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Monday 1 May
Brixham Pirate Festival
Regular events 1st Monday
Tuesday 2 May

Exmouth Shanty Men - Shanty Workshop - The Beach Pub, by Exmouth Dock EX81DR - 8.00pm, or whenever you roll up. The Shanty Men are about to release their new CD, Ten Years Before the Mast, celebrating their tenth birthday. A chance to see and hear live previews, before they head off to to Festivals in Holland, France, Gloucester, Falmouth and other foreign parts. And "Workshop" means you get a chance to join in, learn about the tradition of shanty singing from when Exmouth and Exeter were buzzing global ports, and work up a thirst yourself hauling on hawsers, stomping around the capstan, or pumping a sinking ship. And then the bar nearby with rather different pumps will provide a richly deserved pint. More information on website


'Join the band' session with Amber Fire Ceilidh Band - Tally Ho, Littlehempston, Totnes TQ9 6LY - 8.00pm
Amber Fire Ceilidh Band will be hosting a 'join the band' session at the Tally Ho on the first Tuesday of every month. The full band comprising Les Thompson, accordion, Mike Cosgrave guitar/mandolin and Tiggy Saint, fiddle, have pledged to make Littlehempston great again. Bring an instrument and sit in with one of the most experienced ceilidh bands in Devon.

Regular events 1st Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Gill Spence - Fresh Aire
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
DANCE - Fraddon Folk Dance Club (Cornwall)
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - open night
Wednesday 3 May
 
Regular events 1st Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club in Honiton - Club Callers - Jeroka           
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club - Halsway Manor - Club Callers - Club Musicians
SONG - Jurassic Folk and Jam
Thursday 4 May
Bicton Folk Session - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 8.30pm. Go to Bicton Inn website Enjoy an evening of lively, foot-tapping music when local musicians get together for an open acoustic session featuring accordions, violins, guitars, banjos, mandolins, bodhrans etc. Anyone can come and join in, lead a tune or just enjoy listening to the amazing sound created by the performers. The session usually includes lots of jigs, reels, polkas, airs and shanties, but anything can happen!
Regular events 1st Thursday
DANCE - Tavistock Folk Dance Club - Chris Thorne
DANCE - Exmouth Folk Dance Club - Simon Maplesden - Jigs for Gigs
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
Friday 5 May
Laurie Ward - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 9.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn websiteMusician singer/songwriter Laurie is a talented young artist who has been writing and performing music since he was 7 years old. His music has featured on various radio stations,  including Radio 1, but he still returns to his hometown to perform his special mix of music from reggae to folk, raunchy rock to gentle ballads and of course some of his own brilliant songs

World Unlimited - Eleanor McEvoy - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £12.50+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email

Eleanor McEvoy continues her ‘Naked... Live’ tour,with further dates in Ireland,Great Britain and Europe being added in 2017. Naked Music is Eleanor’s new album, her music played in solitude in a beautiful farm- recording studio in Norfolk.

The recordings turned into this collaboration with famed British artist Chris Gollon. The Purchase of  Chris Gollon painting, and the subsequent meeting and conversations with the Artist, led to the Title Naked Music. 4 canvasses were painted for the album artwork Naked... Live sees this solitary exploration of the best of her catalogue in the simple engaging starkness of her own performance.; the stage is set with her electric guitar, acoustic guitar, violin, piano and a small amp. What follows, enthralled houses across Ireland Germany and the UK.

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 annual Gathering of the Society for Storytelling - Plymouth University
Pete Brown’s Newgrass Cutters - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 8.00pm - Full £16.00 - Concession £14.00 - Supporter £12.00.  To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Now on their 4th UK tour, Pete Brown, son of ‘Rock'n'Roll’ veteran Joe, has formed a new and wonderfully talented Bluegrass band. The Newgrass Cutters Features the same superb musicians who tour with Joe Brown at his sell-out gigs including the incredible Nashville recording artist and banjo/mandolin virtuoso Richard Collins, Mike Nichols on bass, legendary drummer and singer Phil Capaldi plus top producer Pete Brown on guitar, lap steel and mandolin.  All share a love of blue-grass music and the Newgrass Cutters shows are very special events.
Storytelling in Topsham - Kali told by Emily Hennessey - The Bridge Inn, Bridge Hill, Topsham EX3 0QQ - 8.00pm (Doors 7.45) - Tickets £8.00/£7.00 online, on the door or from Topsham Bookshop - see website for for more information and tickets.
Regular events 1st Friday
Saturday 6 May
Music & Storytelling: Crediton’s Celtic Connections - Crediton Arts Centre, East St, Crediton EX17 3AX -  7.30pm - Tickets £7.00/£5.00 Visit website
An evening of two halves. Local storytellers start with tales from the Celtic world, then hand over to Xogara, a folk quartet from Oxford, who bring everything you might expect of an Anglo-Cymraeg- Galego fourpiece. These acoustic multiinstrumentalists play with verve and gusto to complement the subtlety of their arrangements of traditional and contemporary music from all over the British Isles and beyond. Everything from the gaita to the bouzouki, including flute and sax from Crediton girl Jo Hamilton.
Bicton Saturday Session - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU. Go to Bicton Inn website

John Mcloughlin & Friends - 5.00pm
Versatile keyboard player John Mcloughlin can turn his hand to almost any style of playing from rock ‘n’ roll to reggae, from rock to jazz and blues. Today he’ll be putting his own special twist on a selection of popular songs from the 60s to the present day.
Los No Bos - 9.00pm
Los No Bos are a popular duo throughout the South West and well known for their highly humorous songs, many about the West Country and the people who live here. In addition to their humour, the duo who write all their own songs, create a great sound and cover a plethora of musical genres.

Skylark - St Andrew's Church Hall, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT - 7.30pm - Tickets £6.00 door. Light refreshments available. All proceeds to the local charity 'Cancer Lifeline Southwest'
South Hams based band performing uplifting arrangements of traditional and contemporary songs in three part harmony with flute, fiddle, guitar, piano and mandolin,  with a bluesy twist. With poetry from Dana Littlepage Smith and Rebecca Gethin, exploring aspects of cancer.


