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Page last updated on 20-08-2018
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Monday 1 October
 
Tuesday 2 October
 
Regular events 1st Tuesday
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
DANCE - Fraddon Folk Dance Club (Cornwall)
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - open night
Wednesday 3 October
 
Regular events 1st Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Ivor Hyde and Holly - Colin Andrews
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club - Wassail Band - Caller tbc - Bicknoller VH
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 4 October
John Kirkpatrick - Cafe on the Green, Widecombe, TQ13 7TA
Regular events 1st Thursday
DANCE - Tavistock Folk Dance Club - caller TBA
DANCE - Exmouth Folk Dance Club - caller Simon Maplesden
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
Friday 5 October

World Unlimited - Scott Matthews - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £16.500+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
A man. A guitar. And a song.
It sounds simple, doesn’t it? And it is.

Scott Matthews’ new record, The Great Untold, is a career-defining masterpiece. The sixth studio album by the Ivor Novello Award-winning singer-songwriter is the one that many have craved: it is a masterclass in honesty, instinct and reflection.

A largely acoustic recording, Matthews’ sublime new record features sparse production. Recorded at home and in acoustically resonant rural churches, instrumentation has been jettisoned. His ten-song cycle is the sound of a man comfortable in his own skin, putting his neck on the line with a collection of otherworldly songs.

The absence of drums, bass, cello and flute on The Great Untold, however, should not infer that it lacks depth. Far from it. The richness in Matthews’ new work comes from subtle playing and mellifluous melodies. He has improved again. He has become a master of his craft; a man who can play like Bert Jansch, sing like an angel and write songs that Joni Mitchell might admire.

It is a record written by a man at the peak of his powers, by a musician able to channel great beauty in songs that reveal the most human of truths.

 

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

Kris Drever and Boo Hewerdine  - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX - Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm - Tickets £14.00 advance, £15.00 door. £1.00 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £8.00 under 18s. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500.
An exclusive south west gig for two of the UK’s finest and most prolific songwriters – Kris Drever (Lau) and Boo Hewerdine (The Bible/Eddi Reader). 2018 finds both artists on top form, Kris having won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Singer 2017, Boo releasing his critically acclaimed Swimming In Mercury album and Letter To My Younger Self EP. Kris and Boo will perform as a duo, two sets no support, playing their favourite songs along with new material.
Albert Lee and His Electric Band - The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ - 8.00pm - Tickets £24.00 seated. Accessible seating available from the box office. For more information and tickets telephone 01404 384050 or go to website

Albert is a Grammy award winning musician, whose talents continue to be in demand by fellow performers throughout the world.

Albert Lee is one of the most respected and renowned guitarists in music history, having worked with The Everly Brothers, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris and The Cricketts over his long and illustrious career. The British-born country-rock artist started his career during the emerging rock 'n' roll scene of sixties London, when he swapped bands with the likes of Jimmy Page and Chris Farlowe.

After moving to the U.S. and assimilating himself into the country music scene, Albert quickly garnered a reputation as one of the fastest guitar players in the business. He recorded a number of solo albums, and won a Grammy in 2002 for his contribution on 'Foggy Mountain Breakdown'. He continues to tour today, and plays his signature Ernie Ball Music Man Guitar.

“The ultimate virtuoso. His skill is extraordinary, his ear is extraordinary and he’s gifted on just about every level.” - Eric Clapton

“A brilliant guitar player. His sound is unmistakable - often emulated, never equalled.” - Emmylou Harris

Saturday 6 October

World Unlimited - Jess Vincent with Jozeph Chowles - 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
Singer-Songwriter Jess Vincent moved from Wiltshire to Bulgaria a year ago and is touring the UK with partner and producer Jozeph Chowles with her fourth release, Lions Den. Not only (having been home recorded and produced in Old School Studios, Bulgaria) can we hear a thread of the people, stories, colours, flavours and instruments from Jess’s new life there, including Joe’s arrangements and musical contribution, Lions Den is also Jess’s bravest so far. “Since moving from the UK I’ve felt I had to step right back and look at the past in order to not repeat the same old mistakes. I decided to look my demons straight in the face for this album, and in doing so I’ve had to deal with many things I had kept hidden inside for a long time. This album and these songs are a true reflection of where I am now.” Jess will of course be playing old favourites from her previous three albums on tour.

