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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
Originally from Maine, USA, Amber spent her early years surrounded by gospel music in a small town church where her father preached and her mother played piano. In 2013 Amber released her debut album ‘You Can Come In’ and Country Music People Magazine/UK discovered the album and gave it a 5 Star Review and CD Of The Month, saying: “Every now and again a debut CD arrives and you know about 30 seconds in that you are experiencing something a bit special... it’s appeal is likely to be broad, from bluegrass, rootsy Appalachian, to country or honky-tonk.”
Friday 3 May
Grace Petrie at the Whitehouse sessions.
Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Doors 7.00pm Copncert 7.30pm
Tickets £12.00+ from WeGotTickets
Ashburton Arts FaceBook page Ashburton Arts website
Grace’s unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered, have won over an army of loyal fans across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes. Grace has toured with Billy Bragg and Frank Turner, supported comedians Robin Ince and Josie Long, and collaborated with Leon Rosselson and Peggy Seeger. Her new album ‘Queer As Folk’ was released Sept ’18. ‘She’s the urgent, pulsing, compassionate talent this world desperately needs.’ The Observer.
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

Ben Osborn / The Diamond Family Archive
The Dartmouth Inn, 26 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL
7.00pm
For more information please telphone Ben Osborn 07875740599
Ben Osborn returns to the UK this summer to launch his debut album Letters From The Border. The result of an extraordinary musical partnership with the head of Nonostar Records – German experimental violinist Alex Stolze – the album was created at the remote Nonostar Studio on the German-Polish border in the summer of 2018. Channelling Leonard Cohen-esque balladry, Ben’s penetrating poetic lyrics are set against ethereal string arrangements, skittering, Bjork-like beats and drifting Erik Satie inspired piano chords. Ben is joined on stage by the live electronics and violin of Alex Stolze and delicate vocal harmonies from Bethany Roberts (Hands of the Heron). Visit Ben's website

Devon's The Diamond Family Archive are a unique English lo-fi, psych-folk, multiinstrumentalist roving ensemble led by the song writing of Laurence Collyer. Expect a mesmeric live-show of drums, acoustic guitars, effects pedals, keyboards set to drone, tape delay, loops and bellows, bows, harmonicas, cosmic harps, toys and broken cymbals. All coming together to create music which holds echos of postrock, traditional folk, spiritual soul music, psychedelic rock and lo-fi. Visit website

Harbottle and Jonas
The Plough@TheGeorge, The George Hotel, 1 Broad Street, South Molton EX36 3AB
8.00pm
Tickets Full £11.00 - Supporter £9.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Partners in life as well as music, Dave and Freya combine their love of the rich stories and music of traditional folk with their own original and contemporary interpretations. They have developed a signature sound, blending concertina, harmonium, banjo, stomp box, acoustic guitar and dobra with their beautiful and closely intertwined vocal harmonies.

 

World Unlimited - Heg and the Wolf Chorus
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm
Tickets £9.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
Heg & The Wolf Chorus have carved a name for themselves over the last six years with their unique breed of theatrical-folk. Drawing inspiration from folklore, fairytales, family stories and even modern day myths, their piano-driven songs blend folk, theatre and classical together in dramatic execution. With a core group of four musicians playing piano, flute, fiddle and double bass and led by songwriter Heg Brignall’s bright and enchanting vocals, the South-West based band uses tight four part harmonies to creating a cinematic depth to their songs.

Having toured the UK extensively, they are a favourite at festivals and venues alike, often silencing rooms with their haunting a cappella tunes. The music is both emotive and exciting, often using complex rhythms and layered vocal parts. The band’s outstanding musicianship shines through in their passionate, expressive delivery, exquisite vocals and their ability to deliver on the age old tradition of telling a good story.

Having spent 2018 writing their second studio album (part funded by EFDSS) and performing in a largescale spectacle show with Cirque Bijou which was featured on a BBC Four documentary, the band are back on the road in 2019 touring with their new fantastical set of theatrical folk 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

Brixham Pirate Festival
Sunday 5 May

World Unlimited - Avocet
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 Avocet are a Glasgow based trio comprising of Sam Grassie (Guitar, Violin), Iona Zajac (Vocals, Clarsach) and Herbie Loening (Double Bass, Guitar). Taking their name from Bert Jansch’s eponymous 1979 album, their music explores the boundaries btween trad folk and world blues. Following their win at the DK Celtic Connections Festival they signed to Mink Records in 2017, travelling to the Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam to record their debut EP ‘Borrowed Seed’. They have been busy since, with festival performances and gigs across the country including support for Ralph McTell. With backing from the Bert Jansch Foundation they have released a new single, ‘Cheating Monday’, from their forthcoming album.

