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Page last updated on 22-03-2019
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Friday 1 March
The Devonshire Association Music Section with the Plough Arts Centre present Orchard Family Gypsy Music Night. Kil and Gillie Radi: A Romany family’s culture
The Plough@StAnne's, Paternoster Row, Barnstaple EX31 1SX
8.00pm
Tickets £8.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Tom Orchard talks about the living traditions that have passed through generations of the family; of song, music, dance and the Romany language; of tales and oral history. Tom will be ably assisted by his wife Jean and their sons Ashley and Richard as they explain and share a tradition that is both contemporary and historical.
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 SOLD OUT
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.

Church House Concerts -  Edgelarks
St Andrews Church (adjacent to the Church House), South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ
8.00pm
Tickets £10.00 (selling fast since Edgelarks announced the gig on their website). Telephone 01837 840775 or email to book tickets.

The renamed BBC award winning duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. Hailing from Lancashire, Henry is a slide guitarist and harmonica player. He has immersed himself in the music of the Deep South of America, traditional music of the British Isles, and Indian classical music. Specializing in lap slides techniques, his Dobro playing draws together these diverse influences. His harmonica style combines country blues and folk styles with beat-boxing to create a 21st-century harmonica sound heavily steeped in tradition. Martin is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Devon. Writing mainly on fiddle, viola, and banjo, and drawing on the traditions of the British Isles. The concert is one in a series of preview tours to showcase their new album.

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

No one recreates the authentic sound of American country blues quite like the McCreadys. With intricate guitar picking and deep, sultry vocals, Robbo Lees and Nick Bayes will take you on a musical journey across the southern states of the USA when they perform some well known and lesser known songs from the ‘Deep South’.

Northumbrian Smallpipes
Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe, Somerset, TA4 4BD
8.00pm–10.00pm
£10.00 or £4.00 student. More information and tickets on website
A concert by some of the finest exponents of the pipe. Pauline Cato, Andy May, Alice Robinson (née Burn), Chris Evans and members of Halsway Manor’s Smallpipes Weekend.

Mànran
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
8.00pm
Tickets Full £16.00 - Concession £12.00 - Supporter £10.00  
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Mànran have quite literally rocketed to the top of the Scottish music scene with their powerful combination of Gaelic/English songs underpinned by driving Accordion, Fiddle, Flute and a backline of drum and bass to make any mouth water. Mànran are also the only band to host Highland and Uilleann pipes together in one line up to create a sound like no other.

 

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.

Knight & Spiers
Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA
Doors 6.30pm - concert starts 7.30pm
£15.00 Go to Ticketsource
Peter Knight, legendary violinist and ex-member of folk-rock band Steeleye Span and ex-Bellowhead member, John Spiers, are leaving audiences in awe. The pairing of violin and melodeon is not a new one, but in the hands of Knight and Spiers, improvisation and invention meet the listener at every turn. Together they have created a musical document that resonates with history, but also something that should inspire future generations of musicians to engage with Britain’s folk dancing heritage, and the beautiful, mysterious tunes that can be found within that heritage. £15. Booking details

Rotary Club of Paignton - CHARITY BARN DANCE - Music by ”Stargazey”
Churston Ferrers Grammar School, Greenway Road, Brixham. TQ5 0LN
7.00pm for 7.30pm
Tickets £12.00 to include Choice of Pasty* and Salad. Bar available. For tickets please contact Mike Kirkham telephone 01803 522805 or email or Derek Brown telephone 01803 845196 or email
When ordering tickets please indicate pasty choice from: Meat (M); Vegetarian (V) or Gluten Free (GF)

Supporting: Children’s Hospice South West and local charities

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

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, Charlie Hernshaw and Paul Barnham who will be performing a selection of beautiful, chilled jazz standards.

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 Bicknoller Village Hall - American Square Dance with Ziggy
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 7 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!

Chris Wood
The Plough@TheGeorge, The George Hotel, 1 Broad Street, South Molton EX36 3AB
8.00pm
Tickets £14.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the un-official history of the English speaking people. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables. A self-taught musician, composer and song writer, Chris is a lifelong autodidact whose independent streak shines through everything he does. Always direct and unafraid to speak his mind, his song writing has been praised for its surgical clarity. He cites his major influence as “Anon”.

His most recent album ‘So Much to Defend’ has received wide critical acclaim and includes reflections on minor league football, empty nest syndrome, learning to swim, Cook-in Sauce and, not least, the Gecko as a metaphor for contemporary society.

