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Friday 1 May
 
Saturday 2 May
 
Sunday 3 May
 
Regular events 1st Sunday

SONG - Folk on the Moor - Book by email  

Monday 4 May
The Simon & Garfunkel Story
Exeter Corn Exchange - Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW
8.00pm (Doors 7.15pm)
£26.00/£23.00 Concessions (includes £1.00 booking fee). Box office telephone 01392 665938 - For more information go to website

Direct from it’s success at London’s Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, a SOLD OUT Worldwide tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back!

Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th Anniversary Celebration also features a full live band performing all the hits including 'Mrs Robinson', 'Cecilia', 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', 'Homeward Bound' and many more. Get your tickets fast as this is an evening not to be missed!

Regular events 1st Monday
Tuesday 5 May

World Unlimited - Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker support Chris Cleverley
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm - Start 7.30pm
Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
The “Titan of Twang“ and the “Concertina Crooner”  team up in a dynamic new folk/acoustic duo.
GEOFF LAKEMAN, patriarch of a folk dynasty – as dad of Seth,Sean and Sam and father-in-law of Cara Dillon and Kathryn Roberts – teases English and Irish folk, Americana and jazz songs out of his  vintage duet concertina.
ROB MURCH brings the wow factor to the banjo, with his unique,punchy fingerstyle  playing.

Both live on Dartmoor, so it was inevitable they’d gang-up musically. Expect self-written  and West Country songs, rattling folk tunes  and foot-stomping ragtime and cakewalk  riffs. Rob’s percussive finger-ballet up and down the fret board of his 100 year-old instrument is mesmerising.He’s revered throughout the UK for  his long-time work with the renowned Dartmoor Pixie Band and The Watch trio. After 50 years as a journalist  music-loving Geoff recorded his  debut CD ,”After All These Years” at the age of  69, which garnered four and five-star reviews and national radio airplay.He’s acclaimed for his “ masterful” playing of the rare Crane duet concertina and his “ rich, melodic voice.” The duo’s relaxed yet sparkling stage presence together  is bubbling with the “feel -good” factor.

 

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

Brass and Reeds Week Halsway Manor
Regular events 1st Tuesday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club Singers Night
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Chris Jewell
DANCE - Fraddon Folk Dance Club (Cornwall)
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - open night
Wednesday 6 May
The Rheingans Sisters at St. Annes
The Plough@StAnne's, Paternoster Row, Barnstaple EX31 1SX
8.00pm
Tickets £14.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Award-winning musicians, composers and folk music scholars The Rheingans Sisters are at the top of the British folk and traditional music scene today, and they are on the road again, touring their critically acclaimed third album Bright Field. 

Hailed as ‘a great record’ by The Guardian, The Rheingans Sisters’ third album Bright Field was crowned 3rd place in the prestigious fRoots Magazine’s ‘Album of the Year’ Critics Poll at the end of 2018, and has earned them a nomination for ‘Best Duo/Group’ at the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Celebrated with live sessions for BBC Radio 2’s The Folk Show and BBC Radio 3’s Music Planet, Songlines magazine also quickly declared Bright Field as a “powerful and arresting” album and awarded it their much coveted ‘Top of The World’ status.

Winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for ‘Best Original Track’ in 2016, The Rheingans Sisters make playful, powerful and richly connecting music that is wholly contemporary while deeply anchored in folk traditions. Audiences across the UK, Europe and Australia have been captivated by The Rheingans Sisters live performances; as full-hearted performers and on-stage improvisers via the adventurous use of fiddles, voices, banjo, bansitar, tambourin à cordes, poetry and percussion. Drawing on their pan-European musical scholarship (having studied extensively in France, Sweden and Norway) and their spirited mission to make connections between music of different geographical roots, they have developed a rich artistic approach to the deconstruction and reimagining of traditional music alongside their own beguiling compositions. 

A unique and unmissable act on the folk and world music stage today, Rowan and Anna play a plethora of instruments in their live shows, many of them handmade by their luthier father Helmut Rheingans who is based in their native Peak District home. 

