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Friday 1 November

STORYTELLING- Stone Soup Twisted Tales for Adults Stone Soup at 'Halloween at The Plymstock Inn'
The Plymstock Inn, Church Road, Plymouth PL9 9BD
7.30pm
Stone Soup will be performing some Twisted Tales, storytelling for adults only. Some Tarot reading, and Stone Soup will take to the stage at 9.00pm.

For more information go to FaceBook

Sarah McQuaid
Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
8.00pm

Tickets £12.50. Please note Booking Fee per transaction: 50p at Box Office, £1.00 on telephone and internet bookings. Box office telephone 01626 249049 email or to book tickets on-line go to website.
Recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ards International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland, Sarah’s also drawn critical praise for her voice (which has been variously likened to malt whiskey and melted chocolate) and her engaging rapport with audiences: “I’ve attended hundreds of concerts of all kinds, and her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever,” wrote The Huffington Post.

“The precision and sophistication of the writing and playing blows me away. I am so glad to be involved,” writes guitar legend Michael Chapman in his introduction to Sarah McQuaid’s fifth solo album If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous – which he offered to produce after meeting Sarah at a festival where they were both on the bill.

 With the release of her new album, the Madrid-born, Chicago-raised, Cornwall-based singer/songwriter has expanded her battery of instruments to include piano, electric guitar and drum, and it’s drawn critical raves internationally: Dutch music magazine Heaven hailed it as “an early contender for folk album of 2018,” the UK’s fRoots said it was “a collection to savour” and the USA’s PopMatters called it “a gateway into a true innovator’s soul.”

Faeland
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
Faeland are a folk-pop band from Stroud & Bristol, UK. In 2018 Faeland founders Rebecca & Jacob took a professional leap of faith and released their debut album ‘All My Swim’. The album quickly gained support and acclaim from BBC 6Music, Uncut Magazine, Shire Folk Magazine, BBC Introducing and a host of others; acclaim of which is almost unheard of for a band’s debut release. The first 2 singles earned radio play and praise from Tom Robinson, Gideon Coe (BBC 6 Music), BBC Introducing and BBC Scotland, among many others.
Faeland’s music is a beautiful selection of original, modern folk compositions influenced by music from both sides of the Atlantic. Their songs give the duo’s personal spin on classic themes of humanity, such as love, healing, and magic. Despite tackling difficult themes and life experiences, there is a strong vein of optimism running through the music of Faeland; as Rebecca says they are “fully committed to making music that changes lives for the better and adds something good to human existence”. Key musical influences include classic artists such as Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, Nick Drake and Paul Simon, alongside more modern stars like First Aid Kit, Gillian Welch/ David Rawlings, Bon Iver, R.E.M., Nick Mulvey and Hem. 
With nature and humanity’s relationship to the natural world being such a big inspiration for Faeland’s music, Jacob explains their unusual name – “we are named after Failand, a countryside village near us that connects us with the land around our home and our favourite woodland. The spelling change to "Fae" hints at the magical/mystical/other as well as the transcendental nature of their music.

 

Saturday 2 November
Martha Tilston
Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock, PL18 9QA
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets £13.00 advance from the Limekiln Gallery or website (£15.00 on the door)


Matha Tilston returns to Calstock to share her wonderful and beautiful folk songs again.
With a voice like spiderwebbed hollows and lyrics that inspire and captivate, Martha and band have built a large worldwide following and played on some of the world’s most prestigious stages and festivals. She has recorded and released several critically acclaimed albums, gained a nomination for BBC best newcomer, appeared as a guest vocalist for Zero 7, toured internationally and played with some of the world’s most inspiring musicians.

Bridport Ceilidhs - Chris Toyne Big Band  - Caller Jeremy Child
Church House (St Mary's) Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW
7.30 - 11.00pm dance.
Some soft drinks provided; bring a bottle, bring finger food snacks to share, bring a friend “ bring two! “ and make a party of it!   Telephone organiser Monty on 01308 423442 or see website for more information
Sunday 3 November
Steve Turner - A Gallery Gig
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
7.30pm
Tickets Full £10.00 - Concession £8.00 - Supporter £8.00  
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
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 plays mandolin and banjo.
Harp Concert by Fionnuala Kirby
St Peter’s Church, Meavy
5.15pm
£7.00. Tickets from Annie Inman, 01822 852672 or by post: Moorholme, Dousland, Yelverton  PL20 6LY with SAE please, Jonathan Frappell, 01822 854500, The Royal Oak, Meavy, On the door at St Peter’s Church
Go to website for more information
Fionnuala Kirby is a Celtic Harpist based near Plymouth in Devon, with wide repertoire of traditional, classical, popular and religious tunes, and some Paraguayan harp music. She plays a 36-string Yew Clarsach made by Tim Hampson of Bere Ferrers. Inspiration for her ever-expanding repertoire comes from many sources, such as her English and Irish roots and love of folk music, her classical and religious upbringing, and her love of rhythm and world music.
In aid of essential fabric repairs of St Peter’s.
Tom & Barbara Brown, Mick Ryan and Lester Simpson
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
5.00pm
£5.00 adults - £3.00 concesions
Join us for an early evening of folk song. Leaders of our Give Voice weekend will be sharing folk songs.
For more information and tickets go to website
Paul Simon's Graceland Performed by the London African Gospel Choir
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
Doors open 7.30pm
Tickets £26.00 - Standing - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website


The LONDON AFRICAN GOSPEL CHOIR was co-founded by Crystal Kassi to help London’s African community to promote the gospel, create a platform of excellence for African gospel singers and musicians, and popularise the African interpretations of gospel music. 