Hollow Point; his chilling ballad of the shooting of Jean Charles Menezez, won a BBC Folk Award (he's won six.) and emphatically secured Wood’s place as a serious speech-master for the unofficial history of England. Collaborators include Martin Carthy, Dizraeli, Billy Bragg, Andy Cutting, Andy Irvine, Karine Polwart, Jean Francois Vrod, The Imagined Village, Hugh Lupton, Martin Butler and many others. 

On stage Chris has the air of a craftsman who no longer needs to be precious about his art. Without any apparent effort he reaches deep into an enviable repertoire of songs before revealing another gem.

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
Plymouth’s four-woman supergroup play with vocal harmonies and their wide-ranging inspirations to offer a unique and special show. 

 

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
John Adams A Gallery Gig
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
8.15pm
All tickets £6.50
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Singer/Songwriter John Adams draws influences from the likes of James Morrison, Sam Smith, David Gray and James Blunt. With emotive and heartfelt narratives woven together as stories, John’s expressive and nuanced vocals compliment his acoustic approach and atmospheric piano accompaniments.

John has supported household names  such as Take That, Lemar, Stooshe, T’Pau, The Christians and Katherine Jenkins. His hard work and impressive live performance has gained a strong following  with over 6 million views on YouTube and a steady 140,000 monthly listeners on Spotify.

2017 saw John perform over 200 gigs, a UK tour with several sold out dates and frequent BBC live sessions.  He spends his life on the road performing and is a regular face at the UK’s largest festivals.

 

The Moulton Brothers
The White Heart, 19 Fore Street, Cullompton EX15 1JS
8.00pm
Free
Lots of fun and lively Irish and Scottish music. Come and sing along to those well-known Irish songs.

The Kit Hillbillies/Tavy Tars
Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock, PL18 9QA
Bar and doors 7.00pm. 7.30pm start with The Tavy Tars, followed after the interval by The Kit Hillbillies.
Tickets £7.00 from the Limekiln Gallery or website
An evening with songs of mayhem … shootings, shipwrecks and daring escapes from breakneck bluegrass to salty sea shanties, a rollicking musical adventure is about to embark! 
The Cheeseboard
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
9.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Matt Harzer, Joe Whibrie and Jacob Cracker serve up an evening of their own tunes followed by a selection of the finest cheesy tunes around. Think Cliff Richard having drinks with Boney M and sharing a taxi home with Right Said Fred.

Faeland
The Barrel House, 59a High Street, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5PB
8.00pm
Tickets £5.00 advance £6.00 on the door. Booking office 01803 863000 - more information and tickets on website
Songs for the spirit, folk-pop with a mystical Celtic edge. Contemporary folk band from Bristol, fusing deep folk tradition and acoustic instrumentation, Faeland bring their innovative and subtly experimental approach to contemporary music. The band features some of the South’s finest folk musicians, with singer Rebecca Nelson and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Jacob Morrison at its songwriting and musical core. Songs will be performed on an all acoustic line up of violins, lush vocals, banjo, charango, acoustic guitars, double bass, accordion and Celtic harp.
Big Banned Session - with Banned from the Moor
Cafe on the Green, Widecombe, TQ13 7TA
7.30pm
Join us to eat, play, sing, dance, or chill and listen. Very friendly lively session in a lovely welcoming venue
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
Jess McCallister
The Bridge Inn, Bridge Hill, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ
8.00pm
Tickets £8.00 from the Bridge Inn 01392 873862.
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 Jake Miller on bass, and support is provided by Bristol based jazz-folk duo Selke.
Peter Jagger
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Peter is a professional singer/songwriter who has to date had an amazing career performing, recording and touring throughout Europe since the seventies. He has played alongside artists such as Ruby Turner, The Blues Band, John Mayall, The Animals, John B Sebastian, and Hue and Cry to name a few. His music embraces a wide range of genres and his repertoire includes originals and covers from 60s folk to 80s music from Difford and Tilbrook and Elvis Costello etc.

Concertinas!
Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe, Somerset, TA4 4BD
8.00pm–9.30pm
£10.00 or £4.00 student. More information and tickets on website

We have a very small number of tickets available for members of the public to attend the tutors’ concert, as part of the WCCP Concertina Weekend. Please book in advance, as the event will be very busy.

MICHAEL HEBBERT, a Jeffries Duet player since 1958, has played in many different styles through Traditional English, Latin American, Klezmer, Playford and more.  Besides busking in streets and pubs he has performed extensively with singer Andrew Frank and led workshops at many major festivals and events. He’s now working on new stuff with jazz singer Natasha Sutton-Williams.

New kid on the block COHEN BRAITHWAITE-KILCOYNE is a fine singer and player of the anglo concertina and melodeon, whose skill and experience belie his tender years. Nominated for a BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2014 as a member of trio Granny’s Attic, Cohen received a nomination in his own right in the coveted Horizon Award category in 2018. Cohen has a style and approach deeply rooted in the traditions of the British Isles and regularly gives tuition linked to traditional music, both on a one-on-one basis and in group workshops.

