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Page last updated on 19-02-2018
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Thursday 1 March
 
Friday 2 March
Reg Meuross at ThePlough@TheGeorge - The George Hotel, 1 Broad Street, South Molton, EX36 3AB - 8.00pm - Full £12.00 - Supporter £9.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Somerset based singer-songwriter Reg Meuross represents contemporary folk writing at its best, with that rare gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, on a really human level. His words and music paint pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung. This concert is part of Reg's Two Albums Tour, encompassing two album releases: Faraway People and Songs About A Train

Faraway People comments 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 lyrics ever written: “Time and again, Reg proves himself one of the key songwriters of our age” David Kidman; Mick Tems Folk Wales ”...every song from the gentle, enchanting genius is worth its weight in gold.”

Songs About A Train is a recent sweep down the back of the sofa to retrieve songs that have been recorded but have escaped inclusion in his studio albums, not for lack of quality but more a question of space, or suitability to the collection. So here we have 11 more brilliant songs that were recorded by Reg between 2013 and 2017, collected and presented in a new album.

For delicious pre-show meals please call The George Hotel on 01769 572514

Ensemble Baklava and Radial Band - St John’s Church, Bridgetown,Totnes TQ9 5AJ - 7.30pm - Tickets £8.00 on the door, refreshments. In aid of St John’s Windows of Opportunity Fund.

This collaboration between Baklava and Griselda Sanderson’s Radial Band is an exciting chance to see these two local bands for the price of one, and at the same time contribute to St John’s window fund! A feast of music and exotic instruments from the Middle East to Scandinavia. More info on Baklava websites and Radial Band Facebook page 

Cara Dillon and Sam Lakeman - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX - Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm - Tickets £20.00 advance, £19.00 Friends of Calstock Arts, £10.00 under 18s. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500.

This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences and attracting exceptional acclaim for over twenty years. She has (according to Mojo magazine) “quite possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice”.

Alongside a selection of favourites from her previous releases, Cara will perform material from her new album Wanderer, a collection of beautiful and moving songs, accompanied by her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman. Every note and word is sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life singing traditional songs. Legions of fans attest to their impassioned performances with Cara’s warm and natural stage presence something to savour.

 

Saturday 3 March
The Kit Hillbillies - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 9.00pm - admission £3.00 - Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
Old-timey, good-timey bluegrass. With rousing vocal harmonies that smuggle in some darkly humorous local references. Instrumental tasting notes: Banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, double bass. Vigorous, expressive, and unvarnished, with a crisp percussive finish. Think Betty Stogs rather than Harvey's Bristol Cream.

World Unlimited - Ninebarrow - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £12.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
NIinebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike Harding as sounding ‘damn fine’ by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. Most recently, the duo were nominated in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the ‘Horizon’ category for Best Emerging Artist; their latest album ‘Releasing the Leaves’ was awarded five stars in both Maverick Magazine and the English Folk Dance and Song Society Magazine, who described it as ‘Immaculate’. It was listed in The Telegraph’s Top Folk Albums of 2016.

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

Charity Barn Dance - The Folk Orchestra of Torbay - Celebrity Caller Hugh Edwards - Churston Grammar School Hall, Greenway Road, Galmpton, Brixham TQ5 0LN - Doors Open 7.00 pm - Dancing from 7.30 to 10.30. Tickets £12.00 per person available from Derek Brown telephone 01803 845196. Ample Parking for your carriages. Wine, Beer, Cider & soft drinks bar - Hot Pasties and salad included in ticket. In aid of Rowcroft Hospice and other Rotary charities
North Devon Folk Dimensions workshop - Blue Lights Hall, Vernons Lane, Appledore EX39 1QU, North Devon
Cara Dillon and Sam Lakeman - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX - Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm - Tickets £20.00 advance, £19.00 Friends of Calstock Arts, £10.00 under 18s. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500.

This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences and attracting exceptional acclaim for over twenty years. She has (according to Mojo magazine) “quite possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice”.

Alongside a selection of favourites from her previous releases, Cara will perform material from her new album Wanderer, a collection of beautiful and moving songs, accompanied by her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman. Every note and word is sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life singing traditional songs. Legions of fans attest to their impassioned performances with Cara’s warm and natural stage presence something to savour.

 

Sunday 4 March

Harbottle & Jonas - The Rowan Tree - The Greenaways - Exeter Cavern, 3-84 Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RP. Tickets: Adult: Advance £6.00 (WeGotTickets) on the Door £10.00. Doors: 7.30pm - Harbottle & Jonas: 8.00pm - 8.30pm - The Rowan Tree: 8.45pm - 9.15pm - The Grenaways: 9.30pm - 10.30pm

The Grenaways could be said to be mining the rich veins of inspirational ore that course through their home turf, adding a sense of their own ties to the region and especially it's Celtic heritage. But, they are a band set for far wider horizons than just Cornwall with a massive and alternative sound billowing through their musical sails... They are rootsy storytellers, unique in the folk style, with songs that are rich in nautical undertones, influenced so much by the sea, the people and coastal living. 2017 was a significant year for The Grenaways winning the 'Song For Cornwall' with their new song, Ster Kosel, which means, Quiet Stars, in the Cornish language. They then went on to place second in the International Celtic Song Competition at the Pan Celtic Festival in Carlow, Ireland and to represent Cornwall at the Festival Interceltique De Lorient in Brittany...