The London African Gospel Choir have received extremely positive testimony from not only the public but also internationally renowned artists including Annie Lennox of Eurythmics and Paul Simon himself.

As well as performing with artists such as Emeli Sandé and Mumford and Sons, the group tour their own exceptional rendition of the iconic Paul Simon’s Graceland across the UK and most recently selling out shows on the East Coast of the States where they made a powerful impact on the public.

What makes us different is that we all come from different countries in the African Diaspora,‘ she explains. ‘We have people from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Kenya, Zaire, Ivory Coast, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Uganda and the Congo… We all come from different churches as well. The common denominator is our faith, although we welcome everybody.’ Said Kassi.’You could say that this is a perpetuation of Paul Simon’s Graceland legacy, the way it has brought African nations together through culture.

What also sets them apart is their repertoire – a dazzling reflection of the choir’s diverse membership and that includes secular songs with a positive message. It’s the meaning of the words that counts and Paul Simon’s Graceland – acclaimed as ‘one of the most iconic records in rock and roll history‘ on its release in 1986 – is a perfect fit with its uplifting lyrics and South African rhythms and melodies. They are releasing their long awaited first CD in August 2019.

 

Regular events 1st Sunday

SONG -Folk on the Moor Sarah McQuaid
7.45pm
£10.00 Book by email  
A highly polished performer, Sarah is a singer whose material reflects her cosmopolitan background (Spanish father, American mother, dual Irish/American citizenship). A songwriter/guitarist of note, she interprets an eclectic mix of songs and her latest album was dubbed "A consummate artistic triumph that marks a new phase in McQuaid's career." (Folk Radio UK)

Monday 4 November
 
Tuesday 5 November
 
Regular events 1st Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Janet Bulpin
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
DANCE - Fraddon Folk Dance Club (Cornwall)
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - open night
Wednesday 6 November
 
Regular events 1st Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club Chris Toyne - Mary Marker
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club BG Sound - Club Callers - Bicknoller VH      
Thursday 7 November
 
Friday 8 November
Soroptimist International Plymouth Charity Barn Dance - Caller Martin Dowling, recorded music.
Derriford Hospital Leisure Centre, Plymouth
Tickets £10.00 to include ploughmans supper.
For more information telephone Margaret Luscombe 01752 774401 or 07523 131129. Numbers needed for catering purposes so please call to confirm attendance.

Crow Puppets
B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
9.00pm
Admission £3.00
Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
Crow Puppets are Cara Roxanne and Em Marshall, a Devon based female duo who perform homespun folk with a curiously ramshackle rockish edge. They sing close harmonies and blend a hotchpotch of instruments, weaving mysterious imagery and tender lyrics.

 

Faeland
Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB
8.00pm
Tickets £7.00 advance £10.00 on the door. Booking office 01803 863000 - more information and tickets on website
Songs for the spirit, folk-pop with a mystical Celtic edge. Contemporary folk band from Bristol, fusing deep folk tradition and acoustic instrumentation, Faeland bring their innovative and subtly experimental approach to contemporary music. The band features some of the South’s finest folk musicians, with singer Rebecca Nelson and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Jacob Morrison at its songwriting and musical core. Songs will be performed on an all acoustic line up of violins, lush vocals, banjo, charango, acoustic guitars, double bass, accordion and Celtic harp.
SONG - Exeter Folk and Acoustic Music Club
Pete Morton
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.
An opportunity to see one of the UK's finest songwriters of emotionally-driven songs delivered with a distinctive voice. Pete has also performed as part of Mick Ryan's folk operas, A Day's Work and  and most recently, Here At The Fair. He is also part of a Christmas-themed trio with Emily Sanders and Chris Parkinson - The Magical Christmas Tree. His recent solo albums have earned high critical acclaim. 

Clive Carroll
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 18s. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500.

Acclaimed guitarist and composer Clive Carroll has created a sound world all his own, with a signature blend of warmth and humour that belies his dazzling technical skill. Clive’s masterful compositions feature influences mined from the delicate cadences of Elizabethan lute classics, the imaginative eccentricity of Frank Zappa, visionary classical composers such as Bartok and Ligeti, and hints of jazz and Delta blues!

Clive has toured and worked with guitar greats such as John Williams, Tommy Emmanuel, Xuefei Yang, Ralph Towner, and John Renbourn—as well as pop icon, Madonna!

Acoustic Guitar magazine calls Clive, “probably the best and most original young acoustic guitarist/composer in Britain” and Total Guitar magazine includes him in their Top 10 Best Acoustic Guitarists of All Time. Clive’s latest release The Furthest Tree has been described as “sensational instrumental music that knows no boundaries” and “a classic recording in the field of guitar music”.

 

Saturday 9 November
Adam Sweet in Concert - opening for Adam will be Ben Morgan-Brown.
St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter, EX4 7AH
Doors 7.30pm Starts 8.00pm
Tickets £10.00+ from WeGotTickets For more information telephone Twigg's Gigs on 07508169 049 or email
Hot drinks and cake at the Twigg's Gigs café. Bring your own alcohol.
Adam Sweet plays a unique blend of blue-eyed blues and soulful southern rock. Taking his cue from the British blues boom sounds of Free and early Fleetwood Mac, married to the driving guitar style of Rory Gallagher and the sweet sounds of Little Feat and the Allman Brothers, he’s carved out a territory between Nashville and the classic rock riffs of the 60s and 70s. With an expressive vocal style, expertly piercing guitar work and growing song-writing credits, Adam plays some of the most compelling blues-rock in the UK.
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Jane Thomas and Ted Farmer, Weston C D Band
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
Narthen
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
8.00pm
£12.00

Narthen are Barry Coope of Coope Boyes and Simpson, Jo Freya of Blowzabella/Moirai and Fi Fraser of The Old Fashioned/Polka Works. Until he hung-up his touring shoes the quartet was completed by Lester Simpson; now velvet-voice BBC Folk Award nominee Jim Causley has joined this prestigious line-up of singers.

