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Page last updated 27/12/20

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Celtic Harpist
I am a Celtic Harpist based near Yelverton. I play regularly for local hotels and pubs, and also for weddings and other functions throughout Devon. I also teach the Celtic harp. For more information please email Fionnuala Kirby

Bass guitar player - fretted and fretless
Pete Bingham available for gigs and recording sessions. I play most styles - especially 'noisy folk'. Previous bands include Jiggerpipery and Waulk Elektrik. Currently playing with the FOS brothers and dep gigs with Lucky ol' Sun. Based in South Devon but very happy to travel and tour. Please email or telephone 07516181767
Date listed 15.03.19.

Mandolin/Celtic bouzouki player
Mandolin/Celtic bouzouki player (with some acoustic guitar, fiddle, blues harp and whistles) and strong lead/backing vocal ability seeks established, gigging, band.  Very experienced. Genres considered would be folk/Celtic, Americana, country or original material. Based between East Devon around Sidmouth (but can travel a reasonable distance for rehearsals and any area at home/abroad) for gigs) and Glasgow.  Can also find me on ye olde Facebook!

Contact me at or telephone 07710 768 337.

Date listed 09.9.18.

Highland Bagpiper
Highland Bagpiper available for weddings, funerals, Burns nights and other special events. Can play for dancing if required, and also Piobaireachd. Please contact Robin on 07717 252766 or email

Date listed 21.07.18.

Guitarist - acoustic/electric, available for stand ins, new projects etc. I currently play with the very successful Dawntreader Ceilidh Band and The Classycroc Classic Rock Band - But, I would like to play out a bit more than these bands wish to. Anything considered, not necessarily Folk/Electric Folk, just so long as I dont have to organise it! Please telephone Mel 01626770238

I play Guitar/Mandolin/Fiddle, mainly traditional stuff, and can read and play by ear. I'm based around the Somerset/Devon/Dorset border and I'm looking for a band or like minded individual. I currently play for morris, step-dancing and the occasional ceilidh and would also be open deputising. Please email
Date listed 25.04.18.

Bass/Melodeon Player
Musician Available - East Devon based Bass and Melodeon player looking to play bouncing skippy music with others for ceilidhs, dances, clubs etc. Please email
Date listed 09.06.17.

Multi - Instrumentalist (male)
Plays acoustic/electric guitar, upright/electric bass, mandola, bouzouki, plus vocals.
Main influences are folk, jazz and rock. I have worked in many bands for 40 years plus, with recent experience in the folk band "Offshoot".
I have played in ceilidh bands in Devon, e.g. "Racing Demon", "Rumpus", and "Piping Hot" for many years. I am based in South Devon and am available for regular work and deputisin. Telephone Martin on 01364 649444 or email

Very Versatile Barn Dance Caller's & Band - using high quality recorded music system's are available in the South West Area's *Bristol * Gloucester *Dorset * Salisbury. Please Contact Peter Wyatt - Founder & Co-Owner.
"Entertainers Direct Agency" LTD. Telephone 01294 829669 or email

Available for Burns Suppers
I am looking for a job!! Having organised our own Burns supper on the 25 and 26 January 2017 with 4 guests at each of them and having learnt how to "Address the Haggis" I enjoyed the experience so much that I wondered if there was a need for someone to carry out this function either as a stand in, or main speaker.

I do have full Highland dress and a Scottish accent, I hope to add "The immortal memory" to my repertoire. Can you please keep my details and if I can be of assistance now or in the future, give me a call. Regards Jack Malcolm Mobile 07968 256217

Chris Jewell - Melodeon/Fiddle/Guitar
Vastly experienced Ceilidh musician available to dep on Melodeon, fiddle or guitar.  Happy to lead or follow with or without music.  Has led bands and workshops for 35 years.  Sometimes available at short notice.  See website for available dates. Email Chris

Bernie Samuel - Guitar/Vocals
After nine years of fronting the Fabulous Thorvertones, I'm looking to meet musicians to play Irish/English folk tunes in a ramshackle fashion. I'm primarily looking for fiddle/mandolin/melodeon/percusssion. I have a bunch of Irish tunes already (mostly Pogues/Dubliners/Cheiftains), but am looking to expand the repertoire. text on 07712 126643 or email

