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Thursday 19 April 2018 - Saturday 21 April 2018 Go to website for more information



May

Brixham Pirate Festival - Saturday 5 May 2018 - Monday 7 May 2018 - visit website

Dart Music Festival - Friday 11 May to Sunday 13 May 2018 - Website  Multi-genre largely free festival.

Callington MayFest - Saturday 19th May 2018 - visit website

12th Bude & Stratton Folk Festival - Friday 25 May to Monday 28 May 2018 Something for everyone, from Barn dances to Concerts, workshops and singing and music sessions. For tickets email or tewlephone or 07736 374003 or visit Website
Guests: Against the Grain, Capella, Didjan, Gadarene, Georgia Lewis Trio, Hannah Cumming, Jackie Oates & Tristan Seume, Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith, Kitty Macfarlane, Martyn Babb, Reg Meuross, Sam Kelly Trio, Steve & Carmen Hunt , Thorn and Roses


Exmouth Festival 2018 Visit Website for more information

Clovelly Seaweed Festival in aid of the North Devon Hospice - Sunday 27 May 2018 - Please visit website for more information.

June

West Country Traditions Festival - Exmouth. Friday 1 June 2018 to Sunday 3 June 2018

Exmouth Festival concludes with an extended West Country Traditions Weekend. Song sessions, music sessions, performers tent, Local folk club events all in Exmouth. On Friday a free Dartmoor traditional concert, with Jim Causley, Bill Murray and the Dartmoor Pixies.

The West Country Traditions event at the Exmouth Fesitval is bigger than ever this year, with star appearances from the likes of STEVE KNIGHTLEY, the EDGELARKS (Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Duo Award Winners), TOBIAS BEN JACOB, ALAN WHITBREAD and of course a host of shanty crews including EXMOUTH SHANTY MEN. Evening concerts with the above guests are on SATURDAY 2nd and SUNDAY 3rd JUNE - with a host of other acts and activities running during the day. For tickets and more information go to website. Information about the Exmouth Festival and West Country Traditions festival are also available on DropBox

For more information email and for performance spots email

 


The Bradninch Music Festival Gardens Go to Facebook page

Bradninch Musical Gardens a picnic for performers in a setting of your choosing. For performers it is free to visit and play at up to 16 venues to help raise money for the Bradninch Music Festival and help new bands and performers get known

The Bradninch Musical Gardens are probably the largest social event in Bradninch’s annual calendar of events.  Sixteen venues will be throwing open their gates from noon to 5.00pm for the Bradninch Musical Gardens weekend when large and small gardens will be welcoming music, dancers, art, tea & cakes and artisans displaying their work.  Performances will range from solo performers to the scores of performers who make up the Bradninch Festival Choir.

This year will include a concert by of the Trio Exe and friends who will be performing the iconic quintet 'The Trout' by Schubert in Bradninch. The early evening concert is on 2 June at 17:30 until 19:30 in St Disen’s Church.  It promises to be a very special event given that it is integral to the annual village musical gardens weekend. To whet the appetite two of Trio Exe will be playing in The Recotru garden earlier in the day as a prelude to the main event.  All the gardens opening over the weekend are listed on the ticket/map from the local Spar shop at £7.00 each or £12.00 a pair and money raised will go towards several local charities and to the Bradninch Music Festival. Tickets for the Trio Exe concert are £8.00 each available from the Spar or on the door. A discounted £6.00 ticket is available for to Garden Wristband/ticket holders.

On Sunday 3 June Bradninch Millers Morris are again following in steps of the Bradninch Club Walks of the 1880s.  Although Club Walks took place all over Victorian England, here in the south-west a unique style of dancing, known as Stave Dancing, evolved at the annual Walks of the friendly societies. Dancers carried the long stewards’ staves of office while dancing. Newspaper reports from the time described hundreds of people walking around the town before picnicking, holding sports and dancing.  Bradninch Millers Morris will be using the replicas of the Bradninch Tradesmen’s Club staves of the 19th century.  As in previous years Bradninch Millers Morris will be accompanied by dancers and musicians from the Majidah Tribal Belly Dance troupe. The Club Walk will be dancing at public locations as well as participating open gardens.  

The Bradninch Musical Gardens are the prime funding for the Bradninch Music Festival which starts the following weekend of 8, 9 and 10th of June. The festival is an event which is renowned for supporting exceptional young performers.
For more information please contact 01392 881566.


