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Page last updated on 16-08-2019
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Tuesday 1 October

World Unlimited - Damien O’Kane & Ron Block
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm - Start 7.30pm
Tickets £16.50+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
These incredible musicians will amaze audience members with their finger lickin’ pickin’ and they are mighty fine gentlemen to go along with it. Having collaborated and shared the stage in the past with none other than Kate Rusby, they are gearing up for a special tour together.

 

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 1st Tuesday
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
DANCE - Fraddon Folk Dance Club (Cornwall)
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - open night
Wednesday 2 October
 
Regular events 1st Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Pair of Shears - Ted Farmer
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club Stringaccord - Robert Blackborow - Bicknoller Village Hall 
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 3 October
Guitar Concert with Kevin Dempsey, Tristan Seume, Charlotte Carrivick
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
8.00pm
£10.00 adults - £4.00 concesions
Informal concert by our guitar workshop week tutors, Kevin Dempsey, Tristan Seume and Charlotte Carrivick. Course participants are also invited to perform.
For more information and tickets go to website
Friday 4 October
Lindisfarne
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
8.00pm
Tickets Full £30.00 - Supporter £25.00  
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

LINDISFARNE  emerged from Tyneside in the 1970s and quickly carved out a unique place for themselves as one of British rock’s most original bands. Their pioneering sound, combining acoustic instruments like mandolin and fiddle with their electric blues roots, proved the perfect medium to deliver the catchy, memorable songs provided by the band’s resident writers Alan Hull and Rod Clements. Their first hit, the Clements-penned Meet Me On The Corner, paved the way for their classic Fog On The Tyne to become the UK’s top-selling album of 1972.

LINDISFARNE’s unforgettable songs, powerful live performances and unpretentious style led to worldwide success and an enviable reputation as festival favourites, and the annual Christmas concerts they presented in their native Newcastle became the stuff of legend.

The original band finally called it a day in 2003, but now LINDISFARNE are back with a classic five-piece line up of long-time members fronted by original founder-member Rod Clements (vocals, mandolin, fiddle, slide guitar) and Alan Hull’s son-in-law Dave Hull-Denholm (vocals, guitars). With a repertoire of much-loved songs like Meet Me On The CornerFog On The TyneLady Eleanor and Run For Home and a reputation for live performance second to none, LINDISFARNE’s power to galvanise festival and concert audiences remains undimmed and is guaranteed to get the crowd on its feet and singing along.

 

Paul Lamb and Chad Strentz
Otterton Mill, Otterton, nr Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 7HG
Tickets £15.00 (price covers the music only).
Pre-booking required. Food served 6.00pm to 7.30pm, music starts at 8.00pm. To book, telephone 01395 568521 - website
Saturday 5 October
CEILIDH: with Matt Norman, Ed Rennie, Jenny Read, Steph West.
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
8.00pm
£5.00
A fun and informal ceilidh – all members of the public, whether experience folk dancers or not, are welcome to join participants in the Halsway Folk Taster Weekend for this informal dance event.
For more information and tickets go to website
Teign Playford Club Gwyn George and Jean Foster
Kingsteignton Community Hall, Rydon Rd, Kingsteignton TQ12 3LP
2.30pm to 5.30pm
Bridport Ceilidhs featuring Chris Jewell with Ted Farmer calling 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 6 October
 
Regular events 1st Sunday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club Leveret
Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HF
8.00pm
£14.00 advance/£16.00 door
Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England’s finest folk musicians. Andy Cutting (button accordion),
Sam Sweeney (fiddle) and Rob Harbron (concertina) are each regarded as exceptional performers and masters of their instruments. Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and
captivating spontaneity.
SONG -Folk on the Moor
7.45pm
Book by email
Monday 7 October
 
Tuesday 8 October
 
Wednesday 9 October
 
Regular events 2nd Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club Jason Rice and Rob Murch of Dartmoor Pixie Band - Simon Maplesden
Thursday 10 October
Fairport Convention
The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ
8.00pm
Tickets £25.00+ Full price - £24.00+ Age 60+, Student/Under 21 £24.00+ Box office 01752 892220. For more information and tickets go to website

Fairport Convention has been making great music for over fifty years. Credited with originating British folk-rock music, the band has been through many changes but the current members retain a passion for live performance. This year’s Autumn Tour will feature a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and new material. 

Fairport Convention has attracted critical acclaim: the band has won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award; Radio 2 listeners voted Fairport’s ground-breaking album Liege & Lief 'The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time'; and their story has been celebrated with a major documentary on BBC Four television. Fairport Convention features Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion. Whether you are a long-time fan or a newcomer to their music, an evening with Fairport Convention is sure to surprise and delight you.

