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Page last updated on 22-03-2017
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Wednesday 1 March
Broadside Ballards - with Sam Lee, Lisa Knapp and Nathaniel Mann - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 8.00pm - £14.00+ (£12.00+) - Seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080 - For more information and tickets go to website

Three of the UK’s most innovative folk artists collaborate for the first time to reinvent a collection of British broadsides – low cost daily song sheets sold for pence – giving a rare insight into Britain’s music, literary and political history.
Delving into the collection of broadsides at the Bodleian Libraries and beyond, Sam Lee, Lisa Knapp and Nathaniel Mann lead a five-piece band, bringing broadside ballads to life for a new generation.
A broadside (also known as a broadsheet) is a single sheet of inexpensive paper printed on one side, often with a ballad, rhyme, news and sometimes with woodcut illustrations. Broadside ballads, from the 16th to 20thcenturies, contain words and images once displayed and sung daily in Britain’s streets and inns. Although part of living traditions of folksong, popular art and literature, these illustrated printed sheets are now rare and preserved in only a few libraries.

Regular events 1st Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club in Honiton - Club Callers - Gibby Swaine          
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club - Bicknoller VH - Ted Farmer - Jeroka
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 2 March

Bicton Folk Session (Session Night) - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 8.30pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Enjoy an evening of lively, Foot-tapping music when local musicians get together for an open acoustic session featuring accordions, violins, guitars, banjos, mandolins, 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!

Playford Dance - Halsway Manor, Crowcombe,  TA4 4BD - 8.00pm - £5.00 Tickets available from Halsway website or at the door. An evening of lively Playford dances chosen by dance master Graham Knight with Paul Hutchinson's "Playford Players"

Fancy clothes are not required, and you do not need to bring a dancing partner! This event is suitable for dancers through the whole range of Zesty Playford and serious historical dancers, and well as folk dancers who enjoy lively music and dances.

Dancers unfamiliar with Playford are welcome as all the dances will be clearly explained and called. (Halsway Manor is an amazing setting with super wooden dance floor and plenty of parking- please let us know that you're coming along)

Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - Scoriton Village Hall, nr Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB - 8.00pm - Tickets £13.00 for more information and tickets telephone 01364 631288.

Winners of 2014's BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Duo. The alchemy of Martin's ever evocative songwriting, fiddle and banjo playing and the much extolled skills of Henry on dobro, harmonica and lap steel fuse into a wholly distinctive world sound. Their latest studio album, Watershed has received critical acclaim and further places the duo in the higher echelons of the roots genre. Licensed bar.

Regular events 1st Thursday
Dance - Tavistock Folk Dance Club - John Estall
Dance - Exmouth Folk Dance Club - Jane Thomas - Amycrofters
Friday 3 March
Eliza Acty - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 9.00pm - tickets £3.00 - Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
With her unique vocal style, Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time and contemporary songs that span over a century of music. Added accompaniment from Peter Acty on clawhammer banjo and guitar.
Cosgrave & Banks - Rattery Village Hall, TQ10 9LD - 7.30pm. To book tickets, please telephone 01364 643741 - Villages in Action - for more information visit website

Mike Cosgrave and Steve Banks have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo. Mike started his musical career with renowned late 90’s Celtic/World music crossover Sin é. He has since worked with artists as diverse as the late “Celtic Soul” singer Jackie Leven and current star of the English scene Jackie Oates, as well as bluegrass virtuoso’s Daily Planet and highly regarded singer-songwriters Jenny Crook and Reg Meuross.

Steve started out as a violinist with the likes of the London Symphony Orchestra, but then moved to folk as drummer/fiddler with the Carnival Band, including their ever-popular Christmas tours with folk legend Maddy Prior. He went on to form his own band, Blue Jewel, which had a strong Devon following, and recorded two albums, with material written or arranged by Steve (Dart Songs and John Smart’s Bottle).

Both are gifted multi-instrumentalists and writers. Mike plays accordion, guitar and whistle; Steve the fiddle, vocals and guitar. Their programme is a smorgasbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). Their debut CD ‘Warp and Weft’ was released in 2016 to excellent reviews.

“Gypsy jazz, folk, classical and much more for all those who like the highest standard of musicianship… seek them out and you will be amazed.”  Whats Afoot Magazine

Oysters 3 - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes - 8.00pm - All tickets £16.00 Go to website for ticketing details SOLD OUT
Oysterband from a different angle… By popular demand, Oysters 3 take to the road again in 2017. John Jones, Alan Prosser and Ian Telfer, the three founder members and creative heart of folk-rock legends Oysterband, invite you to an evening of fresh acoustic performance and off-the-wall stories - an insight into their history, sometimes turbulent, often funny, with great songs from every era of a unique career. “The very first time we did this, we more or less improvised the show. We were astonished when it went down a storm - and we wondered why on earth we’d never thought of doing it before!” Presented by Harberton Cricket Club, supported by Harberton Folk. Real ale bar supplied by the Bay Horse Inn Totnes.
Regular events 1st Friday
Saturday 4 March

Guy Somerfield - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website Popular singer/songwriter Guy will again be performing his unique renditions of covers and original songs featuring vocal, 12 string guitar and harmonica. Today he will be playing a mixture of folk, rock and pop ballads together with some of his own brilliant songs.

Column Acoustic - International Women's Day Session - Devonport Guildhall, Ker St, PL1 4EL - Doors 7.00pm - Bar 7.00pm -11.00pm - Music 7.15pm to 10.30pm Pizza slices available (vegan option), baked on site by the Column Bakehouse  Entry £5.00 on the door
Featuring:
Roger Smith
Farrell Family
Jake Rowlinson and Sam Richards
We Are and This Is
The Q-dettes

Go to Column Acoustic Facebook page for more information

Greg Hancock  - Venezia, Piazza Terracina, 61 Waterside, The Quay, Exeter EX2 8GY  - 7.30pm - free entry

World Unlimited - Scott Matthews - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £16.50+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information
Scott has garnered serious critical acclaim across his ten-year career and has taken this time to nurture his craft. He was always deliberate in his actions- witnessed in the time he originally spent as a guitarist, before becoming the singer songwriter behind the ground-breaking debut album Passing Stranger. Subsequently, Robert Plant came onboard for a guest contribution on Scotts follow-up album, Elsewhere, and down the line legendary double bassist Danny Thompson joined on Scotts third release What The Night Delivers, having encountered each other whilst performing in Joe Boyds stage production of Way to Blue – The Songs of Nick Drake. 
Scott keeps moving on and exploring to bring forth gems of songs that seem to gestate over time and then “arrive” as if he was a conduit to some magical power. His vocal style has been much referenced in ethereal terms of "ghostly", "haunting", "eerie" and "hypnotic", so perhaps there is magic afoot. 
Among the reoccurring constants in his world are “home” and what it means to everyone. The imposing six-foot four, Black Country, somewhat reclusive icon has become increasingly aware of why his roots remain firmly planted in the Midlands. As all great artists he seems to live somewhere between the real world and the blessed outer circle of day to day. 
Scott’s latest album ‘Home2’ is acontrasting companion to his much praised 2014 break out record Home Part 1, the new album finds Matthews in many senses returning to the source, driven by what he describes as A need to rekindle a relationship with artist I was 10 years ago, but joining forces with the artist I am today.

 

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

Bridport Ceilidhs featuring Jigfoot with Ray Goodswen calling at Church House (St Mary's) Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW - 7.30 - 11.00pm dance.
Soft drinks provided; bring a bottle, bring finger food snacks to share, bring a friend “ bring two! “ and make a party of it!   Tickets in advance from Bridport Music Shop, South Street and Lime Tree Deli, West Street, or telephone organiser Monty on 01308 423442 or email.
See website for more information
Leveret – Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX - Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm - Tickets £14.00 advance, £15.00 door, £1 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £8.00 under 18s and students with ID. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500

Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as masters of their instrument and involved in numerous collaborations with a huge range of artists. Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity.

Leveret’s music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new, with original settings of ancient tunes sitting alongside new compositions by some of today’s finest tunesmiths. Their music is not arranged at all in the conventional sense: instead it is played entirely in the moment, combining consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity in a sound which feels both timeless and contemporary.

Awarded Musician of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016 – the third time he has won this award – Andy Cutting is a soulful and technically outstanding melodeon practitioner with an ear for a fine tune. Andy takes the title from Sam Sweeney, who bagged the same award in 2015, thanks to his work with Bellowhead, Eliza Carthy’s Wayward Band and The Full English. Concertina wizard Rob Harbron is known for his work with The Full English, Fay Hield, Jon Boden and more.

“Three of England’s finest traditional players weaving exquisite tapestries out of old and new tunes. Just sublime. I can’t recommend seeing them live enough. ” Verity Sharp, BBC Radio 3

The Oysters3 - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 8.00pm - £20.00 Full - £17.50 Concession - £15.00 Supporter. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
“Up close and personal: John Jones, Alan Prosser and Ian Telfer, the three founder members and creative heart of folk-rock legends Oysterband, invite you to an evening of fresh acoustic performance and not-entirely-discreet stories - an insight into their history, sometimes turbulent, often funny, with great songs from every era of a unique career.
“The idea arose from Sidmouth and Shrewsbury Festivals recently asking us to do ‘something different’ as well as the regular Oysterband style of concert. We more or less improvised the show and it went down a storm - and we wondered how on earth we’d never thought of doing this before!”

 

Sunday 5 March

Nigel Challis - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website Nigel is a highly popular Exmouth 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.