The Rowan Tree was formed for the 2017 Pan Celtic festival by siblings Tom Fosten and Laura Garcia on guitar and flute. The pair are joined by Cornish musician Richard Trethewey on fiddle, mandolin and vocals and Neal Jolly on bass and whistles. Encompassing traditional music predominantly from Cornwall and original pieces with a Celtic feel, The Rowan Tree a unique and engaging sound.

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 & Geoff Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, Declan Sinnott, BBC Introducing and have recently been endorsed by Seasalt Clothing. Playing up to 200 gigs each year, these troubadours are to be found far and wide across our beautiful island. Supported: Martin Carthy, Seth Lakeman, Declan Sinnott, Ruarri Joseph, Mark Chadwick and Maz O'Connor.

Interesting Facts: Had a beer named after their debut album. Appeared on Italian and Irish Television. Busked across Europe. Endorsed by Seasalt Clothing. Have had their music streamed in excess of 1,000,000 times in 25 different countries.
'Stunning songwriting and heart-rending arrangements 9/10' - Americana UK 'Damn Fine' - Mike Harding "Phenomenal" BBC Introducing 'Definitely one of the best folk acts I've heard in a long while' - Music News 'I would stake money on a bright future for Harbottle & Jonas' - Folkwords

'Two Amazing Musicians' - Seasalt Clothing 'A Really Unique Sound' - Seth Lakeman 'Thoroughly Enjoyable' - Jon Boden (Bellowhead) 'Fabulous' - Declan Sinnott (Christy Moore)

Phil Beer - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 7.30pm - Full £17.50 - concession £16.50 - Supporter £16.50  
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Phil Beer makes a welcome return to The Plough Arts Centre for an intimate solo gig.
Regular events 1st Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor - Book by email
Monday 5 March
"Acoustic Warehouse" Passage House Inn Hackney Lane Kingsteignton TQ12 3QH For more information - visit FaceBook
Tuesday 6 March
 
Regular events 1st Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Jeremy Child - Pigs Might Fly
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
DANCE - Fraddon Folk Dance Club (Cornwall)
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - open night
Wednesday 7 March
Tunelink traditional music and dance workshop with Griselda Sanderson and Louis Bingham
The Handsome Family - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 8.00pm - £17.50 - Seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website
Alternative country and Americana duo The Handsome Family bring their 2018 tour to Exeter Phoenix. 
Regular events 1st Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Meter Rite - Graham Knight   
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 8 March
Mitchell and Vincent - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 8.00pm - admission £2.00 - Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information.
Mitchell and Vincent bring traditional and contemporary styles on fiddle and guitar to folk tunes and songs from around the British Isles with varied arrangements and great foot-tapping folk music.
The Westcountry duo’s fiddle and guitar playing has been described by Acoustic magazine as, “Stunning”, while Bright
Young Folk praised their music for, "Providing skilled arrangements and expert delivery of tunes and songs which
showcase the vibrancy, and variety, of folk music across Britain. A thoroughly engaging and enjoyable experience.”

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

A great start for our Music season 2018 with a Mill favourite,  Kent DuChaine. Sharing the stage with many of the greatest Bluesmen & Blueswomen including Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker & Margie Evans, Kent has been described as “A Legend in his own lunchtime & a REAL Bluesman”, Mike Harding (The Mike Harding Folkshow 2016)

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).  

Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 8.00pm - £15.00+ - Seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website

On the heels of the largely sold out Static in the Wires tour, this dynamic transatlantic duo take to the road again for their Feet Don’t Fail Me tour. Always engaging and far from predictable these ‘Two musicians at the top of their game’(MUSIC RIOT) seek to push the boundaries of blues, folk and American roots music. Original compositions on slide guitar, double bass, harmony vocals and good humoured banter are cornerstones of their live shows.

Between them they are very much on the world stage and have performed at Glastonbury, The Royal Albert hall, the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry, Bonnaroo, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, MerleFest, Bottle Rock,The Edmonton Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, The Blue Note Tokyo, Cognac Blues festival, Cayamo and many more. Most recently Daniel toured the US with the Transatlantic Sessions.

Regular events 2nd Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Ted Farmer and Jeroka
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels

SONG - Totnes Folk Song Club - Guest night - Vicky Swan and Jonny Dyer

 

Friday 9 March
Vince Lee & Becca Langsford - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 9.00pm - admission £3.00 - Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information.
Vince and Becca share vocal duties on a varied set of classic blues and self written tunes featuring Vince's authentic guitar stylings and Becca's driving washboard rhythms. They are influenced by the pioneers of early blues, Bessie Smith, Leadbelly, Memphis Minnie & Blind Boy Fuller to name a few. Together they have played shows all over and tonight we are delighted to welcome them to our classy little corner of the Barbican.

Greg Hancock and Friends - The Brook Inn, 3 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, PL7 1NJ - 8.30pm -
Greg will be performing with Jo Hooper on cello, John Gallagher on bass and Sharon Lazibyrd on fiddle. Go to FaceBook for more information
Greg Hancock is a Devon-based singer-songwriter with a growing following around the UK. After many years overseas writing songs in private it was only five years ago that he began to perform in public. After numerous appearances both as a soloist and as a duo with cellist Jo Hooper, and supporting some of the top names in the modern folk/ acoustic scene such as Cara Dillon, Boo Hewerdine, Lucy Ward, Jim Causley, Jacob and Drinkwater and Charlie Dore, in 2017 he recorded a full length lalbum titled “A303” which fully showcased his intricate guitar playing and quirky, unexpected song structures and subject matter - and was enthusiastically received and has been given extensive airplay. The review from Blues & Roots Radio said : “..the finest folk album I have heard for years.”