Cellist available for session recordings and occasional gigs. Experience playing folk, indie, rock, experimental. Electric/acoustic. Please email

Bagpipe player
Bagpipe player available for weddings and funerals in the south west. Based in Brixham. Also plays violin for romantic proposals.  Telephone  or text  07777640751

Piano player available
I'm an American pianist who also plays Celtic harp and fiddle. I'm in Exeter until January 2017 and just looking for any kind of musical fun.  At home in the US I play contras, Scottish and English country dance, some Irish and some Klezmer.  I do read music and play by ear.  Contact me by email

Fiddle/guitar/mandolin/bass player
Professional fiddle/guitar/mandolin/bass player available for freelance performing/recording work.  35 years experience.  Author of many instructional books published by Mel Bay.  Well respected, versatile musician.  Able to read/play by ear/improvise.  Contact Phil Berthoud email

Multi folk instrumentalist
Multi folk instrumentalist with 30 years' playing experience in various bands & groups in both live & session work available for gigs, barn dances & ceilidhs available throughout SW England (Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire & Somerset) & further afield if able & necessary. Instruments are button accordion, melodeon, anglo concertina, bodhran & whistle as well as keyboards. Contact 07833-464423 or email.

Fiddle player
Reads music, improvises and plays by heart.  Also djembe, guitar and vocals.  Totnes based. Please telephone 07557 526242 or email

Acoustic Bass player
Now back on double bass and available for jazz style bands and or rhythmic folk/Irish Bands. Beautiful carved German double bass, plus two other bass guitars, Martin and old Fender Jazz. Telephone 01404 815015 or email. Exeter Plymouth Bristol areas or foreign  Tours.

Bodhran player
Accomplished bodhran player looking for a band to play with in the East Devon/Exeter area, preferably a crazy Irish band, but a sane one would do! Seriously though, I have played bodhran to a variety of things from funk to ceilidhs so would not rule out any opportunity, given that I am already in a couple of musical collaborations. I have good availability for practice/gigs and am very serious about what I do, not to say it cant be fun as well. Please telephone 01404 814202 or email

I have been a semi professional musician since the sixties playing guitar and singing mainly English and Appalachian songs. I also play a bit of old time banjo and autoharp. I currently do occasional gigs with a well known autoharpist but would like to play every now and again nearer home. I would be interested in teaming up with a fiddler or accordion player (or maybe something else) who also sings a bit for occasional gigs and a bit of musical fun - email Mike

"Multi instrument person", (Male) plays fiddle, mandolin, Cittern, acoustic/electric guitar and vocals.
Influences from all over the place: inc rock/metal.  Prior to B.C (before children) experience: Folk, pop, rock, metal, bands, duos, folk clubs, working men's clubs, pubs, festivals, holiday camps, cabaret (overseas too) etc, etc. Seeks like minded tortured soul/souls. Thinking of multi layered, dark, aggressive trad and contemporary acoustic Tunes/songs?????? Already have regular commitments with gigging bands, but very flexible. Looking to gig regularly and make fantastic music. Seeks person/persons similar with vocals. North Devon but has transport. Email for more information.

Acoustic Guitar Player looking for folk/acoustic project - Exeter area

Influences: Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Davey Graham, Lau, Nick Drake, John Fahey,

30 year old acoustic guitarist, playing for 15 years, with good quality gear and own transport looking to join/form acoustic/folk group. I mainly play 60s folk revival fingerstyle stuff. but open to other styles, although please no "folk/pop" ala Mumford, Lumineers etc. Ideal situation would be accompanying guitarist to singer with maybe mandolin or fiddle involved as well.

I've played in many electric bands over the years, but now want to concentrate on what I'm good at and what I enjoy, so acoustic projects only please.