Storytelling Sunday: Storytelling Start-Up - Endecott House, High Street, Chagford TQ13 8AY - 10am-4.30pm
Rakes Adrift - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 7.30pm - £5.00 - To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Featuring fiddle, melodeon, banjo, guitar, whistle and bodhran, ‘Rakes Adrift’ combine traditional and contemporary music and song to create an exciting and varied sound, ranging from rousing jigs, reels and lively songs to slower tunes and ballads. Back at the Plough by popular demand! Please note earlier than usual start time for this special Sunday Gallery Gig.

Regular events 1st Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor - Stanley Accrington - Book by email
Stanley Accrington emerged from the dark days of the late 1970's and has been terrorising the cultural world ever since. He has written hundreds of songs in a range of styles on a vast range of subjects. There are old-style songs on current happenings and modern style songs on ancient events. There are poems, pastiches, parodies, and possibly anything. Apart from the silly and very silly material, Stanley has always been writing serious songs to confuse the situation further. He has been performing all over UK and occasionally beyond at a wide variety of locations and events. The pigeon-hole to put this stuff in is "miscellaneous-ish". Stanley had done over 1500 gigs including over 200 Folk Festivals, and many radio appearances. He has performed at weddings, a black-pudding cookery demonstration, an anti-motorway demonstration, a theme night on “bees”, and a moorland restaurant’s Septic Tank Opening Night, to name but a few of the odd places he has ended up in.
Monday 6 March
"Acoustic Warehouse" Passage House Inn Hackney Lane Kingsteignton TQ12 3QH For more information - visit FaceBook
Tuesday 7 March
Cosgrave & Banks - Longdown, Holcombe Burnell Church, EX6 7RZ - 7.30pm. To book tickets, please telephone 01392 811246 - Villages in Action - for more information visit website

Mike Cosgrave and Steve Banks have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo. Mike started his musical career with renowned late 90’s Celtic/World music crossover Sin é. He has since worked with artists as diverse as the late “Celtic Soul” singer Jackie Leven and current star of the English scene Jackie Oates, as well as bluegrass virtuoso’s Daily Planet and highly regarded singer-songwriters Jenny Crook and Reg Meuross.

Steve started out as a violinist with the likes of the London Symphony Orchestra, but then moved to folk as drummer/fiddler with the Carnival Band, including their ever-popular Christmas tours with folk legend Maddy Prior. He went on to form his own band, Blue Jewel, which had a strong Devon following, and recorded two albums, with material written or arranged by Steve (Dart Songs and John Smart’s Bottle).

Both are gifted multi-instrumentalists and writers. Mike plays accordion, guitar and whistle; Steve the fiddle, vocals and guitar. Their programme is a smorgasbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). Their debut CD ‘Warp and Weft’ was released in 2016 to excellent reviews.

“Gypsy jazz, folk, classical and much more for all those who like the highest standard of musicianship… seek them out and you will be amazed.”  Whats Afoot Magazine

Regular events 1st Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Graham Knight - Meter Rite
DANCE - Fraddon Folk Dance Club (Cornwall)
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - open night
Wednesday 8 March

An intimate gig with Chris Foster and an opening set from Phil Beer - The Bridge Inn Bridge Hill, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ. Doors at 7.00pm - Tickets £10.00 . Please email or telephone 07867506277 for more information. Very smal number of tickets left

Regular events 2nd Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Aileen Wills - Jigs for Gigs 
MUSIC - Bradninch Acoustic Music Club - singers night
Thursday 9 March

Open Mic Night - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 9.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website Enjoy an evening of music from anyone who would like to come along and perform in a relaxed atmosphere. This monthly event has so far included a wide range of musical genres from classical to pop and performances from solo singers to instrumental ensembles. So if you have a musical talent to share please come along and join in.

Daria Kulesh with special guests Velvet and Stone - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH - 7.30pm - Tickets £10.00 from WeGotTickets
Moscow-born Daria Kulesh combines a “truly extraordinary voice” with strong Russian and Ingush heritage. Her debut solo album Eternal Child was described as “phenomenal” by FATEA Magazine and named “Album of the Month” and Runner Up in “Best Album of 2015 from a Female Artist” by FolkWords, among numerous other accolades, awards and nominations.
Velvet & Stone are an indie-folk band from Devon, UK. They combine rich vocals, acoustic guitar and violin, to give an original take on a traditional genre. Drawing upon personal stories, melancholy Celtic tales and landscapes, they create a serene, and haunting sound that is difficult to forget.

Free Concert - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ
It’s fitting that for our tenth Crabshell “free” concert, Janet & John will be our first guests. They brought our first concert in 2015 to a stomping end and we’re so glad they’re back again. Mahrey Berthoud is an accomplished musician and singing coach. Mahrey is half of the “Songsisters” but will be solo this time to delight us with fine singing accompanied by gentle guitar with, perhaps, a fiddle tune thrown in as well. After the break, Jane & Gill will entertain. They attack all their songs with total commitment and enthusiasm. Apart from guitar, it’s just possible that Gill will wow us with her little ukulele. In November 2016, John & Tricia (“Silvington”) finished the concert with a great set. They’ve been invited back and rumour has it they may have their first CD to promote! No need to book; all we ask is that you will be sitting down ready for us to start at 8.00pm. To get a good seat get in early! We hope you can join us. We thank the Crabshell Inn for use of the room.Telephone Paul Rossiter 01548 852841.

 

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Kris Drever - support Kaia Kater - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - 8.00pm - £12.00 (£10.00) - Seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website

To simply call Kris Drever ‘a folksinger’ would be like saying that Lau, the acclaimed band in which he also sings and plays, is ‘a Scottish folk trio’. Both true descriptions but reductive ones that only hint at the progressive joys contained in the music of each.

Kris Drever launches into 2016 with a brand new studio album If Wishes Were Horses . With it he celebrates his first decade as an acclaimed solo artist and songwriter. The new album is his first for six years (during which time his band Lau have established themselves as the most widely acclaimed and musically progressive trio in British folk music).

If Wishes Were Horses is a collection of semi-biographical songs covering the universal, and not so universal, themes of education, politics, sex, love, ennui, self-employment, social migration and Shetland. Drever’s recent outpouring of songs stems from a move back to the Northern Isles, Shetland this time rather than his native Orkney and the discovery of new lyrical voices to describe his life, times and wild new surroundings.

Helping Kris to realise this album are the renowned guitar genius Ian Carr, ace bassist Euan Burton and Admiral Fallow frontman Louis Abbott on drums and vocals.

Drever’s voice and guitar now form a part of the backbone of today’s contemporary roots and folk scene. Hugely admired as a solo artist, collaborator, and member of folk superstars Lau, he is a phenomenal and prolific artist. Drever has already played alongside Jack Bruce, Bela Fleck, Tinariwen, Joan As Police Woman, Jerry Douglas, Danny Thompson, Tim O’Brien, Sarah Jarosz, Shawn Colvin, Phil Cunningham, Rosanne Cash, Roddy Woomble, Eddi Reader, Adem, Kate Rusby, Julie Fowlis, Karine Polwart and many more.

 

Regular events 2nd Thursday
DANCE - Tavistock Folk Dance Club - Frances Oates
DANCE - Exmouth Folk Dance Club - club callers
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Jane Thomas - The More The Merrier
MUSIC - Brixham Blues - BBT2 - Kent DuChaine - BBT2 Brixham Blues Club, Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham TQ5 9AH
Since going solo in 1982 and hitting the road in the United States, Kent and his National Duolian guitar 'Leadbessie' have probably clocked up over two million miles together, promoting the delta blues and blues music in general. Kent will also speak of the history of the blues, the great men and women who developed it and his incredible involvement with some of them.

SONG - Totnes Folk Song Club - Guest Night - Judy Cook - 8.00pm - Admission £6.00 - performers £5.00

“One of the finest exponents of ballad singing that the current American folk music revival has produced” ----Louis Killen Fresh Insight into Old Songs - Plenty of Choruses - Vast & Varied Repertoire - Splendid Ballads
For more information contact Anne & Steve Gill 01803 290427 or Andy Clarke 01803 732312

Friday 10 March
Alex Hart and her Band - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 9.00pm Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
Alex Hart is a young country/folk singer from Devon. Since releasing her first studio album ‘On This Day’ she has embarked on European and UK tours both supporting and playing in the band of Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre, and held her own on a UK tour and festivals through the South West. Alex is now working with Grammy award winner Terry Britten (famous for Tina Turner’s ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’) on new material for release in 2017, with a new band lineup that brings vocal harmony to the foreground.
Church House Concerts - Kitty McFarlane - The Church House, South Tawton, Devon EX20  2LQ 8.00pm Tickets £8.00 telephone 01837 840775 or go to website
Kitty is a young singer songwriter from Somerset fresh off a tour supporting Kathryn Roberts and Sean Wakeman. Her live set showcases the clarity and gravity of her vocals and dynamic guitar accompaniment, with themes as diverse as inundated Somerset Levels, climate change, adolescence and worries about mortality, beside interpretations of traditional folk songs. "A young star whose fire is smouldering gently, not long surely off catching and taking hold...A crystal clear ringing voice and finely picked guitar providing the Macfarlane hallmark.”
Contra Dance - St Matthews Hall, Clifton Street, Exeter EX1 2BS - 7.30pm  - Caller Jeremy Child - music Chris Toyne's One man Band. A monthly series of Contra Cost £5.00 per person. Beginners welcome.  Soft drinks, tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. For more information visit website
Kit Holmes with Al Greenwood – Blues - Clayhidon Parish Hall, EX15 3PL - 7.30pm. To book tickets, please telephone 01823 681047 - Villages in Action - for more information visit website

Enjoy an uplifting evening of gorgeous guitar, poignant lyrics and feisty fiddle paying, all with Kit’s incredible sense of fun! Kit’s trademark sultry vocals and virtuoso playing have wowed audiences across the UK through extensive touring with John Etheridge. The Observer described her music as “Macy Gray meets Nick Drake” and both Bob Harris and Andy Kershaw have featured her on their BBC shows.

