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Sunday 1 April

Martin Weller - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website Singer/songwriter Martin Weller needs little introduction. He has performed at numerous festivals and venues throughout the uk and abroad and has a number of successful albums to his name.  Today Martin will be performing a selection of rock and pop classics together with some of his own amazing songs.

Nick Harper with support Matthew North - The Edgemoor Hotel, Dartmoor National Park Haytor Road Bovey Tracey TQ13 9LE - 7.45pm (Doors 7.00pm) - Advance tickets £10.00 available from website or to personal callers at the Dolphin.

After leaving a streak of rip-roaring, celebratory shows in 2016, road-testing his back catalogue of 12 albums, Nick Harper & The Wilderness Kids (aka Port Erin) are back with a new album Lies! Lies! Lies! and UK tour for 2017. Amidst a backdrop of flags being changed and mottos applied, ‘’350 million reasons why, written on the side of the bus’’, sees Nick and The Kids nailing their colours to the mast and ready to roll. The album was recorded in Studio La Fabrique, France (Radiohead- Moon Shaped Pool, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds-Push the Sky Away) with the legendary producer Tchad Blake (The Black Keys, Pearl Jam, T-Bone, Peter Gabriel). Blake brings his masterful touch to the unceasingly creative cauldron of Nick, his songs and now, his band.

‘The Wilderness Kids’ met up with the renowned solo acoustic singer-songwriter at a record store day event, where they jammed on some of Nick’s tracks from his ‘Best of’ triple LP set ‘The Wilderness Years’. Nick immediately realised the potential, promptly picked up a baritone electric guitar and the pace hasn’t let up since. The exciting energy and chemistry between the 4 has had Nick’s fans in rapture and the combination of the much-loved songwriter added to the zest present in this new gang, made capturing the zeitgeist in the words and music of the new album inevitable. Lies! Lies! Lies! is an intelligent, yet exuberant album rooted very much in the now. 

Regular events 1st Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor Book by email
Monday 2 April

Maddy and the Chaps - Welcome Inn, Mount Pleasant Road, Dawlish Warren EX7 0NE - 7.30pm. Our first gig at The Welcome Inn. Come along to hear our accoustic mix of celtic, folk and country tunes. Be prepared to sing and dance and enjoy a few drinks. Why not it's Bank Holiday Monday!

Tuesday 3 April

World Unlimited - Lisbee Stainton - 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

Due for an official release in early 2018,  Lisbee Stainton made a stream of her album  ‘Lisbee LIVE’ available on Spotify from 20th October regarding the new album, Stainton said, I put together ‘Lisbee LIVE’ because I wanted to do something a bit different. I felt that to capture a selection of songs I’ve written, both old and new, in a stripped-back and almost vulnerable manner, would allow them not only to be heard in a similar way to how I approach performing my headline solo shows, but also to be heard as they were written. Listeners could perhaps hear them and discover them in a way they had never before.”

Now based in London, Hampshire-born Stainton’s career originally started in 2007 when she became the first unsigned artist to play London’s O2 Arena. Soon after, BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson discovered Stainton’ song ‘Red’, and his support subsequently led to Lisbee’s music being playlisted by BBC Radio 2.

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 - Jeremy Child
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
DANCE - Fraddon Folk Dance Club (Cornwall)
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - open night
Wednesday 4 April
Show of Hands - Jubilee Hall, Chagford TQ13 8DP - 7.30pm - Tickets £22.00+ from WeGotTickets.
"Where We’re Bound" duo tour. Steve Knightley and Phil Beer: two extraordinary craftsmen with one unique sound. Dovetailing old songs with new, this is a celebration of the duo’s enduring impact on roots, acoustic and folk music. Show of Hands weave story and melody to create a spellbinding display of consummate musicianship. Multi-award-winning, and with five sell-out Royal Albert Hall shows under their belts, the original duo format makes a rare return to more intimate settings. Steve and Phil’s special guest is compelling musician and fellow Devonian Geoff Lakeman, chieftain of the brilliant Lakeman tribe. SOLD OUT
Regular events 1st Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Bridgewater Band - Mary Blackborow
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club - American Square Dance - Rob Zikking (Ziggy) - Bicknoller Village Hall
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 5 April
Andy Irvine - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 8.00pm - Full £16.00 - Supporter £12.00  To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

For more than 40 years, Andy has been a world music pioneer and icon for traditional music and musicians. Founder member of bands such as Sweeney's Men, Planxty, Patrick Street, Mozaik, and now Usher’s Island he has been hailed as ‘a tradition in himself’ (Irish Press).

Musician, singer and songwriter, few others can equal his repertoire: Irish traditional songs, dexterous Balkan dance tunes, and a compelling canon of his own material that defies description.

Bicton Session Night - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 8.30pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Enjoy an evening of lively, Foot-tapping music when local musicians get together for an open acoustic session featuring accordions, violins, guitars, banjos, mandolins, 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!

Jess Klein - Otterton Mill, Otterton, nr Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 7HG - 8.00pm Tickets £15.00 (price covers the music only) Visit website

Late addition to the 2018 programme is an American singer songwriter Jess Klein, with a devoted worldwide fan base, she is described as ‘a songwriter with a voice of unblinking tenacity’ by the New York Times.  Her visit to the Mill is a first on her UK tour.

To book, telephone 01395 568521 or visit the craft shop in the mill building - website

The concerts take place in the Mill’s intimate restaurant setting, and music-goers can enjoy great menus of seasonal food between 6 to 7.30pm. Music starts at 8pm. (Note: ticket prices shown cover music only).

‘Where We’re Bound” - Show of Hands Duo Tour 2018  with guest Geoff Lakeman - The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ - 8.00pm - Tickets £22.00 Accessible seats are available by calling the box office. For more information and tickets telephone 01404 384050 or go to website SOLD OUT

It’s a rare treat when a multi-award-winning band, renowned enough to sell out the Royal Albert Hall five times over, offer the chance to be enjoyed in smaller, more intimate settings. But Show of Hands are known for doing things differently so that’s exactly what they’re up to with their 2018 duo tour, Where We’re Bound. Steve Knightley and Phil Beer are two extraordinary craftsmen with one unique sound. Usually joined by ‘third member of the duo’ Miranda Sykes, this tour puts the magic of the original duo format firmly back into the spotlight.