Sam Sweeney Postponed to 12.05.21.
Teignmouth Pavillions The Den Crescent, Teignmouth, TQ14 8BG
7.30pm
Tickets £16.00+ - Box office telephone 01626 249049 email or to book tickets on-line go to website.

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019 – Nominated Musician Of The Year. After embarking on a solo career, releasing his debut solo album The Unfinished Violin on Island Records and touring it to sell-out crowds on the 2019 album launch tour, Sam is releasing his highly anticipated second solo album in Spring 2020.

Moving on from his five year connection to the First World War, which inspired his first album and captured the nation’s hearts through appearances on Antiques Roadshow and BBC Breakfast, alongside BBC Radio 2, 3, 4 and 6Music, Sam is moving on to making music on his own terms, with three of his favourite musicians and with a totally fresh approach and a big sound.

Sam and his new band are putting something into English music that has never been there before. This album has the swagger and groove of traditional English music with the huge sound, flare, energy and festival spirit of bands coming out of the Celtic and Scandinavian music scenes.

The new album occupies a very different sound world to The Unfinished Violin. Leaving string sections, piano and harmonium behind, the new band features acoustic and electric guitars and double bass.
•      Jack Rutter – guitar (Seth Lakeman, Jackie Oates, Moore Moss Rutter)
•      Ben Nicholls – double bass (Seth Lakeman, Nadine Shah, Kings Of The South Seas, Wild Rose, The Full English)
•      Louis Campbell – electric guitar (member of National Youth Folk Ensemble 2016-18, BBC Introducing with Big Massive Orchestra, studying guitar at RNCM)
Sam is a veteran of the mighty Bellowhead, former artistic director of the National Folk Youth Ensemble, founder member of the acclaimed instrumental trio Leveret, and a superb instrumentalist at the forefront of the revival in English traditional music. 

Brass and Reeds Week Halsway Manor
Regular events 1st Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Rough Music - Aileen Wills
Thursday 7 May

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
Doors open 7.30pm
Tickets £26.00+ - Standing (Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult 18+) Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website
There has never been anything quite like The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, from their formation in 2002 and a cameo appearance at T in the Park in 2004 with the Darkness to opening the main stage in their own right in 2014. The past fifteen years has seen the Red Hot Chilli Pipers become the most famous bagpipe band on the planet..ever! Bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent and a show that carries its own health warning. The bands achievements have reached incredible heights with their groundbreaking fusion of traditional Scottish music and rock/pop Anthems which they proudly call “Bagrock”.The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are a genuinely unique experience.

 

Brass and Reeds Week Halsway Manor
Friday 8 May

World Unlimited - Sailing Stones
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm - Start 7.30pm
Tickets £12.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
Sailing Stones aka Jenny Lindfors’ debut album Polymnia is an honest exploration of learning to break free and let go, existentially. “I really wanted to get into the dark side of what we wrestle with as human beings, and that there is no easy solution,” the Bristol-based songwriter says about the process of writing these songs, bookended by the experience of moving to London and eventually leaving it behind.

Although Polymnia comes from a place of melancholy, each song acts as a window into a transient moment of breakthrough and clarity. Lindfors’ husky vocals glide over the top of murky, layered synthesisers and softly rolling drums, each melody a guiding light puncturing through dusky fog.

On Polymnia, Lindfors allowed her intuition to guide her more acutely: “I stopped caring about things sounding corny, and just went with what felt good,” she explains. It’s clear that Lindfors’ personal but epic songwriting would sit well alongside Marissa Nadler, Weyes Blood and Julia Holter’s ‘Have You In My Wilderness’ in any good record collection. But in comparison to these songwriters, Lindfors’ songwriting captures acutely a nocturnal American expanse and in doing so recalls the ghost of Ry Cooder’s ‘Paris, Texas’ soundtrack that partly inspired her. At times, Polymnia also draws rich textures from the late 1980s FM radio Lindfors listened to as a child.

 

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

Cara Dillon
Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm
Tickets £22.00 advance. £1.00 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500.