Kit’s recent concerts include the Anne Frank Awards at the BBC, Paul McCartney’s LIPA, a performance for Bill Bryson and Andy Kershaw and a headline show at the International Guitar Festival. Kit’s eagerly anticipated third album, Driving into the Blue, which features the legendary double bass player Danny Thompson, received high critical acclaim. Expect an enthralling and energetic live performance of ‘blues-driven roots with a soul sensibility.’

‘Full of warmth…an absolute delight.’ The Observer - ‘Impressive…a new British guitar heroine.’ **** The Guardian

The Kit Hillbillies - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ - 8.30pm
The Kit Hillbillies are an old-timey, bluegrassy, ragtimey, toe-tappy, good-timey string band from the Deep South (of England)! They specialise in acoustic Americana that's rootsy, retro and uptempo. They place particular emphasis on old-fashioned harmony singing. Their repertoire includes traditional old-time favourites such as "Man of Constant Sorrow" and "In the Jailhouse Now" or the rattling bluegrass drive of "Duelling Banjos" and "Foggy Mountain Breakdown". Some original bluesy songs too (with many a knowing nod to the backwoods and badlands of Devon & Cornwall) alongside some modern classics by the likes of Johnny Cash & Steve Earle... in short, it's the makings of a rousing, stomping night of tunes. For more information go to Facebook
Regular events 2nd Friday
Saturday 11 March
Ceilidh with FOOT - Dartington Village Hall, Cott Road, Dartington TQ9 6HY - 7.00pm - Tickets: adult £6.00, child £3.00, U8 free. Dance to the Folk Orchestra Of Torbay. Fundraiser for for Amnesty and Wren Music.

Pete Falloon - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Pete Falloon is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His beautiful songs are influenced by his love for the Devon’s natural environment, and are in the vain of classic folk/pop acts such as Simon & Garfunkel, The Byrds, James Taylor, The Stone Roses and The Barr Brothers.  Today Pete will be joined by guitarist Matt Palmer who also plays with local folk-rock legend Rosie Eade as a duo

Barn Dance (& Supper) with Rumpus Ceilidh Band- St Matthias Church Hall, Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HW - 7.30pm - Tickets £10.00, family (2+2) £25.00 - telephone 01803 323801. Proceeds to TOPS Musical Productions to enable them to continue producing full-scale musical in Torbay. Licensed bar.

Exeter Secret Gigs presents - KIMWEI - Secret Venue - 7.00pm - tickets £5.00+ from WeGotTickets
ESG is excited and proud to welcome back the original founder of Exeter Secret Gigs - the one and only KIMWEI - for a homecoming gig after more than a year away from the UK.

For those who have not heard Kimwei before, her music can be hard to describe. She is a virtuoso guitarist (featured on Sky TV's "Guitar Star")and her own compositions range from pop-influenced chorus singalongs, to more meditative and esoteric musical and lyrical explorations. The unifying force is a deep passion and commitment to the creative process and the enquiring mind.

 

Kit Holmes with Al Greenwood – Blues - Hockworthy Village Hall, TA21 0NW - Doors 6.30pm music starts 7.30pm. To book tickets, please telephone 01823 673268 - Villages in Action - for more information visit website

Enjoy an uplifting evening of gorgeous guitar, poignant lyrics and feisty fiddle paying, all with Kit’s incredible sense of fun! Kit’s trademark sultry vocals and virtuoso playing have wowed audiences across the UK through extensive touring with John Etheridge. The Observer described her music as “Macy Gray meets Nick Drake” and both Bob Harris and Andy Kershaw have featured her on their BBC shows.

Kit’s recent concerts include the Anne Frank Awards at the BBC, Paul McCartney’s LIPA, a performance for Bill Bryson and Andy Kershaw and a headline show at the International Guitar Festival. Kit’s eagerly anticipated third album, Driving into the Blue, which features the legendary double bass player Danny Thompson, received high critical acclaim. Expect an enthralling and energetic live performance of ‘blues-driven roots with a soul sensibility.’

‘Full of warmth…an absolute delight.’ The Observer - ‘Impressive…a new British guitar heroine.’ **** The Guardian

World Unlimited - Duotone - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £10.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information
Duotone is the alias of songwriter Barney Morse-Brown, cellist with multi-platinum artist Birdy and BBC Folk Award winners the Imagined Village, Chris Wood, Eliza Carthy and Jackie Oates.Duotone’s new album Let’s Get Low, written at home on his narrowboat, reveals a songwriter who is unafraid to explore real-life experiences that are often hidden from view after two years in the making, presents a new perspective on his experiences and explores the meaning of home and his sense of place. 'This is some of the most amazing music you'll witness' BBC Radio 4 'A hidden gem' Observer

 

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

Storytelling in Topsham - Cradle of Life told by Vergine Gulbenkian - The Bridge Inn, Bridge Hill, Topsham EX3 0QQ - 8.00pm (Doors 7.45) - see website for for more information and tickets.
South Brent Folk's great annual Family Céilidh - Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - South Brent Village Hall - 7.30pm (doors open 7.00pm) All welcome - Bar and Refreshments available. Tickets from artworks £7.50 adults; £2.50 children. For more informationtelephone Eileen 01364 73699 or email or visit website
One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area.
Mad Dog Mcre + Noble Jacks + Biere De Luxe. - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 7.30pm - £16.50+ Standing £18.00 balcony - 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.

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

Folk concerts in Teignmouth - Dipper Malkin - Alice Cross Centre, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., TQ14 9BT. 8.00pm - Tickets £12.00 door, £10.00 reserved in advance. Telephone 01626 775517 for advance ticket sales or more information email Visit website
Dipper Malkin is the “potent combination” (Folk Radio UK) of two musicians that have spent their careers to date involved in groundbreaking projects. John Dipper (viola d’amore) was one third of The English Acoustic Collective alongside Chris Wood and Robert Harbron and currently works with string quartet Methera, while Dave Malkin (guitar, voice) was a founding member of trio Tandem, stylishly combining traditionally informed compositions with live electronics. Support is Reuben Lenkiewicz, a local Teignmouth Classical Guitarist. A night for music lovers.

DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Eileen Nightingale - Pendragon - Willand Village Hall, Gables Road, Willand, Cullompton, Devon EX15 2PL - 8.00pm - Admission £7.00 - bring and share supper - raffle. For more information please telephone Marilyn Broom 01404 47200 or Zena Roberts 01884 253546 - or visit website
Regular events 2nd Saturday
SONG - Open night Shammick Acoustic - Open Night with Judy Cook
Sunday 12 March

Reef of Moonshine - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
An amazing duo who perform new arrangements of popular melodic songs....drawn from the worlds of folk, country and soul music.

Kit Holmes with Al Greenwood – Blues - Brentor Village Hall
PL19 0LZ - Doors 8.00pm. To book tickets, please telephone 01823 673268 - Villages in Action - for more information visit website

Enjoy an uplifting evening of gorgeous guitar, poignant lyrics and feisty fiddle paying, all with Kit’s incredible sense of fun! Kit’s trademark sultry vocals and virtuoso playing have wowed audiences across the UK through extensive touring with John Etheridge. The Observer described her music as “Macy Gray meets Nick Drake” and both Bob Harris and Andy Kershaw have featured her on their BBC shows.

Kit’s recent concerts include the Anne Frank Awards at the BBC, Paul McCartney’s LIPA, a performance for Bill Bryson and Andy Kershaw and a headline show at the International Guitar Festival. Kit’s eagerly anticipated third album, Driving into the Blue, which features the legendary double bass player Danny Thompson, received high critical acclaim. Expect an enthralling and energetic live performance of ‘blues-driven roots with a soul sensibility.’

‘Full of warmth…an absolute delight.’ The Observer - ‘Impressive…a new British guitar heroine.’ **** The Guardian

World Unlimited - Bob Fox - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £10.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information
Bob Fox - The WarHorse Songman - For over 40 years BOB FOX has toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe, USA, New Zealand and Australia, performing mostly solo but also alongside such musical heavyweights as Ralph McTell, Richard Thompson, and Fairport Convention. Twice nominated as Best Folk Singer in the BBC Folk Awards Bob has long been a favourite on the live circuit. Bob played the role of SONGMAN in The National Theatre’s multi-award winning West End production of WarHorse 2011-2013 and subsequently in the highly acclaimed and record breaking UK, Ireland and South Africa touring version which ended in February 2015. Since then Bob has returned to the concert platform with his “Evening with the War Horse Songman” show and “The Pitmen Poets” project as well as doing solo performances throughout Britain and abroad.
Don’t miss a chance to experience his warm, rich voice, virtuoso guitar style and newly acquired melodeon playing skill as he performs some the songs from WarHorse along with additional material from the newly written BBC Radio Ballads and old favourites from his many recordings.
This event is a great opportunity to see one of the finest exponents of storytelling through song.

 

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

Regular events 2nd Sunday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club -Vin Garbutt - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF - 8.00pm - Tickets £12.00 advance Got to WeGotTickets £14.00 on the door
A Topsham Folk Club guest night. Vin Garbutt’s career has spanned over 40 years of constant world wide touring which must make him some kind of elder statesman of folk. His songs were inspired by the folk tradition at the beginning of his career, they still are but have transformed into gritty social comment and life observations. He is renowned for his hilarious intros but for him his song lyrics are the crux of his performance. 
Monday 13 March
 
Regular events 2nd Monday
STORYTELLING - South Devon Storytellers Join us for more tall tales and riveting renditions of traditional stories. Bring along a story to share, or just come along to listen!

