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This weeks events Saturday 21 April to Saturday 28 April

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Saturday 21 April

American Folk Music Concert - The Malthouse, Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ - 8.00pm - Tickets £5 from The Bridge Inn telephone 01392 873862.
Rescheduled from 3 March. An informal concert of American Folk Music with Chris Billings, John Bickford, Olly Davey and friends. We got fiddles! We got gitaws! We got mandlins, banjers and dobros! We even got a tame Appalachian dancer!! The possum's gone. A wide range of folk songs and dance tunes played from the American tradition, with guest appearances too. All monies to FORCE Cancer Charity and Crisis UK.

Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll - ThePlough@TheGeorge, The George Hotel, 1 Broad Street, South Molton EX36 3AB - 8.00pm - Full £10.00 - Supporter £8.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Popular local folk musicians Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll return with their trio featuring double-bass player James Budden. Nick and Becki are stunning fiddle players, singers and composers with an innovative take on English folk. Their combined skills and musicianship forge a joyful collision of traditional music and contemporary bowed strings. Their unique sound is a blend of bewitching melodies, driving fiddle chords and powerful vocals, interspersed with anecdotes of adventures and stories from the road. Their latest project “The Songs of Edward Capern” features landscape and life-inspired poetry from a renowned Victorian poet set to the duo’s own compositions, drawing on and evoking the folk melodies of 19th Century Devon from the soaring highs of the lark to the deep sadness of the weeping robin.

Rachel Rose Reid - Silence - Artemis Storytelling - Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF

In the whole world, only one manuscript unfolds the Roman de Silence, inscribed in 13th century Cornwall and discovered at Wollaton Manor, Nottinghamshire in 1911 in a box marked "Old Papers, No Value". It was too hot to handle. Suffrage protests were at their explosive height, and this tale suggested that England and King Arthur's lineage both depended on a quest for female freedom. So the legend was silenced once more. But the story was made to be told. Now is the time to tell it.
Rachel Rose Reid, word artist, writer and storyteller, brings this old tale to life once again.

Tash Fardell - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website You are guaranteed to enjoy young singer Tash Fardell when she performs a selection of popular contemporary and classic pop and indie folk. You’ll be entranced by her versatile and emotive singing and highly original renditions.

Davis Lindley Mullan - Village Hall, Buckland-in-the-Moor TQ13 7HP - 7.30pm - £10.00 adult, £5.00 child. For tickets telephone 01364 653525 or email or on the door (best to book in advance as we are a small venue).
Fans of Stackridge and The Korgis will be delighted that Andrew Cresswell Davis is back on the road with this fabulous semi-acoustic trio. Andrew is accompanied by Clare Lindley and Brian Mullan and between them they play a variety of instruments – guitar, violin, cello and ukulele and more. With the addition of three fine voices, they create rich textures and intimate moods, which breathe life into songs of love, loss… and squirrels! A typical DLM set list will contain beautifully imagined original material, some traditional music from Britain and Ireland and a few carefully chosen covers by such luminaries as Steve Earle, Guy Clark, Bob Dylan, Lennon and McCartney, Bessie Smith, Blue Nile and Robbie Burns.

 

SongSpaces Presents: Brooke Sharkey/Tobias ben Jacob + Special Guest - St. Stephen's Church, Exeter High Street, EX4 3LW. Tickets: £10.00+ advance from WeGotTickets or £12.50 door
Brooke Sharkey left us totally spellbound at her last local show at Exeter Brewery last October. Since then she was voted runner up in iconic London venue Union Chapel's 'best gigs of 2017'
''What places her on a higher plane than most of her contemporaries is actually pretty simple: the sheer strength of her songwriting, and the truly soul shifting quality of her voice... This is mature, refined songwriting of the highest calibre.'' The Observer 


Tobias ben Jacob is accompanied by producer and multi-instrumentalist John Elliott (The Little Unsaid). playing new songs, reworkings and tracks from the album 'A Polyphonic Life'.
'Really stops you in your tracks' Fresh On The Net

 

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Green Party Ceilidh with the Cotton Mill Ceilidh Band - Totnes Civic Hall High Street, Totnes TQ9 5SF - 7.30 – 10.30pm (doors open at 7.15pm)
South Brent's Cotton Mill Ceilidh Band will have everyone on their feet as the callers lead you through the dance moves while the band performs lively jigs and reels on fiddle, flute, guitar, mandolin and bodhran. Organised by South Devon Green Party.

