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This weeks events Saturday 22 September to Saturday 29 September

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Saturday 22 September

Viva Santana
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
8.00pm
Tickets £19.00 - Advance tickets £16.50. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
This phenomenal seven piece Latin rock explosion continues to amaze fans wherever they present their celebration of the music of the legendary Carlos Santana. Over the past seventeen years they have Played to full houses as diverse as the prestigious London Guitar Show Wembley to theatres and rock festivals in the UK, Europe and even Cuba where as soloist Marcos Rodriguez' performance was described as "a musical bridge between Cuba and Spain" "When they made Carlos Santana someone forgot to break the mould !" said one astonished fan, who himself was veteran of listening to 5 decades of that distinctive Santana guitar tone.

 

Gris Sanderson & Louis Bingham
Upstairs at the Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL
Tickets on the door: £8.00 or £6.00 for under 16's. For more information telephone 07708298146 or email
An evening of dance tunes and songs with two of the UK’s top traditional musicians. Inspired by the many rich traditions of Europe, Gris and Louis present a musical experience reaching from Galicia to Norway, from Donegal to Piedmont, and many more places in between.

Guy Somefield
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU. 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website

Popular singer/songwriter Guy Somerfield performs unique renditions of covers and original songs featuring strident vocal, vibrant 12 string guitar and harmonica playing. Guy will be playing a mix of folk, rock and pop ballads together with some of his own brilliant songs.

Cosgrave & Banks
Bratton Clovelly Parish Hall, EX20 4JT
Doors and Bar 7.00pm/Music 7.30pm.
£8.00/£4.00 16yrs and under. To book, email or telephone 01837 871696.

Mike Cosgrave and Steve Banks are both highly skilled and experienced musicians. They write their own material as well as interpreting folk classics from across Europe. Their banter and chat and the cafe-style setting make for a relaxed evening of great music. The bar will open at 7.00pm and you can book by the seat or by the table, so come along with family and friends. Refreshments available. Visit festival website. Cosgrave & Banks 

 

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.

 

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

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.
With his touring, both solo and sometimes with the family band, and no less than nine albums to his credit, one wonders how he finds time to do anything else, but indeed he does.  For many years he presented Radio Ulster’s Folk Club programme, as well as broadcasting a series of programmes of Radio 2, and a series for RTE Radio, plus a Radio 4 documentary tracing the work of early folk music collectors in Ireland.  In addition he has produced countless albums for other songwriters and for traditional singers, been short-listed for a Grammy nomination, and deservedly received the Living Tradition award for services to Folk and Traditional Music. 

But quite apart from all that, he is warm, witty, moving and funny as a performer, and whether performing to three or three thousand people, makes everyone feel as if they were sitting in his living room.  Through the weaving of his songs, he has a gift of breaking down cultural barriers through choice words and eloquent music.  Welcome, Colum!

A number of local or visiting performers will, as usual, be there as support artists, as well as enjoying being part of the audience.


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
Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith
The Plough@StAnne's, Paternoster Row, Barnstaple EX31 1SX
7.30pm
All tickets £12.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith are one of the finest duos to have emerged onto the British folk and acoustic scene in recent years. Their unique ability to make old songs seem relevant and new songs sound ancient has brought them widespread critical acclaim.

Throughout the autumn of 2018 they will launch their third album with a major UK tour. The new material includes more original compositions with reflections on the modern world and storytelling that gets to the heart of life in Britain today. The original material sits alongside some unearthed gems from the British and Irish folk canons delivered with powerful harmony singing and sensitive musical arrangements.

The duo’s live performances are a celebration of traditional music but there is also a deep integrity and sincerity that stems from their passion for the social themes within the music. There is a common thread of political struggle, resistance, and justice as well as the occasional love song. Their shows manage to be both hard-hitting and uplifting and it is this ability that justifies their reputation as two of the most exciting musicians and social commentators on the scene.

 

Meand'erMeand'er - A Gallery Gig
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
7.30pm
All tickets £6.50. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Father and daughter Graham Crocker and Hannah Power have been playing acoustic music together (guitar, mandolin, harmony vocals) for many years and have supported many well-known musicians (Martin Carthy, Seth Lakeman, Al Stewart, Roy Harper, Julie Felix, Colin Blunstone, Roy Wood) and play a mix of unusual covers and originals with folk, pop and blues influences.

The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Nigel Challis
- 5.00pm
Talented singer/guitarist Nigel Challis is a highly accomplished and popular musician/singer and a master of country/folk finger style guitar. He has performed at numerous festivals and venues throughout the South West to rapturous applause. Today Nigel will be performing a varied selection of very chilled out country/folk/blues classics.

Exmouth Irish Session - 8.30pm
Irish musician Fanchea McKinley invites you to enjoy an evening of lively and evocative music from the Emerald Isle when she hosts her regular Sunday night session featuring singers and musicians from all over Devon. If you sing or play, come and join in. All abilities are welcome. It’s a great night to meet up with people with Irish roots too.