ALEX WADE left Yorkshire to study music in Durham where she immersed herself in the rich folk traditions of the North East. Woodwind teacher by day, award-winning dance musician by night, Alex combines an innate understanding of traditional music with a wealth of teaching experience. She is excited to be venturing south to tutor the English players at Halsway!

CLAIRE WREN has been running concertina band workshops for over 25 years. She has written extensively for concertina band and smaller ensembles. Claire is the Musical Director of Banding Together and also directs her own concertina band “J25”. Claire’s favourite pastime is rehearsal!

Bondleigh Barn Band
Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton EX17 6HU
7.00pm
Tickets £5.00+ from WeGotTickets or telephone 01363 83279.
An evening with Bondleigh Barn Band. With over forty musicians, they really know how to entertain their audiences with music spanning four centuries from classic to contemporary.
An Evening with Jim Causley
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
Six times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee*
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ‘Singer of the Year’ 2017*
“The finest singer of his generation” Mojo Magazine
“A voice in a million” Geoff Lakeman
More than simply a folk-singer, multi award winning singer-songwriter, musician and proud Devonian Jim Causley is an all-round entertainer and during the past decade Causley has been nominated no less than six times for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. Last year he was nominated as “Singer of the Year” at the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, he won the Spiral Earth Singer of the Year award in 2014, presented his own folk music show on BBC Radio Devon and in 2015 he worked with BBC TV historian Dr Sam Willis to create the music for his show 'Highwaymen, Outlaws and Villains' and was asked to perform his song about Dartmoor tin mining 'Pride of the Moor' on BBC TV's Countryfile - Dartmoor Special. 2017 was also the centenary of Jim’s relative; the celebrated Cornish poet Charles Causley and award winning filmmaker Jane Darke made a specially commissioned biographical film about the poet which aired on BBC4 TV on 1st October as part of the Centenary celebrations. The soundtrack to the film was composed entirely by Jim and featured music from his 2013 album ‘Cyprus Well’ of musical settings of Charles’ work.
Since the release of his debut album in 2005, Causley’s unique voice and persona have helped him become one of the most well-loved and respected figures of today’s contemporary roots and folk scene. A prolific collaborator, Causley is hugely admired for his work with iconic groups The Devil’s Interval and Mawkin:Causley as well as playing, touring and recording alongside Waterson:Carthy, John McCusker, Eddie Reader, Graham Coxson, Shirley Collins, Michael Morpurgo, Show of Hands, Kate Rusby, David Rotheray of Beautiful South fame and many more. He was described by Mojo Magazine as “the finest singer of his generation” and they put Forgotten Kingdom in their Top Ten Folk Albums of 2016 list. Westcountry father of folk Geoff Lakeman described Causley as possessing “A voice in a million” in a recent interview in the Western Morning News, some accolade indeed!

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A Devonshire Garland - Miscellany of songs and stories
Featuring Michael Dacre, Sam Richards & Andy Clarke
Newton & Noss Village Hall
Doors open 7.30pm for 8.00pm start
Tickets £12.00 from info@nnvh.org.uk
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... 

 

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

The ever popular singer/songwriter Martin Weller needs little introduction. He has performed at numerous festivals and venues throughout the UK and abroad and has a number of successful albums to his name. Martin will be performing a selection of rock and pop classics together with some of his own amazing songs.

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
Open Mic
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 would like to come along and perform in this 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.

Nick Harper Postponed Rescheduled to Saturday 28 September 2019
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
MUSIC - Brixham Blues - BBT2 The Boal Weevils and Friends
Old Coaching Inn, Fore Street, Brixham TQ5 8AG
8.30pm
An evening of superb acoustic blues, gospel and hokum from The Boal Weevils plus Clive Sheard, David Jeffery and Alan Hooper

SONG - Totnes Folk Song Club Nick Dow 
Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL
8.00pm
Entrance £5.00 performers £6.00 non performers
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
The Sound of Sirens
The Plough@TheGeorge, The George Hotel, 1 Broad Street, South Molton EX36 3AB
8.00pm
All tickets Full £12.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

West Country folk-rock duo Sound Of The Sirens have announced their new album, This Time, out January 25th 2019 via DMF Records, as well as a 21-date UK tour starting in January. Their live shows combine a natural facility for connecting with their audiences and unforgettable performances with warmth, humour and, above all, real conviction.

This Time – the follow-up to their debut album, For All Our Sins, which was released in 2017 to widespread praise – continues to showcase an evident gift for crafting unique, vivid and enduring melodies over 15 heartfelt tracks.

