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This weeks events Saturday 19 January to Saturday 26 January

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Saturday 19 January
The Big Blind
The Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham, EX3 0HF
8.00pm
Tickest £8.50 availble from website
Storytelling by Dominic Kelly, with Swedish folk musicians Bridget Marsden and Leif Ottosson. 
“…a bewitching fusion of storytelling and music that takes theatre right back to its origins… Bridget Marsden and Leif Ottosson beautifully fuse enchanting Nordic music with Dominic Kelly’s prose… complementing and accenting the narrative seamlessly.”
Candlelit Winter Concert
Holy Trinity Church, Torbryan
7.30pm
Tickets £5.00 on the door including a free glass of mulled wine
Five great singer-songwriter guests - Jimmy Ireland, Matthew North, Rowena Alderton-Parr, Anna Hammill and Georgia Omarah with interval music from dj getbacktothebeat.
Proceeds to local charities. The church has no car park but there is ample parking through the village.
Eleanor
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Exmouth’s amazing singer-songwriter Eleanor first entered the music scene under the name ‘Ellie Jacobs’ when she collaborated with Randy Bachman from Bachman-Turner Overdrive to produce her first album ‘Girl On The Moon’. Eleanor’s unique sound combines the classic ‘Country’ genre with English pop/folk music which she describes as 'New English Country’. Accompanied by just an acoustic guitar, Eleanor is guaranteed to captivate you with her beautiful songs. Eleanor has appeared on Radio 1 and completed a tour of America.

Stoke Gabriel Wassail.
A magical evening of ‘Cider, Culture & Cheer’, organised by the ‘Friends of Stoke Gabriel School’ (FOSS), the Annual Wassail has become a very popular event and helps raise funds to enrich the lives of local children in school and community. Apple Wassailing is an ancient tradition performed in many villages on 'Old Twelfth Night' to bless the cider apples and orchards and encourage a good crop in the coming year. There will also be folk music; local food and drinks and licensed bar. The Apple Blessing Ceremony and lantern procession take place within the village orchard with wassail songs led by Rosa Rebecka.
Loveworthy - A Gallery Gig
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
8.15pm
Tickets £6.00
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

LOVEWORTHY plays 'TILT'   -  a new set of songs for 2019, with which he hopes to take his bearings, stabilise, correct the listing from port and level out once again. Aided with only an acoustic guitar, and HB pencil, his wits and vocal chords ....... Loveworthy takes aim once again. Proceeds to The Plough and Bude Refugee Support Group.

Sunday 20 January

CELEBRATING THE FIDDLE in 2019 - A workshop of music-making for intermediate to advanced players led by Griselda Sanderson, playing traditional music from the UK & Sweden
The School Hall, The Mansion Totnes36A Fore Street, TQ9 5RP
2.00pm
£10.00 for a 2-hour session.For advance tickets go to website. For more information email or telephone 07792 319 809/01803 864286

Part 1 will include listening exercises to get us all playing as a group with a focus on techniques used in ensemble playing. We will be learning new tunes by ear. Notation can be sent in advance for those who would like to use it.

Parts 2 will involve arranging the tunes and part-playing. We will work on adding drones and counter-melodies to create beautiful rich harmonies. Finally we will sum up what we have achieved in the session with a ‘performance’ that you can record for your future listening pleasure.

Teas and coffees will be provided.

Please bring recording devices and music stands if you wish to read notation.

Tim Royce and Steve Songi
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Acoustic guitar & vocals plus double bass - country, folk, blues and ballads - mellow to rocking. Tim and Steve stamp their own unique sound onto a huge repertoire ranging from Elvis to Elton, James Taylor to Jimi, Simon & Garfunkel to the Stones, Nick Drake to Dylan, and loads more too numerous to fit in here... Why be anywhere else?