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 - A brilliant observer of minute and often humourous details of life, Colum's last gig at the Club 5 years ago was, according to Anton "One of the most complete evening's entertainment I've ever had. I was deeply moved by his poignant songs, charmed by his warmth, laughed until it hurt at his hilarious banter and was simply enthralled by the man's sheer ability to hold an audience in the palm of his hand. A truly memorable evening." Book by email
Monday 24 September
Acoustic Warehouse - Rick Lawes
Ten Tors Inn, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3NP 7.30pm.
£2.00 entrance including raffle, raising money for Rowcroft Hospice.
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
Lvov Affair
Chagford Inn, 7 Mill Street, Chagford TQ13 8AW
7.30pm
"Every few weeks in the autumn Wednesday night in the Chagford Inn becomes a whole lot more fun thanks to Lvov Affair playing their wonderfully evocative folk and gypsy music".
Goblin Fair - Lisa Kenwright
Totnes Methodist Church, 40 -42 Fore Street, Totnes TQ9 5RP.
7.30pm
Tickets £7.50 in advance, £9.00 on the door. For more information go to FaceBook page

A farmer accidentally rides through the barrier to the Otherworld into a Pixy Fair. Hundreds of years later a group of friends set up a new festival in a field; an orgy of music, glitter, fairy-wings and make-believe. 

These facts are going to become connected. There is going to be screaming.

Goblin Fair is a storytelling performance of ancient tales about the Fair Folk in a very modern setting that anyone who has been to a British music festival lately will recognise. But beware, for these are traditional fairies; frightening, capricious, and as likely to rob your tent and curse you as grant you a wish. They don’t have wings, they don’t grant wishes and they never, ever, wear glitter…. 

South Devon Storytellers are delighted to welcome Lisa Kenwright to Totnes for our first autumn performance storytelling night of the season. Lisa is a storyteller based in Frome, Somerset. She tells tales rooted in the British landscape and her passion for reintroducing the joy and power of storytelling to adult audiences led her to create Mr Rook’s Speak Easy, a storytelling performance club, in 2014. She has also worked behind the scenes at a lot of festivals. Goblin Fair is her new show, combining her love of British folklore with her experience of working at events. It premiered in a tent in a field last summer.
Regular events 4th Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Meter Rite - Aileen Wills
SONG - Lympstone Folk, Roots and Acoustic
Thursday 27 September
Geoff Lakeman
B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
8.30pm
Admission £2.00 - Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information.
B-Bar regular Geoff Lakeman - dad to famous folk stars Seth,Sean and Sam -plays for us again including tracks from his lauded album "After All These Years." The CD has had national five and four--star reviews and been played on BBC Radio 2 by Mark Radcliffe, by Tom Robinson on his BBC Radio Six show, on BBC Radio 3 and just about every local radio station in the country. Come and hear the singer and concertina master's musical take on the west country,American and Irish folk, Americana and even 20's/30's jazz.
Bicton Folk Night
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 8.30pm. Go to Bicton Inn website

Exmouth Shanty Man Derek Brooks invites you to join him for a traditional folk night, when a varied selection of singers, musicians and poets perform individually and as a group. If you sing or play why not come along and join in the session? Otherwise enjoy listening to a selection of varied and lively traditional acoustic music.

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

Ensemble Baklava Songs and Dances from around the Mediterranean
Willow Restaurant in the Narrows in Totnes
7.30pm - 10pm.
Do come along and support us. You can book a table on 01803 862605.

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.

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

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 (+ The Dillyboys)
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

 

Support Act: The Dillyboys
The Dillyboys exploded into the folk world in 2016 and in a short time have stunned countless audiences. Using their unique rambunctious fusion of trad./folk noir/cabaret and blues they have whipped as many into a whirling vortex of motion as they have reduced to tears with their stellar harmonies. They have used their ‘Shanty Chic’ sound to open shows for Martin & Eliza Carthy, 3 Daft Monkeys, Sheelanagig and Mad Dog Mcrea.

Saturday 29 September

Oggle Band
Centre Stage, Pottington Business Park, Barnstaple Devon EX31 1QN
8.00pm
For more information telephone 01271 377052 or email    

Johnny Mac & Co
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.
Johnny Mac and Co make a welcome return to the B-Bar to promote their new CD. Featuring guitar, vocals, saxophone, mandolin and percussion, they have their own unique blend of classic jazz and folk tunes, plus Johnny's own songs of East Cornwall life. Come along and let this acoustic four piece catch your ears and get your feet tapping.
Fallen Cedars
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website

Fallen Cedars are: Nuala - lead vocals, Mike - lead guitar, Mark - rhythm guitar, Adie - bass and Jacky - Percussion. The band is from the edge of Dartmoor and were created from a diverse range of musical backgrounds and creative wishes. They play original songs and a few obscure covers. Their music is uplifting, languid, lilting and melodic; a sound of indie folk mixed with lounge; acoustic and electric. Fallen Cedars influences include bands such as The Waifs, The Staves and First Aid Kit.

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
Tickets £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