell and Nick Wyke. Northam Hall, Fore Street, Northam, Bideford. EX39 1AN - 14.30 - 17.30.  Bring and share cake, tea and coffee provided. £5.00. Organised by Bideford Folk Dance Club.

Regular events 3rd Sunday
Monday 19 February
Richard Digance - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ - 7.00pm
The cost is £37.50 per person including a three course meal. The Not Bad For His Age Tour. Go to Facebook or telephone 01752 297604 fo more information. Sold out
Tuesday 20 February

World Unlimited - Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow plus Ewan Mclennan- St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £10.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
Kit & Aaron are best known as the virtuoso guitar and fiddle players from the band Sheelanagig, their live show is a musical journey through Europe, America and beyond, combining dazzling playing with a fine sense of musicality and showmanship. BBC Horizon Award winner, Ewan McLennan is a singer that can move audiences with his passion and pathos; and a songwriter for whom social justice is still a burning issue.

World Unlimited is a voluntary not-for-profit organisation. Telephone 01803 875527 or email
Originally based in Birmingham, WU now regularly promotes concerts in South Devon. Go to website for more information

Regular events 3rd Tuesday

DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Jeremy Child

DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club

SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - Daria Kulesh - The Castle, Bradninch EX5 4NN - doors open at 7.45 start at 8.00pm.  Entry £6.00 (accompanied under 18 are free).

Bradninch Folk Club will be welcoming one of the most exciting new performers currently making a name for herself on the UK folks scene.   Daria Kulesh is that traveller in musical time and space with her striking voice and strong Russian and Ingush heritage.  She has been described as “bold, exotic, impressive" performer. Mixing her Eastern roots with Western folk influences, she creates an original and exciting sound, full of passion and magic. Her debut release Eternal Child was described as “phenomenal” and her second album Long Lost Home has enjoyed rave reviews, national radio play and multiple awards in the UK and Russia, including the influential music website Laurel Canyon’s Album of the Year.

Rave reviews include:  "One of the most refined and enjoyable voices around" (Folk All); "Haunting and enigmatic" (The Times); "Grace, skill and emotional intensity few singers can match" (Sabrinaflu Folk Magazine); The Moon and the Pilot - "One of the most beautiful new songs of the last 10 years" (The Mike Harding Folk Show)
"So vibrant and makes one feel glad to be alive" (Art of Jazz)

From her initial contact with British folk music through singing songs in an Irish pub in Moscow she has embraced and been embraced by the British folk audiences.  She has toured with the award winning group, The Company Of Players, comprising the best emerging artists in the UK folk and acoustic scene. The group reworked the bard’s words and created brand new music in celebration of William Shakespeare in the 400th anniversary of his death.

 

In support will be Exeter based Ben Morgan-Brown who is making a return visit to the club. He is a singer songwriter making the right kind of waves or maybe ripples because his songs caress the mind and make you drift further in a way likened to Nick Drake. He has also been influenced by players such as Michael Chapman, Bert Jansch, Steve Gunn & John Fahey. His music combines open tunings & hypnotic guitar instrumentals with his gentle vocal melodies & lyrics reflecting on love, regret, memory & loss. He was artist on the month for the music website Laurel Canyon in January 2018 and has been a recent feature artist for Balcony TV.

To start the evening, will be the local band  'Fraich'Airs' with a mix of French and Breton music.  They are a popular band for dances and will be bringing their tunes to warmup an evening rich in heart told stories.

