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Page last updated on 20-08-2018
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Saturday 1 September
Paul Field - Methodist Church, East Street, Ipplepen TQ12 5SX - 7.30pm - Tickets £8.00 advance from Ipplepen Hub, Post Office or email - £10.00 on the door, proceeds to the Community Hub building fund.
Paul has been a professional singer/songwriter since 1976 and has won several awards. Go to Paul's website

Sound Mind Sessions - All Saints Church, Kenton, near Exeter EX6 8LU 7.00pm. Tickets are available from WeGotTickets £10.00 (concessions £9.00), plus £1.00 booking fee, or telephone 07974 213030 (no booking fee)

Headlining will be Harbottle and Jonas, a stunning young folk duo based near Totnes, Devon. Their music is eclectic in style and always accompanied by a story. They have received plaudits from folk royalty including Seth and Geoff Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, and Declan Sinnott, and have recently been endorsed by Seasalt Clothing. BBC Introducing have described their music as “phenomenal” and a review by Americana UK said “stunning songwriting and heart-rending arrangements - 9/10”. Playing up to 200 gigs each year, these troubadours are to be found far and wide across our beautiful island.

Supporting are two unique and very different acoustic artists:

Local singer-songwriter Holly Morwenna, known for her purity and clarity of her vocals and folk-blues singer-songwriter and 12 string guitarist Ollie Dixon, who also designed the logo for Sound Mind Sessions.

For information about Sound Minds click here

Three Acres and a Cow: A History of Land Rights and Protest in Folk Song and Story - Featuring Katherine Hallewell and Roo Bramley. Totnes United Free Church, Fore Street, Totnes, TQ9 5RP - Doors 6.30pm. Tickets £10.00 - concessions £8.00 from website or Natures Way, The Plains Shopping Centre, Totnes. Go to FaceBook page for more information

‘Three Acres And A Cow’ connects the Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with Brexit, fracking and our housing crisis via the Enclosures, English Civil War, Irish Land League and Industrial Revolution. The show draws a compelling narrative through the people’s history of England in folk song, story and poem.

Part TED talk, part history lecture, part folk club sing-a-long, part poetry slam, part storytelling session… Come and share in these tales as they have been shared for generations.

 

Steve Knightly - Woodland Folk at Marshwood Manor DT6 5NS. Playing in the magical Woodland Theatre after a wonderful supper in the meadow. 6.00pm - 10.00pm. Supper served 6.30pm - Show starts 8.00pm - Bar from 6.00pm. Supper and private concert £45.00 per person (no concessions). For more information and tickets go to website

Luke Daniels and Nancy Kerr - The Plough@StAnne's, Paternoster Row, Barnstaple EX31 1SX - 8.00pm - Full £14.00 - Supporter £12.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

True to Luke Daniels' DNA, his music is founded upon the finest folk traditions, but he is nothing if not a 21st century troubadour. It's that mixture of the time-honoured and the timely that is at the heart of his ability to connect with fans across a broad spectrum of forebears, from Fairport Convention to Randy Newman to XTC. Featured on Folk Radio UK as “classic contemporary folk” and ★★★★ in Songlines magazine for his “topical innovative songwriting.” Frontiersman is not too strong a word.

 

Bridport Ceilidhs featuring Gig CB with Chris Shaw 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
Sunday 2 September
Maggie Duffy presents - Bob Fox - Maggie Duffy and Bob Thomson will be providing support - The cafe/restaurant The Churston Farm Shop, Dartmouth Road, Brixham TQ5 0LL -Doors Open 7:00pm (for 7:30 start). Tickets £14.00
Tickets are available from Maggie telephone 01803 855961/07770806083 or email or WeGotTickets

Deeply influenced by the working class culture and industrial folk song prevalent in his native County Durham, for over 40 years he has toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe, USA, New Zealand and Australia, performing mostly solo but also alongside such musical heavyweights as Ralph McTell, Richard Thompson, and Fairport Convention.

Twice nominated as Best Folk Singer in the BBC Folk Awards, Bob has long been a favourite on the live circuit.

Bob played the role of SONGMAN in The National Theatre’s multi-award winning West End production of WarHorse 2011-2013 and subsequently in the highly acclaimed and record breaking UK, Ireland and South Africa touring version which ended in February 2015.  Since then Bob has returned to the concert platform with his “Evening with the War Horse Songman” show and “The Pitmen Poets” project as well as doing solo dates at folk venues and festivals throughout Britain and abroad. He is currently playing SONGMAN for a record third time in the prestigious 10th Anniversary WARHORSE Tour from 2017 - 2019.

Only able to do a very few selected solo performances during this period, this is a rare opportunity to experience his warm, rich voice, virtuoso guitar style and newly acquired melodeon playing skill as he performs material from WarHorse, newly written songs from the New Radio Ballad series along with old favourites from his many recordings.

Caroline's Kitchen, at Churston Farm Shop, offers an extensive range of ales, wines and soft drinks, not to mention a scrummy range of snacks and cakes!!! 

