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Wednesday 1 August
 
Regular events 1st Wednesday
Thursday 2 August

Bicton Session Night - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 8.30pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
An evening of impromptu acoustic folk music performed by a throng of musicians. The session will include lots of jolly jigs, polkas, waltzes, reels and airs performed on a variety of acoustic instruments. If you sing or play come along and join in.

Jonathan Stafford - 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.
Often compared to the songwriting style of Damien Rice, and compared with the vocal elasticicty of Jeff Buckley, Haunt the Woods frontman, Jon Stafford will be joining us for a night of new original solo material, with preparation for his first solo record well under way, this is a chance to get a first glimpse of some of his new songs. You can also expect to hear 1 or 2 stripped back renditions of Haunt the Woods songs as well.

"Perhaps most strikingly of all is the phenomenal vocal range of Jonathan Stafford. From a quiet, nearly inaudible whisper to his powerful and impassioned moments, he bewitches everybody present with his talent" 
Regular events 1st Thursday
Friday 3 August

World Unlimited - Sarah Savoy Band - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £13.75+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
From a legendary traditional music family from Louisiana Sarah Savoy with band is guaranteed to conjure up images of smoky bars, dangerous men and women, beer and cigarettes, dance and the heady inspirational eras of Louisiana music. Born and raised in Savoy, Louisiana, in a family considered “Cajun royalty”, father, Marc, makes the Acadian brand accordion, considered to be the finest single-row diatonic in the world; mother, Ann, wrote the reference on Cajun music, “Cajun Music:, A Reflection of a People”

Also a certified chef and has been executive chef of three different restaurants in Paris, she’s published a cookbook on Cajun food, “The Savoy Kitchen: A Family History of Cajun Food” and has performed cooking demonstrations around the world, including the US, England,She’s  led conferences in both English and French on the history of Louisiana’s francophones, the history of the accordion in Louisiana music, and Louisiana culture and folklore.

Playing music from the heart of Cajun country and damn fine too. Sarah Savoy has been referred to as a “Louisiana singer with hell-raising credentials”, singing and playing as multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, doing mostly traditional Cajun music, spiced with a fairly rough rock-n-roll attitude then toned back a bit by country ballads and blues, covers by Johnny Paycheck and George Jones, and then simmering all that down with some sexy Zydeco numbers.

From accordion to guitar to washboard or triangle, Sarah’s vocal style has been compared to that of Patsy Cline, Patti Smith and Wanda Jackson, her musicians are all multi-instrumentalists as well and thoroughly enjoy switching around on stage.

 

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

Thorns at Dawn - 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. Thorns At Dawn are a 4 piece local band from the southwest, Alternative, folk, rock with a bluesy feel. For a while each member has been solo performing in amongst the musical talent in the area and after collaborating at a few different music venues and liking the tones they heard, decided to form up as Thorns At Dawn. 
With easy to listen to lyrics embellishing our natural world, alick sweeping bass lines, up and flair drums & the rustic vocals of Louis Thorne infused with harmonies of Bethany Chadd. Up beat originals, and ‘own take’ covers.
They are certainly a New band with a New sound! One worth having a listen to this Summer!
Tavern Night: Medieval Partying - Dartington International Summer School & Festival - Great Hall, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6EL - 5.15pm Tickets £10.00 - Students and under 16's £5.00. Go to website for more information and tickets
What better way to kick off our folk and poetry programme this week than the award winning poet, historian and broadcaster Katrina Porteous. Specialising on the theme of ‘nature’ in its widest sense, and ‘place’ in its deepest, Katrina was born in Aberdeen, and has lived on the Northumberland coast since 1987; she is best known for her innovative radio-poetry. Katrina is a particularly strong performer of her own work, collaborating with traditional and electronic musicians; today she’ll read from her recent collection Two Countries, together with folk fiddler Alexis Bennett.

Folk fiddler Alexis Bennett has years of experience as a ceilidh caller, and has performed widely with early music ensembles, including the Dufay Collective, Florilegium and Horses Brawl, appearing at Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Cadogan Hall. He has performed live on In Tune and The Early Music Show (BBC Radio 3), Front Row (BBC Radio 4), and Classic FM.
Sidmouth Folk Week
Saturday 4 August
Guy Somefield - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website

Popular singer/songwriter Guy Somerfield performs unique renditions of covers and original songs featuring strident vocal, vibrant 12 string guitar and harmonica playing. Guy will be playing a mix of folk, rock and pop ballads together with some of his own brilliant songs.

