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Monday 1 April
 
Tuesday 2 April

World Unlimited - VRi
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"VRï are not just three stunning musicians; they summon up a magic chemistry that is absolutely bewildering, mesmerising and thoroughly addictive." FolkWales. VRï have risen to prominence in Wales and beyond over the last two years, gaining high acclaim for their exciting sound, stylish arrangements and innovative art-music interpretations of folk melodies and songs. Although their roots are in Wales and the backbone of their repertoire is Welsh, VRï make a point of blending other traditional musics from around Europe, and have been heavily influenced the ‘chamber-folk’ artists from both sides of the Atlantic. VRï's vision has always been to maintain the integrity and individuality of their fiddle styles within the ideals of classical chamber ensemble, to deliver a product which harnesses both the raw energy of the fiddle and the finesse of the violin. 

 

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 1st Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Jane Thomas
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
DANCE - Fraddon Folk Dance Club (Cornwall)
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - open night
Wednesday 3 April
Midnight Skyracer
Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
7.30pm
Tickets Full price (Support the artists and arts) £13.00+ - Mid Price (A bit cheaper if you need it) £10.00+ - Low price (Even cheaper if you need it) £6.00 from WeGotTickets
Midnight Skyracer has been tearing up the UK bluegrass and folk scene since its inception less than two years ago. The all-star lineup and exciting live performances have sent the band racing skywards at an astounding pace right from the start, with Leanne Thorose’s powerhouse vocals and driving mandolin, Tabitha Agnew’s sweet voice and virtuosic banjo playing, Eleanor Wilkie’s rock solid bass grooves, Laura Carrivick’s flair — being equally adept on both fiddle and dobro — and her twin sister Charlotte’s agility on the guitar, with both sisters filling in the vocal harmonies.
“…these varied aspects of their musical personalities contribute to the greater good of a band playing for the song, for the singer, for the music.”
Ron Block (Alison Krauss & Union Station, Franklin, Tennessee)
In just over a year of performing they have racked up an impressive number of major festival slots including Cambridge Folk Festival and Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, completed a tour of Germany and Switzerland as well as two UK tours. In February 2018 they released their critically acclaimed debut album, Fire. Most recently, the band became the first UK band to gain recognition in the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Momentum awards with a nomination for best band as well as Tabitha receiving a nomination in the instrumentalist category.
Ashburton Arts FaceBook page Ashburton Arts website
Regular events 1st Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Jigs for Gigs - Monty Crook
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club Bicknoller Village Hall - Ted Farmer - Pair of Shears
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 4 April

Bicton Folk Session
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
8.30pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information
Enjoy an evening of lively, foot-tapping music when local musicians get together for an open acoustic session featuring accordions, violins, guitars, banjos, mandolins, pipes, bodhrans etc. Anyone can come and join in, lead a tune or just enjoy listening to the amazing sound created by the performers. The session usually includes lots of jigs, reels, polkas, airs and shanties, but anything can happen!

Steve Knightley
Higher Eggbeer Farm, Cheriton Bishop, Nr Exeter, EX6 6JQ
Doors 7.00pm
Tickets £25.00 (Advance only). Available from website
A chance to see Steve Knightly of Show of Hands, in a beautiful, intimate setting and listen to his music and the stories fo life on the road.

The ticket price includes a meat or vegetarian curry from Baobab cafe.

As a long-serving troubadour of the folk and acoustic music scene, master songwriter and storyteller Steve Knightley has spent much of his life on the road, collecting songs, stories, anecdotes and observations – with the odd disaster along the way. Steve once again takes to England’s highways and byways to present ‘Roadworks’ – a show which builds on the success of his sell-out 2018 solo tour ‘Songs and Stories’. This is a stripped-back, one-man show that’s infused with wit, warmth and alchemy, beautifully illustrated by his trenchant songs of history, love and conscience. Anyone who’s ever wondered what it's like to be a touring musician will love this rare insight into life on the road.

Raising funds for Age UK Exeter

Geoff Lakeman
B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
8.30pm
Admission £2.00
Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
B-Bar regular Geoff, dad to famous folk stars Seth, Sean and Sam, plays for us again his inimitable blend of west country, American and Irish folk, Americana and even 20's/30's jazz, showcased on his rare duet concertina. His debut solo album "After All These Years” has had national five and four-star reviews and been played on BBC Radio 2 by Mark Radcliffe, by Tom Robinson on his BBC Radio Six show, on BBC Radio 3 and just about every local radio station in the country
Friday 5 April
Songs and Stories of Heartache and Hope
Bowden House, Angel House, Totnes
7.30pm
£10.00 on door, £8.00 in advance Details on FaceBook
Charlotte Mabon and Sarah Mooney weave a rich tapestry of song and story in this evening to waken the spirit and warm and heart.
Ryan Cook
Village Hall, Buckland-in-the-Moor TQ13 7HP 
7.30pm
Tickets £12.00 adult, £6.00 U18.Telephone 01364 653525 or book online at Villages in Action website
Ryan is a Canadian with rural roots who is used to playing in village halls and sharing stories as well as playing great songs. His repertoire is based on western-swing, country and folk music, and ranges from traditional ballads and vintage country music from the 1940s and 50s to material that covers subjects from GMO foods, caravan living and on-line dating. Ryan has toured as the opening performer for country legends including Dwight Yoakam, Rosanne Cash and Travis Tritt as well as performing his own show. Those of you who came to Ian Sherwood will remember how entertaining he was with a very dry Canadian sense of humour, and I am sure Ryan will be every bit as good.
South Devon Green Party Annual Ceilidh - Cotton Mill Ceilidh Band with special guest Matt Harvey
Totnes Civic Hall, Market Square, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5SF
Doors 7.15pm
Admission £8.00 on the door, £7.00 advance, £6.00 concessions (Accompanied under 16's free). Advance tickets from Rythmn and Light of Firefly, 47 and 58 High Street, Totnesor from Eventbrite

Circe’s Diner’s
B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
9.00pm
Admission £3.00
Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
Circe’s Diner’s tracks have been taken to live radio performances, airplay with BBC Introducing, live video favourites with Balcony TV and Sofar Sounds, film sync (High Tide. 2015) and many performances across the UK and Europe including Glastonbury Festival, Ronnie Scott’s and performing to the Great British Bakeoff’s family in the final. With their sound constantly developing whilst maintaining a humanity often lost in contemporary music, their songs (and their friendship) have touched the hearts of many.
Twisted with the bittersweet, Circe’s Diner blend catchy hooks, infections melodies and dreamy harmonies in a unique way that voices strength, whilst baring one’s deepest vulnerabilities.
These acoustic alchemists will take you on most intoxicating journey that will leave you feeling thoroughly charmed!
“In three words? Quirky. Folk. Glamour. Vocalist Bronte Shande’s jazzy-folk tones perfectly complement the vintage coo of alternate lead Rosina Buck above the wondrous arrangements”

 

Saturday 6 April

The Crow Puppets
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information
Crow Puppets are a Devon based female duo who perform beautiful folk featuring tender lyrics, close harmonies and a variety of acoustic instruments. Since forming in 2012, they have received massive acclaim performing extensively at venues and festivals throughout the UK. Their original songs have also featured on radio stations in Britain, Europe and America.