La Loba - Enchanting the Wild - Sands School, 8 East Street, Ashburton, TQ13 7AX - 7.30pm. Tickets £7.50+ from TicketSource. Tickets on the door will be £9.00 and as there are only 30 places it cannot be guaranteed there will be any spaces other than pre-paid. Outer circle has seats, inner circle is cushions. Booking in advance recommended!

Susan Taylor and Jade Moon combine their talents in a spoken word show which summons the iconic La Loba, a woman who prowls the borderlands in the ancient tracks of the wolf pack. Poems, chant, drum and Native American flute create a soundscape evoking a harmonious land, where the call to renewal and respect for the wild in wilderness overcomes the last two centuries of plunder. La Loba is a voice for the 21st century - her calling is to restore the harmony of the ecosystem.
Wolves, who have been driven from many lands through culling, habit loss and hunting have, for some, become a representation of the wild. They have become a symbol for the wild we are losing both out in the world and within ourselves. Bone Song performers in this show are - Susan Taylor, Jade Moon and Carolan Grzesinski. For more information go to website

Clovelly Lobster and Crab Feast
Regular events 1st Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor. Book by email
Monday 3 September
Bridget St John - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - 8.00pm - £12.00 (£10.00)+ Seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

Mention of the legendary Bridget St John often seems to induce a misty-eyed, faraway look; many a student room in the 60s and 70s would have echoed to her distinctive voice.

Bridget’s impressive voice is deep and resonant. It’s a voice made for melancholy, and you can’t argue with her musical ability, whether it is singing Dylan, a tribute to her friend John Martyn, or her own work.

Bridget continues to write and perform solo, or with Galen Ayers reinterpreting songs written by her father, Kevin Ayers, and most recently forming a band in collaboration with David Nagler, Annie Nero and Ray Rizzo.

Regular events 1st Monday
Tuesday 4 September
 
Regular events 1st Tuesday
MUSIC - Exeter Ukulele Club
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
DANCE - Fraddon Folk Dance Club (Cornwall)
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - open night
Wednesday 5 September
 
Regular events 1st Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Stick the Fiddle - Robert Blackborow
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 6 September
 
Regular events 1st Thursday
DANCE - Exmouth Folk Dance Club - Jane Thomas - The Amycrofters
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
SONG - Bideford Folk Song Club - Winter Wilson - 7.30pm

Dave Wilson and Kip Winter.  Dave plays guitar and writes many of the songs that they sing.  Kip is a multi-instrumentalist and also a fine singer  They have recently toured with folk-rock legends Fairport convention.

“Dave Wilson’s songs pull no punches when relating to the sights and sounds of everyday local life, and are complimented by Kip’s powerful and emotional voice.” Daily Telegraph, January 2018


Friday 7 September
The Eskies + support Off the Wagon- Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 7.30pm - £10.00 advance - £12.00 on the door. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

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

Last year saw them play over 40 festivals in 5 countries, tour Ireland, UK, Netherlands and Switzerland as well as being invited to the influential new music festival Eurosonic Festival. Other notable festival performances included Glastonbury Main Stage Avalon, Main Stage Cambridge and Bestival. They have just finished a tour of Australia which took them to Port Fairy Festival who invited them half way around the planet before they had released a single song!+
Support: Off The Wagon:Raucous and foot-stomping sounds from a murky old rusty washboard, a wheezing rattled out accordion, a bruised and abused banjo and a decaying foghorn of a voice. Bringing you a gypsy/piratesque mashup of original songs and shanties, alongside a menagerie of subversive covers.

 

Contra Dance - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB - 7.30pm  - Caller Jeremy Child. A monthly series of 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 8 September

My Darling Clementine - The Plough@TheGeorge, The George Hotel, 1 Broad Street, South Molton EX36 3AB - 8.00pm - Full £14.00 - Supporter £12.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
My Darling Clementine continue to tour in support of their incredible latest album Still Testifying, described by Uncut magazine as ‘where gospel, country and southern soul happily collide… terrific.’
Since Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish shook up the world of country and Americana with their much lauded 2013 debut How Do You Plead?, they have continued to push the boundaries of country music. With Still Testifying they have adopted a more soulful and gospel approach and the album, like its predecessors, has been greatly hailed in both Europe and America.

 

DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Ted Farmer - 3D - 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
Regular events 2nd Saturday
SONG - Shammick Acoustic - open night
Sunday 9 September
 
Regular events 2nd Sunday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club - Narthan - 8.00pm - £10.00 advance from WeGotTickets - £12.00 on the door Mathews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham, EX3 0HF Go to website for more information.

Narthen are Barry Coope and Lester Simpson of Coope Boyes and Simpson, Jo Freya of blowzabella/Moirai and Fi Fraser of The Old Fashioned/ Polka Works.

They have decided to become a group featuring songs that will touch your heart, engage your intellect and wow your ears. They are known for four part harmony, but they are all also instrumentalists and augment some of the repertoire with accompaniment.

They play, piano, accordion, fiddle, soprano sax, ukulele and whistles.