Wizz Jones - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 8..0pm - Full £12.00 - Supporter £8.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

"Inspired by hearing Big Bill Broonzy and Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Wizz Jones learnt his guitar licks from the likes of Davy Graham and Long John Baldry whilst playing in the coffee bars of London's Soho in the late 1950's. He then followed the time-honoured buskers' trail from the streets of Paris to the markets of Marrakech during the early 1960's and returned to Britain with a unique acoustic guitar style, an eclectic repertoire and a 'right hand worthy of Broonzy'!
John Renbourn, Clapton and Keith Richards have all named him as an important early influence and in May 2012 Bruce Springsteen opened his Berlin show with Wizz's song 'When I Leave Berlin'. After more than 50 years 'on the road' Wizz continues to tour on the Acoustic Folk and Blues circuit.

We are delighted to have secured a date on Wizz's annual pilgrimage to the South West!

 

Sidmouth Folk Week
Sunday 5 August
Martin Weller - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website

The ever popular 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 he will be performing a selection of rock and pop classics together with some of his own amazing songs.

Katrina Porteous spoken poetry with Alexis Bennett folk fiddle. Dartington International Summer School & Festival - Great Hall, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6EL - 10.00pm Go to website for more information

Harbottle & Jonas - Dartington International Summer School & Festival - Great Hall, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6EL - 7.45pm Central Rake (Downstairs) £20.00 | Students & U16 £10.00 Side Benches (Balcony & Downstairs) £15.00 | Students & U16 £7.50. Go to website for more information and tickets. Freya Jonas voice and melodeon, David Harbottle voice and guitar.

 

Sidmouth Folk Week
Monday 6 August
Sidmouth Folk Week
Tuesday 7 August
Sidmouth Folk Week
Wednesday 8 August
Sidmouth Folk Week
Regular events 2nd Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - No dance this week
Thursday 9 August
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 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.

Reg Meuross with Anna Tanvir - Parish Church, Church Lane, Sidmouth EX10 8LG - 5.30pm - . Tickets £10.00+ advance from WeGotTickets £12.00 door, £5.00 for Sidmouth Folk Week pass holders. All profits to Gateway Homelessness Action Group .
This year he is raising funds for Gateway, for the homeless and those who are vulnerably housed. Mark Radcliffe described Reg as a “brilliant singer songwriter and true troubadour with a social conscience,” writing songs which comment bravely on life as he sees it, bringing wide-ranging stories, from the ravages of austerity and the injustice of the plight of refugees to some of most beautifully disarming lyrics ever written, and for this reason the church and Gateway are very excited to link up with him in this way.

As I Walked Out One Morning - Dartington International Summer School & Festival - Great Hall, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6EL - 5.15pm - Tickets are FREE but please book. Go to website for more information.

David Harbottle and Freya Jonas directors, Sally Davies conductor, Paul Hutchinson accordion, Alexis Bennett fiddle, Dartington Folk Choir and Instrumentalists. Some of the most exciting musicians working in folk music and folk poetry present this concert of specially created work for singers and instrumentalists.

Pagoda Project - Dartington International Summer School & Festival - Great Hall, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6EL - 10.00pm - Tickets £10.00 - Students and under 16's £5.00.. Go to website for more information.
Created by Paul Hutchinson (piano accordion) and Karen Wimhurst (clarinets) to evolve their fusion sound, Pagoda Project brings together a unique blend of traditional folk music with jazz improvisation to create a warm and dynamic sound.

 

Sidmouth Folk Week

Fred’s House - Otterton Mill, Otterton, nr Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 7HG - 8.00pm Tickets £17.50 - including a glass of Mill Punch (price covers the music only) Visit website

Fred’s House, winners of the Syd Barrett Pride of Cambridge Award 2017, are an award winning band based in Cambridge. They make summery, 70's West Coast inspired folk/rock but have their own distinctively fresh sound that is very much part of now. Maverick Magazine “Harmonies soar like a nightingale recalling the very best of Poco and CSN, but this music belongs to Fred’s House ... terrific.” 

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

The concerts take place in the Mill’s outside courtyard, 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).