Throughout the album, Sound Of The Sirens – duo Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood – blend intoxicating vocal harmonies with beautifully crafted instrumentals to create a seamless collection of captivating tracks. ‘Troubles’, the first track to be taken from the album, is a rousing and emotive ode to overcoming issues, amid inspiring lyricism and graceful cadences.

The album will be available digitally, on CD and black heavyweight vinyl, with signed copies available to pre-order now. ‘Troubles’ is available as an instant grat with all album pre-orders.

 

Ceilidh - Caller Jeremy Child; multi-instrumentalist Chris Jewell.
Rattery Village Hall, nr Totnes TQ10 9LD
7.30pm
Tickets (includes a pasty) £8.00 adult, £4.00 U18, from Tickets from Kay 01364 72475 or Alison 01364 643741. Please bring your own drinks.

Mock Hobby Horse
Willow Vegetarian Restaurant, 87 High Street,Totnes TQ9 5LW. Telephone 01803 862605
Music between 7.00pm and 10.00pm

STORYTELLING - South Devon Storytellers The Bear, the Young Woman and the Soldier's Heart
The Angel Gallery, Totnes TQ9 5DZ
7.30pm
Tickets £9.00 on the door/£7.50 in advance, available from website
South Devon Storytellers welcome Totnes' own Olly Hurd-Thomas, who has been telling stories for over twenty years. He brings a powerful physical presence to his performance, with a potent blend of humanity and heart.

It is dark, very, very dark, and deep in the mountain power is stirring. She shrugs the sleep from her great shoulders and feels the hunger rise in her belly. Bear awakes. Come now, and listen, as Bear weaves a path through story and song, following a thread drawn by love, war and magic. What kind of courage does the raw savagery of the wild demand? What kinds of strength are needed in the face of pain, isolation and fear? What kind of love can heal the wounds of war?

Refreshments will be available to buy in the interval.

This performance is intended for an adult audience. Children may come with parental support but some elements may be unsettling for those younger than 13.
Wildwood Jack
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
“This is an accomplished duo. Not only is the musicianship excellent, the vocal delivery is spot on” Frank Hennessy BBC Radio Wales
“Intensely adept acoustic guitar stylings” Netrythms
“Melodic and sophisticated” Shire Folk
Wildwood Jack are a unique acoustic guitar and ukulele duo from Kent in the UK. Their melodic songs blend the acoustic guitar and ukulele with outstanding fingerstyle playing drawing influences from folk, country and world music. They embrace the troubadour lifestyle and spend large parts of the year touring across the UK, Europe and New Zealand.
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
Sound of Sirens
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
8.00pm
Tickets £12.00
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

West Country folk-rock duo Sound Of The Sirens have announced their new album, This Time, out January 25th 2019 via DMF Records, as well as a 21-date UK tour starting in January. Their live shows combine a natural facility for connecting with their audiences and unforgettable performances with warmth, humour and, above all, real conviction.

This Time – the follow-up to their debut album, For All Our Sins, which was released in 2017 to widespread praise – continues to showcase an evident gift for crafting unique, vivid and enduring melodies over 15 heartfelt tracks.

Throughout the album, Sound Of The Sirens – duo Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood – blend intoxicating vocal harmonies with beautifully crafted instrumentals to create a seamless collection of captivating tracks. ‘Troubles’, the first track to be taken from the album, is a rousing and emotive ode to overcoming issues, amid inspiring lyricism and graceful cadences.

The album will be available digitally, on CD and black heavyweight vinyl, with signed copies available to pre-order now. ‘Troubles’ is available as an instant grat with all album pre-orders.

 

St. Patricks day Party with Dumbo's Feather
The Thirsty Farmer, Talaton Road Whimple EX5 2QQ.
9.00pm
Sara Corser & Dave Ward
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Two of the Bicton’s favourites bring you an evening of popular songs covering a wide range of musical genres from folk to rock, reggae to pop. Sara’s beautiful singing is perfectly complimented by Dave’s competent guitar playing when the duo perform a selection of folk, rock and indie covers.

St. Patrick's Party at The Snooty Fox with Paddy's Whiskers
The Snooty Fox, 89-91 Fore Street, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4PZ
9.00pm

St.Patrick’s Party with Paignton based Irish/Celtic/American band Paddy’s Whiskers on Banjos, fiddles, mandolins, border bagpipes, percussion, harmonica. Fast and furious jigs and reels, and - for St. Patrick’s Day - a night of Irish sing along favourites together with a scattering of bluegrass and original songs and tunes written by the band. This will be the last Paddy’s Whiskers gig at the venue as the owner is giving up the lease, and Andrew and Jules from Paddy’s Whiskers are moving to the Isle of Skye!