SONG - Folk on the Moor - Winter Wilson - Kip Winter is a versatile singer, having sung everything from opera to soul and jazz, but she is happiest singing folk and blues. dave Wilson is recognised as a leading lyricist and togethr they produce first-class songs and beautiful harmonies, expertly accompanied on a variety of instruments: guitar, accordion, flute and banjo. They recently toured with the Fairports and were runners-up in the Folking.com awards for Top Duo. Book by email
Monday 10 September

Kevin Burke - The Horse Pub,7 George St, Moretonhampstead, Newton Abbot TQ13 8PG - 7.30pm

The international Irish fiddle player Kevin Burke, considered at the very forefront of traditional Celtic music and one of the greatest fiddle players of our time, is coming to Dartmoor! Only 35 seats available at The Horse Pub, so make sure to reserve a ticket by email which you can then pay for and collect tickets on the door (cash only please! :)) Limited tickets will also be available on the door.

Tuesday 11 September
Leveret - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - 8.00pm - £12.00+ (£10.00+) - Seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England’s finest folk musicians.  Andy Cutting (button accordion), Sam Sweeney (fiddle) and Rob Harbron (concertina) are each regarded as exceptional performers and masters of their instruments.  Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity.  Leveret’s music is not arranged in the conventional sense and the trio rely on mutual trust and musical interaction to create new settings of their repertoire in the moment, with no two performances alike. Their playing is relaxed and natural, drawing audiences in and inviting them to share in music making that is truly spontaneous and yet deeply timeless.

Leveret’s music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new.  With their albums New Anything and In The Round and over a long string of sell-out gigs, the trio have built a strong reputation as consummate musicians and captivating performers.  Their most recent album Inventions features entirely original material that brings Leveret’s trademark groove, energy and intuitive playing to bear on a set of new tunes composed by the trio, three of today’s finest tunesmiths in the folk field. 

Wednesday 12 September
 
Regular events 2nd Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Jeroka - Jane Thomas
Thursday 13 September
White Top Mountain Band - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - Doors 8.00pm - start 8.30pm. Tickets £16.50. Tickets are available from the B-Bar in person (daily from 11am) via the Barbican Theatre website or telephone 01752 242021.
Whitetop Mountain Band is one of the most popular dance bands of the Appalachian Mountains. They have a great following at square dances all over Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky at venues like the Carter Family Fold. In addition to local venues, the band has also performed at the Smithsonian Folk life Festival, National Folk life Festival, World Music Institute in NYC, Dock Boggs Festival, World Fair, Virginia Arts Festival, Floydfest, Ola Belle Reed Festival and Merlefest. They recently were featured on the 2007 NCTA Crooked Road Music tour of California, Nevada, Oregon, and Idaho. Members also toured the United Kingdom and Ireland playing the Cornish Bluegrass Festival and Open House Festival along with venues through England, Wales, and Ireland. In January 2008, members of the band also performed at the Illawarra Folk Festival and Tamworth Country Music Festival in New South Wales, Australia. 

Band members actively teach as master musicians and dancers for workshops and classes in fiddle, banjo, guitar, vocals, and dance all over the US. Some of these include Swannanoa Gathering in Asheville, NC, Cowan Creek Music School in KY, Mountain Music School in Big Stone Gap, and Mt. Rogers Combined School. The Whitetop Mountain Band has been featured in many books, magazines, and television and radio shows about Appalachian music such as The Guide to the Crooked Road, A Hotbed of Musicians, Strings of Life, In Good Keeping, Country Music Television, Travel Channel, PBS, Old Time Herald, and many television and radio news and special interest programs.
Friday 14 September
Contra (American Barn) Dance -  Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB - 7.30pm - Caller - Jeremy Child. Band - Stick the Fiddle. 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
SONG - Exeter Folk and Acoustic Music Club - Paul Downes - Support: TBA - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX. Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) -  Paid in advance - £10.00;  Advanced notice without pre-payment - £12.00 (paid on the door). For information and ticket enquiries email or telephone 01392 210983 
Paul Downes is one of the finest folk and acoustic performers, not just locally but in the UK. He is an incredible multi-instrumentalist, particularly known for his superb guitar playing and is also a very fine singer and a fabulous entertainer. 
As well as performing solo Paul is known as one half of the renowned duo with Mick Ryan, as well as appearing in and arranging the music for most of Mick's folk operas. 
He has also performed and recorded with the late Maggie Boyle, The Joyce Gang, Pete Seegar, Arizona Smoke Revue, and Show Of Hands. 
Recently, he has been involved in the reformation of the band Crows (featuring Mick Ryan), which has become a popular folk club and festival act. 
His solo album, The Boatman's Cure, was released to great acclaim. Vist Paul Downes website
Saturday 15 September

The Emily Askew Band - Alchemy - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes, 7.30pm. Advance tickets available from the Dartington Box Office (01803 847070), website or email £13.00, under 18s £5.00. On the door £14.00/£5.00

Top folk singer Emily Askew and her band kick off the new Totnes Early Music season with a programme based on Alchemy, their first album together which was hailed by The Times as "one of the albums of the year". The band fuses medieval and renaissance songs with modern folk styles, and comprises singer/guitarist/fiddler Jamie Roberts, fiddler/viola d'amore player John Dipper and percussionist Simon Whittaker alongside Emily herself..