Mink Records in 2017, travelling to the Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam to record their debut EP ‘Borrowed Seed’. They have been busy since, with festival performances and gigs across the country including support for Ralph McTell. With backing from the Bert Jansch Foundation they have released a new single, ‘Cheating Monday’, from their forthcoming album.

 

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

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
Gaz Brookfield
Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ
8.00pm
Tickets £10.00 from the Bridge telephone 01392 873862.
Since winning Acoustic Magazine's singer/songwriter of the year award in 2010 Bristol based Gaz Brookfield has enjoyed the kind of career the envy of many, tours with the Levellers, Seth Lakeman, Newton Faulkner and more major festival appearances than you can shake a stick at. One of those rare acoustic performers able to mesmerise an audience with the poser of his songs and their delivery, his stock in trade a repertoire of quirky songs that have seen him the first unsigned artist to sell out Bristol's Fleece And Firkin, no mean feat.
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
Somewhere between jazz, folk, gospel and americana, there’s an area of music that doesn’t have a name. With a cartographer’s attention to detail, Kirsty McGee – a wandering maverick and spellbinding live performer with a voice that has been described as having the texture of smoke & velvet – has spent the past15 years and seven albums mapping this place, tracking the common origins of song.
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.

Regular events 2nd Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Simon Maplesdon - Weston C.D. Band 
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels

SONG - Totnes Folk Song Club - Windjammer
Dartmouth Inn, The Plains, Totnes, TQ9 5EL
8.00pm

Friday 10 May
Exmouth Shanty Men
Topsham Brewery Tap Room, Exeter Quay
8.30pm
"We are excited to be making our first official visit to the Topsham Brewery Tap Room on Exeter Quay (yes, a Topsham Brewery in Exeter!), where we will be regaling guests with songs of the sea." Why not come along and enjoy some fine ale and song?
Dart Music Festival 
SONG - Exeter Folk and Acoustic Music Club Reg Meuross - Support Eternal Circle
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.

Singer, songwriter and storyteller of excellence. His songs are superbly crafted and delivered with great feeling with guitar, delving into both historical events and current topics and issues.  
Reg emerged in the 1980's with the duo - The Panic Brothers. Beginning in 1996 with The Goodbye Hat, Reg has released 12 solo albums, many of which have been highly-acclaimed and award-winning. He is currently touring his latest solo album, 12 Silk Hankerchiefs. 
Reg's career has seen him perform from folk clubs and village halls to festivals and the Royal Albert Hall as well as record at Abbey Road Studios. 
His effortless performance and gentle manner hooks the audience in and ensures a relaxing, thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining evening not to be missed.

Saturday 11 May

Wild Goose / Skylark
Ashburton Town Hall, North Street, Newton Abbot TQ13 7QQ
7.30pm
Tickets £7.00, U15 free, from Jane 07818 844346 or Ashburton Information Centre. All proceeds to Cancer Lifeline South West, a wonderful charity providing residential therapeutic breaks for cancer sufferers and their carers.

Wild Goose is 'Wild, eclectic and dangerous... Pink Floyd, Kenny Rogers, Bryan Adams channelled by Woodie Guthrie. Guitar, violin, banjo, mandolin, piano, percussion.' Skylark is 'Beautiful arrangements of traditional and contemporary songs with vocal harmonies, fiddle, flute, guitar and mandolin'. Bar and raffle.

Ian Bruce – Harping Mad
Alice Cross Centre – 1-3 Bitton Park Road, Teignmouth TQ14 9BT
8.00pm
Tickets £12.00 on the door. Information and ticket reservations from Hugh telephone 01626 775517 or Email
Ian Bruce is one of the great singer/song-writers of the Scottish Folk Movement with a powerful voice and passionate character. Ian has been influenced by the likes of McGuiness Flint, Gallagher & Lyle, Stan Rogers among others.He was one of the artists involved in Linn Records “The Complete Songs of Robert Burns”, and his songwriting has included Child On The Green, Too Far From She, Gone For The Day and the recent haunting and compassionate Sweet Fallen Angel and Brown Eyed Baby. The support band for this concert are Harping Mad, a group based around Susie Trezise and her husband. The band is a beautiful blend of Celtic harps, whistle, recorder, cello, mandolin and guitar playing traditional, classical, and popular music.