20th Teignmouth Folk Festival - Friday 22 to Sunday 24 June 2018 - Visit website
Friday night concert with The Crows – support Maggie Duffy – Bitton Houe
Also Friday night – Ice Factory – Upstairs in the 50 seater studio – Clive Sheard will be hosting a blues session.
Saturday pm – Heritage Centre – Festival Folk Club 2.00 – 5.00pm.
Ice Factory – Saturday night Concert – Upstairs – Ian Bruce Concert – Support Windjammer
Saturday Night Ceilidh with Spinach For Norman – new venue this year. Richard Newton Hall, Higher Buckeridge Road, Teignmouth TQ14 8QP
Sunday afternoon concert – United Reformed Church
Session Venue – Saturday and Sunday afternoon 2.00 – 5.00pm - The Oystercatchers Café, Northumberland Place
Storytelling – Sunday evening 5.30 – 7.00pm – Oystercatchers Café
Other appearances:
City of Plymouth Pipe Band
Morris Sides


July

7th Annual South Brent Folk Day - Saturday 7 July 2018 - Visit South Brent Folk website

Somerset singer/songwriter Ange Hardy (harp/guitar), Devon fiddle duo Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll and Dartmoor Folk Singer Bill Murray
For more information contact Eileen McKee telephone 01364 73699 or email or John Rawlinson telephone 01364 73117 or email


Clovelly Maritime Festival in aid Bideford Sea Cadets - Saturday 14 July 2018. Please visit website for more information.



Chagstock Festival - Friday 20 July to Saturday 21 July 2018 - Whiddon Down, Devon - Website

IMELDA MAY | BUZZCOCKS
SHOW OF HANDS | KING KING | THE CORRESPONDENTS
THE HOT SPROCKETS | BARBARELLA’S BANG BANG| MARTIN HARLEY
HUNTER & THE BEAR | THE WOOD BURNING SAVAGES | DESSIE MAGEE
XYLARU | THE GRAHAMS | THE LUCK | KELLY OLIVER | LUKA STATE | LUVIA
HUW EDDY & THE CARNIVAL | JAKE MORRELL | CHAY SNOWDON | QUORUM
Plus full LIVE LOUNGE line up and as always, house band...NEW CRISIS

FULL 2018 LINE UP NOW CONFIRMED!!

IMELDA MAY, BUZZCOCKS, SHOW OF HANDS, THE CORRESPONDENTS
AND MANY MORE TO PERFORM AT DEVON’S CHAGSTOCK FESTIVAL
- ONE OF THE UK’S MOST BEAUTIFUL FESTIVAL SITES

CHAGSTOCK 2018 MAIN STAGE ACTS

Friday night headliners Buzzcocks were formed in 1976 by Pete Shelley, Howard Devoto, Steve Diggle and John Maher. In August 1977, they released their landmark ‘Orgasm Addict’ single, swiftly followed by ‘What Do I Get?’, the band’s first entry into the UK Top 40, and the first of a string of chart hits. Since then, Buzzcocks have become one of the UK’s best loved bands, touring extensively and releasing countless outstanding albums including Another Music in a Different Kitchen, Love Bites and A Different Kind of Tension, as well as the hugely influential Singles Going Steady compilation.

Saturday’s headliner Imelda May began her career in 2003, releasing ‘No Turning Back’. In 2007 she signed with Ambassador Records and recorded her second album, ‘Love Tattoo’. It reached No. 1 in Ireland and its widespread acclaim caught the attention of Jools Holland, who invited her to support him on tour, and on his BBC2 show for a hugely memorable performance on Later...
Imelda has recorded with a huge variety of world-class artists, including Lou Reed, Jeff Beck, Smokey Robinson, Tom Jones, and Sharon Shannon; she has performed at the Grammy’s with Jeff Beck in tribute to Les Paul; on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and recently sang the Irish anthem before the Floyd Mayweather/Conor McGregor fight in Las Vegas.

Show of Hands return for their third performance at Chagstock, including a magical headline set back in 2011. One of the UK's most successful acoustic acts (and local heroes to boot!) the talents of Steve Knightley and Phil Beer will be celebrating 25 years of magical music making.

Warming up for Buzzcoks on Friday night will be King King. If this is your first time discovering them...they are simply the living, breathing, here and now of Classic Rock music.

The Correspondents consist of singer Mr Bruce and producer, Chucks. Formed in 2007, within two years they went from house parties to festival main stages with a show that quickly established the duo as one of the best live acts in the UK..

Alyssa and Doug Graham have spent most of their lives together. Friends since she was 7 and he was 9, they became a couple in their teens, then husband and wife. Somewhere along the way, they also became The Grahams, a dynamic Americana duo who've married their love of adventure with a desire to build on foundations laid by their musical predecessors.

Hotly-tipped British rockers, Hunter & The Bear will close Chagstock’s marquee stage on Friday, with Dublin ‘blood brothers’ The Hot Sprockets bringing proceedings to an end on Saturday.

