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Sunday 1 March
The Tangle of the Commons - Lisa Schneidau
Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
7.30pm
Tickets Full price (Support the artists and arts) £10.00+ - Mid Price (A bit cheaper if you need it) £8.00+ - Low price (Even cheaper if you need it) £5.00 from WeGotTickets To reserve tickets, email Further information from Ashburton Arts FaceBook page or Ashburton Arts website
The Tangle of the Commons tells the story of the British landscape and our relationship with the wild things around us, seen and unseen. Who really owns this place – and what happens if humans push things too far?
Here are some of the old tales, laced with history, ecology and a hefty dose of the ridiculous, to provoke thought and inspiration about the land we usually take so much for granted. Through story, we will walk the islands of Britain with peasant farmers, dastardly robber kings, magical rivers, malevolent fairies and disgruntled wildlife, starting in the Dark Ages and watching our landscape change as we travel through history.
Lisa Schneidau is a storyteller and environmentalist based on Dartmoor. She seeks out stories about the land and our complex relationship with it. Lisa is the author of Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland (History Press, 2018).
“Lisa captivates her audience, and makes you ponder whether the land always has a tale to be told and a voice to be heard” Beaford Arts on The Tangle of the Commons
“a book of folk tales tailor-made for 21st century environmentalists” Jini Reddy, Resurgence & Ecologist, reviewing ‘Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland’
Lisa trained as an ecologist and has worked in British nature conservation for over twenty years, in roles as diverse as farm advisor, lobbyist and conservation director. Since 2012 she has worked with Devon Wildlife Trust, leading the Northern Devon Nature Improvement Area programme.
Rosie Eade
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Rosie’s voice is likened to Kate Bush, Maddy Prior and Grace Slick, and her original music is inspired by the likes of The Who as much as Steeleye Span. She is equally accomplished within the acoustic-folk and old school rock genres. Her music is regularly featured  on BBC Regional Radio and she’s well known on the national festival scene having performed at Cambridge Folk Festival, Beautiful Days and Glastonbury's Avalon Cafe, to name a few.

World Unlimited - Elles Bailey
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm - Start 7.30pm
Tickets £12.50+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
2019 has been a hell of a year for the super-smoky-voiced, hard-working, far-touring chanteuse Elles Bailey.

On 8th March, she dropped her eagerly-anticipated second album ‘Road I Call Home’ to rave reviews, with the album charting in the Official UK Country Charts & Americana charts, gaining over 1.3 million streams since its release and reaching No.1 on the Amazon Blues Bestseller chart. Like its chart-topping predecessor, ‘Road I Call Home’ features co-writing contributions from high-calibre collaborators, including British hit-making legend and Ivor Novello Award winnerRoger Cook, storied Memphis and Nashville giant Bobby Wood, as well as Dan Auerbach(of Akron, Ohio powerhousesThe Black Keys) on the infectious‘Little Piece of Heaven’.

As a self-confessed ‘rolling stone’ -Elles genuinely does call ‘the road’ home. She’s continued her wide-ranging headline touring throughout the UK and Europe and was also special guest support for Grammy Award winner Mike Farris,Martin Harley, The Kris Barras Band and King King

 

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

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman – 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.

 

Regular events 1st Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor Andy Clarke
Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE 
7.45pm
To book tickets email
Monday 2 March
Coffee and Company
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
11.30am.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information
Enjoy an informal gathering for a coffee and a chat.
Guillotine Gals n Guys - Knit, Chat & Laugh
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
7.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

A friendly and informal group who get together twice a month to knit, chat and laugh. Some knit for charity, others knit on their own projects - it’s really all about enjoying the company of others. Crocheters are also welcome. Go to faceBook page. Go to FaceBook page.

Tuesday 3 March
 
Regular events 1st Tuesday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club Singers Night
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Aileen Wills
DANCE - Fraddon Folk Dance Club (Cornwall)
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - open night
Wednesday 4 March
 
Regular events 1st Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Meter Rite - Robert Blackborow
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club Bicknoller Village Hall
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 5 March
Bicton Folk Session
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
8.30pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Enjoy an evening of lively, foot-tapping music when local musicians get together for an open acoustic session featuring accordions, violins, guitars, banjos, mandolins, pipes, bodhrans etc. Anyone can come and join in, lead a tune or just enjoy listening to the amazing sound created by the performers. The session usually includes lots of jigs, reels, polkas, airs and shanties, but anything can happen!

Friday 6 March

Barn Dance with the Old Chapel Band
Northam Hall, Fore St, Northam, Bideford EX39 1AN
7.30pm
Admission £9.00
Bring and Share supper, free soft drinks, bring your own beer, etc.
For more information please telephone John Blackburn 01237 476632 or email

Northumbrian Small Pipes Weekend Halsway Manor
Saturday 7 March
Reefs of Moonshine
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Enjoy some very chilled music in the company of acoustic duo Reefs of Moonshine. Lisa’s angelic voice is beautifully complemented by Nick’s intricate guitar playing, creating a very polished sound. The duo will perform their own arrangements of popular melodic songs....drawn from the worlds of folk, country and soul music.

Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - Fundraiser Ceilidh
Harbertonford Village Hall, Woodcourt Road, Harbertonford, Devon TQ9 7TR
7.00pm - 11.00pm
£8.00; £6.00 concessions; £4.00 teens; Under 14s free.
A fundraiser ceilidh to raise money for Harbertonford community shop and post office

Sam Dowden A Gallery Gig
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
8.15pm
Tickets £6.50  
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Sam Dowden is North Devon’s solo singer song-writer, artist & loop pedal perfectionist. Expect an eclectic mix of covers plus his own material.
Jacob & Drinkwater at St. Annes
The Plough@StAnne's, Paternoster Row, Barnstaple EX31 1SX
8.00pm
Tickets Full £12.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
UK alt-folk duo Jacob & Drinkwater have been called “stand out new folk” by BBC6 Music and “inventive and thrilling” by R2 Magazine. Jacob's sweeping vocals never fail to captivate, delivering many a spine-tingling moment; the fluidity and precision of his finger-picking underpinned by Drinkwater's nimbly rhythmic double bass; at times sweetly soaring, haunting, percussive and driving, the layers of depth a perfect counterfoil.
Haunt the Woods + Guests
Cavern Club, 83-84 Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RP
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets £5.00+ from WeGotTickets
Haunt the Woods are an exciting Prog Rock band from Cornwall, with a sound incorporating an eclectic blend of soaring vocals, beautiful melodies and spellbinding guitar, combined with 4 part vocal harmonies and epic crescendos making the heartfelt and emotional lyrics extremely powerful. Their live show really captures the energy and essence of the bands love and passion for music and the true meticulous nature of their compositions.