Regular events 2nd Thursday
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
MUSIC - Brixham Blues - BBT2 Garry Smith and Stuart Cumberpatch - Brixham Blues BBT2, Old Coaching Inn, Fore Street, Brixham TQ5 8AG
A unique evening of slide and lap-steel guitar playing from two masters of the technique: Garry “the Slide Guy” Smith and Stuart “Marshcat” Cumberpatch. Garry, who has recently moved to Bridport, plays slide guitar on his Style 1 National Resophonic tricone. Garry’s self-appointed mission is to take slide guitar and its associated open tunings out of the Mississippi Delta “out of the ghetto and into the wider world”. Sharing the bill – Stuart “Marshcat” Cumberpatch, equally obsessive but in his case dedicated to keeping slide guitar firmly in the 1920s and 1930s blues ghetto, with occasional forays into gospel, hokum and Hawaiian music, played on original National guitars from the same era. 
SONG - Totnes Folk Song Club - singers night
Friday 10 August
Fred’s House - 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. Fred’s House make summery 70’s West Coast inspired folk/rock but have their own distinctively fresh sound that is very much part of now. This group of musicians have the rare ability to sweep you away with their gorgeous harmonies, moving lyrics, infectious melodies and uplifting grooves.
Richard Thompson - Princess Theatre Torquay, Torbay Road,Torquay,TQ2 5EZ - 7.30pm. Tickets from £26.25 go to website for tickets and more information.

Richard Thompson is one of this country's greatest songwriters and most distinctive guitar virtuosos, capable of breathtaking drama and sublime delicacy, prompting Rolling Stone to hail him as 'a perennial dark-horse contender for the title of greatest living rock guitarist.' His songs have been covered by everyone from Alison Krauss to Robert Plant.

This date is part of a national tour linked to the September release of his new album 13 Rivers, which features the Electric Trio – his most thrilling and adventurous band

Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - Dartington International Summer School & Festival - Great Hall, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6EL - 10.00pm - Tickets £10.00 - Students and under 16's £5.00. Go to website for more information.
The final night party celebrating this week's folk themes, with caller Alexis Bennett and the Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band. Bring your dancing shoes!
41st Dartmoor Folk Festival
Sidmouth Folk Week
Saturday 11 August
Steve Graham - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU. 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website

All the way from sunny Beer, 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.

41st Dartmoor Folk Festival
Regular events 2nd Saturday
SONG - Open night Shammick Acoustic - Closed this week for Combe Martin carnival
Sunday 12 August
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU. Go to Bicton Inn website

The Crow Puppets - 5.00pm
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.

Exmouth Irish Session - 8.30pm. Irish musician Fanchea McKinley invites you to enjoy an evening of lively and evocative music from the Emerald Isle when she hosts her regular Sunday night 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.

41st Dartmoor Folk Festival
Monday 13 August
 
Tuesday 14 August
 
Wednesday 15 August
 
Thursday 16 August
Unplugged Open Mic Night - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 8.30pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
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.
Alex Hart - 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. A special solo show from much sought-after local country singer
Regular events 3rd Thursday
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
Friday 17 August
Beautiful Days Festival
Regular events 3rd Friday
Saturday 18 August
Reefs of Moonshine - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website

Enjoy an afternoon of very chilled music in the company of acoustic duo Reefs of Moonshine. Lisa’s angelic voice is beautifully complemented by Nick’s intricate guitar playing to create a very polished sound. The duo will perform their own arrangements of popular melodic songs....drawn from the worlds of folk, country and soul music.

