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Sunday 1 October
Steve Poltz - A Gallery Gig - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 7.30pm - Full £102.00 - Concession £9.00 - Supporter £8.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Only two years after suffering a stroke and going blind on stage, troubadour Steve Poltz is back doing what he loves - making fans laugh, cry and feel pure emotion. An improvisational storyteller, the Nashville-based Poltz often spins the true tale of a Mexican drug bust with his girlfriend Jewel which led to writing "You Were Meant for Me”, the sixth longest running song on Billboard’s Hot 100.

He is a Halifax-born, California-raised dual citizen (but if a hostage situation breaks out he’s conveniently Canadian). A spectrum of cultural and emotional tensions have arisen from that displacement, and he's found his sanctuary in the creative energy of live performance. A musical legend in his hometown of San Diego as its “Most Influential Artist of the Decade”, Steve reached renown as the daring, unpredictable lead singer of the raucous 80’s rock band, The Rugburns. The surprise sleeper hit of any festival or unsuspecting audience, the former punk rocker has been known to hurl himself off stage for a spontaneous crowdsurf and then continue his uninhibited performance. The rock’n’roll passion artfully contradicts the tenderness of Steve’s masterful instrumental or folk-influenced songs.

Over the course of his life Steve met Elvis Presley, trick-or-treated at Liberace’s house, was Bob Hope’s favorite altar boy (according to Steve), bravely traveled the world busking before he knew how to do it, infamously accosted David Cassidy and can count some of the world’s coolest people as cultish fans (including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak).

He creates songs and stories on the spot – no set list, no script - to be free to react instantly to the mood of an audience. Poltz shows are like snowflakes: no two are the same. Audiences leave his show blissfully confused and wanting more, put through the ringer of heartfelt emotion and the highest joy. Friends forever.

 

World Unlimited -Luke Daniels 'Revolve & Rotate' - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £10.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email

Described by Songlines as “a future classic” and by Acoustic Magazine as “an enchanting delight” ★★★★ award-winning singer and composer brings his solo show which uses an original 19thcentury Polyphon machine as part of the performance. Live, clockwork and sampled sound beautifully crafted into modern morality tales and intriguing instrumental music. Luke’s work as a member of the Cara Dillon Band or Riverdance Orchestra sets his pedigree at the very highest level and promises a night of outstanding acoustic songs and music

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

Fire Exit featuring Martin Nichols - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
If you enjoy some chilled, traditional jazz you are going to love this afternoon’s session. Talented Music stalwarts Bob King, Charlie Hernshaw, Paul Barnham and guest Martin Nichols will be performing a selection of beautiful, chilled jazz standards.

Music Performance Weekend Workshop - With Mahrey and Phil Berthoud
Regular events 1st Sunday

SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club  - Free feature spot: The Georgia Lewis Trio - Georgia Lewis is a Wiltshire based singer and accordionist who embodies a glorious cocktail of folk influences. She has been hailed as the best voice to emerge from the English folk scene in recent years.

 

SONG -Folk on the Moor - Real Time - 4-piece band based in the Scottish borders and comprising Kenny Speirs on guitar and vocals, Tom Roseburgh on keyboards (both ex-John Wright Band), Elidh Grant on vocals and bodhran and Danny Hart on fiddle, Their repertoire includes many songs and tunes from both sides of the border but also contemporary and self-penned material. Book by email
Monday 2 October
 
Tuesday 3 October
 
Regular events 1st Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Jeremy Child
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
DANCE - Fraddon Folk Dance Club (Cornwall)
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - open night
Wednesday 4 October
 
Regular events 1st Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club in Honiton - Club Callers - Eileen and Graham Barret  
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club - Bicknoller VH - Eileen Nightingale - Stringaccord
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 5 October
Bicton Folk Session - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 8.30pm. Go to Bicton Inn website

An evening of impromptu acoustic music performed by some of East Devon’s amazing folk musicians. The session usually includes lots of jolly jigs, polkas, waltzes, reels and airs performed on a variety of acoustic instruments. If you sing or play come along and join in.

Budapest Cafe Orchestra - Cheriton Bishop Village Hall, Yeoford Road, Cheriton Bishop EX6 6JA- 7.30pm - Adults £9.00 children £4.50. Book early to be sure of a seat - telephone 01647 24789.
For entertainment and superlative musicianship, you can't beat this foursome playing a range of East European folk-based music from Gypsy jazz, Klezmer, 'Moldavian melodies, Jewish laments, Russian songs and Hungarian dances, with a bit of Grieg and Rachmaninov thrown in for good measure'. 'Exciting inspiring and uplifting', 'thrillingly inventive', 'magnificent'. Bar and refreshments.

Friday 6 October
The Trees - 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
Together, four incredibly talented women (Becca Langsford, Alex Hart, Elani Evangelou, Martha Nash) have come together to share their influences and experience to create a collective of musicians and form one of the only current all female bands in Plymouth. The Trees introduce a new meaning to the term “girl band”, fusing intense vocal polyphony with rootsy strings, beats and buckets of passion. Be sure not to miss out on this new folk/soul/roots project!
Jim Causley - Harbertonford Village Hall, Woodcourt Road. Harbertonford, TQ9 7TR. 8.00pm - Tickets £6.50 - under 11's £1.50. Please email or telephone 07759513036 for more information.
Following a visit to Harbertonford Primary School, Jim is performing an early evening concert of material from his new album 'I am the Song' - delightful musical settings of Charles Causley's poems for children. This family concert is part of a national tour to celebrate Charles Causley’s Centenary. A skilled entertainer, Jim is well-known for his natural gift for interpreting traditional song, his deep, rich voice which belies his years and his relaxed and playful stage presence. He is a widely acclaimed singer and performer; five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee, he was featured in The Telegraph top ten folk albums and called ‘The finest male folk singer of his generation’ by Mojo Magazine.

Sheelanagig - support Jemima & Jonathon Farey - The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ - 8.00pm - Tickets £12.50 advance/£15.00 on the door (standing with some seating). For more information telephone 01404 384050 or go to website
Sheelanagig deliver intricate, rhythmically complex arrangements of original and traditional works in a Balkan style. Formed in early 2005 the band 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.
Sheelanagig have played just about every imaginable venue on their hectic touring schedule; clubs, pubs, art centres, small theatres, European street festivals as well as tearing up the UK festival scene with profile slots at Glastonbury, Green Man and Beautiful Days (to name a few). Sheelanagig’s live shows have grown to incorporate aspects of street theatre, elements of storytelling and even acrobatics. In short, expect mayhem, a lot of laughs and some great music.
"A completely top night out" - Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2 - "The musicianship is tight and intense" - Songlines - "High octane stuff - Would liven any party and keep the floor full" - fRoots

 

Edgelarks Launch Tour -  With very special guest The Little Unsaid. Dartington Hall, Totnes TQ9 6DE -  8.00pm - Tickets £14.00
New album - and new band name.  Edgelarks fly in on the tailwind of BBC award winning duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. The pair's new project takes the roots of their previous work, from the traditional musics of the British Isles to Indian classical slide guitar to the stomping roots party of Phil's beatbox harmonica; adds a strong stem of original writing; and runs wilder with each repeat play. For more information and tickets go to website - telephone box office 01803 847070 or email
Saturday 7 October
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU. Go to Bicton Inn website

Music on Saturday - Chill to the sound of an acoustic artist - 5.00pm
Laurie Ward and Friends - 9.00pm
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, and various festivals including the Glastonbury Festival with his band Barefoot Bandit. Today Laurie together with friends will be performing an eclectic mix of music from reggae to folk, raunchy rock to gentle ballads and of course some of Laurie’s own brilliant songs.