The Bradninch Folk Club in its many guises can be contacted on 01392 881105 or on Facebook 
Wednesday 21 February
The Beehive Acoustic Café. 8.00-10.00pm. Hosted by Terry Stacey. Everyone is welcome to come along and perform or listen in The Beehive licenced bar. Free of charge. Usually every other second Wednesday of the month. The Beehive, Dowell St, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow + Ewan McLennan - A Gallery Gig - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 7.30pm - £12.00 To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

A double header of outstanding folk form the British isles:

Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow are a Bristol based duo playing acoustic, folk and roots music. The pair have worked with many artists including Seth Lakeman, Afro Celt Sound system, Yola Carter, Mad Dog Mcrea, Sheelanagig and Roni Size to name a few but what unites them is a passion for folk music. They draw on their many influences to created unique arrangements of traditional song and tunes, as well as their own compositions. The live show is a musical journey through Europe and beyond; combining dazzling playing with a fine sense of musicality and showmanship.

Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow's debut album The Fox has been received with critical acclaim. It explores the relationship between fiddle, guitar and voice, using the fertile ground of the traditional music of the British Isles as its starting point. The product of decades of musical experience, the track listing combines self penned tunes and folk tales, all intricately arranged and heartfelt.

“Never a dull moment, with imagination firing throughout and an abundance of creative energy” - Living Tradition

Ewan McLennan has come to be known as a guitarist at the very forefront of his generation; a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the old style; a singer that can move audiences with his passion and pathos; and a songwriter for whom social justice is still a burning issue.

From a BBC Horizon Award to his performances on the acclaimed Transatlantic Sessions, recent years have been marked by numerous awards and accolades for his music.

Ewan’s most recent project entitled Breaking the Spell of Loneliness – a collaboration with renowned author and journalist George Monbiot – seeks to use music and word to open up the issue of loneliness. Their UK tour and concept album have received wide acclaim and been featured widely, including live appearances on BBC Two’s Newsnight, BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and BBC Radio 3’s In Tune.

Telegraph **** Guardian ****

'An Artist whose music lives and breathes' Songlines

Tunelink traditional music and dance workshop with Griselda Sanderson and Louis Bingham
Fairport Convention - Exeter Corn Exchange - Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW - 7.30pm (Doors 6.45) £25.00/£23.00 Over 60's (includes £1.00 booking fee). Box office telephone 01392 665938 - For more information and tickets go to website
Fairport Convention has been making great music for over fifty years. Credited with originating British folk-rock music, the band has been through many changes but the current members retain a passion for live performance. This year’s Winter Tour will feature a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and new material from their most recent studio album 50:50@50 celebrating their Golden anniversary. The concerts will also feature an opening performance by the wonderful singer / songwriter duo Winter Wilson, who have become favourites on the folk scene in the UK and as far away as Australia. 
Regular events 3rd Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club  - Chris Toyne - Simon Maplesden
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 22 February

Music at the Crabshell - Free Concert - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Rd, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 1JZ. Please be seated by 8.00pm.

Paul Reid

Mahrey and Phil Bethoud (Fiddlers on the Green)

Mystery Guest

Janet and John

Jess Vincent - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 8.30pm - admission £2.00 Free with a B-Card - Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information.

Vibrant singer songwriter Jess Vincent is touring the UK in Februarywith strong, new and infectiously catchy songs from brand new album, Lion’s Den. Jess's trademark subtle arrangements on guitar, baritone uke and harmonium,along with her uniquely soaring vocal have established her reputation as ahighly original artist with a growing following in thefolk/indie/Americana acoustic scene.

Bicton Folk Night- The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 8.30pm. Go to Bicton Inn website

Exmouth Shanty Man Derek Brooks invites you to join him and friends for a traditional folk night when a varied selection of singers and musicians perform. If you sing or play an instrument why not come along and join in the session? Otherwise enjoy listening to a selection of lively acoustic music which usually includes lots of jolly jigs, reels and airs.