Ange Hardy - Support from Maggie Duffy - Ipplepen Village Hall, Newton Abbot TQ12 5SB - Doors 7.00pm. Seats (not doing tickets) £12.50 available from Sarah email. Bar – profits to charity.
SONG - Exeter Folk and Acoustic Music Club - Guest - Geoff Lakeman - support to be confirmed. Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) - Paid in advance - £10.00; Advanced notice without pre-payment - £12.00 (paid on the door). For mor einformation and ticket enquiries email - telephone 01392 210983 - visit website - go to FaceBook page.

Geoff is a leading exponent of Duet Concertina. He performs his own self-written and Westcountry songs, as well as a varied range of songs from other areas and other music from Jimmy Rogers to Richard Thompson.
He is rapidly gaining great success as a solo performer across the country and is the support for the spring Show Of Hands duo tour. He is probably best know as the father of Seth, Sean and Sam Lakeman, all of whom are nationally and internationally renowned as performers but the time has come for Geoff to claim his rightful place as a leading performer and entertainer in his own right. Visit Geoff's website

Contra Dance - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB - 7.30pm  - Caller Jeremy Child . A monthly series of Contra Dances to recorded music. 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
Saturday 10 March

World Unlimited - John Otway - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £12.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
John Otway is an English singer-songwriter who has built a sizeable cult audience through extensive touring, a surreal sense of humour and a self-deprecating underdog persona. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, he took his band to the Caribbean island of Montserrat to become the first international recording artist to record there since the Rolling Stones in 1989. The result was Montserrat - the first album of entirely new and original Otway material in over ten years.

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

The Honey Pot - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL - 7.45pm (Doors 7.00pm) - Advance tickets £10.00 available from website or to personal callers at the Dolphin.
The Honey Pot were formed in 2012 as a five piece band playing a blend of '60s psyche that has its boots in the past but its head in the future. Drawing on that unique English inheritance of the surreal and the strange, but not afraid to indulge in an American West-Coast style adventure, they purvey a warm brew of hazy recollections and black penny grooves.
Folk concerts in Teignmouth - Dick Miles - Support: The Old Gaffers shanty crew. Alice Cross Centre, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., TQ14 9BT. 8.00pm. Tickets £10.00 on the door, £8.00 advance reservation Telephone 01626 775517 for advance ticket sales or more information or email
Dick Miles has a deep interest in traditional music and is well known for his rendering of such great ballads as Lord Bateman and Tam Linn. He is also a skilled writer of songs on modern themes. Born and raised in Suffolk his East Anglian roots run deep: some of his best songs are based on traditional tales of the region. Now living in Ireland he has married influences of local music into his style. He is particularly well known for his singing at maritime festivals and performs in clubs and festivals throughout Britain.
Support: Old Gaffers are a well established Acapella Shanty Crew based in South Devon singing at a variety of events performing ballads and rin roaring songs which encourage audience participation. 
Passamezzo -  St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN - 7.30pm - Tickets for non members £14.00, U18s £5.00, available from Dartington Box Office (01803 847070), website and on the door
Music from the Restoration. An evening of music, words and song from Restoration England to partner a lecture by top historian Ian Mortimer on 8th March (see website for more information). Accounts of the period come from Pepys, Evelyn and anonymous ballads describing momentous events, including the Great Fire of 1666 and Frost Fair in 1683. With theatre songs, tavern rounds, dance music and solos for the viol and cittern, and music by Wilson, Lawes, Locke and Purcell. Passamezzo gave us a hugely enjoyable concert in 2012, and TEMS is delighted to welcome them back. The fifth of six concerts from Totnes Early Music Society. Tickets for non members £14, U18s £5, available from Dartington Box Office (01803 847070),
Mad Dog Mcrea + Special Guests - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 8.00pm - £17.50+ - Standing£19.00 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.

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

 

South Brent Folk Presents Jackie Oates in conceret accompanied by Mike Cosgrave with support Si Barron - South Brent Village Hall at 7.30pm - Doors open 7.00pm Real Ale Bar - Tickets £10.00 in advance from artworks South Brent 01364 649424,
or £12.00 on the door. For further information telephone 01364 73699. Go to website
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Ray Goodswen and Narrow Escape - Willand Village Hall, Gables Road, Willand, Cullompton, Devon EX15 2PL - 8.00pm - Admission £8.00 - bring and share supper - raffle. For more information please telephone Marilyn Broom 01404 47200 or Zena Roberts 01884 253546 - or visit website
Regular events 2nd Saturday
SONG - Open night Shammick Acoustic
Sunday 11 March
Leveret and Spiro - The Eccentric Orbits Tour - Tavistock Wharf, Canal Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8AT - 7.30pm Tickets £16.00 - £14.00 Wharf Music Club - seated - Box office 01822 611166 - Visit website for more information and tickets.
Leveret – it means young hare – is the finest of traditional English folk today: a trio of poise and subtle gesture, of deft layering, graceful swing and gorgeous understatement.
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.

Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England's finest folk musicians. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as exceptional performers and masters of their instruments. Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity. Leveret’s music is not arranged in the conventional sense and instead they rely on mutual trust, listening and responding. Their playing is relaxed and natural, drawing audiences in and inviting them to share in music making that is truly spontaneous and yet deeply timeless. 

Fiddler Sam Sweeney was the 2015 BBC Folk Awards Musician of the Year, directs the National Youth Folk Ensemble and is known for his work in Bellowhead, Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band, The Full English and his own Made In The Great War project. Melodeon genius Andy Cutting, a three-time BBC Folk Awards Best Musician, is a compelling solo performer and currently works with Blowzabella, Topette, June Tabor, and Roger Daltry. Concertina wizard Rob Harbron leads the English Acoustic Collective summer school and is known for his work with The Full English (Best Group and Best Album BBC Folk Awards 2014), Emma Reid, Fay Hield, Jon Boden and others. 

Leveret's music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new. With their albums New Anything and In The Round and over a long string of sell-out gigs, the trio have built a strong reputation as consummate musicians and captivating performers. Now they return with Inventions, a new album of original material that brings Leveret’s trademark groove, energy and intuitive playing to bear on a set of new tunes composed by the trio, three of today's finest tunesmiths in the folk field.
Spiro draw inspiration from minimalism and electronic music to “create ecstatic, interlocking, intricate musical patterns that are as hypnotising and beguiling as the most complex Fibonacci sequences” (Songlines). Their live shows feature intense ensemble playing which transports audiences on an exhilarating journey far away from their roots in English folk.
This joint tour is a limited opportunity to hear the contrasting music of two of England’s finest and most original instrumental ensembles, and will include a unique joint finale. An evening of thrilling new acoustic music that combines consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity.
World Unlimited - The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £12.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc comprise Olav Luksengård Mjelva (Norway), Anders Hall (Sweden) and Kevin Henderson (Shetland).
Individually they are regarded as three of the finest young fiddle players currently working in the international folk music scene, while collectively they are now finding themselves increasingly in demand across the world due to this unique collaboration.
The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc is the brainchild of Anders Hall who felt that combining the three distinctive fiddles styles of their respective countries and regions would create a special musical sound and experience.
Norway, Sweden and Shetland have three of the richest fiddle traditions in the world, with documented historical links going back hundreds of years. The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc seek to bring those historical links and traditions alive and present them in a new, exciting, dynamic and meaningful fashion, while nevertheless remaining faithful to the roots of each tradition.
While blending the individual styles together they never-the-less allow each distinctive flavour to unfold into a combined sound that’s unique, intense and invigorating, while their live show is peppered through with significant amounts of onstage good humour and banter into the bargain.
Their debut album attracted huge critical acclaim, with their 2016 release, Deliverance, following in the same way.
The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc have already toured extensively, and performed at many high profile festivals, throughout the UK and Ireland, Europe, Scandinavia and North America and now look forward to touring further in support of their new album.
A wonderful band – well and truly on the rise!
The Bob Dylan Story - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1SN 7.30pm - Tickets £17.00 (£16.00). Box office 01392 270891 (Weekdays 10.00 - 4.00) For more information go to website
The new stunning and definitive tribute to a songwriting genius who spoke for a whole generation. Enhanced by a top backing band, the show lovingly and authentically recreates the many songs that made Dylan the living legend he is today, the way we all remember hearing them.
Sam Kelly - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 8.00pm - £12.00+ - Seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

Sam Kelly is a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning Bristol-based singer, song-writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

As a young child Sam spent many a night enraptured, listening to his Irish grandfather tell folk tales, sing folk songs, and play folk tunes on his melodeon. Having caught the bug, Sam has dedicated his life to rediscovering and renewing the sounds of his gaelic heritage, and creating exciting new music that transcends the boundaries of traditional and popular music.

Regular events 2nd Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor -Sara Grey & Kieron Means - £10.00. Book by email
From New England but having also lived in Scotland, Sara is steeped in the traditions of the USA, England, Scotland and Wales. she is an accomplished singer, storyteller and banjo player, mainly interested in songs that have crossed the atlantic. Son Kieron sings and plays guitar and together they perform traditional British and old-time American songs and tunes.
Monday 12 March
 
Tuesday 13 March
Shanty Workshop with The Exmouth Shanty Men - The Beach Pub, Exmouth EX8 1DR - 8.00pm
Another of our ever popular Shanty Workshops at our 'home' of the Beach Pub, Exmouth (adjacent to the marina). Be there or be square!
Steve Knightley - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor - Second date added at Widecombe, tickets available. £18.00 and dinner - which will be a hot plate full of something created in the Cafe from good, wholesome and local ingredients - is £12.00. Doors open for diners at 6.30pm, non-diners are asked to arrive at around 7.30pm.
In his highly anticipated 2018 solo tour Songs & Stories, multi-award-winning songwriter Steve Knightley invites his audience on a musical journey, charting the winding roads of his unrivalled career. The Show of Hands frontman (“One of the great English bands” – Peter Gabriel) showcases a set list peppered with classic gems such as ‘Cousin Jack’, ‘AIG’ and ‘Country Life’ with his inimitable passion and flair. And in a rare glimpse into the personal playlist of a songwriting legend, Knightley also pays tribute to some of his influences along the way, from Dylan to Radiohead. ‘One of England’s greatest singer songwriters’ Mike Harding. Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Gig only, or gig + delicious meal. Email Daf Edwards or telephone 07957 280129 for details, bookings etc. Go to website for more information Sold out
Regular events 2nd Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Jane Thomas - Fresh Aire
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
Wednesday 14 March