The Whitehouse Sessions: Jess Morgan & Dan Whitehouse Upstairs at Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL - Doors 8.00pm Tickets £10.00 telephone 07832 200980 or email also available from WeGotTickets. For more information go to website.
Two of the UK’s most talked about emerging songwriters touring together, featuring sets from both artists as well as collaboration. Theirs is a striking musical partnership that started when the pair wrote and recorded songs for Dan Whitehouse’s Reveal Records debut‘ That’s Where I Belong (2016). In the same year Jess Morgan released her gorgeous new album‘ Edison Gloriette’ to widespread acclaim. These shows are a chance to hear fresh new songs along with favourites from both artists’ catalogues and promises to be something really special. 

 

Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 8.00pm - Full £10.00 - Concession £9.00 - Supporter £8.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll are highly respected musicians, composers and workrkshop leaders from North Devon. They first collaborated as a fiddle duo on a busking trip around Spain and Portugal. Since then, they have made a strong impact on the British folk scene and received national and international acclaim. Their passion for English traditional music and the violin has led to the development of their unique style. Becki's melodic, emotive violin and viola blend with Nick's driving fiddle chords and powerful vocals to create a rich, captivating sound.

 

Bridport Ceilidhs featuring Fresh Air with Eileen Nightingale calling at Church House (St Mary's) Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW - 7.30 - 11.00pm dance.
Soft drinks provided; bring a bottle, bring finger food snacks to share, bring a friend “ bring two! “ and make a party of it!   Tickets in advance from Bridport Music Shop, South Street and Lime Tree Deli, West Street, or telephone organiser Monty 01308 423442 or email.
See website for more information
Sunday 8 October
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.

World Unlimited - Sheelanagig - 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
Sheelanagig have become something of a West Country institution for the past decade. A quintet with a well stocked armoury of stringed instruments, guitar, fiddle, double bass and a bagful of joint jumping tunes, these boys sure know how to get a party started. Putting both groove and stomp into a selection of traditional and original European folk music dating from the medieval times to present day, it’s difficult nay, impossible for your limbs to remain stationary when you’re within earshot of them in full flight. The fact that they’ve often play with a knowing wink shouldn’t obscure their impeccable technique, virtuoso standard ability that raises the roof in every place they play. Expect fun, a lot of laughs and some great music. ‘A completely top night out.’ Mike Harding;‘The musicianship is tight and intense’ Songlines.

 

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

Ralph McTell - Exeter Corn Exchange - Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW - 7.30pm - Doors open 6.45pm - £27.00 - Box office telephone 01392 665938 - For more information go to website

Best known for his international hit, Streets of London, Ralph McTell has been a stalwart of the British acoustic music scene for over 50 years. A career that has spanned street busking across Europe, to solo shows at the Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall and The Sydney Opera House, McTell has a fifty year, 350 song career. Known for his virtuoso guitar style, he is primarily a prolific and gifted songwriter. With a style that invites you into a unique world, he weaves a narrative that is both significant and poignant. Ralph made his debut in 1968 with the album ‘Eight Frames a Second’ and in 1974 the release of ‘Streets of London’ earned him an Ivor Novello Award. In 2002 he was presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Regular events 2nd Sunday
Monday 9 October

Alden, Patterson & Dashwood - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ
Norwich based folk/Americana trio weave rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin around beautifully written original songs and melodies. The independently-released debut album ‘Call Me Home’ was written and produced at home in Norwich and is lovingly presented in attractive handmade covers, designed and hand-printed by the band. Their music takes influence from folk traditions from both sides of the Atlantic with uplifting instrumentals and self-penned songs depicting tales of young travellers, sleepy seas and their affection for home.  For more infotmation telephone Bridge Inn 01392 873862.

 

Tuesday 10 October
 
Regular events 2nd Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Mark Moran
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
Wednesday 11 October
 
Regular events 2nd Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Aileen Wills - Friendly Folk
Thursday 12 October
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 this relaxed atmosphere. The 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.

Widecombe Sailing Club presents Fake Thackray at the Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor, TQ13 7TA - Dinner and gig. Please contact Daf Edwards email telephone 07957 280129 - visit website

Tickets £24.00 including sumptuous dinner or £12.00 gig only. Doors open 6.30 for diners. J
ohn Watterson has performed the songs of Jake Thackray at festivals, concerts, clubs, after dinner venues and most specially to members of Jake’s family. Jake’s songs are exquisitely funny, satirical, incisive, irreverent, witty and gloriously un-PC – and sometimes all of these at the same time. Jake was a one off, his poetry broke the rules yet worked beautifully. He was a true craftsman of the English language, and his legacy of scores of songs continues to delight audiences of all ages today.

Carrivick Sisters - Otterton Mill, Otterton, nr Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 7HG - 8.00pm Tickets £15.00 (price covers the music only) Visit website
A long-awaited return from one of the country’s top young bluegrass/folk duos who enjoy a loyal following throughout the UK, Canada and Europe.  Twins Laura and Charlotte hail from South Devon, and much of their original material is inspired by the rich folk lore, history and surroundings of their home county and it’s these English influences that give their music a unique sound.  Their tight sibling vocal harmonies and multi-instrumental virtuosity on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro and clawhammer banjo create music that is lush, elegant, graceful and utterly engaging.

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
DANCE - Tavistock Folk Dance Club - caller TBA
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Simon Mapelsden & Quantock Quarenders
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 - Totnes Folk Song Club - We have local (Plymouth) boys Windjammer to finish the last half hour of the evening with great lively playing and harmony singing. £2.00 non performers £1.00 performers.
Friday 13 October

The Moulton Brothers - The Golden Lion, 65 New Road, Brixham, TQ5 8NL - 8.15pm
Mac playing the violin and occasionally Banjo, Neil on Violin and Bruce on the Irish Bodhran, will be playing lots of Irish and Scottish Folk Music. The emphasis is on fun with lots of songs and banter from these three Devon born brothers.

Boo Hewerdine and Brooks Williams – State of the Union - 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. Tickets also available from Limekiln Gallery, Calstock. Opening times 11.00am to 5.00pm Tuesday to Saturday.

Combining the mercurial talents of English songwriting legend Boo Hewerdine and acclaimed American Blues guitarist and songwriter Brooks Williams, State of the Union create a magical, stripped back and enthralling musical atmosphere, their performances consistently brilliant, equal parts emotive and entertaining. Their original songs are infused by a multitude of influences, from Willie Nelson to Johnny Cash, from the wide open Fenlands to the frenetic buzz of the city. Their recordings are made quickly, in most instances first take, live in the studio, but the sound this amazing acoustic duo capture is rich and expertly executed.