This month Mavis will be leading our journey through the Norse myths - after the break, there will be the opportunity for anyone to share a story (no more than 10 minutes please, without notes or prompts). The theme this month, as ever entirely optional, is ARROW.
Tuesday 14 March
Hanlons Folk at the Brewery - Barry Lister and Friends Moira Craig/Malcolm Austen Guest MC Jon Shapley - Craft theme Stained glass (Geoff Markley). Half Moon Village, EX5 5AE. Doors 7.30pm - Scratch band 7.45pm starts 8.00pm - Singers and Musicians welcome. Entry £6.00 includes Pint & Pasty. Traditional songs, music, dance or stories. Great atmosphere and acoustics! For more information email telephone 01363 82621 visit website
Regular events 2nd Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Jane Thomas
Wednesday 15 March
 
Regular events 3rd Wednesday
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club Halsway Manor - Musician's Week
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Simon Maplesden - Stick the Fiddle       
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 16 March

Becky’s Folk - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 8.30pm. Go to Bicton Inn website Exmouth‘s favourite songstress, Becky Brookes presents an evening of acoustic folk and country music. Everyone is welcome to take part, lead a tune or join in with the session. Musicians of all abilities are welcome. 

Concert by Blackheart Orchestra - Poltimore House. Exeter Devon EX4 0AU - Doors open 6.30pm Concert begins 7.30pm - Tickets £13-00 per person. Come and enjoy the eclectic music of Blackheart Orchestra, World renowned,award winning singer,song writer, multi instrumentalist duo. Licensed Bar.  Snacks available to purchase. For full details and tickets go to website

Rag Mama Rag - Otterton Mill, Otterton, nr Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 7HG - 8.00pm Tickets £15.00 (price covers the music only) Visit website

A welcome return for Mill favourites Rag Mama Rag. Husband and wife duo, Ashley and Deborah, deliver a barnstorming mix of 20’s and 30’s Mississippi Blues and ragtime, alongside original compositions. Playing everything from lapsteel and bottleneck guitar to dobro, ukelele, washboard, harmonica, spoons and African drum, they’ll have your feet tapping and a smile on your face from start to finish.

To book, telephone 01395 568521 or visit the craft shop in the mill building - website

The concerts take place in the Mill’s intimate restaurant setting, and music-goers can enjoy great menus of seasonal food between 6 to 7.30pm. Music starts at 8.00pm. (Note: ticket prices shown cover music only).  

Regular events 3rd Thursday
DANCE - Tavistock Folk Dance Club - Club callers
DANCE - Exmouth Folk Dance Club - Janet Bulpin
Friday 17 March
Lazy Divide - The Olde Plough Inn, Fore Street, Bere Ferrers PL20 7JL - music from 9.00pm 
Dumbos Feather - St. Patrick's Day - The Park Hotel, 14 Exeter Road, Exmouth EX8 1QH - 9.00pm - As always, the band shall be performing high quality reels, polkas, jigs and airs galore to gladden even the least Irish of hearts, as well as inviting the audience to sing along to many a traditional Irish folk song. Tonia and Pete have worked wonders since taking over this venue and refurbishing it beautifully, so they'll be sure to have Guinness and whiskey a'plenty to make you feel like you're actually in the oul country.
St Patricks Night at The Mill with Scraping The Barrel and Out To Grass - The Millbridge Inn, 23 Molesworth Road, Plymouth PL1 5LZ. Scraping The Barrel from 6.00-8.00pm followed by Out To Grass from 9.00pm onwards.
Gadarene + support The Houghton Brothers - Gallery Gig - standing + bookable seats on balcony Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 8.00pm - Full £10.00 - Concession £9.00 - Supporter £8.00  
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Gadarene are: Nick Wyke, Matt Norman, Jon Dyer, Laurel Swift & Si Paull.
They blend obscure traditional English tunes, virtuoso acoustic musicians, funky beats and loads of energy. They create a sophisticated and exciting performance, drawing on many diverse musical influences, yet making a sound that is all their own.The band's mission is to take little known dance tunes of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and get audiences dancing to them again. Support from The Houghton Brothers 8pm - 8.30pm

 

Laurie Ward & John McLoughlin - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 9.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Talented musicians John (keyboards & vocals) & Laurie (guitar & vocals) will be putting their own special twist on a selection of popular reggae, indie and pop classics, together with some of their own compelling songs. All guaranteed to lift the roof.

Film: “Dartmoor Entertainers” - Lustleigh Village Hall - 7.30pm - Tickets £7.50 available from The Lustleigh Dairy telephonw 01647 277498 or email.
Presented by The Lustleigh Society. The film will be introduced by Bill Murray. Dave Wills & Len Harvey (of the Kelly Quarry Blasters) and Jason Rice, Mark Bazeley, Rob Murch (of the Dartmoor Pixie Band) will be making personal appearances on the night. The film is being shown with the kind agreement of The South West Film Archive. In aid of the Lustleigh Community Archive. Bar.

St.Patrick’s Day Party - Paddy’s Whiskers - The Snooty Fox, 89-91 Fore Street, St. Marychurch, Torquay, Devon TQ1 4PZ - 9.00pm.
Paignton based Irish/Celtic/American band with 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. 

Live music starts at 9.00pm and entrance is free. Venue can be contacted on 01803 323312. More information on website 

Phil Beer - Chudleigh Community Hall, Lawn Drive, Chudleigh TQ13 0LS - 7.30pm - Tickets £14.00 - email  Sue or telephone 01626 853651. Licensed bar. Unreserved seating.
FB Pocket Orchestra Blues, Ragtime, Hot Jazz, Songs & Dances from Long Ago - Lympstone Village Hall, EX8 5JY - Doors 8.00pm. To book tickets, please telephone 01395 272243 - Villages in Action - for more information visit website

Working backwards from the 1930s, the FB Pocket Orchestra explores repertoire that formed the embryo of what is now known as popular music.

The members originally began playing together simply as an exercise in exploring heritage repertoire – taking on a few informal performances and recording dates as schedules allowed. The FBPO became an ‘official’ project in the spring of 2012 and released its first album in the October. The aims of the Pocket Orchestra are to present a contemporary slant on popular acoustic music from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.

‘Atmospheric, yet vibrant, this charming collection of songs will make you wish you had been born some 100 years ago. The style, glamour and ‘fabulousness’ of this era is captured beautifully on the album.’ Jazz FM

SONG - Exeter Folk and Acoustic Music Club - Guests – Si Barron - support Graham Butterfield - 8.00pm - Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) - Paid in advance - £8.00; Advanced notice without pre-payment - £10.00 (paid on the door).
For more information/ ticket enquiries email,  telephone 01392 210983 - visit website visit FaceBook
Simon Barron is a brilliant rich-voiced singer, guitarist and songwriter performing songs based in the tradition. He "communicates an infectious love of English music through his exciting and relaxed renditions of the tradition and his own strongly narrative songs" on acoustic guitar, dulcimer and pedal-organ. Visit website

 

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman - BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo 2016 and 2013 - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX - Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm - Tickets £13.00 advance, £14.00 door, £1 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £6.00 under 18s and students with ID. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500
Not just one, but two nights with Kathryn and Sean, one of the UK Folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships and big favourites with our Calstock Arts audience. Twice winners of the Best Duo prize at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as ‘songwriters par excellence’ (fRoots), whose original songs cover such subjects as wicked mermaids, Norwegian legends and a lonely whale. After twenty years collaboration with Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn and Sean have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British Folk.

“Kathryn Roberts smoky, assertive vocals are a tasty feast for listeners craving music that requires a sharp mind and an open heart.” Billboard Magazine
“As a guitarist, producer and co-songwriter, Sean Lakeman is one of the unsung heroes of modern British folk.” MOJO

Harbottle & Jonas - Ring O'Bells, 44 High St, Chagford TQ13 8AH
St Patrick's Day. Totnes-based traditional folk duo of guitarist David and concertina player Freya.
Regular events 3rd Friday
SONG - Milton Abbot (Ma's) Folk Club - Jon Heslop - 8.00pm - £5.00 entry
DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance - The Eelgrinders David Faulkner : English bagpipes, whistles, trumpet, Lawrence Morgan-Anstee : English bagpipes, whistles, Helena Torpy : Violin, percussion, voice, Steve Turner : Accordion Supported by TRaM - 8.00pm Doors open at 7.45pm St Matthews Hall, Newtown, Exeter. EX1 2LJ Admission £7.00
Saturday 18 March

Grace & Fire - The Brewery Band - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN - 7.30pm - Tickets Adults £12.00, young people £5.00 available from the Dartington website and box office telephone 01803 847070, or on the door.

From  the Wigmore Hall to the windswept islands of Shetland, The Brewery Band are the vibrant new approach to historical performance. Performing mainly from memory, folk musician fiddle player turned baroque violinist Morag Johnston and internationally acclaimed lutenist Matthew Wadsworth, here playing a theorbo, breathe new energy into an exciting programme drawing on both the baroque and folk music traditions. Matthew Wadsworth has performed at the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room as well as at festivals from Beverley and Budapest, to Vancouver and York. Morag Johnston grew up in Shetland steeped in the folk music tradition, before taking up the baroque violin, and remains a principal member of the groups Northern Lights and Tappit Hens!
n.b. Please note Morag and Matthew are not part of the Somerset based ceilidh band of the same name.

Shelly Beach Boys - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 8.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
The ever popular Shelly Beach Boys are back with their usual mix of fun and mischief. This fun time band features guitars, percussion and vocals and their unique renditions of pop and rock classics guarantees audience participation.

