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This weeks events Saturday 25 May to Saturday 1 June

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Saturday 25 May
Artist to be confirmed
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information
Miranda Sykes
Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ
8.00pm
Tickets available from the Bridge or telephone 01392 873862.
The acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ is returning to her roots. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she is touring as she started out: one woman, one bass, and one guitar. Building on the success of her Borrowed Places tour which opened a window into where she had been, physically and spiritually, Miranda is back with a new project: Behind The Wall, a roller coaster ride exploring where we are going; Miranda, you, me, all of us. What does it mean to be human today, living in our communities and societies, and where will our actions lead us? Powerful and hard-hitting but also poignant and beautiful, this show gives us all a chance to reflect and maybe even empower us.

World Unlimited - Kitty Macfarlane
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
“This young Somerset-based singer-songwriter’s blessed with a strong identity: a confident singing voice and a compelling writing style deriving inspiration from growing up in the south-west, allied to a talent for finding wider significance in everyday experiences. An outstanding debut”​- fRoots Magazine

Kitty Macfarlane is a Bristol-based songwriter and accomplished guitar player. Her sharply observed narrative songs are pure poetry, rich with visual imagery and written with an eco-eye – bound loosely by the theme of mankind’s relationship with the wild. This autumn sees the release of Kitty Macfarlane’s highly anticipated debut album Namer of Clouds, produced by Sam Kelly and Jacob J Stoney and featuring a recognisable cast of musicians.

Gathering inspiration from the sky to the seabed, Kitty’s lyrics touch on intervention and rewilding, climate change and migration and one singular song which is a magical aural tapestry of woman’s historical relationship with textiles and the land. From the starling murmurations on the Somerset Levels to the lowly eel’s epic transatlantic migration, and the small part we ourselves play in a much bigger picture.

The album is augmented by all kinds of ‘found sound’ recorded in locations from Somerset to Sardinia – birdsong, waterfalls, the click of knitting needles- and is bookended by sounds of the wild. She’s toured with acclaimed folk duo Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, and also Blair Dunlop, and performed extensively around the UK. Her first EP received airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music. She has been shortlisted for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, received project funding from the English Folk Dance and Song Society and been awarded the Lyndsey de Paul Prize for female songwriters. Namer of Clouds is released on 21st September 2018.

 

 

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

Exeter Ceilidhs - PhoenixCallers Mary Howells & Jeremy Child
The Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7UE.
8.00pm - 11.0pm
£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 - Closed for Earl of Rone
Sunday 26 May
Trio of Men
Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern Street, Totnes, TQ9 5SP
8.00pm
Trio of Men are municipal song-makers, a band who lead music-based projects and performances in South Devon and beyond. Their work together combines music with all-ages creative community involvement, projected imagery, humour and story. As three musician/performers, they regularly sing in 7/8 time about the Victorian engineer Oliver Heaviside, perform their own songs about illness and neighbours, sing new adaptations from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs and write instant songs with festival goers.
Artist to be confirmed
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information
Paddy’s Whiskers
The Boathouse, Marine Drive, Paignton TQ3 2NJ
2.30pm
Free entry For more information telephone Andrew on 07514 064558.

Paignton based Irish/Celtic/American band Paddy’s Whiskers are playing at The Boathouse, Preston Sands, Paignton at 2:30pm on Sunday, 26th May. Andrew and Jules from the band recently moved to the Isle of Skye but are back in Devon for a handful of gigs. The band play upbeat footstomping folk in a contemporary style - a mixture of fiddle led Irish jigs and reels for dancing, banjo driven bluegrass numbers, and Scottish tunes on border bagpipes. The whole band sing and at a Whiskers gig you’ll hear well known favourites from the folk tradition, together with a few original songs and tunes written by the band.
The venue is very family friendly.

Regular events 4th Sunday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club
SONG - Folk on the Moor Book by email
SONG/STORYTELLING - Tradewinds Open to everything, as always. Anybody with a poem, song, story or tune they'd like to share will be very welcome.
Okey Folky - Singers, musicians, poets, step-dancers and audience members all welcome!
Monday 27 May

Trio Baklava
Bread and Roses, 62 Ebrington St, Plymouth. PL4 9AF. Telephone 01752 659861‎
Music between 8.30pm and 11.00pm

Regular events 4th Monday
Tuesday 28 May
Ipplepen shape-note singing
Ipplepen Methodist Church, East Street, Ipplepen, TQ12 5SU (There is free parking at the church plus free on-street parking in the village with easy access to the church. Larger vehicles can park in the bus lay-by near the centre of the village, just a couple of minutes’ walk from the church).
7.30pm to 9.30pm

Hosted by Nadia & Jeremy, who are very happy to help, so if you're planning on coming to sing or just want to talk about shape-notes, do get in touch. Telephone Nadia 07577218696 or Jeremy 07851069723 or email

Singing from both The Sacred Harp (Denson, 1991) and The Shenandoah Harmony. Loaner copies of both books are available for use.
For more information on shape-note events in the south west, shape-note music in general and The Shenandoah Harmony in particular go to website

Regular events 4th Tuesday
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
Wednesday 29 May
 
Regular events 5th Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Jigs for Gigs - Mark Moran          
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
SONG - Culm Valley Music and Performance Club
Thursday 30 May
Open Mic
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
8.30pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

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.