Church House Concerts -Miranda Sykes - The Church House, South Tawton, Devon EX20  2LQ 8.00pm Tickets £10.00 telephone 01837 840775 or go to website
Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ is returning to her roots. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she will be touring as she started out: one woman, one bass, and one guitar. Borrowed Places is a project that draws its inspiration primarily from the songs and landscapes of her native Lincolnshire but seen through the eyes of someone who has lived away for many years. The themes are not specific; the land changes, it grows, it shrinks, it adapts and it resists but most of all it lives and breathes. With her sensational voice, and accompanying herself, Miranda interprets the soul of the land and takes her audience on a journey that resonates with us all, wherever we live and it is one you won’t want to miss.  
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Regular events 4th Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Rob Zikking 
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
SONG - Teignmouth Folk Club - Singers' & Musicians' Open Night. Free admission. All performers and listeners welcome.
Friday 23 February
Bicton Street Blues - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 9.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website

Enjoy an evening of music from the rock and blues greats when Bicton Street Blues recreate the authentic sound of the fifties and sixties. BSB is fronted by Exmouth bluesman Dave Gwilliam accompanied by talented multi-instrumentalist Olly Davy. Dave originally fronted highly successful bands Laughing Gravy and the Fourbeats and Olly has played in numerous bands including the Junkyard Angels.

Hooper & Mills - with special guest Clive Sheard - Broadhembury Village Hall,  Honiton EX14 3NG- Doors 7.30pm. Tickets £8.00 door. Telephone 01404 758103. An evening of acoustic blues. In aid of Citizens Advice.

Rebecca Loebe - Special Guest Greg Hancock - Matthews Hall, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF - 7.30pm Tickets £10.00+ from WeGotTickets
Rebecca Loebe is an Austin-based singer/songwriter who has spent the past decade on the road performing in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. Along the way she has honed her voice as one of the Americana music scene’s most exciting new songwriters and earned a place on Alternate Root Magazine’s annual listing of The Top 10 Female Singers in America. She is touring all around the world to celebrate the release of her fourth full length studio album which has been described by NPR’s Art of the Song as “Rebecca coming into full stride as a sleek, polished, rough-edged woman…The word seminal comes to mind.”
Church House Concerts -Miranda Sykes - The Church House, South Tawton, Devon EX20  2LQ 8.00pm Tickets £10.00 telephone 01837 840775 or go to website SOLD OUT
Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ is returning to her roots. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she will be touring as she started out: one woman, one bass, and one guitar. Borrowed Places is a project that draws its inspiration primarily from the songs and landscapes of her native Lincolnshire but seen through the eyes of someone who has lived away for many years. The themes are not specific; the land changes, it grows, it shrinks, it adapts and it resists but most of all it lives and breathes. With her sensational voice, and accompanying herself, Miranda interprets the soul of the land and takes her audience on a journey that resonates with us all, wherever we live and it is one you won’t want to miss.  
Saturday 24 February
Devonbird - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website

A lively session featuring original songs and rousing traditional jigs and reels. Through their songs Devonbird will tell you the tales of Devonshire witches, highwaymen, shipwrecks, murder and love. Nominated for the Southwest Folk awards in 2016, Devonbird has performed to massive acclaim at numerous prestigious folk festivals throughout the UK and their music has featured on radio stations throughout the world.

Keltia - Clifford Room, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter EX1 1SN - 8.00pm Tickets £8.00 (£6.00) For more information and to purchase tickets go to website or telephone the Box Office 01392 271808 (Weekdays 10.00 - 4.00)
The six musicians that make up Keltia have come from different musical backgrounds, but all share a love of the music and mystery that hails from the Celtic lands. This evening will be a celebration of songs, tunes and stories of magic, love and myth from and about the Celtic worlds from these shores and way beyond. As the darkness of winter fades, this will be an evening to herald the coming light and spring.
Plymouth Morris Men’s 48th Annual Ceilidh with Piping Hot - Caller Joan Holloway - 7.00pm - Woolwell Community Centre, Darklake Lane, Roborough, Plymouth PL6 7TR - Tickets £10.00 (includes a pasty supper), available through website or telephone Marion 07837271769 or email

Miranda Sykes - St Anne's Arts and Community Centre, Paternoster Row, Barnstaple EX31 1SX - 8.00pm -  £15.00 - To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with Show of Hands is returning to her roots. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she will be touring as she started out: one woman, one bass, and one guitar. Borrowed Places is a project that draws its inspiration primarily from the songs and landscapes of her native Lincolnshire but seen through the eyes of someone who has lived away for many years. The themes are not specific; the land changes, it grows, it shrinks, it adapts and it resists but most of all it lives and breathes.