This new sound takes Jess’s extraordinary talent in an exciting new direction without losing the trademark subtle arrangements on guitar, baritone uke and harmonium, and uniquely soaring vocal which have established her reputation as a highly original artist with a growing following in the alt folk/indie/Americana acoustic scene

 

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

Teign Playford Club - Kingsteignton Community Hall, Rydon Rd, TQ12 3LP.  2.30-5.30 pm  with Gwyn George and Jean Foster.
Bridport Ceilidhs featuring E.C.D.B (Contra and American night) with Jane Thomas calling at 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

Ange Hardy with support Greg Hancock - St Paul's Church, Church Road, Starcross, Exeter EX6 8QB - 7.30pm - Tickets £12.00+ advance (£15.00 after 15.09.18. Concessions £8.00+ from WeGotTickets.
Ange Hardy - Nominated at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and celebrated by The Telegraph as “one of Britain’s top folk musicians” Ange Hardy has grabbed the attention of the traditional folk music world by writing new material and embracing modern technologies whilst maintaining a traditional feel.
Alongside a staggering list of other accolades Ange was awarded FATEA Magazine’s “Female Vocalist of the Year” in 2013, “Album of the Year” in 2014, “The Tradition Award” in 2015 and "Duo of the Year" with Lukas Drinkwater in 2016.
Her rapid rise in the folk world began when her 2013 debut folk album Bare Foot Folk was played on BBC Radio 2 and gained the attention of veteran folk broadcaster Mike Harding, her 2014 album The Lament of The Black Sheep subsequentlyreceived 5-stars from The Telegraph which led to Arts Council England funding her 2015 album Esteesee – an album of music based on the life and work of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Greg Hancock is a Devon-based singer-songwriter with a growing following around the UK. After many years overseas writing songs in private it was only five years ago that he began to perform in public. After numerous appearances both as a soloist and as a duo with cellist Jo Hooper, and supporting some of the top names in the modern folk/ acoustic scene such as Cara Dillon, Boo Hewerdine, Lucy Ward, Jim Causeley, Jacob and Drinkwater and Charlie Dore, in 2017 he recorded a full length lalbum titled “A303” which fully showcased his intricate guitar playing and quirky, unexpected song structures and subject matter - and was enthusiastically received and has been given extensive airplay.
Parking, disabled access, licensed bar

Sunday 7 October
 
Regular events 1st Sunday
SONG -Folk on the Moor - Kevin Dempsey - Book by email
Monday 8 October
 
Tuesday 9 October
 
Wednesday 10 October
 
Regular events 2nd Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Stick the Fiddle - Simon Maplesden
Thursday 11 October
Noble Jacks - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - doors 7.30pm - £12.00+ standing £13.00+ balcony seats - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

With the fiddle leading the charge, Noble Jacks are out to take no prisoners as they come on with their high-energy footstompin’ rhythms which have taken crowds by storm across the UK and beyond!

The band have been relentlessly touring through 2017, stompin’ their way round the British folk scene with sold out headline shows promoting their debut album ‘What the Hammer’. As well as this, Noble Jacks have appeared at major festivals including Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, and main stage Beautiful Days – to name but a few! The band headed to Costa Del Folk in Portugal in October 2017 shortly before their November run across the UK.

2018 is here and the band are primed to take it by storm! Their recent April tour of major cities has been a huge success, with 5 of the 8 shows selling out in advance, including The Haunt in Brighton (350 cap) a whole month before the show!

An incredibly bright future ahead for this amazing artist!

 

Regular events 2nd Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Aileen Wills - Chris Toyne
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 - For the last thirty minutes or so Mother's Ruin
Friday 12 October
Contra (American Barn) Dance -  Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB - 7.30pm - Caller - Jeremy Child. Band - Chris Jewell. A monthly series of Contra Dances. 7.30-10.00pm. Cost £5.00 per person. Beginners welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at website

World Unlimited - Lake Poets + support Pete Falloon - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £12.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email Lake Poets + support Pete Falloon
“Somewhere between Bright Eyes and John Martyn. Something Special” – Mojo ****
The Lake Poets is Martin Longstaff, a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Sunderland. Inspired by artists such as Carole King, Villagers, and Neil Young, Martin’s output as The
Lake Poets is as haunting as it is beautiful. Lead single ‘Your Face’ has received over 4 million Spotify plays as well steady airplay on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 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