Blending sounds from alternative, prog, folk and pop and channelling influences from the likes of Pink Floyd, Muse, Jeff Buckley and Radiohead, Haunt The Woods have crafted a distinctive sound, glistening with ambient swells and underpinned by expressive rhythms and masterly songwriting.

Followed by INDIE CLUB from 10pm

Rag Mama Rag
Membury Village Hall, nr Axminster EX13 7AF
7.00pm
For information telephone 01404 881408
Rag Mama Rag (Ashley & Deborah Dow) are a country blues duo whose repertoire of 1920s and 30s American music is wonderfully varied. Originally from the UK and now based in France, Rag Mama Rag have built a reputation as one of Europe’s finest Country Blues acts and regularly perform at major festivals in France, Belgium and Germany. The show is a feast for the eyes as well as ears; the stage will be full of great instruments including a variety of impressive guitars, ukulele, harmonica and washboard. When Ashley and Deborah pick up those instruments – boy, what a sound! Villages in Action

 

Sisters of Science (Wren Music)
Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter, EX2 4AZ -
Doors 7.00pm Start 7.30pm
Ticket Price: £10.00+ - Box Office - Telephone 01392 2771808//665885 or WeGotTickets - email
Singing the hidden stories of women scientists.

Three professional singers from Wren have recruited a women’s choir
especially for this performance.

In 2020 the show will tell the stories of women involved in science, technology, engineering and maths. Those involved in the project have found existing and traditional songs which follow this theme and have also written new songs to share the lives of women from
history - and from contemporary society - who have stories that you may not have heard before.

Third Annual Barn Dance with Stargazey
Churston Ferrers Grammar School, Greenway Road, Brixham. TQ5 0LN
7:00 pm.
£12.00 to include a choice of pasties and salad. For tickets please contact Robbie Clymo email or telephone 01803 698376) or Niki Bowman email or telephone 1803 666161
Even if you have never “Barn Danced” we can promise you a great fun evening. As previous years the music will be by “Stargazey”, with a caller to guide us through the dances. There will be a licensed bar serving wine, beer, cider and soft drinks. Our main beneficial charity for this event will be the “Torbay Holiday Helpers Network (THNN)” who provide free fun filled holidays to families who have seriously ill/handicapped children, or have suffered a recent bereavement.

Old Chapel Band  - Joan Holloway
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.

Phil Beer 
Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
7.30pm (Doors 7.00pm)
Tickets £15.00 from WeGotTickets To reserve tickets, email Further information from Ashburton Arts FaceBook page or Ashburton Arts website
Phil writes: “At the time of writing this (August 2019) I will have been busily engaged in finishing a large number of recordings to make up a definitive Box Set of songs and music encapsulating everything I do or have done in the last 40 years. There will be archive material as well as copious new recordings all in one package. The solo shows for 2020, which will be the last time I undertake such a large number of performances, will reflect this body of work. In addition, there will be a solo album entirely featuring instruments built by the late David Oddy. Very old songs, very new songs. So much to choose from after all this time. Look forward to seeing you.”

World Unlimited - The Leylines
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm - Start 7.30pm
Tickets £12.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
With a fiercely loyal and ever-growing fan base, The Leylines guarantee to have their audiences up on their feet – and they will be having as much fun as their audience while they’re doing it!

The band released their second studio album ‘Recover Reveal’, in March 2019. Starting work on it almost immediately after the release of their first ‘Along The Old Straight Track’.  Their second record was nearly three years of honing and crafting, with a number of tracks crowd-tested at numerous venues and festivals across the UK. The result is a collection of sincere, straight-from-the-heart performances, constructed with care, and played with passion.

The Leylines then took Recover Reveal across the country, before heading into festival season to play everyone’s foot stomping favourites from both their albums.

 

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

Northumbrian Small Pipes Weekend Halsway Manor
Northumbrian Small Pipes 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
Join us for a performance of Northumbrian Small pipes by experts in the instrument who are tutoring on the Halsway Manor Smallpipes weekend.
Sunday 8 March
Tim Royce and Steve Songi
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Acoustic guitar & vocals plus double bass - country, folk, blues and ballads - mellow to rocking. Tim and Steve stamp their own unique sound onto a huge repertoire ranging from Elvis to Elton, James Taylor to Jimi, Simon & Garfunkel to the Stones, Nick Drake to Dylan, and loads more too numerous to fit in here... Why be anywhere else?

Concert with Maggie Duffy and Bob Thomson
St Paul's Church, Starcross, Exeter, EX6 8PZ
Doors 7.00pm
Tickets £9.00 - telephone Alison 01626 890597
Maggie has been singing since forever and has supported some very credible names in the folk industry. Phil Beer is recording Maggie's new album and recently commented "Maggie is one of our most popular local artistes". Maggie met Bob 3 years ago and their pairing has led to a very successful duo and busy calendar. She says Bob's incredible guitar work and easy vocals and harmonies make him the most brilliant person that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Together they cover all styles from Maggie's own songs through to traditional and contemporary folk. Even the odd Dire Straits number finds its way in! Maggie also performs regularly at various venues around Torbay.
Northumbrian Small Pipes Weekend Halsway Manor
Regular events 2nd Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor Book by email
Monday 9 March
Coffee and Company
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
11.30am.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information
Enjoy an informal gathering for a coffee and a chat.
Tuesday 10 March

World Unlimited - Edgelarks
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
Born from the work of the duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, Edgelarks combine exquisite folk with influences as diverse as the blues and Indian classical slide guitar, to create a sound that is “Subtle, atmospheric and bravely original” (The Guardian).

