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Wednesday 1 May
 
Regular events 1st Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Gibby Swaine and Ian Anderson - Mary Marker
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club Bicknoller Village Hall - Jane Thomas - Iain & Nick
SONG - Jurassic Folk and Jam
Thursday 2 May

Flook
The Flavel, Flavel Place, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9ND
7.30pm
Tickets £19.00 Under 18 £5.00. Box Office telephone 01803 839530 or book online at website Folk at the Flavel welcomes Flook, recently reformed after a hiatus of 10 years. After forming in 1997, Flook had a remarkably successful performing and recording career. The sheer enjoyment of playing together shined through their albums but was also a key factor in their very successful live shows. Three studio albums were all critically applauded and they won the accolade of Best Group at the BBC Folk Awards in 2006 having previously been nominated for Best Album. Owing to overwhelming popular demand they are back together to play a limited tour of Europe so catch these rare shows while you can. Flook are flutists Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen, guitarist Ed Boyd and bodhran maestro, John Joe Kelly. 

 

Amber Cross
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
Friday 3 May
Eliza Carthy and Martin Carthy
Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm
Tickets £18.00 advance, £1.00 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £10.00 under 18s. Go to website

Martin Carthy is one of folk music’s greatest innovators. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it. Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick, his wife Norma Waterson and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than forty albums.

He’s a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps most significant of all are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon.

Eliza Carthy is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her generation. Twice nominated for a Mercury Prize and winner of innumerable other accolades over a twenty year career, Eliza has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists including Paul Weller, Rufus and Martha Wainwright and Bob Neuwirth. More than most, Eliza Carthy has revitalised folk music and captured the most hardened of dissenters with intelligent, charismatic and boundary-crossing performance.

Saturday 4 May
Brixham Pirate Festival
Sunday 5 May
Brixham Pirate Festival
Regular events 1st Sunday

SONG - Folk on the Moor - Book by email  

Monday 6 May
Brixham Pirate Festival
Kris Drever
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
8.00pm
Tickets £14.00+ (£12.00+) - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

Scottish songwriter Kris Drever (Lau) celebrated a decade of critical and commercial success by winning both BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of The Year 2017 and Best Original Track 2017 (for his song If Wishes Were Horses) at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. 

For his 2018 concerts Kris will be performing a ‘best of’ set featuring all the key songs from his first decade and some new material played live for the first time. 

Regular events 1st Monday
Tuesday 7 May
 
Regular events 1st Tuesday
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
DANCE - Fraddon Folk Dance Club (Cornwall)
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - open night
Wednesday 8 May
 
Regular events 2nd Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Raleigh Reelers - Aileen Wills
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 9 May
Kirsty McGee
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
Sharon Shannon & Seckou Keita: Sacred Earth
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
7.30pm
Tickets £24.00+ (£22.00+) Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website Sacred Earth
Legendary Irish accordion maestro Sharon Shannon brings a new live show on UK tour 2019. Joined by her band, Jim Murray acoustic guitar, Jack Maher electric guitar, vocals and Sean Regan, fiddle, percussion and beatbox, Sharon will perform music from her many albums throughout the years, including 2017’s Sacred Earth.

Recorded at Real Worlds Studios and produced by Robert Plant producer, Justin Adams, Sacred Earth features many tracks with African influences and indeed African musicians as collaborators and guests.

Seckou Keita from Senegal playing Kora and percussion was one of the key collaborators. Now Seckou joins Sharon and her band, as a special guest on the Sacred Earth UK tour 2019.

Wildwood Kin
The Lemon Grove, St German's Road, Exeter, EX4 6TG
7.30pm
Tickets £15.00+ Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

Wildwood Kin are a family trio whose sound is characterised by extraordinary harmonies. Their brilliant debut album, while influenced by their early folk leanings, delved deeply into other genres, featuring both electric and acoustic instruments, and boasted inventive sonics and spectral atmospherics alongside their hypnotic three-part harmonies.

