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This weeks events Saturday 8 December to Saturday 22 December

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Saturday 8 December
Christmas Party Ceilidh with the Dartmoor Pixie Band and Friends and guest appearance from Zeal
South Zeal Victory Hall
8.00pm - 11.30pm
Adults £8.00 children free
Bring and share supper - no bar so plese bring your own.
All wlecome - a fun evening for the whole family. (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
All proceeds to Dartmoor Folk Festival
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
The Piano Man 5.00pm.

If you'd like to hear some real traditional pub piano playing, then don't miss today's session. Known as the Piano Man, Trevor Woodison is a wizard on the keys and can play virtually anything from classical to boogie woogie, rock and roll to music hall, parlour songs to present day pop. Trevor who has been playing piano for over 30 years is also an accomplished classical composer.

Los No Boss 9.00pm
The brilliant Los No Boss are a popular duo throughout the South West and well known for their highly humorous original songs, many about the West Country and the people who live here. In addition to their humour, the duo who write all their own songs, create a great sound and cover a plethora of musical genres.

A Winter Concert
Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton, DEVON TQ3 3HF
7.00pm
Tickets £8.00 For more information and tickets go to website or telephone 01803 66580

Come and join us at the annual Wren Music Christmas extravaganza! Wren’s local groups will be performing a superb selection of seasonal folk songs and tunes at the Palace Theatre, Paignton. 

The Folk Orchestra of Torbay, Torbay Folk Choir, Singing for Wellness Choir and Acorn Choir – led by Jon Dyer, Bella Lilley and Paul Wilson – will share with you the culmination of their recent hard work. 

There will also be a spectacular craft stall, a hamper raffle and refreshments. 

Barn Dance - Caller: Jeremy Child. Band: Chris Jewell.
Longdown Village Hall, nr Exeter EX6 7SN
7.30pm
Tickets £7.00, including pasty.
Jim Causley: A Causley Christmas!
St Matthew’s Church, Cheriton Fitzpaine, Crediton
7.30pm (Doors 7.00pm).
Tickets £12.00 for tickets and more information go to website or telephone 01363 866082.
Join Jim in celebrating the Christmas season as he entertains you with lesser known West Country carols, medieval and secular carols from around the British Isles, his own settings of moving Christmas poems by his relative, the late Cornish poet Charles Causley as well a gurt dollop of festive fun with songs of over-indulgence and even a spot of panto too! If you are feeling a little dismayed with the over-commercialisation of “Christmas present” then join Jim for a journey through Christmas past that will be guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit!

World Unlimited - Glorious Chorus
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
7.30pm
Tickets £8.50

 

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 Lost Sound Dartmoor Folk Choir - Stormy Weather
United Reform Church, Dawlish Street, Teignmouth TQ14 8TB
7.30pm
Tickets £8.50+. For tickets go to Eventbrite
For more information go to website
In aid of the South Devon Amnesty International. 

We continue our Stormy tour, harnessing the intrepid elements, to bring you a fundraiser concert for Amnesty International. There may be gales outside and waves crashing on the shore, but we will shelter you with the warmest of harmonies and the most rousing of rhythms! Come join us and get your heart pumping!

Meridianum Ensemble, Hiemalis Tour
St. Michael's Church, Chagford TQ13 8BN
For more information and booking details visit www.meridianum.eu or email or telephone 01803 864286    
The world music powerhouse makes a highly anticipated return to the South West. Seven musicians from Portugal, the UK and Morocco bring their individual styles to the mix, inspired by traditional tunes ranging from the Atlantic fringes to the Eastern Mediterranean and beyond. With unparalleled instrumentation, Arabic oud, Middle-Eastern percussion, Persian santur, Swedish nyckelharpa, hurdy-gurdy, cittern, tambura and bagpipes, the result is a heady infusion, a musical celebration of diversity that will entrance audiences everywhere.
Maddy and the Chaps
The Atmospheric Railway Inn, The Strand, Starcross, Exeter EX6 8PA
From 8.00pm
An eclectic mix of folk/country/Celtic acoustic music on guitars, ukelele, banjolele, banjo, acoustic bass, accordion, mandolin and bits and pieces of percussion. All five of band sing, allowing a range of singing styles and harmonies. Think Beatles and Mumford and Sons, John Denver and REM, Dolly Parton and Vance Joy, The Pogues and Buddy Holly.
Martin Harley
The Barrel House, 59a High Street, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5PB
Doors 8.00pm
Tickets £18.00 Seated: £15.00 Standing. Booking office 01803 863000 - more information and tickets on website

Martin  Harley  is  a  supremely  talented  acoustic  roots  and  blues  guitarist,  singer  and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation.