You can catch the quartet in performances all year-round; however, they are best known for their scintillating Christmas shows, a seasonal mix of songs and tunes that reflect the whole of Christmas and the winter season. Wonderful four part harmony Yorkshire carols are mixed with songs showing the less reverential and more humorous side of Christmas. All delivered in four part harmony – often with instrumental accompaniment – to touch your heart, engage your intellect and wow your ears.

As many people now say: ‘Christmas starts with you’.

This is a chance to catch Barry, Jo, Fi and Jim up close and personal in an informal evening of song before they head out on their national tour.
For more information and tickets go to website

Launceston Folk Dance Club - Saturday Dance - Beryl Jukes & Jig & Reel
Launceston Town Hall, PL15 7AR.
8.00pm - 11.30pm.
Tickets £8.00
For further information telephone Rosemary Phillips 01566 774491
West Gallery Music Association, Singing/Instrumental WorkshopsJenny Ellis, Event Organiser
Regular events 2nd Saturday
SONG - Shammick Acoustic Open night
Sunday 10 November
Keith James: The Songs of Nick Drake
Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Doors 7.00pm Start 7.30pm
Tickets Full price (Support the artists and arts) £13.00+ - Mid Price (A bit cheaper if you need it) £10.00+ - Low price (Even cheaper if you need it) £6.00 from WeGotTickets To reserve tickets, email Further information from Ashburton Arts FaceBook page or Ashburton Arts website

This concert begins with an introductory set of timeless songs by brilliant songwriters – all contemporary with Nick Drake: Richard Thompson, Roy Harper, Sandy Denny, Al Stewart, Vashti Bunyan, John Martyn and Bert Jansch. Also featured are poems by William Blake (one of Nick’s most noticeable influences) which Keith has set to guitar arrangements based on Nick’s unique style.

Nick Drake is the most revered and loved of all this country’s singer/songwriters. He recorded three cherished Albums between 1969 and 1972 but was almost entirely unknown in his day. After his tragic death in 1974, aged only 26, his music almost disappeared into obscurity. Now, thanks to a massive resurgence of interest and a worldwide re-evaluation of his genius, Nick Drake has become a National treasure. An important book, Remembered for a while was released a couple of years ago, written by his elder Sister Gabrielle Drake, this volume throws light on almost everything attributed to Nick’s brief career as a songwriter and recording artist as well as on many corners of mystery and supposition.

A number of years have now passed since singer/guitarist Keith James paralysed the whole country with his stunningly beautiful series of concerts entitled The Songs of Nick Drake. At the beginning of the project in 2001 he was the first artist ever to bring this fragile and intriguing music to theatres across the UK in its pure live concert form. The end result was over a decade of highly acclaimed concerts amounting to over 1500 shows in venues in the UK, Ireland, Holland, France, Italy and Spain including all of Nick’s Schools and Colleges – even Glastonbury Festival.

West Gallery Music Association, Singing/Instrumental WorkshopsJenny Ellis, Event Organiser
Regular events 2nd Sunday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club Jim Moray
Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HF
8.00pm
£12.00 advance/£14.00 door
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. A five times BBC Folk Award winner, his songs have been featured in a season finale of Grey’s Anatomy and he has presented documentaries on traditional music for BBC Radio 3.

SONG - Folk on the Moor Daoiri Farrell SOLD OUT
7.45pm
£12.00 Book by email
Undoubtedly, one of the leading exponents of Irish traditional music, Daoiri won the 2013 All Ireland Singer award as well as 2 BBC Folk Awards in 2017. He has accompanied such luminaries as Christy Moore on bousouki and in 2018 toured with the Transatlantic Sessions. Mark Radcliffe described him as "effortless, instinctive, natural ... the real deal".

Monday 11 November
Julu & Heg - A Whitehouse Session
Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
7.30pm
Tickets £10.00 from WeGotTickets
After less than a year playing music together, Julu Irvine & Heg Brignall have taken the folk scene by storm with their unusual and fresh approach to folk music. Based in South West England, their songs, which are a mixture of traditional and original, follow themes of love and loss; dreams and reflections and struggle and triumph against all odds. Taking inspiration from stories with strong female characters, history, mythology and personal experience, Julu and Heg create evocative songs with a deeply moving and pure sound using the musical line up of vocal harmonies, guitar, flute and piano.

Alongside their captivating original folk music, the duo create unique arrangements of traditional songs, often changing the endings to songs where the female characters are less fortunate, allowing the poor heart-broken maids to rise into triumphant heroes. The pair perform their songs with humour and charisma, showcasing their accomplished musicianship and fine artistry.

Both Julu and Heg have received praise and recognition individually as musicians; the two now come together for the first time, using powerful songwriting, weaving stories and crisp vocal harmonies to create a beautiful, distinctive sound.
Regular events 2nd Monday
STORYTELLING - South Devon Storytellers -
Tuesday 12 November
 
Regular events 2nd Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Gill Spence - Jigs For Gigs
MUSIC - Bradninch Acoustic Music Club
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
Wednesday 13 November
Oysterband & June Tabor
Exeter Corn Exchange - Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW
8.00pm (Doors 7.15)
£23.50 (includes £1.00 booking fee). Box office telephone 01392 665938 - For more information go to website

One of the most exciting collaborations in folk music, June Tabor & Oysterband, resumes this autumn for a major tour. With separate distinguished careers to pursue, their appearances together are necessarily rare, so this is a must-see opportunity to catch them live. 