Boo is known from his years fronting much loved English band The Bible but has since enjoyed a solo career spanning over two decades. He’s written for Eddi Reader, Chris Difford, Kris Drever and KD Lang.

Brooks Williams started out in the clubs and bars of Boston USA (the same music scene that years earlier sparked the careers of Bonnie Raitt and Chris Smither) and from there he has toured in ever-widening circles for nearly three decades. Over the years he has picked alongside Taj Mahal, John Hammond, Paul Jones, Little Feat, Maria Muldaur, Shawn Colvin and Leo Kottke, to name but a few.

Ferocious Dog - support Black Water County - The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ - 8.00pm - Tickets £15.00 advance/£17.00 on the door (standing). For more information and tickets telephone 01404 384050 or go to website
"Without doubt Ferocious Dog are one of the best bands on the UK folk punk circuit as they brought Rock City to life with their stomping, energetic sound. Not only are they one of the most hardworking bands around, but as their fans will testify, they are also one of the most approachable" Nottingham Post. Kevin Cooper
Ferocious Dog offer a full-on six-piece sound that encompasses folk infused with rock, reggae and Celtic vibrations. The combination of instruments creates a palette of sound that offers infinite variations: going in hard to get the audience up and moving, or slipping into melodic passages and dub-like fusions. The songs are deeply personal and their fans can really identify with the words.
Dan Booth, on fiddle, and John Leonard, playing just about everything with strings, bring a huge amount of intricacy to the breakneck pace of their songs. Les Carter (ex Carter USM) on guitar and the rhythm section of Alex Smith and John Alexander hold things together brilliantly, and with Ken Bonsall’s lyrics and sheer likability, you have a whole greater than the sum of its parts. Ferocious Dog are well known and popular for their high octane live performances.

Black Water County
Smashing their way into the UK folk punk scene since 2013, Black Water County bring an energetic live show of stout quaffing, banjo breaking and tin whistle mangling original music, along with trads and shanties that have been given a good kick up the arse and a slap around the face.

 

Churchfitters - The Village Hall, Luppitt, Honiton, EX14 4RT - Doors open at 7:00pm for an 8:00pm start - Bar coffee, tea and snacks also available.  Contact for tickets: Steve Berry (Treasurer), Telephone 01404 891268 or 07796 021639
The Churchfitters is a folk band like no other. A bass guitar made out of a frying pan. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock bouzouki. And traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising jazz sax.
The three virtuoso musicians from England and France strut their stuff on a stage that bristles with instruments - adding flute, banjo, dulcimer, tin whistle, guitar, ukulele, stand up dustbin bass and a sackful of percussion to their ensemble. And let’s not forget the unique ‘bing-bong’ machine made out of hack-saw blades.
Throw in some exquisite harmonies, a slew of startlingly original songs and a few jokes that create instant rapport and you’ve got a high energy show that always leaves audiences cheering. How do you adequately describe such a musically diverse, uplifting band? You leave it to Mike Harding, a self-confessed ‘huge, huge fan’. He calls them 'totally brilliant and beautiful'.
State of the Union  - 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 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £8.00 under 18s. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500
Combining the mercurial talents of English songwriting legend Boo Hewerdine and acclaimed American Blues guitarist and songwriter Brooks Williams, State of the Union create a magical, stripped back and enthralling musical atmosphere, their performances consistently brilliant, equal parts emotive and entertaining. Their original songs are infused by a multitude of influences, from Willie Nelson to Johnny Cash, from the wide open Fenlands to the frenetic buzz of the city. Their recordings are made quickly, in most instances first take, live in the studio, but the sound this amazing acoustic duo capture is rich and expertly executed.

Baka Beyond - Standing Gig) Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 8.000pm - Tickets Full £15.00 - Concession £14.00 - Supporter £12.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Musicians from 6 countries in the Celtic fringes of Europe and the West coast of Africa join together to play the most original live world fusion sound around. After more than 2 decades of mixing African and Celtic music in equal measure, Baka Beyond have become one of the finest danceable bands around, creating the sound of the global village. The band take their influences from the baka pygmies of Cameroon, Celtic song and all types of dance music. Not just a touring band, Baka Beyond have a unique relationship with the baka people, their inspiration, sending royalties to help with development projects, and even touring with baka musicians. Martin and Su from the band spend time every year in the rainforest; singing, playing, recording and learning baka stories. Everyone attending a Baka Beyond performance is guaranteed to have a deep, immersive experience and invariably leave with a huge smile !

The current multi-media performance features videos from the Cameroon rainforest, which are projected behind the band and cleverly synchronized with the live music, so that the Baka become part of the live show.

 

Contra Dance - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB - 7.30pm  - Caller Jeremy Child . A monthly series of Contra Dances with music from Meter Rite. 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
Saturday 14 October

World Unlimited - Martin Stephenson - 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

One of the great things about Martin Stephenson is that you never quite know what he’s going to say next. Take these enlightening examples from a recent chinwag with the much-travelled, much-loved singer-songwriter and frontman of his band the Daintees. There is rarely a dull moment in conversation with Stephenson, but that’s exactly what you’d hope from someone who’s never stood still during 35 years in love with music. For him, it’s not a career, it’s a lifetime calling, and his restless troubadour spirit has now amassed an extraordinary catalogue of 40 albums.

 

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

Silvington - Village Hall, West Charleton, nr Kingsbridge TQ7 2AG - Tickets £10.00 from Sarah telephone 01548 531241 or Anna telephone 01548 431562. Pasty supper included, with yummy puds, bar and raffle. The money will go towards providing toilet facilities and removal of side pews to make more use of the church as a central point in the village.
Silvington is a collaboration between two established solo performers, Tricia Moore and John Connor. The duo emerged from their membership of Folk on the Moor at Lee Mill, where they have been performing regular floor spots. They are building a reputation in the south west and beyond, having played Bromsgrove Festival and Warwick Folk Club this year. Their debut album "Where the acorn falls" been well received, and they are currently showcasing new material from their forthcoming album, due early next year. Songwriters in their own right, they are enjoying writing together, and their material encompasses well-crafted original songs, traditional material and contemporary covers, in which they amply demonstrate a delicate instrumental blend and trademark vocal harmonies.

Joe Wibley and Jacob Hillman - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Enjoy an afternoon in the company of virtuoso rock guitarist Joe Wibley and dynamic piano player, singer songwriter Jacob Hillman when the duo bring you their unique interpretations of popular rock classics and songs from artists as diverse as the Scissor Sisters, System of a Down, Alt-J, and David Bowie, together with some brilliant originals,

Nicky Swann - St Mary's Church, Throwleigh, NE Dartmoor EX20 2HU - 7.30pm - Tickets £10.00 to include interval refreshments can be booked in advance telephone 01647 231252 or 01647 21564.
Award winning UK singer songwriter Nicky Swann showcases songs from her latest album.'Tell Them Of Us' is a dark, simmering journey through family history, based around her Uncle’s role as an RAF bomb aimer during the second World War Burma campaign. The songs becomes a vehicle for questioning our moral compass and how we are connected to the past.