SONG - Exeter Folk and Acoustic Music Club - Baron Brady
Faeland- The Plough@TheGeorge, The George Hotel, 1 Broad Street, South Molton EX36 3AB - 8.00pm - Full £12.00 - Supporter £10.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Faeland are a contemporary DIY folk band from Bristol, UK. Fusing deep folk tradition and acoustic instrumentation, Faeland bring their innovative and subtly experimental approach to contemporary music.They have recently recorded and released their debut album ‘All My Swim’ which is receiving support and acclaim from BBC 6 Music, Uncut Magazine, Shire Folk Magazine and a host of others. Their first 2 singles and album have been supported by Tom Robinson and Gideon Coe of BBC 6 Music, BBC Introducing and BBC Scotland, to name a few. The band features some of the South’s finest folk musicians, with singer Rebecca Nelson and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Jacob Morrison at its songwriting and musical core. The album is performed on acoustic instrumentation: guitars, beautiful vocals, eclectic percussion (water gourds, thimbles, candlesticks and even an old CD rack!), cello, clarinet, double bass, violin, accordion and Celtic harp.

All My Swim is a beautiful selection of original, modern folk compositions influenced by music from both sides of the Atlantic. It gives the duo’s personal spin on classic themes of humanity, such as love, healing, and magic. Despite tackling difficult themes and life experiences, there is a strong vein of optimism running through the music of Faeland; as Rebecca says they are “fully committed to making music that changes lives for the better and adds something good to human existence”. Key musical influences include classic artists such as Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, Nick Drake and Paul Simon, alongside more modern stars like First Aid Kit, Gillian Welch/David Rawlings, Bon Iver, R.E.M., Nick Mulvey and Hem.

With nature and humanity’s relationship to the natural world being such a big inspiration for Faeland’s music, Jacob explains their unusual name – “we are named after Failand, a countryside village near us that connects us with the land around our home and our favourite woodland. The spelling change to “Fae” hints at the magical/mystical/other”.

Jacob and Rebecca both come from families of artists, creatives and healers. Rebecca was born and brought up on the island of Guernsey, and Jacob in Hackney, London. They both trained to university standard and have between them played with a host of folk, country jazz and world artists across the south of England. They met through Bristol’s ever thriving music scene and have played together ever since.

 

Saturday 13 October
 
Regular events 2nd Saturday
SONG - Open night Shammick Acoustic
Sunday 14 October

Reg Meuross in concert - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH - Doors 7.30pm - start 8.00pm. Tickets £12.00+ from WeGotTickets Hot drinks available at the café. BYO alcohol.
Somerset singer-songwriter Reg Meuross represents contemporary folk writing at its best. Described by Mark Radcliffe live in session on BBC Radio 2 Folk Show as “a brilliant singer songwriter with a social conscience”, Reg has a rare gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance on a really human level. His words and music paint pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung. 

This concert is part of the Reg Meuross Two Albums Tour, encompassing two album releases: Faraway People and Songs About A Train. These songs comment bravely on life as he sees it, bringing wide-ranging stories, from the ravages of austerity and the injustice of the plight of refugees to some of most beautifully disarming lyrics ever written. Reg is a true modern troubadour, as comfortable gigging in village halls and folk clubs as he is playing the Royal Albert Hall and huge festival stages. He consistently entrances his audiences with songs of life, love and injustice, soulfully delivered with melodic tenor vocals and exemplary guitar playing.
Opening the evening will be Devon singer songwriter Sadie Horler.