Barn Dance with ceilidh band The Oxford Nags
Northam Hall, Fore St, Northam, Bideford EX39 1AN
7.30pm
Admission £8.00 - all welcome
Bring and Share Supper Free soft drinks BYO beer etc.

English ceilidh and barn band from Oxfordshire. Stomping English tunes for stomping English dances.

For more information telephone John Blackburn 01237 476632

Ryan Cook
Clayhidon Parish Hall, Battle Street, Clayhidon  EX15 3PL
7.30pm
Tickets £10.00 adult, £8.00 U18.Family £25.00. Telephone 01823 681047 or book online at Villages in Action website
Ryan is a Canadian with rural roots who is used to playing in village halls and sharing stories as well as playing great songs. His repertoire is based on western-swing, country and folk music, and ranges from traditional ballads and vintage country music from the 1940s and 50s to material that covers subjects from GMO foods, caravan living and on-line dating. Ryan has toured as the opening performer for country legends including Dwight Yoakam, Rosanne Cash and Travis Tritt as well as performing his own show. Those of you who came to Ian Sherwood will remember how entertaining he was with a very dry Canadian sense of humour, and I am sure Ryan will be every bit as good.
The NewGrass Cutters CANCELLED
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
8.00pm
Tickets Full £16.00 - Concession £14.00 - Supporter £10.00  
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

The Band
Pete Brown – Lead vocals, Lapsteel, Mandolin
Pete started his career playing guitar with his Dad Joe Brown at the tender age of 15 and went on to produce the multimillion selling “Stop” with his sister Sam Brown.  Over the years he has worked with many top artists live and in the studio including Deep Purple, Dave Gilmour, George Harrison, Dusty Springfield, Edwin Star, Sade, Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds, Courtney Pine, Status Quo, Everything but the Girl and the specials to name but a few.

Phil Capaldi – Lead vocals, Drums, Percussion
Phil started his career playing with his brother Jim Capaldi (Traffic) in Jims band “The Contenders” as vocalist/percussionist.  Over his career spanning 40 years Phil has worked and toured with many top artists from the UK and USA including Dave Edmunds, Steve Winwood, Status Quo, Bill Wyman, Dave Peacock, the Nashville Superpickers, Burrito Brothers, Don Gibson and Raymond Froggatt and many more.  As well as working with many artists over his career Phil has for the last 25 years been performing in Joe Browns touring and recording band as the drummer/percussionist/vocalist.

Richard Collins – Banjo, Mandolin, Backing vocals
Richard is a leading light of the UK Bluegrass scene, a three times winner of the UK Banjo championships, he has toured with many British and American artists.  Richard also performs with classical mandolin ensemble, The Mandolinquents and has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Andy Crowdy – Double bass, backing vocals
Andy Crowdy is a well known and highly rated bass player on the UK jazz scene.  He has performed with many UK players (Garry Potter, Dis Dizley, Clark Tracy, Alan Barnes and Tina May to name a few).  Andy combines an incredible sense of rhythm and drive with a lyrical musicality which comes to the fore in his solos.  Andy has a love of many musical styles leading him to playing rock, blues, folk and pop.

 

Songwriters' Circle: Greg Hancock, Katie Whitehouse and Steve Jenner
Holbeton Village Hall (between Kingsbridge and Plymouth), Brent Hill, Holbeton, Plymouth, PL8 1LW
7.30pm   
Tickets £10.00+ (£8.00+), Available from WeGotTickets
Bar available.
Three highly acclaimed singer-songwriters present their songs in turn in this beautiful village. A great chance to compare and contrast three different styles and approaches to the art of songwriting.  

World Unlimited - GypsyFingers
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 GypsyFingers are a progressive folk-rock band founded by Victoria Coghlan and Luke Oldfield (son of Mike Oldfield). GypsyFingers play live as a quartet fusing together folk, rock, pop, prog, psychedelia, americana + more to create a fresh sound of their own described by RnR Magazine as "trip-hop and folk-influenced ethereal pop that delightfully doesn't fit into any existing musical pigeonhole".  

 

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

Sunday 7 April
Rosie Eade
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Rosie’s voice is likened to Kate Bush, Maddy Prior and Grace Slick, and her original music is inspired by the likes of The Who as much as Steeleye Span. She is equally accomplished within the acoustic-folk and old school rock genres. Her music is regularly featured  on BBC Regional Radio and she’s well known on the national festival scene having performed at Cambridge Folk Festival, Beautiful Days and Glastonbury's Avalon Cafe, to name a few.

Storytelling Skills: one-day workshop - Hosted by Lisa Schneidau Storyteller

World Unlimited - Ninebarrow
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm
Tickets £12.50+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email Multi-award-winning folk duo who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mark Radcliffe as sounding like ‘two halves of one voice’, by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. Most recently, the duo were nominated in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the ‘Horizon’ category for Best Emerging Artist. Folk luminary, Mike Harding, has hailed their latest album as ‘absolutely monumental’.

 

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 1st Sunday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club - Daoirí Farrell
Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF
8.00pm
£12.00(+) adv/£14.00 door, tickets available online at WeGotTickets or at Sunday night folk evenings at the Globe, Topsham. All enquiries telephone 01392 875332.
Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell is being described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of the most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years. Winner of the Horizon Award and Best Traditional Track at the BBC Folk Awards 2017.. ‘Effortless, instinctive, natural…the real deal.’ – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show.
SONG - Folk on the Moor Book by email
Monday 8 April
Blue Rose Code
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
7.00pm
Tickets £13.50+ Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website
A nomad both geographically and musically, Ross Wilson (Blue Rose Code) writes from the heart – eschewing any specific genre – and the twelve new songs on The Water Of Leith, addressing themes of love, loss, travel, home, accepting the past and embracing the future, are painted with colours of soul, jazz, folk and pop – an eclecticism that has become a hallmark of Blue Rose Code and has seen him compared to John Martyn, Van Morrison and Tom Waits. 
Tuesday 9 April

World Unlimited - Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm
Tickets £12.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email Their unique unplugged presentation creates a widescreen, cinematic soundscape with open spaces and atmosphere, giving their beautifully pure vocals room to share the songs’ emotion and narrative. The material is as joyful and fun as it is intense, but the common factor is the duo’s warmth and confidence in each other; their natural ease and connection is clearly evident on the recorded music, and a genuine pleasure to witness on stage. “Spellbinding… Hannah and Ben were born to play and sing together” FRoots. 

 

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

Mary Coughlan
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
8.00pm
Tickets £16.00+ (£14.00+) - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

The Irish folk and blues singer-songwriter makes her first visit to Exeter.

Over twenty-five years and ten albums, Mary Coughlan has made the most grown-up, uncompromising, wholly personal and utterly universal music on either side of the Atlantic about what goes on between men and women. She has taken the classic standards of jazz balladry and the recent gems of rock and Irish song-writing, shaken them and offered them up anew, like jewels dripping from the deep, strewn on black velvet. She sings in the voice of the wrong and wronged woman and she makes us think what it is men make of women and what women have to do to make do.