Steve said, “Big shows like the Royal Albert Hall and festivals offer us the chance to make a big sound, often bringing in talented friends to add to the experience. But there is something about playing as a duo that offers something different and more personal, both to ourselves and to our audiences. Phil and I can’t wait; it’ll be like the old days, but with more reliable transport!”

Show of Hands weave story and melody to create a spellbinding display of consummate musicianship. This is an unmissable celebration of Steve and Phil’s enduring impact on roots, acoustic and folk music. The 2018 duo tour won’t just be focusing on nostalgia though. A raft of new songs will be showcased, reminding us that Steve Knightley’s razor-sharp song writing and commentary is more relevant than ever.

Steve and Phil’s special guest is fellow Devonian Geoff Lakeman, chieftain of the brilliant Lakeman tribe. A compelling musician in his own right, the release of his debut album ‘After All These Years’ has seen festivals and concert venues clamouring to book him, suggesting retirement might be off the cards for some time.

'After a triumphant two sets, a standing ovation was rewarded with one last number: the stone-cold Show of Hands classic Santiago. We were about to make an enforced exit, but my wife turned to me and said, ‘We’ve got to stay for this…’  (folkradio.co.uk)
'Formidable operators in the roots arena. A class act' (The Independent)
Tickets for this unmissable tour will be in high demand, so get your tickets soon.

 

Friday 6 April
Eliza Acty - 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. Devon based singer and musician. With her unique vocal style, Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time, original and contemporary songs that span over a century of music. 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. 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 and has since never looked back. Previously performed with the successful old-time band ‘Appaloosas’.

Laurie Ward & Friends - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 8.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website Musician singer/songwriter Laurie is a talented young artist who has been writing and performing music since he was 7 years old. His music has featured on various radio stations, including Radio 1, and various festivals including the Glastonbury Festival with his band Barefoot Bandit. Today Laurie together with friends will be performing an eclectic mix of music from reggae to folk, raunchy rock to gentle ballads and of course some of Laurie’s own brilliant songs.

Special Square Dance with American caller Tony Mates and live music played by some of England’s finest old time musicians. Peter Tavy Village Hall, Peter Tavy near Tavistock PL19 9NS. Tickets £7.00 adults, £5.00 OAP U16. Refreshments available by donation. Telephone 01822 810 868 or 01822 810243 for more information.

Mr. Mates, whose grandfather grew up here, is pleased to donate his share of any proceeds to the Village Hall. No experience or partner needed; all dances taught on the spot, casual dress.
The dances will be easy and fun, and the music of the very best. Mr. Mates has been calling dances for nearly 40 years, at major festivals and small village halls, bringing the joys of old time music and dance to folks of all ages.

 

Visit Tony Mates website

Dave Peabody & Julian Piper - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ - 8.00pm - Tickets £10.00 from the Bridge Inn telephone 01392 87386.
These two long serving veterans of the dusty blues highways, have both spent years hanging out and sharing stages alongside blues legends. In Dave's case he notably worked with David 'Honeyboy' Edwards, the running mate of the great Robert Johnson, whilst Lazy Lester, Lowell Fulson and Phil Guy are numbered amongst the musicians Julian has played and recorded alongside. It all adds up to a musical apprenticeship second to none, and alongside the inevitable tall stories, this pair draw on their experiences to perform with a real passion for the music.

World Unlimited - The Leylines - 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

The Leylines are British folk-punk for a summer’s afternoon, a sound forged in festivals and bonfires, with fiddle-driven rabble rousers and songs that stir the soul.

The Leylines was started by a group of West Country musicians driving home from a session at the legendary Sawmills studios. Levelling The Land by The Levellers was on the car stereo. Something about the sound of the record, the rolling Cornish landscapes and the smell of summer connected in vocalist Steve’s head.

Steve, a product of council estates and stints in the Army, put his observations on the state of the nation into music and started writing. Adding the different musical backgrounds of band mates Matt (guitar), Pete (bass), Dave (drums) and Hannah (violin), The Leylines have created a style that combines the acerbic social commentary of Paul Weller with a folk-rock vibe that will send you right back to those long, hazy, festival days.

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

Saturday 7 April

Ponchartrain - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website Don’t miss this amazing Bristol based band who’ll be playing an all acoustic set of ‘vintage Americana’.  They ha 5pmve a real 40s and 50s vibe of honky-tonk, rockabilly, Cajun and blues. The band comprises front man Paul Godden with Jean Godden on fiddle, Joe Allan on upright bass, and Stig Manley on mandolin and guitar. Paul has had a notable musical career backing and supporting legends such as Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, etc., has toured and recorded with Van Morrison and appears on two of his albums.

Kit Hillbillies - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock, PL18 9QA - Bar 7.15pm Show 8.00pm. Tickets £5.00 from the Limekiln Gallery and Bear Necessities - visit website
The one and only Kit Hillbillies have been kind enough to do this benefit gig for the village hall. Support from Gareth Hedges, Ann Sutcliffe, John Mortimer, Mark Smith, Snob Hill and more

 

Dave Peabody & Julian Piper - Royal Oak, Malborough, nr Kingsbridge TQ7 3RL
These two long serving veterans of the dusty blues highways, have both spent years hanging out and sharing stages alongside blues legends. In Dave's case he notably worked with David 'Honeyboy' Edwards, the running mate of the great Robert Johnson, whilst Lazy Lester, Lowell Fulson and Phil Guy are numbered amongst the musicians Julian has played and recorded alongside. It all adds up to a musical apprenticeship second to none, and alongside the inevitable tall stories, this pair draw on their experiences to perform with a real passion for the music.

World Unlimited -Meridianum Ensemble - 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 Meridium Ensemble is a trans-cultural musical collaboration, bringing together elements from Portugal, the UK and Morocco.

