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Page last updated on 4-12-2019
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Saturday 1 February
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
 
Regular events 1st Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor Tom McConville
Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE 
7.45pm
To book tickets email
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
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
Moonrakers Folk Orchestra Halsway Manor
Scandi Winter Weekend Halsway Manor
Saturday 8 February
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
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
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

SONG - Wadebridge Folk Club Special Guest: Jim Causley
Friday 14 February
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
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
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
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

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
 
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
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
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
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
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