This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences and achieving 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 be performing material from her latest album “Wanderer”, a collection of beautiful and moving songs recorded in an intimate setting with her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman. Every note and word is sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life of experience singing traditional songs. Legions of fans will attest to their impassioned performances with Cara’s warm and natural stage presence something to savour.

 

Brass and Reeds Week Halsway Manor
Going Further Fiddle Weekend Halsway Manor
Saturday 9 May
Davis Lindley Mullan Support: Mutter Slater (front man and flute player for 70’s cult band Stackridge) playing stripped down RnB with Clive Ashley on saxophone.
Abbotskerswell Village Hall, Slade Lane, nr Newton Abbot TQ12 5YF

Doors 7.00pm. DJ Dave. Real ale, cider & wine.
Tickets £12.50. telephone 01626 363640 or email.
DLM are Andrew Cresswell Davis guitar, ukelele and vocals, Clare Lindley violin, guitar, ukelele and vocals, and Brian Mullan cello and vocals. They employ a number of styles in their repertoire reflecting a desire to entertain audiences of all ages and musical tastes. A typical DLM set list will contain original material and some carefully chosen covers. Clare Lindley learned classical viola at school and joined Stackridge in 2009. In addition to his work as freelance concert cellist, Brian Mullan has recorded for radio and television and has been involved in projects over a wide range of musical styles.
Show of Hands
Exeter Cathedral
Doors 6.45pm Start 7.30pm

Tickets: £31 (Adults) or £16 (Under 21s). Tickets available from 01392 285983 (Monday-Friday, 09.00-17.00) or online.
On sale soon. 'Sea and Stone' - Show of Hands band reunites for four amazing shows in May 2020: "We couldn't resist returning to some of our favourite venues from the Cathedrals Tour!". Following an overwhelmingly positive audience reaction to the Autumn tour, this May ‘Show of Hands are returning with a special Spring preview to four of the most iconic and atmospheric venues on the touring circuit (Minack Theatre; Exeter, Wells & Salisbury Cathedrals). The four piece line-up will be presenting specially arranged, stripped back or reworked versions of many of the bands classic tracks. Steve, Phil, Miranda and Cormac will also feature material from the critically acclaimed album ’Battlefield Dancefloor’ as well as the famous ‘Duos’ opening set.

DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Ray Goodswen & Portland Drive 
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 websit
Cara Dillon
Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm
Tickets £22.00 advance. £1.00 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500.

This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences and achieving 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 be performing material from her latest album “Wanderer”, a collection of beautiful and moving songs recorded in an intimate setting with her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman. Every note and word is sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life of experience singing traditional songs. Legions of fans will attest to their impassioned performances with Cara’s warm and natural stage presence something to savour.

 

DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance Poisson Rouge

St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant, Exeter  EX4  7AH.  Parking will be available at the Health Centre car park a short distance along the road.
Doors open at 7.15pm and the first band will start their set at 7.30pm.
No partner is needed for many of the dances and beginners are always welcome.
Admission £9.00 which includes tea and biscuits.

Going Further Fiddle Weekend Halsway Manor
Regular events 2nd Saturday
Sunday 10 May
Going Further Fiddle Weekend Halsway Manor
Regular events 2nd Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor Dipper Malkin
Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE
7.45pm
Book by email
Monday 11 May

Tuesday 12 May
Sam Carter Support Ben Morgan Brown
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
8.00pm
£12.00+ standard advance | £10.00+ student advance | £14.00 on the door | Seated Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website
In the ten years since winning Best Newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Sam Carter has earned a reputation for vivid, narrative-driven songwriting and captivating live performances. Having made a spell-binding appearance on Later… with Jools Holland in 2012, Sam has gone on to tour the world, sharing stages with some of the finest guitarists and songwriters, including Nic Jones, Martin Simpson, Richard Thompson, and Chris Wood.