Described succinctly by the Huffington Post as “The Heroes British Rock Needs Right Now“, Hunter & The Bear have spent the last few years loudly reinvigorating the UK’s live music scene, picking up scores of fans after incredible performances at festivals including Glastonbury and T In The Park, alongside supporting the likes of Eric Clapton, Van Morrison and Simple Minds on tour.

The Hot Sprockets are five blood brothers from Dublin City drawn together by their mutual love of Rock 'n' Roll. Take some good-time revolutionary spirit, add a pinch of psychedelic flavour, simmer it down with some indie soul and you are now somewhere close! You better get ready for the ride because they are more than a band, they are a force of nature...!

Songwriter Martin Harley “One of the UK’s finest contemporary roots musicians” – Total Guitar) will also take to the main stage, returning to Chagstock for the first time in five years.

Chagstock Festival is a Not For Profit Organisation, proud to support Devon Air Ambulance Trust and WaterAid.


EARLY BIRD WEEKEND CAMPING TICKETS
£85 (Adults), £60 (Under 18’s),
Under 12’s are free (ticket is still required).
A Family Ticket for 2 Adults & 2 Under 18s is £255.
All weekend tickets include 2 nights of camping and car parking. Campervans £18.00
Day tickets will be available closer to the event
Tickets are available from website

August

28 July - 25 August 2018 - Dartington International Summer School & Festival
For details of the Folk Courses taking place during Week 2 (4-11 August): Folk Surgery (Sally Davies & Paul Hutchinson); Folk Choir (Sally Davies); Accordion Workshop (Paul Hutchinson); Folk Baroque (Andy Watts [Carnival Band]; As I Walked Out One Morning (David Harbottle & Freya Jonas), see website
The following Public Concerts and Ceilidh will all take place in Dartington's Great Hall:
Friday 3 August - 10pm - Tavern Night: Medieval Partying
Sunday 5 August - 5.15pm - Poetry & Folk
Sunday 5 August - 7.45pm - Harbottle & Jonas
Thursday 9 August - 5.15pm - As I Walked Out One Morning
Thursday 9 August - 10pm - Pagoda Project
Friday 10 August - 10.30pm - Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band
Plus: Late sessions in the White Hart bar on 7 and 9 August.


Sidmouth Folk Week - Friday 3 August 2019 to Friday 10 August 2018 - Visit Website Click here to see 2018 line up. Click here to view programme.
Ear on the past, eye on the future - Tickets now on sale for “the friendliest music-based holiday of the summer” (One Magazine). Sidmouth FolkWeek 2018 (3-10 August) has announced its first round of headline acts along with releasing the first wave of great value Super Early Bird tickets - numbers strictly limited. The long-running seaside festival of music and dance brings together a stunning selection of folk and traditional music - from big-name headliners to exciting new performers - all set against the beautiful Devon coastline. Guests will find there’s something for everyone, with concerts, ceilidhs, workshops, youth and family events, talks, processions and displays, storytelling, and surprises around every corner. The amazing value All-In-One and Season Tickets now available can give you unlimited access to festival events from first thing in the morning until the last thing at night.

See the Website for full line-up details and ticket offers


THE SIDMOUTH SEASIDE STOMPERS

Musical children (8 years and over) who play any musical instrument are being encouraged to participate in the The Sidmouth Seaside Stompers Ceilidh Band Workshop. This gives an amazing opportunity to be part of a real ceilidh band and playing for a very special event as part of the Sidmouth FolkWeek programme.

Workshops run every day during the festival (Saturday to Thursday) with a superb group of extremely talented and experienced tutors (Team Stompit!) led by Ray Langton. This will include tutors with expertise in: guitar, brass, percussion, woodwind and fiddle.

The Sidmouth Seaside Stompers will work together with their tutors to learn ceilidh band dance music to play for what is a wonderful evening ceilidh in the Blackmore Gardens Marquee. This will provide a truly memorable experience for those playing for the event.

All children must have their own instruments and be able to play a number of tunes from music or by ear (approximately Grade 2 standard).

Music will be provided and parts for all instruments and all abilities will be available.

This is a very exciting opportunity for young musicians to work with others, learn new music and then to perform to an audience on the Thursday night in the Blackmore Gardens Marquee.

