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Friday 1 March
Into the Marvellous: A night with Dr. Martin Shaw
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
Martin Shaw is one of the country’s best-loved storytellers and the leading teacher of myth of his generation. In troubled times it can be easy to fall into either despair or numbness, and it was a traditional role of the storyteller to rouse both beauty and vocation in such moments. To attend to the grace. In this electrifying evening, Shaw will bring myths that remind us of love, grief and the mysteries. He will also be talking about his new book, The Night Wages, a rumination on the vitality of ancient stories in modern times.
Ashburton Arts FaceBook page Ashburton Arts website
Others from the Other Side
Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter, EX2 4AZ
7.30pm
Box Office - Telephone 01392 2771808//665885 - Visit website - email
Storytelling by Clare Muireann Murphy. at the Ireland is a meeting place between worlds. Shapeshifters, gods, demons and fairies people the stories of this place. Allow Clare Muireann Murphy to guide you through a liminal landscape of grown-up fairytale, where the light is a little too bright and the dark is very, very dark… 

Richard Digance: The Platinum Tour
The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ
7.30pm
Tickets £15.50 advance/£17.00 on the door. For more information and tickets and accessible seats telephone 01404 384050 or go to website
2019 sees Richard Digance reach his 70th year, 52 of which have been spent on the road. Spend an evening with legendary comedy songwriter Richard and see for yourself how he has managed to retain the respect of fellow-performers and the general public alike. ‘Richard Digance is brilliant’ Bill Bryson. ‘A National Treasure’ Bob Harris. With special guest Eric Sedge. 

 

World Unlimited - Carrivick Sisters
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 Twin sisters Laura and Charlotte Carrivick are widely known on the UK folk scene and recently celebrated over 10 years performing together with the release of their ’10 Years Live’ album. Their years of experience performing all over the UK and abroad have gained them a strong reputation for engaging live performances, multi-instrumental dexterity (fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar and dobro), tight sibling harmonies and finely crafted original songs. They have a unique sound incorporating their musical background of American bluegrass and old-time but also being influenced by English folk lore, having grown up in South Devon. “Comparisons to Alison Krauss & Union Station would not be out of 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

Jacob and Drinwater - This Old River Tour
The Exeter Brewery, Cowley Bridge Road, Exeter, EX4 4NX
8.00pm
£10.00+ from WeGotTickets
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. Featured numerous times on BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music and lauded by their musical peers as one of the most accomplished acts touring the circuit today.
Saturday 2 March
Jim Causley & Jane Darke: Cornwall’s Native Poet 
Newton St Cyres Parish Hall, West Town Rd, Exeter EX5 5BW
7.30pm
Tickets: adult £9.00, child £6.00, family £22.00. Telephone 01392 851337 or book online
A screening of the 2017 BBC film, Cornwall’s Native Poet by award winning Cornish filmmaker Jane Darke about the life the renowned Cornish poet Charles Causley. It features interviews with important names in literature such as Sir Andrew Motion, Simon Armitage, Roger McGough and the sound track is comprised of settings of Charles’ poems by his relative, award winning folk musician Jim Causley. Jane will introduce the film, and after the screening will follow a Question & Answer session between Jane, Jim and the audience. Jim will finish the evening by playing a live selection of his musical settings of Causley’s poems.
Bridport Ceilidhs featuring Oxford Nags with Jane Thomas
Church House (St Mary's) Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW
7.30 - 11.00pm dance.
Some soft drinks provided; bring a bottle, bring finger food snacks to share, bring a friend “ bring two! “ and make a party of it!   Telephone organiser Monty on 01308 423442 or see website for more information
Exeter Ceilidhs - Amber Fire
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 0796929763
Sunday 3 March
Phil Beer - String Theory
Teignmouth Pavillions Auditorium, The Den Crescent, Teignmouth, TQ14 8BG
Doors 7.00pm - start 7.30pm
Tickets £15.00+ - Box office telephone 01626 249049 email or to book tickets on-line go to website.
Charming, disarming and exceptionally talented, multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer is something of a national treasure on the folk, roots and acoustic scene. One-half of award-winning powerhouse Show of Hands, Beer is equally as in demand for his solo shows. In early 2019 Phil sets out to share some of his most-loved songs at carefully selected venues across the UK. With the odd laugh thrown in for good measure, Beer’s flawless musicianship and rich vocals will leave you wide-eyed and wanting more.
Regular events 1st Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor - Moirai
Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE
Admission £10.00. Book by email
Jo Freya. Melanie Biggs and Sarah Matthews manage to create an orchestra and choir of sounds! Between them you get accordion, flute, fiddle, viola, guitar, traditional whistles, soprano and tenor sax, clarinet, bass clarinet and three voices. They present traditional tunes , haunting compositions and songs that will pluck at your heartstrings and they'll have you holding your sides with laughter. "This version of Moirai is destined for great things" (fRoots).
Monday 4 March
Acoustic Warehouse Music and Performance Club Featured Artist - Nine Pound Catfish
Passage House Inn Hackney Lane Kingsteignton TQ12 3QH
7.15pm
Entry is (as for a normal night) only £2.00 with Open Mic from 7.15pm - 9.15pm. Further information from Nigel Dee 07989 180091
Our Featured Artists will be playing a mixture of hokum, ragtime blues and old country music, mainly from the twenties and thirties. Ian plays a fluid and driving Piedmont style whilst Graham adds a Western swing flavour, flat picking his scintillating and jazzy chord progressions. He is also an excellent fingerpicker in his own right.
For more information - visit FaceBook
Tuesday 5 March
 