World Unlimited -Harbottle & Jonas + Velvet & Stone - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 3.00pm - Tickets £7.50+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
Harbottle & Jonas are a stunning young folk duo based in Totnes, Devon. Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. They have received plaudits from folk royalty including Seth Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, Declan Sinnott, BBC Introducing and have recently been endorsed by Seasalt Clothing. Playing over 100 gigs each year, these troubadours are to be found far and wide across our beautiful island. Velvet & Stone are an indie-folk band from Devon, UK. They combine rich vocals, acoustic guitar and violin, to give an original take on a traditional genre.

 

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

World Unlimited -William the Conqueror - 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
Once a treasure of the folk circuit, Ruarri Joseph had been leading a double existence, 4 studio albums in under his own name the singer created an alter-ego, William the Conqueror, as a way of being able to play live music away from the obligatory promotional touring. Bursting with retro-infused energy, there are a myriad influences, underpinned by a taste for good, old-fashioned roots. An invite to Nashville and a nomination for an Americana award already under the belt, be sure to keep a close eye on William’s endeavours in 2017.

 

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

Peter James Millson  - Venezia, Piazza Terracina, 61 Waterside, The Quay, Exeter EX2 8GY  - 7.30pm - free entry
Ceilidh evening - St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter, EX4 7AH. Live band JAMAS - 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm. and licensed bar. Tickets £7.00 from the organiser please email.
Reg Meuross - St Andrew’s Church, Market Place, Colyton, nr Seaton EX24 6JS -  7.30pm - £12.00 (with concession of £10.00 for Friends of St Andrews Church and £5 for under 18) - Include a glass of wine/soft drink and nibbles!
Reg Meuross is a true modern troubadour, representing contemporary English folk writing at its best. 2017 heralds a new solo album to be released in the Spring, a fresh collection of songs from Reg Meuross which comment bravely on life as he sees it, bringing wide ranging stories, from the ravages of austerity and the injustice of the plight of refugees, to some of most beautifully disarming love songs ever written. Reg will preview songs from this new album at Colyton, as well as performing a selection of old favourites from the Meuross catalogue. “A mighty songwriter and an equally fine singer” Martin Carthy. Visit website for more information

Crow Puppets - St.Lawrence Chapel, Ashburton, TQ13 7DD. Doors open 7:30pm - Tickets £8.00 from Ian Pickvance telephone 01364 653500 or email. Refreshments available, all profits go to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Devon duo Cara Roxanne and Em Marshall bring their own style of homespun Folk with close harmonies and a hotchpotch of instruments, weaving mysterious imagery and tender lyrics. Both women have their own distinctive sound and working together has given rise to an exciting contrast in their songwriting, re-living memories of forgotten landscapes and rugged terrain. Well known on the south west circuit, they are currently recording their second album with Jay Darlington of Oasis.

 

Cosgrave & Banks - Manaton Parish Hall, TQ13 9UJ - 7.30pm. To book tickets, please telephone 01647 221600 - Villages in Action - for more information visit website

Mike Cosgrave and Steve Banks have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo. Mike started his musical career with renowned late 90’s Celtic/World music crossover Sin é. He has since worked with artists as diverse as the late “Celtic Soul” singer Jackie Leven and current star of the English scene Jackie Oates, as well as bluegrass virtuoso’s Daily Planet and highly regarded singer-songwriters Jenny Crook and Reg Meuross.

Steve started out as a violinist with the likes of the London Symphony Orchestra, but then moved to folk as drummer/fiddler with the Carnival Band, including their ever-popular Christmas tours with folk legend Maddy Prior. He went on to form his own band, Blue Jewel, which had a strong Devon following, and recorded two albums, with material written or arranged by Steve (Dart Songs and John Smart’s Bottle).

Both are gifted multi-instrumentalists and writers. Mike plays accordion, guitar and whistle; Steve the fiddle, vocals and guitar. Their programme is a smorgasbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). Their debut CD ‘Warp and Weft’ was released in 2016 to excellent reviews.

“Gypsy jazz, folk, classical and much more for all those who like the highest standard of musicianship… seek them out and you will be amazed.”  Whats Afoot Magazine

Alasdair Roberts Trio - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - doors 7.30pm. Tickets £12.00 (+booking fee if paid for by card) advance £15.00 on the door. Tickets are available from the B-Bar in person (daily from 11am) via the Barbican Theatre website or telephone 01752 242021.

The B-Bar & The Barbican Theatre are delighted to announce the return of Scottish folk artist Alasdair Roberts performing in the Barbican Theatre auditorium with his trio featuring Alex Neilson (drums) and Stevie Jones (bass). Support from Sound of Yell.

Alasdair Roberts is a Scottish musician, born in Germany, who was raised near Callander and has been based in Glasgow since 1995. He is primarily a songwritercomposer, singer and acoustic fingerstyle guitarist as well as an interpreterarranger of traditional songs and ballads from Scotland and beyond

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman - BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo 2016 and 2013 - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX - Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm - Tickets £13.00 advance, £14.00 door, £1 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £6.00 under 18s and students with ID. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500
Not just one, but two nights with Kathryn and Sean, one of the UK Folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships and big favourites with our Calstock Arts audience. Twice winners of the Best Duo prize at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as ‘songwriters par excellence’ (fRoots), whose original songs cover such subjects as wicked mermaids, Norwegian legends and a lonely whale. After twenty years collaboration with Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn and Sean have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British Folk.

“Kathryn Roberts smoky, assertive vocals are a tasty feast for listeners craving music that requires a sharp mind and an open heart.” Billboard Magazine
“As a guitarist, producer and co-songwriter, Sean Lakeman is one of the unsung heroes of modern British folk.” MOJO

Richard Digance Golden Anniversary Tour - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ - 8.00pm - Tickets £15.00 - Box office 01752 892220. For more information go to website
Join Richard for a celebration of his 50 years of songs and stories that led to a BAFTA Nomination and The British Academy of Composers Gold Award. 31 albums, music for Bill Bryson’s audio book and over 3 million YouTube views prove it was a successful journey. He is supported by acoustic duo The Broadside Boys on their first British tour as they promote their new album Plenty More Fish In The Sea. Also art exhibition and meet and greet from 5pm prior to the show.
Sunday 19 March

Jas Walker - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Jas is a talented singer, musician and songwriter who has performed at venues and festivals throughout the South West and produced several successful albums. His original songs which feature powerful melodies and enchanting lyrics are beauitully rendered by has versatile voice and intricate guitar style. Today, Jas will play a selection of popular covers as well as some of his own inspirational songs.

FB Pocket Orchestra Blues, Ragtime, Hot Jazz, Songs & Dances from Long Ago - Cheriton Fitzpaine Parish Hall EX17 4JW - Doors open 3.30pm music starts at 4.00pm. To book tickets, please telephone 01363 866279 - Villages in Action - for more information visit website

Working backwards from the 1930s, the FB Pocket Orchestra explores repertoire that formed the embryo of what is now known as popular music.

The members originally began playing together simply as an exercise in exploring heritage repertoire – taking on a few informal performances and recording dates as schedules allowed. The FBPO became an ‘official’ project in the spring of 2012 and released its first album in the October. The aims of the Pocket Orchestra are to present a contemporary slant on popular acoustic music from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.

‘Atmospheric, yet vibrant, this charming collection of songs will make you wish you had been born some 100 years ago. The style, glamour and ‘fabulousness’ of this era is captured beautifully on the album.’ Jazz FM

Regular events 3rd Sunday
SONG -Folk on the Moor - Reg Meuross - Book by email
A consummate singer/songwriter, Reg has quietly perfected his art, producing deeply meaningful, moving songs. "Calling Meuross a singer-songwrter really doesn't do the man justice. Meuross doesn't write lines of lyrics. He writes short stories then sets them to some of the most captivating melodies you'll ever hear" (Pennyblack Music).
Monday 20 March
The Souper Equinox Storytelling Celebration - Redwoods, Northwoods, Dartington - 6.00pm "Doors" Open - 6.30pm start. Ends about 8.30pm (people welcome to stay around the fire). £8.00/£6.00 concessions (includes food). Cash bar available for hot & cold drinks. Tickets are limited, as space is limited, and we would like this to be a fairly intimate affair. Please book early to avoid disappointment, and to help us cater for the event appropriately and in good time. Tickets avaialble on website

Our storytellers will be Lisa Schneidau and Iwan Kushka (who will also have musical and visual accompaniment), and the event will be hosted by Faze (who may sneak a cheeky story in too!)

We will also have a small, simple ceremony to honour this auspicious day in the calendar and share with you some updates on the work of The Woodland Presents. 
Geoff Lakeman - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ - Tickets £15.00 includes a bar meal, can be obtained from TicketSource or telephone 01752 297604.
Geoff Lakeman, father of Seth, Sean and Sam, is a Cornishman who has lived on Dartmoor in Devon for almost four decades. He has been described as "a stalwart of the west country folk scene and the father of a virtual folk dynasty." It was Geoff and his wife Joy who inspired their sons' love of music. However it has taken Geoff 69 years before releasing his debut album, appropriately titled "After All These Years'. It's already getting rave reviews and national and local radio air time.
Tuesday 21 March
 
Regular events 3rd Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Eileen Nightingale
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - Sharon Lazibyrd - support To The Moon - 8.00pm, doors open at 7.45.  Entry £5.00 for aged 17+ (free for accompanied youngsters)