World Unlimited - The Lost Sound plus support Chris Hoban
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm
Tickets £8.50+ advance from WeGotTickets or £10.00 on the door. Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email The name ‘The Lost Sound’ relates to the quality of singing that is archaic and deep in our ancestry – the one that rings out and touches the listener, regardless of the style of the music. It’s the sound that sings the singer! It is a quality of pure, full-bodied, committed singing, that used to be a part of every one and in every community. The name also clearly relates to each individual chorus member’s commitment to finding their own ‘lost sound’, their own true voice, on a personal, as well as choral level. Each singer has experienced the development of many different aspects of their sound-making, through The Lost Sound’s training.

We sing with a strong folk element under-pinning our set, always searching for imaginative, contemporary arrangements that give new slants to these wonderful old melodies. We are known for our multi-layered textures and harmony – often having 5-8 parts running at once! 
We actively support living composers by singing new songs and arrangements. We also love the Indie slant, with in-house arrangements of modern artists, especially for the choir. We run mixed quartets and all male and all female ensembles too, which encourages us to improve our choir and harmony skills as well as our singing.

 

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

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
SONG - Folk on the Moor - Dick Miles
Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE
7.45pm
£8.00/£10.00. Book by email
A singer and musician since the age of 13, Dick's main interests lie in traditional music and the concertina. Having lived in Suffolk and East Anglia, he now lives in Co Cork in Ireland and incorporates influences from each of these areas in his material. He has written two concertina tutorial books and a book of his own songs, many illustrating the hardships of fishermen's lives and the more frivolous Sailor's Dream.
Monday 13 May
Jim Moray Trio
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
Doors open 8.00pm
Tickets £15.00+ - Seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website
Jim Moray is amongst England’s finest interpreters of traditional song. His relentlessly innovative recordings can truly be said to have changed the sound of folk music since the early 2000s, and he has won fans and admirers far outside of the folk scene without ever betraying his traditional roots.
Tuesday 14 May

World Unlimited - Hen House Prowlers
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 Founded over 13 years ago with the simple desire to play original and powerful bluegrass, this quartet now finds themselves at the intersection of performance, diplomacy and education.  The Prowlers have now been to more than 25 countries across the globe, working with the U.S. State Department and under their own nonprofit, Bluegrass Ambassadors – incorporating music from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and more into their already robust repertoire of unique traditional American music.

On stage, in workshops and wherever they are, the Henhouse Prowlers find and spread the commonality we share as human beings through the universal language of music. You can feel it at every show.

 

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 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 with Richard Shindell
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
James Dixon A Gallery Gig
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
8.15pm
All tickets £6.50
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website James Dixon is a highly acclaimed fingerstyle guitarist and songwriter based in Bude.  He has played all over the UK and across the world, singing his soulful blend of folk and blues tradition, frequently drawing comparisons with John Martyn. James released his debut EP at the start of 2017 and performs around the South West to spellbound audiences.
Friday 17 May
Talinka with upport Harbottle and Jonas
Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton, Devon, TQ3 3HF
Doors 7.00pm - start 7.30pm
Individual Ticket Price: £11.00 - £13.00* Group Ticket Price: £45.00* *booking fee applies. Telephone box office 01803 665800. For more information email or go to website

Talinka is a musical attempt to defy the boundaries between styles and genres. It is where folk, early music, jazz and tango merge into simplicity, harmony and warmth.

Tali Atzmon had a starry career as actress and singer in Israel until she became a mother. Since then freelance photography and filmmaking have given her time to bring up her family and retain an involvement in the arts. Now she is returning to the stage with an unusual band which gives her and Gilad Atzmon an opportunity to explore areas of music-making distinct from what we might normally associate with Gilad. He has, however, arranged the music, produced the album and added a very individual baroque musician to the group to give it a distinctive sound.

The band includes the sensually warm and velvety sound of vocalist Tali Atzmon. The mesmerising and globally renowned Yaron Stavi on Double Bass. The uniquely gifted multi- instrumentalist Jenny Bliss Bennett on Viola De Gamba, Violin, flute and voice. The internationally acclaimed and multi-talented Gilad atzmon on Bass Clarinet, Accordion and Soprano Sax.

Harbottle & Jonas are a stunning young folk duo based in Totnes, Devon. Their music is eclectic and always accompanied with a great story. Together the husband and wife duo combine the rich traditions of folk music with original and contemporary interpretations through a blend of closely intertwined vocal harmonies and compelling and authentic musical arrangements, blending concertina, harmonium, banjo, stomp box, acoustic guitar and dobra.