The majesty and control of June’s voice combine with the passion of John Jones’ singing and the dynamic drive of Oysterband to illuminate dark traditional ballads and contemporary classics alike  -  witness their moving duet version of Joy Division’s 'Love Will Tear Us Apart', widely regarded as the best-ever reinterpretation of that much-covered track. 

Songs from their seminal 1990 album 'Freedom & Rain' and their multi-award-winning 2011 follow-up 'Ragged Kingdom' will of course be featured, plus exciting new material.

Regular events 2nd Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club Fresh Aire - Graham Barrett
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 14 November

Julu Irvine & Heg Brignall
B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
8.30pm
Admission £2.00
Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
Combining storytelling, folklore and exquisite vocal harmonies, Julu Irvine & Heg Brignall fuse their spell-binding sounds to create this new duo. Their songs follow themes of love and loss; dreams and reflections and struggle and triumph against all odds. Taking inspiration from history, mythology and personal experience, Julu and Heg create evocative songs with a deeply moving and pure sound.

Both Julu and Heg have received praise and recognition for their songwriting work. Julu's debut EP Unrest burst onto the folk scene in 2017 receiving praise and glowing recognition across the UK including BBC radio exposure and a feature on the Trevor Kruger Folk Show. FATEA Magazine described the EP as "delicate songs, with a beautifully crystal clear voice...very entrancing music".
Following multiple EP releases and national UK tours performing the debut album Raising The Fires with theatrical folk outfit Heg & The Wolf Chorus, Heg has received EFDSS Funding, multiple nominations and awards, radio play across the country with glowing national press reviews with fRoots magazine describing the album as "highly accomplished and idiosyncratic".

The two now come together for the first time, using powerful songwriting, weaving stories and crisp vocal harmonies to create a beautiful, distinctive sound.

 

Martyn Joseph SOLD OUT (Reserve list being kept)
Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF
Doors 7.30pm. Performance 8.00pm.
Tickets £17.00 from WeGotTickets
For more information telephone Twigg’s Gigs on 07508 169 049 or go to website
Hot drinks and cake at the Twigg’s Gigs café. BYO alcohol. Profits from the café will be donated to Martyn’s Let Yourself Trust.
Martyn Joseph is a completely unique and mind blowing artist. Take everything you think you know about singer songwriters….and rip it up. For one man and a guitar he creates a performance with a huge far-reaching sound that is energetic, compelling and passionate. Be it to two hundred people or twenty thousand, he blows the crowd away night after night.
April 2019 saw him win a “Wales Folk Award” for “Here Come The Young”, the title track of his most recent album, of which Uncut magazine said “He’s never sounded more potent than he does here”
In 2018 he was honoured with a ”Spirit of Folk” Award by Folk Alliance International in Kansas USA and he also received Fatea magazine’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” here in the UK.
He is gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics and has a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances.

Regular events 2nd Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Robert Blackborow - Stringaccord
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
MUSIC - Brixham Blues - BBT2
Old Coaching Inn, Fore Street, Brixham TQ5 8AG
8.30pm
SONG - Totnes Folk Song Club James Patterson & John Dipper
Dartmouth Inn, The Plains. Totnes, TQ9 5EL
8.00pm
SONG - Wadebridge Folk Club - Linde Nijland & Bert Ridderbos
Friday 15 November
The Tannahill Weavers
The Plough@TheGeorge, The George Hotel, 1 Broad Street, South Molton EX36 3AB
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
Traditional Celtic music at its best! With fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, haunting ballads and a good dose of humour, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.

World Unlimited - Chris Cleverley
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm - Start 7.30pm
Tickets £10.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
Perhaps it is Chris Cleverley’s eternally restless, whirring chasm of a mind that leads him to constantly innovate and re-imagine his unique interpretation of 21st Century Alt-folk music. And so Autumn 2019 sees Chris hit the road, armed with a brand-new album to bolster this reputation.  With a visceral lyrical style, inspired by the American Greats Elliott Smith and Paul Simon, Chris shines a light on diverse, arresting themes from deteriorating anxious minds, via damaging gender constructs, to mystical tales of the occult.

Possessing a guitar fingerstyle steeped in the lore of the UK Folk Revival, the essence of John Martyn and Nic Jones pulses through his veins. With a blistering yet delicate technique, described as ‘Impressive’ by The Telegraph, Chris is fast becoming one of the standout musicians on the UK Songwriting circuit.  Chris’ eagerly anticipated 2nd studio album, ‘We Sat Back and Watched it Unfold”, releases in October 2019, under the helm of BBC Folk Award winning producer Sam Kelly. Truly a record for the new millennium, this bold, challenging body of new work promises a ground-breaking fusion of varied musical genres, underpinned by the adventurous technicality of his guitar style. Join Chris in Kingskerswell on his album release tour where he can be seen unveiling exclusive, stripped back glimpses of this new 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

Bude Folk Festival - Penstowe Manor Resort
Elkie Brooks
Exeter Corn Exchange - Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW
8.00pm (Doors 7.15)
£29.50 (includes £1.00 booking fee). Box office telephone 01392 665938 - For more information go to website

Long before the end of a live show and the frequent standing ovations that accompany it, there comes a point where Elkie does something so amazing that it leaves her audience almost spellbound.  It could be a particularly emotional rendition of one of her ballads, a powerhouse blues vocal or one of her trademark impossibly long notes that leaves the audience mesmerised.

