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


Brixham Pirate Festival - Saturday 4 May 2019 - Monday 6 May 2019 - visit website

Dart Music Festival - Friday 10 May 2019 to Sunday 12 May 2019 - Website  Multi-genre largely free festival.

Callington MayFest - Saturday 18th May 2019 - visit website

Bude & Stratton Folk Festival - Friday 24 May 2019 to Monday 27 May 2019
Something for everyone, from Barn dances to Concerts, workshops and singing and music sessions. For tickets email or telephone or 07736 374003 or visit Website or FaceBook page

Exmouth Festival 2018 Visit Website for more information


21st Teignmouth Folk Festival - Friday 21 to Sunday 23 June 2019 - Visit website


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

For more information contact Eileen McKee telephone 01364 73699 or email or John Rawlinson telephone 01364 73117 or email

Chagstock Festival - Friday 19 July 2019 to Saturday 20 July 2019 - Whiddon Down, Devon - Website

Chagstock Festival - First Acts Announced for 2019
From The Jam confirmed to Headline main stage on Friday
Early Bird Tickets available at discounted price for limited time

CHAGSTOCK FESTIVAL organisers have announced the first bands to be confirmed for 2019, and to celebrate, they have put a limited number of Early Bird tickets on sale at cheaper than 2018 prices!

Friday night’s main stage headline act will be, From The Jam! The Jam had amazing chart success with 18 singles and 7 albums to make the top 40 in the United Kingdom from their debut in 1977 to their break up in 1982. Fronted by the Jam’s legendary Bassist Bruce Foxton, From The Jam will bring their unique punk / mod sound to the main stage on Friday, performing hits such as ‘That’s Entertainment’, ‘Going Underground’ and ‘Town Called Malice
Supporting the Friday night headliners will be Mad Dog Mcrea; an extremely popular choice in our recent survey! Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs.

Performing on the Marquee stage on Friday will be Holy Moly & the Crackers. 2017 and 2018 have been huge years for the ever-evolving folk-alt-rock group, led by vocalist Ruth Patterson. They released their album ‘Salem’ in July 2017 and its lead single, the barnstorming indie-rock anthem ‘Cold Comfort Lane’ was included on major Spotify playlists including Fresh Finds, Fierce Femmes & New Noise, and went on to be used by E4, Ultimate Ears, KIA Sportage Cars and the end credits track for the 2018 summer blockbuster movie, Oceans 8. Since then they have wowed audiences up and down the country with their high energy live show, and we cannot wait to welcome them to Chagstock 2019.

Many more acts, including Saturday night headliners are still to be announced.

Taking place on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th July 2019, Chagstock will once again showcase the very finest music, food and entertainment from the Westcountry and beyond. Early Bird tickets are still available for a limited time. With a limited number of Early Bird tickets on sale now at cheaper than 2018 prices!, Chagstock is one of the best value festivals to be found anywhere in the country.

Set in 70 acres of farmland on the edge of Dartmoor, Chagstock is renowned for its stunning location, diverse line-up of artists and non-corporate, family friendly atmosphere. Chagstock showcases the very best music, food and entertainment that the Westcountry and the UK have to offer. Starting life as a small private party, Chagstock has now grown into a major fixture on the Westcountry festival circuit.

Simon Ford Chagstock Festival organiser says, “We can’t wait to welcome friends new and old to Higher Fields in Whiddon Down for Chagstock 2019. We are delighted to already be able to confirm Bruce Foxton’s From The Jam as Friday night headliners, along with our friends Mad Dog Mcrea and a host of other fantastic live acts. We still have many more exciting bands to announce as well! As always we are working hard to bring an eclectic and high quality line-up to the beautiful Devon countryside, and we look forward to seeing you in July.
Do keep an eye on our website or Twitter, for the most up to date news and announcements ”

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


£79 (Adults), £54 (Under 18’s)
Under 12’s are free (ticket is still required).
A Family Ticket for 2 Adults & 2 Under 18s is £239.
All weekend tickets include 2 nights of camping and car parking. Campervans £18
Day tickets will be released closer to the event

Tickets are available from website


Sidmouth Folk Week - Friday 3 August 2019 to Friday 10 August 2018 - Visit Website
See the Website for details of performers and ticket offers




The wonderful Seaside Stompers Children’s Ceilidh Band Workshop will again be taking place during Sidmouth FolkWeek 2019.  Children (8 years and over) who play any musical instrument will have a great time in this series of workshops, which take place on a daily basis throughout the festival. These workshops lead to a special Thursday evening performance of the Seaside Stompers Ceilidh Band as part of the festival ceilidh programme.

The workshops are led by Ray Langton with a team of talented tutors (Team Stompit!) to guide the progress of the children as they learn to play a collection of jigs, reels and polkas. The team include tutors with expertise in: guitar, brass, percussion, woodwind squeezebox and fiddle.

The Sidmouth Seaside Stompers work hard and play together with their tutors to play for what is a truly memorable evening ceilidh in the Blackmore Gardens Marquee.

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 contact Ray & Bev Langton Children’s Festival Producers on

Bob Cann

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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

Report on the 2018 festival by Alan Quick

Stanley swept the board in broom dance contest at Dartmoor Folk Festival

A BROTHER and sister took the top honours at the 41st Dartmoor Folk Festival held at South Zeal near Okehampton from August 10-12. Stanley Frangleton (10), from South Zeal, was the Dartmoor Broom Dance Champion while his sister, Ruth (14), was the Junior Dartmoor Step Dance Champion.
Dartmoor Broom dancing involves dancing over a broom. Stanley said that he learned the dance at workshops held at the festival a few years ago and had been practising to perfect the dance. He was up against dozens of other competitors, dancing in front of a large audience. Stanley was following in a family tradition because his older sisters, Beth and Elsa, have won the broom dance championship at previous festivals.