The Sid Valley Memory Cafe Barn Dance. Music "A Bit of Rough" Caller Jeremy Child
Donkey Sanctuary, Slade House Farm, Sidmouth EX10 0NU
6.45pm
Tickrts £12.50 (includes a ploughman's meal) Tickets available from Paragon Books, 38 High Street, Sidmouth, EX10 8EJ Telephone 01395 514516. For more information and tickets contact Colin Campbell telephone 01395 568343
Drinks available to purcahse from the cash bar
In aid of our Admiral Nurse Appeal

Winter Mountain
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

An incredible, rootsy songwriter with an extraordinarily soulful voice, Winter Mountain has released 2 critically acclaimed albums. Championed by Seth Lakeman, Cornish born Winter Mountain singular talents are winning him new fans throughout the world.

Formerly signed to Cara Dillons own ‘Charcoal Records’ Winter Mountain has shared stages with top artists such as Seal, Richard Thompson, The Feeling, Paolo Nutini, Rosanne Cash, Leann Rhimes, The Waterboys, Grammy award winner Patty Griffin and more. He contributed to Cara Dillon’s ‘A Thousand Hearts’ album and Seth Lakemans ‘Word of Mouth’ record. A successful year culminated in a live session on BBC Radio 2 and a double page article in the prestigious Total Guitar Magazine.

 

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. 

 

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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 Philippe Plard and Mark Prescott - special guests to help us celebrate our 25th anniversary year. Support Fraich'Airs
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. Bring and share early supper 6.15pm
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
Exmouth Shanty Men
Sandfords Orchards Cider Event, The Old Cider Works Commonmarsh Lane, Lords Meadow Industrial Estate, Crediton EX17 1HJ
5.00pm
To the home of Devon's famous Sandford's cider, for an afternoon of shanties and cider - what more could anyone ask for? Singing starts circa 5.00pm.
Show of Hands: ‘Special Relationship’ Tour with Richard Shindell
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 -Bert and Linde Nijland
Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE
7.45pm
£8.00/£10.00 Book by email
This Dutch duo combine the "silky weaving vocals" of Linde with classically trained Bert's varied multi-instrumental skills on guitars, banjo, cittern and accordion. Linde was half of the popular duo "Ygdrassil" and gained fame as a top class interpreter of Sandy Denny's songs. She has sung them in concert with Fairport as well as producing, amongst her 10 albums, "Linde Nijland sings Sandy Denny".
Monday 20 May
Acoustic Night at Artizan Gallery  - Devon-based Sarah Yeo, and a rare visitor to South Devon, Jim Watts plus 2 highly talented local poets.
Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW
Doors 7.00pm
The format of acoustic night at Artizan Gallery,Torquay, has changed. No longer an open-mic, instead we have 4x30 minute spots, 2 for poets and 2 for musicians. Door charges have been abolished, and now its 'pay what you feel'. Refreshments available. Curated by Robert Spence, 01803 613647.
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
Belshazzar's Feast
Cafe on the Green, Widecombe, TQ13 7TA

Doors open at 6.30pm for diners, 7.30pm for non-diners. The Cafe's postcode is TQ13 7TA.
Tickets £14.00 for the gig only or £26.00 for the gig preceded by a hot dinner (menu to be announced). Tickets available from Daf Edwards email or telephone 07957 280129 or visit the Widecombe Sailing Club website.

In 1995 Paul Hutchinson (accordion) and Paul Sartin (oboe, violin and vocals) shared a musical passion borne out of the desire to earn sufficient money to support their extravagant lifestyles. Their amazing musicianship coupled with wry humour stunned audiences around Europe and the States.
As a singer, oboist, violinist, composer and arranger Paul performs and records extensively with BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Winners and Nominees Bellowhead,  Belshazzar’s Feast and Faustus. He edits publications of music manuscripts, delivers workshops, and is Consultant and Director of the Andover Museum Loft Singers. Having gained an Honours Degree and Choral Scholarship at Oxford, he gained a First for his Masters in Traditional Music, and in 2007 recieved a 75th Anniversary Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society. His recent composition, ‘The Hartlepool Monkey’, for Streetwise Opera, was nominated for a BASCA award.
Paul is well known from his work with Hoover the Dog, Karen Tweed and the Playford Liberation Front. He is a superlative accordion player with a unique style inspired by church organ music, violins & concertinas! Paul is an experienced workshop leader tutoring at Cecil Sharp House on a regular basis, Hands On weekends, Folkworks Summer Schools and Halsway Manor. His favourite colour is no longer pink. 