Elkie will be performing her biggest hits including “Pearl’s A Singer”, “Lilac Wine”, “Fool (If You think It’s Over)”, Don’t Cry Out Loud” & “No More The Fool” as well as many more featured on her recent hit album “Elkie Brooks – Pearls – The Very Best Of”

“Still One Of The Great British Voices” The Guardian

Regular events 3rd Friday
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Plus level
South West Shape Note - Mulberry House Third Friday Singing Cullompton
Saturday 16 November
Son Yambu
Village Hall, Ley Close, Liverton, Newton Abbot TQ12 6HW
Doors 7.00pm, dance class 7.30pm, band 8.30pm.
£12.00 adult, £10.00 U18. For more information go to website
Son Yambu play authentic ‘Son Cubano’ or Cuban son – the essential Afro-Cuban music that originated in the streets of eastern Cuba at the turn of the last century. The root of all salsa music, Son is a fusion of Spanish and African rhythms. Son Yambu feature a new generation of mainly Cuban musicians who are passionate about maintaining the traditions of the genre, continuing the Buena Vista legacy that put Cuban music back on the map.
Barn Dance/Ceilidh with The Classic Ceilidh Band
Chaddlewood Farm Community Centre, 80 Glen Road, Plympton PL7 2XS
7.30pm - 9.30pm
Adult £7.00, U12 £2.00, includes a pasty. Contact Janet: (text) 07742 983311; 01752 342373; email. Or pay on door.
Come along with a group of friends for a lot of fun and laughter and a bit of exercise while dancing. BYO drinks. Other light refreshments will be on offer. A Plympton Team Ministry Registered Charity Fund Raiser for St Maurice Church.

Rejig
Lustleigh Village Hall, Lustleigh, TQ13 9TA
Doors open 7.45pm
Tickets £8.00 in advance £10.00 on the door. Under 16s £5.00. Available from The Dairy, Lustleigh, and from Moretonhampstead Information Centre. Telephone 07876 788988
Highly danceable trad tunes and songs from Scotland and Ireland. Featuring Tony Bayliss: Cittern, Vocals - Louis Bingham: Tenor Banjo, Mandolin - Carl Allerfeldt: Fiddle - Pete Bingham: Bass guitar - Simon Crowe: Drums.

TwoManTing
Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Doors 7.00pm Start 7.30pm
Tickets Full price (Support the artists and arts) £13.00+ - Mid Price (A bit cheaper if you need it) £10.00+ - Low price (Even cheaper if you need it) £6.00 from WeGotTickets To reserve tickets, email Further information from Ashburton Arts FaceBook page or Ashburton Arts website
TwoManTing was formed in 2004 when Sierra Leonean drummer Jah-man Aggrey, and guitarist Jon Lewis were playing together as part of dance band, Le Cod Afrique, at venues such as Montreux Jazz Festival and WOMAD.

The duo immediately became a hit on the UK festival circuit with their brand of bouncy “Sunshine Afro-roots”. Shows have included Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness and Green Man Festivals to name but a few. Using guitar, live loops and percussion the duo creates a highly danceable full band sound and their reputation has earned them recent support slots with the likes of Tinariwen, The Oyster Band, Edward 2 and Dub Colossus. Their music is often featured on BBC Radio 3 and 6Music.
Shows feature palm-wine, acoustic dub and highlife grooves with thoughtful and thought-provoking lyrics on subjects ranging from childhood memories, political protest and er….duvets.
The new album “Rhymes with Orange” draws on a range of sounds from 1970s Sierra Leone to 1980s UK punk through to the Soukous beats of the Congo.
Keating, Dyer & Davey
Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm
Tickets £10.00 advance, £15.00 door. £1.00 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £5.00 under 18s. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500.

Join Will Keating and Davey & Dyer for a special evening of Cornish Folk and other fine music to remember.

Will is a member of popular Cornish male vocal group The Oggymen and in 2016, took the decision to also try his luck at gigging alone with acoustic guitar and stomp box. Totally inspired by Cornwall’s rich history and heritage, and the songs penned by his mentor Harry “Safari” Glasson, Will has been gigging extensively ever since, receiving accolades from far and wide.

Davey & Dyer are two of the leading proponents of Cornish traditional Celtic music and former members of the internationally acclaimed Cornish band Dalla. As a duo they continue to delight and inspire audiences at concerts, festivals, dance nights and feasts. Expect to be taken on a Cornish Celtic ride with bouzouki, fiddle and viola!

 


Bude Folk Festival - Penstowe Manor Resort
Acoustic Strawbs 50th Anniversary Tour
The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ
Doors 7.30pm Start 7.45pm
Tickets £16.00 advance/£18.00 on the door. For more information and tickets and accessible seats telephone 01404 384050 or go to website

The Strawbs started life as the Strawberry Hill Boys before emerging into the mainstream from the exciting British Folk Movement of the mid 60s alongside other such luminaries as Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Al Stewart and Roy Harper. Their first album with Sandy Denny attracted the attention of A&M Records in America and they became the first British Band to be signed by the famous label. Under the guidance of Herb Alpert & Gerry Moss, major chart success followed with seven consecutive albums in the Billboard charts, including classics ‘Bursting at the Seams’, ‘Grave New World’, ‘Hero & Heroine’, ‘Dragonfly’ and ‘Ghosts’, earning the band two Gold Albums along the way. Massive coast to coast American tours swiftly followed, sharing the stage with The Eagles, Santana and Frank Zappa.