Live at Southern Ground, his eagerly anticipated new album was recorded in Nashville in collaboration with Daniel Kimbro (Jerry Douglas, Larkin Poe) on upright bass.

As Martin explains “I wanted to make something representative of where I’m at musically at the moment with an album that reflects on the last year solo and duo touring. Daniel and I met in Knoxville through a mutual friend... he handed me his card which read... 'alright guitar player... good upright bass player’ ... an understatement on both parts!”

A mixture of retrospective solo and duo arrangements recorded during an afternoon at the esteemed  Southern  Ground  studio  in  Nashville,  Live  at  Southern  Ground  features  Martin on Weissenborn... a traditional Hawaiian acoustic guitar played across the lap, resonators and archtops, and of course Daniel Kimbro on upright bass. 

“It's a simple, honest and direct album with no overdubs in a warm sounding room with some great microphones and two new friends playing a few songs over a cold beer or two” says  Martin.  “There’s  a  great  feeling  when  you  click  with  someone.  It  frees  you  up  to experiment with the arrangement and the dynamic of a song.

”Live at Southern Ground follows on from Martin’s five previously acclaimed albums, most recently  Mojo  Fix  in  2012.  Along  with  many  years  of  international  touring  and  countless festivals Martin has built a strong international fan-base across the globe.

Renowned  for  his  prowess  as  a  slide  guitarist,  Martin  is  almost  unique  in  the  UK  in  his playing lap slide. During year-round worldwide touring he’s absorbed a plethora of diverse influences, honing his craft into the classic songwriting style he possesses today.

In  the  US,  Martin  has  headlined  Music  City  Roots  in  Nashville  and  toured  coast  to  coast with ZZ Ward, Delta Rae and opened for Iron and Wine, Bruce Hornsby, Five for Fighting, World Party, Beth Hart, Joe Bonamassa amongst many others.

Show of Hands - With Miranda Sykes and special guest Cormac Byrne
Exmouth Pavilion Esplanade, Exmouth, Devon EX8 2AZ
7.30pm
Box office hotline 01395 222477 - go to website for tickets.
Following the extraordinary reaction to their haunting cathedral tour ‘Sanctuary’, Show of Hands return to the theatre and concert circuit on a quest to reveal a fuller sound for the trio’s bold new studio album.

‘Joint Venture’ features intriguing collaborations with the likes of Afro Celt Sound System’s Johnny Kalsi, and folk/reggae band Edward the Second. Steve, Miranda and Phil will each play an opening set of three solo spots before being joined by Cormac Byrne, legendary percussionist of Seth Lakeman Band fame.
The Dylan Project
Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
Doors 7.30pm.
Tickets £21.75 (inclusive of all booking fees and charges). Tickets are available from the B-Bar in person (daily from 11am) via the Barbican Theatre website or telephone 01752 242021.

Take four of Britain's most talented folk-rock musicians and a unique singer, add the repertoire of a genius, and you've got the recipe for a dream band.

The musicians in question are PJ Wright (slide and electric guitars, pedal steel) Gerry Conway (drums and percussion) Phil Bond (keys) Dave Pegg (bass) and the singer is Steve Gibbons. As The Dylan Project, they present an exhilarating tribute to the work of arguably the greatest postwar songwriter in the English language.