Venue can be contacted on 01803 323312. More information from Paddy's Whiskers or telephone Andrew on 01803 520798.


Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll 'Beautiful Spaces' Tour - March 2019
Join English folk duo Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll for a series of intimate acoustic concerts in beautiful spaces.
Pannier Pantry @ The Custom House, 1 Bridgeland Street, Bideford. EX39 2PS
8.00pm
Tickets £8.00 advance from WeGotTickets £10.00 on the door

The joyful combination of English fiddle partnership Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll welcomes you into their family from the first note. This is a masterclass in the art and mystery of connection; two fiddles and two voices working in cinfidence and synergy creating music infused with England's shared stories, songs and melodies.

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
St Patrick's Day at the White Thorn Inn
The White Thorn Inn, Shaugh Prior, PL7 5HA
1.00pm till 11.00pm.
1.00pm -2.30pm Nuala Celtic harp player
3.00 -5.00pm Lazy Divide provide upbeat folk tunes
5.00 -7.00pm Mad Dog Mcrea provide a bit of jiggery folkery
In the Deep Heart’s Core: A Mystic Cabaret
Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
4.00pm
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
At once a poet’s autobiography, a theatrical song cycle, and a journey through the romantic imagination and the national soul of Ireland, “In the Deep Heart’s Core” follows the life of the Celtic visionary poet and activist William Butler Yeats, moving through dreams and heartbreaks toward ultimate spiritual triumph. “In the Deep Heart's Core” opened in 1994 at Chicago's Bailiwick Repertory Theatre to unanimous critical acclaim, receiving a 1995 Jeff Citation for Outstanding Original Music, and was featured at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D. C., a four-week run at Virginia's nationally-known Barter Theatre, a four-week run at Philadelphia's Movement Theatre International, and a national tour. Summer of 2015 marked a first for the work: a tour of Ireland during the international celebration of the 150th anniversary of W. B. Yeats’s birth.

The new group includes the composer, Joseph Sobol, who directs the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling at University of South Wales; the brilliant Russian-English folksinger Daria Kulesh, and virtuoso pianist Marina Osman.
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Exmouth Irish Session for Patrick's Day
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
8.30pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Irish musician Fanchea McKinley invites you to a special St Patrick’s evening of lively and evocative music from the Emerald Isle when she hosts a session featuring singers and musicians from all over Devon. If you sing or play, come and join in. All abilities are welcome. It’s a great night to meet up with people with Irish roots too.

St. Patrick's Party at Peaky Blinders with Paddy's Whiskers
Peaky Blinders Bar, 107 Winners Street, Paington. TQ3 3PB
4.00pm onwards

Paignton based Irish/Celtic/American band Paddy’s Whiskers with banjos, fiddles, mandolins, border bagpipes, percussion, harmonica. Fast and furious jigs and reels, and - for St. Patrick’s Day - an afternoon of Irish sing along favourites together with a scattering of bluegrass and original songs and tunes written by the band. 

Venue can be contacted on 01803 411819. More information from Paddy's Whiskers or telephone Andrew on 01803 520798.

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
Martyn Wyndham-Read has been involved with folk music for over forty years. In his late teens he left his mother’s farm in Sussex and headed off, with his guitar, to Australia where he worked on a sheep station. There he heard first hand the old songs sung by some of the station hands and became captivated by these songs and the need to know more of them and where they came from. He headed off to Melbourne and became part of the folk song revival throughout Australia during the early1960’s. Back to England in 1967 he met up with the renowned singer and song collector Bert Lloyd, who himself had spent time in Australia. Martyn was asked by Bert Lloyd to be part of the album ‘Leviathan’ on the Topic label and soon after he started recording for Bill Leader and touring extensively worldwide. Come and enjoy a gentle evening with one of the most respected and likeable singers on the folk circuit.
Monday 18 March
Story Blaze
The Bridge Inn, Bridge Hill, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ
Tickets £3.00 on the door For more information email.
Local storytellers give us their best traditional tales around the fire. Hosted by Katy Cawkwell and featuring Hilary Ackland, Robin Eastoe, Anne Gwynn, Olly Hurd-Thomas, Elaine Mendoza, Tricia St Clair and more.
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
 
Regular events 3rd Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Jeremy Child
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club

SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - Dom Prag
The Castle Hotel, Fore St. EX5 4NN
7.45pm performance starts 8.00pm. 
Entry is £6.00 per person with accompanied under 18 years free.  
Dom Prag is returning to the Bradninch Folk Club following his first visit to Bradninch as a support act last November.  Dom's music knits together British and European folk tradition, classical guitar: mining songs, poems set to music (Keats, Larkin), compositions influenced by Schubert and Shostakovich, bluesy riffs and raw vocals. His own penned songs form part of his performance.  This is an exciting time to see this performer who has absorbed much from the tradition, clearly has originality and is easy in his engagement with the audience.  To borrow a term from the BBC Folk Award, Dom is a Horizon Artist, an emerging artist on the scene who has made a significant increase in popularity or a special impression. In November the special impression was made with people in the local clubs as well as Bradninch Folk Club.  Although not yet well known in Devon he is playing festivals and clubs across the country. Watching him play marks him out as a performer who is destined to be on the leading edge of his generation and a really nice guy. We are not alone in this observation-

His voice was strong and clear and his accompaniment on the guitar was accomplished and individual, occasionally betraying his classical training as shades of Villa-Lobos crept in to good effect. It was a rousing performance and we look forward to seeing him again” (Steve Primarolo, Organiser, Bracknell Folk Club)

"We were lucky enough to have Dom open up a show for Chris and I, and were both really impressed with him. Great playing, singing and writing and a lovely stage presence. Watch out for Dom, his star is definitely on the rise." (Julie Matthews, While & Matthews/Daphne’s Flight)

"Dom Prag takes the place by storm with his energy, wonderful singing and beautiful Spanish guitar playing - he's a seriously talented young folk singer on the way to great things." (Mike Peach, Organiser, The Anchor Folk Club)

In support we have Verity Greenaway a guitarist with a beautiful voice and a songwriter since she was 14 years old.  She is in much demand as a performer in the region and is a regularly host of the Barnfield Music Club, Exeter.  Verity has played at the Bradninch Folk Club and the Bradninch Music festival.

The third artiste of the evening will be Roseanna Ball from North Devon. She has been performing since 2007 as a singer of folk, country, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.  She has recently released her long awaited seventh album, 'Dust Off' ' and continues to tour regularly.  She has supported and worked with many artists including Boo Hewerdine, Phil Beer, Ethan Johns, Raurri Joseph, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman. A strong recommendation comes from Kathryn and Sean;

Roseanna has a charming quality that we rarely see these days. She effortlessly draws the audience into her world” - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman,
And for good measure
"The stylistic versatility in Roseanna's writing mirrors her musical prowess"
- David Kidman, fatea-records.co.uk

Wednesday 20 March
 
Regular events 3rd Wednesday
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club Halsway Manor - Madeleine Smith- Dampiers Round  
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
Teignmouth Poetry Festival 2019 - Flying High… Shedding Feathers – Gill McEvoy & Skylark 
Ice Factory, 10 Somerset Place, Teignmouth TQ14 8EN
8.00pm
Tickets £6.00 Go to website to for more information and to book or telephone 01626 249049 or on the door.
The 2019 Festival begins tonight, fluttering into action with the vibrant energy of a skylark and the lexical dexterity of a high-flying poet.
Gill McEvoy has published two full collections with Cinnamon Press and three poetry pamphlets with HappenStance Press; of these The First Telling was winner ofthe 2015 Michael Marks Award. She is a Hawthornden Fellow and writes short fiction in addition to poetry.
Skylark is a four piece band who perform traditional and contemporary songs with two-part harmony singing, fiddle, flute,
mandolin, guitar and percussion. Their repertoire includes rousing numbers like jigs and reels, mixed with quieter, intimate songs which
show off the exceptional blend of instruments and voices. Skylark’s performances never fail to create an uplifting atmosphere.
Go to website for more information about the festival
Folk and Indie Night
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
8.30pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

An open session featuring acoustic music performed by anyone who would like to come along to sing or play. Hosted by Exmouth’s favourite balladeer Becky Brooks, anyone can join in the fun, perform solo or as part of the group. All abilities welcome

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)
Friday 22 March

Rakes Adrift Concert
The George and Dragon, 4-5 Fore Street, Ilfracombe EX34 9ED
9.00pm
Admission is free. 

Gallery Bar Special: Jeffrey Palmer & Riko Higuma
Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm
Free entry. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500.
Jeffrey Palmer (countertenor) and Riko Higuma (piano) present an assortment of arias, art songs, folk music and solo works that provide their own unique reflection on the idea of beauty. Free entry, informal atmosphere, donations to the performers please.


Songwriters' Circle: Greg Hancock, Sarah Yeo and Alex Seel
St Paul's Church, Church Road, Starcross, Exeter EX6 8QB
Doors 7.00pm - start 7.30pm   
Tickets £8.00+ (£6.00+) from WeGotTickets
Wheelchair access and bar.
Three highly acclaimed singer-songwriters present their songs in turn in this beautiful venue. A great chance to compare and contrast three different styles and approaches to the art of songwriting.