Folk Café at The Beehive: 8-10pm. Come along to sing or listen in the Beehive licenced bar with our lovely folkie host, Sue King. To make an enquiry or request a performance slot, email Sue or just turn up and see if there’s room! The folk cafe runs every other second Wednesday of the month. The Beehive, Dowell St, Honiton EX14 1LZ

Tunelink traditional music and dance workshop with Griselda Sanderson and Louis Bingham
Thursday 15 March

Claude Bourbon - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 8.30pm - admission £2.00 Free with a B-Card - Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information

Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Russian stylings into uncharted territories. Each year Bourbon plays more than 100 shows around the world. Born in France in the early 60’s, Claude Bourbon grew up in Switzerland, where he was classically trained for many years. This finger picking guitarist has performed and studied all over the world; He has played countless venues, including Glastonbury Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Colne Great British & Blues Festival, Rock O'Z Arene, Avenches, Switzerland, among others. He has shared the stage in Europe and the USA with countless musicians, Calvin Russel, Charlie Morgan (Elton John, Gary Moore), Jan Akkerman (Focus), Steve Grossman (Miles Davis), Herbie Armstrong ( Van Morisson), Jose barrense Dias and many more. Now based in the UK, some of this guitarists’ influences allow us a fascinating insight into this remarkable musician; Paco De Lucia: Deep Purple’s Richie Blackmore; Joaquin Rodrigo; JJ Cale; JS Bach….

One reviewer even noted that although “Claude’s roots were in blues, that is like saying Leonardo da Vinci was a painter”. Intrigued ?
Experience an evening of exploration in the unique ambiance of the Thumb!

Regular events 3rd Thursday
DANCE - Tavistock Folk Dance Club - Club callers
DANCE - Exmouth Folk Dance Club - Chris Miles - Pete & Nicole Mac
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
Friday 16 March
Mae Karthauser - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 9.00pm - admission £3.00 - Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information.
British songwriter with a rich, acrobatic voice and a distinctive circusesque piano style. Raised in a musical family and one of seven children, she began learning piano, violin and singing as a child, before going on to study at Dartington College of Arts and California Institute of the Arts in LA. Her training began classically, but quickly spread to music spanning Eastern Europe, Bulgaria, Africa, North India and Java as well as in jazz, folk and more popular modern styles. Her songs are populated by wayward characters both human and animal and leap playfully between story and fantasy and hard social questions, asking for what is faithful in a world of mirrors.
The Producers Blues Band - The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ - 8.00pm - Tickets £12.00 advance/£14.00 on the door (seated) Accessible seating available by calling the box office. For more information and tickets telephone 01404 384050 or go to website

One of the most exciting and stylish new wave bands on the circuit, Bournemouth based The Producers are among the leaders of the the current Blues phenomenon topped by Joe Bonamassa and John Mayer.

It was 25 years and thirteen albums ago that the Producers first appeared on the UK music scene and since then they have gigged their version of the blues in clubs, theatres and on major festival stages worldwide and they continue to do so.

The Producers are something really special, playing the freshest live blues in Britain today. Concerned with feel and attitude rather than slavishly copying ‘hand me down’ American music, The Producers move effortlessly between their own well crafted material and seriously reinvigorated classics stamped with their own characteristic identity. By not treating the music as some kind of museum piece The Producers are likely to incur the displeasure of a section of the blues hierarchy, however, at the same time they are barnstorming across the country building a massive audience at sell-out club dates and developing an equally impressive reputation that no one can ignore.

The new music is unashamedly raw and gutsy, it offers a response to the sophistication of London Blues and above all it re-connects the band to its past.

 

Saturday 17 March
Maddy and the Chaps - St Patricks day gig - The Brunswick Arms, 10 Brunswick Place, Dawlish EX7 9PB - 8.00pm 'til late

World Unlimited -The Nelson Brothers - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £10.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email

The Nelson Brothers have travelled the world from the Midlands to the Isle of Dogs; the Arizona desert to Sydney, Australia; Amsterdam to Bermuda. With their beguiling blend of roots rock, folk and Americana, the British duo have been ever-present on the scene, performing, writing, recording and winning international acclaim for their liaison with Oscar-nominated American actress Elizabeth McGovern as Sadie and the Hotheads. Their first album, Hometown, a gentle roots-rock classic, uniting Steve’s rich vocals and Simon’s sensational guitar playing, was released in 1993 and led to the Nelson’s performing with a variety of international country and roots artists including singer-songwriters Tom Russell, Jim Lauderdale, Katy Moffatt, Kieran Kane and Kevin Welch.