The annual Gathering of the Society for Storytelling - Plymouth University
Leon Rosselson & Robb Johnson - Civic Hall, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5SF - 6.15pm for 7.30pm 
Two of Britain’s greatest singer-songwriters, Robb Johnson and Leon Rosselson, whose songs pull no political punches and have tracked our society over the last 50 years. They are re-united to perform The Liberty Tree, their tribute to Tom Paine, for the first time since 2011. They interweave some of their most-loved songs (including The World Turned Upside Down and Red and Green) with readings by and about Tom Paine. Doors 6pm for bread, soup and the chance to discuss Tom Paine’s ideas about land ownership (all you need is an interest in land, peace and social justice). No fixed charge, donations on the night. For more information and to book a place go to website
The Green Rock River Band - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter, EX2 4AZ - Tickets £9.50+ from WeGotTickets - Box Office - Telephone 01392 277189 - Visit website - email
The Green Rock River Band are a hybrid of old time sounds that universally connects with audiences all over, a sound that has echoed throughout decades of music history, in music hall, Americana, folk tradition and jazz. All this blended with a contemporary sound. Modern songwriting and original arrangements for 21st century audiences wanting to connect with a music that runs a little deeper, a little more primitive than the clean over produced sound of modern folk and pop - their refreshing grit and dirt fills up venues with excitement and atmosphere. "Quite extraordinary - I thinkj they're great" Mike Harding.
Cosgrave & Banks - Lamerton Community Hall, Lamerton, near Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8QP - Doors open 7.30pm. Gig starts at 8.00pm. Tickets £10.00, includes bread, cheese and nibbles. Please telephone 01822 615464 or 01822 612961. Licensed bar. 

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

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

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

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

Hannah James - JigDoll - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 8.00pm
Sunday 7 May
Music on Sunday - Artist to be announced - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00. Go to Bicton Inn website

World Unlimited - An Acoustic Evening with Nine Below Zero's frontmen Dennis Greaves and Mark Feltham - 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
Nine Below Zero’s founding members, Dennis Greaves and Mark Feltham are going back to their blues roots and are performing a series of intimate, acoustic concerts as a duo. Covering songs by blues legends such as Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Jimmy Reed, Slim Harpo and Leadbelly. They will also play unplugged versions of well known Nine Below Zero material.

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 annual Gathering of the Society for Storytelling - Plymouth University
Regular events 1st Sunday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club - Free feature spot: Xogara - 8.00pm. Free one-hour feature spot at Topsham Folk Club singers' night: Hailing from Oxford via Galicia, Wales and the West Country, Xogara are everything you might expect of an Anglo-Cymraeg- Galego four-piece. These acoustic multi-instrumentalists play with verve and gusto to complement the subtlety to be found in their arrangements of traditional and contemporary music from all over the British Isles and beyond.

SONG - Folk on the Moor - Lee Collinson - From the earliest age Lee has been blessed with fingers capable of guitar-playing beyond mere mortals! His solo career began in 1987 after experiencing life as a lead guitarist in a number of rock bands. His impact was immediate, captivating audiences at folk clubs and festivals, and he was twice a finalist in BBC Radio’s Young Tradition Award. Lee then toured in a trio with Keith Hancock and Clive Gregson, and forged a successful solo career with his eclectic repertoire comprising folk in all of its forms. Lee can switch from contemporary and traditional folk, to 50s style, blues and jazz. His albums, co-produced by Dave Swan, feature guest appearances from the likes of Christine Collister, Barb Jungr and Tom McConville and his career has taken him all over the world. Lee was Martin Carthy´s replacement in the Keith Hancock Band, toured the world with Keith and has made some very fine recordings. "A lightning fingered guitarist and singer" - The Guardian. Book by email

 

Monday 8 May
 
Tuesday 9 May
 
Regular events 2nd Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Mary Marker
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
Wednesday 10 May
The Moulton Brothers - Golden Lion Pub, 65 New Road, Brixham TQ5 8NL - 8-30pm - The Moulton Brothers, Mac on Fiddle, banjo and sometimes bagpipes, Neil on violin and sometimes mandolin, Bruce on the Irish Bodhran will be playing plenty of tunes and singing well know songs, acoustically at Golden Lion Pub Brixham. Good foot tapping, sing along music. that doesn't damage you ears. Promise of a great evening the emphasis being on friendly and casual with lots of brotherly banter.
Silvington - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ - 8.00pm
A free concert with Silvington (John Connor and Tricia Moore), with the Ukulele Orchestra of Modbury, aka the Lazy Cows in support. No tickets, but let John Connor know if you'd like to come along telephone 01548 810806 or email
World Unlimited -Daphne’s Flight - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £18.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email

1995 and five friends, Chris While, Julie Matthews, Helen Watson, Melanie Harrold and Christine Collister found themselves at the Cambridge Festival. They decided to sing some songs together ... magic happened and Daphne's Flight took off. Now, two decades later, five of the best female singers of their generation are gathering again – older, wiser and twice as powerful. Daphne’s Flight are all contemporary songwriters who cross a huge range of topics and genres, blending folk, blues, jazz and pop whilst also dipping into new and vibrant arrangements of classic covers such as the Beach Boys' ‘God Only Knows’ and Elvis Costello’s ‘Ship Building’. All are woven together with striking harmonies and supported by a range of instrumentation and percussion.

 

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 Wednesday
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 11 May

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

Sound of the Sirens - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - 7.00pm - £12.50+ - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

There’s a certain transcendent magic that happens when two contrasting voices coalesce in perfect harmony. Imperceptibly, they can raise you from the temporal to the spiritual in the breath of a song, and set you floating among the firmament infused with a sense of wonder – just like Sound of the Sirens.

Exeter-based duo Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood dovetail beautifully on their debut album, For All Our Sins, a beguiling acoustic pop collection replete with lyrical sensibility.

Already championed by Chris Evans – who declared himself “blown away” when he heard Sound of the Sirens for the first time, and subsequently invited them to perform alongside U2 and Take That on TFI Friday last year – they’re certain to broaden a burgeoning fan base on the back of For All Our Sins. It’s a fan base built up not just over several sublime EP self-releases – but also through their live shows, which combine a natural facility for connecting with their audiences and unforgettable performances predicated on energy, warmth, humour and, above all, real conviction. They are touring in May around the release of the album which comes out on 05 May on DMF Records and will be available on CD, Vinyl and Digital and will be playing at festivals over the Summer.