Chris Hoban - St Pancras Church, Widecombe in the Moor - 7.30pm. Tickets £10.00 Contact Daf Edwards email or telephone 07957 280129 for details
One of the leading songwriters in the folk tradition in the South West and enjoying a growing reputation as a solo performer and multi-instrumentalist, accompanying himself on guitar, piano accordion, mandocello or 'cello. He also makes regular appearances in folk clubs and festivals with the West Country folk musicians Steve Knightley, Phil Beer, Miranda Sykes, Jim Causley, Geoff Lakeman, Phil Henry & Hannah Martin. He regularly writes songs for Show of Hands - Katrina, The Old Lych Way, The Lily and the Rose, for example - has featured on a number of their albums and joined them on their recent autumn tour, “Sanctuary”, performing in the cathedrals of Britain. This show includes a section called "1918" which is a series of songs (some of which have been recorded by Show of Hands, Miranda Sykes and others) telling untold stories from the Great War, many of them with local connections. Chris performs up to a dozen songs intermingled with stories and anecdotes. He will be supported and in some instances backed by the Widecombe Singers!
Beautiful Days Festival
Sunday 19 August
Joe Whibley & Jacob Hillman - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
An afternoon in the company of virtuoso rock guitarist Joe Whibley and dynamic keyboard player, singer/songwriter Jacob Hillman when they bring you their unique interpretations of popular rock classics and songs from artists as diverse as the Scissor Sisters, System of a Down, Alt-J, and David Bowie, together with some brilliant originals
Beautiful Days Festival
Monday 20 August
Hayseed Dixie - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - 8.00pm - £15.00+ - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website

Is there really such a thing as a hillbilly band covering rock classics? You betcha. They are called Hayseed Dixie and they play Rockgrass.

Barley Scotch is on lead vocals, fiddle and guitar. The Reverend Don-Wayne Reno is on banjo, Deacon Dale Reno is on mandolin and guitar and Jake ‘Bakesnake’ Byers is on acoustic bass. Hayseed Dixie are an awesome live band, who have, to date, released 9 albums. The latest, Killer Grass was released in 2010. A live DVD entitled No Sleep ’til Liverpool is also available.

Songs by artists such as Kiss, Outkast, Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith get the Rockgrass treatment, but the band play original songs too. – numbers such as Moonshiner’s DaughterKirby Hill and Blind Beggar Breakdown raise the roof at live shows. Hayseed Dixie songs cover the four key elements of any song worth playing; – Drinkin’, Cheatin’, Killin’ and Hell! – The band also recorded an album of rocked-up bluegrass classics, called *Choose Your Own Title using the name The Kerosene Brothers.

Brothers Dale Reno and Don–Wayne Reno are the sons of bluegrass maestro Don Reno, who wrote many hits, including Dueling Banjos, and the band even once played at a house-warming party for AC/DC bass player Cliff Williams.

Beware of instrumental cover tracks mis-tagged as ‘Hayseed Dixie’! (often from the Pickin’ On… series of albums.)… as Barley Scotch has said, “If a song’s got word’s we’ll sing ’em!” – A full list of albums and tracks can be found at the band’s website.

 

Tuesday 21 August
 
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
Wednesday 22 August
Vic Shepherd & John Bowden - Church of Our Lady, Upton Pyne nr Exeter EX5 5JA - 7.00pm - Tickets £7.50 from Linda Findlay telephone 01392 841402 or email
A rare chance in the South West to hear Sheffield musicians John Bowden & Vic Shepherd who have a long connection with the Grenoside Sword Dancers and traditional music in Ecclesfield and Grenoside. They sing English songs as well as North American and Canadian variants, either in unaccompanied harmony or with Anglo concertina, melodeon and jew's harp. For many years they had a dance band, Nine Daies Wonder, and were members of Sheafknot, Sheffield's one and only shanty and maritime group. Their two CDs, A Motty Down and Still Waters, have been receiving enthusiastic reviews. John’s family used to farm near Upton Pyne and two relatives are named on the village war memorial. They were lads who looked after the war horses in WW1 and John will be singing Home Lads Home!, a 1916 poem put to music, in their memory. Bar, delicious interval refreshments. All proceeds to the maintenance of the beautiful Grade 1 listed village church.
Regular events 4th Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club No dance this week
SONG - Lympstone Folk, Roots and Acoustic
Thursday 23 August
House Concert: The Corn Potato String Band - Hatch Court, Churchstow - 8.30pm - Doors 7.00pm. To reserve seats call 07730 921192 or email
All the way from the USA, the Corn Potato String Band has achieved high praise in traditional American music, keeping old time fiddle and banjo music from a one-way trip to the dustbins of history. Theirs is a story of struggle, hard knocks and triumph. Essentially unable to cope with modern life, the members of this band are outcasts of society who survive by playing the lost music of the flatlands where they were raised. No tickets, just donations on the door. No bar so BYO.
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 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.