Sarah McQuaid - The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ - 8.00pm - Tickets £10.00 For more information and tickets telephone 01404 384050 or go to website

“The precision and sophistication of the writing and playing blows me away. I am so glad to be involved,” writes guitar legend Michael Chapman in his introduction to Sarah McQuaid’s fifth solo album If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous – which he offered to produce after meeting Sarah at a festival where they were both on the bill. Recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ards International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland, Sarah’s also drawn critical praise for her voice (which has been variously likened to malt whiskey and melted chocolate) and her engaging rapport with audiences:  “I’ve attended hundreds of concerts of all kinds, and her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever,” wrote The Huffington Post.

Reviewers of the Madrid-born, Chicago-raised, Cornwall-based singer/songwriter’s previous albums have repeatedly alluded to her “relative obscurity” (The Big Takeover) and “under-the-radar” (The Vinyl District) profile. With her new album – on which she expands her battery of instruments to include piano and electric guitar – she looks set to change that.

“One voice, one guitar, and the wondrous reminder of the magic of music. Sarah has the gift.” – The Huffington Post

 

Launceston Folk Dance Club - Sarah Beazley and the Dartmoor Pixie Band - Launceston Town Hall, PL15 7AR - 8.00pm - Bring and Share supper - for more information telephone Rosemary Phillips 01566774491
Sunday 22 April
Charlie Dore with Julian Littman - The Plough@StAnne's, Paternoster Row, Barnstaple EX31 1SX - 7.30pm - Full £12.00 - Supporter £10.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Charlie Dore with Julian Littman - Live Spring 2018 - “…an amazingly astute, moving, intelligent and connected songwriter…a voice like Kate McGarrigle meets Dory Previn. Wonderful ”. Mike Harding.

A very special evening of eclectic, contemporary folk as multi award winner Charlie Dore, one of the UK’s most respected singer-songwriters shares songs her new album, Dark Matter. For tonight Charlie teams up with multi-instrumentalist Julian Littman of Steeleye Span and the evening promises a fast moving show as the pair swap guitars, piano, mandolin, harmonium, ukulele and autoharp as well as stories, banter and versions of songs she’s written for others including George Harrison, Jimmy Nail and her own worldwide hit, Pilot of the Airwaves.

Telstar - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
This amazing must see young band from Exmouth, comprises 17 year old Harry Whatmore guitar/vocals, his sister 15 year old Leah Whatmore vocals/bass and Joe Gorfin drums/percussion. Telstar has so far had rapturous receptions wherever they’ve appeared.  Their vibrant set includes a range of numbers from the likes of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Killers, Green Day, Blink 182, Muse and The Who.

Ruf Blues Caravan - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 8.00pm - £19.00+ - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website
The Ruf Records Blues Caravans are always value for money, and this latest incarnation promises to be the hottest to date ! Chicago's Bernard Allison, is incontestably one of the most dazzling guitarists in the blues firmament,. The son of the late Luther Allison, Bernard has inherited his father's 'take no prisoners' approach, and flair for being a consummate showman. Mike Zito's career has taken him from his native St. Louis to Texas, and his collaboration with Louisiana slide master Sonny Landreth, proves - were it needed - that he too is no slouch. Croatian newcomer Vanja Sky completes what will undoubtedly prove to be possibly the best blues night to come along since Bishopstock.