Multi-instrumentalist Emily moves effortlessly between the folk and early music worlds, and plays vielle, shawm, bagpipes, recorders and medieval harp. She has performed with The Artisans, The Dufay Collective, Joglaresa, and the Medieval Babes as well as The Askew Sisters of course.. A Totnes Early Music Society event.

Leveret - The Flavel, Flavel Place, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9ND - 7.30pm - Tickets Adult £19.00 under 18 £5.00 - Box Office telephone 01803 839530 or book online at website
Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England's finest folk musicians.  Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as exceptional performers and masters of their instruments.  Fiddler Sam Sweeney was the 2015 BBC Folk Awards Musician of the Year, and is known for his work in Bellowhead and Eliza Carthy   Melodeon genius Andy Cutting, a three-time BBC Folk Awards Best Musician, is a compelling solo performer and currently works with Blowzabella, June Tabor, and Roger Daltry.  Concertina wizard Rob Harbron is best known for his work with The Full English and Jon Boden. Leveret's music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new.  With their albums New Anything, In The Round and Inventions and over a long string of sell-out gigs, the trio have built a strong reputation as consummate musicians and captivating performers.

 

Sunday 16 September

World Unlimited - The Christians - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £25.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email

Renowned for an endless string of soulful yet socially aware hits …Forgotten Town, Ideal World, Born Again, Harvest for the World, Whats in a Word, Hooverville, Words, Father, The Bottle and many more The Christians enjoyed huge acclaim in the late 80s and early 90s both in the UK and Europe and often confused people with their band name (in fact just the brothers surname with absolutely no religious connotation!

Still headed by enigmatic lead singer Garry Christian (who very much deserves the Daily Mirror’s description of him as having ‘one of the finest voices in pop) who has only gained in vocal stature (and wit) over the years! the band are enjoying a revival currently touring successfully in the UK and Europe.

Currently embarking on a huge UK Tour playing their well known back catalogue and songs selected from the new album SINGS&STRINGS released in November 2017 to rave reviews.

See them in this idyllic setting and find out why Chris Evans said ‘it was the best gig I’ve ever been to’

 

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

John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett - Final Straw Tour - Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham Devon EX3 0HF - 7.00 pm - Tickets £15.00+ from WeGotTickets

John Otway

John first achieved notoriety with his eye-watering performance on Old Grey Whistle Test and subsequent hit single 'Really Free' in 1977. A heady mix of blind ambition and rank incompetence was to keep this microstar shining for almost two decades despite Otway's ability to turn any situation to his own disadvantage. 

His autobiography 'Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure' out sold, by a factor of ten, all the records he had released since his hit, and now Otway is struggling to live up to this billing - selling out London Astoria for his 2000th gig in 1993, filling the Royal Albert Hall in 1998, and charting at number 9 with his 2002 single 'Bunsen Burner'. For John 'Two Hits' Otway, 'the future's bright; the future's Otway!

Wild Willy Barrett

Virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and songwriter best known for his partnership with John Otway. 

Willy will be embarking on his last tour, aptly named "The Final Straw", with John Otway in Spring 2016, after which he plans to concentrate on his new venture: Wild Willy Barrett's French Connection.

Regular events 3rd Sunday
Monday 17 September
 
Tuesday 18 September
Shanty Workshop with The Exmouth Shanty Men - The Beach Pub, Exmouth EX8 1DR - 8.00pm Another of our ever popular Shanty Workshops at our 'home' of the Beach Pub, Exmouth (adjacent to the marina)
Regular events 3rd Tuesday
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club

SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - Harbottle and Jonas + To the Moon & Gary "The Slide Guy" Smith The Castle Hotel, Bradninch EX5 1NN. Doors 7.45pm start 8.00pm - £6.00.
For more information telephone 01392881105 or visit Bradninch Folk Club Facebook Group.

Wednesday 19 September
Daphne's Flight - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 8.00pm - Full £16.00 - Supporter £14.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Christine Collister - Vocals, guitar & percussion; Melanie Harrold - Vocals, guitar & piano; Julie Matthews - Vocals, piano & guitar; Helen Watson - Vocals & guitar; Chris While - Vocals, guitar & percussion

Following a 21 year hiatus from their eponymously named debut album and tour, each received with critical acclaim, Daphne's Flight reemerged in 2017 with a brand new album, 'Knows Time, Knows Change'. A much anticipated tour of the UK and an exciting festival season followed which included explosive performances at Cambridge and Shrewsbury Festivals. Featuring 5 of the finest singer-songwriters of their generation, the music of Daphne's Flight is a unique and magical blend of their individual styles, completely captivating audiences with their complex harmony arrangements, unbridled energy and infectious joy of performing together.