Davey Dodds & Gozer Goodspeed
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
Over the years Davey's songs have been recorded by numerous bands including The Unthanks who performed “Magpie” on their recent album. Now enjoying a very successful resurgence as a solo prog-folk powerhouse, Davey writes evocative songs full of passion and wit and plays the mandolin like a true master! Goodspeed is a Plymouth-born blues-folk singer/songwriter who has been described as ‘a wonderful storyteller and a riotous rabble-rouser’. His songs have been recognised and embraced locally by the likes of BBC Introducing in Devon. Goodspeed has built an impressive reputation across Devon and Cornwall for his supremely entertaining, high-energy live shows.

 

Oliver Wheeldon
Parish Hall, Meavy PL20 6PJ
7.30pm
Tickets £8.00 - Available at the Royal Oak or WeGotTickets
For the last decade Oliver has dedicated his talents towards shedding light on rural lives of his native Devon. With Barney Kenny he formed the folk duo Tamar and released two albums, "A Long Way From Home" and "A Letter From the West". He is now pursuing a solo career and his debut album, "The Village", will be released soon. This is a concept album based on Westcountry villages. He will be performing songs from all three albums. Expect a fantastic night of musical story-telling, emotive lyrics and passionate performance from someone who cares so deeply about his home.
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. 

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Jim Causley & Bill Murray
Cafe on the Green, Widecombe, TQ13 7TA
Gig £13.00, gig+dinner £25.00. For more information go to website
Dinner menu choose from: 
Slow Cooked Beef in Red Wine with Braised Red Cabbage, Roasted Celeriac, Crispy New Potatoes / Pan Fried Salmon with Crispy New Potatoes, Roasted Fennel and Wild Garlic / - Mushroom, Brie and Cranberry Puff Pie with Crispy New Potatoes, Braised Red Cabbage and Roasted Celeriac.

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

An afternoon featuring an eclectic mixture of music from Exmouth’s favourite troubadour. Singer/songwriter Guy Somerfield again delivers his very polished performance of songs with an original twist, ranging from gentle folk to pulsing rock and everything in-between. He will also be playing some of his own enchanting songs.

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."

 

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

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
Inspired by the old traditional songs and tunes (thus the name), the trio started playing together at school in Worcester, from whence all three of them went on to study music at degree level, although not the usual ‘folk’ degree at Newcastle.  In 2014 the group were nominated in the BBC’s Young Folk Award, and since then have been in huge demand at festivals and clubs all over the country in between studying. 

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne plays melodeon, concertina as well as singing. George Sansome also sings, and plays guitar – he also plays euphonium, but not in Granny’s Attic!  Lewis Wood provides fiddle and mandolin, and writes many of the tunes the group play.  In his other life, he is a composer, and also plays for dancing. 
Extraordinary talent is exhibited by this ‘boy band’, and their enthusiasm is infectious!  We’re in for an exceptional night!

With support from local performers Roger Cockram, Al Cruse and Geoff Hocking

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 24 March
Nigel Challis
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

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

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

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

Exmouth Shanty Men
Bridge Centre, St. Mary Magdalene Church, high street, Stoke Canon EX5  4AR
7.30pm
Tickets £7.00 adult, £3.00 U16, from Alison Bloomer by cheque+sae to Stoke Cannon Inn, High Street, Stoke Canon EX5 4AR; also available on door from 7pm.
Raising funds for the community to buy the local pub (50 yds from the church, so have a drink before/after the gig), and keep the village alive. Tea/coffee available in the church.
Raffle.
Regular events 4th Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Graham Knight
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
SONG - Shape Note Singing in Ipplepen
Wednesday 27 March

 

Regular events 4th Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - TBA - Jane Thomas
SONG - Lympstone Folk, Roots and Acoustic
Thursday 28 March

Free Concert at the Crabshell Artists include Paul Reid - Harpingmad - Silvington
Crabshell Inn, Embankment Rd, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 1JZ
8.00pm
Paul Reid has just produced his first, long awaited CD “The Bonny Broom” with Crabshell Records and we’re delighted he’ll be using this concert to launch it. His songs all have great tunes and tell stories of hard work and love, all beautifully delivered with haunting accompaniments from Paul and his friends. Harpingmad is a beautiful blend of Celtic harp(s), Irish whistle, baroque recorders, cello, mandolin and guitar, playing mostly traditional Celtic tunes and songs, with the odd contemporary song or tune to boot! Their music is melodic and soothing. Wherever they play, they are complimented on their relaxing, beautiful and enchanting sound, but then surprising with jolly wake up tunes. It is fitting that Silvington bring this series of concerts to its finale. They have been so supportive of the local traditional music scene and these concerts in particular


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

Exmouth Shanty Man Derek Brooks invites you to join him for 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 varied and lively traditional acoustic music.