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

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

The concerts take place in the Mill’s intimate restaurant setting, and music-goers can enjoy great menus of seasonal food between 6 to 7.30pm. Music starts at 8pm. (Note: ticket prices shown cover music only).

Regular events 2nd Thursday
MUSIC - Brixham Blues - BBT2 - Bob Long & Lorna Franklin An evening of authentic acoustic blues from the 1920s and 1930s, from a duo steeped in the traditional music of the Mississippi Delta, including Robert Johnson and the lesser known but captivating Tommy Johnson. Lorna provides vocals in the style of the 1920s blues divas.
DANCE - Tavistock Folk Dance Club - Frances Oates (Venue Peter Tavy Village Hall)
DANCE - Exmouth Folk Dance Club - Chris Miles
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Jane Thomas - Amycrofters
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)

SONG - Totnes Folk Song Club - Guest night - Paul Downes & Mick Ryan - Entrance £7.00 non performers £6.00 performers.
Mick Ryan & Paul Downes are two very fine performers of the highest standard. As well as his fine folk opera’s which are always extremely well received at festivals up and down the country Mick Ryan has one of the best voices in the folk world….”Definitely the most underrated singer in the country.” Folk roots.
His duo partner Paul Downes has been introduced (much to his embarrassment) as one of the greatest acoustic guitarists in the world! Paul’s sensitive accompaniment and harmony singing puts him among the most respected artists on the acoustic scene today. Together they perform contemporary and traditional material and with their light-hearted banter this is a night not to be missed.

 

SONG - Bideford Folk Song Club - Guest night with Cloudstreet
Friday 12 May
Louisiana Gumbo with Larry Garner, The Norman Beaker Band and Junkyard Angels - Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR - 7.30pm - Tickets £15.00 from Topsham Books telephone 01392 877895.
The opportunity to catch an artist of Larry Garner's status in the 'intimate' arena of a gig like the Globe, just doesn't come along too often. Hailing from Baton Rouge, Larry Garner grew up around the city's legendary juke joint heroes Silas Hogan, Tabby Thomas and Guitar Kelly, but these days his highly individual material, seamlessly uses soul and gospel influences alongside the blues of his heritage. Coupled with the Norman Beaker band and Julian Piper's gang of desperadoes, this promises to be a highly entertaing and rare opportunity to kick up the rugs !
Contra Dance - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB - 7.30pm  - Caller Jeremy Child . A monthly series of Contra Dances to recorded music. Cost £5.00 per person. Beginners welcome.  Soft drinks, tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. For more information visit website

Maggie Duffy & Tiggy Kazza Concert - Geoff Lakeman - Caroline's Kitchen, Churston Farm Shop, Brixham Road, Churston TQ5 0LL - Doors 7.00pm - Tickets £10.00 (£12.00 on the door - if available). Tickets can be booked by email or telephone 01803 855961 or mobile 07770806083. Re-scheduled to 17.05.17. 

World Unlimited - Steve Knightley - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £18.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email

In 2017 Steve Knightley will be combining material from ‘ Off the beaten Track’ and ‘All at Sea’  recordings for his solo ‘Landlocked’ tour. One half of the evening will feature original and traditional songs of the land and the second half will draw on his nautical themes.

 

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

Miranda Sykes - 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 deduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £10.00 students with ID, £6.00 under 18s. Go to website for more information.

Miranda Sykes, acclaimed singer and bassist with Show of Hands, is returning to her roots. After a career spanning more than twenty years, playing with many top Folk musicians and singers, she will be touring as she started out: one woman, one bass and one guitar. Her new project Borrowed Places draws its inspiration primarily from the songs and landscapes of her native Lincolnshire, but seen through the eyes of someone who has lived away for many years. The themes are not specific; the land changes, it grows, it shrinks, it adapts and it resists. But most of all it lives and breathes. With her sensational voice, Miranda interprets the soul of the land and takes her audience on a journey that resonates with us all, wherever we live. It’s one you won’t want to miss.

Calan - Support - Dan Wilde - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ - 7.30pm - Tickets £12.00 - Box office 01752 892220. For more information and tickets go to website

Fiddles, guitar, accordion, bagpipes and step dancing explode into life when CALAN, the energetic young folk band from Wales, take to the stage. They breathe fire into the old traditions with their infectious rhythms and high voltage routines before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting songs as they explore the legends of Wales’ very own fairy realm with tales of magic, myth and mischief. They have introduced a new generation of music fans to Welsh traditional music – and continue to do so as they tour across Wales, throughout the UK, Europe, North America and beyond. Great fun, a huge sense of humour, and step-dancing from a champion dancer makes for an outstanding show.

SONG - Exeter Folk and Acoustic Music Club - Guest – Steve Tilston - Support The Duffs - Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX. Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) - Paid in advance - £10.00; Advanced notice without pre-payment - £12.00 (paid on the door). For information and ticket enquiries contact email, telephone 01392 210983or got to FaceBook page

Steve is an excellent songwriter and a remarkable guitarist. Some of his renowned songs have been performed and recorded by artists including Fairport Convention, Tom McConville, Delores Keane, Bob Fox and Les Barker.
Steve is one of the most celebrated songsmiths in a career that has spanned 45 years so far. He is a favourite amongst his peers too, including Richard Thompson, Dave Pegg, Ralph McTell and also Jez Lowe (who he has been working with recently as a duo).
He has also published a novel - All For Poor Jack - which has been enjoyed by none other than Bob Dylan.
He's also been the inspiration for the 2015 Hollywood movie, Danny Collins, starring Al Pacino.
Steve is a multi-award winner, including winning the BBC FOLK AWARD for BEST ORIGINAL SONG in 2012.

 

Steve Knightley - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - 7.30pm - Tickets £18.00 - Box office telephone 01803 875527

Regular events 2nd Friday
Saturday 13 May

Pete Falloon - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Pete Falloon is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His beautiful songs are influenced by his love of Devon’s natural environment and are in the vain of classic folk/pop acts such as Simon & Garfunkel, The Byrds, James Taylor, The Stone Roses and The Barr Brothers.