World Unlimited -Hazel O’Connor & Cormac de Barra - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £8.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email SOLD OUT
See You Again Tour. Simply stunning,” Janice Long - BBC Radio 2. A very special evening with award-winning singer-songwriter Hazel O’Connor, performing here in a captivating acoustic line-up with Cormac de Barra on Irish Harp, her musical partner for some 15 years. he combination of de Barra’s harp with Hazel’s unforgettable voice is truly magical, combining Hazel's heartfelt lyrics with the musicianship of Cormac in a stirring musical marriage, Together they will reach into the very depths of your soul. 

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

Regular events 4th Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor - Oka Vanga - £10.00
“Oka Vanga are the incredibly talented duo Angela Meyer & William Cox - award winning UK Folk & Roots music. The combination of Meyer’s voice, which has the quality, clarity and strength of a fine, single malt and Cox’s skill on his strings produces some absolutely magical songs and music which open hidden worlds and new adventures to all who listen to them. They are storytellers who illustrate their tales with wonderful music.” Folk All. In 2013 they were invited to represent the UK at the International Madame Guitar Festival in Italy alongside guitar luminaries such as Ralph Towner (USA) and Clive Carroll (UK), and shortly thereafter they released their debut album Pilgrim to critical acclaim. Described by Songlines as “beautifully pure”, it was awarded Best Instrumental Album by FATEA magazine in 2014. Book by email
Monday 23 April

Lazy Divide - The White Thorn Inn, Shaugh Prior, PL7 5HA Plymouth - 8.30pm

An Evening with Jim Causley - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ. Tickets £25.0 per person and include a two course meal. Go to FaceBook for more information
What better way to mark St George's Day than an evening of traditional folk tales and music from one of Devon's best loved and respected figures of today’s contemporary roots and folk scene; Jim Causley. During the past decade Jim has been nominated no less than six times for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award and in 2017 he was nominated as “Singer of the Year” at the awards. We are delighted to offer an evening with Jim on St George's Day.
The Rheingans Sisters - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 8.00pm - £13.00+ (£11.00+) Seated Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website
Winners of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for ‘Best Original Track’, The Rheingans Sisters make bold, playful and innovative contemporary music that is anchored in folk traditions without being bound by them. Audiences across the world have been captivated by their performances, each one an authentic invitation to participate in an intuitive musical conversation between two musicians at the height of their powers. A life-time’s deep learning of European traditions is carefully re-imagined to produce beguiling new music. Older musical landscapes shape new songs, asking irresistible questions concerning our own lives. Always creating space for spontaneity and surprise, instrumental pieces are wholly contemporary while drawing from the well of musical knowledge passed down through generations. 
Tuesday 24 April
 
Regular events 4th Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Jane Thomas
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
STORY TELLING - Stone Soup - Stone Soup continues its Twisted Tales series for adults.
Wednesday 25 April
 
Regular events 4th Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Pair of Shears - Colin Andrews
Thursday 26 April
Nikolsky Ensemble - Parish Church, Church Road, Lympstone EX8 5JU - 7.30pm - Tickets £12.00 available by email.
One of the most thrilling events ever promoted by Lympstone Entertainments was the performance by the Hermitage Ensemble from St Petersburg in 2016. At very short notice, Lympstone has been offered another concert by some of the same singers, including the star soloist, Sergey Grankvist. News has just come through that Visas have been granted to the four singers. This is the Nikolsky Ensemble, featuring the tenor who astonished audiences last time with his amazing voice. They will be performing a programme of Russian Orthodox sacred music, and well-loved Russian folk songs. The composers include Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Rachmaninov, and the songs in the second half feature such favourites as Moscow Nights, Song of the Volga Boatmen, Those Evening Bells and Kalinka. The concert will take place on in the wonderful acoustic of Lympstone Church.