Flats & Sharps - Otterton Mill, Otterton, nr Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 7HG - 8.00pm Tickets £17.50 - including a glass of Mill Punch (price covers the music only) Visit website

Following on from their highly successful first appearance, Flats and Sharps will again be blurring the lines between Bluegrass, Folk, Country & Pop, performing their own highly original songs as well as their renditions of Bluegrass classics.

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

The concerts take place in the Mill’s outside courtyard, 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).

Regular 4th Thursday
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
Friday 24 August
46th Cornwall Folk Festival
Regular events 4th Friday
Saturday 25 August

Vikki Clayton - Support Steam Driven Thing - Culmstock Village Hall, Millmoor, Culmstock, EX15 3HF - 7.30pm. Tickets £10.00 available from 01884 842553 or 07991521448.

In aid of SOS Romanian Rescues Southwest

 

Malcolm Horton, Dave Ward & Russell Perkins (Papaphone) - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website

A fabulous triple bill featuring three of Exmouth’s most popular and talented singer/musicians in an acoustic showdown. They’ll be performing well known songs from the 60s to the present day, together will some brilliant originals.

Waterloo Sunset - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 9.00pm - admission £3.00 Free with a B-Card - Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information.
Devon/Cornwall based duo playing guitars, banjo, percussion and singing harmony vocals. With a combined musical heritage of nearly a century, they have been gigging together for nearly 30 years. They sing & play 60s - Kinks, Beatles, Stones, Dylan, Byrds, Simon & Garfunkel - and Bluegrass, plus Celtic Folk Rock and their own material. And your requests. Between them, Tony and Sue will know most of them... and they are crazy enough to give any song a try!
The Darkside of Pink Floyd - The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ - 8.00pm - Tickets £16.50 advance/£18.00 on the door - seated. For more information and tickets telephone 01404 384050 or go to website

The Darkside of Pink Floyd are a touring band dedicated to the accurate reproduction of the best Pink Floyd LIVE performances, ranging from the critically acclaimed Pulse Tour (1993) to awesome individual tracks such as ‘Echoes’ taken from David Gilmour’s 2006 “On an Island” tour and ‘Mother’ from Roger Waters “The Wall” tour of 2010/2011.

They are a regular feature at major National music venues, festivals and theatres. Coupled with an amazing and atmospheric light and video show, be prepared for an unforgettable, emotional 2½ hour rollercoaster ride!

“... took you to planet Floyd and kept you there ... “ Lemonrock

“… the best tribute of all for one of the world’s  greatest groups … “ The North Devon Journal

“… music and visuals brought a lump to the throat …”  This is South Devon (Kents Cavern Gig)

 

46th Cornwall Folk Festival
Regular events 4th Saturday

SONG - Shammick Acoustic - Quicksilver  
Probably one of the most eclectic acts ever to perform at Shammick Acoustic, and it’s been far too long since they did! Hilary Spencer trained at the Royal Northern College of Music, and has one of the most staggering voices ever to be heard on the British acoustic scene, with a breath-taking range of tone and mood. Previously known as ‘the voice’ of award-winning a capella trio Artisan, she also works with the Mrs Ackroyd Trio, performing the musical works of the renowned comedy poet Les Barker. Grant Baynham became a household name with his five years as resident performer on the ‘That’s Life!’ TV programme with Esther Rantzen. A formidable songwriter and guitarist, his energy and enthusiasm create a high-powered performance in virtually every genre imaginable, from Django Reinhardt to Bach. With the pair’s supreme sense of the ridiculous, and their polished musical skill, their partnership creates entertainment which is second to none. As Ned Sherrin said, it’s ‘comic song touched with gold’!
 

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 26 August

Paddy’s Whiskers - The Boathouse, Preston Sands, Marine Drive, Paignton TQ3 2NJ - Live music starts at 2:30pm and entrance is free.
Paignton based Irish/Celtic/American band Paddy's Whiskers 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. If it’s not raining, then the gig will be on the beautiful terrace overlooking Preston Beach. The venue is very family friendly.

For more information go to website or telephone Andrew on 07514064558.

 

The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU. Go to Bicton Inn website
Bicton Street Blues - 5.00pm
Stalwarts of throbbing rock and blues, Bicton Street Blues features 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 enjoy an evening of lively and evocative music from the Emerald Isle when she hosts her regular Sunday night 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.