Featuring Nuno Silva with his group Aldebaran from Portugal, the project incorporates musicians from Karama (UK/Morocco), The Radial Band and Woodwose (UK). This ensemble is a feast for the senses, with instruments ranging from the Persian santur, oud, & tambura to nyckelharpa, hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes and dumbek.

Artists: Nuno Silva: santur - Ricardo de Noronha: percussion - Griselda Sanderson: nyckelharpa - Louis Bingham: tambura, cittern - Soufian Saihi: oud - Steve Tyler: hurdy-gurdy - Katy Marchant: bagpipes

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 2nd Saturday
SONG - Open night Shammick Acoustic -
Sunday 8 April
Reefs of Moonshine - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website

Enjoy the amazing sound of duo Reefs of Moonshine when Lisa’s angelic voice is complemented by Nick’s professional guitar playing. The duo will perform new arrangements of popular melodic songs....drawn from the worlds of folk, country and soul music.

The Meridianum Ensemble - The Flavel, Flavel Place, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9ND - 2.30pm - Adult £10.00, Child (Under 16) £5.00, Family (multiples of 4) £6.25 each Box Office telephone 01803 839530 or book online at website
This family friendly event is a great opportunity for all to get up close to some fascinating instruments from around the world and hear them played by some of Europe & North Africa's top players. Music will range from Mediaeval dances to swirling Arabic rhythms and Nordic-influenced melodies. During the interval you'll get the chance to have a closer look at the instruments such as the Middle Eastern percussion of Ricardo de Noronha, the Persian Santur of Nuno Silva, the Swedish nyckelharpa of Griselda Sanderson, Soufian's Arabic lute, the cittern and Bulgarian Tambura of Louis Bingham, the European hurdy-gurdy of Steve Tyler and Katy Marchant's bagpipes and recorder.

 

The Meridianum Ensemble - The Barrel House, 59a High Street, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5PB - 7.30pm Tickets £7.00 advance or £9.00 on the door - Booking office 01803 863000 - more information and tickets on website
Meridianum Ensemble is a trans-cultural world music collaboration bringing together elements from Portugal, the UK and Morocco.
The show features Nuno Silva with his group Aldebaran from Portugal. The project also incorporates musicians from Karama (UK/Morocco), The Radial Band and Woodwose (UK). The music is a feast for the senses, with instruments ranging from the Persian santur, oud, & tambura to Swedish nyckelharpa, hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes and dumbek. The show will begin with an introduction to each component of the ensemble, from Woodwose’s Mediaeval dances, The Radial Band’s original compositions and the Arabic oud of Soufian Saihi to the swirling middle-Eastern rhythms of Nuno Silva’s santur. The second part of the show brings all the musicians together as the Meridianum Ensemble – an extraordinary musical collaboration that spans both time and space from Mediaeval Europe to the present day.

 

LOSt COYOTES - Church House Inn, Harberton, Totnes TQ9 7SF - 7.30pm - 9.30pm - Free entry.
Mostly a Devon-based 4-piece band (some Jiggerypipery members) who play a bewitching mix of Americana, Cajun, Latin-American, and Celtic songs and tunes, finding a natural chemistry between these musical genres in a melodious blend of their instruments and voices. From up-beat Cajun rhythms and Celtic jigs and reels, to more soulful songs and airs, and with themes of land, migration and borders running through much of their repertoire. For more information telephone 07557 002622. Sunday night is pizza night at the Church House Inn.
Dave Peabody & Julian Piper - A Gallery Gig - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 7.30pm - Full £10.00 - Supporter £8.00  
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
These two veterans of the UK blues scene have spent months on the road, in the company of some of the most legendary figures in blues music. For years Dave Peabody played alongside Dave ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards, whilst Julian Piper has toured with Chicago legends Carey and Lurrie Bell, Eddie Kirkland, Lazy Lester and Phil Guy. Expect a night of music and stories that pull no punches !
Regular events 2nd Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor - Keith Donnelly - £10.00 - And now for something rather different. If you like versatility this is the evening for you! Keith Donnelly -stand-up comic, fall-down comedian,surreal snigger-songwriter, guitar-hero, performance-artist, story-teller, philophoser, scriptwriter.. all-round good egg. There really is no-one else quite like Keith Donnelly. He tells the most fantastic stories, some of which happen to have tunes and guitar accompaniment (songs!). Most of them are true (at least that’s what he says), some of them he makes up (at least that’s what he says!). Most of them are very funny, some are very short, some are a bit longer. Some of them are mainly for youngsters (from 2 to 102!). Some for older audiences (3 and a half to 103 (and a half!). As well as writing all his own material, Keith enjoys writing for other people. Over the years he has had the opportunity of writing for and working with some of his own favourite funny people, notably the ever hilarious Jasper Carrott, and the wonderfully weird Phil Cool. Book by email
Monday 9 April
 