I'm based near tiverton but work in Exeter so anything around those areas would work. Please email Ben Morgan-Brown

Bass guitar and percussion (and caller)
Gordon Francis - Bass guitar and percussion (and caller) I am a freelance bass player working in Devon and Somerset. I am a strong reader (dots or chords) and can also work without any music on most standard folk repertoire (and usually most of the stuff I've never heard or played before as well). I bring a strong, rhythmic foundation to any band and am happy with any style from odd Balkan time signatures to English/American/Irish folk. I also play percussion and kit if needed.

I play regularly for Scallywag and Stick the Fiddle and can be contacted on 07789 796993 or email

Obsidian Acoustic are planning a tour of the south west later this year. If you are interested in providing a venue please email - check out Obsidian Acoustic on Facebook

Guitarist - acoustic/electric, available for stand ins, new projects etc. I currently play with the Dawntreader Ceilidh Band (visit website), but now that I have retired from the day job I am available more than the rest of my band wish to play. Anything considered, not necessarily Folk/Electric Folk. Please telephone Mel 01626770238

Guitar, double bass and clarinet
I play guitar, double bass and clarinet. I play many styles on guitar, slap double bass and klezmer clarinet. I also teach these instruments and styles. I can stand in and perform, sometimes at short notice, on these instruments too. Please email Tim

Olivia Dunn - Fiddle Player/Teache
I'm a professional, experienced and versatile fiddle player based near Plymouth. My playing/touring/recording credits include The Phil Beer Band and Mad Dog Mcrea. I'm always interested to hear about new projects. For more information telephone 07748 166943 

Multi-instrumentalist and singer
I am a multi-instrumentalist and singer, I play celtic harp, piano and guitar. I can learn by ear, read music and love to improvise. I am available for festivals, public and private events, weddings, hand fastings etc. Also available for recording or live performance with a band or soloist. Some home spun recordings  can be heard on website. Contact Sonja telephone 07968 973248or email

Melodeon player
Melodeon player available at short notice as a stand in lead musician for Ceilidhs etc. - Contact Steve Gill telephone 01803 290427 or email

Whistle(High or Low)/Recorder/Border Bagpipe player
Experienced, competent and reliable blower of tubes available for paid work - ceilidhs, gigs, recording, special events. Particularly interested in Irish, French/Breton and early music.
Please contact Robin on 07717 252766 or email

Violin/fiddle player
Professional standard violinist/fiddle player who reads music, can play by ear and plays any form of dance music looking for dance group or dance band to play with. Plymouth, Plympton or Plymstock area or further a field depending on distance. please call Robert Tappin 01752 283949

Folk singer/musician
I am a female folk singer/musician 50+ and enjoy singing Traditional Folk Harmony Vocals (Maddie Prior style) as well as lead. Looking for other like minded singers/musicians Male/Female to perform with for fun/band/gigs etc. Please contact Max if you are interested. Exeter area. Please eMail

Drummer/Percussionist available.
I play and own Full kit, Hang drum, Djembe, Conga, Cajon, Darabuka, Timbale, Udu, Bongoes and various other items you can hit or slap! I also work part-time as a drum tutor. Have been in bands such as Mad Dog Mcrea, Ella Edmondson, Bex Marshall, The Blackhouse, Monotwin Feat Mighty Mike Mcgee,Simplicity Complex and others. Have worked with Damo Suzuki from Can supported bands such as Rachel Unthank, The Specials, The Undertones, Hothouse Flowers, Noel Fielding etc I have lots of recording and gigging experience including depping, touring, festivals, clubs and events. I have also played live on the radio a few times.

I am based in Torbay, South Devon and own my own rehearsal/recording studio. I can't pigeonhole my musical taste as it is so varied. I do prefer creating original music rather than doing covers, but I am open to all and any musical suggestions. As a preference I do prefer playing percussion to full kit. I'm looking for a band that do original material, although I don't mind doing a few covers. Would prefer someone established that are doing the festival circuit etc, but will talk to anyone if they are ambitious, hardworking and dedicated! Please get in touch if you would like to get together, I regularly record tracks with a composer friend of mine and we are always looking for new musicians to work with. Contact Lee Seager eMail Visit MySpace 10.07.11