Guitarist Emillie Key, her bouzouki/keyboard-playing sister Beth and their drumming cousin Meghann Loney, all sing, swapping leads and joining on harmonies.

They have just released a covers EP voices of equilibrium and have recently topped 13 million streams on spotify.

Friday 10 May
Dart Music Festival 
SONG - Exeter Folk and Acoustic Music Club
Reg Meuross - Support to be confirmed -
Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX
8.00pm.
Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) - Paid in advance - £10.00; Advanced notice without pre-payment - £12.00 (paid on the door). Information/ticket enquiries email - telephone 01392 210983 - visit website - go to FaceBook page.
Saturday 11 May
Kirsty Merryn
St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH
Doors 7.30pm - Starts 8.00pm
Tickets £10.00+ from WeGotTickets or £12.00 on the door. Hot drinks and cake available. Bring your own alcohol
Kirsty Merryn is one of the most arresting and unconventional new young singer songwriters on the UK folk roots scene, with a style uniquely her own. Kirsty has been championed by Show of Hands’ frontman Steve Knightley after he met her while teaching at an EFDSS songwriting retreat for upcoming folk singer songwriters and she went on to support them over the 22 nights of their Cathedral’s tour at the end of 2017. “Making some very big waves…I think she has an amazing voice, and writes some truly interesting songs” Mike Harding.
Dart Music Festival 
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Barrie Bullimore - Friendly Folk 
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 12 May
Dart Music Festival 
Regular events 2nd Sunday
Monday 13 May

Tuesday 14 May
 
Regular events 2nd Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Quantock Quarenders - Aileen Wills
MUSIC - Bradninch Acoustic Music Club
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
Wednesday 15 May
Show of Hands: ‘Special Relationship’ Tour
Exeter Corn Exchange - Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW
8.00pm (Doors 7.15pm)
£24.00 (includes £1.00 booking fee). Box office telephone 01392 665938 - For more information go to website
For their ‘Special Relationship’ Spring tour Steve and Phil will be joined by acclaimed US singer songwriter, Richard Shindell. Hailing from New Jersey but now a resident of Buenos Aries his songs ‘You Stay Here’, ‘Reunion Hill’ and ‘Next Best Western’ are already firmly part of the Show of Hands repertoire. From the Great War to the Civil War, from Bristol to Baltimore, expect an Anglo/American exchange of songs of the road, history and romance.
Regular events 3rd Wednesday
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club Bicknoller Village Hall - Ian Lubrook - Petronella
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Pair of Shears - Rosie Shaw
OPEN MIC - Blues Night at the Oystercatcher’s  Cafe
Thursday 16 May
 
Friday 17 May

World Unlimited - Toby Marks and Andrew Heath
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
'Motion’ is a new collaborative album from established sound artists, Toby Marks and Andrew Heath. Four immersive soundscapes were created and compiled featuring field recordings from recent trips to the North, South, East and West of Britain. Each trip took as it’s theme a particular form of transport which, in addition to other environmental sounds from those areas, were processed and transformed, blending piano, guitars and electronics to produce a deeply meditative, endlessly unfolding collection. Sometimes evoking images of machinery, sometimes of nature, the pieces flow and twist, at all times maintaining a humanity and sense of personal experience at their core.

Performed live, the pieces are partly composed and partly improvised as both artists follow the lead of the recorded sounds to guide their playing. Sometimes intense, sometimes barely there at all, the music enthralls and entices, drawing the audience into a world both seemingly familiar and strangely unknown.

Accompanying the music are live video manipulations by Patrick Dunn, blending real-world imagery and computer generated textures.

Toby Marks
In his guise as Banco de Gaia, Toby first came to the world’s attention on the Ambient Dub compilations of the early ‘90s. Since then he has focused on globally inspired dance music and deep ambient explorations and meditations.
Best known for his ‘ode to Tibetan independence’ Last Train to Lhasa, Toby has more recently been expanding his interest in ambient and electroacoustic music, moving from the dance floor to the sofa to explore his long-held love of the beautiful, the exotic and the sublime.
On stage he mixes computer-based electronics with real world recordings and occasional guitar, producing an engrossing and uplifting journey through his ambient work.