The Dylan Project's repertoire spans the whole of Dylan's oeuvre – everything from Highway 61 to Mississippi – and new material is frequently brought into the setlist. Whether you are a diehard Dylan fan or just enjoy great songs performed with flair and brio, The Dylan Project will take your breath away. Go and see them or buy one of the albums – you won't be disappointed.
DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance
Godot - Jon Mills, Jonathon Perry, Kate Price support TRaM
St Mathews Hall, Newton, Exeter, EX1 2LJ
7.30pm (Doors 7.15pm)
Admission £9.00 - includes tea and biscuits

Jon Mills, Kate Price and Jonathan Perry - playing a lively, eclectic mix of tunes for dancing, with support from TRaM.
The Godot trio play dance music for 'Eurobal' dances from across northern Europe, mainly a mixture of Breton, French and Swedish music, on Accordeon, Fiddle and Recorders/Cello.  Many of the tunes are also songs, with a call/response form that allows the dancers to join in as they dance.  The dances are very easy to pick up and include a mixture of couple dances in hold (Waltz, Mazurka, Schottiche), simple formation dances and dances in lines, familiar to all those who have been on holiday to Brittany.  The tunes are catchy and the dances easy to join in with; the whole idea is to have fun and a good time.


Regular events 2nd Saturday

SONG - Shammick Acoustic - Open Night

Sunday 9 December
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
Bicton Street Blues 5.00pm.
Not to be missed if you want to hear some authentic rock and blues just as it sounded in the 50s and 60s. Bicton Street Blues features talented Exmouth bluesmen Dave Gwilliam and Olly Davy. Dave originally fronted popular bands including Laughing Gravy and the Fourbeats. Talented multi-instrumentalist Olly has played in a variety of well known folk and blues bands including the Junkyard Angels.

Exmouth Irish Session 8.30pm
Enjoy an evening of lively and evocative music from the Emerald Isle in this 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.

Wren Music Techniques of Folk Production Songwriting Course - Okehampton

A Star, A Song, A Sign
The Waie Inn, Zeal Monachorum, Crediton EX17 6DF
7.30pm
Tickets £10.00. Tel 01363 881469.
An evening of Christmas music performed by Bow Community Choir with special guest (Brit Classic award nominee) Thomas Cameron. Profits to local head injury charity, Headway Devon.

Eliza Acty
Seven Stars Inn, Seven Stars Lane, Plymouth PL5 4NN
4.00pm
With her unique vocal style, singer and musician Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time and contemporary songs that spans over a century of music.

 

Meridianum Ensemble, Hiemalis Tour
Ashburton Arts Centre, Ashburton, TQ13 7DT
4.00pm
For more information and booking details visit www.meridianum.eu or email or telephone 01803 864286    
The world music powerhouse makes a highly anticipated return to the South West. Seven musicians from Portugal, the UK and Morocco bring their individual styles to the mix, inspired by traditional tunes ranging from the Atlantic fringes to the Eastern Mediterranean and beyond. With unparalleled instrumentation, Arabic oud, Middle-Eastern percussion, Persian santur, Swedish nyckelharpa, hurdy-gurdy, cittern, tambura and bagpipes, the result is a heady infusion, a musical celebration of diversity that will entrance audiences everywhere.
Regular events 2nd Sunday
Monday 10 December
"Acoustic Warehouse" visit FaceBook for more details
Regular events 2nd Monday
STORYTELLING - South Devon Storytellers - Pie Street - 26 High Street, Totnes TQ9 5RY - 7.30pm
Tuesday 11 December

World Unlimited - Peter Knight and John Spiers
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm
Tickets £15.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email

Knight & Spiers-"This special concert will include seasonal music taken from the English tradition and beyond".

On a summer's day in 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival masterminded one of the most intriguing and exciting collaborations on today's folk scene. 

Peter Knight, legendary violinist and ex-member of folk-rock band Steeleye Span was paired with leading melodeon player and ex-Bellowhead member, John Spiers, for a special one-off performance which left audiences in awe. With no space to be found in the marquee, people stood five deep in the pouring rain in order to witness the bringing together of two of the most genuinely gifted musicians in their respective fields.
With a standing ovation and roars for more, and much to the delight of folk fans everywhere, Knight and Spiers decided not to leave things there. 
The pairing of violin and melodeon is not a new one, but in the hands of Knight and Spiers, Improvisation and invention meet the listener at every turn. Together they have created a musical document that resonates with history, but also something that should inspire future generations of musicians to engage with Britain’s folk dancing heritage, and the beautiful, mysterious tunes that can be found within that heritage.
These uniquely gifted musicians make a sublime pairing, and create a live performance to be remembered for a long time. 
“Knight’s playing is a revelation. A world away from folky fiddling, it’s fully informed by the classical style, all long sweeping bow strokes and eloquent legato. Yet he never loses the essential folk heart of the music, tracing a graceful line of his own making”
Review of Cambridge Folk Festival’s ‘City Roots’ 
"John’s elegant, rhythmic and virtuoso playing and easy-going folk club banter is a quiet triumph!” 
Robin Denselow, The Guardian