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 and friends for a traditional folk night when a varied selection of singers and musicians perform. If you sing or play an instrument why not come along and join in the session? Otherwise enjoy listening to a selection of lively acoustic music which usually includes lots of jolly jigs, reels and airs.

Regular events 4th Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Robert Blackborow Band – Stringaccord
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
SONG - Teignmouth Folk Club - Steve Gill presenting The Songs of Graham Miles. If you're not familiar with Graham's songs you are missing out. A master songwriter.
Friday 27 April
Jamie Yost - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 7.30pm. Tickets £3.00. Tickets are available from the B-Bar in person (daily from 11am) via the Barbican Theatre website or telephone 01752 242021.
Debut EP launch of alternative folk musician Jamie Yost. The singer songwriter will be accompanied by his 5 piece backing band with support from an array of local talent. On the night expect four of Plymouth's finest artists, soulful vocals from Roz Birch. Folk, blues and rock from the harmonic duo Calvin Thomas & Jack Cookson. Ambience and heart melting vocals from the Olly Parker Trio and finally a truly powerful yet intimate performance from Jamie Yost and his band
Calan - ThePlough@TheGeorge, The George Hotel, 1 Broad Street, South Molton EX36 3AB - 8.00pm - £15.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

This international award winning band from Wales are back on the road with their infectious rhythms and high energy routines to celebrate the release of their latest album-Solomon They come with accordion, harp, guitar, fiddles and Welsh bagpipes along with a virtuoso performance from a champion step dancer. 

A fresh and vibrant sound with a pounding beat set against the backdrop of old traditions. Songs include the legend of Wales’ very own fairy realm with a tale of magic, myth and mischief along with some of the most beautiful and haunting melodies.

They have introduced a new generation to Welsh music – and continue to do so as they tour Europe, North America, Australia and Asia. 

 

Saturday 28 April
Charity Acoustic Band Night - War Memorial Hall, Meavy Ln, Yelverton PL20 6AL - 7.00pm - Tickets £7.00 advance from Office or telephone 01822 854823, £10.00 on the door.
Performances by Charlie Harris, Eliza Acty, Duo & Pony Pony. In aid of South West Equine Protection. Licensed bar. Raffle.
Velvet & Stone - with special guest Ben Morgan-Brown St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Stoke Hill, Exeter EX4 7AH -  8.00pm - Tickets £10.00+ from WeGotTickets
Velvet & Stone’s brand of indie-folk combines haunting soundscapes with catchy pop hooks and great songs – giving an original and beautiful take on a traditional genre. Crafting their live set with performances at Cambridge Folk Festival, Celtic Connections and Somersault, they take their audiences on a journey from stunning melodies to foot-stomping folk-rock.
Ben Morgan-Brown writes intimate & reflective songs featuring open-tuned guitar, ethereal vocals & obliquely personal lyrics that tip the hat to Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, Michael Chapman et al whilst still maintaining a unique musical style and identity.

Green Man Spring Festival - Bovey Tracey town centre TQ13 9AE. A community celebration of music, dance, food and drink. 18 morris dance sides participating. Street stalls. Stage events provided by local schools. Official opening by mayor at 10.00am. Green man procession 11.00am. Finale at 4.00pm. All times approximate. More details at website

Mother's Ruin - Bell Inn, Town Hall Place, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9AA - 5.30pm
Folk rock an’ roots band Mother’s Ruin take inspiration for their music from traditional and modern folk-rock, roots and originals. A novel treatment of a strong song are the foundations of their repertoire. Part of the Green Man Festival which culminates with an evening ceilidh at the Dolphin Hotel

Jas Walker Duo - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Jas Walker on Easter Tour from France with some of his talented  French amazing new his brand new all French Backing Band