With her sensational voice, and accompanying herself, Miranda interprets the soul of the land and takes her audience on a journey that resonates with us all, wherever we live and it is one you won’t want to miss.

DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Dartmoor Pixie Band - caller Sarah Bazeley - Broadclyst Victory Hall, EX5 3DX - 7.45pm - for 8.00pm - Adults 7.50, under 17's £4.00 - Bring and share supper. Tickets online or telephone 01404 813129 - also on the door but please note numbers will be limited.
DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance - St. Mathews Hall, Newton, Exeter EX1 2LJ - Deux Sans Frontiers with support Fraich' Airs - Doors open 7.15pm Dance workshop 7.30pm prompt, teaching Dans Keff. Admission £9.00 includes tea & biscuits. BYO drinks Free car park ,after 6.00pm, opposite hall.
Regular events 4th Saturday

SONG - Shammick Acoustic - Derek Gifford
Another previous Open Night featured artist, it’s a delight to welcome this mellow-voiced singer for a full concert.  Former teacher Derek, has made the most of his retirement to spend more time fulfilling his main interests in life, folk singing, wine appreciation and birding (of the feathered variety, I hasten to add!), which used to be confined to school vacations, starting way back in 1981.  Over the years, he has amassed an enormous number of songs, both traditional and modern, from a wide variety of sources.  He collaborated with Bury poet Keith Scowcroft, setting many of them to music, and also became known as a specialist in maritime songs, having appeared at the local Lancaster Maritime Festival for many years, then backed this up by working with singers Keith Kendrick and Geoff Higginbottom as Three Sheets to the Wind.  Derek also has numerous recordings to his name, most recently ‘Songs from the Past…Into the Future’ on the WildGoose label (on which can also be heard voices from Shammick in Tom & Barbara Brown).  Accompanying himself on guitar or bowed psaltery or just singing unaccompanied, a relaxed, laid-back and humorous evening can be anticipated, with loads of good choruses with which to sing along.


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 WeGotTicket

Sunday 25 February

World Unlimited -Caroline Spence - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £10.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email

While Caroline Spence may not look like one of the road-hardened troubadours of America’s past, with the release of Spades & Roses, the young songwriter from Charlottesville Virginia proves she is every bit as serious. Having won numerous songwriting awards from industry mainstays like the Kerrville Folk Festival and American Songwriter Magazine, and garnered nods and admiration from both Miranda Lambert and her fellow writers in the Nashville underground, Caroline has delivered a record to meet the expectation: Quite simply, 11 songs of gorgeous Americana that remind us of why we fell in love with the genre in the first place.

 

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

Westerly 5 or 6 - A Gallery Gig - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 7.30pm - £6.50 
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Westerly 5 or 6 is a core quartet based in North Devon who interweave vocals, guitars, bazouki, bass, fiddle, flute, whistle and sax with occasional percussion, to interpret tunes from the Celtic & Americana tradition.
Nigel Challis- The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website

Talented singer/guitarist Nigel Challis is a highly accomplished and popular musician/singer and a master of country/folk finger style guitar. He has performed at numerous festivals and venues throughout the South West to rapturous applause. Today Nigel will be performing a varied selection of very chilled out country/folk/blues classics.

The Moulton Brothers - The Bridge Inn, Topsham, EX3 0QQ - 8.00pm - Free.
The moulton brothers all born in exeter, will be playing lots of foot tapping and sing along irish and scottish music at the bridge inn, topsham. mac plays violin, mandolin and banjo, neil plays violin, and bruce keeps the beat with the bodhran, all brothers sing and sometime dress according to the song, lots of fun and brotherly banter to entertain you all evening.