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

Saskia Griffiths Moore
The Plough@StAnne's, Paternoster Row, Barnstaple EX31 1SX
8.00pm
Tickets Full £12.00 - Supporter £10.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Saskia Griffiths-Moore celebrates the release of ‘Ocean of Stars’ her strongest and most unusual album yet!  Drawing from Roots, Americana and Folk music, Saskia’s new album touches on subjects of life and death in an unusual and positive Brit-Country style.  With support from Jack Cookson.

 

Charity Barn Dance with Five Finger Eddie
Buckland Athletic Football Club, Kingskerswell Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 5JU
Doors 7.00pm.
Tickets £10.00 (to include ploughmans + pudding) available from Becky 07809 260544 or Liam 07597 365991.
Open to all, children welcome. Cash bar.
Donations to Mind. Mind, the mental health charity to make sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone.
Harbottle & Jonas
Tally Ho, Littlehemspton, Totnes TQ9 6LY
Their music is always accompanied with a great story. Together the husband and wife duo combined the rich traditions of folk music with original and contemporary interpretations through a mix of closely intertwined vocal harmonies and compelling and authentic musical arrangements. For more information telephone 01803 862316

Eliza Acty
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
Eliza Acty is a singer and musician based in Devon, UK. With her unique vocal style, Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time, original and contemporary songs that span over a century of music.

 

Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll 'Beautiful Spaces' Tour - March 2019
Join English folk duo Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll for a series of intimate acoustic concerts in beautiful spaces.
The Oak Room Arts Centre, 2c St Peter Street, Tiverton. EX16 6NU
8.00pm
Tickets £8.00 advance from WeGotTickets £10.00 on the door

The joyful combination of English fiddle partnership Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll welcomes you into their family from the first note. This is a masterclass in the art and mystery of connection; two fiddles and two voices working in cinfidence and synergy creating music infused with England's shared stories, songs and melodies.

Saturday 30 March
Thunderbridge's Nick G-M and Tall Paul - A Gallery Gig
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
8.15pm
All tickets £6.50
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website In an intimate 'duolo' show, two of the west country bluegrass band's key members present some stripped back acoustic Americana. With guitars, banjo, mandolin and two voices, they will play both original and classic songs from their own and the Thunderbridge Bluegrass Band catalogues.
Reefs of Moonshine
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Enjoy an afternoon of 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 to create 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.

Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll instrumental workshop
St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD
3.00pm - 5.00pm
Tickets: £5.00 in advance from WeGotTickets /£6.00 on the door.
Join Nick and Becki for an instrumental music workshop. Learn a new folk tune created especially for the event. You will need to bring your own acoustic instrument. Music will be taught be ear but notation will also be available so please bring a music stand if you have one. Contact Becki for more details - becki@englishfiddle.com - and please let us know if you play a transposing instrument (e.g. Bb).

Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll 'Beautiful Spaces' Tour - March 2019
Join English folk duo Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll for a series of intimate acoustic concerts in beautiful spaces.
St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD
7.30pm
Tickets £8.00 advance from WeGotTickets £10.00 on the door

The joyful combination of English fiddle partnership Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll welcomes you into their family from the first note. This is a masterclass in the art and mystery of connection; two fiddles and two voices working in cinfidence and synergy creating music infused with England's shared stories, songs and melodies.

Spring Céilidh with Spinach for Norman and caller Pam Hayes
South Brent Village Hall
7.30pm (doors open 7.00pm).
£8.00 Tickets on the door or from artworks. For more information telephone Eileen 01364 73699, email or visit website
Dance your cares away with Ben van Weede (fiddle), Joel Segal (fiddle), Howard Harrison (guitar/flute), Martin Henning (bass) and caller Pam Hayes - all welcome. Reel Ale bar and nibbles available.
One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area, including the annual South Brent Folk Day on Saturday 6 July 2019 and the Annual ‘Twixt’ Ceilidh on Friday 27 December 2019.

Rebecca Loebe - with special guest, Greg Hancock
St James Church Hall, Mount 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

Hannah James and Toby Kuhn
The Plough@TheGeorge, The George Hotel, 1 Broad Street, South Molton EX36 3AB
7.30pm
Tickets Full £12.00 - Supporter £10.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Award-winning folk musician, dancer and composer Hannah James debuts her never-before-seen brand new duo with outstanding cellist Toby Kuhn of France. Hannah and Toby only met this summer but their musical chemistry was immediate. They instantly formed a duo and the interplay between these two master instrumentalists would have you believe they have been playing together for years. 

 

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?

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!