From the days of Sandy Denny pre Fairport and Sonja Kristina pre Curved Air, the band have enjoyed the finest of soloists in their ranks from Rick Wakeman followed by his son Oliver moving on to join Yes as well as Adam Wakeman joining Black Sabbath, Blue Weaver to The Bee Gees and Don Airey to Deep Purple.

The Acoustic Strawbs of the 21st century consist of the founder, constant guiding force, originator and lead vocalist Dave Cousins, described by Rolling Stone Magazine as the best Dylan influenced songwriter to come out of the UK. Alongside him longtime band members lead guitarist Dave Lambert and the astonishingly versatile Chas Cronk, who together formed the front line of the classic 1970s Strawbs.

DANCE - Tavistock Folk Dance Club - Jigs for Gigs - Jane Thomas
Tavistock Town Hall,  Bedford Square, Tavistock PL19 0AE
8.00pm
Bring and share supper
Sunday 17 November
Bude Folk Festival - Penstowe Manor Resort
Regular events 3rd Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor
Book by email
Monday 18 November
An Evening With Julie Felix
Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
7.00pm
Tickets £20.00 each. includes a two course meal prior to the performance. (Trip to the zoo not included!!).
Bookings essential. Go to FaceBook or Brook Inn website. Telephone 01752 297604 for further details
We are absolutely delighted that Julie is returning to The Brook again this year - it's becoming an annual event now! Julie is an absolute folk legend who has hosted her own TV show and appeared at venues around the world. She's performed with a huge list of the great and the good of the music world and has a host of stories to share.
Tuesday 19 November

Moya Brennan
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
8.00pm
Seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

Moya draws audiences into her world of rhythm, atmosphere and vibrant harmony; a journey where spells of rousing Irish tunes give way to moments of exquisite, fragile stillness. Over the years with Clannad and also in her solo shows, Moya has delivered pioneering Celtic harmonies and music rooted in her Irish heritage and inspired by the powerful elements of ocean, mountains and endless skies that surrounded her growing up in her native Donegal.

Moya has travelled the world as an enthusiastic advocate of the Irish language and has performed for popes, princes and presidents along the way – yet it is the intimacy and beauty of her singing which keeps bringing her audiences back for more.

Moya, along with Clannad, has sold over 15 million records worldwide and a received a string of top awards, including Ivor Novello, BAFTA and a Grammy. They were awarded a lifetime achievement at the BBC Folk Awards in 2014. Their sound has become the benchmark for the Celtic music genre. Sister Enya joined Clannad for a time before pursuing her own successful career.

Moya’s solo career has continued that success with 9 albums to her credit and more in the pipeline. Following her 2018 studio album Canvas, Moya is set to release (in Spring 2019) a new Voices & Harps album with her long-time musical collaborator, Irish harp virtuoso, Cormac De Barra.

Moya continues to be much in demand for a number of other projects and is both vociferous and active in her championing of Irish arts and culture abroad. Her career to date includes 25 albums, numerous film scores and she has sung with many great artists, including The Chieftains, Robert Plant, Paul Brady, Shane MacGowan and, of course, Bono, who said of Moya recently, ‘I think she has one of the greatest voices the human ear has ever experienced‘.

Regular events 3rd Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Jeremy Child
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club

SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - Vicky Swan and Jonny Dyer
The Castle Hotel, Bradninch EX5 1NN.
Doors 7.45pm start 8.00pm

The Bradninch Folk Club in its many guises can be contacted on 01392 881105 or on Facebook.

Wednesday 20 November
Gigspanner Big Band
Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA
7.30pm
Tickets £19.00 For more information and tickets go to website Box office telephone 01803 415987 Monday to Saturday 10.0-0am to 12.00noon
As a trio, Gigspanner, formed by fiddle player Peter Knight (ex-Steeleye Span), has established a reputation as one of the most genuinely ground-breaking forces on the British folk scene, inspiring Maverick magazine to write "Gigspanner are pushing at the boundaries, expanding the possibilities and in the process making some of the most beautiful music the genre has to offer" 5*****
BBC Folk Award winners (Best Duo) Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are described by The Guardian as being "Subtle, bravely original...a combination of virtuosity, intensity and charisma" Their appearances together as the Gigspanner Big Band are a rare, but highly sought after affair, thanks to performances of dazzling musicianship and arresting on stage chemistry. Taking self-penned material along with music rooted in the British Isles and beyond, with the flick of a bow, a finely chosen chord or slip of a beat, they produce richly atmospheric arrangements layered within a wealth of subliminal musical influences “with notes seemingly plucked from the stars and rhythms from the equator” Spiral Earth.
Regular events 3rd Wednesday
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club Chris Toyne - Jane Thomas - Bicknoller Village Hall
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club Meter Rite - Aileen Wills
Thursday 21 November

Mark J. Lee
B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
8.30pm
Admission £2.00
Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
Mark J. Lee is a Devon born songwriter and performing musician. Steeped in traditional country and old time sensibilities. Resonant, raw tenor vocals and Appalachian Folk and Country style guitar over sparsely arranged around cinematic, haunting yet humorous lyrics are the formula for his  charmingly bleak 21st century frontier ballads. Influenced as much by Kurt Vonnegut and Ernest Hemmingway as he is by Townes Van Zandt, Hank Williams and George Jones, Lee's debut EP 'Through the Pines' is out now.
Live Mark has had the pleasure to share bills with the likes of Joshua Hedley, The Cactus Blossoms, Pat Reedy, Charlie Parr, Jack Grelle and the Corn Potato String Band and has performed shows in Morocco, Portugal and Germany as well all across the UK.