Folk concerts in Teignmouth - Steve Turner, Julia Howe - Alice Cross Centre, 1-3 Bitton Park Road, Teignmouth, TQ14 9BT. 8.00pm. Tickets £10.00 - £8.00 advanced reservation. Telephone 01626 775517 for advance ticket sales or more information email Visit website                                                                     
Steve Turner is 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, mandolin and banjo. His 6th album "Rim of the Wheel" was released in spring 2012 and received rave reviews – David Kidman in N.E. Folk Roundabout called it “sheer genius a sure contender for one of my folk albums of 2012” This was backed up by many festival bookings and re-plays on the radio on the Mike Harding Show Radio 2 and Late Junction Radio 3 and a full page article in F/Roots in July 2012. Steve’s 7th album “Spirit of the Game” was released in January 2016. In the F/Roots August/September 2014 edition Nancy Kerr in her "Rocket Launcher" interview when asked "what was the best gig you ever saw?" answered "the best spot I've seen recently was Steve Turner - total intensive musical focus and a vast serious repertoire". Julia Howe has to be one of the best women folk singers in the locality with a deep experience of folk music and song, singing traditional and self penned songs.

 

The Lost Will and Testemant of Jake Thackray - Fake Thackray - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 8TA Box office 01803 882717 - 7.30pm - Tickets £12.00 advance £15.00 on the door if available. For more information and to book tickets go to website
The late Jake Thackray is being increasingly acknowledged as one of the greatest English songwriters of the twentieth century, a unique talent, whose songs are full of poetry, wit, irreverence and humanity. This evening of hilarious and heartfelt celebration of the life and songs of one of this country’s finest and funniest wordsmiths, will be highly entertaining, whether you are discovering Jake for the first time, or an ardent fan. John Watterson is the UK’s leading performer of Jake’s songs. As Fake Thackray he has toured with Fairport.

 

Ninebarrow - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB - 7.30pm - Tickets £10.00(+) advance, £12.00 door, £6.00 U16's.Telephone 01626 890957 or WeGotTickets
Multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike Harding as sounding ‘damn fine’ by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. Most recently, the duo were nominated in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the ‘Horizon' category for Best Emerging Artist; their latest album was awarded five stars in both Maverick Magazine and the English Folk Dance and Song Society Magazine, who described it as ‘Immaculate’. It was listed in The Telegraph’s Top Folk Albums of 2016.
DANCE - Teign Playford Club - Gwyn George and Jean Foster - 2.30pm - 5.30pm
Regular events 2nd Saturday
SONG - Open night Shammick Acoustic - with some songs from Nigel Mazlyn-Jones.  It will be a welcome return as a featured performer from this Cornwall-based singer-songwriter and guitarist.  Nigel has been a well-known figure on the contemporary British and European folk scene since the mid-‘70s, and has lost none of his passion for the music, the environment and life generally
Sunday 15 October

Andy May Trio in Concert - Halsway Manor, National Centre for the Folk Arts Halsway Lane, Nr Crowcombe, Taunton TA4 4BD - 8.00pm - Tickets £10.00 /£4.00 for children and full time students of any age. Telephone 01984 618274 (option 1), email or buy securely online

Andy May (Northumbrian Small Pipes), Ian Stephenson (Guitar), Sophy Ball (Fiddle)

North East's finest the Andy May Trio make a rare appearance in the South West when they visit Halsway Manor as part of a short National tour. The Andy May Trio are three award-winning musicians from Newcastle - Northumbrian piper Andy May (Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies, Baltic Crossing), guitarist Ian Stephenson (Kan, Baltic Crossing) and fiddler Sophy Ball (422, Bottle Bank Band). Together they play high energy instrumental folk, inspired by the music of their native North East.

 

Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, has been established as a Charity since 1965. Nestling at the foot of the Quantock Hills Halsway Manor provides a year-round programme of events and activities in traditional folk music, dance, song, storytelling, folklore and related arts and crafts. There's ample free parking onsite, a bar and - of course - beautiful atmospheric settings for concerts with wonderful acoustics, and a chance to catch-up with the artists over a drink afterwards!

World Unlimited - The Drystones - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £10.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email

"To describe their instrumental style as spirited and animated would be akin to asserting that Bellowhead can be quite an energetic band" - Clive Pownceby, Living Tradition. "my recommendation of the day" - Steve Lamacq BBC Radio 2 live from Glastonbury. "The Drystones demonstrate a sophisticated musical maturity that is far beyond their ages" Folk Radio UK. Alex Garden and Ford Collier are two fine and talented emerging folk musicians from Somerset who started out arranging lively jigs played on Guitar, Fiddle and Whistle and then emerged on the scene with storming sets at Priddy Folk Festival followed by many other festivals. Whilst touring the UK extensively they have supported Ray Davis, Steeleye Span, The Elephant Sessions, Seth Lakeman at Sidmouth and Martin and Eliza Carthy at Cecil Sharp House

 

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

Ninebarrow - ThePlough@StAnne's Paternsoter Row, Barnstaple (off Butcher's Row) EX31 1SX - 7.30pm - Full £12.00 - Concession £11.00 - Supporter £10.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Combining breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, they deliver songs and stories inspired by the landscape and history of the British Isles.

We are delighted to be presenting live events in this beautiful Grade One listed former chapel in the heart of Barnstaple. There are only 55 seats available so book early.

 

Tim Royce & Steve Songi - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website

Craftsman guitar playing complemented by smoky vocals, Tim and Steve stamp their original sound onto a huge repertoire of music ranging from 60s & 70s rock and pop, 50’s rock 'n' roll, country, and jukebox favourites through to stompin' 20s & 30s jazz, jive and blues classics.

Four one-day Storytelling Sunday workshops in Totnes during autumn 2017 with Lisa Schneidau - Workshop 2 - The Heart of a Story: Improving narrative and story structure, for beginners and improvers
Regular events 3rd Sunday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club - Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF - 8.00pm - £14.00 advance (£16.00 on the door) Tickets available from WeGotTickets
Gordie MacKeeman exemplifies the term natural showman. An ace fiddle player nicknamed “crazy legs” for his frenetic loose-limbed step- dancing, he just loves to perform. Combine that exuberance and onstage dynamism with the stellar musicianship of his multi-instrumentalist comrades His Rhythm Boys, and you have an unstoppable roots music force. That potent combination has made the group highly sought-after performers on the international roots music circuit, thrilling audiences from Adelaide, Australia, to Edinburgh, Scotland.
SONG - Folk on the Moor - Sam Carter - Since being named Best Newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Sam Carter has been stirring audiences from Camden to Canada, via an attention grabbing appearance on Later… with Jools Holland and a dreams-really-do-come-true performance in a specially assembled band to back Richard Thompson at Shrewsbury Folk Festival. Book by email
Monday 16 October
 