Regular events 2nd Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Mark Moran
MUSIC - Bradninch Acoustic Music Club
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
Wednesday 10 April
 
Regular events 2nd Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Linda Byrt and Hazel Ridd - Ray Goodswen
Thursday 11 April
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.

Regular events 2nd Thursday
MUSIC - Brixham Blues - BBT2 Nine Pound Catfish
Old Coaching Inn, Fore Street, Brixham TQ5 8AG
8.30pm
BBT2 welcome back Nine Pound Catfish - Ian, Jane and Graham - with their raucous blend of good-time blues, hokum and popular tunes from the 1920s and 1930s. With altogether moodier Delta blues from support act The Boal Weevils. 
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
SONG - Totnes Folk Song Club Singers Night - 'Local troubadors' shanty crew The Old Gaffers appearance re-scheduled to Thursday 13 June.
Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL
8.00pm
Friday 12 April

Iron-Brow and Thorn-Coat Presented by Hedgespoken and Dartington
Dartington Space Studio 1 Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6EL
7.00pm
Tickets £8.00 | Concessions £6.00 Suitable for all story-seekers and particularly aimed at inter-generational audiences from 5 - 105. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone box office daily, 12.30pm – 7.00pm telephone 01803 847070 or email

Come one come all to hear the tale of a sorcerer-hedgehog and all that befalls him, in our beautiful and captivating retelling of a Lithuanian folktale.
With storytelling, puppetry, mask and music, it's a show for the whole community.

An evening of Johnny Cash & June Carter with Roseanna Ball & Ian Holleran
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
8.00pm
Tickets Full £10.00 - Concession £9.00  
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website Celebrate the music of Johnny Cash & June Carter with Ian Holleran and Roseanna Ball in this intimate performance of their greatest works. With singalong songs and classic duets the evening promises to be a heartfelt salute to the man in black and the multi-instrumentalist love of his life, June Carter. 

 

Laurie Ward, John McLoughlin & Friends
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
8.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information
A fantastic double bill featuring multi-instrumentalist John McLoughlin and popular sing/songwriter Laurie Ward. The pair will be joined by guest musicians to bring you an evening of everything from folk and pop classics to anthemic rock and reggae along with some amazing originals.

Solana
B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
9.00pm
Admission £3.00
Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
Since their formation in Valencia in 2012, fusion project Solana have been enchanting listeners with their original compositions inspired by folk traditions from around the world, klezmer, flamenco and contemporary jazz.
Taking influence from such diverse greats as Tigran Hamasyan, Kíla, Vicente Amigo and Dhafer Youssef, Solana’s sound is rhythmically complex and harmonically rich. The band are at home playing to discerning sit-down audiences and lively festival crowds alike.
“Their music ranges boldly from klezmer melodies, tingling tango, exuberant Irish folk and swinging jazz to pumping reggae and lilting Latin [...] thoroughly invigorating” — Songlines
“A fervent and fertile form of world fusion” — Shire Folk
“They make my spice shelf look boring... an accomplished and colourful album” — FolkRadio UK
When not playing music, the members of Solana can be found making chutney, cycling long  distances, and correcting people who mispronounce “paella”.

 

The O'Marleys
Stand Off, Portland House, Longbrook Street, Exeter, Devon EX4 6AB
9.30pm - 11.00pm
Free
The Fantastic O'Marleys irish band will be playing all your favourite tunes and songs, Mac racing away with lightning speed on his fiddle, Ioworth picking out those banjo notes with ease, and John Strumming away on Guitar, All three sing all your favourites like, Black Velvet Band, Whiskey in The Jar, Irish Rover, Wild Rover, Fields of Athenry, Blarney Roses and many more. A band rated the best in the South West and not to be missed. Check out their latest album, Trip to Exeter. Find them on FB and twitter
Amazing Irish band The O'Marleys will set the place alight when they play all your favourite Irish tunes at The Stand Off, Exeter.
Saturday 13 April
d'Accord French and Breton Dance d'Accord is 25!. Your support is needed. Dancers welcome to help publicise d'Accord in our 25th year
Princesshay Square, Exter City Centre
10.30am to 11.10am and 11.45am to 12.25pm
Dancing to live music.
For more information telephone Mike 01392811593 or email

Iron-Brow and Thorn-Coat Presented by Hedgespoken and Dartington
Dartington Space Studio 1 Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6EL
5.00pm
Tickets £8.00 | Concessions £6.00 Suitable for all story-seekers and particularly aimed at inter-generational audiences from 5 - 105. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone box office daily, 12.30pm – 7.00pm telephone 01803 847070 or email

Come one come all to hear the tale of a sorcerer-hedgehog and all that befalls him, in our beautiful and captivating retelling of a Lithuanian folktale.
With storytelling, puppetry, mask and music, it's a show for the whole community.

An Informal Evening of American Folk Music, Tunes, Songs and Dance
Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ

8.00pm
Tickets £5.00 advance from the Bridge Inn telephone 01392 873862. £7.00 on the door. (We sold out last year so advance booking iis recommended.).
Chris Billings and Bridge Americana plus guests, Julian Piper, Steve Ewart and Mr Alex Kumar will be playing and singing their way through the U.S. folk canon from New Orleans to New England via Nashville, Memphis and Appalachia. There's banjos, fiddles, mandolins, dobros, guitars, and even the odd Mountain dulcimer, and our resident flatfoot dance team will do her best to git yer toes tappin'.
All monies taken will go to FORCE Cancer and Crisis UK.
Ceilidh with The Lynher Band and Wreckers Border Morris
Stoke Damerel Church, 85 Paradise Road, Plymouth PL1 5QL
Doors 7.30pm.
Tickets £7.50 Telephone 01752 815495 or text 07812 834 626 to book your tickets.
The ceilidh is raising funds for this year’s charity The Shamrock Restoration Appeal. Shamrock is the last working barge on the River Tamar, and time takes its toll. The evening promises inclusive dancing, great fun, and entertainment. Bar, but please BYO snacks or food.
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Daniella - 5.00pm
Talented German singer/songwriter Daniela Ruettinger performs a selection of popular ballads both old and new.  Her beautiful singing is perfectly complimented by her competent guitar playing when she performs a selection of folk, rock and indie covers together with some of her own brilliant songs.
Livvy and Guests
- 8.00pm
Enjoy a music filled evening in the company of talented singer Livvy Hylton-Smith when she performs some favourites from a very broad pallete of musical styles. Livvy will be joined by her musical friends and guest musicians.

The Shee
The Plough@TheGeorge, The George Hotel, 1 Broad Street, South Molton EX36 3AB
8.00pm
Tickets £11.00 advance £13.00 on the door. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Cross-Border folk multi-instrumentalists, The Shee, are an exceptional all-female band that display powerful and emotional vocal performances and virtuoso musical prowess. Showcasing the talents of Radio 2 Folk Musician of the year 2017 Rachel Newton on Harp and Sting’s go to clog dancer, Amy Thatcher, on Accordion.