 

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

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

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

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

Friday 22 November

Tom Moore & Archie Moss
B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
9.00pm
Admission £3.00
Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information

Widely regarded as two of the best players, innovators and performers in traditional folk amongst a precociously gifted generation, their finely-crafted arrangements wield a rare potency. Now, having toured with with some of the biggest and brightest acts in the British folk scene, they reconvene to perform as duo.

Whilst intrinsically borrowing from English and other European Traditional Dance music, sonically Moore and Moss have their heads firmly in the present, understanding the values of contemporary music and art making.The distinct pulse, energy and group-intuition of trad-music haunts their playing as they continue to push the creative boundaries for English instrumental music, listening and responding to the world around them as much as their musical ancestors.


Saturday 23 November
Autumn Ceilidh with Spinach for Norman
Blackawton Village Hall, Vicarage Road, nr Totnes TQ9 7AY
Doors and bar 7.15pm. Music 8.00 - 11.00pm with a short interval.
Tickets £10.00 adult, £5.00 U16, from Blackawton Community Shop, telephone 01803 712159 (George Inn) or email.
Gozer Goodspeed & The Neon Gamblers
B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
9.00pm
Admission £3.00
Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
DO NOT MISS THIS GIG! After releasing 3 well-received acoustic EPs, getting radio play all over the world, and developing an ever-growing reputation for his uniquely energetic live shows, Gozer Goodspeed goes full electric and launches his debut album RUNNING WITH THE OUTLIERS at the B-Bar on November 23rd.
Not only that, but he’s bringing his incredible band The Neon Gamblers along for the ride too for a bone-rattling, joyous explosion of blues-drenched indie folk rock brilliance!
DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance Kantref - to include dance workshop and bring and share supper

St Matthew's Hall, Newtown, Exeter  EX1 2LJ. 
There is a large public car park across the road which is free after 6.00pm. Doors open at 7.15pm and we will start with some dance tuition at 7.30pm, followed by the first band at around 8.00pm.
Admission £9.00 which includes tea and biscuits.
No partner is needed for many of the dances and beginners are always welcome.
Regular events 4th Saturday

SONG - Shammick Acoustic Rag Mama Rag
Shammick Acoustic puts on a wide range of acoustic music, including blues when something worth booking comes along – and this duo is certainly that, so they’re back again! Formed in 1991, Rag Mama Rag have built up a reputation as one of Europe’s finest country blues acts, making use of an interesting and interesting array of instruments from Dobro and ukulele to washboard and harmonica to accompany classic vocal renditions. Touring non-stop, the duo of Ashley and Deborah Dow play at many major festivals throughout Europe and beyond, with their exceptionally full and hard-driving rhythmic sound which gets audiences’ feet tapping or even stomping! Their repertoire is ‘20s and ‘30s blues based, but encompassing Mississippi Delta, East Coast ragtime, and white country tunes, as well as their own original compositions. Presenting a huge range of material from slower melodies to fast-paced rocking blues, with superb finger-picking thrown in for good measure, this unassuming but multi-talented couple won’t leave anyone disappointed!

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

Sunday 24 November
The Little Unsaid 
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
8.00pm
Tickets £12.00 (£10.00) Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

Winners of the Steve Reid InNOVAtion Award for boundary-pushing new music creators, The Little Unsaid spent 2017 /2018 travelling the UK and Europe, leaving audiences emotionally rapt with a live show that’s been described as ‘a thumping depth of passion, recalling the intensity and melancholic overtones of Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen.’

Signed to Reveal Records (home of Lau, Eddi Reader, Kris Drever, Joan As Police Woman) the band issued a compilation ‘Selected Works’ to bring all the new listeners up to speed with their catalogue. The band have since been busy creating ‘Atomise’, their new studio album due for release in May. Led by Yorkshire-born songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John Elliott, The Little Unsaid have a rigorous work ethic and a genre-spanning approach to song-writing that embraces elements of electronica, folk, jazz and alt-rock. Their live shows are highly emotive unique experiences, a world class band not to be missed.

Lady Maisery
Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm
Tickets £14.00 advance, £15.00 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.

In an English folk scene currently bursting with bold and innovative music, Lady Maisery shines brightly.

With their unique approach to harmony singing, intelligent and thoughtful arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions, multi-instrumentalists and singers 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, Hazel, Hannah and Rowan are skilful explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of song. Over the last five years, the trio have enjoyed sell-out shows across the UK and Europe and released three albums to critical acclaim.

 

Regular events 4th Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor Mike Silver
7.45pm
Book by email
SONG/STORYTELLING - Tradewinds
Okey Folky - Singers, musicians, poets, step-dancers and audience members all welcome!
Monday 25 November
 