Regular events 1st Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Jeremy Child
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
DANCE - Fraddon Folk Dance Club (Cornwall)
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - open night
Wednesday 6 March
 
Regular events 1st Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Fresh Aire - Aileen Wills
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club Merrymakers (TBC) - Gill Spence (TBC) - venue TBC
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 7 March

Steve Knightley
The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ
7.30pm
Tickets £18.00. For more information and tickets and accessible seats telephone 01404 384050 or go to website
‘Roadworks’ Solo tour. Steve once again takes to England’s highways and byways to present ‘Roadworks’ – a show which builds on the success of his sell-out 2018 solo tour ‘Songs and Stories’. This is a stripped-back, one-man show that’s infused with wit, warmth and alchemy, beautifully illustrated by his trenchant songs of history, love and conscience.

 

Leveret
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. £1.00 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £8.00 under 18s. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500.
A unique collaboration between three of England’s finest folk musicians, Andy Cutting (button accordion), Sam Sweeney (fiddle) and Rob Harbron (concertina) are each regarded as exceptional performers and masters of their instruments. Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity. Leveret’s music is not arranged in the conventional sense and the trio rely on mutual trust and musical interaction to create new settings of their repertoire in the moment, with no two performances alike. Their playing is relaxed and natural, drawing audiences in and inviting them to share in music making that is truly spontaneous and timeless. 
Fiddler Sam Sweeney was the 2015 BBC Folk Awards Musician of the Year, directs the National Youth Folk Ensemble and is known for his work in Bellowhead, Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band, The Full English and his own Made In The Great War project. Melodeon genius Andy Cutting, a four-time BBC Folk Awards Best Musician, is a compelling solo performer and currently works with Blowzabella, Topette, June Tabor and Roger Daltry. Concertina wizard Rob Harbron leads the English Acoustic Collective summer school and is known for his work with The Full English (Best Group and Best Album BBC Folk Awards 2014) and Jon Boden.
Leveret’s music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new. Their most recent album Inventions features entirely original material that brings Leveret’s trademark groove, energy and intuitive playing to bear on a set of new tunes composed by the trio, three of today’s finest tunesmiths in the folk field.
Friday 8 March
Wren Music Her Story ‘Thread the Needle, Prove the Point’
Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter, EX2 4AZ -
7.30pm
Ticket Price: £10.00 - Box Office - Telephone 01392 2771808//665885 - Visit website - email

Marilyn Tucker, Sarah Owen and Amy Wilson (of Wren Music) return to The Cygnet Theatre for their fourth annual celebration for International Women’s Day. In 2019, the professional singers and community choir will share the unsung stories of women’s lives by exploring fabrics, with traditional songs of wool, lace and linen and contemporary works on factory life and community banners.
Wren Music is an artist-led folk arts organisation based in Okehampton. The mission is to work with music and culture in order to educate, inspire creativity, promote inclusion, and celebrate identity. Wren works with all ages, from early years to older adults, in a variety of settings, from schools to theatres and from the street to residential homes.