 

Percussive Dance with Hannah James, Nicola Lyons, Manjeet Singh Rasiya.
Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe, Somerset, TA4 4BD
8.00pm - 10.00pm
£10.00 or £4.00 student. More information and tickets on website
A pretty unusual and special tutor’s concert promised, with dancer/musicians Hannah James (Jig Doll) & Nicola Lyons (4Square), and joined by Indian tabla player & percussionist Manjeet Rasiya!  A unique opportunity to see them together performing percussive dance tunes in interesting time signatures, with stereo clog dancing. Manjeet is widely recognised as one of the UK’s finest & foremost Indian percussionists. As part of Halsway Manor’s Percussive Dance weekend.

Harbottle & Jonas
St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH
Doors 7.30pm - Starts 8.00pm
Tickets £10.00+ from WeGotTickets - Hot drinks and cake available. Bring your own alcohol
There is a real maritime flavour to the duo's fourth album as well as some Devon history in there; every song tells a story and the storytelling continues between songs. A great live act, their songs cover the political and historical as well as the more personal. Partners in life as well as music, Dave and Freya combine a love of the richness of traditional folk with their own original and powerful songwriting. Over 6 years of writing and performing together they have evolved a compelling live signature sound, blending their distinctive solo voices with concertina, harmonium, banjo, stomp box, acoustic guitar and dobro with their powerful close vocal harmonies. 

 

Daria Kulesh: Long Lost Home
Mamhead Village Hall, Stud Hill, Mamhead, EX6 8HP
7.30pm
Tickets: adult £9.00, child £7.00, family £25.00. Telephone 0845 467 0529 to book, or book online
With her striking voice and strong Russian and Ingush heritage, ‘bold, exotic, impressive’ Daria Kulesh is a rising star on the UK folk scene. Her intrepid quest to explore her family roots in the new solo album and touring show Long Lost Home has led Daria from the folk clubs of Hertfordshire to the mountains of Caucasus. Mixing history and folklore in captivating storytelling songs, performed on a selection of folk instruments, Daria will take you on an engaging, enchanting and uplifting journey. ‘Daria Kulesh entertained us with wonderful, charming stories and songs, one of the best voices around’ Robin Mansfield, Cambridge Folk Club.
The Drystones
Sheepstor Village Hall PL20 6PF
7.30pm
Tickets: adult £9.00, child £7.00, Family £25.00. Telephone 01822 853186 to book.
The Drystones are a young duo making big waves on the UK folk scene. Combining traditional music’s timeless instrumental union of fiddle and guitar with technical mastery, an unexpectedly large live sound, it’s no wonder they’ve been described as ‘indecently talented’ (Mike Harding) and earned themselves a nomination for the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Since forming in 2011 to play at their local folk festival in Priddy, Somerset, they have played festivals across the country, including Glastonbury and Sidmouth Folk Week, have supported Seth Lakeman and Steeleye Span, produced two albums and, somehow, squeezed in their music degrees.

World Unlimited - Phil Beer - "String Theory"
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 Phil sets out to share some of his most-loved songs at this live show.  With the odd laugh thrown in for good measure, Beer’s flawless musicianship and rich vocals will leave you wide-eyed and wanting more.  Charming, disarming and exceptionally talented, multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer is something of a national treasure on the folk, roots and acoustic scene. One-half of award-winning powerhouse Show of Hands, Beer is equally as in demand for his solo shows.   Phil sets out to share some of his most-loved songs at carefully selected venues across the UK. With the odd laugh thrown in for good measure, Beer’s flawless musicianship and rich vocals will leave you wide-eyed and wanting more.

 

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

SONG - Exeter Folk and Acoustic Music Club
Tom McConville - Support to be confirmed
Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX
8.00pm.
Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) - Paid in advance - £10.00; Advanced notice without pre-payment - £12.00 (paid on the door). Information/ticket enquiries email - telephone 01392 210983 - visit website - go to FaceBook page.
First time guest here for this brilliant performer. Tom McConville, a winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Musician Of The Year, is one of the country's finest fiddlers and plays with such dexterity and finesse. He is also a very fine whistle player, excellent singer and all-round entertainer. Tom's career began in the early 70's in the north-east. He has recorded and shared the stages with many greats including Barbara Dickson, Richard Thompson, Lindisfarne, Allan Taylor, Paul Brady, The Chieftains and Stephane Grappelli and many others.
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Ray Goodswen - Pendragon 
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 2nd Saturday
SONG - Open night Shammick Acoustic
Sunday 14 April
Nex’tNothin - A Gallery Gig
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
7.30pm
Tickets £6.50. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Nex’tNothin are David Shepherd and David Snell. They have been writing and performing songs together for over thirty years.

The songs are drawn from a wide range of influences, both musically and lyrically, with a blending of Folk, Jazz, Pop, Rock and Americana, and songs from the intensely personal to stories drawn from the world at large.

Using a variety of instruments including Guitar, Bass Guitar, Mandola, Whistles and Melodica, the aim is to keep the audience entertained and interested!

Easter Mummers Play and Dancing
Buckland Abbey Yelverton, PL20 6
Performance at 2.00pm, followed by much music and morris dancing (hopefully outside in the sunshine!).

Dartmoor Border Morris returns to the Great Barn with its Easter Mummers play. This medieval play tells the story of how good overcomes evil and is ideal for all the family. A 20-minute play followed by much Morris dancing and merrymaking.

The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Bicton Street Blues - 5.00m
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
Irish musician Fanchea McKinley invites you to a evening of lively and evocative music from the Emerald Isle when she hosts a 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.

World Unlimited - Solana
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 Since their formation in Valencia in 2012, original fusion project Solana have been enchanting listeners with their rhythmically complex and harmonically rich music inspired by folk traditions from around the world.

Solana’s sound is lead by flutes, violin, accordion and Spanish guitar, and takes influence from such diverse greats as Tigran Hamasyan, Kíla, Paco de Lucía and Dhafer Youssef. Their latest release CAMINO received the following praise:
“Their music ranges boldly from klezmer melodies, tingling tango, exuberant Irish folk and swinging jazz to pumping reggae and lilting Latin […] thoroughly invigorating” — Songlines

 

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

Gadarene
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
8.00pm
Tickets £10.00+ (£8.00+) - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

Gadarene blend obscure traditional English tunes, virtuoso acoustic musicians, funky beats and loads of energy. The five-piece play drums, mandolin, double bass, fiddle and flute, their musicianship and effects units transforming obscure English 18th and 19th-century tunes into numbers from intricate acoustic trance to alternative modern dance hits. Drawing on styles from pop and rock to electronic and dub, the band’s pioneering attitude to folk brings glorious old tunes to life.

The set features Lancashire clog and Dartmoor step dance, and gets audiences up dancing too!

Delivered with great rhythm, innovative instrumentation and good humour, Gadarene’s infectious sound is sophisticated enough for seated audiences and wild enough to get everyone dancing.