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

Wednesday 12 December
Jim Causley: A Causley Christmas!
All Saints Church, Church Path, Okehampton EX20 1LE
For more information telephone 01837 659297
Join Jim in celebrating the Christmas season as he entertains you with lesser known West Country carols, medieval and secular carols from around the British Isles, his own settings of moving Christmas poems by his relative, the late Cornish poet Charles Causley as well a gurt dollop of festive fun with songs of over-indulgence and even a spot of panto too! If you are feeling a little dismayed with the over-commercialisation of “Christmas present” then join Jim for a journey through Christmas past that will be guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit!
Regular events 2nd Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Fresh Aire - Jane Thomas
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 13 December
Open Mic Night
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
8.30pm.

An evening of music from anyone who would like to come along and perform in this relaxed atmosphere. The monthly event has so far included a wide range of musical genres and given exposure to some very talented musicians, poets and singers. If you have a musical talent, you don’t have to book a place, just come along and play.

Swedish St Lucia Procession
St Michael's Mount Dinham Church, Exeter EX4 4EB
7.30pm
Free of charge.
Across Scandinavia, the darkest part of the year is marked by celebrating St Lucia, bringer of light, in a special candlelit musical procession. Exeter's very own Swedish choir, ExeSwedes - with friends - will be donning their candles, crowns and Lucia robes and performing a magical concert featuring seasonal Swedish songs. Led by Rosa Rebecka. Free of charge.
Regular events 2nd Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Ted Farmer - Friendly Folk
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
MUSIC - Brixham Blues - BBT2 Norfolk Slim and the Boal Weevils
Brixham Blues BBT2, Old Coaching Inn, Fore Street, Brixham TQ5 8AG
8.30pm
He’s not particularly svelte and he’s not from Norfolk, but Norfolk Slim delivers some of the very best renditions of 1920s and 30s blues to be heard anywhere. He’s a favourite with Brixham Blues Club fans because of his deft fingerpicking and the variety of beautiful, rare vintage acoustic guitars he plays. Support from the Boal Weevils – Andy Boal and Stuart ‘Marshcat’ Cumberpatch – playing similarly rare National steel guitars.
SONG - Totnes Folk Song Club - Christmas Carols
Friday 14 December
'Tales by the Teign' will be hosting another storytelling evening with Janet Dowling .
The Oystercatcher's Cafe, 12 Northumberland Place, Teignmouth, TQ14 8DD.
8.00pm.
Free.
Everyone welcome.
Renowned storyteller Janet Dowling will be our guest at 'Tales by the Teign'. Janet is a doyen of the storytelling world, appearing at many festivals and has recently had her book 'Devon Ghost Tales' published in the acclaimed series of folk tale titles published by History Press.
India Electric Company
Church of St Michael & All Angels, Church Hill, Awliscombe, Honiton
7.30pm Doors 7.00pm.
Tickets £11+/£9+ from WeGotTickets
Part of a unique series of candle-lit concerts from India Electric Company in historic churches.
Refreshments will be available. Limited parking but plenty available in the village hall & pub car park a few yards up from the Church. Please note, there are no toilets at the venue, but the lovely pub The Honiton Inn is a few yards up the road. After show drinks at the pub strongly advised!  

The Standing Waves + Sadie Horler and her band
The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ
8.00pm
Tickets £10.00 advance/£12.00 on the door - seated. For more information and tickets telephone 01404 384050 or go to website

The Standing Waves Released their Debut Album “early reflectionsʼ in JUNE 2017.

Recorded in the South West with a line up of musicians from Bristol Brighton and Exeter, the record brought to life material written by singer Will Odgers, Producer Jolyon Holroyd and Guitarist Andrew Claridge. The album was completed with the additional contributions of drummer Damo Waters (British Sea Power) and importantly Debbie Brown who delivered the perfect elegant counterpoint to Odgersʼs vocal.