Following the release of his last album How The City Sings , Sam embarked on an extensive album release tour with his most ambitious live line-up to date, including shows with Folk Award-winning fiddler Sam Sweeney and pianist Neil Cowley (Adele, Neil Cowley Trio). Alongside a busy solo touring schedule, he continued to break new ground with his work in Folk Award-nominated electro-folk band False Lights, who released their second album Harmonograph to wide acclaim in early 2018. In demand as a session player, Sam was enlisted for a string of festival dates with Eliza Carthy’s Wayward band and for a national tour with Bella Hardy. In late 2019, Sam joined the ensemble for the touring folk theatre show ‘Rising Up: Peterloo 2019’, arranging and performing songs written by the Young’uns’ Sean Cooney alongside Lucy Farrell (Furrow Collective) and Jim Molyneux (Four Square, Kitty MacFarlane).

This spring Sam Carter embarks on a national tour to support the release of his thrilling new album Home Waters. Recorded in a converted church in rural Northumberland, Home Waters captures the full force of Sam Carter’s heartfelt songwriting. Featuring the specially-assembled Home Waters String Quartet, the album’s rich emotional landscapes are exquisitely illustrated by producer Ian Stephenson’s cinematic string arrangements. Images of overwhelming floods, rising tides, and conflict-stricken seas sit alongside tales of love and loss, alluding to the search for a sense of belonging and stability in unfamiliar territory.
Wednesday 13 May
 
Regular events 2nd Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - The Dancing Keys - Mary Marker
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 14 May
Nick Hart and Tom Moore on violin
The Plough@StAnne's, Paternoster Row, Barnstaple EX31 1SX
8.00pm
Tickets £12.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Nick Hart is a folk singer deeply rooted in the English tradition. Raised in a family of morris dancers, Nick played instrumental music for many years before discovering his passion for traditional song. He is accompanied by long-time collaborator Tom Moore.

‘Uncluttered, great singing that reminds me of the very best English roots singers.’  Mike Harding

Regular events 2nd Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club Jane Thomas & Quantock Quarenders    
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
SONG - Totnes Folk Song Club
Dartmouth Inn, The Plains, Totnes, TQ9 5EL
8.00pm
Friday 15 May
Simon Blake’s Startling Songs
Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ
7.30pm
Tickets £5.00 advance from the Bridge Inn telephone 01392 873862
Featuring ‘The Simaphone’, The first new musical instrument for over 100 yrs. Simon’s songs are gleaned from gossip, ghosts and absurdities found in Devon and nearby counties and, set to a fast fingerstyle acc, present folk from this area at its most distilled.

Ninebarrow
St Michael’s Church, Shute, Axminster
7.30pm
Telephone 01404831675 for tickets and more information. A Villages in Action event
Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, entertaining audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Combining breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, they deliver songs and stories inspired by the landscape and history of the British Isles. An evening with the duo isn’t just a concert with superb music – it’s also a night of folklore and storytelling at its very best.

 

The Postman Poet: A Celebration of the Life & Songs of Edward Capern
The Plough@StAnne's, Paternoster Row, Barnstaple EX31 1SX
8.00pm
Tickets Full £12.00 - Supporter £10.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

The novelist, Liz Shakespeare and two musicians, Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll will bring Devon’s 19th century Postman Poet vividly back to life with a vibrant entertainment of words and music.           

The Postman Poet: A Celebration of the Life & Songs of Edward Capern
Edward Capern was a humble postman whose poems and songs, written while walking the rural lanes of North Devon on his daily round in the mid-19th century, won plaudits from the Prime Minister and the support of the biggest literary names of the day. He was to become known nationally as the Postman Poet and was referred to as ‘the Devonian Burns’.
Author Liz Shakespeare has written, The Postman Poet, a novel based on his life, and collaborated with musicians Nick Wyle and Becki Driscoll, resulting in their CD The Songs of Edward Capern. All three will bring Capern vividly back to life with this delightfully vibrant entertainment of words and music.

“Combining fiction, social history, and biography, The Postman Poet is an engaging and entertaining read that both brings a lump to one’s throat and joy to the heart. Highly recommended.”  Historical Novel Review.