For further information please email Ray & Bev Langton Children’s Festival Producers


Bob Cann

Click on image for slide show of pictures of 2017 festival

Photographs by Alan Quick

41st Dartmoor Folk Festival - Friday 10 to Sunday 12 August 2018 - For further details about the Festival, telephone 01837 840102 - visit website

TOP local and national artists will headline at the 41st Dartmoor Folk Festival.
They include Jamie Smith’s Mabon (Friday), Melrose Quartet (Saturday), Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan (Sunday), Granny’s Attic, Melrose Ceilidh Band, Cardboard Fox, Flash Jack and Pete White’s Suitcase Circus.
Other artists attending will be The Dartmoor Pixie Band, Ramsley Minors, Entertainingly Different, Dave Wills and various morris and dance teams.
The annual family-festival includes concerts, a ramble on Dartmoor, a ceilidh, folk service, craft displays, dances, a dedicated Children's Festival, a Dartmoor Fayre, music hall, pub sessions and music, song and dance workshops.
Hotly-contested competitions are the Dartmoor Broom Dance championships and Dartmoor Stepdance Championships.
It was 41 years ago that the festival was founded by the late Bob Cann, who lived in the parish of South Zeal.  He had the dream of a folk event on his doorstep that would help to revive and preserve the traditions of Dartmoor.
It was the traditional music, dance, song and crafts of the area that formed the basis for the first festival and they still remain for the association which runs the festival today.
Since it was founded it has grown so that it can invite some of the best folk artists around, whilst maintaining its reputation for being a relaxed, friendly and traditional festival.


Bath Folk Festival - Saturday 11 August 2018 to Sunday 19 August 2018 website.

Beautiful Days Festival - Friday 17 August 2018 - Sunday - 19 August 2018 - Escot Park near Exeter. See website - for details.

46th Cornwall Folk Festival - Friday 24 August 2018 to Monday 27 August 2018 - Visit festival website

2018 Festival Line-up — Eddi Reader and her band with the amazing Ninebarrow on Saturday; a night of cajun and blue grass with Penzance's Flats and Sharps and Joli Blon; a family affair with Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, joined by Katriona Gilmore and Kathryn's brother Jamie Roberts; closing out with the amazing voice of Sam Kelly and his Lost Boys, plus our Breton friends Marvailh. For Further details telephone Mike 01637 880604


September

Clovelly Lobster and Crab Feast - Sunday 2 September 2018 - 10th Anniversary - Please visit website for more information.

Clovelly celebrates its famous lobsters and crabs sustainably caught by its fishermen with a great day out for all the family. Choose from a variety of crab and lobster dishes cooked on the quay or book a table at the Red Lion Harbour Restaurant and dine on delicious lobster and seafood platters. There'll be live folk music, chef cookery demonstrations, a prize draw for a magnum of champagne, local food and craft stalls, including plenty of freshly cooked lobsters and crabs, and beer tasting. Children will be kept entertained by street theatre, walkabout magic, balloon modelling and event-themed craft activities provided by The National Trust, also Shipwreck Survival and crab activities. The historic ketch, 'Irene', will be there on the day.

 


Lyme Folk Weekend - Lyme Regis - visit website for more information

Fishstock Festival - Brixham - visit website

Teign Shanty Festival - Teignmouth - Saturday 29 September - Sunday 30 September 2018 - visit website
Following their experience of other sea shanty festivals, the Back Beach Boyz are organising the first ever Sea Shanty Festival in Teignmouth aiming to celebrate our maritime traditions, plus local food and drink with sixteen shanty crews from across the South West.

For further information please go to Facebook - Twitter - Instagram


October

Ilfracombe Folk Roots and World Music Festival - Ilfracombe Holiday Park, Marlborough Road, Ilfracombe EX34 8PF - Go to website for more information


Baring Gould Folk weekend - For more information visit website or telephone 01837 53754



November

Clovelly Herring Festival - Saturday 17 November 2018 - Please visit website for more information.
Clovelly was once a major centre for herring fishing and our annual Herring Festival is held to promote these tasty, nutritious 'Silver Darlings' and support carefully managed fishing as carried out by our local fishermen.  
The village once depended on the harvest of herring, which are caught in superb condition for a short season off its coast.  Records go back over 400 years and in 1749, there were a hundred herring boats in the port.  When fishing was good, 9000 herring could be landed at one time. Those days of massive catches are long gone and there remain just two herring fishermen who still employ sustainable fishing methods using drift nets and long lines.
Maritime historian and writer, Mike Smylie, will return with his 'Kipperland' exhibition, which is devoted to the history of the herring.  He will also be turning herring into delicious and delicate-tasting kippers and bloaters in his smokehouse.  
There will also be net making, flax processing and a curragh on show provided by 'Flaxland'.  
Enjoy a wide variety of herring dishes in the quay kitchens or at the Harbour Bar, cookery demonstrations, live shanty and sea song singers, stilted entertainers, other local food and craft stalls, a photographic exhibition of Clovelly herring fishing, a Herring Hunt, face painting, henna tattoosand National Trust event-themed, free craft activities. 
Standard admission charges include all entertainment.


December