The BBC Folk Award winners take their strong roots sound, mixing original songwriting with stomping beatbox harmonica, soaring fiddle and vocal harmonies, running wilder with each repeat play. A busy collaborative period has included work as part of the Gigspanner Big Band (featuring members of Bellowhead and Steeleye Span); and performing at BBC Radio Two’s Festival In A Day to a Hyde Park crowd of 50,000 –supporting Kylie Minogue! Now they are back on theroad with their formidable live show, making much more noise than only two people should be able to, taking audiences on a story telling journey around a new musical landscape.

 

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

Wednesday 11 March
 
Thursday 12 March
Open Mic Night
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
8.30pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

An evening of music from anyone who fancies performing in a very relaxed atmosphere. The monthly event has so far included a wide range of musical genres and given exposure to some very talented musicians, poets and singers. If you have a musical talent, you don’t have to book a place, just come along and play.

Regular events 2nd Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Jane Thomas & The More The Merrier
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
MUSIC - Brixham Blues - BBT2
The Old Coaching Inn, Fore Street, Brixham TQ5 8AG
8.30pm
Free.
Resident duo the Boal Weevils provide support for Nine Pound Catfish: Ian Gardner on guitars, mandolin, banjo and vocals, with Jane Gardner singing and playing washboard, bells, hooters, whistles and spoons. Their music is full of fun and whimsy, a heady cocktail of hokum, ragtime blues and old country music, mainly from the ‘twenties and ‘thirties. Floor spots welcome.

SONG - Totnes Folk Song Club - Steve Jenner will finish the evening.
Dartmouth Inn
8.00pm
A very polished performer well admired on the local scene This will be a great night.

Friday 13 March
Laurie Ward
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
8.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Charismatic musician/recording artist Laurie Ward never ceases to woo audiences with his crafted deliveries of popular songs from a massive repertoire covering virtually every genre from heart rendering folk to syncopated reggae and anthemic rock. In addition to a selection of popular classics from the 70’s to the present day Laurie will also be performing some of his own brilliant songs.

Frankenstein told by Ben Haggarty & Sianed Jones
Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter, EX2 4AZ -
Doors 7.00pm start 7.30pm
Tickets £12.00+ (ten £10.00 affordable tickets available direct from Cygnet Theatre) Box Office - Telephone 01392 2771808//665885 or WeGotTickets - Visit website - email
He's naked
He's angry
And he's on the run...

Enter a world of feverish dreaming, as storyteller Ben Haggarty, and musician Sianed Jones, embark on an intense monster's-lib interpretation of Mary Shelley's modern myth. Truly a story for our time, Frankenstein speaks of power unleashed; the responsibility of the creator towards the created, and our fear of the unknown. Expect wild song, steam punk and fast-paced epic storytelling in the hands of two master performers.

‘This is real storytelling’ HAY FESTIVAL
‘Powerful! Atmospheric!’ DURHAM LITERATURE FESTIVAL

Drawing on the original story, Hollywood’s cinematic retellings, Greek and Jewish legends, and pop culture, this powerful and startling contemporary performance combines improvised spoken word, vocals, bass and electric violin, to lure audiences into the imagined world of Dr Frankenstein and the monster he created.

Each major technological innovation that revolutionised human society has had an effect on the myths that support popular imagination. Mary Shelley wrote that the story came to her in a waking dream following days of confinement in a villa on the edge of lake Geneva during the summer of 1816 (a summer plagued with bad weather caused by volcanic ash from a major eruption in Indonesia); conversations about the experiments of natural philosopher and poet Erasmus Darwin (who was said to have animated dead matter), and an evening of telling ghost stories. She was 19 years old.

Internationally renowned for his playful, challenging and dynamic performances, Ben Haggarty tells his stories with infectious charm and deceptive ease. Composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer, Sianed Jones, has been variously described as having a voice like that of a 'wailing Welsh banshee', a 'soft seducer', and a 'passionate revolutionary'.

Originally a Guardian Hay Festival Commission and part of UNESCO City of Literature programme 2020. Presented by Artemis Storytelling in collaboration with the Crick Crack Club.www.artemis-storytelling.co.uk

Not suitable for under 14s
The Fountaineers Irish Music Band
The Country House Inn, 174-176 Withycombe Village Road, Withycombe Raleigh, Exmouth EX8 3BA
8.30pm
Billy Mitchell and Bob Fox
The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ
7.30pm
General admission £16.00. For more information and tickets and accessible seats telephone 01404 384050 or go to website

Two of the UK’s best known and loved singers - Billy Mitchell (Lindisfarne, Jack the Lad, Pitmen Poets) and Bob Fox (Warhorse Songman, Fox and Luckley, Pitmen Poets) are taking to the road together to tour their show 5 Star B&B throughout the UK. Their last tour as a duo was back in 2010 when their sold out performances earned glowing reviews.
Their individual busy schedules have prevented them from reuniting... until now and we are delighted to welcome them to the Beehive. And what a treat it will be. The duo’s ability to connect with the audience is immediately evident as they lead you through some of their favourite songs including original Lindisfarne classics and traditional folk arrangements of songs such as Sally Wheatley, Meet me on the Corner, Dance to your Daddy, Collier Laddie’s Wife, Big River, Galway Shawl and many more..

 

Peter Knight and John Spiers
The Flavel, Flavel Place, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9ND

Box Office telephone 01803 839530 or book online at website

Two genuine legends of the folk world, Peter Knight and John Spiers, are welcomed to the Flavel as a duo for the first time. Best known for their work in Steeleye Span and Bellowhead respectively, Peter and John first came together as an experiment at the Folk East Festival in 2016 where they performed a special “one off” show. The reception was astonishing and Peter and John decided to make their arrangement more permanent and touring together has now become a regular part of their schedule. This will be Peter’s third visit to the Flavel following two very successful shows by his band, Gigspanner.