Regular events 2nd Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor - Anthony John Clarke
Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE
7.45pm
Book by email
Monday 15 April
Acoustic Night at Artizan Gallery  - Oldsmobile (duo of Robert Spence and Paul Parry), and Simon Coverdale, exceptionally original singer/songwriter, plus 2 highly talented local poets.
Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW
Doors 7.00pm
The format of acoustic night at Artizan Gallery,Torquay, has changed. No longer an open-mic, instead we have 4x30 minute spots, 2 for poets and 2 for musicians. Door charges have been abolished, and now its 'pay what you feel'. Refreshments available. Curated by Robert Spence, 01803 613647.
Salt House
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
8.00pm
Tickets £14.00+ (£12.00+) Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

Salt House is Jenny Sturgeon, Ewan MacPherson and Lauren MacColl. Their album Undersong has been praised by folk bible fRoots for bringing ‘startling freshness’ to the British song tradition.

Songs are central to Salt House. New songs that sound as if they’ve always been here. Ancient ballads woken up. Poems given the tunes they’ve long deserved. Songs about place, politics, landscape and birds.

Singer, guitarist and harmonium player Jenny has a PHD in seabirds. Described by R2 Magazine as ‘a singer-songwriter who brings together the old and new with a rare skill’. Her songs are earthy and wise; she sings them with beauty and power.

Singer and guitarist Ewan brings to Salt House a wealth of understanding and experience gained with the highly respected Fribo and Shooglenifty. His songs are poetic and layered; his voice plaintive and from the heart.

Fiddler, viola player and vocalist Lauren’s arrangements hold a rich, deep, darkness flecked with gold. You can hear the Highlands in Lauren’s elegant bowing, honed while performing with the quartet RANTThe Rachel Newton Band and as a prolific and award-winning soloist. She plays with warmth, wisdom and soul.

You’ll also hear echoes of Pentangle, a touch of Dick Gaughan, murmurs of Scandinavian and Scots, all woven into a music that’s traditional and new. The group’s meticulous attention to detail, shared passions and care for their craft sees Salt House soar.

Regular events 3rd Monday
Tuesday 16 April
 
Regular events 3rd Tuesday
MUSIC - Exeter Ukulele Club
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Jeremy Child
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - Eliza Acty Duo - support Dora Darling - Ben Morgan-Brown

The Castle Hotel, Fore Street, Bradninch EX5 4NN
Doors open at 7.45pm, start 8.00pm.
Entry £6.00 (accompanied under 18 are free).

Bradninch Folk Club welcomes the return of Devon based folk singer Eliza Acty.  Eliza has a unique vocal style suited to a wide range of folk, Americana, old-time, blues, original and contemporary songs.  She performs with her father Peter Acty who is an accomplished American-style claw hammer and frailing banjo player, he is also a classic, percussive finger-pick guitarist. As demonstrated on previous visits the duo has consistently superb technical style and vocals full of charm and resonance of the roots of much of her music.

Born in Oxford with creative and musical parents, Eliza developed a love for singing at a young age, surrounded by folk songs and plentiful traditional music. Later in her childhood she moved to the utterly inspiring Dartmoor, Devon. She was soon introduced to the genre of Old-Time and Appalachian music in her early teens after playing along with multi-instrumentalist father Peter Acty on clawhammer banjo. She began to discover her singing fitted perfectly with traditional American music.

"She has the perfect Americana voice" - Kenn Clarke, Folk in the Mearns (Mearns FM, Stonehaven, Scotland).

Eliza has previously performed with the successful old-time band ‘Appaloosas’, Eliza has been seen in folk clubs, festivals including Bradninch Music Festival and music venues all over the South West including appearances on BBC Radio Devon and BBC Radio Cornwall. She has also recorded two albums with Appaloosas, entitled 'Appaloosas'  and 'Sassafras Tea', as the lead vocalist and guitarist. In mid-2017 Eliza finished recording her debut EP 'Enough Time'. This exciting EP features the original title track along with four traditional tracks. 'Enough Time' has been fantastically well received by media and audiences alike in Eliza's home county of Devon, where intangible roots of the American soul in music about jobs, hardship, loss and the road are still keenly felt.

 

In support we have Dora Darling a singer songwriter and storyteller with a great skill of weaving story threads into music and delivering them with beautifully warm vocals.    A self-taught musician, Dora sings and plays the guitar, she also plays the fiddle and the tin whistle, both of which she learnt to play when she lived in Ireland in the 1990’s. Dora has written many songs and tunes, influenced by her magical nature, a love for the Earth and the traditional music of the British Isles and Eastern Europe. Dora has the unusual ability to write songs which sound and feel magical, ancient and traditional. 

Also in support Ben Morgan-Brown, a singer/songwriter and accomplished finger style guitarist – named by FATEA magazine as one of the ‘Rising Stars of 2018’ and described by Tom Robinson of BBC6 Music as ‘the brilliant Ben Morgan-Brown’, his intimate and often highly personal songs and performances have drawn comparisons to Bert Jansch, John Smith, Nick Drake & Ryley Walker. The intricate, warm and honest nature of his music has gained him a wide fan base including many people in the Bradninch Folk Club.

 

The Bradninch Folk Club in its many guises can be contacted on 01392 881105 or on Facebook 
Wednesday 17 April
Russell Bave - A Gallery Gig
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
8.15pm
All tickets £6.50. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Russell Bave, local singer and songwriter, is performing his eclectic mix of acoustic songs at The Plough. His brilliant acoustic guitar and distinctive voice will perform both home-grown songs ranging from whimsical to thoughtful, sometimes haunting, and selected covers from contemporary folk to blues.

Russell is currently compiling original songs from his portfolio for a CD which he will start recording in 2019. Called ‘Lovers. Family. Friends.’ It will consist of songs written for and about people that have made an impression on him during his life. These will be drawn from over thirty years of song writing. Russell learnt his craft from playing in bands, as well as attending many professional song writing retreats. He has always encouraged musicians to perform, and has run many open mic nights over the years. He currently hosts a Folk Session on a Tuesday evening at The Champ in Appledore. In 2019 he is hoping to set up a song writing group in North Devon.

The Askew Sisters
The Plough@TheGeorge, The George Hotel, 1 Broad Street, South Molton EX36 3AB
8.00pm
Tickets Full £12.00 - Supporter £14.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Emily and Hazel Askew have become known as two of the foremost performers and interpreters of English folk music. Their live performances brim with the depth and connection not only of two sisters, but also of two musicians who have been immersed in folk music all their lives. Together, they rework and reinterpret songs and balladry, creating breath-taking arrangements, which allow words that are hundreds of years old to resonate profoundly with contemporary audiences. Alongside this, both women are also skilled multi-instrumentalists and expert players of dance music, using fiddles, melodeons, concertina and cello in their innate drive to bring old dance music to life.

 

Regular events 3rd Wednesday
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club Bicknoller Village Hall - Simon Maplesden - StringAccord
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Chris Toyne - Gill Spence
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
OPEN MIC - Blues Night at the Oystercatcher’s  Cafe
Thursday 18 April
Folk and Indie Open Night
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
8.30pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information
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.