 

Regular events 3rd Wednesday
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club - Fresh Aire - Robert Blackborow - Halsay Manor
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Jigs for Gigs - Ted Farmer
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
OPEN MIC - Blues Night at the Oystercatcher’s  Cafe
Thursday 20 September
 
Friday 21 September
Phil Beer Band - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 8.00pm - All tickets £21.50 To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

The Phil Beer Band performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil’s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock. The highly popular line up comprises Gareth Turner, Steve Crickett, Greg McDonald, Olivia Dunn and of course, Phil Beer and promises to deliver a lively cocktail of folk, rock, country and blues. The Phil Beer Band evolved organically in the early to mid 90s at Maisemore in Gloucesteshire. It was a loose federation consisting of Phil Beer (Show of Hands) Nick Quarmby and Steve Crickett, all of whom lived close to each other, and melodeon player Gareth Turner from Northamptonshire. There was a need in the community for a band to play local events and ceilidhs and, following in the tradition set by the Albion Band (of which both Gareth and Phil were former members) the band always interspersed the dances with the odd song. Basically, over a long period of time, it has evolved into a ‘Folk n Roll' band with country rock overtones. It is the vehicle for Phil to return to the electric guitar and to have a good time with his mates. The band has seen many members and many tours but has been fairly inactive in the last five years. That’s about to change. The Band's first full tour for a long time takes place next May with a new studio album in place. They look forward to seeing you then.

 

Eliza Acty - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 9.00pm - admission £3.00- Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information.
Eliza Acty is a singer and musician based in Devon, UK. With her unique vocal style, Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time, original and contemporary songs that span over a century of music.

Born in Oxford with creative and musical parents, Eliza developed a love for singing at a young age, surrounded by folk songs and plentiful traditional music. Later in her childhood she moved to the utterly inspiring Dartmoor, Devon. She was soon introduced to the genre of Old-Time and Appalachian music in her early teens after playing along with multi-instrumentalist father Peter Acty on clawhammer banjo. She began to discover her singing fitted perfectly with traditional American music and has since never looked back.
Previously performing with the successful old-time band ‘Appaloosas’, 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. She has also recorded two albums with Appaloosas, entitled 'Appaloosas'  and 'Sassafras Tea', as the lead vocalist and guitarist.
Eliza now sings and plays guitar alongside her father Peter Acty - Accomplished American-style clawhammer and frailing banjo player, he's also a classic, percussive finger-pick guitarist. A long musical career has seen Pete working with many notable musicians.
In mid 2017 Eliza finished recording her debut EP 'Enough Time'. This exciting EP features the original title track along with four traditional tracks. 'Enough Time' has been fantastically well received by media and audiences alike in Eliza's home county of Devon, where intangible roots of
the American soul in music about jobs, hardship, loss and the road are still keenly felt.
Digital copies of the EP 'Enough Time' can be purchased from Eliza's Bandcamp page! There are also physical copies available to order directly from Eliza - please email for more information.

Geoff Lakeman & special guest Em Marshall - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton, Devon TQ13 7DT Doors 7.00pm, music from 7.30pm. Tickets are £10.00/£8.00 advance and £12.00 on the door from WeGotTickets or telephone Katie Whitehouse 07832 200980. Visit from the whitehouse website
The Whitehouse Sessions are hosting a fantastic evening of songs and music starring Geoff Lakeman, a "stalwart of the West Country Folk scene and the father of a virtual folk dynasty," and special guest, local singer-songwriter Em Marshall, formerly of the Dark Lanterns.
Geoff is the dad of Sean, Sam and Seth Lakeman, who are all internationally renowned folk musicians. Em is a Devon based singer-songwriter and guitarist performing her own material alongside arrangements of traditional songs.

Cara Dillon and Sam Lakeman - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX - Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm - Tickets £20.00 advance, £19.00 Friends of Calstock Arts, £10.00 under 18s. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500. Tickets sold out

This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences and attracting exceptional acclaim for over twenty years. She has (according to Mojo magazine) “quite possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice”.

Alongside a selection of favourites from her previous releases, Cara will perform material from her new album Wanderer, a collection of beautiful and moving songs, accompanied by her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman. Every note and word is sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life singing traditional songs. Legions of fans attest to their impassioned performances with Cara’s warm and natural stage presence something to savour.

 

Saturday 22 September
Phil Beer Band - Lee Moor Public Hall, nr Plymouth PL7 5JR - 7.30pm (Doors 7.00pm). Tickets £20.00+ from WeGotTickets

The Phil Beer Band performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil’s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock. 

The highly popular line up comprises Gareth Turner, Steve Crickett, Greg McDonald, Olivia Dunn and of course, Phil Beer and promises to deliver a lively cocktail of folk, rock, country and blues. 

The Phil Beer Band evolved organically in the early to mid 90s at Maisemore in Gloucesteshire. It was a loose federation consisting of Phil Beer (Show of Hands) Nick Quarmby and Steve Crickett, all of whom lived close to each other, and melodeon player Gareth Turner from Northamptonshire. There was a need in the community for a band to play local events and ceilidhs and, following in the tradition set by the Albion Band (of which both Gareth and Phil were former members) the band always interspersed the dances with the odd song. 

Basically, over a long period of time, it has evolved into a ‘Folk n Roll’ band with country rock overtones. It is the vehicle for Phil to return to the electric guitar and to have a good time with his mates. The band has seen many members and many tours but has been fairly inactive in the last five years. That’s about to change. The Band's first full tour for a long time takes place next May with a new studio album in place. They look forward to seeing you then.