Saturday 14 March
Balagan Café Band
Chudleigh Community School Hall, Lawn Drive, Chudleigh TQ13 0LS
8.00pm
Tickets adult £10.00, under 16s £7.00. availablr from Lynn and Chris Evans 01626 852553, or direct from Chudleigh DIY
From Parisian and American Jazz, the Chalabi music of Algeria, Tango from Argentina, Balkan folk melodies through to folk music of Western Europe, guitar, violin and cello. An eclectic mix of music for the ears, heart, and feet! See website. Licensed Bar. (A Chudleigh Community Project/Villages in Action event.)
Jess McAllister & Band Support TBA.
The Hourglass, 21 Melbourne Street, Exeter EX2 4AU
Tickets £10.00+ from SeeTickets
Impossible to classify, with her striking songs and appearance Jess McCallister walks a line that begins with Kate Bush and ends somewhere east of Lady Gaga.
She's appeared at Beautiful Days and countless festivals, and has also been featured by Bob Harris on his 'Under The Apple Tree Sessions'. A true original it's difficult to think of many singer/songwriters approaching her ability to mesmerise an audience. This intimate session sees her accompanied by Lucy Piper on drums and Matt Gordon on bass.
FOS Brothers
Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ
8.00pm
Tickets £10.00 adv from the Bridge Inn 01392 873862 or website
We are so excited to have FOS back with their wonderful Irish tones to celebrate St. Patrick's day 2020 after such an amazing night last year. Growing up in Belfast in the 70's the FOS brothers fuse an eclectic mix of their own original songs with traditional Irish sensibilities flavoured liberally with Floydian/Genesis/Horslipian spices. Their mix of drums, percussion loops and samples and soaring guitars and bass, delight Festival and Venue audiences and that ís even before they start singing! FOS Brothers will be performing as a 4 piece band during 2020 (with occasional guests).

Rainy Day Woman
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information
Don’t miss this amazing Exmouth based folk duo. Rainy Day Woman’s music is bright, light and effortlessly gorgeous. Hannah and Gabriel draw their inspiration from a wealth of alternative country, folk and bluegrass to create a sparse, evocative and unhurried, music with a magical quality.

Steve Turner CANCELLED
Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
7.30pm
Tickets Full price (Support the artists and arts) £13.00+ - Mid Price (A bit cheaper if you need it) £10.00+ - Low price (Even cheaper if you need it) £6.00 from WeGotTickets To reserve tickets, email Further information from Ashburton Arts FaceBook page or Ashburton Arts website

Dan Mackinnon - Support Stephan Nolan
The Alice Cross Centre Teignmouth TQ14 9BT
8.00pm
Tickets £10.00 on the door. You can reserve tickets by phoning Hugh on 01626 775517 or Email
We have managed to persuade Dan Mackinnon to be our Guest as part of his 2020 UK Tour. Blessed with a glorious baritone voice, a graceful mastery on guitar, and a hearty laugh that delights any room, Dan McKinnon has carved out his own unique, musical path. From early beginnings in the coffee houses, pubs and bars of Atlantic Canada, to yearly tours throughout the UK, Dan’s performances reveal an enduring respect for the past, tempered by a profound attachment to the present. His keenly observed stories and passionately delivered songs convey a deep inquisitiveness into the human condition combined with the rich heritage of the Maritimes. Go to Dan's website.

 

Stephan Nolan originally from Dublin is deeply steeped in Irish song and has guested a few times for us and he was a member of CELT.

The Fountaineers Irish Music Band
Old Picture House, Harbour Road, Seaton, EX12 2LZ
8.30pm
Billy Mitchell & Bob Fox
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
8.00pm
Tickets £16.00 To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Two great voices, impeccable musicianship, a set full of memorable songs and infectious good humour, the mix of material is sparkling, full of punch and beautifully executed. Their ability to connect with the audience is immediately evident as they lead you through some of their favourite songs including Lindisfarne classics and trad folk arrangements: Sally Wheatley, Meet me on the Corner, Dance to your Daddy, Collier Laddie’s Wife, Big River, Galway Shawl, Old Peculiar feeling and many more..

Maddy and the Chaps
South Devon Inn, Strand Hill, Dawlish EX7 9HR
9.00pm
Pre St Patricks night bash in Dawlish. First gig for a while expect to hear all our Irish songs and a few of our new numbers.
DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance Levriad (Jonathan Shorland and Liz Nabb)

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.
Levriad are: Jonathan Shorland on bagpipes, bombarde and pastoral oboe, and Liz Nabb on violin and bagpipes.  Jonathan is a very well known musician, having played with many great bands in the past as well as, more recently, Hen Gan with Peni Ediker.  Many of you will know Liz from the North Devon group and the bands Truffetete and Poisson Rouge.  The duo play fantastic music for dancing - mostly Breton but with a good mix of French as well - and a mix of traditional tunes with their own compositions.  Their musicianship and energy promise a great  night of dancing.

DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Jeremy Childs & Spinach For Norman
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
Sunday 15 March

Balagan Café Band
Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm
Tickets £10.00 advance, £11.00 door. £1.00 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £7.00 under 21s. £25.00 family (2+2) Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500.
Ranging from Parisian and American Jazz, the Chaabi music of Algeria, Tango from Argentina, Balkan Folk melodies, through to Folk music of Western Europe, The Balagan Café Band fuses these threads into a coherent sound that is both energising and evocative.  

 

Fire Exit
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

An afternoon of traditional jazz in the company of  talented jazz stalwarts Martin Nichols,  Bob King, and Charlie Hernshaw who will be performing a selection of beautiful, chilled jazz standards.