Q Magazine gave the record a four star review saying ‘ From Muscular and melancholy to slow country grace, this is a band that touch a lot of bases but never stay on them for too long. A remarkable, assured and gorgeous collection.ʼ

RNR Magazine also awarded four stars and said ‘Pounding…Haunting…Elegant.Sometimes a record is worth persevering with. This is just such a record.'

Americana UK said ‘These ten songs are a tidal wave of pleasure, polished and charming examples of a subtle mix of Americana genres, Theres Intensity, theres bravery too while maintaining a contemporary feel and universal appeal. Like a feverish dream you might never have had.ʼ

Spurred by this success, the band recruited musicians Jonny Cook and Miranda Sykes (bass) and Bruce Whiteley (drums) to play a sold out debut/album launch show in Exeter, and then a rapturously received set on the bill between Kate Rusby and Laura Marling at Moseley Folk Festival 2017, this was followed a capacity show at The Dart Music Festival.

The Standing Waves are currently midway through recording their second album which is expected to be ready sometime next year.

The band will be supported by the excitingly original West Country siren Sadie Horler in a rare show with her full band. Expect a spell binding evening.

Contra (American Barn) Dance - Caller - Jeremy Child. Band to be confirmed.
Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB
7.30pm
Cost £5.00 per person
A monthly series of Contra Dances. 7.30-10.00pm. . Beginners welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at website
Peter Knight and John Spiers
The Plough@TheGeorge, The George Hotel, 1 Broad Street, South Molton EX36 3AB
8.00pm
Tickets £16.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

On a summer's day in 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival masterminded one of the most intriguing and exciting collaborations on today's folk scene. Peter Knight, legendary violinist and ex-member of folk-rock band Steeleye Span was paired with leading melodeon player and ex-Bellowhead member, John Spiers, for a special one-off performance which left audiences in awe. With no space to be found in the marquee, people stood five deep in the pouring rain in order to witness the bringing together of two of the most genuinely gifted musicians in their respective fields.

With a standing ovation and roars for more, and much to the delight of folk fans everywhere, Knight and Spiers decided not to leave things there. The pairing of violin and melodeon is not a new one, but in the hands of Knight and Spiers, Improvisation and invention meet the listener at every turn. Together they have created a musical document that resonates with history, but also something that should inspire future generations of musicians to engage with Britain’s folk dancing heritage, and the beautiful, mysterious tunes that can be found within that heritage.

These uniquely gifted musicians make a sublime pairing, and create a live performance to be remembered for a long time.

 

Saturday 15 December
Exmouth Shanty Men
Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter EX2 6LB
7.30pm
£8.00 For more information telephone 01392 433427 or email Visit website
A pre-Christmas concert - but without any carols!
Guy Somerfield
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.

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

West Devon Christmas Concert
Charter Hall, Market St, Okehampton EX20 1AA
7.30pm
Wren Music presents: seasonal music and songs, with West Devon Folk Choir, MenSing and Fiddle Orchestra of Devon in concert.

Glorious Chorus
Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
7.30pm (Doors 7.00pm)
Tickets £10.00/£7.00 Drift Records, Totnes telephone 01803 866828 or go to website
Join one of the South West's best loved acclaimed choirs for a concert full of festive favourites and original music.

Seth Lakeman
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
8.00pm
Tickets Full £30.00 - Supporter £25.00.  To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
A rare opportunity (for those who book early...) to enjoy a very special evening in the intimate surroundings of The Plough Arts Centre, in the company of Seth Lakeman.

 

Sunday 16 December
Nigel Challis
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.

Nigel is a highly accomplished guitarist and a master of country/folk finger style. He has performed at numerous festivals and venues throughout the South West to rapturous applause. Today Nigel will be performing a selection of popular songs including  country, folk,  and blues classics.