Regular events 3rd Sunday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club - Charity Night - Live music – CD sale – folk quiz – raffle.  Please bring along any unwanted CDs, on the night or preferably in advance.
SONG - Folk on the Moor - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman SOLD OUT
Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE
7.45pm
£10.00  Book by email
Eldest Lakeman son and exceptional guitarist Sean is joined by his wife Kathryn for a welcome return. These local and international folk heroes are two times winners of the "Best Duo" award at the BBC Folk awards. their inventive and sensitive interpretations of traditional songs are well known and now their songwriting ability has attracted further plaudits. Book early to reserve your seat!
Monday 21 January
 
Tuesday 22 January
 
Regular events 4th Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Jane Thomas
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
Wednesday 23 January
Chris Smither

Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
8.00pm
Tickets £15.00+ (£13.00+) Seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website
Drawing deeply from folk and blues, poets and philosophers, Chris Smither is one of the great 'Godfathers' of American Roots music. Raised in New Orleans he developed an early fascination for the blues and in particular the music of Lightnin' Hopkins, whose influence still informs his driving percussive guitar playing. In the early 70s Chris moved to Cambridge Massachusetts where he became a mainstay of the burgeoning folk scene, becoming good friends with Bonnie Raitt who recorded his song 'Love Me Like A Man', a staple of her set to this day. A true original, his sparse brilliant songs delivered in his care worn voice and intricate acoustic guitar picking, are unlike anything on the block. Joining Chris is young American songwriter Matt Lorenz aka The Suitcase Junket, whose music is rooted in the salvaged sounds of mountain ballads, blues manifestos, juke joints and dusty back porches.
Regular events 4th Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Chris Toyne - Janet Bulpin
SONG - Lympstone Folk, Roots and Acoustic
Thursday 24 January

Free Concert at the Crabshell
Crabshell Inn, Embankment Rd, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 1JZ
8.00pm

 

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Bicton Folk Night
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
8.30pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

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.

Regular events 4th Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club  - Jane Thomas - Petronella
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
SONG - Teignmouth Folk Club with guests duo Jack's Ramble
Friday 25 January

Burns Night Celebration with Re-jig
The Drewe Arms, Drewsteignton.
Tickets £8.00 Reserve tickets in advance at the Drewe Arms, or call Tony on 07876 788988
Re-jig are a new band playing upbeat Scottish and Irish dance music, and featuring former members of the popular Devon based band Jiggery Pipery. Tony Bayliss: Cittern, Vocals - Louis Bingham: Tenor Banjo, Guitar - Carl Allerfeldt: Fiddle - Pete Bingham: Bass - Simon Crowe: Drums.

Sound of Sirens
Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF
7.45pm
Tickets £12.00 Box Office - telephone 01803 665800. For more information and tickets go to website

West Country folk-rock duo Sound Of The Sirens have announced their new album, This Time, out January 25th via DMF Records, as well as a 21-date UK tour starting in January. Their live shows combine a natural facility for connecting with their audiences and unforgettable performances with warmth, humour and, above all, real conviction.

This Time – the follow-up to their debut album, For All Our Sins, which was released in 2017 to widespread praise – continues to showcase an evident gift for crafting unique, vivid and enduring melodies over 15 heartfelt tracks.

Throughout the album, Sound Of The Sirens – duo Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood – blend intoxicating vocal harmonies with beautifully crafted instrumentals to create a seamless collection of captivating tracks. ‘Troubles’, the first track to be taken from the album, is a rousing and emotive ode to overcoming issues, amid inspiring lyricism and graceful cadences.

Widecombe Sailing Club Winter Regatta
The Old Inn, Widecombe in the Moor TQ13 7TA
This is 'Burns' Night, particularly up there, over the border. However, as this is a sailing club we thought it more appropriate that is should be called 'Drowns' Night. Unless anyone wishes to do a rendition of 'The boy stood on the burning deck'. Judging from the last two years, a great social evening in prospect, with excellent food, and great entertainment. No pressure on anyone to perform, just come along and enjoy yourselves. Visit website