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

Shape Note South West website

Saturday 16 May
 
Sunday 17 May

THE BOB DYLAN STORY - The Ultimate Tribute Blowing Into Topsham
Mathews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham, EX3 0HF
Doors 7.30pm Start 8.00pm
All ages (under 14's must be accompanied by an adult)
Tickets £15.00 for the all seated show are available from Topsham Bookshop, Exeter Phoenix and wegottickets.com

A stunning and definitive tribute to a song writing genius who spoke for and entranced a whole generation.
"Don't Look Back" is an authentic and affectionate recreation of many of the classics performed by Dylan on his seismic 1965 UK Tour.
This special solo acoustic show features such memorable songs as Blowing In The Wind, Mr Tambourine Man, It Ain't Me, Babe, Lay Lady Lay, It's All Over Now Baby Blue, The Times They Are A-Changin', Don't Think Twice It's Alright, If You Gotta Go, Go Now, All I really Want To Do, Knocking On Heaven's Door, Like A Rolling Stone, Subterranean Homesick Blues and many more of the best-loved songs of popular music's greatest icon. There is  fascinating insight into the stories behind the songs as well as backscreen projection with rare footage of the great man himself.
An incredible aural and visual treat not to be missed!

DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance Boat Trip
Julie July Band: The Fotheringay Tour 2020
7.30pm
Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1SN
All tickets £15.00 Box office 01392 270891 (Weekdays 10.00 - 4.00) For more information go to website
The British folk-rock group have built a substantial reputation with reinterpretations and arrangements of the work of singer-songwriter Sandy Denny. The Fotheringay Tour 2020 features new songs to the repertoire from 1970 Album;- ‘Pond and the Stream, Nothing More, The Sea, The Way I Feel, Winter Winds, Late November, Gypsy Davey plus some old favourites. The band will also include tracks from their own self-penned Album ‘Lady of the First Light’ Inspired by Sandy’s work and the wider folk, rock and blues movements of the Sixties and Seventies. British Folk Rock at its best!
Regular events 3rd Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor Clive Gregson
Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE
7.45pm
Book by email
Monday 18 May
 
Tuesday 19 May
 
Regular events 3rd Tuesday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club Singers Night
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Party night with Aileen Wills - Quantock Quarenders. Bring and share supper.
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club
Bradninch Guildhall, Fore Street, Bradninch. EX5 4NN

Doors open at 7.45pm, start 8.00pm.

For more information telephone Gerard Edwards 01392 881105 or Facebook Bradninch Folk Club.

SONG - Shape Note Singing in Ipplepen
Wednesday 20 May
 
Regular events 3rd Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Jigs for Gigs - Jeremy Child
MUSIC - Blues night at the Lemon Tree (Open Mic).
Thursday 21 May
Broadside Ballards
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
Doors open 8.00pm
Tickets £15.00+ (£13.00+) Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website
Three of the UK’s most innovative, award-winning folk artists reinvent a collection of broadsides – daily song sheets sold for pence – giving a rare insight into Britain’s history. Delving into the collection at the Bodleian Libraries and beyond, Lisa Knapp, Marry Waterson and Nathaniel Mann lead a five-piece band, bringing broadside ballads to life for a new generation.
Friday 22 May
Gallery Bar Special with Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll
Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm
Free entry - donations to the band. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500.

Following the success of their latest album ‘Cold Light’, popular North Devon folk musicians Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll make a welcome return to Calstock Arts.

Nick and Becki are exceptional fiddle players, singers and composers, with an innovative take on English folk. Their unique sound blends bewitching melodies, driving fiddle chords and powerful vocals, interspersed with anecdotes of adventures and stories from the road. “Cold Light” reaches into the heart of the English tradition and brings to life old tunes from the archives, alongside the duo’s compositions and newly written songs, with influences drawn from across the globe. This is the very essence of folk music; allowing the past to inspire the
future.