Sharon Lazibyrd is a striking and original performer who first performed at the club as half of the duo Lazibyrd, Winners of the South West Music Awards Best Folk Act of 2013.   A talented and quirky singer- songwriter who writes striking and melodic songs she continues to surprise and delight her audience. She is achieving this on a national and international radio stations and is currently riding many radio waves with her beautiful and intriguing song “What Time is Later” and most recently “Opium of the Masses”.  It is this promotional tour which brings her to Bradninch.  Sharon is a multi-instrumentalist and will also be accompanied by Damon  Bridge a melodeon player.  Among her fans are Bob Harris who has recorded her and Tom Robinson of BBC Radio 6.  Her work has been included in the FATEA showcase sessions and she was invited to take part in a BBC Introducing folk residential at Halsworthy. She also has had a track selected for a forthcoming album for UNICEF.  There will be three support spots on the evening. Greg Hancock a singer songwriter and musician based in Devon. He is a regular visitor to the club and is known for his acute observations and witty style. He is associated with many music projects in Exeter including From Syria with Love. Also Paul Scofield a roots & Blues guitarist who last appeared at the club with his own made cigar box guitar and Nick Girone-Maddox with his alt country music.  The club is held in the Function Room of the Castle Hotel Bradninch. 
The Bradninch Folk Club in its many guises can be contacted on 01392 881105 or on Facebook 

Wednesday 22 March
Widecombe Sailing Club presents Jackie Oates and Mike Cosgrave at the Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor, TQ13 7TA - Doors open for diners at 6.30pm. Tickets £24.00 for dinner and gig or £14.00 for gig only. Please contact Daf Edwards email telephone 07957 280129 - visit website
Jackie Oates is synonymous with the reinvigoration of English folk. Her mellifluous voice, plaintive fiddle and tantalizing approach to traditional songs gained her several BBC Folk Awards in a career that’s seen her perform as a member of the nascent Unthanks,collaborate with Alasdair Roberts and Belinda O’Hooley, and release five acclaimed solo albums. Mike Cosgrave started out with renowned late 90s Celtic/World music crossover band Sin é and he has gone on to work with artists as diverse as the late “Celtic Soul” singer Jackie Leven and – of course - current star of the English scene Jackie Oates, as well as bluegrass virtuosos Daily Planet and highly regarded singer-songwriters Jenny Crook and Reg Meuross. He recently formed a duo with virtuoso fiddler and guitarist Steve Banks, touring as Cosgrave & Banks.
Mambo Jambo - Kingston Reading Room, TQ7 4QE - 7.30pm. To book tickets, please telephone 01548 811242 - Villages in Action - for more information visit website

This friendly and talented Acoustic Roots duo will take you on an exciting and joyous musical journey, bringing together sounds from world, roots, folk and jazz, plus their own compositions. They can happily transport listeners on a musical tour around many of the world’’s musical hotspots with a repertoire that draws in a wide range of styles that might include Bluegrass, Latin & Caribbean New Orleans, Balkan and more. Blending all these influences, they create an upbeat rhythmic and rootsy sound all of their own – uniquely diverse as well as hugely enjoyable.

Frankie plays sax, vocals, clarinet, flute, guitar and percussion and Pete’’s on guitar, vocal, banjo, ukulele, tres (traditional Cuban guitar) accordion and suitcase. To describe their music as ‘’feel-good’’ is an understatement -– it’’s the sort of music that will send you home with a smile on your face and spring in your step at the end of the night!

‘”A fabulous musical treat’ Creative Arts East ‘An upbeat, feel-good concert’.” Live And Local
“‘Musical sunshine from a multi-talented and multi-instrumental duo.”’ Leeds Gig Guide

Regular events 4th Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Ted Farmer - Fresh Aire        
Thursday 23 March

Bicton Folk Night - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 8.30pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Exmouth Shanty Man Derek Brooks hosts a traditional folk night when a varied selection of singers and musicians perform.  If you sing or play an instrument why not come along and join in the session? Otherwise enjoy listening to a selection of lively acoustic music which usually includes lots of jolly jigs, reels and airs.

Paul Lamb & Chad Strentz - Otterton Mill, Otterton, nr Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 7HG - 8.00pm Tickets £15.00 (price covers the music only) Visit website

A welcome return from UK Blues legend Paul and duo partner Chad.  Paul has won countless awards, sold record-breaking number of albums and performed the world over with longstanding musical compatriots The King Snakes.  Inducted into the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame (alongside the likes of John Mayall and Alexis Korner), Paul is renowned globally for his infectious brand of music.  Recognised as one of the best blues singers in Europe, Chad brings to his vocals and guitar playing a captivating mix of blues, soul, rockabilly and more.

To book, telephone 01395 568521 or visit the craft shop in the mill building - website

The concerts take place in the Mill’s intimate restaurant setting, and music-goers can enjoy great menus of seasonal food between 6 to 7.30pm. Music starts at 8.00pm. (Note: ticket prices shown cover music only).  

Mambo Jambo - Milton Combe Village Hall, PL20 6HP - 7.30pm. To book tickets, please telephone 01822 854865 - Villages in Action - for more information visit website

This friendly and talented Acoustic Roots duo will take you on an exciting and joyous musical journey, bringing together sounds from world, roots, folk and jazz, plus their own compositions. They can happily transport listeners on a musical tour around many of the world’’s musical hotspots with a repertoire that draws in a wide range of styles that might include Bluegrass, Latin & Caribbean New Orleans, Balkan and more. Blending all these influences, they create an upbeat rhythmic and rootsy sound all of their own – uniquely diverse as well as hugely enjoyable.

Frankie plays sax, vocals, clarinet, flute, guitar and percussion and Pete’’s on guitar, vocal, banjo, ukulele, tres (traditional Cuban guitar) accordion and suitcase. To describe their music as ‘’feel-good’’ is an understatement -– it’’s the sort of music that will send you home with a smile on your face and spring in your step at the end of the night!

‘”A fabulous musical treat’ Creative Arts East ‘An upbeat, feel-good concert’.” Live And Local
“‘Musical sunshine from a multi-talented and multi-instrumental duo.”’ Leeds Gig Guide

Regular events 4th Thursday
DANCE - Tavistock Folk Dance Club - Chris Thorne
DANCE - Exmouth Folk Dance Club - Aileen Wills
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Ray Goodswen - Jeroka
Friday 24 March
Rakes Adrift are performing in Concert - The Village Inn, Youngaton Rd, Westward Ho!, Bideford EX39 1HU - Admission is free, and the concert starts at 9.00 p.m.

Rakes Adrift will be performing a mixture of traditional and contemporary numbers, ranging from rousing jigs, reels and lively songs to softer tunes and ballads, including some new additions to our set. Recent videoclips and photos can be viewed on our Rakes Adrift Facebook page.

Mambo Jambo - Peter Tavy Village Hall, PL19 9NS
To book tickets, please call - 7.30pm. To book tickets, please telephone 01822 810552 - Villages in Action - for more information visit website

This friendly and talented Acoustic Roots duo will take you on an exciting and joyous musical journey, bringing together sounds from world, roots, folk and jazz, plus their own compositions. They can happily transport listeners on a musical tour around many of the world’’s musical hotspots with a repertoire that draws in a wide range of styles that might include Bluegrass, Latin & Caribbean New Orleans, Balkan and more. Blending all these influences, they create an upbeat rhythmic and rootsy sound all of their own – uniquely diverse as well as hugely enjoyable.

Frankie plays sax, vocals, clarinet, flute, guitar and percussion and Pete’’s on guitar, vocal, banjo, ukulele, tres (traditional Cuban guitar) accordion and suitcase. To describe their music as ‘’feel-good’’ is an understatement -– it’’s the sort of music that will send you home with a smile on your face and spring in your step at the end of the night!

‘”A fabulous musical treat’ Creative Arts East ‘An upbeat, feel-good concert’.” Live And Local
“‘Musical sunshine from a multi-talented and multi-instrumental duo.”’ Leeds Gig Guide

Cosgrave & Banks - Sheldon Village Hall, EX14 4QU - 7.30pm. To book tickets, please telephone 01404 841367 - Villages in Action - for more information visit website

Mike Cosgrave and Steve Banks have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo. Mike started his musical career with renowned late 90’s Celtic/World music crossover Sin é. He has since worked with artists as diverse as the late “Celtic Soul” singer Jackie Leven and current star of the English scene Jackie Oates, as well as bluegrass virtuoso’s Daily Planet and highly regarded singer-songwriters Jenny Crook and Reg Meuross.

Steve started out as a violinist with the likes of the London Symphony Orchestra, but then moved to folk as drummer/fiddler with the Carnival Band, including their ever-popular Christmas tours with folk legend Maddy Prior. He went on to form his own band, Blue Jewel, which had a strong Devon following, and recorded two albums, with material written or arranged by Steve (Dart Songs and John Smart’s Bottle).

Both are gifted multi-instrumentalists and writers. Mike plays accordion, guitar and whistle; Steve the fiddle, vocals and guitar. Their programme is a smorgasbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). Their debut CD ‘Warp and Weft’ was released in 2016 to excellent reviews.

“Gypsy jazz, folk, classical and much more for all those who like the highest standard of musicianship… seek them out and you will be amazed.”  Whats Afoot Magazine

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - support - Kitty Macfarlane. The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ - 8.00pm - Tickets: £12.00 seated. For more information and tickets telephone 01404 384050 or go to website
Winners of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo 2016 & 2013 – the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans & an enviable reputation as “Songwriters par excellence”.

 

Peter Knights Gigspanner - The Flavel, Flavel Place, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9ND - Concert starts 7.30pm - Tickets £17.00 and £5.00 for under 18’s. Box Office telephone 01803 839530 or book online at website

Since his departure from Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene. Whilst traditional music forms the bedrock of the trio's repertoire, it's the approach that sets it apart, leaving enough space within the arrangements to spread and stretch the music to embrace other influences. With Roger Flack on guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on percussion their innovative arrangements appeal not only to folk lovers but to anyone who has an appreciation of beautiful and inspiring music. A Dart Gig Promotion – Folk at the Flavel.