Tuesday 17 October
Martin Simpson - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 8.00pm - £15.00+ (£13.00+) - Seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website
Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, Martin Simpson’s interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving. His own song writing has produced some real gems, from the truck-stop epic Love Never Dies, to the profoundly moving Never Any Good. His career includes collaborations on stage and record with June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danú, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon and many more. Simpson is a very regular nominee in the BBC Folk Awards and received Musician of the Year in 2002 and 2005.
Kate Rusby 25 Years - Exeter Corn Exchange - Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW - 7.30pm (Doors 6.45) £26.00/£21.00 Under 16 (includes £1.00 booking fee). Box office telephone 01392 665938 - For more information go to website

One of the finest interpreters of traditional folk song and one of our most emotive original songwriters - melding old and new so you can barely see the join. Mercury Prize Winner. Folk Singer of the Year, Best Live Act, Best Album and Best Original Song winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Inveterate Yorkshire Tea drinker. Freeman of Barnsley. Darling of British folk. It seems impossible but 2017 will be a landmark year for Kate Rusby as she celebrates an incredible 25 years on the road. Still basking in the glow of the accolades for her 14th studio album, Life in a Paper Boat, she will continue to showcase tracks from the album alongside carefully selected much loved classics from her back catalogue spanning the 25years. Joining her on stage for this special evening will be the fabulous British folk musicians who form her band:
Damien O’Kane on guitar, electric tenor guitar and banjo; Duncan Lyall on double bass and moog; Nick Cooke on diatonic accordion; Steve Byrnes on bouzouki and guitar

The crossover appeal Kate enjoys is unprecedented for a folk singer and has been achieved without resort to compromise. Rusby’s wondrous singing and hugely engaging Yorkshire wit combined with the intuitive support of the band, ensures that audiences will be treated to a truly remarkable and unforgettable concert experience.

Regular events 3rd Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Mary Marker
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - Eliza Acty - The Castle Hotel Bradninch. Doors open at 7.45pm, start 8.00pm. Entry £5.00 (accompanied under 18 are free).

Bradninch Folk Club on October 17 will be taking trip to among other places the Appalachians via the club’s guest performer; Devon based folk singer Eliza Acty.  The journey is not a new one, to take this journey, Cecil Sharp the collector of English folk songs went to the Appalachians in 1917 in search of exported English songs residing in the remote mountain communities.  The rediscovery and reworking of this material with new instruments and influences has enriched the music which has flowed back and forth between America and Europe.   Eliza has a unique vocal style suited to a wide range of folk, Americana, old-time, blues, original and contemporary songs.  Her own musical journey has included previously performing with the successful old-time band ‘Appaloosas’.  Her early influence started close to home with her father Peter Acty who is an accomplished American-style claw hammer and frailing banjo player, he is also a classic, percussive finger-pick guitarist and will be accompanying Eliza.  

This year sees the release of Eliza's debut EP 'Enough Time'. This exciting new EP features the original title track 'Enough Time' along with four traditional tracks and one bonus cover track to be exclusive only on physical copies of the EP. She has also recorded two albums with Appaloosas, entitled 'Appaloosas' and 'Sassafras Tea', as the lead vocalist and guitarist.

Eliza has been seen in folk clubs, festivals and music venues all over the South West including appearances on BBC Radio Devon and BBC Radio Cornwall.  In the process, she has been building up her reputation as a performer and collecting appreciative reviews:

"She has the perfect Americana voice" - Kenn Clarke, Folk in the Mearns (Mearns FM in Stonehaven, Scotland)"Really beautiful dreamy vocals” - Kate Graham. (Devon Round Table, BBC introducing in Devon.)
“I think she's a great talent, reminds me of a more laconic Laura Marling” - Rupert Davis, Programmer for Grinagog Festival. (Devon Round Table, BBC Introducing in Devon)
“Amazing voice, I like the guitar tone. She's got a good sound.” - Benjamin Hudson. (Devon Round Table, BBC Introducing in Devon.)

Additional support acts will be announced via the Bradninch Folk Club’s Facebook group page.

SONG - Exmouth Folk Club - This month only at Wings Bar, the RAFA club in Imperial Road, EX8 1DB. A lovely room with small stage, free car parking in Imperial car park after 6.00, very close to trains and buses, and inexpensive libations. Would be good to see a healthy turnout to thank the venue for their hospitality
Wednesday 18 October
Prismic Weave - A Gallery Gig - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 8.150pm - £5.00 
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Voices, acoustic guitar & whistle bring a variety of self penned contemporary & traditional songs of smuggling, witches, and much more. Steve from Dambuskers and Trish from Decibelles, it’s Steve and his missus this time. Not so much the Wild Man of Folk on this occasion but plenty of surprises all the same & Trish can be a wild card herself.
Regular events 3rd Wednesday
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club - Bicknoller VH - Robert Blackborow  - Ivor Hyde Band
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Jane Thomas - Jigs for Gigs 
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 19 October
Waterloo Sunset - 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
Waterloo Sunset are a Devon/Cornwall based duo playing guitars, banjo, percussion and singing harmony vocals. With a combined musical heritage of nearly a century, they have been gigging together for nearly 30 years. They sing & play 60s - Kinks, Beatles, Stones, Dylan, Byrds, Simon & Garfunkle - and Bluegrass, plus Celtic Folk Rock and their own material. And your requests. Between them, Tony and Sue will know most of them... and they are crazy enough to give any song a try!
Open Folk Session with Becky Brooks - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 8.30pm. Go to Bicton Inn website

An open session featuring folk, country and indie acoustic music hosted by Exmouth’s favourite balladeer Becky Brooks. Anyone can come and join in the fun, perform solo or as part of the group.

Red Rocks Story Open Mic - Upstairs at the Anchor, Old Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LP - Storytellers arrive at 7.00pm, first come, first tell. £3.00, £2.00 storytellers.
Come tell or read aloud your own work. Slots are 8 minutes (about 1600-ish words.) Telephone 07834 194215 or email.
Friday 20 October
Martin Carthy - St Andrew’s Parish Church, Green Hill, Moretonhampstead TQ13 8NN - 7.30pm - Doors open 18:45. Tickets £14.00 from Moretonhampstead Information Centre, or online. Licensed bar. Doors open 18:45.
"Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all" Q Magazine - performing in the Medieval acoustic marvel of Moreton’s parish church. An experience not to be missed!

Ceilidh - Oggle Band - St Peters Church, Highfield Road, Ilfracombe, EX34 9LH - 8.00pm
Food is included in the price of admission. Drinks (including alcoholic beverages) will be available to purchase. It is a lovely venue for a good knees up, and previous gigs at the church have been great fun. Parking is available in Oxford Grove Car Park, across the road from the Church.
For more information telephone 01271 865329 or email     

World Unlimited - Sam Green & The Midnight Heist - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £10.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
A must see for fans of the John Butler Trio, Gomez, Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsy's and Nirvana; Sam's virtuoso Lap slide, Electric and acoustic guitar playing are now partnered into a rock solid 4 piece line up with powerful songwriting and soulful, raspy vocals delivering the message of social equality, anti-capitalism and love in the turbulent year of 2017. There are as always, observational stories with in the songs tackling current affairs and making sense of personal troubles and triumphs told with humour, satire and positivity. ‘Hill-Billy Beats and catchy choruses‘ Rapture Magazine. ‘A classic retro sound. Kicking out the folk blues jams!! " BBC Introducing.