Regular events 4th Monday
Tuesday 26 November
 
Regular events 4th Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Ray Goodswen.
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
SONG - Shape Note Singing in Ipplepen
Wednesday 27 November
The Little Unsaid
Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Doors 7.00pm Start 7.30pm
Tickets Full price (Support the artists and arts) £13.00+ - Mid Price (A bit cheaper if you need it) £10.00+ - Low price (Even cheaper if you need it) £6.00 from WeGotTickets To reserve tickets, email Further information from Ashburton Arts FaceBook page or Ashburton Arts website
The Little Unsaid spent 2017 /2018 travelling the UK and Europe, leaving audiences emotionally rapt with a live show that’s been described as “a thumping depth of passion, recalling the intensity and melancholic overtones of Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen.”
Signed to Reveal Records (home of Eddi Reader) the band has since been busy creating 'Atomise', their new studio album released in May. Led by Yorkshire-born songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John Elliott, The Little Unsaid has a genre-spanning approach to song-writing that embraces elements of electronica, folk, jazz and alt-rock. Their live shows are highly emotive unique experiences, a world-class band not to be missed.
Regular events 4th Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club Tight Squeeze - Jane Thomas
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
SONG - Lympstone Folk, Roots and Acoustic
Thursday 28 November
Free Concert at the Crabshell - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Rd, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 1JZ
The Hut People
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
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
Taking the audience on a musical journey around the World, English instrumental duo The Hut People (Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond) have firmly established themselves as one of the best-loved and entertaining acts on the UK folk scene today. Mixing global rhythms with folk tunes from Quebec to Spain, Scandinavia to Sussex and everywhere in between, this is a quirky celebration of our rich musical heritage – and it works so well!  This is a show like nothing you’ve ever seen before – expect feel-good dancing tunes, audience participation, step dancing, Quebecois foot-percussion (whilst playing the accordion!) and humour aplenty.
Regular events 4th Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Ted Farmer - The More the Merrier
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
SONG - Teignmouth Folk Club
Friday 29 November
Holy Moly & The Crackers - The 'Take a Bite' UK Tour
The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ
8.00pm
Tickets £10.00 advance/£12.00 on the door For more information and tickets and accessible seats telephone 01404 384050 or go to website

With an amazing 2018 behind them, 2019 brings folk/rock Holy Moly & The Crackers back out onto the stage with a brand new album and an army of growing fans. Come along for the ride - the craziest party in town always has room for one more! Influenced by an eclectic range of music, HMATC play an exciting and visceral blend of rock, pop, folk, blues, Balkan, klezmer, ska and reggae. In the perfect collision of rowdy tunes, pumping danceability and compelling storytelling, this wrangling folk group present a medley of original songs and old time drinking tunes, both hilarious and thrilling, and sure to entertain!

 

World Unlimited - Sound of the Sirens + support Sadie Horler.
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm - Start 7.30pm
Tickets £14.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
Westcountry folk-rock duo Sound of the Sirens have recently released their brand new album – This Time.
Their debut album – For All Our Sins – was released in 2017 to wide praise including from R2 Magazine who called it a “stunning debut collection”. Thier new album continues to showcase an evident gift for crafting unique, vivid and enduring melodies with 15 catchy and heartfelt songs all written by Sound of the Sirens, aka Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood, whose voices harmonise beautifully throughout the album.

Their live shows combine a natural facility for connecting with their audiences and unforgettable performances with warmth, humour and, above all, real conviction.

 

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 Hut People
The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ
7.30pm
Tickets £12.00+ - Box office 01752 892220. For more information go to website

“The only band to have been asked back 8 times consecutively – because they’re so good!” Swaledale Festival

Taking the audience on a musical journey around the World, English instrumental due The Hut People (Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond) have firmly established themselves as one of the best loved and entertaining acts on the UK folk scene today.

Mixing global rhythms with folk tunes from Quebec to Spain, Scandinavia to Sussex and everywhere in between, this is a quirky celebration of our rich musical heritage – and it works so well!

This is a show like nothing you’ve ever seen before – expect fee-good dancing tunes, audience participation, step dancing, Quebecois foot-percussion (whilst playing the accordion!) and humour aplenty.

Saturday 30 November
Lost Sound Chorus
Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm
Tickets £8.00 advance, £9.00 door. £1.00 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £8.00 under 18s. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500.

Described as ‘a compelling and powerful folk choir’ at Sidmouth Folk Festival, The Lost Sound Chorus is building a strong reputation for exciting songs and performances in Devon – and now Cornwall! They’ve supported Show Of Hands at this year’s St Ives Festival and are lined up for more dates with them in 2020.

This 35 strong choir chooses songs from the unaccompanied singing traditions, finding beautifully crafted arrangements of traditional songs, as well as original works from inspiring new composers. From majestic Medieval through a spectacular choral Blues to tender Scottish lilts and Georgian calling songs, it is an arresting and hearty winter programme.

Sheelanagig
The Barrel House, 59a High Street, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5PB
8.00pm
Tickets £14.00 advance - £16.00 on the door.Booking office 01803 863000 - more information and tickets on website
Delivering intricate, rhythmically complex arrangements of original and traditional works in a Balkan style, the band who formed in early 2005 had an instant chemistry, gained a considerable following and quickly earned a reputation for their exhilarating and intense live performances. This group of incredible players force you to dance your socks off and have a great time.

London Klezmer Quartet
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
8.00pm
£12.00

Join the London Klezmer Quartet for a soulful toe tapping evening of traditional Jewish wedding music and dance. Virtuosity, exciting original tunes and soulful playing. What’s not to like?” Songlines Magazine
Delve into the wonderful world of klezmer with members of the London Klezmer Quartet. Ilana Cravitz (violin), Susi Evans (clarinet and accordion), Josh Middleton (piano accordion) and Indra Buraczewska (double bass & vocals) will take you deep into freylekhs, bulgars, zhoks, khosidls and terkishers. This gig is part of Klezwest a weekend of Klezmer music at Halsway Manor.

The London Klezmer Quartet is a dynamic group of performers whose deep understanding of klezmer, the celebratory and soulful music of Eastern European Jews, is reflected in exuberant, passionate and accomplished performances that captivate audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
The group plays old and new traditional material guaranteed to move audiences from toe-tapping to tears and back again in moments.
For more information and tickets go to website

Exeter Ceilidhs - Flash Company
The Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7UE.
8.00pm - 11.0pm
£8.00 (under 16 - £4.00 under 10 free)
Teas, coffees & biscuits are provided (small donation requested), but there is no bar. You may bring your own alcohol if you wish. For more information email or telephone Jeremy 07969 297 633