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

Lars Pluto & The Reavers - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 9.00pm - admission £3.00 - Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information.
Lars Pluto was born just outside Atlanta, Georgia to a family that was also a touring Southern Baptist Gospel Bluegrass group. "Music just was. It was everywhere when I was growing up...country, rock n roll, gospel...it's all mixed up in the air down there. Kentucky left me with a certain sound; Tennessee left me with another. It gets in you in the South and you gotta get it out. You can't help it. He’s been described as Honky Tonk Outlaw Country Rockabilly.
Paddy's Whiskers St.Patrick's Day Hooley - The Snooty Fox St Marychurch, 89-91 Fore Street, TQ1 4PZ Torquay - 9.00pm. Free entry

St.Patrick’s Day Party with Paignton based Irish/Celtic/American band Paddy’s Whiskers. 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. 

Venue can be contacted on 01803 323312. More information on Paddy's Whiskers website or telephone Andrew on 01803 520798.
Dumbo's Feather St. Patrick's Night at The Park Hotel - 114 Exeter Road, EX8 1QH Exmouth, Devon - 9.00pm. Following their spectacular performance at The Park last St. Patrick's Night, Tonia and Pete booked Dumbo's Feather on the spot for this year's celebrations of all things Irish and so it'll be reels, jigs, polkas, songs and craic a-plenty in a sea of green 

Tom McConville - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter, EX2 4AZ - Box Office - Telephone 01392 277189 - Visit website - email

Award winning fiddle player and singer Tom McConville is internationally renowned for his fiery, heart-stopping performances. Winner of the BBC Folk Musician of the Year in 2009, he is truly the most original fiddle player in the UK. Blending traditional music from his home town of Newcastle with Irish, American and Scottish influences, he creates a sound that has jazz, folk, bluegrass and classical influence. His live performances are a roller coaster of musical delights; fast rhythmic dance tunes through beautiful slow airs and of course great singing – all presented with his inimitable sense of humour and style.

Joining Tom will be English bagpipes and accordion duo David Faulkner and Steve Turner. A local due with a national and international outlook. Steve and David have been playing together for 25 years and have performed at many events and festivals across Britain and Europe.   

Sunday 18 March
 
Regular events 3rd Sunday
SONG -Folk on the Moor Book by email
Monday 19 March
Juan Martin - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 8.00pm - £15.00+ (£13.00+) Seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website
The artful master of Spanish flamenco guitar.
Tuesday 20 March
 
Regular events 3rd Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Simon Maplesden - Chris Toyne
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club
The Bradninch Folk Club in its many guises can be contacted on 01392 881105 or on Facebook 
Wednesday 21 March
Geoff Lakeman - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 8.30pm - admission £2.00 Free with a B-Card - Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information.
B-Bar regular Geoff Lakeman - dad to famous folk stars Seth,Sean and Sam -plays for us again including trakcs from his lauded album "After All These Years." The CD has had national five and four--star reviews and been played on BBC Radio 2 by Mark Radcliffe, by Tom Robinson on his BBC Radio Six show, on BBC Radio 3 and just about every local radio station in the country. Come and hear the singer and concertina master's musical take on the west country,American and Irish folk, Americana and even 20's/30's jazz.
Tunelink traditional music and dance workshop with Griselda Sanderson and Louis Bingham
Steve Knightley - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor. Tickets possibly sold out. Also on 13.03.18. Sold Out
Regular events 3rd Wednesday
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club Halsway Manor - Musician's Week
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Jigs for Gigs - Aileen Wills
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 22 March
 
Regular events 4th Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Mary Marker and The More The Merrier
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
Friday 23 March
Cosgrave and Banks - St Paul’s Church,  Starcross, Devon, EX6 8PZ - 7.00pm. Tickets £10.00+ from WeGotTicketsor telephone 01626 890957. The Starcross concerts aim to raise some money to keep the church going and make it a more viable community building. There will be a fine bar. 
Echo Town + Support The Stays - The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ - 8.00pm - Tickets: £10.00 (standing with some seating around the edge). For more information and tickets telephone 01404 384050 or go to website

Meet Echo Town, a duo consisting of brothers Ric and Robert Harrison who achieve a full band sound with just two pairs of hands. Transplanted from Yorkshire to Cornwall their fanbase is divided between the two places and where ever they’ve played along route between the two locations. Instantly recognisable for their multi-instrumental performances and eclectic sound they mix the culture of the surf soaked South West with contemporary freedom songs.

A live performance sees the brothers adeptly using guitar, lap-slide, stomp box, harmonica, didgeridoo and percussion with soul full singing and harmonies all full of energy. In the 3 years since the conception of Echo Town they’ve toured the UK playing festivals and venues including the support slots to Land of the Giants, Tankus the Henge and The Undercover Hippy plus filmed for the ‘Harbourside Sessions‘ websites and appearing on various BBC Introducing shows.

 

The Furrow Collective - The Flavel, Flavel Place, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9ND - Tickets £19.00 and £5.00 under 18s. Box Office telephone 01803 839530 or book online at website
Lucy Farrell, Rachel Newton, Emily Portman and Alasdair Roberts make up the critically acclaimed Furrow Collective who were winners of the Best Band category at the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Regular events 4th Friday
SONG - Exeter Folk and Acoustic Music Club - next week this month
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Plus level
Saturday 24 March
Peter Knight and John Spiers - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX - Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm - Tickets £15.00 advance, £16.00 door. £1.00 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £10.00 under 18s. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500.

In the summer of 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival had the grand idea of pairing legendary fiddle player Peter Knight (ex-Steeleye Span) and melodeon player extraordinaire John Spiers (ex-Bellowhead) for a special ‘one off’ concert.