 

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

Folk/roots band Red Dirt Skinners will be performing at Cadeleigh Parish Hall, EX16 8HW - 7.30pm for 8.00pm. Tickets £10.00 in advance from Catherine telephone 01884 855311, £12.00 on the door, or online from WeGotTickets. Sublime genre-crossing musicianship from a multi-award winning duo who blend exceptional harmonies with unique instrumentation to create a full band sound - the internationally acclaimed Skinners sound. Visit Red Dirt Skinners website

 

Tankus the Henge with Support - Funke and the Two Tone Baby - The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ - 8.00pm - Tickets £10.00 in advance/£12.00 on the door (standing) . For more information and tickets telephone 01404 384050 or go to website

Tankus the Henge play music that draws influence from rock 'n roll, gypsy jazz, ragtime, New Orleans music, and theatre. A unique blend of reggae, ska and funk to ragtime and gypsy punk. Front man Jaz Delorean boasts not only an incredible voice, but also some supreme ragtime piano skills and more than a few belting trombone solos. The world of Tankus the Henge is uplifting and wild, dark and heartfelt. A six-piece powerhouse of a band drawing visual and musical influences from old time fairgrounds to modern day circus; The Beatles to Tom Waits and Gogol Bordello to Radiohead, they embody a look and a sound that lies somewhere between their South East London home and the carnival town of New Orleans.

The band was a 'PRS for Music' featured artist in 2010, and in 2011 was named by Metro as one of their "Top 10 Acts To See" at Glastonbury Festival. The band has also performed at the Wickham Festival and Isle of Wight Festival. "A Tankus the Henge live experience is something to behold. Combining wild showmanship and musical dexterity their sound incorporates rock, funk, blues, ska, roots and gypsy rhythms and their songs tell stories of wonder and woe. High on energy, and deep on soul, Tankus the Henge launch into their live show like a band possessed." Looe Music

Funke and the Two Tone Baby - Uncategorized and uncharted. Jammed halfway between frenzied alt-blues and metronomic dance beats. Combining guitar and harmonica with beatboxing and effects that seamlessly collide the organic with the mechanical to create a fresh sound of unstoppable rhythm and unrelenting melody.

 

Cara Dillon - Support - Local singer songwriter Sam Fearon. The Flavel, Flavel Place, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9ND - 7.30pm. Tickets £20.00 Under 18's £5.00 - Box Office telephone 01803 839530 or book online at website
Cara Dillon, one of the most outstanding performers on the UK folk scene, returns for a second visit as part of the Folk at The Flavel series. Cara, along with musical partner Sam Lakeman, has become one of the finest exponents of Irish song whilst steering an eclectic musical path, combining the traditional and contemporary. Her many awards include BBC Radio 2 Folk Album of the Year.

 

Ilfracombe Folk Roots and World Music Festival

SONG - Exeter Folk and Acoustic Music Club - Guest – Wizz Jones - Support: TBA - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map) - 8.00pm
Folk/Blues legend, Wizz Jones, has been a performer for many decades and is considered one of the finest blues/ragtime guitarists in the country, as well as being a fine entertainer.
From busking in the early days with Rod Stewart, Wizz has gone on to work with the likes of fellow guitarist, Pete Berryman, banjo-picker, Pete Stanley and Ralph McTell, with whom he has recently rekindled a duo partership and subsequently recorded an album. Visit website

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 more information/ticket enquiries email - telephone 01392 210983. Go to website got to Facebook page

 

Regular events 3rd Friday
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Plus level
DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance - Venn - Supported by The Drones Club - doors 7.45pm - Admission £7.00.
Julian Scott (Bagpipes, Flute and Pastaral Oboe), Marcus Scott (Diatonic Accordion and Percussion), Mike Smith (Hurdy Gurdy, Cittern and Guitar)
Ken Lush (Electric Bass and Mando Cello)

Saturday 21 October

World Unlimited -Andreas Tophøj & Rune Barslund - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £10.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
Witness two leading folk musicians perform an array of captivating tunes. Andreas Tophøj and Rune Barslund perform with violin, accordion and viola. The two Danes emerged from the folk scene formed arond the Academy of Music in Odense, and their sound is closely linked to Danish folk tradition. The duo combine their roots with the inspiration collected from residing in Ireland and the US, and from encounter with Celtic and Nordic musicians and cultures.
Their repertoire is based on a compelling musical melting pot and mainly features original compositions, such as their track 'The Danish Immigrant', winner of track of the year at the Danish Music Awards Folk.

 

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

Bicton Street Blues - support Eliza Acty at The Bridge Inn, Bridge Hill, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ - 8.00pm. Tickets - £7.00 from the pub telephone 01392 873862 or telephone 01395 271780. Ticket price includes a free 5 track CD of original songs.
Back at The Bridge for their fourth annual concert Dave Gwilliam and Olly Davey bring their unique take on classic blues and country plus their own original songs.

Eliza Acty is a singer and musician with a unique vocal style. She performs a wide range of folk, Americana, old-time, blues, original and contemporary songs.  Added accompaniment from Peter Acty on fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo. Not to be missed!

RNLI Charity Musical Event - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Exmouth Shanty Man Derek Brooks hosts an evening of live music in support of the RNLI. Come and enjoy some great music and support this worthy charity.

Threaded - 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
Following rave reviews from the release of their second album the ‘super talented’ (Bright Young Folk) trio Threaded are taking their live show around the UK! Prepare to be blown away by ‘creative, clever and captivating music of instant allure and appeal’! (The Living Tradition). Described by FATEA as ‘atmospheric heaven’ and by Folk Radio UK as an ‘impressive talent’, Threaded will take you on a journey through a roller coaster of emotions and musical imagery, with copious amounts of reflection and participation, and you will be left ‘feeling fresh, elated and eager for more.’ (Folk Radio UK).
Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - St George's Hall, Dartmouth Road, Paignton TQ4 6NY - 7.30pm - Tickets £10.00, available from Paddy Jewry 01803 842481, Linda Lister 01803 391058, Hilary Bussell 01803 752365. Please include SAE with payment. £12.00 door (check availability).
Come and join us for a boisterous evening of dancing. Presented as a fundraiser by the Friends of Froward Point, National Coastwatch, for the watch station there. BYO alcohol. Crisps etc. and soft drinks will be on sale.
Ceilidh with Pigs Might Fly Caller: Jeremy Child - Voodoo Lounge, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS -  8.00pm - £7.00 (£5.00 concs). For more information go to website

Music is provided by local group Pigs Might Fly, well known for their driving beat that means you just can’t stop dancing.  The caller, Jeremy Child, is internationally renowned and has many years experience at getting even complete beginners up and dancing and having fun. This dance is gender free, and all are welcome regardless of Gender or Sexual Orientation, either of birth or of expression. You don’t need to bring a partner, or to have been to a barn dance before.  Just come along and have the time of your life!