Mad Dog Mcrea + Special Guests
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
Doors open 7.30pm
Tickets £17.50+ Standing - £19.00+ seated. Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website

Mad Dog Mcrea 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.

It was at Glastonbury in 2013 (notably the Avalon Stage), the release of their Happy Bus video, take-up from national radio from esteemed folk such as Mike Harding, and others………. Matched with the unshakable dedication of their massive and loyal to the hilt, fan base – that Mad Dog Mcrea began to become more than just a very popular, West Country festival act; – whilst obviously killing it live – Mad Dog Mcrea, determined that their fans and media alike – should see them as serious and acclaimed recording artists too.

Mad Dog’s new album ALMOST HOME, produced by Sean Lakeman, is an album fuelled with the all the essential Mad Dog energy and antics that the band have become known for – Dave Podmore writes engagingly about Mad Dog stuff – as one might expect, all night drives, police car chases – Folk musicians, in particular have been playing tribute to the hero’s of WW1 of late – MDM are no exception, offering up their bone chilling song – You Can’t Find MeThe Sound written by Seth Lakeman includes beautiful guest vocals from Suzie Mac.

In constant demand and having played just about every festival and two-bit, jibe-arsed dive in Christendom, Mad Dog Mcrea are, in every sense of the word, a live, band – ALMOST HOME – encapsulates that – and so much more.

The famous purple happy bus is fired up and ready for action, and there’s room for you – jump aboard!

 

Saturday 9 March
Jon Boden & The Remnant Strings
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
7.30pm
Tickets Full £22.00 -Supporter £20.00  
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

In 2017 former Bellowhead front-man and multiple BBC Folk Award winner Jon Boden introduced the new big band Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings.  Supported by the release of the new album ‘Afterglow’, which explores stories from a post-oil world, the band have now toured to major venues across the UK withg material from the album interspersed with songs and tunes from across Jon’s career.
In spring 2019 Jon will be bringing the Afterglow experience to smaller venues with a cut-down line-up: Jon Boden & The Remnant Strings featuring Jon Boden (fiddle, guitars, concertina, stomp-box), Helen Bell (viola), Morven Bryce (violin) and Lucy Revis (cello).

World Unlimited - Merry Hell 
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
A joyous folk-rock explosion of melody, commitment, energy and above all, songs that will stay with you long after listening. Merry Hell is a band founded on the ever evolving Folk tradition – music made by the people and shared by the people. Though our hearts and souls are tuned to the songs which came before us, we bring you new words and music forged from our own experiences, from the lows and the loves of our lives. Our art is energy and our hope is unity. Our pleasure is to please: let the audience be the acid test and let the music speak for itself... 

 

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

DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Gill Spence - 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

Teign Playford - with Gwyn George and Jean Foster.
Rydon Hall, Kingsteignton, TQ12 3LP
2.30pm -5.30pm.

Mad Dog Mcrea + Special Guests - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 7.30pm - £17.50+ Standing - £19.00+ seated. Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website

Mad Dog Mcrea 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.

It was at Glastonbury in 2013 (notably the Avalon Stage), the release of their Happy Bus video, take-up from national radio from esteemed folk such as Mike Harding, and others………. Matched with the unshakable dedication of their massive and loyal to the hilt, fan base – that Mad Dog Mcrea began to become more than just a very popular, West Country festival act; – whilst obviously killing it live – Mad Dog Mcrea, determined that their fans and media alike – should see them as serious and acclaimed recording artists too.

Mad Dog’s new album ALMOST HOME, produced by Sean Lakeman, is an album fuelled with the all the essential Mad Dog energy and antics that the band have become known for – Dave Podmore writes engagingly about Mad Dog stuff – as one might expect, all night drives, police car chases – Folk musicians, in particular have been playing tribute to the hero’s of WW1 of late – MDM are no exception, offering up their bone chilling song – You Can’t Find MeThe Sound written by Seth Lakeman includes beautiful guest vocals from Suzie Mac.

In constant demand and having played just about every festival and two-bit, jibe-arsed dive in Christendom, Mad Dog Mcrea are, in every sense of the word, a live, band – ALMOST HOME – encapsulates that – and so much more.