“Wyke and Driscoll have produced an album of folk music that mixes wondrous chamber-pop deeply founded on a respect for traditional music and modern songcraft.” – RootsWorld

 

Danni Nicholls
Otterton Mill, Otterton, nr Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 7HG
Tickets £15.00 (price covers the music only)
Pre-booking required. Food served 6.00pm to 7.30pm, music starts at 8.00pm. To book, telephone 01395 568521 - website 
Saturday 23 May

Greg Hancock, Alex Seel and Tennyson's Twin"SONGWRITERS CIRCLE CONCERT"
St Katherine's Priory, St Katherine's Road, Exeter, EX4 7JY
7.30pm
Tickets £10 from WeGotTickets
"If you think songs should have meaning, this is a fantastic opportunity to explore the songwriter's craft with two of its finest artisans!"  Neil King, FATEA Magazine
Greg Hancock and Alex Seel are on tour in a series of Songwriters Circle concerts. The two award winning singer-songwriters take the stage together, alongside a third performer, and then take turns to introduce and perform a selection of their songs. This increasingly popular concert format offers a great opportunity to compare and contrast styles and techniques. For this concert, Cornwall based singer-songwriter Tennyson's Twin (Sarah Hayes) will make up the circle.

Sunday 24 May
 
Regular events 4th Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor Book by email
SONG/STORYTELLING - Tradewinds Open to everything, as always. Anybody with a poem, song, story or tune they'd like to share will be very welcome.
Okey Folky - Singers, musicians, poets, step-dancers and audience members all welcome!
Monday 25 May
 
Regular events 4th Monday
Tuesday 26 May
 
Regular events 4th Tuesday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club Singers Night
Wednesday 27 May
 
Regular events 4th Wednesday
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Ivor Hyde and Holly - Jane Thomas
SONG - Lympstone Folk, Roots and Acoustic
Thursday 28 May
 
Regular events 4th Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club Club Callers & The More The Merrier         
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
SONG - Teignmouth Folk Club
Friday 29 May
 
Saturday 30 May
Carus Thompson
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
7.30pm
Tickets £12.00+ (£10.00+) Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

Australian folk-rock songwriter and storyteller Carus Thompson returns to the UK to launch his seventh studio album Shakespeare Avenue.

Recorded in Dartmoor, in the South-West of England with Mercury nominated producer Sean Lakeman, the album takes its name from a street in Bath, Somerset where Thompson’s late Grandfather lived, before he left his home for Australia.

In the reverse of his Grandfather’s journey, for Shakespeare Avenue Thompson moved his family to Dartmoor to write and record with a new approach that delved further down the folk path, spurred by his connection with good friend and folk-star Seth Lakeman.

Thompson has opened for Seth on four UK tours across the years. When it comes to embracing the folk traditions of the South-West you couldn’t ask for a better guide.  Seth, his brother Sean (who’s supurb production perfectly accentuates Thompson’s songs), and Sean’s partner the sublime Kathryn Roberts all feature on Shakespeare Avenue. Often referred to as a “virtual folk dynasty”, the trio bring their heavyweight musicianship to the record.

 Thompson’s narrative, character based, emotive songs have long earned him comparisons to Springsteen and Mellancamp, however this time there is also a distinct Richard Thompson, Christy Moore, Dick Gaughin folk edge. 

The connection with the Lakeman clan, together with the move to England, has paid dividends with what is undeniably Thompson’s best work to date.

A renowned live performer he can’t wait to deliver these new songs to his UK fans