 

Regular events 2nd Sunday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club - Martin Simpson - Mathews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham, EX3 0HF. 8.00pm - £15.00 advance from WeGotTickets - £17.00 on the door Go to website for more information.
There is no doubt that after 45 years as a professional musician Martin is, right now, better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving.
Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety.
Monday 15 October
 
Tuesday 16 October
 
Regular events 3rd Tuesday
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - Kelly Oliver - Album Tour 2018 - The Castle Hotel, Bradninch EX5 1NN. Doors 7.45pm start 8.00pm - £6.00.
Go to Bradninch Folk Club’s Facebook group page.
Wednesday 17 October
The Hot Sprockets - The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ - 8.00pm - Tickets £10.00 advance/£15.00 on the door - standing. For more information and tickets telephone 01404 384050 or go to website

Take some good-time revolutionary spirit, add a pinch of psychedelic flavour, simmer it down with some Indie Soul and you are somewhere close to the cosmic vibe of The Hot Sprockets, five blood brothers from Dublin City, drawn together by their mutual love of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Performing live the Sprockets’ take-no-prisoners, white hot, bone-breaking approach has lit a fire in men and women of all tastes and flavours, captivating audiences with numerous successful tours across the USA, Canada, UK, and Europe and at festivals such as Camping Be Cider Seaside, Chagstock, Glastonbury, Latitude and countless others around the globe.

With two critically acclaimed albums under their belt, Honeyskippin’, and Brother Nature – the second of which shot straight into the top 10 of the National Irish Charts – the Sprockets released their third album “Dream Mover”, on April 6th 2018.

Produced and recorded by Dave “Skip” Christophers, and mixed by Charlie Russell (Jamiroquai, Kasabian, The Strypes), listeners can expect to hear an earthier soulful psychedelic side to the Sprockets. Sonically, this album marks a huge leap forward for these independent rockers!

 

Regular events 3rd Wednesday
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club - Friendly Folk - Ted Farmer - Bicknoller VH
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Jigs for Gigs - Mark Moran
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
OPEN MIC - Blues Night at the Oystercatcher’s  Cafe
Thursday 18 October
 
Friday 19 October

Kirsty Merryn - The Plough@StAnne's, Paternoster Row, Barnstaple EX31 1SX - 8.00pm - Full £12.00 - Supporter £10.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Kirsty Merryn is one of the most arresting and unconventional young singer songwriters on the UK folk roots scene, with a style uniquely her own.  Kirsty launched her debut album 'She & I' in November 2017 whilst supporting folk super band 'Show of Hands' on their extensive UK Cathedrals tour in 2017.  Since then, her album has gone on to receive national reviews and airplay, as well a various awards.

Saturday 20 October
Maddy and the Chaps - The Bowling Green, 29-30 Blackboy Road, Exeter EX4 6ST - 9.00pm
Autumn Céilidh with Half Moon Ceilidh Band - South Brent - With caller Anne Gill, Andy Clarke (guitar, bouzouki) and Steve Gill (melodeons).
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Jake Wood - 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
Sunday 21 October
Karine Polwart - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - 8.00pm - £20.00+ - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

Karine Polwart is a multi-award-winning songwriter and musician, a theatre maker, storyteller, spoken-word performer, essayist, and published writer.

Five-times winner at The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including twice for Best Original Song, her fifth solo album Traces was shortlisted for both the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award & BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Album Of The Year, and was chosen as best international folk-roots release by The Guardian. Her first solo album Faultlines won Best Album at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards back in 2005, following six years of touring as a traditional Scots singer with Malinky and Battlefield Band. 

In 2016, in association with The Royal Lyceum Theatre and Edinburgh International Festival, Karine wrote, musically directed, and performed her critically acclaimed debut work for theatre. ‘Wind Resistance’ won the Best Music & Sound Award at the CATS (Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland) 2017 and Karine was also shortlisted for the Best Actor in the Sunday Herald Culture Awards.

A Pocket Of Wind Resistance written in collaboration with sound-designer Pippa Murphy, is the musical accompaniment to the theatre show and was chosen as Best Album 2017 by both Songlines Magazine & BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction and has been selected for BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Album 2018. Karine is also shortlisted as Folk Singer of the Year.

Karine will be touring in 2018 with her trio – long-term collaborators brother Steven Polwart (guitars) & Inge Thomson (accordion, percussion) – and releasing new studio album Laws of Motion in Autumn 2018.