Tuesday 10 April
Session - Colyford (nr. Colyton): The White Hart Inn, Swan Hill Road EX24 6QF (Bob: 01297 553201; Kay: 01297 24870; or email 8.00pm
“Trad Irish and tunes mostly. Not suitable for beginners or those wanting to play from the dots, but listeners very welcome! Come and listen if you’re not sure and see if it’s your kind of thing. Acoustic trad instruments only please. Plenty of parking at the pub – easy to find, it’s just by the tram line.” “Probably monthly if enough interest.”
Regular events 2nd Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Ray Goodswen
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
Wednesday 11 April
The Little Unsaid - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 8.00pm - £10.00 (£8.00) - Seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website
Fronted by songwriter John Elliott, they are a band with an original sound and international outlook. Their sound is all their own but echoes the intensity and melancholic overtones of greats such as Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen. The Little Unsaid embrace elements of rock, folk, electronica, jazz and alt-pop. One of the UK’s must-see rising live acts and recent winners of the Steve Reid award for Innovation.
Feast of Fiddles 25th Annual Tour - Exeter Corn Exchange - Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW - 7.30pm (Doors 6.45) £20.50 (includes £1.00 booking fee). Box office telephone 01392 665938 - For more information go to website
Little did the band think it would be setting off on its 25th annual spring tour in 2018 but what started as an idea in a folk club has become a national folk-rock institution. Feast of Fiddles has been variously likened to a “group of geography teachers” or “Bellowhead with bus passes!” but doesn’t seem to be slowing down any. A band of friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun. Typically, fiddlers Peter Knight (Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Brian McNeill (Battlefield Band), Ian Cutler (Bully Wee), Tom Leary (Lindisfarne) and Garry Blakeley (Band of Two) add the large range of fiddle playing styles to the rock back-line of guitars, keyboards, sax and accordion – all held together by legendary drummer Dave Mattacks. A live music entertainment like no other on the circuit which is guaranteed to be enjoyed by even the most doubting of friends dragged along! 
Regular events 2nd Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Fresh Aire - Simon Maplesden
Thursday 12 April
The Washboard Resonators - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 8.30pm - admission £2.00 Free with a B-Card - Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
Duo playing foot-stomping blues, vaudeville, ragtime, hokum, skif e, swing and folk like it was in the 1920s, 30s & 40s. On stage, you can expect a varied and entertaining show with upbeat songs, harmonies, tap dancing and an array of old instruments, including; washboard, resonator guitars, banjo, ukulele, snare drum, suitcase bass drum, spoons and our very own invention—the kazoosaphone.

Open Mic Night - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 8.30pm. Go to Bicton Inn website Enjoy an evening of music from anyone who would like to come along and perform in this relaxed atmosphere. The monthly event has included a wide range of musical genres from classical to pop and performances from solo singers, instrumental ensembles and poets. So if you have a musical talent to share please come along and join in.

Regular events 2nd Thursday
MUSIC - Brixham Blues - BBT2 Nine Pound Catfish - Brixham Blues BBT2, Old Coaching Inn, Fore Street, Brixham TQ5 8AG. 8.30pm - This is the first BBT2 event at the new venue - the Old Coaching Inn in central Brixham (no hills and plenty of parking) - and we welcome Nine Pound Catfish with their infectious, nay contagious, blend of good-time blues, hokum and popular tunes from the 1920s and 1930s.
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Jane Thomas and Weston Country Dance Band
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
SONG - Totnes Folk Song Club - For the last thirty minutes or so Harping Mad
Friday 13 April
Eleanor - A Gallery Gig - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 8.15pm - £6.00  
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Singer-Songwriter Eleanor first entered the music scene under the name ‘Ellie Jacobs’ when she collaborated with Randy Bachman from Bachman-Turner Overdrive to produce her first album ‘Girl On The Moon’.

Eleanor has began to write and record with Clint Production Studios, bringing the exciting sounds of Nashville home to the UK. Eleanor’s unique sound unites the classic ‘Country’ genre with the world of English pop/folk music- best described by Eleanor as 'New English Country’.

This country girl is able to communicate and deliver beautifully scripted and sculpted stories with smooth vocals, fully immersing listeners into her concepts and music. Performing accompanied by just an acoustic guitar or with a full band, Eleanor captivates audiences with her unique voice and inspired lyrics.

Taking the Country by storm after recently appearing on BBC Radio 1 Introducing, Eleanor has numerous live performances lined up this summer; including shows in Europe and most excitingly, the Capital of Country Music- Nashville. Eleanor is also currently recording her Debut New English Country Album featuring the incredible Johnny Butten  for release Autumn this year. Hold onto your hats and watch this space!

Tim Jones - special guests Lux Harmonium + Julu Irvine and Heg Brignall - upstaris at the Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes, TQ9 5EL - 8.00pm Tickets £6.00 advance from WeGotTickets £8.00 on the door.
The Black Bird Collective presents a night of stunning live music.
Tim Jones One of the most distinctive voices on the English folk scene, Tim Jones is able to alternate between mass singalongs and powerful stripped back ballads. Tim's songwriting and delivery of traditional material has been likened to that of Peter Bellamy, Nic Jones and Fairport Convention.
Editor's Choice Album of The Year 2017, fROOTS! Tim Jones & The Dark Lanterns 'Blossom & Fruit'
“One of the most captivating acoustic releases of the year so far” - R2 Rock and Reel Magazine
Lux Harmonium
A must-see and creator of one of the best albums of recent times, the music of Luke Jones aka Lux Harmonium is truly breathtaking.
"A poke in the folk eye." The Wire Magazine
Julu Irvine & Heg Brignall A really exciting new collaboration between Julu Irvine and Heg Brignall (Heg and the Wolf Chorus).

Acorn Shakers - Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA - 8.00pm - Admission Free.
Join Andrew, Emily, Claire and Nick for an evening of feel-good, foot-tapping songs and tunes from the golden era of American old-time music. With fiddle, banjo, guitar,dulcimer and mandolin... in fact, anything with strings (and some without!), all served up in a wonderful, traditional pub atmosphere. For more information telephone 01803 269146.

Sam Carter - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX - Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm - Tickets £11.00 advance, £12.00 door. £1.00 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £8.00 under 18s and students with ID. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500.

Since being named Best Newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Sam Carter has been stirring audiences from Camden to Canada, via an attention grabbing appearance on Later… with Jools Holland and a dreams-really-do-come-true performance in a specially assembled band to back Richard Thompson at Shrewsbury Folk Festival.

Described as ‘the finest English-style finger-picking guitarist of his generation’ by Bellowhead’s Jon Boden, Sam has toured the world, equally happy to perform intimate solo shows on acoustic guitar, on electric with a full band, or to collaborate with other artists. In 2014 Sam teamed with Jim Moray to form False Lights, a band with the stated aim of updating the template of folk rock and making a joyful racket. Their 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominated album Salvor, was praised from all corners – proving that people really were ready for traditional English songs played in a style that owed as much to Radiohead as it did to Fairport Convention.

Spring 2018 sees Sam embark on a solo tour playing songs from his acclaimed third studio album, How The City Sings.