“Impressive musicians with a great back catalogue... (they) take chances and clearly enjoy themselves.” The Guardian
“Vigorous and confident...the music leapt around the room.” The Mirror

Regular events 2nd Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Rob Zikking with own music
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
MUSIC - Brixham Blues - BBT2 Free admission, floor spots welcome.
SONG - Bideford Folk Song Club Bruce Watson
The Joiners Arms, Market Place, Bideford, EX30 2DR
8.00pm
Friday 11 October
The Rheingans Sisters
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.

BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners The Rheingans Sisters make playful, powerful and richly connecting music that is wholly contemporary while deeply anchored in folk traditions.

Their spirited mission to make connections between music from varied geographical roots has led to a rich artistic approach to the reimagining of traditional music, alongside their own beguiling compositions. Audiences have been captivated by their live performances; as full-hearted performers and on-stage improvisers via the adventurous use of fiddles, voices, banjo, bansitar, tambourin à cordes, poetry and percussion.

 

SONG - Exeter Folk and Acoustic Music Club
Jackie Oates - Support to be confirmed -
Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX
8.00pm.
Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) - Paid in advance - £12.00; Advanced notice without pre-payment - £14.00 (paid on the door). Information/ticket enquiries email - telephone 01392 210983 - visit website - go to FaceBook page.
Saturday 12 October

Ceilidh with The Dartmoor Pixie Band
Pollyfield Centre, 2 Avon Road, Bideford, EX39 4BL
7.30pm.
Enquiries John Blackburn telephone 01237 476632.

South West Shape Note - Mulberry House All Day Singing Cullompton Baptist Church
Gothic Dartmoor - Wren Music
Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter, EX2 4AZ -
7.30pm
Ticket Price: £12.00 - Box Office - Telephone 01392 2771808//665885 or WeGotTickets - Visit website - email
The Gothic Dartmoor concert explores a rich vein of myth and legend through the tales of Dartmoor.  The songs are selected from the folk song collection made at the end of the C19th by Squire and Parson Revd. Sabine Baring-Gould, and inspired by his other writings, including The Book of Dartmoor and The Book of Were-Wolves.
Wren Music has put together an impressive company to bring you ‘Gothic Dartmoor’ – Marilyn Tucker: Singer and storyteller, Paul Wilson: Multi-instrumentalist and singer, Jon Dyer: Experienced performer and a fabulous flautist and Hannah Cumming: Fiddle player and singer, plus a specially formed Gothic Dartmoor Choir.
Regular events 2nd Saturday
SONG - Open night Shammick Acoustic
Sunday 13 October

World Unlimited - Rachel Sermanni
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm - Start 7.30pm
Tickets £15.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
Rachel Sermanni is a dynamic (in many senses of the word) singer and songwriter whose performance and lyrics draw from a deep well of mystic lore, dreams, nature and the simplecomplex experience of being human. A contemporary folk musician, influenced by a wealth of genres including jazz, rock, old-time and traditional.

Since 2011, Rachel Sermanni has toured the globe, played alongside artists such as Mumford & Sons, Fink, Ron Sexsmith, John Grant, The Staves, Karine Polwart, The Maes and many many more.

In the studio she has worked with producers Ian Grimble (Travis, Texas, Manic Street Preachers…), Alex Newport (Bloc Party, Death Cab for Cutie, City & Colour) Axel Reinemer (Jazzanova), Paul Savage (The Delgados, Admiral Fallow, Mogwai, The Twilight Sad) and Colin Macleod.

After the release of two studio albums, a live album, a plethora of precious EP’s, a near decade of touring, followed by a year of learning what it is to be a mother, Rachel Sermanni is returning with a new record – Her third studio album: ‘So It Turns.’ (released Aug 2019), recorded in Berlin, three years ago, and inspired by her time studying & volunteering at a Buddhist monastery.

 

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 Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor Luke Jackson
Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE
7.45pm
Book by email
Monday 14 October
 
Tuesday 15 October
 
Regular events 3rd Tuesday
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club
The Castle Hotel, Bradninch EX5 1NN.

Go to Bradninch Folk Club’s Facebook group page.