World Unlimited - Billy Mitchell & Bob Fox
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm - Start 7.30pm
Tickets £16.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
Two great voices, impeccable musicianship, a set full of memorable songs and infectious good humour, the mix of material is sparkling, full of punch and beautifully executed.
Their ability to connect with the audience is immediately evident as they lead you through some of their favourite songs including Lindisfarne classics and trad folk arrangements: Sally Wheatley, Meet me on the Corner, Dance to your Daddy, Collier Laddie’s Wife, Big River, Galway Shawl, Old Peculiar feeling and many more..

 

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

Greg Hancock, Alex Seel and Maaike Siegerist  "SONGWRITERS CIRCLE CONCERT"
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
7.30pm
Tickets Full £10.00 - Supporter £8.00  
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

"If you think songs should have meaning, this is a fantastic opportunity to explore the songwriter's craft with two of its finest artisans!"  Neil King, FATEA Magazine
Greg Hancock and Alex Seel are on tour in a series of Songwriters Circle concerts. The two award winning singer-songwriters take the stage together, alongside a third performer, and then take turns to introduce and perform a selection of their songs. This increasingly popular concert format offers a great opportunity to compare and contrast styles and techniques. For this concert, the mesmerising Maaike Siegerist will make up the circle.

Regular events 3rd Sunday
SONG -Folk on the Moor - Dan McKinnon
Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE 
7.45pm
£10.00. To book tickets email
It is over 8 years since this fine singer/songwriter graced the club with his presence. From Halifax, Nova Scotia, Dan has a rich, baritone voice, accompanying himself on guitar (although his first musical instrument was the French Horn!). A great storyteller, Dan's material has been heavily influenced by Stan Rogers but he has deservedly carved himself an international reputation.
Monday 16 March
Coffee and Company
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
11.30am.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information
Enjoy an informal gathering for a coffee and a chat.
Guillotine Gals n Guys - Knit, Chat & Laugh
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
7.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

A friendly and informal group who get together twice a month to knit, chat and laugh. Some knit for charity, others knit on their own projects - it’s really all about enjoying the company of others. Crocheters are also welcome. Go to faceBook page. Go to FaceBook page.

Beyond the Tune Halsway Manor
Tuesday 17 March
Beyond the Tune Halsway Manor
Regular events 3rd Tuesday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club Singers Night
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Jane Thomas - Fresh Aire

SONG - Bradninch Folk Club The McCrory Brothers support The Last Inklings
Bradninch Guildhall, Fore Street, Bradninch. EX5 4NN
Doors 7.45pm Start 8.00pm
Entry £6.00
The McCrory Brothers Dave and Sam growing up in Belfast in the 70’s were infused with the rich songs and music which emerged from the traditional to permeated mainstream music across the World.  Dave and Sam’s music fuses an eclectic mix of their own original songs with traditional Irish sensibilities flavoured liberally with Floydian/Genesis/Horslipian spices.  For this St Patrick’s night performance, they are leaving the usual four-piece band format behind to present their own heritage, going back to their roots of playing the clubs and festivals as a duo.  Dave and Sam are great interpreters of ballads, the old and new Irish songs with stories taking you through all emotions from hilarity to raw pain but more often leaving you spellbound. For more information about the McCrory Brothers go to FaceBook

The Last Inklings is a musical duo comprises multi-instrumentalists David Hoyland and Leonardo MacKenzie (also of the Ninebarrow Band). As former members of the acclaimed folk trio Kadia, they are rapidly growing a reputation for their live performances. Their songs are largely inspired by modern myths and superstitions with a wide range of inspirations including Carl Jung, Neil Gaiman, Alfred Hitchcock, and Edgar Allen Poe. With songs about people, creatures, landscapes, and legends, all firmly rooted in the realm of storytelling, the music is rich with intriguing ideas and creative concepts.  Their innovative sound focuses on cello, mandolin, and violin layered with vocal harmony.


Wednesday 18 March

The Trees
B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
8.00pm
Admission £5.00
Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
All female folk/soul/roots band.

Comprised of four fantastically talented singers and musicians, The Trees are; Alex Hart, Becca Langsford, Elani Evangelou, and Martha Nash.

Collectively they share their influences and experiences as one of the few all-female bands in Plymouth. The group formed in 2017, and have since gathered a large and loyal fan base that keeps on growing. If you’ve been lucky enough to see them live you’ll know why. The Trees’ sound is delightful, boasting beautiful, soulful harmonies, rootsy guitars, with infectious melodies and beats. It’s difficult not to be mesmerized by them. The Trees are clearly having fun whenever they play together. Their passion and love for music is palpable, resonating out into the audience and captivating them. Look around, and you’ll see bodies swaying, feet tapping, beaming smiles and wide and sometimes watery eyes.

 

Beyond the Tune Halsway Manor
Regular events 3rd Wednesday
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club Halsway Manor
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - The Dancing Keys - Jane Thomas
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
MUSIC - Blues night at the Lemon Tree (Open Mic).
Thursday 19 March
Acoustic Open Night
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
8.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Becky Brookes hosts her regular monthly evening of eclectic acoustic folk, country and indie music featuring a varied selection of singers and players. There will be some session playing, solo performances, poetry, shanty singing and who knows what else! If you sing or play you are welcome to take part.

Chris Wood
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
8.00pm
Tickets £14.00+ (£12.00+) Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website
In a world of soundbites and distractions Chris Wood is a truth seeker. His writing is permeated with love and wry intelligence, uplifting and challenging as he celebrates the sheer one-thing-after-anotherness of life. Tom Robinson and Chris Difford are fans while Stick In The Wheel and The Unthanks look to him as an influence. Winner of 6 BBC Folk Awards, he’s played with The Royal Shakespeare Company and was a key member of The Imagined Village along with Billy Bragg and Martin Carthy. A wise and soulful craftsman, his concerts are a cliche free zone.
Beyond the Tune Halsway Manor
Regular events 3rd Thursday
DANCE - Tavistock Folk Dance Club - Club callers
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
SONG - Bideford Folk Song Club - Sally Ironmonger & Brian Carter
STORYTELLING- Stone Soup Twisted Tales for Adults
Friday 20 March

Ian Bruce - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club - Support: TBC 
Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
8.00pm
For information and ticket enquiries email telephone 01392 210983 go to website or FaceBook

Ian is a very fine singer and songwriter from Scotland. Turned professional in 1991 and toured with Steelye Span. He has made many fine albums. As well as composing his own material, Ian is a fine interpreter of Robert Burns' songs. 
Ian formed a duo with Ian Walker in recent years and went under out under the name, The Two Ians. Don't miss the opportunity to see a performer with a great voice and great songs. Go to Ian's website

 

Chris Wood
Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm
Tickets £14.00 advance, £15.00 door, £1 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £8.00 under 18s. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500

In a world of soundbites and distractions, Chris Wood is a truth seeker. His writing is permeated with love and wry intelligence, uplifting and challenging as he celebrates the sheer one-thing-after-anotherness of life. Tom Robinson and Chris Difford are fans while Stick In The Wheel and The Unthanks look to him as an influence.