 

Regular events 3rd Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor - Willoughby/Craig - Book by email
Monday 22 October
 
Tuesday 23 October
 
Regular events 4th Tuesday
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
STORY TELLING - Stone Soup - Stone Soup continues its Twisted Tales series for adults.
Wednesday 24 October
Ninebarrow - St Leonard's Church, Sheepstor, Plymouth. Doors 7.00pm. For tickets telephone 01822 853186
Regular events 4th Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club  - Gibby Swaine - Ray Goodswen
SONG - Lympstone Folk, Roots and Acoustic
Thursday 25 October
Phillip Henry Guitar Workshop - Exeter Phoenix Drama Studio, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - 4.00pm - 6.00pm - £10.00+ - Workshop + Gig £20.00+. Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

Phillip has long been established as an expert in his field. The workshop will be a slide guitar masterclass, with room for people to ask their own questions and shape it to suit them. Phil will give background and context of his different slide guitars, explaining where they are all from and the stories attached to them. He will talk a bit about the history of slide guitar, and the different global styles. He will then go into techniques, and the attendees will have a chance to lead the workshop in the directions most useful to them. He can give advice on gear to use, how to convert a normal guitar for lap slide, and of course all the different facets of technique. He can also point people in the direction of where to go for more info. People are welcome to say what they’d like to learn about in advance, but the nature of how Phil runs the workshop means he will cater it to them as he goes.

Phillip Henry - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - 7.30pm - £12.00+ - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

In the autumn of 2018, Phillip Henry will celebrate the release of his long awaited solo album True North with a national tour.

Commemorating ten years since his journey to Kolkata to study under the great slide guitarist Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, True North charts a life spent travelling the globe, collecting tunes, stories, and instruments.

From music written whilst kangaroo spotting in Australia, to tunes learnt from a Canadian maestro on First Nations reservation land in Canada; songs of the road; and pieces written by musician friends from Kent to Kolkata ; the album’s diversity is matched only by the virtuosity of Henry’s playing. One musician, one instrument, is the guiding principle; yet instruments range from mellow Weissenborn depths to spectacular Dobro flourishes, to the sounds of the rare Indian Chatturangui (a 22 string guitar from the sub-continent). Here is a fusion of global styles deeply infused with Henry’s British folk roots, and brought together with a considered beauty all his own.

Phillip Henry is an in demand performer whose collaborations with fellow musicians such as Peter Knight (Steeleye Span), Steve Knightley (Show of Hands), and Hannah Martin (Edgelarks), have led to the evolution of a unique instrumental style that has wowed audiences around the world. Now he is preparing to take his solo show on the road with a very special series of concerts. As well as his collection of slide guitars, his show-stopping beatbox harmonica, a great favourite with audiences, is sure to make an appearance. Featuring old favourites, and material from True North, this will be an evening to inspire the mind and lighten 

Ninebarrow- The Plough@TheGeorge, The George Hotel, 1 Broad Street, South Molton EX36 3AB - 8.00pm - Full £12.00 - 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. Described by Mark Radcliffe as sounding like ‘two halves of one voice’, 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, ‘The Waters and the Wild’ (released in April 2018) was awarded 5-stars in both The Morning Star and the English Folk Dance & Song Society’s EDS Magazine, and has received airplay on BBC Radios 2, 3, 6 Music, Wales and Scotland. Folk luminary, Mike Harding, has hailed it as ‘absolutely monumental’.

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

Rag Mama Rag create an exceptionally full and hard driving rhythmic sound which soon as audiences feet tapping.  Their repertoire is 20’s and 30’s blues based but extremely varied including many regional styles of the period.

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 - Willand Folk Dance Club - Ted Farmer - Jeroka
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels

SONG - Bideford Folk Song Club - Proper English - 7.30pm
Proper English are a singing trio (and also a Barn Dance Band) performing traditional English songs with a lively and entertaining style.  Between them they play  Fiddle, concertinas, melodeon, cello, guitar and banjo.

 

SONG - Teignmouth Folk Club - 15th birthday - Devonbird
Friday 26 October

World Unlimited - Kirsty Merryn - the She & I tour 2018 - 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
Award-winning folk singer-songwriter Kirsty Merryn goes on tour this Autumn

The solo creator and performer of award-winning folk album ‘She and I’ on tour with tales of famous women from history, including naval hero Horatio Nelson’s mistress Emma Hamilton

Folk singer-songwriter Kirsty Merryn takes to the road this Autumn on her first ever solo tour of the UK. 