Wednesday 16 October

Regular events 3rd Wednesday
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club Pair of Shears - Ray Goodswen - Bicknoller Village Hall
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club Bridgwater Band - Mary Blackborow
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 17 October

Friday 18 October
Melodeon Concert: Anne Niepold & Riccardo Tesi
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
8.00pm
£10.00 adults - £4.00 concesions
We are delighted to to share an evening with two of Europe’s greatest exponents of the diatonic button accordion.
For more information and tickets go to website
Al Stewart
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
8.00pm
Tickets £26.50 - Standing - £36.50 balcony - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

The highly awaited return of the legendary singer/songwriter performing all the classic material and rarities backed by ace Chicago outfit The Empty Pockets.

Al was born in 1945 in Glasgow. He started his musical career playing guitar in various bands but after hearing Bob Dylan, decided his path should be that of a lyricist. His first of a long list of hugely successful albums; ‘Bedsitter Images’, was released in 1967. The famous ‘Year of the Cat’ was released in 1976 and became his first platinum album in the USA. While he has not released a new album since 2008’s ‘Sparks Of Ancient Light’, he continues to tour and please his loyal fan base.

Regular events 3rd Friday
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Plus level
South West Shape Note - Mulberry House Third Friday Singing Cullompton
Saturday 19 October
CEILDH: Merry Neet with Taffy Thomas & Friends.
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
8.00pm
£10.00 adults - £4.00 concesions
Join us for our annual Merry Neet ceilidh and story rounds. This is part of our Tales in Trust Weekend the theme for which is ‘The Nature of Stories’ celebrating the place of story in the natural world. Performances that explore the way flora and fauna fulfil an important function in our folk tales.
For more information and tickets go to website
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Jane Thomas and English Contra Dance 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
Autumn Ceilidh - The Mooncoin Ceilidh Band
South Brent Village Hall
  • 7.30pm (Doors open 7.00pm).
    Tickets £8.00. On the door or artworks. For more information telephone Eileen01364 73699 or email or visit website.
    Dance into the longer nights with Anne Gill (caller); Steve Gill (melodeons); Sophis Colkin (fiddle); Nick Scott (Uillean pipes/Bodhran), Andy Clarke (guitar/bouzouki) - all welcome:
    Reel Ale bar and nibbles available.  

One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area, including the annual South Brent Folk Day and the Annual ‘Twixt’ Ceilidh on Friday 27 December 2019.
Sunday 20 October
 
Regular events 3rd Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor

Book by email
Monday 21 October
 
Tuesday 22 October

Willy Porter
The Bridge Inn, Bridge Hill, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ
Doors 7.30pm. Performance 8.00pm.
Tickets £14.00 from WeGotTickets
For more information telephone Twigg’s Gigs on 07508 169 049 or go to website
Willy Porter has been turning first time listeners into die hard fans for more than two decades. Willy blurs the line between indie-folk and rock with his searing signature finger-picking guitar sound, absorbing lyrics, and playful, high-energy live performance style. He has shared world stages with music icons Jeff Beck, Tori Amos, and Paul Simon, carving out a successful solo career as an artist who makes music that resonates long after the last guitar chord fades.

 

Regular events 4th Tuesday
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
STORY TELLING - Stone Soup - Stone Soup continues its Twisted Tales series for adults.
SONG - Shape Note Singing in Ipplepen
Wednesday 23 October
 
Thursday 24 October
The Eskies
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
7.00pm
Tickets £12.00 - Standing - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

Hailing from Dublin, The Eskies bring their unique brand of folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty and swaggering stage spectacle to ballrooms and booze houses far and wide. The release of their second album ‘And Don’t Spare The Horses‘ on Absolute Record has cemented their position of one of the best emerging artists from Ireland.

Last year saw them play over 40 festivals in 5 countries, tour Ireland, UK, Netherlands and Switzerland as well as being invited to the influential new music festival Eurosonic Festival. Other notable festival performances included Glastonbury Main Stage Avalon, Main Stage Cambridge and Bestival. They have just finished a tour of Australia which took them to Port Fairy Festival who invited them half way around the planet before they had released a single song!

 

Friday 25 October
Mad Dog Mcrea Support to be confirmed
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
Doors 7.30pm Support 8.00pm Mad Dog Mcrea 9.00pm
All tickets £18.00  Standing Gig with Bookable Seats on the Balcony
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. In constant demand and having played just about every festival and two-bit, jibe-arsed dive in Christendom, Mad Dog Mcrea are, in every sense of the word, a live, band.

Matched with the unshakable dedication of their massive and “loyal-to-the-hilt”, fan base – Mad Dog Mcrea are more than just a very popular, festival act – with five albums under their belts, they are serious and acclaimed recording artists too. During 2019 Mad Dog Mcrea will be in the studio recording a new album.