Winner of six BBC Folk Awards, he’s played with The Royal Shakespeare Company and was a key member of The Imagined Village along with Billy Bragg and Martin Carthy. A wise and soulful craftsman, his concerts are a cliché-free zone.

“Chris Wood might be the Ken Loach of songwriting. Very political, but at the same time full of compassion, and he grows sharper and more acute with each passing album. He’s good, quite probably the very best we have today, and we need him more than ever.” – fRoots Magazine

 

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

Shape Note South West website

Saturday 21 March

Bodstone Boys 
Witheridge Church Rooms, Witheridge.
8.45pm
(Withyfest Fundraising Concert)

Black Friday
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
For over a decade Black Friday have been playing their foot-stomping mix of high energy, home-brew folk across Cornwall, Devon and far beyond. Their music is influenced by their celtic roots and folk heroes, their catchy original folk-punk songs and take on folk favourites by the likes of Flogging Molly and Pogues will keep you dancing all night.

 

Whinwhistle Hill - Music for the Spring Solstice
St. Mary's Church, 9 High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
Door time: 7:00pm, Start time: 7:30pm
Tickets: Adult £10.00+; Under 16 £5.00+; Family (2 adults and 2 children) £25.00+ From WeGotTickets
For more information email; telephone 01803 864286; go to FaceBook page

Songs and traditional music on the theme of opposites and equals to reflect the end of winter and the beginning of spring.

Louis Bingham (cittern) & Phil Hogg (piano) combine rich vocals in harmony with resonant strings from Griselda Sanderson (nyckelharpa).


Los No Boss
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

The brilliant Los No Boss are a popular duo throughout the South West and well known for their highly humorous original songs, many about the West Country and the people who live here. In addition to their humour, the duo who write all their own songs, create a great sound and cover a plethora of musical genres.

World Unlimited - Never The Bride
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm - Start 7.30pm
Tickets £15.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
In the very heart of the notorious London rock and roll scene exists a whirlwind duo of female energy and ecstasy, please meet Never The Bride.

Their live performance is to be held in awe, purely in anticipation of the live operatic architecture they consistently unfurl upon their willing audiences. Having invaded venues ranging from The Royal Albert Hall (on multiple occasions), playing alongside Elton John at the Royal Albert Hall, Touring UK & Australia with The British Symphony Rock Symphony alongside, Roger Daltrey & Paul Rogers, Wembley Arena supporting The Who, Glastonbury Festival with Dame Shirley Bassey, Birmingham NEC duetting with Bryan Adams, Various with Eric Clapton, The Viper Room in LA and Euro-fests galore – to intimate spaces like The Green Note in Camden, Never The Bride have amazed and floored audiences and peer groups alike over their 25 years of service – these ladies are true rock and roll royalty.

Roger Daltrey broadcast “Nikki Lamborn has the best female rock voice since Janis Joplin and I know what I’m talking about, I knew Janis”.

The legendary Dame Shirley Bassey called the girls “inspirational”, and, on hearing Nikki sing their original song The Living Tree said, “I got goosebumps and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up”. Dame Shirley went on to record The Living Tree with the girls which then led to the Dame’s Chart Topping Album “Get the Party Started”, which the girls also produced.

Bob Harris from BBC Radio 2 referred to them as “one of the best live bands in Britain”; the ladies’ roll-call list is simply mind blowing – as are the stories the ladies readily share.

Their last album Long Live Live was recorded at The Stables Theatre, Milton Keynes, UK and introduced personally by BBC DJ Bob Harris, who said of the band, “I first start playing them on the radio Mid Nineties at GLR, (Greater London Radio). We became firm friends then and I was absolutely struck by their brilliant musicianship, their passion, their commitment, they really really mean it…They are one of the best live bands in Britain today.”

 

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

Greg Hancock, Alex Seel and Tobias Ben Jacob"SONGWRITERS CIRCLE CONCERT" 
St Paul's Church, Starcross, Church St, Starcross, Exeter EX6 8PZ  
Door time: 7:00pm, Start time: 7:30pm
Tickets £10 from WeGotTickets
"If you think songs should have meaning, this is a fantastic opportunity to explore the songwriter's craft with two of its finest artisans!"  Neil King, FATEA Magazine
Greg Hancock and Alex Seel are on tour in a series of Songwriters Circle concerts. The two award winning singer-songwriters take the stage together, alongside a third performer, and then take turns to introduce and perform a selection of their songs. This increasingly popular concert format offers a great opportunity to compare and contrast styles and techniques. For this concert, one of the UK's top musical artists, Tobias Ben Jacob will make up the circle.

Gittisham Folk Dance Club Saturday Dance Dartmoor Pixie Band
Broadclyst Village Hall
Book tickets here
Sunday 22 March
Darren Lucas and Friends
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Enjoy an eclectic selection of acoustic music from one of Exmouth’s favourite singer/guitarists when he performs some of the more unusual but interesting songs from the past 30years.