Eddi Reader - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - 8.00pm - £20.00+ - Seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

Known for her work with Fairground Attraction and her enduring solo career, what sets this three-time BRIT Awards winner apart is the depth of her emotional live performances.
Constant touring with her band has created a magical organic chemistry between Eddi and her players, and the results of this relationship can be found on her most recent release.
From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings joyous life to all forms of song. Her taste in co-writers, writers, songs and players is impeccable and anything with her name on it is a guaranteed musical treasure. The perfection of her technique, her ability to move the listener, and connect her experience to that of her audience, is widely acknowledged. She has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers.

Okey Folky - Singers, musicians, poets, step-dancers and audience members all welcome!
46th Cornwall Folk Festival
Monday 27 August
46th Cornwall Folk Festival
Regular events 4th Monday
Tuesday 28 August
 
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
Wednesday 29 August

The Barley & Vine First Acoustic Music Night - The Barley & Vine, 121 East Street, South Molton, EX36 3BU. Doors open 7.00pm, start around 7.30pm until 10.30pm. We welcome all musical styles and levels of ability - bring your instrument and/or voice, and join in the fun! We offer cask ales, local cider & quality wines and a comfortable, cosy ambience for discerning customers. Thereafter, every 4th Wednesday of the month. Contact: Dave Telephone 07553 072074 or email

Ellie Gowers - 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.
Hailing from the centre of England, Ellie is embarking on her fist tour down south to share her music in a place very close to her heart. At 21, Ellie yields powerful songs with thought-provoking themes. Embedding heavy lyrical inspiration from the early greats like Joni Mitchell, Ellie has produced her own folk-driven contemporary style. Fans of Laura Marling and John Martyn will enjoy listening. 2017 was a great year for Ellie with lots of support from BBC Introducing and the release of her debut EP.
Regular events 5th Wednesday
Thursday 30 August
Event to be announced - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 8.30pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Regular events 5th Thursday
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
Friday 31 August

Rory McLeod (Solo concert) - America Hall, Pinhoe Community Centre, De La Rue Way, Pinhoe, Exeter, EX4 8PX - Doors 7.30pm - concert starts 8.00pm. Tickets £15.00 on the door or £12.00 or £10.00 (+ booking fee) in advance from WeGotTickets. Ticket enquiries - 07903 125606 or email. Bar and free car parking. Rhythmic storyteller, multi-instrumentalist,
…telling unpalatable truths about broken hearts…social injustice…in songs, that are percussive, bold, lyrical, deeply personal …and have an unexpected edge to them, accompanied by spoons, harmonica, guitar, trombone and-tap-dancing shoes.
RORY McLEOD - An ex-circus clown and fire eater is a one-man-soul-band, and poet. He has a natural troubadour's talent for weaving magical, musical, storytelling spells accompanied by his own bizarre solo orchestra of distinctive instruments. The spoons, finger-cymbals, bandorea, Djembe-drum, harmonica, guitar, trombone and-tap-dancing shoes accompany the "rich, raw, deep and resonant" voice of this "singular and liberating performer." "Expect the unexpected."
McLEOD - is a musical Gypsy, his eccentric melodies are infused with influences from Flamenco to Country blues, through to Celtic, East European and Calypso rhythms creating a style of music and songwriting that has been described as "Intimate, revealing, political and powerful."
"When he sings his songs he will take you on a journey with him."
"Poetry and dance-stories with verve, sharpness, humour and warmth about people and for people."
"Great songs to dance to, infectious rhythms, flying harmonica!

 

Luke Daniels and Nancy Kerr - 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 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

Two of the British Folk scene’s top performers team up for a limited number of exclusive shows to perform their own and each other’s music.

Since Daniels’ landmark solo statement What’s Here What’s Gone in 2014, he’s put down several more markers on the musical map. Revolve and Rotate had him transporting the 19th century’s closest thing to hi-fi, the giant steel discs of the polyphon, to modern transcription, in what was a fascinating evening at Calstock Arts. All of this, in the context of a career playing melodeon for acts like Jethro Tull and Riverdance.

Nancy Kerr is one of the most celebrated Folk musicians of her generation. To date she has won no less than six BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards including Folk Singer of the Year in 2015.

This new duo show promises to be a stunning mix of contemporary Folk music and inspired instrumental virtuosity.

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