Andrew Heath
A soundscape artist and composer, Andrew Heath creates quiet, ambient, lower-case music based around piano, electronics and field recordings, drawing inspiration from a simple piano motif, an electronic shimmer or a processed found sound. The work he produces blends piano, electronics and found sounds into a mix that on the surface sounds quite minimal and open, but on closer listening, contains detailed fragments, constantly shifting and changing place.
In performance, Andrew Heath re-interprets his studio work weaving multiple layers of textural field recordings balanced with ethereal whispers of electronic sound and half-glimpsed piano melodies. Recent performances have seen him add acoustic instruments to his palette often bowed or e-bowed, but certainly not played conventionally. This is immersive, ambient music. It drifts. It constantly shifts as it charts new topographies, creating and following maps that are full of change.

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 Little Unsaid
Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm
Tickets £12.00 advance, £13.00 door. £1.00 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £8.00 under 21s. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500.

Fronted by songwriter John Elliott, The Little Unsaid is a band with an original sound and international outlook. The band has spent the last year touring Europe, leaving audiences emotionally rapt with a live show that’s been described as ‘a thumping depth of passion’. Their sound is all their own but echoes the intensity and melancholic overtones of greats such as Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen.

Their 2017 critically-acclaimed Imagined Hymns & Chaingang Mantras album was recorded with Radiohead engineer and film score producer Graeme Stewart. In 2018 the band released a new album for Reveal Records (home of Lau, Joan As Police Woman, Eddi Reader and more).

The Little Unsaid embraces elements of rock, folk, electronica, jazz and alt-pop. One of the UK’s must-see rising live acts and recent winners of the Steve Reid award for Innovation.

‘Extraordinary music. This is an amazing act’ – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

 

Saturday 18 May

World Unlimited -John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett 
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm
Tickets £14.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
The Nearly Free Tour - This magnetic bond still holds after more than 40 years of attempted escapes and still loved for their total in-yer-face originality, the contrast between the dead pan humour of Barrett and mad onstage antics of Otway are hilarious to watch. John’s lyrical genius and Willy’s outstanding musicianship (he seems to play almost every stringed instrument known to man, plus a few hybrids of his own making!)
Ever keen to add a new dimension to the show, Willy has a new addition to his array of instruments. Beware the Moose Homp!!.
Willy’s interest in making instruments began when he commandeered two guitars made by his dad in 1965. One from an old guitar neck and a scaffold plank which became affectionally known as the Les Dawson, and the other branded the Mk1 Schitstik electric slide of similar pedigree. These instruments were used on many of the early tracks, including Really Free and Racing Cars)
Was the Last Straw Tour of 2017 to be the end? Willy’s remark “this will be the last time that many of you will see us together again” was often hastily misinterpreted as the final throw of the dice, but the reason given “it’s not us packing up, it’s you lot dying off, you know who you are!” is often overlooked by eager scribes. And so the rumours abound. 
For any Otway/Barrett virgins out there who don’t know what to expect, be prepared for everything from bare-chested theremin playing to wah wah wheelie bin as the duo jump from one hit and 40 near misses to another: An amazing and irreverent performance by two master entertainers. 