World Unlimited - The Trials of Cato
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
The remarkable rise of award winning trio The Trials of Cato on the UK folk-scene has been the subject of massive critical attention. Dubbed “The Sex Pistols of folk,” (J Davis) they pay clear homage to the tradition whilst twisting old bones into something febrile and modern, with stomping tunes and captivating stories, a combination that has taken them in three years from busking out of the back of their Transit van to a BBC Folk Award.

 

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 Sunday
SONG -Folk on the Moor Book by email
Monday 23 March
Coffee and Company
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
11.30am.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information
Enjoy an informal gathering for a coffee and a chat.
Advanced Nyckelharpa Halsway Manor
Scandinavian Tunes for Accordion Halsway Manor
Tuesday 24 March
Advanced Nyckelharpa Halsway Manor
Scandinavian Tunes for Accordion Halsway Manor
Regular events 4th Tuesday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club Singers Night
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Club callers - Pair Of Shears
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
SONG - Shape Note Singing in Ipplepen
Wednesday 25 March
Advanced Nyckelharpa Halsway Manor
Scandinavian Tunes for Accordion Halsway Manor
Regular events 4th Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Fresh Aire - Graham Barrett
SONG - Lympstone Folk, Roots and Acoustic
Thursday 26 March
Gypsy Dreamers
Village Hall, Buckland-in-the-Moor TQ13 7HP

7.30pm
£9.00 adult, £5.00 child. Telephone or text 07818 225511 or email to book
Bringing together 4 successful multi-instrumentalist singers who have performed all over the world, from Sidney Opera House to the Glastonbury Festival, Gypsy Dreamers presents a sophisticated and hugely entertaining mix of pop songs, Latin and jazz tunes, French chansons and originals in their unique style. “dynamic hybrid jazz-meets-classical project that explores tango, bossa nova, pop, jazz and world sounds via violin, cello and percussion.” Time Out.
Bicton Folk Night
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
8.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Shanty man Derek Brooks invites you to a traditional folk night, when a varied selection of singers, musicians and poets perform individually and as a group. If you sing or play why not come along and join in the session? Otherwise enjoy listening to a selection of lively traditional acoustic music.

Boo Hewerdine
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 
Advanced Nyckelharpa Halsway Manor
Scandinavian Tunes for Accordion Halsway Manor
Free Concert at the Crabshell - Rhillig - Silvington
Crabshell Inn, Embankment Rd, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 1JZ
8.00pm
Friday 27 March
Bring Your Own Vinyl Night
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
9.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Remember the local community dance where everyone got together to enjoy each others company and have a good jive? Well tonight the Bicton Inn will become a 21st century version of the ‘local hop’. Please bring along your favourite vinyls and Charismatic singer/songwriter Guy Somerfield who changes his hat from artist to DJ for the night will give them a spin. 

Ninebarrow Plus support: 'Ward and Parker'
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
8.00pm
£16.00 To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mark Radcliffe as sounding like ‘two halves of one voice’, by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of theBritish Isles.

For the first time the duo will not only be joined by cellist and long term collaborator, Lee MacKenzie, but also the extraordinary talent of John Parker on double bass and Evan Carson on percussion. With brand new songs and stunningly realised arrangements of some old favourites, The Ninebarrow Band promise something absolutely unique. Not only exceptional singers and musicians, Ninebarrow are also equally passionate about the stories behind their songs. An evening with the duo isn't just an evening of great music -it's also a night of history, folklore, and storytelling.

The BBC Folk Award nominated duo released their latest album, ‘The Waters and the Wild’ in April 2018 to widespread critical acclaim. It was awarded 5-stars in both The Morning Star and the English Folk Dance & Song Society’s EDS Magazine, and has received airplay on BBC Radios 2, 3, 6 Music, Wales and Scotland. Folk luminary, Mike Harding, has hailed it as ‘absolutely monumental’. It also reached no.2 in the Amazon.co.uk Folk Chart.

 

Gallery Bar Special with Julu and Heg
Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm
Free admission - donations to the band. Go to website for more information.

Julu Irvine and Heg Brignall have fast made their name as a fresh new duo on the south west Folk scene. Their harmony-rich songs are inspired by strong female characters in history, mythology and personal experience, creating evocative stories using vocal harmonies, guitar, flute and piano. As well as their captivating original Folk music, Julu and Heg play unique arrangements of traditional songs, all with humour and two beautifully matched voices. Both have been involved separately in other musical projects, gaining recognition across the Folk and popular music scenes through appearing on BBC Introducing and festival appearances at Cambridge, Sidmouth and Glastonbury amongst others. Their debut album is due for release in 2020, with the first single release recorded by Lukas Drinkwater. Excellent musicians, beautiful harmonies and a fresh approach to traditional music”-Tony Birch, FATEA Magazine

Phil Beer Band Rescheduled to 21.03.21.
Teignmouth Pavillions The Den Crescent, Teignmouth, TQ14 8BG
7.30pm
Tickets £20.00+ - Box office telephone 01626 249049 email or to book tickets on-line go to website.

The highly popular line up comprises Gareth Turner, Steve Crickett, Emily Slade, 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 Gloucesteshire. 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. The band has seen many members and many tours but has been fairly inactive in the last five years. That’s about to change!

Advanced Nyckelharpa Halsway Manor
Scandinavian Tunes for Accordion Halsway Manor
Sackpipa and Swedish Bagpipe Tunes Halsway Manor
Saturday 28 March
Bradley the Busker
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Brilliant singer/songwriter is guaranteed to hold you spellbound with his dynamic vocals and elaborate guitar playing. Bradley creates a  unique sound when he performs his own thought provoking songs with the essences of James Taylor or Ed Sheeran and the rhythmic qualities of Susan Vega.

World Unlimited - Kirsty Merryn
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm - Start 7.30pm
Tickets £12.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
One of the most unique singer songwriters on the UK folk roots scene, performing original and traditional songs on piano and voice. Kirsty’s music is heavily anchored in the folk tradition, with jazz and classical influences. She weaves a spell over the audience as she tells stories via piano-based songs with sharply observed lyrics, and delivered in crystal clear, soaring vocals.