Burns Night Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band
Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm
Tickets £10.00 advance, £11.00 door. £1.00 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, 12 to 18 free. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500.
Blue Jewel is one of the most sought after ceilidh bands in the south west, playing mostly Irish tunes (on fiddles and bouzouki) for English country dances, with a sprinkling of great dances from elsewhere in Europe. Caller Kip is relaxed and clear, making it all easy and fun. From novice dancers to the more experienced, children to the silver-haired, you’re guaranteed to have a great time! “The Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band is absolutely fantastic! They stand out not only because of the quality of the musicians but also because the caller gives the ceilidh such a fun atmosphere. I couldn’t recommend them more highly.” Lindsay Braga
An Evening with Jim Causley
St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
7.00pm
Tickets £12.00+ from WeGotTickets
More than simply a folk-singer, multi award winning singer-songwriter and musician Jim Causley is an all-round entertainer and his 'Evening with' concerts give a full night of beautiful singing, moving ballads, hilarious ditties and everything in between. Drawing equally from traditional repertoire, modern songs as well as his own compositions and settings of poems by his relative, the celebrated Charles Causley. All accompanied on piano and various accordions and served with a gurt dollop of Westcountry humour, an evening with Jim is an evening not to be missed.
Saturday 26 January
Jelly Roll
The Bridge Inn, Bridge Hill, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ
8.00pm
Tickets £10.00 from The Bridge Inn 01392 873862.
Jelly Roll featuring Craig Milverton, Julian Piper and Coach York. Although on the face of it, it's an unlikely alliance - the UK's top Jazz pianist with a dyed in the wool bluesman - Julian Piper's association with Craig Milverton goes way back, to rambunctious days touring Europe backing American bluesmen. With ace drummer Coach York from the Mike Westbrook band on hand, the trio present a stunning selection of music ranging from Bobby Timmons Jazz classic 'Moanin', to the James Bond theme. Along the way expect a lot of jumping Boogie Woogie, New Orleans funk and B.B. King. Harmonica wizard Jeff 'The Horse' Horsey will also add his magic.
Burns Night Celebration with Re-jig
Ashburton Arts Centre.
7.30pm
Tickets £6.00, £10.00 or £13.00 you choose. Purchase online (+10%) at WeGotTickets
or in person from Silver Lion Jewellers or Rafikis cafe
Re-jig are a new band playing upbeat Scottish and Irish dance music, and featuring former members of the popular Devon based band Jiggery Pipery. Tony Bayliss: Cittern, Vocals - Louis Bingham: Tenor Banjo, Guitar - Carl Allerfeldt: Fiddle - Pete Bingham: Bass - Simon Crowe: Drums.

Sarah Gillespie
Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF
7.30pm
Tickets £12.50 For information and tickets go to website, telephone 01803 665800 or email
Sarah Gillespie is a critically acclaimed singer songwriter renowned for mixing elements of blues, folk and jazz with her distinctive streetwise lyricism. Sarah was born in London, grew up in Norfolk interspersed with numerous trips to Minnesota, where she soaked in the sounds of Bessie Smith, Bob Dylan, Cole Porter and early blues and jazz.

As a teenager, Gillespie busked across America  and returned to the UK where she received a first class honours degree in literature and a Masters in Philosophy and Politics. She went on to perform across Europe, the UK and the USA with appearances on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4 and local stations world wide. Her debut collection of poetry ‘Queen Ithaca Blues’ was published by Oxford’s Albion Beatnik Press.

Her three albums ‘Stalking Juliet’ (2009) ‘In the Current Climate’ (2011) and ‘Glory Days’ (2014) were met with four and five star reviews from the Guardian, MOJO, the Independent and Rock and Real,  plus plaudits from iconic musician Robert Wyatt.

Gillespie’s 4th album ‘Wishbones’ is arranged and co-produced by Mercury nominated pianist and composer Kit Downes and was launched at the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room in October 2018. 

A Fougou Music presentation.

Guy Somerfield
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

An afternoon featuring an eclectic mixture of music from Exmouth’s favourite troubadour. Singer/songwriter Guy Somerfield again delivers his very polished performance of songs with an original twist, ranging from gentle folk to pulsing rock and everything in-between. He will also be playing some of his own enchanting songs.

Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band
Stoke Gabriel Football Club
Hosted by Stoke Gabriel Boating Association. "We have played a number of ceilidhs for the SGBA over recent years, and they have all been great evenings". A few miles south of Totnes on the river Dart. Visit website
Sound of Sirens
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
7.30pm
Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

West Country folk-rock duo Sound Of The Sirens have announced their new album, This Time, out January 25th via DMF Records, as well as a 21-date UK tour starting in January. Their live shows combine a natural facility for connecting with their audiences and unforgettable performances with warmth, humour and, above all, real conviction.