Exeter Ceilidhs - Stick the Fiddle Caller Jeremy Child
The Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7UE.
8.00pm - 11.0pm
£8.00 (under 16 - £4.00 under 10 free)
Teas, coffees & biscuits are provided (small donation requested), but there is no bar. You may bring your own alcohol if you wish. For more information email or telephone Jeremy 07969 297 633
SONG - Shammick Acoustic - Magpie Lane
The ‘museum’ at the Pack o’ Cards, High Street, Combe Martin EX34 0JD.
This 5-piece band from Oxford, who specialise in traditional English songs and music, have been delighting audiences for over 25 years with a combination of powerful vocals and vigorous dance tunes, performing inventive arrangements on a variety of instruments. The fact that each member is not only a fine singer but also an instrumentalist makes the band quite unique. In that time, they have produced numerous CDs, and were able to win fans outside the folk scene through the popular Past Times retailer. All five members of the band have been thoroughly immersed in the music, and perform in other combinations as well as Magpie Lane. Their sound is unmistakeably English, although they have moved on from their original focus of exclusively Oxfordshire material. They use an eclectic range of instruments as well as vocal harmonies which are a joy to hear, offering a majestic swathe of sound. This is a rare chance to see and hear a ‘big band’ in such intimate surroundings, so make the most of it.

Tickets are £9.00 if bought in advance through WeGotTickets or, if you’re in Combe Martin, at The Pack o’ Cards or Pets’ Pantry, both in High Street, or for £10.00 at the door (with a £2.00 discount for members of Shammick Acoustic).  They may also be reserved by ringing Tom & Barbara Brown on 01271 882366.
Sunday 31 May

Asleep At The Wheel
The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ
8.00pm
Tickets: £23.00 Advance, £26.00 On the Door - Standing gig with some seats. Ticket price includes £1 admin fee. For more information and tickets and accessible seats telephone 01404 384050 or go to website
Direct from Austin, Texas, 10 time Grammy award winning Country/Western Swing legends. 'Coming right at ya!' - 50th Anniversary World Tour, one of only 8 UK dates! This is a huge coup for the Beehive in booking one of the great Americana bands. An incredible 8 piece line up on stage featuring pedal steel guitar, fiddles and horns fronted by founder, leading light and lead vocalist Ray Benson, standing 6 foot 7 inches tall and taking into account his ten gallon hat and cowboy boots reaching nearly 7 foot! A big presence and a big voice to match. Such is the stature and popularity of the band, Bob Harris will be featuring an unprecedented 8 tracks from them on his Radio 2 Country Show in the lead up to the tour.

 

Show of Hands
RHS Rosemoor, Torrington, EX38 8PH
7.30pm
Tickets £27.50.To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Steve Knightley and Phil Beer are widely acknowledged as the finest acoustic roots duo in England. Knightley, who writes most of their inspired material and Beer, a dazzling multi instrumentalist, have built up a huge following which has seen them sell out the Albert Hall four times and headline at major festivals from Glastonbury to WOMAD.
Voted Best Duo in the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (as well as clinching Best Original Song for Knightley's acclaimed Arrogance Ignorance and Greed) the jury is still out on just what kind of music they play. A genre defying mix of rock, roots, blues, country, trad, and often influenced by the music of other countries, it is played out on an array of instruments from slide guitar to fiddle, mandolin to South American cuatro.
Lau Unplugged
Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm
Tickets £20.00 advance, £21.00 door, £1 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £12.00 under 18s and students with ID. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500

For the first time in over a decade, Lau present an entirely acoustic tour. The pioneering Scottish folk trio has always experimented with sound and form; the results have been complex and thrilling. Already acknowledged as phenomenal live performers, Lau arrived at a new creative peak with 2019’s Midnight and Closedown. Their 2020 Unplugged concert tour sees traditional music’s most celebrated innovators strip away their banks of electronics, loops and wild effects.

The trio of Kris Drever (guitar, vocals), Martin Green (accordion) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle) feel drawn to a more raw and plain-speaking aesthetic. The approach is subtler, less about spectacle, more about close listening. In brash and polarised political times, here is the poetry of real instruments and considerate music making.

‘Lau is a remarkable band – the most musically adventurous trio in British folk – exquisite and hypnotic, musicianship at its best’. The Guardian
‘This is music of such stunning creativity – one of the most thrilling live bands’. Sunday Herald
Four-time winners ʻBest Groupʼ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

 

Regular events 5th Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor Steve Turner
Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE
Book by email
SONG/STORYTELLING - Tradewinds
Okey Folky - Singers, musicians, poets, step-dancers and audience members all welcome!