The Lost Sound with Chris Hoban - St Michaels Church, Chagford - 7.30pm - Tickets £8.50. For more information go to website
Dartmoor folk choir The Lost Sound with singer/songwriter Chris Hoban. Both acts are fresh from the Albert Hall accompanying Show Of Hands. here they showcase their own styles of folk. The a cappella Lost Sound Chorus bring rich and tender harmonies to trad tunes from around Britain. "The best choir in the region" Phil Beer. Chris' self-penned songs and lyrical tenor voice bring him back to his musical roots.

 

Concert - Mock Hobby Horse - along with Mick Bramich - St Mary's Church, Plympton PL7 1QW. £5.00 per person, payable on the door

Mock Hobby Horse, Russell Harris and Nicholas Millington, who specialise in early music on a wide variety of traditional/acoustic instruments, "beautiful, haunting, timeless melodies". Visit website. Along with Mick Bramich,  a knowledgeable and entertaining local folk musician. Mick plays traditional music and songs of the 19th and 20th centuries including some from the Sabine Baring Gould collection.

Special Spring Concert - Southernhay URC, Southernhay East Exeter EX1 1QD - 8.00pm
Wren Music presents a concert with the Melodissimo Choir from Henvic in Brittany and the Rough Music Folk Orchestra from East Devon. Melodissimo boasts more than 65 singers. They will sing songs from their own Breton culture; contemporary French song; songs from around the world, and songs with the call to freedom. It will be their second visit to Devon hosted by Wren’s Rough Music who will play music from their home in East Devon and explore repertoire from across the county much much further afield! Rough Music’s conductor David Faulkner says, “It is going to be a fabulous evening, I can’t wait to hear our friends from Brittany sing again. It was fantastic when we visited them in Henvic and I am sure it will be a repeat performance here! Rough Music is always great – they are a joy to listen to and so much fun!”. For more information, please contact David Faulkner on 01836 53754 or email. Free entry with a collection. Light refreshments available.
Acorn Acoustic Music Club - Pete Harris and Jon Vaughan - leading musicians on the folk and blues circuit. It's been said that you would have to go to Chicago to find better.

Folk concerts in Teignmouth - Robb Johnson, Rubato - Please note change of venue to The Ice Factory, 10 Somerset Place, Teignmouth TQ14 9EN. (The Ice Factory is only about 200 yards from the Alice Cross Centre and there is ample parking nearby.) Tickets £12.00 (£10.00 advance reservation) Telephone 01626 775517 for advance ticket sales or more information email Visit website
One of the UK's top social song writers whose song cycle “Gentle Men” in collaboration with Roy Bailey was performed at the commemorative Passchendaele Peace Concert. In 2006 he was a special guest at the BBC's Folk Britannia Concert at the Barbican, and  his “Gentle Men” song cycle recorded with Roy Bailey, Belgian singer Vera Coomans and Belgian Band Koen de Canter was described as “Thought Provoking and carrying great depth and weight (Living Tradition) and MOJO named the album Folk Album of the month, and the Daily Telegraph chose it as Folk Album of the year. In 2016 with a group billed as The Corbynistas he released the single JC 4PM 4ME.
He is supported in this concert by Rubato, a highly accomplished trio based around Bishopsteignton's Red Rock.


Louisiana Gumbo with Larry Garner, The Norman Beaker Band and Junkyard Angels - Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR - 7.30pm - Tickets £15.00 from Topsham Books telephone 01392 877895.
The opportunity to catch an artist of Larry Garner's status in the 'intimate' arena of a gig like the Globe, just doesn't come along too often. Hailing from Baton Rouge, Larry Garner grew up around the city's legendary juke joint heroes Silas Hogan, Tabby Thomas and Guitar Kelly, but these days his highly individual material, seamlessly uses soul and gospel influences alongside the blues of his heritage. Coupled with the Norman Beaker band and Julian Piper's gang of desperadoes, this promises to be a highly entertaining and rare opportunity to kick up the rugs!
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - The Flavel, Flavel Place, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9ND - 8.30pm - Box Office telephone 01803 839530 or book online at website
Twice recent winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo – 2016 & 2013 – the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as ‘Songwriters par excellence’-(fRoots), whose greatly varied original songs cover such subjects as wicked mermaids, Norwegian legends, and a lonely whale. Building upward from their last two highly praised albums ‘Hidden People’ & ‘Tomorrow Will Follow Today’, fans of acoustic music can only wonder where this leading couple will choose to turn next. Part of the 2017 Dart Music Festival.

Willy Porter & Carmen Nickerson - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH - 7.30pm - Tickets £12.00+ from WeGotTickets
Porter Nickerson are a duo that embody the best of what live music has to offer: heart, grit, and the kind of raw musicianship that transforms listeners into long-time fans. Willy Porter’s seering finger-picking guitar style deftly blends with Carmen Nickerson’s lush vocals to create an unforgettable sound that resonates long after the last chord fades.

 

5th Callington MayFest
Miranda Sykes solo - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 8.00pm - Full £13.00 - Concession £12.00 - Supporter £11.00  - To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Geoff Lakeman - support - Steve Jenner - Holbeton Village Hall, Brent Hill, Holbeton, Plymouth PL8 1LW. Visit website
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Aileen Wills - Quantock Quarenders - Willand Village Hall, Gables Road, Willand, Cullompton, Devon EX15 2PL - 8.00pm - Admission £7.00 - bring and share supper - raffle. For more information please telephone Marilyn Broom 01404 47200 or Zena Roberts 01884 253546 - or visit website
Regular events 2nd Saturday
SONG - Open night Shammick Acoustic - Wildwood Jack
Adam Piggott and Jayne Freeman are a guitar and ukulele duo from Kent, whose melodic songs blend with fingerstyle playing, drawing influences from folk, country and world music.  With instrumentals and heart-warming original songs, they tour throughout the UK, Europe and New Zealand. 
Sunday 14 May

Nigel Challis - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website Nigel is a highly popular musician/singer and a master of country/folk finger style guitar. He has performed at numerous festivals and venues throughout the South West to rapturous applause. Today Nigel will be playing some very chilled out country/folk/blues classics.