World Unlimited - Sara Grey & Kieron Means
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
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."

 

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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

Belshazzar’s Feast
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
8.00pm
Tickets Full £14.50 - Supporter £11.50. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Paul Sartin (oboe, violin and vocals), and Paul Hutchinson (accordion) start with traditional folk music, add a touch of classical and jazz, throw in a bit of pop and music hall, and top it all off with a wry humour that has won them fans across the world.

 

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

World Unlimited - Kitty Macfarlane
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
“This young Somerset-based singer-songwriter’s blessed with a strong identity: a confident singing voice and a compelling writing style deriving inspiration from growing up in the south-west, allied to a talent for finding wider significance in everyday experiences. An outstanding debut”​- fRoots Magazine

Kitty Macfarlane is a Bristol-based songwriter and accomplished guitar player. Her sharply observed narrative songs are pure poetry, rich with visual imagery and written with an eco-eye – bound loosely by the theme of mankind’s relationship with the wild. This autumn sees the release of Kitty Macfarlane’s highly anticipated debut album Namer of Clouds, produced by Sam Kelly and Jacob J Stoney and featuring a recognisable cast of musicians.

Gathering inspiration from the sky to the seabed, Kitty’s lyrics touch on intervention and rewilding, climate change and migration and one singular song which is a magical aural tapestry of woman’s historical relationship with textiles and the land. From the starling murmurations on the Somerset Levels to the lowly eel’s epic transatlantic migration, and the small part we ourselves play in a much bigger picture.

The album is augmented by all kinds of ‘found sound’ recorded in locations from Somerset to Sardinia – birdsong, waterfalls, the click of knitting needles- and is bookended by sounds of the wild. She’s toured with acclaimed folk duo Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, and also Blair Dunlop, and performed extensively around the UK. Her first EP received airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music. She has been shortlisted for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, received project funding from the English Folk Dance and Song Society and been awarded the Lyndsey de Paul Prize for female songwriters. Namer of Clouds is released on 21st September 2018.

 

 

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

Bude & Stratton Folk Festival
Exeter Ceilidhs - Phoenix Callers Mary Howells & 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 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

Trio Baklava
Bread and Roses, 62 Ebrington St, Plymouth. PL4 9AF. Telephone 01752 659861‎
Music between 8.30pm and 11.00pm

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
The Murphy Beds - Jefferson Hamer and Eamon O’Leary
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.

The Murphy Beds present traditional and original folk songs with close harmonies and deft instrumental arrangements for bouzouki, guitar, and mandolin.

Jefferson and Eamon have been performing together since first meeting at Irish music sessions in New York City. Both had a love of collecting, arranging and performing songs from Irish, American, Scottish and English traditions. Whatever the source – songs of Irish travellers, Arkansas spirituals or their own compositions – their arrangements feature the same carefully wrought interplay of voice and strings.

As well as playing with many friends and comrades from the ‘trad’ music world they have also performed and collaborated with artists across the folk spectrum including Beth Orton, Anais Mitchell and Sam Amidon. In 2013, Jefferson won a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award with Anais Mitchell.

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
Thea Gilmore - support Matt Owens
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
8.00pm
Tickets Full £22.00 - Supporter £19.00  
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Thea Gilmore releases Small World Turning on May 17 - her first new collection of songs since 2017’s “The Counterweight” which was her 3rd successive top 40 album. She also embarks on a UK tour with her band and support from Matt Owens (Noah And The Whale).

An artist of enduring international acclaim (Bruce Springsteen regularly names her as a favourite) and a justly revered lyricist, Gilmore’s musical settings have taken many ingenious detours in recent years. Small World Turning nails it’s colours to a very different wall from the get-go. Acoustic guitars are back to the fore, and a quintessentially rootsy array of instruments frame them - fiddles, whistles, mandolins, tenor banjos are all in abundance.  Small World Turning is an album with an unashamed folk flavor and features contributions from Cara Dillon, Seth Lakeman, Sam Lakeman, Katriona Gilmore, Jamie Roberts and BBC Radio 2’s Young Folk Award winner 2013 Ciaran Algar.

A gifted and exceptional artist at the peak of her powers, Thea Gilmore has delivered a vibrant and deeply resonant album, rooted in folk music but completely transcending any genre related limitations.