Music from the compass points
Hatch Court, Loddisewell, Kingsbridge TQ7 4AJ
Music starts at 8.30pm.
Donations on arrival.
Please contact Mark in advance for availability and reservations: email or telephone 07730 921192
Dance tunes and songs from across a continent with five top traditional musicians bringing together material from the Celtic fringes of Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Iberia, to Greece and the Balkans, from Norway to Piedmont and many more places in between.
Featuring Scottish duo Morag Brown & Lewis Powell-Reid (fiddle, accordion, guitar) alongside three members of the Meridianum Ensemble Griselda Sanderson (nyckelharpa, fiddle), Louis Bingham (cittern, guitar, vocals), and Ricardo de Noronha (percussion, flutes).

The Askew Sisters
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 18s. Go to website

Two fine performers and interpreters of English folk music, Hazel and Emily’s live performances brim with the depth and connection of musicians who have been immersed in folk music all their lives.

Together they reinterpret songs and balladry, creating breathtaking arrangements, allowing words that are hundreds of years old to resonate profoundly with contemporary audiences.

Both women are also skilled multi-instrumentalists and expert players of dance music, using fiddles, melodeons, concertina and cello to bring old dance music to life.

Since winning the 2015 Spiral Earth Award for Best Traditional Album, the sisters have been busy with a number of other innovative projects. Emily has been touring with her vibrant fiddle band Alma, as well as releasing her first solo album, exploring the crossover between folk and early music which was critically acclaimed by the national press. Hazel has been busy working with her groundbreaking trio Lady Maisery, as well as folk supergroups Coven and Songs of Separation, the latter winning Best Album at the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Stirred by these new musical experiences, the sisters now return to their duo with a fresh vision. They spent 2018 deep in rehearsal, reconstructing and re-exploring their sound, unearthing old songs, as well as composing and creating new music. The culmination of this will be their long awaited fourth studio album, to be released in 2019.

 

Friday 19 April
Mulberry House Third Friday Singing
Cullompton, Devon. Contact us for Mulberry House address and directions: Telephone 01884 563138. Steve Fletcher email telephone 07976 605692 or Martin Williams email telephone 07721 451406
7.30pm for 7.45pm until 10pm  

Do come and sing with this friendly mixed experience group. We enjoy singing together, learning and sharing songs in the shape-note tradition. Beginners, improvers, experienced singers, the inquisitive, hot cross buns - all welcome! We will sing from The Sacred Harp (Denson, 1991 ed, loaner and sale copies available).

Trains can be met at Tiverton Parkway Railway Station – please let us know in advance

Facebook: South West Shape Note
Please visit the Shape Note South West website

Tunelink Spring Ceilidh with Jiginaboot
Dartington Village Hall, Cott Road, Dartington, TQ96HY
Doors 7.00pm
Tickets Standard £8.00+ (16 & over); Family £20.00+ (2 adults + 2 children under 16); Child £4.00+ available from EventBrite or contact Louis and Gris to book tickets in person and pick up local to Totnes. Telephone 01803 864286; 07708298146; 07792319809

Dance in the spring with our guest ceilidh band Jiginaboot, complete with caller and all the way from the Scottish Borders! Plus Celtic circle dances to start the night with music from the Tunelink Players.

Bring your own drinks/snacks etc.

The Drystones
Black Dog Memorial Hall, Black Dog, nr Crediton EX17 4QS
7.30pm
Tickets: adult £9.00 child £7.00 benefits £7.00, family £20.00. Telephone 01363 877417 to book.
The Drystones are a young duo making big waves on the UK folk scene. Combining traditional music’s timeless instrumental union of fiddle and guitar with technical mastery, an unexpectedly large live sound, it’s no wonder they’ve been described as ‘indecently talented’ (Mike Harding) and earned themselves a nomination for the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Since forming in 2011 to play at their local folk festival in Priddy, Somerset, they have played festivals across the country, including Glastonbury and Sidmouth Folk Week, have supported Seth Lakeman and Steeleye Span, produced two albums and, somehow, squeezed in their music degrees.
Ferocious Dog
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
7.00pm
Tickets £16.50+ - Standing - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website Ferocious Dog have been described as England’s best folk-punk band, they tour relentlessly and most of their gigs are sold out. During 2017 the band played slots at some of the UK and Europe’s favourite festivals, headlining a few of them along the way.
The O'Marleys
Stand Off, Portland House, Longbrook Street, Exeter, Devon EX4 6AB
9.30pm - 11.00pm
Free
The Fantastic O'Marleys irish band will be playing all your favourite tunes and songs, Mac racing away with lightning speed on his fiddle, Ioworth picking out those banjo notes with ease, and John Strumming away on Guitar, All three sing all your favourites like, Black Velvet Band, Whiskey in The Jar, Irish Rover, Wild Rover, Fields of Athenry, Blarney Roses and many more. A band rated the best in the South West and not to be missed. Check out their latest album, Trip to Exeter. Find them on FB and twitter
Amazing Irish band The O'Marleys will set the place alight when they play all your favourite Irish tunes at The Stand Off, Exeter.
Saturday 20 April
Windjammer
Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern Street, Totnes, TQ9 5SP
An exciting young folk three-piece from Plymouth some of whom cut their teeth at Bay Horse Folk Sessions! Self-penned songs and modern arrangements of traditional material. Jake Sonny Rowlinson (vocals, synth, concertina), Jeremy Bunting (fingerstyle guitar, percussion, vocals) Fran Rowney (accordion, low whistle, vocals). Part of the pub's Easter Beer & Cider Festival.
Steve Graham
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Talented & popular singer/guitarist Steve Graham has been entertaining audiences throughout East Devon over many years. Today this charismatic artist will be performing some vibrant renditions of popular folk, pop and rock classics from the 60s through to the present day.

Davis Lindley Mullan - Support: Mutter Slater (front man and flute player for 70’s cult band Stackridge) with Clive Ashley on saxophone
Abbotskerswell Village Hall, Slade Lane, nr Newton Abbot TQ12 5YF
Doors 7.00pm
Tickets £10.00 - telephone 01626 363640.
DLM are Andrew Cresswell Davis guitar, ukelele and vocals, Clare Lindley violin, guitar, ukelele and vocals, and Brian Mullan cello and vocals. They employ a number of styles in their repertoire reflecting a desire to entertain audiences of all ages and musical tastes. A typical DLM set list will contain original material and a few covers by Steve Earle, Guy Clark, Bob Dylan, Lennon and McCartney, Bessie Smith and Blue Nile. Clare Lindley learned classical viola at school and joined Stackridge in 2009. In addition to his work as freelance concert cellist, Brian Mullan has recorded for radio and television and has been involved in projects over a wide range of musical styles.
Sunday 21 April

Leo Rondeau & Ags Connolly
B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
8.00pm
Admission £8.00 advance £10.00 on the door
Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
Two stunning country artists, Ags Connolly from Oxfordshire and Leo Rondeau from Austin TX, in a double headliner of solo acoustic performances.