Upright bass player
Upright bass player, based in North Devon, experienced, bluegrass, country looking for position with interesting outfit, bluegrass, country, folk, ceilidh - eMail

Steve Banks - Fiddle - Drums - Vocals
I play with the Carnival Band, Chanter, the Ten Tors Orchestra, and folk-acoustic band, Blue Jewel. Available for fiddle/violin and piano lessons. Also session work on fiddle, drums, vocals. Based in Stoke Gabriel, near Totnes. eMail -

Visit Carnival Band website - Blue Jewel website - Chanter website

Singer/songwriter/mandolin player
Based in Winchester, Hampshire, I play mandolin & other bits & pieces, sing a but, songwrite a bit. Looking for musical collaborations with a view to gigging, preferably in clubs or festivals. Hear samples website (blues collaboration) and website (African collaboration).

Looking to play trad/comtemporary folk/acoustic. Influences - all trad, Fairport, Show of Hands, Grisman, Steeleye, etc etc! Male, mid 50's eMail

Experienced Drummer
Experienced Drummer interested in joining working Folk Rock band similar to Bellowhead in Totnes area. Telephone Richard 01803 762412 or eMail

Uilleann Pipe player
Full time Uilleann Pipe player available
for session work (recording), or working with bands gigging. Contact Richard on 07867 808766 or eMail.

Double Bass
I play half size double bass and am looking for folk/country/ bluegrass etc band. Based in Plymouth and am a 57 year old male and have own transport . I also play acoustic guitar with acoustic amp if needed and play harmonica . Looking to have fun with music and if the gigs pay travel expenses then all the better . Would like mandolin/fiddle/ or any acoustic instrument flavoured band. Please contact Dave - telephone 01752779917 or eMail

We are a male/female duo from the remnants of the band Southern County. See website
We are looking for openings in acoustic/folk clubs starting in the southwest. eMail

Dobro player
Dobro player seeking a young professional bluegrass or country band for career or session work.
My name is Michael Maddams and I am 22 years old. I have been performing and recording with a band professionally for over 5 years, but have a new start now to pursue the Dobro after we unfortunately didn't work out.
I also sing backing/occasional lead vocals, I play the acoustic guitar as well as having a grasp of the mandolin and banjo, but I am advertising my self purely as a Dobro player. Please get in touch if you are interested.
- Mike - eMail. Examples of my playing can be heard at MySpace

Double bass player
I am a double bass player who has recently started playing folk music again thanks to my friends in Denbury. Most of my time is spent playing jazz but 40 years ago I was in a Scottish folk group called the Islanders. We did lots of TV Radio and recording in the 60s. I am very interested in African and Afro Cuban music. I would like to get involved with interesting projects and if they make money, so much the better. Telephone Peter Furnish 01626 356906 or eMail
Sample Tracks

Musette Accordionist
My instrument is musette accordion. I played for a few minutes on David Fitzgerald's Saturday morning show in January and more recently performed solo at a dinner at Powderham Castle. My speciality is Scottish and Irish reels, jigs and hornpipes as well as French Musette and the waltzes of Johann Strauss. I will always be pleased to help in any Ceilidh Band.
Any money that is paid to me is always given to the Army Benevolent Fund which looks after our boys serving in Afghanistan.
eMail Hamish Monroe.

I have just finished my National Certificate in Music and start my Music Degree at Exeter in September. I play and own Full kit, Djembe, Conga, Darabuka, Timbale, Udu, Bongoes and various other items you can hit or slap! I also work part-time as a drum tutor.

I have lots of gigging experience including depping, touring, festivals, clubs and events. I have also played live on the radio a few times. I am based in Torbay, South Devon and own my own rehearsal/recording studio. I can't pigeonhole my musical taste as it is so varied. I do prefer creating original music rather than doing covers, but I am open to all and any musical suggestions. As a preference I do prefer playing percussion to full kit.
Listen to music I have worked on
You can find out more about me on my myspace page at MySpace page
I'm looking for a band that do original material, although I don't mind doing a few covers. Would prefer someone established that are doing the festival circuit etc, but will talk to anyone if they are ambitious, hardworking and dedicated! Please get in touch if you would like to get together, I regularly record tracks with a composer friend of mine and we are always looking for new musicians to work with. EMail Lee Seager

Matt Brown - guitar/mandolin/vocals
Available for recording, depping and interesting projects that take my fancy. I front the folk/punk band Eat The Rich (check it out on myspace or lemonrock) and that takes priority but I have time on my hands to work on something different to ETR. I also write original material and delight in developing interesting backing for tunes. I'm based in Exeter but am mobile. If it's an issue I'm 39 years old (just!) Telephone 07812 246655 or eMail.