Ilfracombe Folk Roots and World Music Festival
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Barrie Bullimore and Chris Toyne's Big 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
Sunday 22 October

World Unlimited -John Smith - Support Tobias Ben Jacob. 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
John Smith has played to audiences all over the world, he tours relentlessly with his guitars, looking to communicate through a song and to share something intangible with those willing to listen. His uniquely intimate take on love, loss or even a mythic murder ballad, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following. John plays a rumbling acoustic fingerstyle but sometimes uses a slide or plays the guitar on his lap. His playing and honey-on-gravel vocals have brought crowds the world over to pin-drop silence and rapturous applause. John has self-released four albums. “He’s a magician”-Ben Howard, “Spellbinding”-Time Out.

 

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

Navigator - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
This brilliant folk/rock band 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

Heidi Talbot - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - 7.30pm - £14.00+ (£12.00+) - Seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website

Following the release of Here We Go, 1, 2, 3, Heidi Talbot embarks on a UK & European Tour. Recipient of 2008’s Indie Acoustic award and the multiple BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee, Heidi Talbot is exploring the idea of jumping, whether it’s into new musical territories, new bands, new studio, new label, new family – new everything. 

Heidi Talbot’s fifth solo LP plays to the tune of quiet skips and giant leaps. It crosses the ages, jumps into the unknown, traverses oceans and musical styles – from folk, through Americana, to classic pop, and back again. The County Kildare singer-songwriter, who now resides in Scotland with her musical partner and husband John McCusker, is joined by a host of musicians and co-writers on the album, including Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow), Duke Special, Adam Holmes and Boo Hewerdine.

Ilfracombe Folk Roots and World Music Festival
Regular events 4th Sunday
Monday 23 October
 
Tuesday 24 October
 
Regular events 4th Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Aileen Wills
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
STORY TELLING - Stone Soup - Stone Soup continues its Twisted Tales series for adults.
Wednesday 25 October
 
Regular events 4th Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Colin Andrews - Home Brew  
Thursday 26 October

Steve Ashley - A Gallery Gig - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 8.15pm - Full £10.00 - Concession £8.00 - Supporter £7.00  
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Steve Ashley is one of Britain’s finest singer/songwriters with over 40 years in the business and lead singer with the first Albion Country Band.  His songs have been recorded by the likes of Fairport Convention, Anne Briggs, Dave Pegg and Phil Beer. 

 

Halloween Beer Festival - Come and try something different at this spine-chilling four day Beer Festival featuring 20 real ales, craft beers and live music

Bicton Folk Night - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 8.30pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Petrifying Exmouth Shanty Man Derek Brooks invites you to join him and friends for 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.

Rodney Branigan - Otterton Mill, Otterton, nr Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 7HG - 8.00pm Tickets £17.50 (price covers the music only) Visit website
Texas-raised Londoner Rodney Branigan learned to play in Austin, perform in Los Angeles, craft songs in Nashville and put it all together in London. He masterfully combines extraordinary multi-instrumental skills with heartfelt lyrics and a rich soulful voice (often compared to Jeff Buckley).
A passion for musical diversity has seen Rodney travel the world with his own inimitable style of musicianship.  Having toured his native America coast-to-coast.  Rodney’s desire to share his fusion of organic progressive folk with undertones of rock, flamenco, classical, bluegrass and jazz have also seen him play China as well as France, Germany and Switzerland, earning him love from fans and respect from established musicians alike.

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 4th Thursday
DANCE - Tavistock Folk Dance Club - John Estall
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Ted Farmer & Iain and Nick
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
SONG - Teignmouth Folk Club - Celebrating the Club’s 14th Birthday with Guest Dave Wood
Friday 27 October

World Unlimited -Noble Jacks - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £10.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
A rip-roaring Alt-Folk band with roof raising energy, whose warm electro-acoustic interactions fuse together a mixture of folky footstompin’ rhythms and engaging lyricism. The band encompasses heartfelt, yet uptempo songs showcasing fiddle, blues harmonica and big anthem toplines. Noble Jacks have a relentless gigging schedule around the the British folk scene and recorded their debut album with Union Music Store at The Metway studio in Brighton. 2017 promises to be an incredible year for this new and aspiring band.

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

Kevara Klezmer Ceilidh - South Brent Village Hall, nr Totnes, Devon, TQ10 9AQ 7.30pm - 11.00pm - £8.50/7.00 concessions - Please bring your own refreshments. Come and dance to more East Euro musical offerings from Kevara.

Halloween Beer Festival - Come and try something different at this spine-chilling four day Beer Festival featuring 20 real ales, craft beers and live music

Bicton Street Blues - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 9.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Enjoy an evening of hair-raising rock and blues. Bicton Street Blues is fronted by Exmouth bluesman Dave Gwilliam accompanied by talented multi-instrumentalist Olly Davy. Dave originally fronted Laughing Gravy and the Fourbeats and Olly has played in a variety of folk, and blues bands including the Junkyard Angels.

Steve Ashley - Support Milliner's Daughter - Caroline's Kitchen - Churston Farm Shop, Churston Ferrers, Brixham TQ5 0JT- Advance tickets £12.00
Steve Ashley has been described as one of the finest singer/songwriters in Britain, if not the entire English speaking world. If you have heard Phil Beer sing Fire and Wine and wondered who wrote it, look no further as it was written by Steve.
To book tickets contact Maggie Duffy - telephone 01803 855961/mobile 07770806083 or email

 

Richard Digance Golden Anniversary Tour - 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 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £10.00 under 18s. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500 Richard celebrates fifty years of performing by embarking on a special tour of the UK. Thirty one albums, fourteen books, an audio book with Bill Bryson, three million YouTube hits, a Gold Award from The British Academy of Composers and a BAFTA Nomination have all happened along the way. Plus support by acoustic duo The Broadside Boys, embarking on their first tour, just like Richard did all those years ago. 
Blueswater - The George Hotel, 1 Broad Street, South Molton EX36 3AB - 8.00pm - Full £16.00 - Concession £17.00 - Supporter £10.00  
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

100 years of blues. 100 minutes to play it. Originally conceived for the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, our popular award winning show BLUES! is still running every August and has toured across theatres and arts centres in the UK. From early Delta blues, to modern names such as Jack White and Seasick Steve, BLUES! is a show that covers the history of the genre, playing the songs and telling the stories of the artists that have helped define today's modern music. 2012 Mervyn Stutter Spirit of the Fringe Award winner. 