Nine Pound Catfish
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Nine Pound Catfishare Graham Butterfield and Ian Gardner on guitars, mandolin, banjo and vocals with Jane Gardner singing and playing washboard, bells, hooters, whistles and spoons. The trio are of a high musical standard but their music is full of fun and whimsy when they perform a mixture of hokum, ragtime blues and old country music, mainly from the twenties and thirties.

European Ensemble
Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe, Somerset, TA4 4BD
8.00pm - 10.00pm
£10.00 or £4.00 student. More information and tickets on website

Music from the European folk, traditional and popular music traditions from musician/composer/arranger Paul James – saxophones, border bagpipes (Blowzabella, Evening Star), Belgian diatonic accordion virtuoso and composer/arranger Anne Niepold and we are delighted to welcome German harpist, composer and teacher Merit Zloch.

Regular events 3rd Sunday
Monday 22 April
 
Tuesday 23 April
LaZy Divide @ The White Thorn
The White Thorn Inn, Shaugh Prior, PL7 5HA
9.00pm
Celebrating St George's day, Morris Dancing, song and fun.
Regular events 4th Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Club callers
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
SONG - Shape Note Singing in Ipplepen
Wednesday 24 April
 
Thursday 25 April
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.

Steve Tilson
Otterton Mill, Otterton, nr Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 7HG
Tickets £15.00 (price covers the music only).
Pre-booking required. Food served 6.00pm to 7.30pm, music starts at 8.00pm. To book, telephone 01395 568521 - website
After 40 impressive years in the business, Steve goes from strength to strength. One of this country’s greatest singer/songwriters and a fine guitarist, many of his songs have become modern folk-song classics, covered by the likes of Fairport Convention, Dolores Keane and others. Steve will perform from his brilliant recent album Ziggurat, plus brand new material and old favourites.
Regular events 4th Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Mary Marker - Iain and Nick
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
SONG - Bideford Folk Song Club - Silvington
The Joiners Arms, Market Place, Bideford, EX30 2DR
8.00pm
SONG - Teignmouth Folk Club - Back Beach Boys
The Oystercatcher’s Café, Northumberland Place, Teignmouth, TQ14 8DD
8.00pm
Free admission
The Teignmouth shanty crew, a "drinking club with a singing problem".
Friday 26 April
Sheelanagig - Support King Dinosaur
Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock, PL18 9QA
Doors 7.30pm.
Tickets £12.00 in advance £14.00 on the door. For more information and tickets go to website
Sheelanagig play intricate, groove heavy arrangements of original and traditional tunes, drawing influence from the folk music of Europe and beyond.
For over a decade they have brought their array of foot-stomping folk tunes to audiences across the globe. A quintet with a well-stocked armoury of stringed instruments – guitar, fiddle, double bass – added with the rhythmic energy of flute and drums and a bagful of joint-jumping tunes, these boys from the South-West England create a real dynamic which is inherent in both their furious dance medleys as well as their interestingly arranged original pieces.
Guy Somerfield
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
9.00pm.
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.

Spring Ceilidh with Mrs Midnights
Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF 
8.00pm
Tickets £8.00 on the door, or £6.00 advance email or email  or telephone 07920 537200.
A compulsively move-your-feet band. Based in Exeter playing traditional English dance tunes with acoustic instruments; alongside that crucial stomp factor, they rejoice in irresistibly rich sound textures of riff and harmony.  Proceeds in aid of The Topsham School PTA (FOTTS) charity number 1043458.

World Unlimited - Jess Klein
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm
Tickets £12.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email Over a career that spans more than a decade and a half and has won her a devoted worldwide fan base, Jess Klein—who possesses what Mojo magazine calls “one of those voices you want to crawl up close to the speakers to listen to” has pursued a remarkable creative evolution that’s seen her dig ever deeper for resonant emotional insights, while continuing to refine her eloquently melodic, effortlessly accessible songcraft.

 

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

James Hickman & Dan Cassidy
Scoriton Village Hall, nr Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB
7.30pm
Tickets: adult £9.00 child £7.00, family £25.00. Telephone 01364 631288 to book.   
James Hickman and Dan Cassidy are Britain’s premiere transatlantic folk and roots duo. Hickman’s emotive, soaring vocals and driving guitar is complemented by Cassidy’s ingenious and virtuosic fiddling. Their sound flows from the connection between British and American folk and is bursting with all the humour, heartbreak and excitement of these genres. The lively English wit of Hickman is set against Cassidy’s bone-dry irony and American drawl as they take audiences on a dynamic and unforgettable transatlantic journey.
The O'Marleys
Stand Off, Portland House, Longbrook Street, Exeter, Devon EX4 6AB
9.30pm - 11.00pm
Free
The Fantastic O'Marleys irish band will be playing all your favourite tunes and songs, Mac racing away with lightning speed on his fiddle, Ioworth picking out those banjo notes with ease, and John Strumming away on Guitar, All three sing all your favourites like, Black Velvet Band, Whiskey in The Jar, Irish Rover, Wild Rover, Fields of Athenry, Blarney Roses and many more. A band rated the best in the South West and not to be missed. Check out their latest album, Trip to Exeter. Find them on FB and twitter
Amazing Irish band The O'Marleys will set the place alight when they play all your favourite Irish tunes at The Stand Off, Exeter.
Saturday 27 April

Matthew Gordon Price
B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
9.00pm
Admission £3.00
Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
Matthew Gordon Price is an alternative folk musician who provides an emotional narrative, with an honest and heartfelt performance, hinting at comparisons to Damien Rice, Marcus Mumford and Glenn Hansard.
Matthew Gordon Price is an alternative folk musician who provides an emotional narrative, with an honest and heartfelt performance, hinting at comparisons to Damien Rice, Marcus Mumford and Glenn Hansard.

Originally from the small seaside town of Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset (UK), Matthew started playing guitar at 11, shortly before discovering his song writing abilities aged 16. Matthew has written and collaborated on over 170 pieces, which includes his debut E.P 'The Bird & The Tree', which was released on January 31st 2016 and reached the top 100 on the ‘Amazon Download Popular Chart’.

Matthew has he found himself supporting the likes of: Beardyman; Sound Of The Sirens; Meadowlark; Seth Lakeman and found himself on the same line-up as Craig David and Benjamin Francis Leftwich. Matthew also performed on multiple occasions for BBC Introducing, including two ‘Live in Sessions’ (Devon & Cornwall) which included ‘The Element’ (Lanky and the Beard) which was upload of the week (UOTW).

The last year or so has been a very exciting time for Matthew as he has developed his music and performed on established stages including: Glas-Denbury’s main stage supporting Martha Reeves; and performed with other artists at Leopallooza; Tunes in the Dunes and more.

Matthew’s second EP ‘Rivalry’ was his first physical record, released on 30th March 2018. This included tracks such as ‘Sweet As Stone’, ‘Vixen Queen’, ‘Numb’ and ‘Rivalry’.