In the event, it ended up being a genuine festival highlight, with no space to be found in the marquee. For a few minutes at the close of their performance, with a standing ovation and roars for more, it didn’t seem as though the audience was going to let them go. As the MC commented, it was one of those occasions when people could say “I was there”. It was also clear that leaving matters there was not an option, and so 2018 sees the duo undertaking their first extensive UK tour.

A welcome return to Calstock Arts for Peter, a first time visit for John.

Cosgrave and Banks - Scorriton Village Hall, ‎TQ11 0JB. 7.30pm doors, 8.00pm start. Tickets £8.00, can be booked on 01364 631288; or pay on the door.
Folk duo Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have built a reputation for top quality musicianship and entertainment. “An eclectic mix of material, underpinned by top quality musicianship; a varied and highly entertaining programme” – Folk On The Moor Folk Club. “One of Devon’s multi-instrumental treasures.” – Topsham Folk Club. “A sublime concert, complete with quirky intros; a sumptuous musical journey far and wide across the UK and Europe.” – Cheriton Fitzpaine Village Hall. "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  – Tom McConville. There will be a bar. 
Police Dog Hogan - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 7.30pm - £17.00+ - Seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

Police Dog Hogan are a high-energy and eclectic eight-piece, combining fiddle, trumpet, mandolin, drums and guitars with four-part harmonies in an exuberant and genre-defying fusing of country, pop, folk, and rocking urban bluegrass. Much-loved Guardian columnist Tim Dowling adds his banjo to the musical mix.
The Sunday Times has described them as “wonderful”; the Telegraph named them one of its ‘favourite new bands”; Mark Radcliffe on Radio 2 said a “great night out was guaranteed” at their joyful shows; and veteran DJ Johnnie Walker praises their gigs as “a really good, fun time”.

Eliot James (of Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party, Noah and the Whale, and Two Door Cinema Club fame) produced the band’s second CD, and Al Scott (Seth Lakeman, Oysterband, The Levellers, Asian Dub Foundation) oversaw the new album, ‘Wild By the Side of the Road’, which spent several weeks in the official UK Americana charts.

Police Dog Hogan were one of only three UK bands invited to Nashville to perform at the prestigious Americana Music Association Awards, where DJ Bob Harris – in town for the awards – snapped them up for a recording that has become one of the most-watched YouTube videos on his “Under the Apple Tree Sessions” channel.

They’ve played at festivals from Port Eliot and Bestival to Kendal Calling and Larmer Tree, and last year they appeared at Glastonbury for the first time, playing to a packed house on one of the major stages (Avalon). In July 2017 they were among the headliners on the main stage at the Cornbury Festival. Most shows on their last tour, from London, Bristol, Liverpool and Exeter to Salisbury’s City Hall, sold out and were rapturously received. “Pure unadulterated entertainment” and a “band really not to be missed” was the verdict from the critic of Maverick Magazine.

DANCE - Teign Playford Club - Gwyn George and Jean Foster - 2.30pm - 5.30pm
Regular events 4th Saturday
DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance - Steve Tyler & Katie Marchant

SONG - Shammick Acoustic - Kieran Towers & Charlotte Carrivick
Charlotte Carrivick first came to Shammick with her twin sister Laura back in 2011, and they stunned us with their Devon ‘greengrass’ music and songs!  Now not restricting themselves to only playing with each other, Charlotte has teamed up with old-time fiddle champion, Kieron Towers.  Charlotte started her musical adventure at the age of nine, playing classical guitar, later going on to mandolin, flatpick guitar, clawhammer banjo, and fiddle, being awarded first place in the Friends of American Old Time Music and Dance contests for banjo and fiddle.  Now one of the UK’s most sought-after bluegrass and old-time musicians, as well as being a multi-instrumentalist, Charlotte is a singer, songwriter and composer performing internationally. As to Kieran, he has been playing this music for as long as he can remember.  There are few fiddle players who can rival his creativity, and his love of the music and of playing are obvious in his performance.  The two of them make a sound that is simultaneously new and refreshing yet rooted in tradition.

 

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 25 March

Peter Knight & John Spiers - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF

In the summer of 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival had the grand idea of pairing legendary fiddle player Peter Knight (ex-Steeleye Span) and melodeon player extraordinaire John Spiers (ex-Bellowhead) for a special ‘one off’ concert.

In the event, it ended up being a genuine festival highlight, with no space to be found in the marquee. For a few minutes at the close of their performance, with a standing ovation and roars for more, it didn’t seem as though the audience was going to let them go. As the MC commented, it was one of those occasions when people could say “I was there”. It was also clear that leaving matters there was not an option, and so 2018 sees the duo undertaking their first extensive UK tour.

The Young’uns - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 8.00pm - £16.00+ (£15.00+) - Seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website

Twice BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners the Young’uns present a timely tale of a boy who walked out of poverty, a teenager who stood up to racism, a soldier who fought fascism and an old man who inspired a new generation. From the shadow of the Teesside shipyards, to the banks of the Thames. From Cable Street to the Spanish Civil War. Johnny Longstaff bore witness to some of the most defining moments of the early 20th century. Before he died, he recorded his story in words which were harrowing, hilarious,
poignant, proud and ultimately uplifting.