Wren Music - East Devon Christmas Concert
Stowford Community Centre, Chambers Cl, Sidmouth EX10 9YL, UK
7.30pm
Pre-Christmas Social - Hosted by Tunelink South West
Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL
12.30pm - 5.00pm
Do drop in and join us with friends and family any time between 12:30pm and 5:00pm for tunes, dancing and refreshments. Bring mince pies etc. to share! The pub will be serving Sunday roasts as usual
Regular events 3rd Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor - "All on a Winter's Night" by Johnny Coppin with Paul Burgess and Dik Cadbury
7.45pm SOLD OUT
Book by email
One of England`s finest singer-songwriters presents a rich mix of carols and songs old and new, together with stories and folklore. For many years Johnny toured as a duo with Phil Beer (Show of Hands). He has recorded over twelve albums including 'Borderland', `Edge of Day` with writer Laurie Lee, and now a 4th Christmas album All On A Winter's Night. Playing guitar and piano, his music is essentially British, and always melodic and evocative. Johnny is joined by Paul Burgess on fiddle and recorders (ex John Kirkpatrick Band), and Dik Cadbury on guitars (ex Steve Hackett, Decameron). "fine music performed by a singer, unquestionably at the top of his game" - Acoustic magazine. "Unbelievably beautiful music...just what you need for Christmas" - English Dance & 
Monday 17 December

Wildwood Kin Christmas Party
Cavern Club, 83-84 Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RP
8.00pm
Tickets £15.00+ from WeGotTickets
A family trio – two sisters and their cousin – Wildwood Kin formed four years ago while in their mid to late teens. They borrow heavily from early folk influences, not least in their hypnotic three-part harmonies. But Turning Tides, their extraordinary debut album, delves deeply in to other genres, featuring both electric and acoustic instruments and it boasts inventive electronics and spectral atmospherics.

"Acoustic Warehouse" For more information - visit FaceBook
Tuesday 18 December
 
Regular events 3rd Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Fresh Aire - Jane Thomas

SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - Geoff Lakeman
The Castle Hotel, Bradninch EX5 1NN.
Doors 7.45pm start 8.00pm
£6.00.
Expect self-written and West Country songs from Geoff, plus English and Irish folk, Americana like Jimmie Rodgers, the Louvin Brothers, Buddy Miller and Randy Newman and even 20/30’s jazz on his authentic 1926 concertina. The esteem in which he is held is reflected in the all-star line-up of family and friends who played on his album. And to add the icing on top of the cake we have popular performer Eliza Acty returning with her father Peter Acty in a support spot. Eliza has a unique vocal style suited to a wide range of folk, Americana, old-time, blues, original and contemporary songs. Singer songwriter Greg Hancock will be there with new songs from his next album.

The Bradninch Folk Club in its many guises can be contacted on 01392 881105 or on Facebook.

DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
Wednesday 19 December

Mad Dog Mcrea
The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ
Doors 7.30pm.
Tickets £16.00+ standing. Box office 01752 892220. For more information go to website
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. The famous purple happy bus is fired up and ready for action, and there’s room for you – jump aboard!

 

Jim Causley - A Causley Christmas - support Windjammer
Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
8.00pm. Doors 7.30pm
Tickets £13.00. Tickets are available from the B-Bar in person (daily from 11am) via the Barbican Theatre website or telephone 01752 242021.

Join Jim in celebrating the Christmas season as he entertains you with lesser known West Country carols, medieval and secular carols from around the British Isles, his own settings of moving Christmas poems by his relative, the late Cornish poet Charles Causley as well a gurt dollop of festive fun with songs of over-indulgence and even a spot of panto too! If you are feeling a little dismayed with the over-commercialisation of “Christmas present” then join Jim for a journey through Christmas past that will be guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit!
Since the release of his debut album in 2005, Causley’s unique voice and persona have helped him become one of the most well-loved and respected figures of today’s contemporary roots and folk scene. A prolific collaborator, Causley is hugely admired for his work with iconic groups The Devil’s Interval and Mawkin:Causley as well as playing, touring and recording alongside Waterson:Carthy, John McCusker, Eddie Reader, Graham Coxson, Shirley Collins, Michael Morpurgo, Show of Hands, Kate Rusby, David Rotheray of Beautiful South fame and many more. He was described by Mojo Magazine as “the finest singer of his generation” and they put Forgotten Kingdom in their Top Ten Folk Albums of 2016 list. Westcountry father of folk Geoff Lakeman described Causley as possessing “A voice in a million” in a recent interview in the Western Morning News, some accolade indeed!
More than simply a folk-singer, multi award winning singer-songwriter, musician and proud Devonian Jim Causley is an all-round entertainer and during the past decade Causley has been nominated no less than six times for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, last year he was nominated as “Singer of the Year” at the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, he won the Spiral Earth Singer of the Year award in 2014, presented his own folk music show on BBC Radio Devon and in 2015 he worked with BBC TV historian Dr Sam Willis to create the music for his show 'Highwaymen, Outlaws and Villains' and was asked to perform his song about Dartmoor tin mining 'Pride of the Moor' on BBC TV's Countryfile - Dartmoor Special.
Regular events 3rd Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Pair of Shears - Jeremy Child
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club -John and Mary Brock - Jane Thomas - Christmas Party. Halsway Manor
OPEN MIC - Blues Night at the Oystercatcher’s  Cafe
Thursday 20 December
Becky’s Folk & Indie Christmas Open Night
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
8.30pm.