‘Sam Carter is a brilliant guitarist and singer who combines the observational with social comment and personal reflection’ Songlines

World Unlimited - Orphan Colours + support Rich Evans - 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
After the indefinite hiatus in 2013 of popular UK alt-country outfit ahab, songwriter Steven Llewellyn went on to form his own band with the help of ahab originator Dave Burn and former bassist Graham Knight. Being firmly part of the London Americana scene made it easy to get involved in collaborations with members of bands like Danny & The Champions of The World, who’s drummer Steve Brookes, having already toured heavily with ahab, quickly became a permanent member of Orphan Colours, along with Fred Abbott, lead guitarist with Noah & the Whale.

The band have some impressive credentials with writers Llewellyn and Burn honing their songwriting craft during their tenure with ahab, who swiftly built a reputation as an unmissable live act after their electric performances almost every major UK festival, and subsequent tours in Scandinavia, Germany & Australia. Their debut EP High Hopes was released in February 2016 with the catchy, Tom Petty-esque lead single Won't Let You Down creating a huge buzz.

The band are currently putting the finishing touches on their debut album - to be released in 2018 on popular independent label At The Helm Records. With an already established fanbase, huge critical acclaim and solid underground credibility so firmly ensconced in their DNA, Orphan Colours have rapidly established themselves as the hottest band to emerge from the London Country/Roots circuit. Highly, highly recommended.

World Unlimited is a voluntary not-for-profit organisation. Telephone 01803 875527 or email
Originally based in Birmingham, WU now regularly promotes concerts in South Devon. Go to website for more information

The Fureys 40th Anniversary Tour - Exeter Corn Exchange - Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW - 8.00pm (Doors 7.15) £21.50 (includes £1.00 booking fee). Box office telephone 01392 665938 - For more information go to website
After three previous shows, Legends of Irish music & song The FUREYS, renowned for their hit songs ‘I will love you’, ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘The Green fields of France’, ‘The old man’, ‘Red rose café’, ‘From Clare to here’, ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal away’ etc return for another night of music and song.
Contra Dance - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB - 7.30pm  - Caller Jeremy Child . A monthly series of Contra Dances to recorded music. Cost £5.00 per person. Beginners welcome.  Soft drinks, tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. For more information visit website
Saturday 14 April
Eliza Acty - The White Thorn, Shaugh Prior PL7 5HA - 9.00pm
With her unique vocal style, singer and musician Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time, original and contemporary songs that span over a century of music.Eliza says "Not only is this a brilliant music venue regularly offering great acts but this place has the most wonderful atmosphere and you are sure to feel very welcome. Come along and eat/drink/chill out and see my duo set with Peter Acty adding some extra lovely clawhammer banjo and guitar."
Danny Sumbler + support: Paul Butterworth - A Gallery Gig - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 8.15pm - £6.00  
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Danny was born and bred in Brighton, and first began treading the boards at age 12.
A prolific singer-songwriter, with testimonials from Johnny Cash producer Jack Hale and actor Patrick Bergin - he has composed over 300 compositions and is also an author, maker of films and an artist with a large repertoire of evocative paintings and drawings. His work is unique in whatever medium he chooses to express in.

Danny recently gave a BBC TV interview about his short film 'Call of the Jester,'and his acoustic shows 'UNTAMED: songs written under the influence of Tourette's,' which are juxtaposed with his usual live performances.

His most recent album also titled 'UNTAMED' is now released and available at gigs or on his website. Danny links his own and many other mental health conditions to the ways of the shaman and mystic – by choosing the road of alchemy and preserving an incorruptible mind.

Paul Butterworth is a seasoned singer-songwriter with a history of gigs around the country. He also hosts many open mic sessions around north Devon including The Green Man festival

Sam Carter - St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Stoke Hill, Exeter EX4 7AH - Doors 7.30pm (Performance 8.00pm) - Tickets £12.00+ from WeGotTickets
Since being named Best Newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Sam Carter has been stirring audiences from Camden to Canada, via an attention grabbing appearance on Later… with Jools Holland and a dreams-really-do-come-true performance in a specially assembled band to back Richard Thompson at Shrewsbury Folk Festival. Described as ‘the finest English-style finger-picking guitarist of his generation’ by Bellowhead’s Jon Boden, Sam has toured the world, equally happy to perform intimate solo shows on acoustic guitar, on electric with a full band, or to collaborate with other artists. Spring 2018 sees Sam embark on a solo tour playing songs from his acclaimed third studio album. ‘Sam Carter is a brilliant guitarist and singer who combines the observational with social comment and personal reflection’ Songlines
Sidmouth Steppers 20th Anniversary Ceilidh with Red Shed - Caller Pete Langley Sidford Social Hall, Sidford EX10 9QX - 7.30pm - Tickets £5.00. Telephone Liz on 01395 513389 or email
Supporting Devon Air Ambulance Trust. Licensed bar by Volunteer Inn.
David Bailey - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Acoustic Music with Reefs of Moonshine - Guy Somerfield - Navigator - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY - 8.00pm (Doors and bar from 7.30pm) Tickets £8.00 available on the door or from Chris Austin: 07812688432 or 01395 224594 - Judy Day: 01395 266080 - Chris Hill: 01392 496079
Folk concerts in Teignmouth - Tom Lewis  - supported by Teignmouth's very own Shanty Crew, The Back Beach Boyz - Final concert - Alice Cross Centre, 1-3 Bitton Park Road., TQ14 9BT. 7.00pm - Tickets £12.00, £10.00 reserved in advance. Telephone 01626 775517 for advance ticket sales or more information email Visit website


Tom Lewis is one of England's top sea song writers. A great performer and advocate of audience participation. He is supported in this concert by Teignmouth's very own Shanty Crew, The Back Beach Boyz bringing their infectious brand of shanties and chorus songs which again invite audience participation. Finally they are joined in the concert by Caraidean (Gaelic for friends) who comprise performers who have had a long term association with the concerts including amongst others Robin Brown, Martyn Hilsted, Sandy MacKinnon, Roxie Llewelyn-Porter and other members of CELT, Pippa West, Julia Howe, Hugh Diamond. The whole aim is to provide a party atmosphere with everyone joining in with each other in performances.