Regular events 4th Friday
DANCE - Exeter Folk Dance Club - Tim Pillinger
Saturday 25 March

English Folk Rock and Folk Music Night - The Legendary Ten Seconds, Mothers Ruin and The Renaissance Folk will be performing PLUS special guest author Philip Phoutiou, will be talking about his latest book and signing copies.
Torquay Museum 529 Babbacombe Rd Torquay TQ1 1HG - Doors open at 7pm concert start at 7.30pm.Tickets £10.00 or £11.00 on the door. For more information and to book tickets telephone 01803 293975 email or visit website

The Legendary Ten Seconds have released four albums on the life and times of Richard III, and their music has received much critical acclaim and play in an English folk rock style with a strong medieval influence. They will be playing songs from their new album which is called Sunnes and Roses, as well as favourites from their previous albums.

Mother’s Ruin is a band of five friends who share a love of folk and folk rock. They play a range of traditional and contemporary upbeat songs, including covers from Lindisfarne, Richard and Linda Thompson, Bellowhead, Show of Hands, Jez Lowe, Blowzabella and some of their own compositions. The group have a lot of fun that is reflected in their foot tapping and informal performances.

Supporting act 'Renaissance Folk' will be singing traditional British Folk Songs and Renaissance Music.

Refreshments will be available in the cafe.
Money raised from the concert will be used by Torquay Museum, a registered charity, to help conserve and display its extensive collection of artefacts. 

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

John McLoughlin, Laurie Ward & Friends - 9.00pm
Skilled musicians John McLoughlin (keyboards & vocals) & Laurie Ward (guitar & vocals) will be putting their own special twist on a selection of popular reggae, indie and pop classics, together with some of their own compelling songs. John and Laurie will be joined by some of their talented musician friends.

Les Barker - Function Room, Dolphin Hotel, Fore Street, Beer EX12 3EQ - 7.30pm Tickets £10.00 from the Dolphin (01297 20068) or by post (cheque payable to Richard Scott, with SAE): Richard Scott, 23 Underleys, Beer, Devon EX12 3LX.
Come and enjoy the hilarious performance of Les Barker who writes strange poems and comes originally from Manchester, but he's now Welsh. He's written 77 books, which sell in large numbers at his gigs because people don't quite believe what they've just heard. His poems have spawned a number of folk heroes: Jason and the Arguments, Cosmo the Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower, Captain Indecisive and Spot of the Antarctic.

Exeter Secret Gigs presents - Songwriters Circle - Ryn, Victoria Pearce & Verity Greenaway - Secret Venue - 7.00pm - tickets £7.50+ from WeGotTickets
VERITY GREENAWAY isa highly accomplished songwriter who has only returned to music in the last three or four years after many years occupied with other things! She has awonderful rich, resonant and powerful voice and writes movingly from her personal experience - often from her unique viewpoint as a mediacl professional. He songs are often blues influenced but there are a whole host of other influences in there that I am sure she will elaborate on!



VICTORIA PEARCE comes from Dorset and has a fast growing reputation as one of the most interesting songwriters around. A fine guitarist with a velvety voice, her songs will weave themseves into your heart and mind.



RYN is a highly respected songwriter and musician who has, over the last two or three years, produced a trilogy of EPs that are among ESGs favourite recordings by anyone! Complex and subtle gutiar arrangements behind a voice that can go from a breathy whisper to a fully unleashed roar in a second. Everything Ryn does is filled with emotiona nd passion...but there is a lovely sense of humour in there too!


Alex Dobson  - Venezia, Piazza Terracina, 61 Waterside, The Quay, Exeter EX2 8GY  - 7.30pm - free entry
Ensemble Baklava - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 9.00pm - £2.00 - Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
Sounds from across the ages, time and space. Half forgotten memories of lost worlds invade the mind. The pictures change, images are evoked…of a medieval pilgrimage, the lament of a troubadour for his love in a walled garden. Shimmering scenes emerge from under the hot sun. The percussion entrances the swaying image of a veiled dancer. Greek taverna, Turkish fasil, taximi…..musical images fuse and separate…“ With a unique combination of instruments, Ensemble Baklava blends the sounds of the oud, bouzouki, concertina, bagpipes, Middle Eastern percussion, mandolin, baglama, spiked fiddle, guitar, tin whistle and voices to bring evocative, stirring and lively music and song from the Mediterranean region, both contemporary and ancient. Russell Harris, Nick Millington, Howard Frey and Julia Thomas perform Turkish, rembetiko, Sephardic, medieval and traditional Music melded with improvisation and original material for a memorable performance of timeless music.

Tir Na Nog - support Crystal Jacqueline - Unit23, Ford Road Ind Estate, Totnes TQ9 5LE - Telephone 01803 864130- Doors 7.00pm - start 7.30pm. Tickets £12.00+ advance. (£15.00 on the door if available). For more information and tickets go to website or email
Leo O’Kelly & Sonny Condell are two of the most original and influential songwriters and performers Ireland has ever produced. Their guitars wind and mesh gorgeously together, their voices likewise; nor can they be separated for the quality of their songwriting. Songs like Condell’s ‘Our Love Will Not Decay’, ‘Eyelids Into Snow’ and ‘Two White Horses’, and O’Kelly’s ‘Piccadilly’, ‘So Freely’ and ‘Looking Up’ are as good as anything Ireland’s produced in the past four decades. John Peel championed the duo from the start, recording many Peel Sessions with them. They toured with bands as disparate as Jethro Tull, Procol Harum, The Who, Roxy Music and Steeleye Span in the 70s, as well as headlining their own theatre, college and club gigs, garnering a large cult following, which to this day still grows.

 

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - support Kitty Macfarlane - The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ - 8.00pm - £12.00 (seated) - Tickets 8.00 For more information and tickets telephone 01404 384050 or go to website

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships. Twice recent winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo – 2016 & 2013 – the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as ‘Songwriters par excellence’- (fRoots), whose greatly varied original songs cover such subjects as wicked mermaids, Norwegian legends, and a lonely whale. Building upward from their last two highly praised albums ‘Hidden People’ & ‘Tomorrow Will Follow Today’, fans of acoustic music can only wonder where this leading couple will choose to turn next. With a story that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk.

 

Mambo Jambo - Talaton Parish Hall, EX5 2RG - 7.30pm. To book tickets, please telephone 01404 822234 - Villages in Action - for more information visit website

This friendly and talented Acoustic Roots duo will take you on an exciting and joyous musical journey, bringing together sounds from world, roots, folk and jazz, plus their own compositions. They can happily transport listeners on a musical tour around many of the world’’s musical hotspots with a repertoire that draws in a wide range of styles that might include Bluegrass, Latin & Caribbean New Orleans, Balkan and more. Blending all these influences, they create an upbeat rhythmic and rootsy sound all of their own – uniquely diverse as well as hugely enjoyable.

Frankie plays sax, vocals, clarinet, flute, guitar and percussion and Pete’’s on guitar, vocal, banjo, ukulele, tres (traditional Cuban guitar) accordion and suitcase. To describe their music as ‘’feel-good’’ is an understatement -– it’’s the sort of music that will send you home with a smile on your face and spring in your step at the end of the night!

‘”A fabulous musical treat’ Creative Arts East ‘An upbeat, feel-good concert’.” Live And Local
“‘Musical sunshine from a multi-talented and multi-instrumental duo.”’ Leeds Gig Guide

World Unlimited - Henhouse Prowlers - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £10.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information
We’re really pleased to welcome back Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers who have built a well deserved reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting.
The boys have worked with the US State Department on four separate trips in ten different countries in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as Russia, and put yet another notch in their European belt this summer, touring all over the Benelux and beyond. Continuing to push the envelope with their highly original songwriting, tight arrangements, and electrifying stage presence–with the bluegrass mantle on their shoulders and the best fans in the world by their side, The Henhouse Prowlers are here to stay for a long, long time.

 

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

Steve Knightley - support popular local group The Exmouth Shanty Men- Parish Church, Church Road, Lympstone EX8 5JU - 8.00pm - Tickets £18.00, £10.00 U16 from Lympstone Entertainments Box Office on 01395 272243 (answerphone) or email  Visit website
As the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, Steve needs little introduction. He has previously won the Best Original Song category in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and, as part of Show of Hands, the categories of Best Live Act and Best Duo.
Ezio - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 7.30pm - Full £13.00 - Concession £12.00 - Supporter £11.00  To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Remember the last time a song really reached you? Straight in, deep inside, talking directly to you, about what you feel – just as if this song was written especially for you, about you?  Well – this is what the music of Ezio is about – deep, honest, emotional songs that hit a raw nerve.
Ezio deliver the most exquisitely crafted and varied songs with a skill that can only come from having toured and recorded constantly for many years. Ezio’s style has always been nearly impossible to describe. Their music can range from the highly rhythmical almost manic Latin feeling rock to delicate dreamy ballads that are heartbreakingly honest and deeply poetic.
Pensilva Folk Dance Club – annual Country Dance. Public hall, Liskeard – Dartmoor Pixie Band – caller Sarah Bazeley - 8.00pm - 11.30pm - £6.00 - Bring and share supper - raffle. For more information please telephone Ray 01579 382402
Regular events 4th Saturday

SONG - Shammick Acoustic - Mike Silver with support from Roger Cockram, and Ian Hudson & Su Scott-Goldstone, and ably compered by Pete James - 8.00pm
Singer, songwriter and performer - Songs from the soul –straight to the heart. It’s that moment when the song wings in under the radar and goes straight to your heart; that’s what you’ll remember most about Mike Silver – how the music born of his soul speaks to you, knows who you are, echoes your thoughts and experiences – and, before you know it, becomes a beloved part of you forever.
Mike Silver is a superb songwriter, masterful guitarist and captivating performer, beguiling audiences with music that reaches out and draws you in, with a voice that is warm, embracing and richly resonant. With a lifetime of professional music behind him, plus a busy on-going concert, song-writing and recording schedule, Mike continues to perform throughout the UK, Europe and America, captivating audiences with songs of insight, experience - and accurate observation of our all-too-vulnerable human condition.