With their trademark harmony and humour the Teesside trio present an urgent suite of songs interwoven with Johnny’s own voice and rare images to tell an amazing story.

Charlie Dore - Special Guest Greg Hancock - Matthews Hall, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF - 7.30pm Tickets £12.00 Advance £14.00 on the door.
Budapest Cafe Orchestra - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 7.30pm
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Regular events 4th Sunday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club - Peter Knight and John Spiers - Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HF. 8.00pm - £12.00 advance/£14.00 on the door.
The organisers of the 2016 Folkeast Festival had the grand idea of pairing legendary fiddle player Peter Knight (ex-Steeleye Span) and melodeon player extraordinaire John Spiers (ex-Bellowhead) for a special one-off concert at that year’s festival. It ended up being a festival highlight. This then is the debut tour of two of the finest musicians in their respective fields.
SONG - Folk on the Moor  - Gareth Davies-Jones - Book by email
SONG/STORYTELLING - Tradewinds
Monday 26 March
 
Tuesday 27 March
 
Regular events 4th Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Eileen Nightingale - Pair of Shears
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
STORY TELLING - Stone Soup - Stone Soup continues its Twisted Tales series for adults.
Wednesday 28 March
Tunelink traditional music and dance workshop with Griselda Sanderson and Louis Bingham
Regular events 4th Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club  - Jeroka - Ray Goodswen  
Thursday 29 March
 
Friday 30 March
Edgelarks - The Barrel House, 59a High Street, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5PB - Doors 8.00pm Tickets £14.00 advance £15.00 on the door. Booking office 01803 863000 - more information and tickets on website
Formerly Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin. Edgelarks fly in on the tailwind of BBC award winning duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. The pair's new project takes the roots of their previous work, from the traditional musics of the British Isles to Indian classical slide guitar to the stomping roots party of Phil's beatbox harmonica; adds a strong stem of original writing; and runs wilder with each repeat play.
Saturday 31 March

The Trees - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 9.00pm - admission £3.00 - Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information

Becca Langsford comes from a strong musical background; her father played harmonica with Plymouth-based band ‘The Legal Eagles’ and her brothers are all musicians with direct links to blues and roots music. Being raised on the likes of Taj Mahal, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin has given her an early insight into blues, soul and gospel music. In 2008 she was invited to sing onstage by virtuoso blues guitarist/vocalist, Vince Lee and his band, The Big Combo, and has been singing and playing washboard with Vince and the band since then. Becca has also been touring with Martin Barre alongside Alex Hart for the past two years, playing internationally both as backing vocalists/percussion and as a duo.
Alex Hart is a singer songwriter from Ashill, Devon. She released her first album "On This Day" in 2014 and has just finished her UK Tour with her band. Alex performs all over the world with her west country-country sound and Taylor Guitar. She supported Turin Brakes at the Lyme Regis Folk Festival where she managed to pick up two record deals, one in the US [OK!Good Records] and in the UK [Right Track Records]. Alex now lives in Plymouth and is currently writing her second album to be released this year.
Elani Evangelou is a singer-songwriter & guitarist from Plymouth, Devon. Born into a family of musicians, namely 1950s Jazz singer - June Marlow [The Stargazers] - her vast range of influences from Sarah Vaughan to Jeff Buckley makes for an eclectic, raw and unique live performance. In recent years Elani has taken the south west by storm, and continues to do so, performing live both as a solo act and with South West funk band, Freshly Squeezed.
Martha Nash is a guitarist hailing from The Barbican, Plymouth. Coming from a family of artists, her creative flare is astonishingly tasteful and attentive, with a passion that lights up any performance. Martha brings something to the table rather unique and inspiring, especially for female musicians. She has been involved with various local bands, making a valuable contribution to the live music scene as one of the only female lead guitarists in the area, especially in the rock, metal and punk world. Martha’s playing inspires vibes of the 60s, blues-rock and folk - showing influences from Jimmy Page, John Frusciante & Joni Mitchell.

Together, these four women have come together to share their influences and experience, create a collective of musicians and form one of the only current all female bands in Plymouth. The Trees introduce a new meaning to the term “girl band”, fusing intense vocal polyphony with rootsy strings, beats and buckets of passion. Be sure not to miss out on this new folk/soul/roots project!

India Electric Co - The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ - 8.00pm - Tickets £10.00. For more information and tickets telephone 01404 384050 or go to website Sometimes folk, sometimes not. This immensely talented Devonian Duo, Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe have been included in the top 10 artists of the last 10 years of BBC Introducing by the great Tom Robinson. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see them before, then grab a ticket now! India Electric Co. use traditional instruments in contemporary styles to explore diverse themes from Eastern Europe, Irish traditions and urban alienation to end up with something “quirky and glittery - a veritable musical magpie’s nest.”(Mary Ann Kennedy, BBC Radio 3). Their recently released EP ‘Seven Sisters’ launched at Cecil Sharpe house in November has had some rave reviews and comments. The EP is the second part of a series of releases exploring contrasting themes between the country and the city, focusing on traditional music of England and Scotland and folk songs that have been collected there. In association also with the EFDSS (English Folk Dance and Song Society), Seven Sisters is a body of work that is built around using traditional instruments and tunes in contemporary ways.

 

Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin - The George Hotel, 1 Broad St, South Molton EX36 3AB - 8.00pm