The tour follows Kirsty’s show-stopping performances opening for folk legends Show of Hands on their 22-night tour of UK cathedrals, playing to nearly 14,000 people along the way.

Kirsty’s debut album “She & I” is a collection of stories about women from history, from local legend Admiral Nelson’s mistress Emma Lady Hamilton, to Annie Edson Taylor, the first person to go over Niagara falls in a barrel. “She & I” released in November 2017 and received a fantastic reception, reaching Number 3 in the Amazon Folk Bestsellers download chart, garnering national and local airplay, winning awards, and receiving reviews in the Guardian, the Sunday Express and many more.

Beguiling and mercurial, Kirsty’s music is heavily anchored in the folk tradition with jazz and classical backwaters. But her influences have a much wider reach, ranging from Cara Dillon to Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush - emphatic piano-based songs with sharply observed lyrics - packaged with panache in elegant - beautifully balanced settings and delivered with crystal clear, assured vocals.

 

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

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 27 October
Worts'n'All - Devon Air Ambulance charity ceilidh - Broadhempston Village Hall, Kings Close Field, Broadhempston, TQ9 6BJ - 7.00pm -10.00pm. Tickets £7.50 (includes raffle), available from Kay telephone 01803 361829.Light refreshments available. No bar so bring your own drinks.

Willy Porter - St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Stoke Hill, Exeter EX4 7AH - Doors 7.30pm performance 8.00pm - Tickets £12.00+ from WeGotTickets
Willy Porter is a guitar virtuoso with an insinuating voice that sneaks past your defences and gets under your skin. The Washington Post has called him “a dazzling acoustic guitarist with a moody baritone,” while the Boston Globe describes him as “an acoustic picker with the Olympian speed of Leo Kottke bolstered by rootsy vocals and twisting, offbeat lyrics.” Hot drinks available at the café. BYO alcohol.

 

Ninebarrow - Denbury Village Hall, Woodland Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 6DY. Tickets: Clare Head 01803 813149 & Union Inn, Denbury
Multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mark Radcliffe as sounding like ‘two halves of one voice’, 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 5-stars in both The Morning Star and the EFDSS’s EDS Magazine, and has received airplay on BBC Radios 2, 3, 6 Music, Wales and Scotland. Folk luminary, Mike Harding, has hailed it as ‘absolutely monumental’.
DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance
Regular events 4th Saturday

SONG - Shammick Acoustic - Cosmotheka
The duo of brothers Dave and Al Sealy lasted for more than a quarter of a century as Cosmotheka, named after the music hall in Marylebone, West London. They made a huge name for themselves as performers of music hall songs, working initially on the English folk scene, but also doing countless radio shows and numerous TV appearances with the likes of Roy Hudd, Bob Monkhouse and Chas & Dave, as well as on ‘The Good Old Days’. Their act took them all over the world, from Port Stanley to Oman, Hong Kong to the Rocky Mountains. Sadly, Al passed away in 1999, but Dave continued to pursue a solo career, with a rich, rob-tickling mix of songs, stories, original titles and monologues. More recently he has been joined forces with his son, Dan, to recreate some of the old musical mayhem for which the original duo was so famous. Dan, of course, grew up with the songs, but has his own take on the material. An accomplished professional musician in his own right in the rock group Ocean Colour Scene, his guitar skills and dry wit introduce a compelling new dimension to the collaboration. He and Adam Barry are also members of folk band, Merrymaker, formed in 2016, and are achieving considerable success with more contemporary themes and original material. As Cosmotheka though, they have picked up the trail from comedy giants like Gus Elan, Harry Champion and the rest, leading to a ‘sweet Saturday: a bellyful of “Boiled Beef and Carrots”, a bellyful of ale, and a bellyful of laughs at some of the greatest songs ever written. For Cosmotheka, these absurdly comic masterpieces are no longer yesterday’s – they are today’s!

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 28 October
 
Regular events 4th Sunday
SONG/STORYTELLING - Tradewinds
Okey Folky - Singers, musicians, poets, step-dancers and audience members all welcome!
Monday 29 October
 
Tuesday 30 October
Regular events 5th Tuesday
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
STORY TELLING - Stone Soup - Stone Soup continues its Twisted Tales series for adults.
Wednesday 31 October