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 26 March
Gareth Hedges - Palladium Club, Bideford EX29 2DE (01237 478860) - 8.00pm
Gareth hedges vocalist & finger-style acoustic guitarist, performs mainly Delta & ragtime blues, also American fiddle & banjo tunes, vintage jazz classics, Celtic & original songs & instrumentals, interspersed with stories from meeting & traveling with great musicians such as Mississippi Fred McDowell, Son House, Gary Davis, Big Joe Williams, Pete Seeger, Doc Watson  & many other blues & folk pioneers.

The legendary Tir Na Nog - supported by Crystal Jacqueline & Icarus Peel. The old chapel at Broadnymmet Farm, Bow, EX176LA 7.00pm. Tickets are £12.00 please email or telephone 07932083623. Visit Tir Na Nog website

 

Natasha - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website Angelically voiced Natasha will inspire you when she performs a selection of contemporary indie pop/folk and favourites from the 90’s and 00’s. Natasha will be supported by competent musicians Jas and Ian.

Ezio - Exeter Phoenix Voodoo Lounge, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 8.00pm - £13.50 - Standing - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080 For more information and tickets go to website

Recorded in the company of house-trained rabbits on an industrial estate in Cambridge, Daylight Moon, Ezio’s ninth studio album is their most personal yet. The visceral honesty of frontman Ezio Lunedei’s lyrics is laid bare in tracks like ‘Indian’, an ode to feeling overcome by forces beyond his control, and ‘Dirty Little Secret’, a Nick-Drake-esque ditty where he tries to unpick the emotions of an unnamed muse that he just can’t quite suss out.

In their 26-year career, the band have made a habit of dabbling in any style of music that takes their fancy; Daylight Moon is no different. From the crunching blues-rock guitars of ‘Crushed’ to the jazz rhythms of ‘The Gypsy Song’, there’s plenty of genre hopping on show here.

What’s always set Ezio apart is the connection between Lunedei and guitarist Booga. The frontman’s rich tenor and complex acoustic guitar work is complimented by Booga’s incessant lead guitar; regularly squeezing in an extra note that shouldn’t be possible, but somehow managing to work. One could try and compare him to other great guitarists, but they would be wasting their time – Booga truly has a unique style, and it needs to be witnessed in the flesh.

To celebrate the release of Daylight Moon, Ezio will be touring Germany throughout November and December 2016, and will return to the road again in the spring of 2017 with dates in Britain and Germany. Fans can expect favourites from the new album and classics from Ezio’s ever-expanding repertoire.

Regular events 4th Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor  Book by email
SONG/STORYTELLING - Tradewinds
Monday 27 March

Bill Kirchen Band with Austin De Lone - Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR - 8.00pm - Tickets £15.00 advance from Topsham Books telephone 01392 877895.
This Telecaster wizard along with his sidekick Mr De Lone - a man who wrote that anthemic piece of advice 'I'm gonna put a bar in the boot of my car, and drive myself to drink' - supplied the musical gristle to that bunch of '70's desperadoes, Commander Cody & The Lost Planet Airmen. Since that time he's added his guitar genius to albums by Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Link Wray, Gene Vincent, and fronts arguably the most kicking, entertaining outfit you'll see this side of the Tamar for a long time; last time around jaws were dropping ! Sure to be a sell out, get in gear quickly, this kind of feral delight doesn't come around often.

Tuesday 28 March
Albert Lee and his Electric American Band - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 8.00pm - Full £23.00 - Concession £21.00 - Supporter £20.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Double Grammy Award Winner,  Albert Lee returns to The Plough and this time accompanied by his great American Band (J.T. Thomas, Will MacGregor and drummer)

Undoubtedly one of the finest guitarists the world has ever seen, Albert is also an accomplished piano player and has a fine singing voice.  He has a soulful voice but can equally  'tear it up' rock 'n roll style.

Daoirí Farrell & The Damien O’Kane Trio - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 8.00pm - £14.00 - Sseated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080 - For more information and tickets go to website
This double headliner gig brings two Irish musicians at the top of their game to Exeter. Damien O’Kane is a Northern Irish musician of many talents and a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nomination to boot. Teamed up with master guitarist Steven Byrnes (Treacherous Orchestra / Kate Rusby) and Steven Iveson’s sublime and exhilarating electric guitar playing, this is a trio that take traditional Irish music and song and, in the words of The Telegraph, turn it into ‘Folk-Pop that is Irish music for the 21st century’. 
Regular events 4th Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Aileen Wills - Chris Toyne
STORY TELLING - Stone Soup - Stone Soup continues its Twisted Tales series for adults.
Wednesday 29 March
 
Regular events 5th Wednesday
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Mary Marker - Jeroka           
Thursday 30 March
Keith James in concert - The Songs of Leonard Cohen 1934 - 2016 - The George Hotel, 1 Broad St, South Molton EX36 3AB - 8.00pm - Full £13.00 - Concession £12.00 - Supporter £11.00  
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, a wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the brush of each line.

The chilling announcement of Leonard's passing has marked the end of an era. His music befriended an entire generation. Within every line of his writing, he has been challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply and recognize our own fragility.. A Man of Grace. This World will miss him very much!..

With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form.

Amongst a concert of such songs as; Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah, are also Poems by Lorca that Keith has set to music; Cohen’s greatest influence. There will also be songs from ‘You want it Darker’ released only 10 days before his death – produced by his Son, Adam.

Bicton Folk Session (Session Night) - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 8.30pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
An evening of lively, foot-tapping music. Local musicians get together for an open acoustic session featuring accordions, violins, guitars, banjos, mandolins, bodhrans etc. Anyone can come and join in, lead a tune or just enjoy listening to the amazing sound created by the performers.

Regular events 5th Thursday
DANCE - Tavistock Folk Dance Club - Alan and Marian Finch
DANCE - Exmouth Folk Dance Club - Wendy Hoare
Friday 31 March
David Celia and Marla - Upstairs at The Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA - 8.00pm - Tickets £10.00+ from WeGotTickets or telephone 01803 328290
David is an innovative singer/songwriter and astonishing guitar player, known for his spontaneously driven live performances. His songs have an open alt/folk style that’s also been described as “Beatlesque”. On this tour he is accompanied with German/Spanish singer Marla, who he has also produced. He tours frequently across Canada and to Europe where he has played festivals such as Glastonbury (UK), Blue Balls (CH), Le Rock (FRA) and more. David has played with Canadian folk legends Ian & Sylvia and Gordon Lightfoot is a fan. As a result of playing sideman to Emiliana Torrini, he was invited to be one of the headliners at Braedslan Festival 2016 in Iceland.

The Noble Jacks - The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ - 8.00pm - Tickets £10.00 advance - £12.00 on the door (standing with some seating). For more information telephone 01404 384050 or go to website
A rip-roaring alt-folk band with roof raising energy, whose warm electro-acoustic interactions fuse together a mixture of folky foot stompin’ rhythms and engaging lyricism. The band encompasses heartfelt, yet uptempo songs showcasing fiddle, blues harmonica and big anthem toplines. Definitely a favourite at 2016 Chagstock, 2017 promises to be an incredible year for this new and aspiring band! “The organic and vivid ballads Noble Jacks displayed on stage reflected a timeless sound that you can forever drink to with your lads.”– LIVAMP; "(Noble Jacks) had the whole of the audience on their feet and dancing!” Argus.

 

Martin Simpson - St Andrew's Church, Green Hill, Moretonhampstead  TQ13 8NN - 7.00pm - Tickets £15.46 avaialable from website
Martin Simpson is one of the finest guitar players in the world today. Equally at home playing English folk music, American folk and blues, or his own compositions, he is listed in Gibson Guitars as one of the top thirty acoustic guitarists of all time. Whether interpreting material from tradition or singing his own potent self-penned songs, he is a remarkable storyteller: captivating and profoundly moving. In his intimate solo performances he gives rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty. The fifteenth-century St Andrew's Church venue has superb acoustic qualities. The combination of Martin's music and the special qualities of this ancient venue promises an unforgettable experience. Bar in the church. Presented by 'Music in Moretonhampstead’.
Steve Tilston and Jez Lowe - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 8.00pm - Full £15.00 - Concession £12.00 - Supporter £10.00  
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Award-winning singer-songwriters Steve Tilston and Jez Lowe find inspiration in new duo… First paired together whilst on tour in the USA a few years ago, Steve and Jez realised they could be onto something special. Some time passed before the two could reunite again, but the spark was lit and plans were afoot! Then in 2015 Tilston & Lowe embarked on their debut UK tour, sharing the stage and swapping songs… familiar songs made new again. The logical next step was to make a CD… And it should probably come as no surprise that when two of the UK’s finest songwriters go into the studio to record what was to be an album reflecting their live show, they come out instead with a whole record of brand new co-writes! The Janus Game is now released.

Steve Tilston and Jez Lowe, two of the UK acoustic/folk scene's finest songwriters join forces for a series of concerts filled with songs and music, chat and banter and intimate insights into their approach to their craft. Head to head, neck and neck (guitar necks, that is!) listen in as they rekindle the spontaneity of their late-night living-room song swaps. Questions, answers, anecdotes and anarchy… a very special and entertaining evening of music.

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ - 8.00pm - Tickets £13.50 advance - Box office 01752 892220. For more information go to website
Two of the British folk scene's most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises. However, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an ever evolving eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener. With a story that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk. Winners ‘Best Duo’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016, Winners ‘Best Duo’ Spiral Earth Awards 2015, Winners ‘Best Duo’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013.
Regular events 5th Friday