Widecombe Sailing Club presents - The Ruggle Regatta - Rugglestone Inn - Widecombe-in-the-Moor, TQ13 7TF - Please contact Daf Edwards email telephone 07957 280129 - visit website

World Unlimited - Kate Dimbleby ‘Songbirds’ - 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 What’s your song? Not your favourite song but the one inside you that defines who you are? Kate Dimbleby has spent 20 years singing other people’s stories – hiding behind Peggy Lee, Bessie Smith, Dory Previn. but a voice in her head kept nagging “What’s my story and why aren’t I singing it?’ Featuring songs from Kate’s sixth album (as heard on Radio 2) and released on Folkstock Records in February, SONGBIRDS is created with just a vocal looper and a head full of memories. Inspired by ‘Don’t worry be happy’ vocal virtuoso and mentor Bobby McFerrin With a special guest in the second half.
“A marvelous storyteller with a golden voice” Upon the Sacred Stage New York
**** The Times
“a voice of pure velvet, she has magnetic stage presence and captivates her audience” Glasgow Herald
Written and performed by Kate Dimbleby ~Directed and devised with Katy Carmichael

 

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

Storytelling Sunday: Through Different Eyes - Endecott House, High Street, Chagford TQ13 8AY - 10am-4.30pm
Regular events 2nd Sunday
Monday 15 May
 
Tuesday 16 May
Lisbee Stainton - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - 8.00pm - £10.00 (£8.00)- Standing - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website
Highly acclaimed singer-songwriter Lisbee Stainton will release her fifth studio album Then Up in April ahead of a nine-date headline UK tour starting right here. In 2007, when she was just 18 years-old, London-based Lisbee became the first unsigned artist to play London’s O2 Arena. Soon after, 6Music’s Tom Robinson discovered Lisbee’s song Red, and his support subsequently led to Lisbee’s music being playlisted by BBC Radio 2. Since then Lisbee has toured with such notable artists as Joan Armatrading, Paul Brady, Gretchen Peters, Paul Carrack and Seth Lakeman, who was so impressed that he invited her to join his band in 2012. Box Office 01392 667080.
Regular events 3rd Tuesday
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Simon Maplesden - Quantock Quarenders
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - Kelly Oliver - 8.00pm, doors open at 7.45pm.  Entry £5.00 for aged 17+ (accompanied)
Kelly Oliver is an exciting singer songwriter fully aware of traditional roots but not afraid to boldly explore new directions.  In 2013 Kelly decided she would pursue a career as a singer/songwriter and since then has pursued her passion for music.   In 2016 Kelly was awarded Breakout Artist at the Cambridge NMG Awards, after winning Best Female Solo Artist at the same awards in 2015.  She was awarded Female Artist of the Year 2016 in the FATEA Awards and her 2016 album 'Bedlam' was Runner Up for both Crossover Album 2016 by Folk Phenomena and Best Album from a Female Artist from Folkwords.  She travelled to Kansas City USA in February 2017 to attend the largest folk conference in the world, the Folk Alliance International, as one of their Official Showcase Artists. Her earlier travels around Brazil inspired her summer single 'Rio', released in 2016 by Folkstock Records, and it was been played on BBC Radio 2 by Bob Harris, Alex Lester and Clare Balding, as well as BBC 6 Music by Chris Hawkins.  Soon followed an interview on ITV News Anglia about her inspiration for 'Rio' and Kelly performed the song live on BBC One's Sunday Morning Live for her first national TV appearance.

A mixture of original material and traditional songs formed Kelly's debut album 'This Land' was funded by an Emerging Excellence Award from Help Musicians UK and was released in 2014 by Folkstock Records.  It gained her a Best Album By A Female Artist award from Folkwords, 4* album; reviews from R2 Magazine and The Telegraph Music and was included in The Telegraph’s 68 Best Folk Albums of 2014. It features legendary fiddle player Dave Swarbrick and also earned a nomination for FATEA Magazine’s Best Debut Album of 2014.

She will be supported by local singer songwriter Tobias ben Jacob who first came to Bradninch with Phillip Henry as the duo School of Trobar and later as Roots Union.  Tobias is an outstanding performer, dynamic and emotionally charged, ranging from high-crystalline falsetto led tracks like ‘We Are The First Ones Now’ to more driving riff-driven earthy numbers like ‘I Breathe In Life.’ His last visit to the club was as a guest artist with Lukas Drinkwater and his output in that duo and solo continues to be ‘inventive and thrilling’.  Previous guest artistes of the club Mitchell and Vincent will also be in support. They are one of the finest guitar fiddle combinations regularly playing the region and beyond.  A great repertoire of English and Irish songs and tunes spun together with a chemistry that makes their performance stand out.


For more information telephone Gerard Edwards 01392 881105 or Facebook Bradninch Folk Club.
Wednesday 17 May

Maggie Duffy & Tiggy Kazza Concert - Geoff Lakeman - Caroline's Kitchen, Churston Farm Shop, Brixham Road, Churston TQ5 0LL - Doors 7.00pm - Tickets £10.00 (£12.00 on the door - if available). Tickets can be booked by email or telephone 01803 855961 or mobile 07770806083
Not only is Geoff Lakeman the father of Sean, Sam and Seth Lakeman, all internationally acclaimed British folk musicians, but he is an absolutely superb musician in his own right. His brand new album has swept the board with positive reviews.

 

Jon Boden - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 8.00pm - £20.00 - Seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website

Best known as the lead singer of the progressive folk big band Bellowhead, who split in May 2016, Jon launched his solo career in Autumn 2016, touring the UK solo for the first time. Largely presenting the self-penned songs of his debut album, Painted Lady, as well as material from his remarkable dystopian follow-up, Songs From The Floodplain, Jon’s solo show also includes material from Bellowhead, his duo partnership, Spiers & Boden and his ambitious A Folk Song A Day project, in which he recorded 365 folk songs in one year.

Regular events 3rd Wednesday
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club - Bicknoller VH - Ray Goodswen - Petronella
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Gill Spence - Jigs for Gigs 
Thursday 18 May

Open Folk Night - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 8.30pm. Go to Bicton Inn website Becky Brooks hosts this popular informal open session. Musicians of all abilities are welcome to come and perform or join in with others. It usually features lots of toe-tapping jigs, reels and airs, but anything can happen!. If you sing or play, come and join in the fun.