An open session featuring acoustic music performed by anyone who would like to come along to sing or play. Hosted by Exmouth’s favourite balladeer Becky Brooks, anyone can join in the fun, perform solo or as part of the group. All abilities welcome

Jim Causley: A Causley Christmas. Sharing the night with Humbug
St Nicholas Priory, Mint Lane, off Fore street, Exeter EX4 3BL
Doors 7.00pm
Tickets Adult £12.00 Child £8.00. Family ticket £34.00 (2 adults and 2 children) Tickets are available  website.
Join Jim in celebrating the Christmas season as he entertains you with lesser known West Country carols, medieval and secular carols from around the British Isles, his own settings of moving Christmas poems by his relative, the late Cornish poet Charles Causley as well a gurt dollop of festive fun with songs of over-indulgence and even a spot of panto too! If you are feeling a little dismayed with the over-commercialisation of “Christmas present” then join Jim for a journey through Christmas past that will be guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit! 

Mad Dog Mcrea + support Beans on Toast
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

Here to get your Christmas off to a great start. 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.

In constant demand and having played just about every festival and two-bit, jibe-arsed dive in Christendom, Mad Dog Mcrea. are, in every sense of the word, a live, band – ALMOST HOME – encapsulates that – and so much more.

The famous purple happy bus is fired up and ready for action, and there’s room for you – jump aboard!

“This is music that transcends the run-of-the-mill Irish Wannabes and leaves them standing.” – Acoustic Magazine

“It’s always a joy to me when something jumps up and smacks you between the eyes – Mad Dog Mcrea did that to me” - Mike Harding

“A sound mixed, mashed and finely honed through years of live gigs” – Rock ‘n Reel Magazine

“This is rowdy, heartfelt, room shaking and spirit-stirring music that only the dead can’t enjoy.” - ltdstate.com

“Musical magicians Mad Dog Mcrea are synonymous not only with a damn good party but also quality musicianship and the odd surprise” – Talk Torbay

 

Regular events 3rd Thursday
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Exmouth Folk Dance Club - Christmas Party.  Caller - To be confirmed
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
Friday 21 December

Christmas Harpist Simon Ellis
Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ
8.00pm
Simon Ellis, North Devon's only Christmas Harpist appears live with the annual Celtic Yuletide Show in the wonderful surroundings of the Bridge Inn's legendary Malthouse. Complete with traditional songsheets!

Jim Causley: A Causley Christmas.
Lustleigh Village Hall
8.00pm Doors 7.30pm
Tickets £10.00+ Under 18 £8.00+ Tickets are available from TicketSource.
Join Jim in celebrating the Christmas season as he entertains you with lesser known West Country carols, medieval and secular carols from around the British Isles, his own settings of moving Christmas poems by his relative, the late Cornish poet Charles Causley as well a gurt dollop of festive fun with songs of over-indulgence and even a spot of panto too! If you are feeling a little dismayed with the over-commercialisation of “Christmas present” then join Jim for a journey through Christmas past that will be guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit! 

Maddy and the Chaps
The Stand Off, Portland House, Longbrook Street, Exeter. EX4 6AH
9.00pm
Maddy and the Chaps will be bringing their celtic/folk/country fusion to Exeters new Irish Bar set up by Exeter Chiefs fly half Gareth Steenson. Expect a big night with plenty of singing and dancing as its the last Friday before christmas.