Gypsy Jazz/acoustic slide blues/Chicago blues - Graham and Danny Thompson
Available for bookings and would be really keen to do any festivals. We have several regular spots on the Barbican throughout the year. Sat/Sun afternoons. My son Danny Thompson plays bass for me and we are getting a very good reception having just taken part in the Transatlantic Jazz and Blues Fest last week. We also had an interview with BBC and played live.

Sample music is available on myspace For more information contact Graham Thompson Tel: 01752 308477 or eMail

Mandolin/Mandola player
Mandolin/Mandola player requires work with gigging band, or is willing to join others to form a band with a view to playing gigs. I am based in South Devon , and play traditional folk dance, but am also interested in Appalachian style.

I can add vocals and djembe if required. I play with a ceilidh band at present, and whilst they would take priority, I have a substantial amount of time available for other work.
Please contact Tony on 01364 644131 or 07977 448450, or eMail

Drummer and percussionist looking to join local folk band ( I am based near Exeter in Devon - UK). I am a friendly, easy going person with a passion for folk music with 5 years drumming experience. Folk Influences: Show Of Hands, Oysterband, Bellowhead, Eliza Carthy, Cara Dillon, DanuPlease don’t hesitate to contact Ben Wilder - I won’t bite! eMail

I am a Drummer based in Plymouth looking to join, or form, a Folk-Rock band. My personal likes and influences include Wolfstone,Capercaillie, Runrig, & Fairport. I previously played for Somerset based Folk-Rock band "Why?" and together we played gigs throughout the UK and Germany (including the roots stage at Glastonbury and mainstage at the Greenbelt festival).
Contact: Mark Davis (01752) 295908, 07766976865 mobile or eMail

Experienced Drummer
My name is Carlton Hunt, I'm a drummer looking for working barn dance and ceilidh bands for deps,stand ins etc., I'm a vastly experienced drummer in the folk idiom (barn dances,ceilidhs, folk/rock bands,Irish groups etc. ) I've recently been depping for Dave Mattacks in 'The Feast Of Fiddles' band at the Jersey International festival, this band features many of the UK's most renown fiddle players including Peter Knight, Ian Cutler , Tom Leary,Chris Leslie and Garry Blakeley.

I've also recently completed a year long world tour with UK Ska legends Bad Manners taking in Japan, Australia, NZ, Argentina, Brazil, Bahrain, Dubai, Italy, Spain, Holland, Germany, Ireland, UK and the Shetlands !. As well as guesting with Kent band 'The Hot Rats' and continuing appearances with UK premier function band 'The Melody Fakers' . I'm now looking to expand my folk horizons and am looking for working bands/groups/songwriters/artists to collaborate with on gigs/tours or recording projects.

If you have a drum vacancy or your present incumbent needs a holiday or you've always meant to book a drummer but never got round to it, give me a call on 07730 982578 or 020 77324903.

Bass player
I Experienced mature bass payer seeking a Celtic/Irish band. I can sing bass harmony and love to entertain.
Contact Tony Turner - telephone 01684 298576 or eMail

Freelance Barn Dance/Ceilidh guitarist available
I am the main guitarist for a dance band called Footloose which is based in Mid Devon but I have played for a number of other bands as back up guitarist for bands such as Pigs Whisper, Sheerhopody, Mooncoin, Fancy Free and Mrs. Crotty's to name but a few, so I know most of the usual tunes.
If you need a guitarist in an emergency for a Barn Dance Band contact Colin Wilson on 01392 882036 or mobile 07791 685960 or eMail