World Unlimited - Son of Town Hall - 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
Lisa Schwartz, Director Philadelphia Folk Festival.  Imagine if Simon and Garfunkel were lost at sea, salt in their beards, wind at their backs, and whiskey in their bottles. What songs would they sing whilst stomping like melodious madmen on the boards of their boat? Or set yourself adrift for a piece, untether yourself from your daily affairs, bring only fresh water, a large writing pad and plenty of pencils. With only the endless sky above and the winedark waters below, what half-crazed tales would pour out of you?

Welcome to the mythic world of Son of Town Hall, the unusual union of Ben Parker of London, England, and David Berkeley of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Parker, a highly sought-after London-based songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist, and Berkeley, a celebrated singer/songwriter/guitarist/author have imagined a world that transcends time and space, complete with Victorian-era outfits, meditations about the sea and songs that beg you to sing along. The show is three-parts concert, one-part theater. It will leave you transformed, with your heart full of laughter and tears, drunk on adventure and the tragic beauty of the human condition.

Son of Town Hall springboards from the story of the aforementioned two finding themselves side by side aboard a junk raft (“The Son of Town Hall”) crossing the mighty Atlantic in search of new lands, new inspiration and to recover squandered fortune. It’s as if the two sailed their ship back a century or so, though neither Berkeley, nor Parker openly acknowledge the anachronistic quality in their songs or presentation.

 

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

DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Pair of Shears - Jane Thomas - Payhembury Village Hall, Payhembury, Honiton EX14 3HT. For more information and tickets go to website
Lindisfarne - Tavistock Wharf, Canal Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8AT - 8.30pm Tickets Advance £21.00 - £19.00 Wharf Music Club from 6.00pm on the night £23.00 - seated + standing - Box office 01822 611166 - Visit website for more information and tickets.
LINDISFARNE was born in 1970 when Newcastle singer-songwriter Alan Hull joined Rod Clements, Si Cowe, Ray Jackson and Ray Laidlaw, collectively known as Brethren (formerly the Downtown Faction blues band). The new combination’s music, an immediately distinctive blend of Alan’s poetic lyricism and Brethren’s rootsy instrumental style, soon came to the attention of independent label Charisma, and their first album, Nicely Out Of Tune, was released before the year was out.

Following Jacka’s subsequent retirement, Rod Clements accepted an invitation from the others to join them in re-establishing their collective identity as Lindisfarne. As Ray Laidlaw once said, ‘Lindisfarne is more than any one individual’; and though members have come and gone, Rod’s return maintains continuity with Lindisfarne’s beginnings and reinforces their shared commitment to keeping alive the unique legacy of one of British rock’s great bands.
Cara Dillon and Sam Lakeman - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX - Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm - Tickets £20.00 advance, £19.00 Friends of Calstock Arts, £10.00 under 18s. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500.Tickets sold out

This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences and attracting exceptional acclaim for over twenty years. She has (according to Mojo magazine) “quite possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice”.

Alongside a selection of favourites from her previous releases, Cara will perform material from her new album Wanderer, a collection of beautiful and moving songs, accompanied by her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman. Every note and word is sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life singing traditional songs. Legions of fans attest to their impassioned performances with Cara’s warm and natural stage presence something to savour.

 

DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance
Regular events 4th Saturday

SONG - Shammick Acoustic - Colum Sands.
Warm, witty, moving and funny – that’s both the man and his songs! One of the internationally-acclaimed musical Sands family of Northern Ireland. A welcome first visit to Shammick:


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 23 September
Phil Beer Band + Support Velvet and Stone - Exeter Corn Exchange - Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW - 7.30pm (Doors 6.45). Tickets £21.00 (includes £1.00 booking fee) - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. Box office telephone 01392 665938 - For more information and tickets go to website

The Phil Beer Band performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil’s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock. 

The highly popular line up comprises Gareth Turner, Steve Crickett, Greg McDonald, Olivia Dunn and of course, Phil Beer and promises to deliver a lively cocktail of folk, rock, country and blues. 

The Phil Beer Band evolved organically in the early to mid 90s at Maisemore in Gloucesteshire. It was a loose federation consisting of Phil Beer (Show of Hands) Nick Quarmby and Steve Crickett, all of whom lived close to each other, and melodeon player Gareth Turner from Northamptonshire. There was a need in the community for a band to play local events and ceilidhs and, following in the tradition set by the Albion Band (of which both Gareth and Phil were former members) the band always interspersed the dances with the odd song. 

Basically, over a long period of time, it has evolved into a ‘Folk n Roll’ band with country rock overtones. It is the vehicle for Phil to return to the electric guitar and to have a good time with his mates. The band has seen many members and many tours but has been fairly inactive in the last five years. That’s about to change. The Band's first full tour for a long time takes place next May with a new studio album in place. They look forward to seeing you then.