Dumbo's Feather - The Dog and Donkey, 24 Knowle Village, Budleigh Salterton EX9 6AL - 9.00pm. Dumbo's Feather are taking taking their occasionally ethereal mix of reels, jigs, polkas, airs and songs to The Dog & Donkey in Knowle. As always, the popular Irish/Scots/World music band shall be fronted by the lightning fast fiddling of Alice McShane, and augmented by the often inspirational, always reliable multi-instrumental pairing of Mike Cosgrave and Richie Evans.
Sarah Yeo - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL - 7.45pm (Doors 7.00pm) - Advance tickets £10.00 available from website or to personal callers at the Dolphin.

It was at the age of seven that Sarah received her first guitar as a Christmas gift.  That was the beginning of life as a singer and guitarist.The early years were spent playing country and pop, learning songs by John Denver and the Eagles gathering songs into her repertoire. She gained her experience from competitions until around the age of 16, when she was first booked to perform professionally in and around her home town of Exeter, Devon.

Sarah began songwriting from the age of 10, but it wasn’t until her later teenage years that the words began to flow more easily.. Her early songs were based on her limited life experiences and the lyrics and music reflected that.

The songs you hear on the EP ‘broke away’ are a small selection of the later songs written from 2008-2014 and they are written with a far better understanding of music and with a new maturity, drawing upon experiences, people and places that have inspired her.

With so many favourite artists and bands to influence Sarah, such as Show Of Hands, Eagles, Josh Groban, Jason Isbell, John Mayer, Toto, Amos Lee, Garth Brooks, Glen Hansard, Lady Antebellum, to name a few…it’s plain to hear the versatility and sensitivity in her songwriting..

DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance - Dave Shepherd and Anna Pack - supported by Fraich Airs - St Mathews Hall, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ - 7.30pm - Admission £9.00
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Jane Thomas and 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
Sunday 15 April
Dipper: Malkin - Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe, Somerset, TA4 4BD - 7.00pm - £10.00 adults - £4.00 concessions Concessionary priced tickets are available to children and students - of any age - in full-time education. For more information and tickets go to website

John Dipper – viola d’amore - Dave Malkin – guitar, voice
​Dipper Malkin are rapidly earning a reputation for elevating traditional music to new heights of sturdy beauty and sophistication.“Sheer class…” Chris Wood
Dipper Malkin is the “potent combination” (Folk Radio UK) of two musicians that have spent their careers to date involved in groundbreaking projects. John Dipper (viola d’amore) was one third of The English Acoustic Collective alongside Chris Wood and Robert Harbron and currently works with string quartet Methera, while Dave Malkin (guitar, voice) was a founding member of trio Tandem, stylishly combining traditionally informed compositions with live electronics.

With their highly-anticipated debut release, Tricks of the Trade, it is clear that Dipper Malkin realise that they are the lucky benefactors of previous generations’ invention, celebrating their inheritance through every note, whilst avoiding the trap of complacency by offering their own inventions.

World Unlimited -Holy Moly & The Crackers - 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

With their unique fusion of “gypsy folk rock”, Holy Moly & The Crackers hail from the North East of the UK, and have a loyal, devoted and ever increasing fan base: “They are a bunch of wild gypsy troubadours with more than a touch of magic about them” (Diva). The band have built themselves an enviable reputation, pulling packed houses for their ferocious, visceral live shows, and now they are heading into heavier, gutsier waters with their new album. 

 

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

Fire Exit - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
If you enjoy chilled, traditional jazz you will love Fire Exit. Talented jazz stalwarts Martin Nichols, Bob King, Charlie Hernshaw, Paul Barnham will be performing a selection of beautiful, chilled jazz standards- perfect for a Sunday afternoon.

Emily Smith & Jamie McClennan, The Ellis Gang, Reg Meuross, Miranda Sykes - Salem Chapel, 4 Vicarage Rd, East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton EX9 7EF - 4.00pm - 10.00pm - Tickets £25.00 available from David Ash telephone 01395 445346/ or preferably email.
Four acts, and complimentary Tapas and a drink ,with other food and drink available to buy. The "The Ellis Gang" are a father and son guitar duo from Cornwall; Miranda Sykes as part of her solo tour; singer. songwriter, story teller Reg Meuross; top of the bill Scottish folk singer Emilly Smith & Jamie McClennan (who have previously headlined at The Sidmouth Folk Festival, Cambridge Folk festival, and appeared on the Transatlantic sessions on BBC 2, possibly their only gig in the West Country as part of an English tour promoting a new album. The Salem Chapel is limited to 120 persons and tickets have started to sell. The historic venue is a dissenters chapel built in 1791 and maintained by the Historic Chapels trust.

Regular events 3rd Sunday
Monday 16 April
Artizan Acoustic Night/Open Mic - Susie & Bill Trezise + Steve Gill - Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW - 7.30pm
Tonight features the twin harps, and other instruments, of Susie & Bill Trezise, plus Steve Gill, that fine storyteller and exponent of concertina, melodeon, accordion. We had to cancel March due to rather a lot of weather! Greg Hancock will now be our special guest on Monday 18 June. Monday 21 May will see Paul Lloyd Nicholas coming all the way from Wales, an exceptional songwriter and guitarist, well worth seeing. Plus other talented performers in the first half of the evening. Refreshments available. Curated by Robert Spence, 01803 613647.
Regular events 3rd Monday
Tuesday 17 April

World Unlimited - The Lake Poets - 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 “Somewhere between Bright Eyes and John Martyn. Something Special” - Mojo ****
The Lake Poets is Martin Longstaff, a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Sunderland. Inspired by artists such as Carole King, Villagers, and Neil Young, Martin’s output as The Lake Poets is as haunting as it is beautiful. Lead single 'Your Face’ has received over 4 million Spotify plays as well steady airplay on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music.
Stunning Debut from Sunderland Troubadour. Quietly Brilliant” - Uncut 8/10

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 3rd Tuesday
MUSIC - Exeter Ukulele Club
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Simon Maplesden - Jigs for Gigs
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll  - Function room of Castle Hotel - doors open at 7.45 start at 8.00pm.  Entry £6.00 (accompanied under 18 are free).  

Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll; a “dynamic duo” as performers as well as tutors. With strong West Country roots, the stunning fiddle players and composers forge a joyful collision of English traditional music and contemporary bowed strings. Their unique sound blends melodic, emotive violin and viola with driving fiddle chords and powerful vocals interspersed with anecdotes of adventures and stories from the road.  They are also well known as workshop leaders and arrangers of music for orchestra with the Devon based musical charity Wren.

One of Nick and Becki’s latest projects is an album "The Songs of Edward Capern".  It features landscape and life-inspired poetry from a renowned Victorian poet set to beautiful music, drawing on and evoking the folk melodies of 19th Century Devon.

Nick and Becki will be accompanied by double bassist James Budden. The evening will be supported by resident and visiting performers.  A new Devon resident but well established folk singer Tim Jones will be introducing himself to the club. He has one of the most distinctive voices on the English folk scene. Able to alternate between mass singalongs and powerful stripped back ballads, his song writing and delivery of traditional material has been likened to that of Peter Bellamy, Nic Jones and Fairport Convention.

The Bradninch Folk Club in its many guises can be contacted on 01392 881105 or on Facebook 
Wednesday 18 April
Ross Couper & Tom Oakes - Gallery Gig - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 8.15pm - Full £10.00 - Supporter £7.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Hailing from polar ends of the UK, Ross Couper (Shetland) and Tom Oakes (Devon) have been dazzling audiences with their fiery, driving rhythms and shared passion for the infectious melodies and grooves of Celtic Music, for the best part of a decade.  Their highly dynamic mixture of power and fragility delivered with warmth and humour leaves audiences exhilarated and entertained.

Ross’s explosive fiddle playing lies at the heart of some of the biggest acts on the Scottish folk scene, previously part of Scots Traditional Music Award winning (Band Of The Year) Bodega, Ross currently plays with the mighty Peatbog Faeries.

 Tom Oakes is a multi award winning guitarist and flautist who as well as being a founder member of the genre defying Auvo Quartet is also known for his work as a solo flautist, recently a member of the highly acclaimed Songs For The Voiceless project with Bella Hardy, Josienne Clarke and Ian Stephenson amongst others.

 

Ezmay Grace - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 8.30pm - admission £2.00 Free with a B-Card - Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information.
Contemporary folk musician from Cornwall, having lived and studied BA (Hons) Music in Falmouth for 3 years. Ezmay Grace is is frequently featured on BBC Radio Cornwall's BBC Introducing show. "Stunning" & "Beautiful" - BBC Radio Cornwall. "Quite possibly the most soothing voice you will ever hear".
Regular events 3rd Wednesday
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club - Friendly Folk - Ray Goodswen - Bicknoller Village Hall
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Chris Toyne - Jane Thomas     
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
OPEN MIC - Blues Night at the Oystercatcher’s  Cafe
Thursday 19 April

Windjammer - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 8.30pm - admission £2.00 Free with a B-Card - Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information.
Contemporary folk trio, based in Plymouth. They play original material, along with new arrangements of traditional songs and tunes, and singing in three-part harmony. They are Jake Sonny Rowlinson on vocals, anglo concertina and percussion, Jeremy Bunting on guitar, percussion and vocals, and Fran Rowney on piano accordion, low whistles, piano and vocals. They recently launched their debut EP in Plymouth's Barbican Theatre to a sold out audience, with very special support from Jim Causley

 

Open Folk and Indie Night with Becky Brooks - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 8.30pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
An open session featuring folk, country and indie acoustic music hosted by Exmouth’s favourite balladeer Becky Brooks. Anyone can come and join in the fun, perform solo or as part of the group.

South Devon Storytellers present Rachel Rose Reid - Silence - Totnes Methodist Church, 40 -42 Fore Street, Totnes TQ9 5RP Tickets £7.50 advance at TicketSource or £9.00 on the door.

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.

Tom McConville - Otterton Mill, Otterton, nr Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 7HG - 8.00pm Tickets £15.00 (price covers the music only) Visit website

Another welcome return of one of the country’s finest fiddle players Tom McConville. A legendary musician , great singer  whose craftsmanship is quite simply a world class.

To book, telephone 01395 568521 or visit the craft shop in the mill building - website

The concerts take place in the Mill’s intimate restaurant setting, and music-goers can enjoy great menus of seasonal food between 6 to 7.30pm. Music starts at 8pm. (Note: ticket prices shown cover music only).

Red Rocks Story Open Mic - Upstairs at the Anchor, Old Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LP - 7.30pm
Come tell or read aloud your own work. Slots are 8 mins (about 1600-ish words.) Storytellers arrive at 7.00pm, first come, first tell. £3.00, £2.00 storytellers. Telephone 07834 194215 or email. This event repeats on 21 June.
Friday 20 April

World Unlimited -Ross Couper & Tom Oakes - 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

Ross Couper from Voe in Shetland and Tom Oakes from Totnes in Devon are a fiddle and guitar duo deeply rooted in the traditions of Scotland, Ireland and Scandinavia but with a vital modernity that chronicles their many musical journeys so far. Expect a highly dynamic mixture of power and fragility combined with a warmth and humour that have drawn in audiences around the world. Ross’ explosive fiddle playing lies at the heart of some of the mighty Peatbog Faeries. Tom Oakes is a multi award winning guitarist and flautist who as well as being a founder member of the genre defying Auvo Quartet is also known for his work as a solo flautist and in his power trio OBT. Their debut album ‘Fiddle and Guitar’ was released at Celtic Connections last year and was shortlisted for ‘Album of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2017. ‘Gleaming with musicianship. Exquisite’ – **** The Guardian. ‘Funky guitar and flash fiddling, exhausting and energising in parallel’ – The Living Tradition. ‘Brooding and melancholic, fast and furious, delicate and reflective and much more besides’ – Bright Young Folk. 