The famous purple happy bus is fired up and ready for action, and there’s room for you – jump aboard!

 

Regular events 2nd Saturday
SONG - Open night Shammick Acoustic
Sunday 10 March
 
Regular events 2nd Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor Book by email
Monday 11 March
 
Tuesday 12 March
Shanty Workshop with The Exmouth Shanty Men
The Beach Pub, Exmouth EX8 1DR
8.00pm
Shanty workshop led by the Exmouth Shanty Men. Lead a song, join in and ask us about joining our crew.
Regular events 2nd Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Fresh Aire - Gill Spence
MUSIC - Bradninch Acoustic Music Club
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
Wednesday 13 March
 
Thursday 14 March

Nick Harper
Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ19 9AL
7.30pm for 8.00pm.
Tickets £12.00 - for information and tickets go to website

 

Regular events 2nd Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Aileen Wills - Ivor Hyde's Band
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels

SONG - Totnes Folk Song Club Nick Dow 
Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL
Nick Dow has been singing traditional folk songs for over Forty years. He has had a big influence on the folk scene and most recently award winning Jim Moray has quoted Nick as an influence, singing two songs from his repertoire and including one on his latest album. Nick is an acknowledged expert on West Country folk songs. Every song Nick sings has a story attached to it, and his gigs are as informative as they are entertaining. 

Friday 15 March
Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll
St Mary's Church, Belstone, nr Okehampton EX20 1RB
7.30pm
Tickets £8.00 advance from WeGotTickets £10.00 on the door
An acoustic concert with English folk duo Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll in the beautiful setting of Belstone church. This is part of their 'Beautiful Spaces' tour. Tea and coffee will be served in the church during the interval but the pub is right next door if you prefer something stronger! A percentage of the ticket price will go back to the church.
SONG - Exeter Folk and Acoustic Music Club
Steve Turner (Visit website) - 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. 
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Teignmouth Pavillions Auditorium, The Den Crescent, Teignmouth, TQ14 8BG
Doors 7.00pm - start 7.30pm
Tickets £14.00+ - Box office telephone 01626 249049 email or to book tickets on-line go to website.

Duos come and duos go… And some nurture and fine tune their art and watch it grow into something totally original, captivating and award-winning. Bonded by an unseen alchemy, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have entwined their professional and personal relationship into an enviable class act of imaginative songwriting and musicianship.

The Dartmoor-based husband and wife have twice won the coveted Best Duo title at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (2016 and 2013), consistently delivering assured, distinctive performances whether live or recorded. Over two decades of performance they have never been trapped in a groove – always bold and innovative, mixing traditional song arrangements with (increasingly) their self-penned material which reels from the bitter to the sweet, the wry to the sad, the political to the passive. across folk, rock, country and blues genres.

With ‘Personae’, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman present their landmark fifth studio album. It is an eclectic emotional see-saw of a journey, melding ten tracks of traditional ballads and their own self-penned versatile material. Once again Roberts & Lakeman have created an album by turns curious, thought-provoking, moving and magical – a complete cornucopia astutely delivered by one of the most intriguing, uninhibited and popular duos on the British folk scene. Most definitely not ‘personae non gratae’.

Saturday 16 March

World Unlimited -3 Daft Monkeys
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 Following a highly successful crowdfunding campaign in 2017, the band have released a brand new album which has received 5* reviews in both Rock n Reel and fRoots. The title track “Year of the Clown”. With their quirky and original approach to music, and their passion, intensity and sheer joy of life, 3 Daft Monkeys have gained themselves a large and loyal cult following. Their music is hard to pigeon-hole, mixing and crossing many musical genres from Celtic, Klezmer, Gypsy, Balkan, Latin, Ska, Dub Reggae, Indie, Rock and even a hint of Shostakovich.