Regular events 4th Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor - Colum Sands - Book by email
Monday 24 September
 
Regular events 4th Monday
Tuesday 25 September

QUEST with Breaking Tradition and the Demon Barbers - Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF  7.00pm - 9.00pm - Tickets £7.00 - £14.00. For more information and to purchase tickets go to website or telephone 01803 665800
The Demon Barbers, winners of the `Best Live Act' in the Radio 2 Folk Awards, together with Breaking Tradition, the UK's leading folk and hip hop dance company. QUEST is a spectacularly entertaining show where dazzling dance and stomping tunes combining to turn a rousing story into a family show full of blazing energy and joy. It's a real Folk and Hip-Hop dance extravaganza and if you're not sure what to expect then we say - come along, you'll love it!

 

Wednesday 26 September
 
Regular events 4th Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Meter Rite - Aileen Wills
SONG - Lympstone Folk, Roots and Acoustic
Thursday 27 September

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

Lisa returns with her southern soul Americana gospel and blues and her exceptional guitar mastery and mighty breathtaking voice to delight us.  “Lisa Mills is one of the ten killer songwriters you need to hear right now ... her many styles of southern music come through in her powerful delivery.” Jim Hynes, Elmore Magazine

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 - Club callers
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Simon Maplesden - The More The Merrier
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
Friday 28 September
Steve Knightley - Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen StreetExeter, EX4 3RX - 7.30pm (bar 7.00pm) Tickets £18.00. For more information and tickets go to website
Multi-award-winning songwriter Steve Knightley returns to RAMM with his highly-anticipated 2018 solo tour Songs & Stories. The Show of Hands frontman (“One of the great English bands” – Peter Gabriel) showcases a set list peppered with classic gems such as Cousin Jack, AIG and Country Life with his inimitable passion and flair. And in a rare glimpse into the personal playlist of a song-writing legend, Knightley also pays tribute to some of his influences along the way, from Dylan to Radiohead. Steve's song Home to a Million Thoughts was inspired by RAMM's reopening in 2012 and we are delighted he is here to help celebrate our 150th anniversary in 2018.

World Unlimited - Ben Walker guitar workshop – Playing Folk Tunes in DADGAD - Kingskerswell Parish Centre TQ12 5LD - 4.00pm - Tickets £15.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
An experienced teacher, performer, producer, composer and arranger, Ben has been voted one of the best acoustic guitarists in the world today. Drawing favourable comparison with the likes of Martin Simpson, Pierre Bensusan and John Renbourn he is a phenomenal technician with a gentle approach to a wide range of styles and tunings. Now a quadruple BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Nominee (best album best duo) and winner of many other plaudits, for his work as an accompanist and arranger with singer/songwriter Josienne Clarke, Ben brings an effortless fluidity across a range of styles from traditional to contemporary. He has worked as a producer, composer and accompanist in a vast range of genres. Whether playing folk songs, blues, complex fingerstyle pieces, or session work with transatlantic recording artists, Ben brings an arranger’s ear and superb musicality to the technical elements of guitar playing and will open your eyes to a whole new tonal palette with which to enrich your playing.

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

World Unlimited - Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £14.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
Clarke and Walker are four albums and a couple of EPs into a partnership that blends Walker’s intricate guitar playing and arrangements with Clarke’s compelling songwriting. Everything they’ve released has met with rave reviews and one of their heroes, Richard Thompson, selected them to support him on tour in 2017. Yet Clarke and Walker are at a stage in their lives when every moment devoted to music without cementing their future takes certain life choices – decisions many of us take for granted – out of their hands. Clarke, who has no back-up plan to speak of, no parallel career to pick up, can’t shake the idea that people view her life as a “silly, poncey pipe-dream”. These two wonderful talents, who take their craft more seriously than most, are, it’s safe to say, prone to pessimism and fretfulness. They make a fine pair.

Clarke brings her songs, melodies and words to Walker, who tinkers with the music and arrangements. Delivered in her wearily mellow, river-clear voice – the sound of a “haunted angel”, said the Financial Times – Clarke’s lyrics transform her raw subject matter with heartrendingly powerful yet precise symbolism and metaphor.

“Words are incredibly important to me,” says Clarke, who spends a lot of time with her head buried in classic fiction and poetry, and books about psychology. “I’ve got all these weird rules about how you should and shouldn’t do songwriting. So things like a love concept, there are tonnes of songs like that. But you have to do something with it. Say it in a way that it hasn’t been said before and try to condense an idea down into its smallest form.”

“Songwriting is no longer this dark art full of smoke and mirrors and hoping,” she adds. “It used to be, but I actually know what I need to do with things now.” It means on songs like Sad Day she feels confident enough to attempt a song inspired by Bill Withers, even if it ends up sounding completely different. “Ten years ago I would never have tried that”

 

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

Ferocious Dog + Support - The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ - 8.00pm - Tickets £16.50 advance/£18.00 on the door - standing. For more information and tickets telephone 01404 384050 or go to website

"Ferocious Dog are the new noise on the block – and are surprising everyone with their rapid ascent. There is no way they’re following any hipster templates – fronted by a big burly man with a mohican who sings impassioned political songs of broken Britain whilst his band seethes like a punky Levellers – they are the music business’s worst nightmare – a great band who are going to make it without anyone’s permission”.(John Robb, Louder Than War, Glastonbury, 5th July 2016).

Ferocious Dog's 3rd studio album, The Red Album, was released in November 2017 to rave reviews. The Enemy Within tour will feature tunes from this album as well as old favourites from previous releases.