The Lowest Pair - The George Hotel, 1 Broad Street, South Molton, EX36 3AB - 8.00 pm - £12.00 Full - £10.00 Concession - £8.00 Supporter

For more information Telephone 01769 572514 - or visit website Book tickets on-line via Plough Arts Centre

The Lowest Pair had been planning to release a new record in the Spring of 2016. So in early 2015 Palmer convinced Kendl to spend a winter in Minnesota, with the temptation of working with local greats Dave Simonett and Erik Koskinen on the new material. The duo then set off on what would be a successful season of touring their second, critically acclaimed album, The Sacred Heart Sessions (Spin: “solemn and humble;” The Bluegrass Situation: “deeply felt”), and a new-old-time record, I Reckon I’m Fixin’ On Kickin’ Round To Pick A Little. In the fall, returning to the midwest to finish up the recordings they had begun a few months prior, Kendl and Palmer found themselves with a whole new batch of songs ready to lay down. After much deliberation, they ambitiously decided the two collections should be released together in 2016.

Pre-show meals are available before all live events please telephone 01769 572514

 

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

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

The concerts take place in the Mill’s intimate restaurant setting, and music-goers can enjoy great menus of seasonal food between 6 to 7.30pm. Music starts at 8pm. (Note: ticket prices shown cover music only).

Regular events 3rd Thursday
DANCE - Tavistock Folk Dance Club - club callers
DANCE - Exmouth Folk Dance Club - end of season party with Club Callers. Bring & Share supper.
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
Friday 19 May
The Kit Hillbillies - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 9.00pm - tickets £3.00 - Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information. Old-timey, good-timey bluegrass. Vigorous, expressive, and unvarnished, think Betty Stogs rather than Harvey's Bristol Cream.
SidMouth StoryNight - Cellar Bar, Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NG - 7.30pm - Tickets £8.00 advance from Paragon Books, High Street, Sidmouth, or on door.
SidMouth StoryNights for GrownUps presents: Lisa Schneidau and Ronnie Conboy: "Giants- Stories from the Bedrock of the British Isles". A journey through some of the old myths exploring the relationship between the Giants – the great rock builders – and the human beings that came after. Join us for an evening of myth and story, of fun, wonder, music, laughter and a smidgen of comedy violence! “A truly entertaining and accomplished story telling.” Bar available, Good disabled access. Not suitable for U14s. For more details please telephone 07834 194215 or email
3 Daft Monkeys - The Barrel House, 59a High Street, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5PB - 8.00pm - Tickets £12.00+ advance - £15.00 on the door. Booking office 01803 863000 - more information and tickets on website
Cornish gypsy-folk band 3 Daft Monkeys’ 4-piece line-up features Athene on fiddle, Tim on 12-string guitar & vocals, Lukas on bass guitar and Richie on percussion, adding a fuller and richer sound. The band weave world music influences around classic folk melodies and their passion, intensity and sheer joy of life mixed with their infectious dancing rhythms will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. The desire to dance at one of their live shows is irresistible! 
Regular events 3rd Friday
DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance - Poisson Rouge - support Le Raz - 8.00pm Doors open at 7.45pm St Matthews Hall, Newtown, Exeter. EX1 2LJ Admission £7.00
Saturday 20 May
Waterloo Sunset - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 9.00pm - tickets £3.00 - Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information. An eclectic mix of 60s - including Dylan, Kinks and Rolling Stones, as well as Celtic Folk, Folk Rock, Bluegrass and their own compositions.
LOSt COYOTES - Buccaneers Bar, East Street, Crediton EX17 3AZ - 8.00pm - £5.00 entrance
Mostly a Devon-based 4-piece band (some Jiggerypipery members) who play a bewitching mix of Americana, Cajun, Latin-American, and Celtic songs and tunes, finding a natural chemistry between these musical genres in a melodious blend of their instruments and voices. From up-beat Cajun rhythms and Celtic jigs and reels, to more soulful songs and airs, and with themes of land, migration and borders running though much of their repertoire. Visit website.
Silvington - Cookworthy Museum, 108 Fore Street, Kingsbridge TQ7 1AW - from 6.00pm
Silvington: singers Tricia Moore and John Connor, with trademark vocal harmonies, appearing at the Cookworthy Museum as part of the national "Museums at Night" project. Bar and BBQ.
Music on Saturday - Artist to be announced - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website

Si Barron - support The Cornelius Family - Exminster Victory Hall, 5 The Buntings, Exminster, EX6 8SL (In Aid Of Alphington Village Hall) - 8.00pm - Tickets - £10.00. To pre-book tickets or more information contact Glenys Parsons telephone 07790 313791 or email - Tea/Coffee/Biscuits available, otherwise please bring Your Own Food & Drink.
Simon Barron is a brilliant rich-voiced singer, guitarist and songwriter performing songs based in the tradition. He "communicates an infectious love of English music through his exciting and relaxed renditions of the tradition and his own strongly narrative songs" on acoustic guitar, dulcimer and pedal-organ. Visit website


The Lowest Pair - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ - 8.00pm - Tickets £10.00 from the Bridge Inn telephone 01392 873862.
The Americana scene is littered with duos, but few cut the musical mustard quite like Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee. Reaching into the far flung past but filtering their songs through a completely modern sensibility - and all achieved with two banjos - their bare bones sparse instrumentation and heart tugging narratives put them way ahead of the pack.

Contra Ceilidh - New Dance Series in Exeter - with Abacus and Richard Mason - Pinhoe Road Baptist Church, 157-165 Pinhoe Road, Polsloe Bridge, Exeter, EX4 7HZ - 7.30pm - 10.30pm - £5.00 per person - Ticket reservations for all dances telephone 01392 411434
Abacus are pleased to announce that our fledgling Saturday evening Contra Ceilidh Series, in Exeter, will continue in the spring.  All of the dances will have live music.  Abacus will be playing for some of the dances and we have other exciting national bands booked too - watch this space for further details.  Dances will be a mix of contra and ceilidh dances.

Newcomers to contra dancing are welcome.  Dancing is done with a partner in company with many other couples to form longways sets.  If you are new and inexperienced try to arrive at the beginning and mention to Richard that you are new and nervous and he will ensure the caller is aware of your concern so he can keep his eye on you. It's best to get up near the band end if you can, to make it easier for the caller.