World Unlimited - Tobias Ben Jacob & friends
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
7.00pm
Tickets £8.00+ from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email

Songspaces Winter Revue featuring Tobias Ben Jacob, Jess Mcallister & Ben Morgan-Brown. Devon based alt -folk singer songwriter Tobias ben Jacob has been called ‘stand out new Folk’ by BBC6 Music and ‘inventive and thrilling’ by R2 Magazine. Jacob's sweeping vocals never fail to captivate, delivering many a spine-tingling moment underpinned by the fluidity and precision of his finger-picking. The music of Jess McAllister spans from free-spirited, nostalgic folk, through to rhythmic, gutsy blues, rock and pop. She blends her craft of songwriting with live performances filled with spontaneity, passion and pure heart. Switching effortlessly on stage between electric guitar, banjo and piano, her honey dipped vocals “leap from fragility to soaring strength that will send all your hairs heavenwards” FRUK. Benn Morgan-Brown writes intimate songs featuring open-tuned guitar, ethereal vo-cals & obliquely personal lyrics that tip the hat to Nick Drake, Bert Jansch Michael Chapman etc whilst maintaining a unique musical style & identity. 

 

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

Maddy and the Chaps
Welcome Inn Dawlish, Mount Pleasant Rd, Dawlish Warren EX7 0NE
From 8.00pm
An eclectic mix of folk/country/Celtic acoustic music on guitars, ukelele, banjolele, banjo, acoustic bass, accordion, mandolin and bits and pieces of percussion. All five of band sing, allowing a range of singing styles and harmonies. Think Beatles and Mumford and Sons, John Denver and REM, Dolly Parton and Vance Joy, The Pogues and Buddy Holly.
Saturday 22 December
Reefs of Moonshine
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.

A sparkling afternoon of chilled music in the company of acoustic duo Reefs of Moonshine. Lisa’s angelic voice is beautifully complemented by Nick’s intricate guitar playing to create a very polished sound. The duo will perform their own arrangements of popular melodic songs....drawn from the worlds of folk, country and soul as well as some brilliant originals.

James Hollingsworth - 13 Moons" Ale 'n' Album Launch Gig! Announcing 13 Moons, a Lightly Hopped Ale, in collaboration with Bridgetown Brewery in Totnes, Devon!
The Albert Inn, Totnes, 32 Bridgetown, Totnes, Devon. TQ9 5AD. Telephone 01803 863214. Website
Show time: 8.30pm.

To commemorate the worldwide release of James' 2013 album "13 Moons" on i-Tunes, CD Baby etc, The Albert Inn landlord Giles' very own micro-brewery is using hops grown by James in Frome, Somerset - sourced from the nearby Agroforestry Research Trust in Dartington, to brew a delicious batch of ale in time for James' album launch gig at The Albert Inn. James has created a new album cover design, adapted for beermats, bottle labels and pump badge... The beer will be available at the pub for a limited time only.

"13 Moons" Ale 'n' Album Launch Gig! "James has an amazing voice and is a superb songwriter, guitarist and performer." - CICCIC, Taunton

The Lost Sound Dartmoor Folk Choir - Stormy Weather
Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
7.00pm
Tickets £8.50+. For tickets go to Eventbrite
For more information go to website

Our finale concert of the year and our 10th anniversary! Let us kick start your festive holidays with some fantastic Winter songs from around the world and from around the ages! From Medieval to Blues, from Folk to Gospel - a programme packed with atmosphere, character and stunning original arrangements of old songs. Hear those chilly winter winds a blowing, celebrate the howling stormy weather and let us warm you up for a wonderful Yule!

DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Robert Blackborow - Weston Country Dance Band 
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 4th Saturday

SONG - Shammick Acoustic - WINTER WARMER A show presented by Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer.
A welcome return to Vicki & Jonny, who were last guests at Shammick Acoustic way back in 2011. This duo have impressive musical backgrounds. Vicki having studied at the Royal College of Music, plays a huge variety of instruments, from various types of bagpipe to the nyckelharpa, a Swedish keyed fiddle, and is almost single-handedly responsible for the huge upsurge in the popularity of that instrument. Jonny too shows outstanding technical ability on guitar and other stringed instruments, and on piano accordion. His wide-ranging musical taste has made him a tireless and forceful musical innovator. Rather than their usual traditional and original folk music, this time they come ready to charge everyone up for Christmas with their 'Winter Warmer' show, a fun-filled festive evening of well-known singalong carols interspersed with famous Music Hall numbers and other seasonal favourites. Performed in Victorian costume, this will appeal to everyone, young and old, as they present their light-hearted, humorous and fun show. Come along and get in the mood!

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