2016 was a defining year for Ferocious Dog. From playing Billy Bragg’s Left Field stage at Glastonbury in front of a massive crowd, to sharing the stage with The Levellers on their sold out European and UK tour in November and December and many sold out shows in-between. Ferocious Dog left the audience under no doubt that they had witnessed a band that has the talent and passion to go on to dominate the folk/punk music scene.

With European and UK tours completed, and slots at some of the UK’s and European favourite festivals, 2017 was another exciting year so far in the ascent of this exceptional band.

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 likeability, you have a whole greater than the sum of its parts. Ferocious Dog are well known and popular for their high octane live performances

 

Saturday 29 September
Steve Knightley - St Johns Church, North Bovey, nr Moretonhampstead TQ13 8QZ - 7.30pm For tickets telephone 07887 932212 or email
Steve reprises his highly popular 'Songs and Stories' Tour in 2019 with 'Part 2 - Roadworks'.

World Unlimited - Tim Jones & The Dark Lanterns - 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
Blossom & Fruit is the second album by Tim Jones & The Dark Lanterns; a combination of unique takes on material from the English tradition and spellbinding original songs. It has won the fROOTS Editor’s Choice Album of the Year, and was on a shortlist of three for the FATEA album of the year

Already well established on the London folk scene, the band have been playing together in one form or another since 2013. For this album Tim Jones is joined by Ted Kemp (Laura Smyth & Ted Kemp) on Concertina, Karen Phillips on fiddle, Em Marshall (Crow Puppets) on vocals and guitar, and Robin Timmis (Kibitz) on viola. The lineup bring a wide range of influences to their playing – from klezmer to psychedelia to Morris tunes – and while respectful of what makes traditional music great, have no problem blending and twisting its melodies and words to be part of an evolving and diverse tradition.

Tim’s songwriting has already proven enduring, inspiring many a folk club to rise in song before the first chorus is through, but this collection shows a newfound depth and maturity. The title track can be read as a straightforward seasonal song, but not far beneath the surface lies a catalogue of the changing relationships that have informed much of the work on this album; songs such as The Gathering Storm and Alexandra Rose continue this theme. Elsewhere the album turns outward to darker territory, with London Blitz ballad Candles Out exploring the way that conflict is portrayed compared to the eye-witness accounts of those who live through it, and the opening track A Calling On Song dealing with issues of disenfranchisement and powerlessness that will be familiar to many.

 

World Unlimited is a voluntary not-for-profit organisation. Telephone 01803 875527 or email
Originally based in Birmingham, WU now regularly promotes concerts in South Devon. Go to website for more information

The Blacheart Orchestra- The Plough@TheGeorge, The George Hotel, 1 Broad Street, South Molton EX36 3AB - 8.00pm - £11.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Award-winning British songwriters, composers and multi-instrumentalists Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington are The Blackheart Orchestra. This pioneering duo blend musical styles, seamlessly sidestepping boundaries to create music huge enough to fill a cathedral.
Teign Shanty Festival
Sunday 30 September
The Blacheart Orchestra - A Gallery Gig - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 7.30pm - £11.00 
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Award-winning British songwriters, composers and multi-instrumentalists Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington are The Blackheart Orchestra. This pioneering duo blend musical styles, seamlessly sidestepping boundaries to create music huge enough to fill a cathedral.
Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro - The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ - 7.30pm - Tickets £15.00 advance/£17.00 on the door - seated. For more information and tickets telephone 01404 384050 or go to website

Always engaging and far from predictable these 'Two musicians at the top of their game' (Music Riot) seek to push the boundaries of blues, folk and American roots music. Original compositions on Slide guitar, double bass, harmony vocals and good humoured banter are cornerstones of their live shows.

Between them they are very much on the world stage and have performed at Glastonbury, The Royal Albert hall, the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry, Bonnaroo, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, MerleFest, Bottle Rock,The Edmonton Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, The Blue Note Tokyo, Cognac Blues festival, Cayamo and many more. Most recently Daniel toured the US with the Transatlantic Sessions.

The two musicians met through a mutual friend Sam Lewis at Hippie Jack's music festival in Crawford Tennessee. After a brief backstage rehearsal, they took to the stage for an hour of largely improvised music. A few weeks later they were cutting a record at Zac Brown’s iconic Southern Ground. Martin plays a 100 year Weissenborn (Hawaiian acoustic lap guitar), Daniel plucks beats, scratches and bows his upright bass to create and unexpected array of sounds.

"Quite simply a great live act" –Time Out London

 

Luca Stricagnoli - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - 7.30pm - £12.50+ - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

Prepare yourself for a World Class Acoustic Experience! With his music videos having internet views exceeding 100 million and bookings in every corner of the globe, Luca Stricagnoli will be here as part of this eagerly anticipated full UK and Ireland Tour. With very special guest on the night Meg Pfeiffer.

 

Teign Shanty Festival
Regular events 5th Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor - Book by email
SONG/STORYTELLING - Tradewinds
Okey Folky - Singers, musicians, poets, step-dancers and audience members all welcome!