World Unlimited - Charlie Dore with Julian Littman + support from Peter James Millson and Totnes Pop Up Choir - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £12.50+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
A very special evening of eclectic, contemporary folk as multi award winner Charlie Dore, one of the UK’s most respected songwriters teams up with multi-instrumentalist Julian Littman of Steeleye Span to share her brand new album, Dark Matter. The new collection, including titles Two Thousand Hour Lightbulb, 15 Minutes With Danny Kaye and Personal Hell promisesa fast moving show as the pair swap guitars, mandolin,  harmonium, ukulele, piano and autoharp as well as introducing some new and different flavours to shine a very personal light on her mysterious subject matter. They’ll also dip into favourites from the past 6 albums as well as sharing original acoustic versions of hits Charlie has written for others, including George Harrison and Jimmy Nail. They may even play a  version of Pilot of the Airwaves if we ask nicely…

 

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

Jamie Smith's Mabon - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 8.00pm - Full £16.00 - Concession £16.00 - Supporter £13.00  To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
One of the most highly accomplished and critically acclaimed Celtic roots music bands based in Britain today, Jamie Smith’s MABON have built their reputation on their exhilarating live performances and deftly worked recordings.

 

DANCE - Teign Playford Club - Gwyn George and Jean Foster - 2.30pm - 5.30pm
Sunday 21 May

Austin, Hill and Bayes - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Don’t miss this versatile brilliant trio led by popular Exmouth singer-guitarist Chris Austin. They will be putting their special twist on an eclectic mix of music from American blues to English folk including popular pieces by artists such as Woody Guthrie, Gershwin, Little Feat and James Brown

Lady Maisery - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - 8.00pm - £12.00 (£10.00) seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website

In an English folk scene currently bursting with bold and innovative folk music, vocal trio Lady Maisery shine brightly. With their unique approach to harmony singing, intelligent and thoughtful arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans harness and celebrate their united voice.

Whether unearthing a feminist twist hidden in a traditional tale, delivering a poignant anti-war ballad, or showcasing their immense multi-instrumental talents in original compositions that draw on a myriad of musical influences, Lady Maisery are skilful explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of song. Over the last five years, the trio have toured widely, performing sell-out shows across the UK and Europe. 

Regular events 3rd Sunday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club - Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas - Matthews Hall, Fore Street Topsham EX3 0HF - 8.00pm - Tickets £14.00 advance - go to WeGotTickets - £16.00 on the door
Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas unleash their dazzling teamwork, driving, dancing rhythms and shared passion for taking the infectious melodies and grooves of Scottish/Celtic music on an exciting new journey. ‘Fraser, one of the most respected of all exponents of the Scots fiddle, would look long and hard to find a more appropriate cellist as a partner. Haas can switch just as effortlessly as Fraser from a gentle singing tone to driving, dancing melody. A positive joy.’ – The Scotsman
SONG - Folk on the Moor - Paul Downes - Paul has been introduced (much to his embarrassment) as one of the greatest acoustic guitarists in the world. It is easy to see why when you see the dazzling array of styles he performs with effortless brilliance, but at the same time he considers himself as a singer of songs, rather than a guitar technician. From the age of 12, Paul's best friend was Steve Knightley; then at 16, they met Phil Beer. However, despite these drawbacks, Paul was reasonably well-balanced until, after giving up a promising academic career, he went on the road as a professional musician. Book by email
Monday 22 May
 
Regular events 4th Monday
Tuesday 23 May
 
Regular events 4th Tuesday
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
Wednesday 24 May
Fairport Convention - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ - 8.00pm - Tickets £24.00/£23.00 concessions. - Box office 01752 892220. For more information go to website
Enjoy an evening of musical celebration with Fairport Convention at this golden anniversary concert. Credited with originating British folk-rock, Fairport first took to the stage in 1967’s summer of love. Throughout the intervening five decades (and numerous changes of line-up) the band’s passion for live performance has never wavered. To mark its 50th year, Fairport has released a brand new CD titled 50:50@50. The band will play a selection of tracks from the album as well as long-established favourites from their extensive repertoire. 
Regular events 4th Wednesday
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Aileen Wills - Home Brew  
Thursday 25 May

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

Regular events 4th Thursday
DANCE - Tavistock Folk Dance Club - John Estall
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Club Callers - all welcome - The More The Merrier - AGM
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
SONG - Bideford Folk Song Club - Cloudstreet
SONG - Teignmouth Folk Club
Friday 26 May

John Doyle - The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ - 7.30pm - Tickets £10.00 advance/£13.00 on the door. For more information telephone 01404 384050 or go to website
Irish guitarist singer songwriter. One of the most versatile, creative and prolific voices in folk and traditional Irish music. Founding member of Irish super group Solas. "Doyle on guitar has risen to a level occupied by him alone. No one in Irish traditional music is a better guitarist than him right now." (The Wall Street Journal).

 

The Little Unsaid - Unit23, Ford Road Ind Estate, Totnes TQ9 5LE - Telephone 01803 864130- 8.00pm Tickets £7.00+. (Tickets on the door are subject to a surcharge). For more information and tickets go to website.

The Little Unsaid make a very welcome return to Totnes for a truly breathtaking night of live music on Friday 26th May 2017. Tell your friends and family / spread the word and share/tell everyone you know: Book your tickets now, as this is going to be a serously amazing night of live music with The Little Unsaid, Tobias Ben Jacob and Lux Harmonium. Come and help make it one of the best gigs ever!

Recent winners of the Steve Reid InNOVAtion Award for boundary-pushing new music creators, The Little Unsaid have spent the last year travelling the UK and Europe, leaving audiences emotionally rapt with a live show that’s been described as ‘a thumping depth o...f passion, recalling the intensity and melancholic overtones of Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen.’

Led by Yorkshire-born songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John Elliott, the band have just completed their forthcoming album, 'Imagined Hymns & Chaingang Mantras', recorded with Radiohead engineer and acclaimed film score producer Graeme Stewart.


Exmouth Festival 2017
11th Bude & Stratton Folk Festival
Exmouth Festival Edge - Ladies Music Night - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 9.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website

An evening showcasing some of East Devon's talented female artists. Featuring a selection of music from folk and indie, traditional to contemporary.