 

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

Phil Beer Band
The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ
8.00pm
Tickets £21.00 For more information and tickets and accessible seats telephone 01404 384050 or go to website
A spirited fusion of friendship and musicianship, the Phil Beer Band delve into the back catalogues of Phil’s beloved country, rock, folk and blues influences throughout the years to create their infectious and unique ‘folk n roll’ sound. Throw in Phil’s blistering guitar solos, a healthy seasoning of lively tunes and banter plus a pint or three, and you know you’re in for a cracking night. Completing Phil’s line up are Gareth Turner (melodeons), Olivia Dunn (fiddles), Emily Slade (guitar, vocals), Greg McDonald (bass, vocals) and Steve Crickett (drums). 
The O'Marleys
The Oddfellows, 60 New North Road, Exeter, Devon EX4 4EP
8.00pm - 10.00pm
Free
Irish band The O'Marleys will be playing lots of lively Irish and Scottish music at Oddfellows. Celebrating St Patricks day a day early. Expert fiddler Mac racing away with fast Jigs, Io on BANJO, John on guitar, all 3 will be singing their hearts out with sing along Irish songs.
Celebrating St Patrick's day, Irish band The O'Marleys will be playing lots of lively Irish music
Sunday 17 March

World Unlimited - Jake Morrell
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 Jake Morrell could have come straight out of Nashville, or even from the Californian sunshine, as his music suggests; but Jake is from Norfolk, England! Jake was ‘discovered’ by Dermot O’Leary, who featured him on his Radio 2 Show. One influential listener just so happened to be Glastonbury boss Emily Eavis, who immediately asked Jake to perform at the iconic festival. Jake's debut single reached No.2 in the iTunes country charts on the first day of release.

 

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 Sunday
SONG -Folk on the Moor Martyn Wyndham Read
Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE
7.45pm
£10.00. Book by email
After an absence of over 3 years, it's great to welcome back this fine singer/guitarist. With over 40 years experience on the folk scene and originally from Sussex. Martyn spent many years working and travelling in australia. He brings a fine, distinctive voice and excellent guitar technique to his interpretations of bush songs and (often hilarious) poems. He also admires and sings material from many English songwriters and has over 30 albums to his credit. 
Monday 18 March
Eliza Acty
Bread and Roses, 62 Ebrington Street, Plymouth PL4 9AF
8.30pm
With her unique vocal style, singer and musician Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time and contemporary songs that spans over a century of music.
Tuesday 19 March
 
Wednesday 20 March
 
Regular events 3rd Wednesday
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club - Band TBC - Ted Farmer - Venue TBC
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Meter Rite - Graham Knight
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
OPEN MIC - Blues Night at the Oystercatcher’s  Cafe
Thursday 21 March

Eddie Martin
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

Regular events 3rd Thursday
DANCE - Tavistock Folk Dance Club - Club callers
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
MUSIC - Brixham Blues - BBT2
Friday 22 March
Mae Karthauser Trio
Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
7.00pm
Tickets £10.00+ Concessions £8.00+WeGotTickets
Mae is a British songwriter with a rich, acrobatic voice and a distinctive circusesque piano style. Raised in a musical family and one of seven children, she began learning piano, violin and singing as a child, before going on to study at Dartington College of Arts and California Institute of the Arts in LA. Her training began classically, but quickly spread to music spanning Eastern Europe, Bulgaria, Africa, North India and Java as well as in jazz, folk and more popular modern styles. Support: brilliant Bert Miller! Presented by The Whitehouse Sessions. 

Ashburton Arts FaceBook page Ashburton Arts website
Jim Causley & Bill Murray
Cafe on the Green, Widecombe, TQ13 7TA

Jim Causley and Bill Murray come to Widecombe for a proper Sailing Club doo on March 22nd 2019. This is going to be a ground-breaking gig for us as, for the first time, we're going to be in the Cafe on the Green on a Friday evening. Hells bells!!! Can you stand the excitement?

Jim Causley is known to many of us (if not all of us) partly because he's a lovely local chappy, based in South Zeal, and therefore performs a lot in our part of the country (including at Widecombe Fair) but mainly because he came to the Sailing Club in December 2016. Everybody loved his show so we decided to ask him back and this time, we asked Bill to come along as well.