 

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: Janet Dowling and friends bring you The Return of Fearsome Fairy Tales for Fearless Adults- the Fairies Fight Back! These are the dark tales of the fairy world, where everything is not as it seems… are you brave enough to listen? Be beguiled and bewitched by a shiver of Devon storytellers telling new tales of old fears. Be warned- these tales are not suitable for Adults of a nervous disposition. Not suitable for U14s. For more details please telephone 07834 194215 or email
Saturday 28 October
‘Tangled Up in Dylan’ - Crediton Arts Centre, East St, Crediton EX17 3AX - 7.30pm Tickets £10.00/£8.00. For more information and tickets go to website
Armed only with a guitar and harmonica, Steve Page performs the songs of the world’s greatest living songwriter stripped back to their bare essentials. The show covers the range from the bittersweet Don’t Think Twice all the way to the joyful chaos of Rainy Day Woman via the heartbreak of Blood on the Tracks and his peace anthem Blowing in the Wind.  Best known as front man for the band Open Secrets Steve Page is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter and performs some of the finest Americana being played in the UK today. 

World Unlimited -Chris While & Julie Matthews - 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 Winners in the Best Duo category at the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and nine times nominated since 2001 in the Best Duo, Best Song & Best Live Act categories. Their songs have been covered by a range of artists including Mary Black, Barbara Dickson, Christine Collister and Fairport Convention. Both multi-instrumentalists, Julie plays guitar, piano, ukulele, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica and accordion while Chris plays guitar, bodhran, banjo, dulcimer 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

Halloween Beer Festival - Come and try something different at this spine-chilling four day Beer Festival featuring 20 real ales, craft beers and live music

Spine-chilling Halloween Musical Spectacular - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Enjoy an evening featuring an eclectic mix of music from some of Exmouth’s top musical talent.

Exeter Folk Dance Club - Ceilidh Barndance with Pigs Might Fly and Jeremy Child St Matthew's Hall, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ - 8.00pm - 11.00pm
£6.00 entry, £4.00 students, £4.00 members (membership £7.00, starting October for at least 5 dances in the series) All welcome for family fun, no experience needed! Free parking opposite at Triangle Car Park

Clovelly Apple Day – Harvest Fayre - It is Apple Season – so we are holding our second Apple Day with lots of lovely apple crafts and activities. On arrival at Clovelly you will see apple pressing by Gatcombe valley Juices outside the Visitor Centre, so please do bring a bag of apples, watch them being pressed and taste the fresh juice or if you wish, you can bring more for pasteurisation and bottling for which there will be a charge (£1.90 per 75 cl bottle).
On entry to Clovelly (free for children under 7 years old), you will find the Apple crafts and activities in the Visitor Centre from 12:00-16:00. The round shape of the apple with the great reds and greens makes the apple a perfect base for creating art. So enjoy some Apple Art with The Plough and either carve, sculpt, decorate or do all of them with your apple to enter the Apple Art Competition!
There will also be live music, apple bobbing, apple stamping, and especially for adults, apple cup making, which you can then use to enjoy a refreshing cider drink (available at the café bar) or perhaps some fresh apple juice! Clovelly Court Gardens produce, including a pick of pumpkins, will be on sale and Merry Harriers Garden Centre will also have some of their interesting products on display.
At 12 noon families can take part in a fun Harvest Hunt with the Clovelly tour guide, Jana Edwards, who will take you down the village street telling spooky stories and looking for clues to win a harvest treat, finishing at the New Inn. Please book your place on arrival as spaces are limited.
Apple pressing: 11:00-13:00, Apple day activities: 12:00 - 16:00; Harvest Hunt 12:00-1:30.
Regular events 4th Saturday

SONG - Shammick Acoustic - James Hickman and Dan Cassidy
Hickman’s emotive, soaring vocals and driving guitar is complemented by Cassidy’s ingenious and virtuosic fiddling. Their sound flows from the connection between British and American folk and is bursting with all the humour, heartbreak and excitement of these genres. The lively English wit of Hickman is set against Cassidy’s bone-dry irony and American drawl as they take audiences on a dynamic and unforgettable transatlantic journey.

Admission on guest nights £8.00 (£7.00 if bought in advance) ~ and members of Shammick Acoustic get a further reduction, priced at £7.00 (£6.00 if bought in advance). PLEASE NOTE: ‘paid in advance’ means paid, it doesn’t mean ‘reserved in advance’. Advance tickets can be bought up to a month before the event at Shammick Acoustic Sessions, OR at The Pack O’ Cards OR at Pet's Pantry in Combe Martin High Street. Advance tickets for non-members, can also be purchased by going to WeGotTickets

 

Sunday 29 October
Penny whistle workshop for 8 -12yrs with Luke Daniels - 3.15pm – 5.00pm (in the gallery). £5.00 all tickets  (Free for evening ticket holders.) 12 people max
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
A chance for 8 - 12 yr olds  to enjoy a Penny Whistle Workshop with this award-winning singer and composer who will later tonight use an original 19th century Polyphon machine as part of his solo performance. Luke’s work as a member of the Cara Dillon Band sets his pedigree at the very highest level.  The workshop is free for evening ticket holders.
Luke Daniels - Revolve & Rotate - The Polyphon Chronicles - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 7.30pm - Full £10.00 - Concession £8.00 - Supporter £7.00  
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

This award-winning singer and composer uses an original 19th century Polyphon machine as part of his solo performance. Expect live, clockwork and sampled sound beautifully crafted into modern morality tales and intriguing instrumental music. Luke’s work as a member of the Cara Dillon Band sets his pedigree at the very highest level and promises a night of outstanding acoustic songs and music.  
+ Penny whistle workshop for 8 -12yrs with Luke Daniels - 3.15pm – 5.00pm (in the gallery). £5.00 all tickets  (Free for evening ticket holders.) 12 people max.

 

Halloween Beer Festival - Come and try something different at this spine-chilling four day Beer Festival featuring 20 real ales, craft beers and live music
Daniela - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Frighteningly talented German singer/songwriter Daniela Ruettinger is a truly international artist who has performed at festivals and venues around the world. Her beautiful singing is complimented by her competent guitar playing when she performs a selection of folk, rock and indie covers and some of her own soulful songs

Regular events 5th Sunday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club - Free feature spot - Ewan McLennan
Ewan McLennan is a guitarist at the forefront of his generation; a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the old style; a singer that can move audiences with his passion and pathos and a songwriter for whom social justice is still a burning issue. 
SONG - Folk on the Moor - Tom Lewis - Tom is a 24-year veteran of Her Majesty's Royal Naval diesel submarines; although now he's comfortably located on dry land. His songs cover a wide range of nautical topics, from life on board H.M. ships, through the loneliness and lure of the sea, to traditional shanties and classic nautical poetry, set to his own, and others' melodies. Book by email
SONG/STORYTELLING - Tradewinds
Monday 30 October
 
Tuesday 31 October
Fire at the Clarence - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter, EX2 4AZ. Tickets and more information from WeGotTickets - Box Office - Telephone 01392 277189 - Visit website - email
Cygnet Theatre with Wren Music are proud to celebrate the history of Exeter’s much loved Royal Clarence Hotel with a large-scale community production to coincide with the first anniversary of the fire.
Mark Carey’s new play brings vivid life to the famous, infamous and little known characters who lived, worked, played and died at the Royal Clarence Hotel.
Regular events 5th Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Jane Thomas
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
STORY TELLING - Stone Soup - Stone Soup continues its Twisted Tales series for adults.