This Time – the follow-up to their debut album, For All Our Sins, which was released in 2017 to widespread praise – continues to showcase an evident gift for crafting unique, vivid and enduring melodies over 15 heartfelt tracks.

Throughout the album, Sound Of The Sirens – duo Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood – blend intoxicating vocal harmonies with beautifully crafted instrumentals to create a seamless collection of captivating tracks. ‘Troubles’, the first track to be taken from the album, is a rousing and emotive ode to overcoming issues, amid inspiring lyricism and graceful cadences.

RSVP Bhangra Band
Oakford Village Hall, nr Tiverton
7.30pm
The evening event is £17.50 per person, and will include a tasty curry selection Supper from 7pm. There will also be a pay bar. Bollywood Costumes encouraged! Tickets from 01398 351682 or email
RSVP is a Bhangra band that blends traditional Punjabi celebratory folk music with Western musical influences to create a sound that is unusual when heard by mainstream listeners, but none of that matters, because their ability to perform to a crowd is perfect. Their stage personalities are lovable, the Asian drumbeats are infectious, and the Western slant gives the crowd something unique to enjoy. With musicians drawn from one family, wholly rooted in an authentic living tradition, yet unafraid to innovate, this is the ultimate celebratory Indian music. RSVP will be bringing their Big Bhangra Beats and engaging, interactive vibe so be prepared to learn some Bhangra grooves and moves and get ready to party. 
DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance
St Matthew's Hall, Newtown, Exeter  EX1 2LJ. 
There is a large public car park across the road which is free after 6.00pm. Doors open at 7.15pm and we will start with some dance tuition at 7.30pm, followed by the first band at around 8.00pm.
No partner is needed for many of the dances and beginners are always welcome.

Three of our local bands - Fraich'Airs, the Drones Club and TRaM - will be playing during the evening, providing fantastic music for a range of French and Breton dances as well as our normal dance 'workshop' at the beginning of the evening. 
Admission £9.00 which includes tea and biscuits.
There will also be a short AGM during the tea break, giving you an opportunity to find out from the committee what has been happening over the year and plans for 2019 and to have your say about how the club is run.

Exeter Ceilidhs - Pigs Might Fly
The Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7UE.
8.00pm - 11.0pm
Admission £8.00 (under 16 - £4.00 under 10 free)
Teas, coffees & biscuits are provided (small donation requested), but there is no bar. You may bring your own alcohol if you wish. For more information email or telephone Jeremy 0796929763
Regular events 4th Saturday

SONG - Shammick Acoustic - Jezz Lowe
The Pack o’ Cards, High Street, Combe Martin EX34 0ET
Doors 7.30pm (Start 8.00pm)
Always one of our favourite guest artists, it’s a treat to welcome back this brilliant North-Eastern songwriter.  Jez just goes from strength to strength, with nominations in the BBC’s Folk Awards for both Folksinger of the Year and Best New Song – and that, without being part of the ‘younger generation’, says an awful lot about him.  With a career that has lasted for at least forty years, his popularity shows no sign of abating, with tours all over the world, either solo, accompanying himself on guitar, cittern or harmonica, or with his band, The Bad Pennies; with James Keelaghan and Archie Fisher in the Men of Words tour in Canada and the USA; as part of The Pitmen Poets with Bob Fox, Benny Graham and Billy Mitchell; with fellow songwriter Steve Tilston; and with the quirky supergroup, The Broonzies. 

As if this isn’t enough, he is also in constant demand to take part in a variety of song-writing projects such as The Radio Ballads (which earned him a Sony Radio Award) or Along the Wall.  His songs have been covered by a multitude of high-profile artists such as Fairport Convention, The Dubliners, The Unthanks, Wizz Jones, Mary Black, Bob Fox, The Young ‘Uns, The Clancys and many more. 

With his distinctive voice, unmistakeable melodies, sensitive and humorous lyrics, and his trademark stripey tops, Jez Lowe is a real not-to-be-missed one-off!

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