The famous purple happy bus is fired up and ready for action, and there’s room for you – jump aboard!

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.
For more details please telephone 07834 194215 or email
Saturday 26 October
Duo Branschke/Armstrong
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
8.00pm
£10.00 adults - £4.00 concesions
Callum Armstrong and Matthias Branschke are two of Europe’s most innovative and accomplished bagpipers. We are delighted to have them at to Halsway to lead an intensive bagpipe ensemble course – but they are also squeezing in this duo gig!
For more information and tickets go to website
Exeter Ceilidhs - Spinach for Norman
The Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7UE.
8.00pm - 11.0pm
£8.00 (under 16 - £4.00 under 10 free)
Teas, coffees & biscuits are provided (small donation requested), but there is no bar. You may bring your own alcohol if you wish. For more information email or telephone Jeremy 0796929763
DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance Andro Sisters

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 Bob and Gill Berry
It’s hard to believe that it’s well over six years since Bob & Gill Berry last gave a concert at Shammick Acoustic – and it’s been far too long! The duo have a long history within the folk movement, having run Chippenham Folk Festival for many years, sometimes to the detriment of their ability to take their own music around the country. They’re now beginning to hand that job over to others, which means that many clubs and festivals will have the chance to hear more of them. They also regularly run events at Sidmouth and Towersey Festivals. They were honoured by the English Folk Dance and Song Society for their significant contributions to the development and continuity of traditional English folk music, song and dance. But aside from all that, their strong voices with harmonies and some accompaniment on guitar, mandolin or bouzouki, are more than impressive! Last year saw the release of their latest album, ‘Echoes of Alfred’ with songs from the Alfred Williams collection from Wiltshire and the surrounding counties. Nothing fancy – just good, honest presentation of good, honest songs. Can’t wait to welcome them back!

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 27 October

World Unlimited - Marry Waterson & Emily Barker
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm - Start 7.30pm
Tickets £16.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
What happens when two critically acclaimed folk and roots artists collaborate on songwriting for the first time and then employ the eclectic production skills of Adem and the multi-instrumentalist skills of Lukas Drinkwater to record a full album of original songs? After a fortuitous meeting on a songwriting retreat at the invitation of Kathryn Williams, the pair reconvened to continue their writing partnership, creating a set of songs on new album A Window to Other Ways that are a fly-on-the-wall observation of the contradictions and disconnections of modern life.

 

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

Grace Petrie
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
7.30pm
All tickets £13.50 
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Grace Petrie’s unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered, have won over an army of loyal fans across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes.  She’s toured with Billy Bragg and Frank Turner, supported comedians Robin Ince and Josie Long, and collaborated with Leon Rosselson and Peggy Seeger.  She has been a frequent guest on BBC Radio 4’s the Now Show and has appeared on Channel 4’s Random Acts.

Her new album ‘Queer As Folk’ was released Sept ’18.

Regular events 4th Sunday
SONG/STORYTELLING - Tradewinds
Okey Folky - Singers, musicians, poets, step-dancers and audience members all welcome!
Monday 28 October
Grace Petrie
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
8.00pm
Tickets £13.00 (£11.00) - Seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website
Protest singer Grace Petrie’s unique takes on life, love and politics, delivered with the warmth and wit which have won over an army of loyal fans across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes.
Tuesday 29 October
 
Wednesday 30 October
Show of Hands
The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ
7.30pm

Adult £26.50, Under 21 £13.30 (seated) (includes an admin fee of 30p)
For more information and tickets and accessible seats telephone 01404 384050 or go to website
Show of Hands fans rejoice as Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, two undisputed kings of the folk, roots and acoustic scene reunite with long-term collaborator Miranda Sykes for a brand-new album and tour. And there’s more, because the trio is expanding to include master percussionist Cormac Byrne who returns with his infectious rhythms by popular demand. There are no support acts on this tour, and instead during the opening set each musician will introduce themselves and play in six unique duo combinations where literally anything could happen! This will be an evening spent immersed in the talents of some of the most accomplished musicians of their time, and is not to be missed. Steve says, “With the heartbeat and harmonies that Cormac and Miranda add, we are at last creating a sound we’ve dreamed of making for twenty-five years!”. The album and tour promise infectious new songs and a sound with more depth and intensity than ever before.

Thursday 31 October
 
Regular events 5th Thursday
DANCE - Tavistock Folk Dance Club - caller TBA
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)