Gareth Hedges and David Sercombe
The Old School, Stoke Climsland, Nr Callington, PL17 8NY
Arrive 7.00pm Concert starts at 7.30pm
£8.00 For tickets telephone 01579 370493 (weekday mornings) or email
Bar and snacks

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

Musician, songwriter and recording artist Laurie Ward never ceases to woo audiences with his crafted deliveries of popular songs from a massive repertoire covering virtually every genre from heart rendering folk to syncopated reggae and anthemic rock. In addition to a selection of popular classics from the 70’s to the present day Laurie will also be performing some of his own brilliant songs.

Mother's Ruin at The Green Man Festival
The Bell Inn, Town Hall Place, TQ13 9AA Bovey Tracey
6.00pm
Free
DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance
Levriad duo - Jonathan Shorland (bagpipes, pastoral oboe and bombarde) and Liz Nabb (violin and biniou) - supported by Hot Snails
Liz and Jonathan play a great range of tunes for dancing - mostly Breton but with a good mix of French as well.  Their musicianship and energy promise a fabulous night of dancing.
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.
Admission £9.00 which includes tea and biscuits.
No partner is needed for many of the dances and beginners are always welcome.
Bridport Ceilidhs - BFDC Annual Dance, "Miss Mayne’s Party“, Weston Country Dance Band + Dick Williams
Church House (St Mary's) Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW
7.30 - 11.00pm dance.
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
Exeter Ceilidhs - Dumbos Feather
The Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7UE. 8.00pm
11.00pm
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
Launceston Folk Dance Club - Saturday Dance - The Dartmoor Pixie Band
Launceston Town Hall, PL15 7AR.
Tickets £8.00
8.00pm - 11.30pm.
For further information telephone Rosemary Phillips 01566 774491
Regular events 4th Saturday

SONG - Shammick Acoustic - Jim Causley
The ‘museum’ at the Pack o’ Cards, High Street, Combe Martin EX34 0JD.
Doors 7.30pm - Start 8.00pm
Shammick will be sticking with home-grown talent this month, when one of our favourite artists, Jim Causley, will be our guest.
So Jim needs little introduction, but he is someone who relishes the songs, music and folklore of his native West Country. His skill as a singer, songwriter, composer and musician is however recognised much further afield, as evidenced by his various awards and work for both radio and TV.
His relationship to the celebrated Cornish poet Charles Causley has resulted in him setting many of his poems to music, and to composing the soundtrack to the BBC4’s biographical film about him. More recently, the Charles Causley Trust commissioned Jim to create a new album of the poet’s children’s poems set to music, which is a total delight.
As those who have already heard Jim before, at Shammick Acoustic or elsewhere, an evening with him will include beautiful singing, moving ballads, hilarious ditties and everything in between. Often accompanied with accordion, and served with a gurt dollop of West Country humour, it’s one not to be missed.
Tickets are £9.00 if bought in advance through WeGotTickets or, if you’re in Combe Martin, at The Pack o’ Cards or Pets’ Pantry, both in High Street, or for £10.00 at the door (with a £2.00 discount for members of Shammick Acoustic).  They may also be reserved by ringing Tom & Barbara Brown on 01271 882366.

Sunday 28 April
St George's Celebration with Beltane Border
Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern Street, Totnes, TQ9 5SP
1.00pm
Celebrate St George's (a few days late!) at the Bay Horse with Beltane Border Morris in the garden for dancing, mummers play, BBQ, ales, ciders, singing...
Fire Exit
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

An afternoon of traditional jazz in the company of  talented jazz stalwarts Martin Nichols,  Bob King, Charlie Hernshaw and Paul Barnham who will be performing a selection of beautiful, chilled jazz standards.

World Unlimited - Tamara Stewart + support Clara Bond
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
Nashville based Australian Multi-Award winning Singer/Songwriter Tamara Stewart is returning to the UK on the release of her 5th album “The Truth, The Music & Me”.

With multiple Number one’s to her name with her own albums, Tamara is also a co-writer on many of Australia’s Country Music royalty chart topping successes.  An ultimate storyteller on stage in both banter and song, audiences can, at times, laugh along, cry along and sing along to the raw truth she shares from her own story. Tamara uses her powerful vocals and emotional writing style on her newest album project The Truth The Music and Me to share the deepest most personal body of work to date.

Tamara’s new album tells a story – song by song, part by part and listeners who go on this journey with her can rest assured, this story ends well and we all realise it’s at times hard to know where Tamara’s story stops and ours begins.

Don’t miss your chance to see Tamara on the UK leg of her tour.

 

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

Jim Causley - Traditional Songs of Devon
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
8.00pm
Tickets £12.00+ (£10.00+)- Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

A proud Devonian, Jim Causley has dedicated much of his career to researching and reviving the forgotten gems of songs from his county. Drawing from the collections of Victorian folksong collectors such as Sabine Baring-Gould and Cecil Sharp as well as more modern collectors and writers including Cyril Tawney and Tony Rose, living singers as well as a few of his own self-penned hits.

Jim presents an evening jam-packed with Devonshire delights that richly bring to life the distinct flavour of music-making from this unique corner of the British Isles. From Arscott of Tetcott to Widecombe Fair and everything in between, this show is a thoroughly enjoyable introduction to Devon’s rich musical culture.

Regular events 4th Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor - Ian Bruce
Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE
7.45pm
£8.00/£10.00 Book by email
Star of countless festivals, at home and abroad, Ian is renowned as a stirring songwriter. He also covers traditional Scottish pieces and is rightly proud of his work on the Burns' repertoire. His voice has strength and accuracy, his guitar playing is excellent and his songs are beautifully crafted. He presents his material with raw emotion, backed by a joyful and interactive relationship with his audience.
SONG/STORYTELLING - Tradewinds
Okey Folky - Singers, musicians, poets, step-dancers and audience members all welcome!
Monday 29 April
Acoustic Warehouse Music and Performance Club Featured Artist - Mother’s Ruin
Passage House Inn Hackney Lane Kingsteignton TQ12 3QH
7.15pm
Entry is (as for a normal night) only £2.00 with Open Mic from 7.15pm - 9.15pm. Further information from Nigel Dee 07989 180091
Mother’s Ruin play happy upbeat renditions of traditional and modern folk music. Their eclectic mix of foot tapping music is a hit wherever they play!
For more information - visit FaceBook
Tuesday 30 April

Sam Lee’s Singing With Nightingales
Dartington Great Hall, Totnes TQ9 6DE
8.00pm
Ticket prices £18.00 Concessions £15.00 - Box Office open daily. 12.30pm – 7.00pmpm. Telephone: 01803 847070 or email. For more information go to website
Wild nightingales make music with folk star Sam Lee in unique springtime concert. Wild nightingales will be among the guest artists when the Mercury Prize-nominated folk star Sam Lee brings his acclaimed event to Dartington, combining music and storytelling with a live streamed link to the woods, where the male birds sing their courtship song. For this special event, Sam Lee will be joined on stage by guest musicians and will communicate, via a live link, with an ornithologist who’ll guide us through the woodland, into one of the UK’s last remaining strongholds of the fast-disappearing bird, said to possess one of Nature’s finest voices. 

 

Regular events 5th Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Jigs for Gigs - Simon Maplesden
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club