In 2020 Kirsty will be releasing her highly anticipated second album, “Our Bright Night”; tales of the supernatural, the dying of the light and of the land. The album is produced by BBC Folk Award winner Ben Walker and indie emo-pop producer and performer Alex Alex, and takes full advantage of Kirsty’s pure voice and deft piano skills. There are guest appearances from folk legends Phil Beer (Show of Hands) and Sam Kelly.

Kirsty launched her highly acclaimed debut album ‘She & I’ at London’s Union Chapel in 2017 whilst supporting Show of Hands on their extensive UK Cathedrals tour during which she performed to over 12,000 people. Since then, Kirsty has been performing solo up and down the UK, and sharing the stage with many well loved acts, including Richard Thompson, who she opened for at Sidmouth Folk Week in 2019. ‘She and I’ received extensive air play including the Mike Harding Folk Show, national airplay on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show, the BBC 3 World Music show, as well as many regional BBC channels and international airplay, and won two blog awards for best debut album. It reached number 3 in the Amazon Folk charts and continues to receive great reviews from publications including The Guardian, The Sunday Express and many more.

 

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

Sackpipa and Swedish Bagpipe Tunes Halsway Manor

Devon Folk event - 2020 Music Workshop
Community Hall, Primary School, Lawn Drive, Chudleigh   TQ13 0LS
9.30 - 1.00pm followed by a Tea Dance  2.00 – 5.30 p.m.  
£10.00
Theme:  Modern Playford-style Dances
Booking Forms from Mary Marker   telephone 01626 854141
Tea Dance - Dance to the Workshop Big Band
Modern Playford-style Dances - Caller:  Jean Foster
2.00 – 5.30 p.m.
£5.00 on the door
Tea and Cake 

Exeter Ceilidhs - Chris Toynes Big Band Caller Sarah Clough
The Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7UE.
8.00pm - 11.0pm
£8.00 (under 16 - £4.00 under 10 free)
Teas, coffees & biscuits are provided (small donation requested), but there is no bar. You may bring your own alcohol if you wish. For more information email or telephone Jeremy 07969 297 633
Regular events 4th Saturday
DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance

SONG - Shammick Acoustic - The Carrivick Sisters
The Pack o’ Cards Inn - High Street, Combe Martin, North Devon , EX34 0ET
This is a welcome return from two very talented Devon ladies who specialise in bluegrass (or, as it’s Devon, maybe it’s greengrass) and old-timey American-style music. Twins Laura and Charlotte play guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro and clawhammer banjo – although not all at the same time! With traditional and original songs and tunes, and tight vocal harmonies, their virtuosity (and that word should never be used lightly) shines through, and there is no doubt that there is something very special about family members performing together. The Carrivick Sisters first started performing as a duo in 2006, turning professional when they left school the following year. Since then, individually and collectively they have won numerous awards, both here and in the USA, and played all over Britain, mainland Europe and North America, and released six albums to huge critical acclaim. Their music may be in an American style, but their songs are firmly rooted in good Devon soil. Come along and enjoy!

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 29 March
Ben Goddard
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information
The Lost Trades
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
6.30pm
Tickets £6.00+ Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website
The Lost Trades are a trio of Wiltshire based singer songwriters (Jamie R Hawkins, Phil Cooper and Tamsin Quin) who, brought together by a mutual love of folk and roots music, have pooled their talents to create a unique sound. Performing both collectively and individually penned songs, The Lost Trades tell their carefully crafted stories using an array of stringed instruments and light percussion, all lovingly stitched together with soaring vocal harmonies. An event for those who love intimate acoustic performances.
Stillhouse Junkies   
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
This talented American trio combines a wide range of influences including bluegrass, Western Swing, blues and more, to create an attractive groove-filled blend of American roots music. Born out of a longstanding residency at a distillery in Durango, Colorado, Stillhouse Junkies quickly became a fixture on the music scene of that state, establishing a solid fan base over recent years. They’ve met with increasing success over the last year, performing at venues and festivals across the USA and recording their third album Calamity, due for release in early 2020. Fred Kosak (guitar/mandolin/vocals), Alissa Wolf (fiddle/vocals), and Cody Tinnin (double bass/banjo/vocals) have built up an eclectic catalogue of fine original music alongside some fun and creative covers. Paying tribute to the remarkable diversity of the Southwestern USA, their songs run the gamut of human experience - confronting adversity in its many forms or imagining reality from the perspective of a small-town bartender or a lonely cattle driver. Combining outstanding musicianship with a lively stage presence, Stillhouse Junkies are sure to win many new fans on this debut UK tour.
Sackpipa and Swedish Bagpipe Tunes Halsway Manor
Regular events 5th Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor Louise Jordan
Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE
7.45pm
£10.00. Book by email
A third visit for this rising star, Louise is a singer from Salisbury, who has made a big name for herself, having performed alongside the likes of Ralph McTell and Phil Beer. A multi-instrumentalist (guitar, piano, cello), with a fine pure voice and a Masters in Human Rights, Louise has worked with such organisations as the National Trust and the University of Oxford to share hidden women's histories through song.
SONG/STORYTELLING - Tradewinds
Okey Folky - Singers, musicians, poets, step-dancers and audience members all welcome!
Monday 30 March
 
Tuesday 31 March
The Ciderhouse Rebellion - Whitehouse Session at Ashburton Arts   
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
Whitehouse Sessions brings an exciting new duo to Ashburton Arts. Violinist Adam Summerhayes and master accordionist Murray Grainger present their debut album UNTOLD.
"Gorgeous stuff" says BBC Radio 3 of this unique three track 50 minute improvisation recorded live in a single take.
Live performances on the album tour will be a mix of pure, magical, improvisation alongside the duo's take on traditional folk tunes (particularly from the North-East) and their own original material.
“Grainger’s accordion with Summerhayes’s fiddle is especially beautiful” (Songlines).
Adam Summerhayes has been described as a "Paganini of the traditional violin" (fRoots)
Regular events 5th Tuesday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club Singers Night
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Jeremy Child