Carus Thompson
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
Originally making his name as part of explosion of the Australian Roots movement in the 2000’s alongside good friends The John Butler Trio, The Waifs, Xavier Rudd and Pete Murray, troubadour Carus Thompson is a first class songwriter whose songs and stories connect. He's also toured with Jack Johnson, Dave Mathews and Damien Rice, however in the UK it was his 4 tours opening for folk star Seth Lakeman that really put him on the map, earning him some BBC2 play through folk-roots aficionado Bob Harris. February 2019 saw Carus again touring the UK opening for Seth on his Theatre Tour. 

 

The Murphy Beds - Jefferson Hamer and Eamon O’Leary
Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm
Tickets £12.00 advance, £13.00 door. £1.00 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £8.00 under 21s. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500.

The Murphy Beds present traditional and original folk songs with close harmonies and deft instrumental arrangements for bouzouki, guitar, and mandolin.

Jefferson and Eamon have been performing together since first meeting at Irish music sessions in New York City. Both had a love of collecting, arranging and performing songs from Irish, American, Scottish and English traditions. Whatever the source – songs of Irish travellers, Arkansas spirituals or their own compositions – their arrangements feature the same carefully wrought interplay of voice and strings.

As well as playing with many friends and comrades from the ‘trad’ music world they have also performed and collaborated with artists across the folk spectrum including Beth Orton, Anais Mitchell and Sam Amidon. In 2013, Jefferson won a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award with Anais Mitchell.

Steve Turner
Tavistock Wharf, Canal Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8AT
7.30pm
Tickets £8.00 - £7.00 Wharf Music Club - seated - Box office 01822 611166 - Visit website for more information and tickets.
Steve Turner is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments, stretching the boundaries of traditional forms, with one of the best voices in the business. He is a multi-instrumentalist, who also accompanies himself on the cittern, and also plays mandolin and banjo.

 

Friday 31 May
Maddy and the Chaps
Strand Centre,32 The Strand, Dawlish EX7 9PT
Maddy and the Chaps first gig of the year, at Dawlish Arts Festival. Come on down for some Country, Folk and Celtic Tunes. The Rock Choir will be warming us up.
Luke Jackson Trio
Matthews Hall, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF
8.00pm (Doors 7.30pm)
Tickets £14.00+ from WeGotTickets
"Very powerful-impressive songs, individual playing and the singing-oh man the singing!" – Folkcast. "A sumptuous voice loaded with maturity and a melodically blessed guitar style" – Spiral Earth. "Luke Jackson sings with an extraordinarily rich voice and possesses a guitar technique astonishing for one so young. I first heard him sing four years ago and even then his songwriting suggested a performer of rare promise” – Steve Knightley, Show of Hands. Hot drinks available at the Twigg's Gigs café.
Missin’ Tackle Shanty Group
Churston Golf Club, Churston Close, Brixham TQ5 0LA
7.00pm
Tickets £10.00 including a buffet supper can be obtained by from Carol 01803 851104.
Joined by the SeaGalls. Raising funds for the Torbay Lifeboat.
Thea Gilmore - support Matt Owens
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
8.00pm
Tickets Full £22.00 - Supporter £19.00  
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Thea Gilmore releases Small World Turning on May 17 - her first new collection of songs since 2017’s “The Counterweight” which was her 3rd successive top 40 album. She also embarks on a UK tour with her band and support from Matt Owens (Noah And The Whale).

An artist of enduring international acclaim (Bruce Springsteen regularly names her as a favourite) and a justly revered lyricist, Gilmore’s musical settings have taken many ingenious detours in recent years. Small World Turning nails it’s colours to a very different wall from the get-go. Acoustic guitars are back to the fore, and a quintessentially rootsy array of instruments frame them - fiddles, whistles, mandolins, tenor banjos are all in abundance.  Small World Turning is an album with an unashamed folk flavor and features contributions from Cara Dillon, Seth Lakeman, Sam Lakeman, Katriona Gilmore, Jamie Roberts and BBC Radio 2’s Young Folk Award winner 2013 Ciaran Algar.

A gifted and exceptional artist at the peak of her powers, Thea Gilmore has delivered a vibrant and deeply resonant album, rooted in folk music but completely transcending any genre related limitations. 

 

Saturday 1 June
Edgelarks (Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin)
The Flavel, Flavel Place, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9ND
7.30pm
Tickets standard £17.00 Under 18 £5.00. Box Office telephone 01803 839530 or book online at website

Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin will be making a return to the Flavel with their new band, Edgelarks. They are now well established as one of the leading acts on the folk music scene and their track record of terrific live performances and superb albums was recognised at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards where they won Best Duo in 2014 and were nominated in both 2016 and 2018. Edgelarks is both the name of their new band but also their 4th album released in 2017. Their 2019 tour will feature material from a new album to be released in May. “Subtly atmospheric”: Robin Denselow The Guardian

Songwriters' Circle: Greg Hancock, Em Marshall and Ben Morgan-Brown
The Bridge Inn, Bridge Hill, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ
8.00pm
Tickets £8.00+, Available from WeGotTickets
Three highly acclaimed singer-songwriters present their songs in turn in this beautiful and atmospheric historic pub. A great chance to compare and contrast three different styles and approaches to the art of songwriting.    
Bridport Ceilidhs - Fresh Aire with Aileen Wills
Church House (St Mary's) Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW
7.30 - 11.00pm.
Some soft drinks provided; bring a bottle, bring finger food snacks to share, bring a friend “ bring two! “ and make a party of it!   Telephone organiser Monty on 01308 423442 or see website for more information