Mark Chadwick (Levellers) - The Barrel House, 59a High Street, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5PB - Doors 8.00pm. Tickets Tickets £14.00+ advance £16 on the door. Booking office 01803 863000 - more information and tickets on website
One of the UK’s most successful songwriters, Mark Chadwick has co-written 20 chart singles and 6 Top 40 albums (including a Number 1) as part of The Levellers, the band he has fronted for over 20 years. All The Pieces is however, not a Levellers album. Whilst the voice may be familiar, that is where the similarities end. Instead, this is an intensely personal collection of folk-tinged acoustic pop tracks, written and refined over the course of the last two decades. Brought to life by award-winning producer Sean Lakeman.
Miranda Sykes - The Bridge Inn, Bridge Hill, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ - 8.00pm - Tickets £10.00 from The Bridge Inn telephone 01392 873862.
Miranda Sykes, 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 will be touring as she started out: one woman, one bass, and one guitar. Borrowed Places is a project that draws its inspiration primarily from the songs and landscapes of her native Lincolnshire but seen through the eyes of someone who has lived away for many years. The themes are not specific; the land changes, it grows, it shrinks, it adapts and it resists but most of all it lives and breathes. With her sensational voice, and accompanying herself, Miranda interprets the soul of the land and takes her audience on a journey that resonates with us all, wherever we live and it is one you won’t want to miss.

Shanty Evening with The Exmouth Shanty Men- Cheriton Fitzpaine Parish Hall, Bary Lane, Cheriton Fitzpaine, Crediton EX17 4BB - 7.00pm Tickets £10.00 advance - £12.00 on the door. For advance tickets telephone Gordon Leigh 01884 855368 or Sheila Jefferies 01884 855634. Bar

Fund raising event for the re-hanging of Cadbury's church bells

Spring Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ - 7.30pm - Tickets at £7.50 on the door or from Artworks (Station Rd, South Brent). For more information telephone Eileen 01364 73699 or email or visit website
Caller Kip Pratt (bodhran, fiddle), with Mike Vickery (mandolin, guitar) and Aaron Aldred (melodeon). All welcome: Reel Ale bar and nibbles available.
DANCE - Bideford Celidh Club Ceilidh with Bursledon Village Band - Northam Hall, Fore St, Northam, Bideford EX39 1AN - 7.30pm - 11.00pm. Admission £8.00, with concessions for family groups with children. For more information telephone 01237  476632.

We are lucky to have secured the services of the famous Bursledon Village Band for this event. Known and loved all over the UK for their lively, bouncy foot tapping interpretation of traditional English dance music, they are a joy both  to dance and listen to. The current line up consists of:  Joyce Ingledew on fiddle, Andrew Purkiss on accordion and keyboard, Pete Theobald on keyboard and tuba,  with percussion by Paul Johnson.

There will be an optional Bring and Share supper and a free soft drinks bar. All are welcome to this event: nobody has to be an expert. All the dances will be clearly explained and  the accent is on fun, not perfection.

Regular events 4th Saturday

SONG - Shammick Acoustic - Saul Rose & James Delarre - support local performers - Pam’n’Al, Ruth Gray, and Kevin Connell 
These two make a quite exceptional duo, combining thrilling fiddle performance with some of the finest melodeon playing to be heard on the folk scene.  Having started playing melodeon when he was just ten years old, Saul has been a professional musician on and off since his late teens, and has played with some of the greats of the scene, most notably with Eliza Carthy and Nancy Kerr in the Kings of Calicutt, Waterson:Carthy, and most recently, Faustus.  He also spent a year as ‘Songman’ in the West End production of ‘WarHorse’.  His voice is rich and warm, and beautifully suited to traditional English songs.  Likewise, James has been playing violin from a young age, mostly self-taught, and turned professional very early on, working with Jim Moray, Mawkin:Causley and others, and later appeared in a number of television series and feature films.  The pair met and worked together at Sidmouth Folk Week some ten years ago and became firm friends, the music flowing whenever they get together.  As a duo, they harness all the subtleties of traditional music while still producing an exciting and energetic display of musicianship.  The joy with which they experience music together is hypnotic, captivating and addictive.

 

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