Paddy's Whiskers - The Boathouse, Marine Drive, Paignton, TQ3 2NJ - 2.30pm - Fast funky folk to fight off that February feeling... entrance is free. Tables may be booked on 01803 665066. More information on Paddy's Whiskers website or telephone Andrew on 01803 520798.

Paignton based Irish/Celtic/American band Paddy’s Whiskers 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.

Fake Thackray (John Watterson) - support Maggie Duffy - The cafe/restaurant The Churston Farm Shop, Dartmouth Road, Brixham TQ5 0LL - Tickets £10.00 - are available from Maggie telephone 01803 855 961 or email or WeGotTickets

John is one very talented gentleman and relives the songs, stories and life of the genius that was Jake Thackray. The concert takes place just two days short of what would have been Jake's 80th birthday.

For the uninitiated Jake was, in his day, a daring and very different performer. Active from 1967 - 1991, his songs ranged from the touching and sublime - "Old Molly Metcalfe" - through to the ridiculous and highly amusing - "On again, on again" - also covering some suggestive and controversial subjects - but every one of them a gem.

John Watterson does them all proud. He is an engaging and endearing performer. Visit John's website

 

Regular events 4th Sunday

SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club - Martin Carthy and Eliza Carthy - 8.00pm - £15.00 advance - £12.00 on the door. SOLD OUT

The good Doctor Martin Carthy and his twice Mercury nominated daughter Eliza Carthy join forces to perform songs from their first duo album ever. Martin is a legendary ballad singer and guitarist who has influenced a generation of artists including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon while Eliza has been twice-nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and
is a multiple-award winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk awards.

SONG - Folk on the Moor - Edgelarks (Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin) - £12.00
Despite a new name and lots of new material, this talented pair will need no introduction to most of you. Winners of the "Best Duo" at the 2014 Folk Awards and with subsequent nominations, their originality, Phillip's phenomenal beatbox harmonica and slide guitar together with Hannah's fine voice guarantee a mesmerising evening's entertainment. Book by email
SONG/STORYTELLING - Tradewinds
Monday 26 February
 
Tuesday 27 February

World Unlimited -Henhouse Prowlers - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £10.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
While so many bluegrass bands go to great lengths to take the genre in different directions, the Henhouse Prowlers are content to just be really good at bluegrass. Tradition’s not a problem when you can sing and play like these guys do. That’s not to say the Chicago band is stodgy. They might wear ties, but they can tear it up.” ' If you've seen them before you'll be first in the queue'.

 

World Unlimited is a voluntary not-for-profit organisation. Telephone 01803 875527 or email
Originally based in Birmingham, WU now regularly promotes concerts in South Devon. Go to website for more information

Regular events 4th Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Mark Moran - Chris Toyne
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
STORY TELLING - Stone Soup - Stone Soup continues its Twisted Tales series for adults.
Wednesday 28 February
Tunelink traditional music and dance workshop with Griselda Sanderson and Louis Bingham
Steve Knightley - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 8.00pm - ££18.00+ Seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website  
In his highly anticipated 2018 solo tour Songs & Stories, multi-award-winning songwriter Steve Knightley invites his audience on a musical journey, charting the winding roads of his unrivalled career. The Show of Hands frontman (“One of the great English bands” – Peter Gabriel) showcases a set list peppered with classic gems such as ‘Cousin Jack’, ‘AIG’ and ‘Country Life’ with his inimitable passion and flair. And in a rare glimpse into the personal playlist of a songwriting legend, Knightley also pays tribute to some of his influences along the way, from Dylan to Radiohead. ‘One of England’s greatest singer songwriters’ Mike Harding.
Regular events 4th Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Jigs for Gigs - Jane Thomas
SONG - Bampton Folk Song Club - Suspended due to sale of pub