Bill Murray has been singing songs from the northern slopes of Dartmoor for over fifty years. Songs about country life, most of them humorous, learnt from older generations of singers at get-togethers in village halls, fairs and inns. Songs like Widecombe Fair, Tavystock Goozie Vayre, The Bellringing and Down ‘pon Ole Dartmoor. He is a founder member of The Dartmoor Folk Festival and plays many of the old dance tunes on the English concertina at pub sessions all over the Moor. He also recites many very funny dialect stories and anecdotes from Devonshire and beyond that he has gathered over the years, from various sources. He has performed many times on television and radio as a singer, musician and storyteller, as well as at Widecombe Fair with Jim.
Regular events 4th Friday
SONG - Exeter Folk and Acoustic Music Club - next week this month
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Plus level
Saturday 23 March
Nick Harper: 58 Fordwych Road
Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm
Tickets £12.00 advance, £13.00 door, £1 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £8.00 under 21s. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500
A new show that centres around a small flat in Kilburn, London in the mid-1960s. Then the abode of up-and-coming singer-songwriter Roy Harper and his wife, the flat was an after hours hangout for the legends who played in Soho at the height of the acoustic explosion in swingin’ 60s London. Bert Jansch, Davy Graham, John Renbourn, Paul Simon, Marc Bolan, Sandy Denny and others dropped in to drop out, jam and try new tunes. Also there was a toddler, inhaling the music and absorbing the vibe – Roy’s young son. Nick later carved out his own musical career and in this unique one-off show he plays tribute to the time, the place and the music that became the centre of everything for him and the rest of his ‘family’. The first half will see Nick delve into the songs he heard direct from the greats when growing up. In the second half Nick will trace the journey of how these luminary figures’ music evolved and helped shape popular music beyond the 60s. 

World Unlimited -The Brass Funkeys
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 The Brass Funkeys draw from the traditions of New Orleans with skilled musicianship, rolling from spirited second line revelry to soulful jazz funeral marches and pumping brass driven funk. Reggae, DnB, gypsy, swing and Latin influences are exposed in an eclectic live show revealing a band bursting at the seams with ideas and infectious energy."

 

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Originally based in Birmingham, WU now regularly promotes concerts in South Devon. Go to website for more information

Urban Folk Quartet
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
7.30pm
Tickets £13.00+ (£11.00+) - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

The Urban Folk Quartet’s distinguishing features have much less to do with the traditional idea of genre. Yes, this is fiddle-led music that draws heavily from celtic dance forms and traditional song but from there on in it is unlike any folk band you have ever heard. Just as English country dance unassumingly met with big band jazz musicianship in the mid 20th century, The UFQ’s approach to the folk ethos is to embrace any and every influence that genuinely makes sense of their time and place and makes sense in their music. From funk grooves to middle-eastern melodies, afrobeat to north Indian rhythms.

The first of those phenomenal fiddlers is Galician Paloma Trigás, who has shared stages and recorded with with the likes of The Chieftains, Sharon Shannon and Altan, during her tenure touring the stadiums of the world with Spain’s biggest folk star, Carlos Nuñez. The second is Joe Broughton (Albion Band, Bellowhead, Joss Stone) long established on the folk scene as the fieriest English fiddler and showman of his generation. Also an exceptional guitarist and mandolin player, in UFQ Joe deftly shares multi-instrumentalist duties (often mid-song) with Dan Walsh. Touted as one of the finest banjo players in the country as well as a gifted singer and guitarist, Dan (Seth Lakeman Band, The Levellers, Walsh & Pound) joined UFQ in 2014, as guitarist, oud player and founding member Frank Moon stepped out of touring life. The lineup is completed by Tom Chapman, widely considered to be the most accomplished and innovative cajonero the UK has to offer.

Since then UFQ’s trail has blazed across the world, playing everything from secluded coves to 30,000 capacity festival fields, igniting audiences and winning them a devoted fan base from The Bay of Biscay to edge of The North Pacific. UFQ‘s cross-genre appeal sees them occupying a singular position, crossing scenes and continents and sharing bills with the most eclectic range of artists. It only gets wilder…

DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance
Steve Turner and David Faulkner
St Matthew's Hall, Newtown, Exeter  EX1 2LJ. 
There is a large public car park across the road which is free after 6.00pm. Doors open at 7.15pm and we will start with some dance tuition at 7.30pm, followed by the first band at around 8.00pm.
Admission £9.00 which includes tea and biscuits.
No partner is needed for many of the dances and beginners are always welcome.
Exeter Ceilidhs - Dartmoor Pixie Band
The Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7UE.
8.00pm - 11.0pm
Admission £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 0796929763
Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham SOLD OUT
Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes.
Doors 7.15pm for 8.00pm start.
All tickets: £18.00 - for ticket information go to website
A rare opportunity in the South-West to catch two of the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear. Having toured together since 1986 to packed concert halls all over the world, multi-award-winning Aly & Phil continue to charm audiences with their stunning music, and on-stage charisma that defies description. Witty and humorous banter sits alongside tunes that tug the heartstrings, and joyous reels and melodies that have feet tapping along. Aly (MBE and Doctor of Music), a founder member of Boys of the Lough, is rightly regarded as Scotland's supreme fiddler- arguably the finest of all time. Aly launched the popular BBC TV series ‘Transatlantic Sessions’ in which he and Phil appear. Phil (MBE) is a world famous accordion player and composer. In recent years Phil's work-load has included many commissions for TV and film and an increasing amount of work as musical director for television and theatrical events.
Regular events 4th Saturday
DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance

SONG - Shammick Acoustic - Granny’s Attic

Admission on guest nights £8.00 (£7.00 if bought in advance) ~ and members of Shammick Acoustic get a further reduction, priced at £7.00 (£6.00 if bought in advance). PLEASE NOTE: ‘paid in advance’ means paid, it doesn’t mean ‘reserved in advance’. Advance tickets can be bought up to a month before the event at Shammick Acoustic Sessions, OR at The Pack O’ Cards OR at Pet's Pantry in Combe Martin High Street. Advance tickets for non-members, can also be purchased by going to WeGotTickets 

Sunday 24 March
Nick Harper: 58 Fordwych Road
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
Doors open 8.00pm
Tickets £15.00+ (£13.00+) Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website
Nick Harper is one the UK’s best kept musical secrets. Those who have witnessed the spellbinding, one-man show will tell you this. A childhood growing up surrounded by the musical prowess of some of the 60’s most revered songwriters & musicians, not to mention being son of Roy Harper, along with 20 years of crafting songs & touring the land has spawned a truly one-off, original guitarist & songwriter who stands alone as a UK great, to be cherished and revered. 58 Fordwych Road is an all new show that centres around a living room in a small flat in Kilburn, London in the mid 1960s. Then the abode of up-and-coming singer-songwriter Roy Harper & his wife Mocy. The flat was an after hours hang-out for the legends who played at Les Cousins in Soho at the height of the acoustic explosion in swingin’ sixties London
Regular events 4th Sunday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club - Crows
Globe Hotel Malthouse, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR
8.00pm
£12.00(+) adv/£14.00 door, tickets available online at WeGotTickets or at Sunday night folk evenings at the Globe, Topsham. All enquiries telephone 01392 875332.
Mick Ryan, James Patterson, Dave Bordewey, and Paul Downes have reunited to reform the hugely popular 1980s group Crows. Featuring two of the finest male voices in the english folk tradition; Mick Ryan and James Patterson together with masterly musicianship from James on guitar, Paul on guitar, mandocello, mandolin and banjo and Dave on fiddle and mandola.
SONG - Folk on the Moor  Book by email
Monday 25 March
 
Tuesday 26 March
 
Regular events 4th Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Graham Knight
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
Wednesday 27 March

World Unlimited -Megan Henwood & Findlay Napier
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm
Tickets £14.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email The Story Song Scientists. Distinguished English singer-songwriter Megan Henwood is far too self-deprecating to describe herself as a force of nature, but her third album 'River' reaffirms her unique ability to create roots music of beguiling purity from what's around her. Findlay Napier, artful acoustic guitar and remarkable voice, one of the finest songwriters and storytellers of the contemporary Scottish folk scene is an insurgent talent that comes on like a Caledonian Loudon Wainwright

 

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 Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - TBA - Jane Thomas
SONG - Lympstone Folk, Roots and Acoustic
Thursday 28 March
The O'Marleys
Stand Off, Portland House, Longbrook Street, Exeter, Devon EX4 6AB
9.30pm - 11.00pm
Free
The Fantastic O'Marleys irish band will be playing all your favourite tunes and songs, Mac racing away with lightning speed on his fiddle, Ioworth picking out those banjo notes with ease, and John Strumming away on Guitar, All three sing all your favourites like, Black Velvet Band, Whiskey in The Jar, Irish Rover, Wild Rover, Fields of Athenry, Blarney Roses and many more. A band rated the best in the South West and not to be missed. Check out their latest album, Trip to Exeter. Find them on FB and twitter
Amazing Irish band The O'Marleys will set the place alight when they play all your favourite Irish tunes at The Stand Off, Exeter.