 

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

Bicton Street Blues - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 8.30pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Bicton Street Blues is fronted by popular bluesman Dave Gwilliam accompanied by talented multi-instrumentalist Olly Davy. Dave originally fronted Laughing Gravy and the Fourbeats and Olly has played in a variety of folk, and blues bands including the Junkyard Angels. Tonight they will be playing a set featuring lots of raunchy rock and blues.

Spring ceilidh with Mrs Midnight’s - Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter, EX3 0HF - 8.00pm - 11.30pm - £8.00 on the door/£6.00 concessions or in advance
For more information email or telephone 07920 537200. Proceeds in aid of Friends of Topsham School

Charlie Dore & Julian Littman - The Flavel, Flavel Place, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9ND - 7.30pm. Tickets £15.00 Box Office telephone 01803 839530 or book online at website

A very special evening of eclectic, contemporary folk as Charlie Dore, one of the UK’s most respected songwriters teams up with multi-instrumentalist Julian Littman of Steeleye Span to share her brand new album, Dark Matter. The new collection promises a fast moving show as the pair swap guitars, mandolin, harmonium, ukulele, piano and autoharp as well as introducing some new and different flavours to shine a very personal light on her mysterious subject matter. They’ll also dip into favourites from the past 6 albums as well as sharing original acoustic versions of hits Charlie has written for others. They may even play a version of Pilot of the Airwaves if we ask nicely…

Sound Of The Sirens - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 7.30pm - £12.00+ Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website

A brand new album from the BBC Folk Awards winners.
Exeter-based duo Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood dovetail beautifully on their debut album, For All Our Sins, a beguiling acoustic pop collection replete with lyrical sensibility. The new album was released on 26 May 2017 to wide praise including from R2 Magazine who called it a “stunning debut collection”. The girls appeared on ITV’s Weekend show with Aled Jones and have enjoyed radio play of their first single “Smokescreen” on BBC Radio 2.

Already championed by Chris Evans – who declared himself “blown away” when he heard Sound of the Sirens for the first time, and subsequently invited them to perform alongside U2 and Take That on TFI Friday last year – and more recently Jeremy Vine who declared them “a revelation” after seeing them live – they’re certain to broaden a burgeoning fan base on the back of For All Our Sins.

Their live shows, which combine a natural facility for connecting with their audiences and unforgettable performances with warmth, humour and, above all, real conviction. This is true whether Sound of the Sirens are playing the intimate environs of Exeter Cathedral, before tens of thousands at the Isle of Wight Festival or supporting Rick Astley on his UK arena tour.

‘For All Our Sins’ is out now on DMF Records on CD, Vinyl and Digital.

 

SONG - Exeter Folk and Acoustic Music Club - Guest - Cosgrave and Banks - 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).
For more information andticket enquiries email telephone 01392 210983 or go to FaceBook page.
Steve and Mike, from Devon, both come from different musical backgrounds and share different musical tastes, which reflects in their repertoire. They have now become an established duo, performing the length and breadth of Britain. Individually, Steve is a member of Maddy Prior's Carnival Band and Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band and has formerly been in the Celtic Folk/Rock band, Chanter and began as a classical violinist for both the London Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
Mike Cosgrave has performed, recorded and toured with Jackie Oates and has also been involved with Jackie Leven, the band Sin 'e, Reg Meuross and Nick Scott. Their current album, Warp And Weft has been me with great critical acclaim. They are superb musicians and together they weave together a clever blend of folk, world, jazz and classical styles.

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 

Sunday 29 April
Rosa Rebecka + DCHQ - Ipplepen Village Hall, Newton Abbot TQ12 5SB - 5.0pm - Tickets £8.00 reserved advance, £10,00 on the door: Email
Swedish/American folk singer Rosa Rebecka with her backing group The Resonance; sharing the bill is an a cappella singing quartet (DCHQ) singing an eclectic mix from folk to Elvis.
Budapest Cafe Orchestra - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY - 7.30pm - Tickets £12.50. Go to website for more information. SOLD OUT
"The finest purveyors of Balkan music this side of a Lada scrap heap." We possibly need say no more! Don't be fooled, the Budapest Café Orchestra isn't really an orchestra and nor are they from Budapest - just four spectacularly talented and entertaining musicians playing Balkan, Jewish and Russian traditional gypsy and folk music - prepare to be energized...and thoroughly entertained!
Daniela - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website

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

Paddy’s Whiskers - The Boathouse, Marine Drive, Preston Sands, Paignton TQ3 2NJ - 2.30pm - Free entry
The Paignton based Irish/Celtic/American band play a mixture of fiddle led Irish jigs and reels for dancing, banjo driven bluegrass numbers, and Scottish tunes on border bagpipes. The whole band sing and at a Whiskers gig you’ll hear well known favourites from the folk tradition, together with a few original songs and tunes written by the band.

Tables may be booked on 01803 665066. More information from website  or telephone Andrew 07514064558.

Eric Bibb - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 7.30pm - £23.00+ - Standing - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website

The soulful and tender blues singer performs with his band. Eric Bibbs’s latest album Migration Blues has been hailed as his best ever, mostly written by Eric , it also features covers of Bob Dylan’s Masters of War, Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land and closes with the traditional spiritual Mornin’ Train. He is without peer with his unique interpretation of soulful and gos

Regular events 5th Sunday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club - Jez Lowe and Steve Tilston - Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HF. 8.00pm - £12.00 advance/£14.00 on the door
Steve Tilston and Jez Lowe, two of the UK acoustic/folk scene’s finest songwriters join forces for a series of concerts filled with songs and music, chat and banter and intimate insights into their approach to their craft. Listen in as they rekindle the spontaneity of their late-night living-room song swaps. Questions, answers, anecdotes and anarchy and a very special evening of music.
SONG - Folk on the Moor - Book by email
SONG/STORYTELLING - Tradewinds
Monday 30 September