Luke Sital-Singh - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - 8.00pm - £12.00 - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website

Hotly-tipped songsmith Luke Sital-Singh has been described by The Guardian as a ‘British Bon Iver’. Luke takes the template of Fleet Foxes, Neil Young and Dylan, but makes his own inimitable fresh folk sound.

Having just announced details of his new album Time Is A Riddle, to be released May 12th on Raygun Records / Red Essential, the Bristol-based singer-songwriter embarks on a UK headline tour this May.

The follow-up to his 2014 debut The Fire InsideTime Is A Riddle was recorded in Attica Audio studio in Donegal with producer Tommy McLaughlin (Villagers). McLaughlin recruited a small group of local musicians, with Luke and the band slotting together effortlessly to record the album in ten days.

Regular events 4th Friday
Saturday 27 May
Keith James - The Songs of Leonard Cohen - Unit23, Ford Road Ind Estate, Totnes TQ9 5LE - Telephone 01803 864130- 8.00pm Tickets £13.00. (Tickets on the door are subject to a surcharge). For more information and tickets go to website.
This wonderful Tower of Songs -  stripped back, desolate, naked and sensual  
Exmouth Festival 2017
11th Bude & Stratton Folk Festival
Exmouth Festival Edge - Guy Somerfield - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 10.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website

Popular singer/songwriter Guy will be performing his unique renditions of covers and original songs featuring vocal, 12 string guitar and harmonica. Today Guy will be playing a mixture of folk, rock and pop ballads together with some of his own brilliant songs.

The O'Marleys at Brixfest 2017 - 6.00pm to 6.45pm , A great festival held in Brixham and Brixham Harbour. Mackenzie Moulton (Mac) on fiddle and vocal, John Fitzsimons on Guitar and vocal, James King on Irish Bodhran and vocal, Io Pughic on 4 and 5 string banjo and backing vocals will set the place alight with their fast and furious Irish music, sing along songs and foot-tapping or dance along jigs.

 

Royal William Yard Festival
Reg Meuross - With special guest Lily Meuross - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH - 7.30pm - £12.00+ from WeGotTickets
2017 heralds a new solo album from Reg Meuross. Faraway People is a fresh collection of songs which comment bravely on life as he sees it, bringing wide ranging stories, from the ravages of austerity and the injustice of the plight of refugees, to some of most beautifully disarming lyrics ever written. Reg has that rare gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, on a really human level. His words and music paint pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung.

Reg Meuross is a true modern troubadour, representing contemporary English folk writing at its best. “There’s something special about the way he writes and delivers a song” Townes Van Zandt. His appearances at folk clubs and festivals throughout the UK and abroad, and his highly acclaimed solo albums have now established his songs as ‘the hinges upon which swing the doors of perceptive English folk’ (Folkwords). 

Reg will be joined by a very special guest - his daughter Lily, who also writes and sings her own songs.

Folk presenter Mike Harding has said of Lily's music: "...beautiful - as they say in Ireland - the fruit never falls far from the tree." I agree, she has a remarkable talent, and people are bound to draw parallels between her and her well established and acclaimed father, of course, but Lily strikes me as a very independent spirit and her music has its own flavour.
Regular events 4th Saturday
SONG - Shammick Acoustic - Closed for Earl of Rone
Sunday 28 May
John Doyle - Tavistock Wharf, Canal Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8AT - 7.30pm Tickets from 6.00pm on the night £12.00 - in advancve £10.00 standing - Wharf Music Club - £8.00 - Box office 01822 611166 - Tickets from WeGotTickets or go to website for more information.
Name many of the most notable recording artists or performers in Irish music and it's a fair bet that John Doyle had something to do with them. Impossibly in demand in the studio and on the road, immensely talented and blessed with an acute ear, a wicked sense of rhythm and seemingly endless stream of magic in his playing, composing, performing and producing, John Doyle is solidly establishing himself as one of the most versatile, creative and prolific voices in folk and traditional Irish music.
Exmouth Festival 2017
11th Bude & Stratton Folk Festival
Exmouth Festival Edge - Tash Fardell - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00 pm - 7.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website

You are guaranteed to enjoy young singer Tash Fardell when she performs a selection of popular contemporary and classic pop and folk. You’ll be entranced by her versatile and emotive singing and highly original renditions. Tash will be accompanied by her talented backing band Jas Walker and Ian Davey.

Simone Sorini & Claudia Viviani - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX - Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm - Tickets £10.00 advance, £11.00 door, £1.00 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £6.00 under 21s. Go to website for more information and tickets.

A versatile interpreter of lute repertoires from the Middle Ages to the early Renaissance, Simone Sorini revives the ancient profession of the “Cantore al liuto”, typical of Italian musicians and composers from the late 1400s.

Simone is a highly accomplished lutenist and singer of Mediaeval and renaissance music, appearing at Early Music festivals throughout the world. For this exclusive tour of the West Country, he is joined by Claudia Viviani, a multi-talented singer and percussionist who adds depth, rhythm and variation to their performance.

Royal William Yard 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.
Monday 29 May

Open Mic - Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW - Doors 7.30pm and we welcome musicians and non-musicians at this unique open-mic.. Entry £2.00 performers, £5.00 non-performers (£4 if pre-booked).
The Boys From Melbourne Street will occupy the guest spot. A trio of seasoned musicians from East Devon with fine observational songs and warm humour, not to be missed. Refreshments available. For more information telephone 01803 428626 or 01803 613647.

Exmouth Festival 2017
11th Bude & Stratton Folk Festival
Exmouth Festival Edge - Laurie Ward - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 9.00 pm. Go to Bicton Inn website

Musician singer/songwriter Laurie is a talented young artist who has been writing and performing music since he was 7 years old. His music has featured on various radio stations,  including Radio 1, but he still returns to his hometown to perform his special mix of music from reggae to folk, raunchy rock to gentle ballads and of course some of his own brilliant songs.

Tuesday 30 May
Exmouth Festival 2017

Telstar & Guests - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 8.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website Brilliant acoustic band indie, folk, pop

Wednesday 31 May
Jacob Riddle - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 8.30pm - tickets £2.00 Free with a B-Card - Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information. Indie folk songs from a sea dweller, sad and hauntingly beautiful.
Exmouth Festival 2017
Regular events 5th Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Eileen Nightingale - Gibby Swaine          
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
SONG - Culm Valley Music and Performance Club