Feast of Fiddles Silver Jubilee Tour - Exeter Corn Exchange - Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW
7.30pm (Doors 6.45)
Tickets £20.50 (includes £1.00 booking fee). Box office telephone 01392 665938 - For more information go to website

The Feast of Fiddles band-waggon trundles merrily on in its Silver Jubilee year. Born in Nettlebed on Valentine’s Day 1994 as a one off special concert, Feast of Fiddles has done 25 spring tours, 24 festivals and has 7 CDs to its name. Not bad for a bunch of old folk-rockers! This is a band of friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun. Fiddlers Peter Knight (Gigspanner, Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Brian McNeill (Battlefield Band), Ian Cutler (Bully Wee), Tom Leary (Lindisfarne) and Garry Blakeley (Band of Two) add the large range of fiddle playing styles to the rock back-line of guitars, keyboards, sax and accordion – all held together by legendary drummer Dave Mattacks. A live music entertainment like no other on the circuit which is guaranteed to be enjoyed by even the most doubting of friends dragged along!

Regular events 4th Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Kate & Doug Eaton - The More The Merrier
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
Friday 29 March
 
Saturday 30 March

Rebecca Loebe - with special guest, Greg Hancock
St James Church Hall, Mt Pleasant Road Exeter EX4 7AH
Doors 7.30pm (Start 8.00pm)
Tickets £10.00 from WeGotTickets
Rebecca Loebe is not just another talent. She’s a sophisticated, mature writer with a relevant point of view and an assured, nuanced voice that’s both elegant and earthy, powerful and delicate, with a range and depth she hints at more than flashes. When the moment’s right, however, she’ll glide up a scale like Norah Jones, or drop right into a crag in Fiona Apple’s sidewalk.

But timing and delivery alone don’t make an artist. There’s got to be substance as well, and Loebe fearlessly probes the rawest corners of her psyche to find it. “There’s a lot of me talking to myself,” she says. “I’m writing a lot of empowerment jams these days, and I think it’s because it’s what I need. I’ve written albums full of what I needed to say, but this album is full of songs I need to hear.”

And now she’s on a guerrilla mission to share messages others need to hear as well. “I like to write catchy songs about topics that are meaningful to me, but use fun hooks to put words in people’s mouths,” Loebe admits. “My favorite thing is to get people singing along before they even realize they’re singing about women’s equality or their own self-worth.”

Before signing her first record deal last year, Loebe had made her national television debut on the first season of The Voice (her version of Nirvana’s “Come as You Are” charted worldwide and landed on the show’s first compilation album) and been declared a winner at the Kerrville New Folk songwriting competition.

Catch this award-winning songwriter and internationally recognized singer in concert with her full band this spring, as she celebrates the release of her fifth studio album Give Up Your Ghosts across the US and Europe

 

Sunday 31 March

World Unlimited - Glenn Tilbrook
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm
Tickets £20.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email Glenn Tilbrook is one of the founding members and lead singer of legendary British band Squeeze. On this solo tour Glenn will be promoting awareness and donations for The Trussell Trust, the charity that supports a network of foodbanks around the UK. At all venues there will be 'food drop points and collection boxes, and Glenn will also be donating all profits from his merchandise, including an exclusive 4 track EP, to the organisation.

 

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 Joe Topping
Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE
7.45pm
£10.00 Book by email
Described as a cross between Ry Cooder, Woody Guthrie and Paul Brady, Joe has developed his own unique bottleneck guitar style, which he employs in many of his original songs, and has a voice that can move from velvet soft to steely and powerful. He has played on stage and in the studio with many legends of the British folk scene including members of Fairport Convention, While and Matthews, Andy Irvine and toured as a stand in lead vocalist in the BBC2 award winning "Best live Act", Home Service.
SONG/STORYTELLING - Tradewinds
Okey Folky - Singers, musicians, poets, step-dancers and audience members all welcome!