The Dartmoor Step Dance sees dancers step on a 15-inch square board showing the different steps to try and out-step the previous dancer, until a final champion is decided upon. Ruth was chosen by the judges to have out-stepped other competitors to gain the title. She said she was "thrilled" to win.
It was fifth time lucky for Jenny Read of Exeter, who won the adult Dartmoor Step Dance Championship. She previously won the title in 2016, 2012, 2004 and 2002.

The wet weather during the weekend did not dampen the spirits of those who attended the festival. All the main arena activities were transferred under cover into huge marquees erected at South Zeal Playing Field, the main festival site.

Other events took place at other venues in the village, including South Zeal Victory Hall, St Mary’s Church, local churches and public houses.

BBC weather presenter Dan Downs opened the Grand Dart-i-moor Fayre on the Saturday afternoon, accepting some jibes and jokes for the rainy and windy weather.
Dan is well-known for speaking in Devonshire dialect and grew up local to the event, admitting that he learned Dartmoor broom dancing in classes when a pupil at Yeoford Primary School.

The Friday evening saw a sell-out crowd attend the opening concert with highly accomplished and critically acclaimed Celtic roots music band, Jamie Smith's Mabon.
The band had some of those who attended dancing in the aisles. That same evening there was a full house for the ceilidh with the popular Dartmoor Pixie Band.
Most of the concerts at the festival were sold out during the weekend.

A dedicated children's festival runs alongside the main programme, making it one of the most family-friendly festivals in the UK.

It was 40 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 music, song and dance traditions of Dartmoor.
Thanks to the efforts of Bob Cann, his family and friends, and lately his descendants and a strong committee, with the support of an army of volunteer stewards, the festival has grown into one of the top family-friendly folk events in the South West.
The festival also included craft displays, dances, music hall, pub sessions and music, song and dance workshops and competitions.

Free events included Starter Song Sessions, Shanty Group singing, Folk Club sessions, a ramble on Dartmoor, church service and Youth Music Session.
Top local and national artists who attended included Melrose Quartet, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, Megan Henwood, Granny’s Attic, Melrose Ceilidh Band, Cardboard Fox, Flash Jack, Ramsley Minors and Pete White’s Suitcase Circus.

Children's Festival entertainers included Entertainingly Different, Jackie Clementine, The Makeshift Ensemble, Enchanted Wanderers and Working Woodlands.
Morris teams included Cogs and Wheels, Winkleigh, Enigma Border, Great Western and Tinners and JD and Folk dance team.

Masters of Ceremonies were Dave Wills, Bill Crawford, Dave Lowry, Bill Murray, Tich Scott, Martyn Babb, Jason Rice and Jon 'o'.

Jane White, festival secretary, said: “We had fabulous fun at the festival.
“The quality of the artists really shone through and despite occasional rain a good time was had by all.” Jason Rice, chairman, added: “Everything ran smoothly and I would like to thank the 80 volunteer stewards, the association members who help stage the event, the local residents who put up with the tremendous influx of people and all those who attended. “It really was a great festival.”
Alan Quick, press officer said: "It was the traditional music, dance, song and crafts of the area that formed the basis for the first Dartmoor Folk Festival and they still remain for the association which runs the festival today.
"Since it was founded it has grown enormously and we are able to invite some of the best folk artists around, whilst maintaining the festival's reputation for being a relaxed, friendly and traditional festival.
“An action-packed programme was arranged and it was another great festival.
"The festival is deeply rooted in the heart of the Dartmoor community and is keeping customs and traditions alive."
A campsite of more than 200 pitches operated and many people attended from across the UK.

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

Beautiful Days Festival - Friday 16 August 2019 - Sunday - 18 August 2019 - 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

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

Fishstock Festival - Brixham - visit website Saturday 8 September 2018

Teign Shanty Festival - Teignmouth - Saturday 29 September - Sunday 30 September 2018 - visit website

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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. Friday 26 October at 7.00pm to Sunday 28 October at 10.00pm. For information about tickets go to Eventbrite

This autumnal folk weekend in the Dartmoor town of Okehampton creates a friendly community suitable for all ages, where you can spend quality time getting to know the artists the artists. There are always lots of ways for you to join in as well as the chance to hear some of the best folk artists in the country. Guests this year: Banter, Polly Bolton, Matt Quinn, Hannah Cumming, Georgia Lewis, Martin and Shan Graebe, Banter, Trev Munkenbeck and Kat Barlow, Kevin Sessions, Bill Murray and the Wren team: Marilyn Tucker and Paul Wilson, David Faulkner, Becki Driscoll and Jon Dyer.

The Folk Weekend is dedicated to Revd. Sabine Baring-Gould, 19th century folk song collector based here in West Devon, and so our festival takes a special interest in song, and we evoke the spirit of Harvest Festival. Okehampton is a delightful former market town on the northern slopes of Dartmoor.  We make use of community and church halls for the Festival Weekend, and the town offers a range of accommodation to suit most pockets making the Baring-Gold Folk Weekend perfect autumn break.


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.