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

Callington MayFest

SONG - Open night Shammick Acoustic -   John Doyle

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 

DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance

St Matthew's Hall, Newtown, Exeter  EX1 2LJ. 
There is a large public car park across the road which is free after 6.00pm. Doors open at 7.15pm and we will start with some dance tuition at 7.30pm, followed by the first band at around 8.00pm.
Admission £9.00 which includes tea and biscuits.
No partner is needed for many of the dances and beginners are always welcome.
Sunday 19 May
Show of Hands: ‘Special Relationship’ Tour
RHS Garden Rosemoor EX38 8PH Torrington
8.00pm
£25.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
For their ‘Special Relationship’ Spring tour Steve and Phil will be joined by acclaimed US singer songwriter, Richard Shindell. Hailing from New Jersey but now a resident of Buenos Aries his songs ‘You Stay Here’, ‘Reunion Hill’ and ‘Next Best Western’ are already firmly part of the Show of Hands repertoire. From the Great War to the Civil War, from Bristol to Baltimore, expect an Anglo/American exchange of songs of the road, history and romance.
Regular events 3rd Sunday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club - RANT
Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF
Doors 7.30pm - Start 8.00pm
£12.00(+) adv/£14.00 door, tickets available online at WeGotTickets or at Sunday night folk evenings at the Globe, Topsham. All enquiries telephone 01392 875332.
RANT is the meeting of four of Scotland’s finest fiddle players, two from the Shetland Islands and two from the Highlands. Nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 for Best Traditional track, they tour their unique brand of ‘chamber-folk’ far and wide. Bethany Reid, Jenna Reid, Lauren MacColl and Anna Massie join forces to create a sound which is both rich and lush, yet retaining all the bite and spark synonymous with a Scottish fiddle player. www.rantfiddles.com
‘This is dignified, deep and profound music.’ fRoots magazine
SONG - Folk on the Moor - Book by email
Monday 20 May
 
Tuesday 21 May
 
Regular events 3rd Tuesday
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club For more information telephone Gerard Edwards 01392 881105 or Facebook Bradninch Folk Club.
SONG - Shape Note Singing in Ipplepen
Wednesday 22 May

World Unlimited - Sara Grey & Kieron Means
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm
Sara Grey, a fine American singer, banjo player and song collector, and son Kieron Means, singer and guitar player of great merit, and a fine performer of traditional and contemporary songs. "We perform from a wide range of American traditions including old-time songs and ballads from the Appalachians, Ozarks, New England and the West, blues and gospel music as well as a few of our favourite written songs. The passage of songs from Great Britain and Ireland to America is of particular interest to us. A good deal of our material is the American versions that have travelled, though a song or two from Britain will no doubt be sung. It is our aim during the evening to encourage our audience to join us in singing the chorus of many of our songs."

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

Regular events 4th Wednesday
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Stick the Fiddle - Jeremy Child
SONG - Lympstone Folk, Roots and Acoustic
Thursday 23 May
 
Regular events 4th Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Club Callers - More The Merrier
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
SONG - Teignmouth Folk Club
Friday 24 May
Bude & Stratton Folk Festival
Saturday 25 May
Bude & Stratton Folk Festival
Exeter Ceilidhs - Phoenix
The Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7UE.
8.00pm - 11.0pm
£8.00 (under 16 - £4.00 under 10 free)
Teas, coffees & biscuits are provided (small donation requested), but there is no bar. You may bring your own alcohol if you wish. For more information email or telephone Jeremy 0796929763
Regular events 4th Saturday
SONG - Shammick Acoustic - Closed for Earl of Rone
Sunday 26 May
Bude & Stratton Folk Festival
Regular events 4th Sunday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club
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 27 May
Bude & Stratton Folk Festival
Regular events 4th Monday
Tuesday 28 May
 
Regular events 4th Tuesday
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
Wednesday 29 May
 
Regular events 5th Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Jigs for Gigs - Mark Moran          
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
SONG - Culm Valley Music and Performance Club
Thursday 30 May

Steve Turner
Tavistock Wharf, Canal Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8AT
7.30pm
Tickets £8.00 - £7.00 Wharf Music Club - seated - Box office 01822 611166 - Visit website for more information and tickets.
Steve Turner is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments, stretching the boundaries of traditional forms, with one of the best voices in the business. He is a multi-instrumentalist, who also accompanies himself on the cittern, and also plays mandolin and banjo.

 

Friday 31 May