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Friday 1 December

Bicton Street Blues - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 9.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website Enjoy an evening ofrock and blues greats with The Bicton Street Blues. BSB is fronted by Exmouth bluesman Dave Gwilliam accompanied by talented multi-instrumentalist Olly Davy. Dave originally fronted Laughing Gravy and the Fourbeats and Olly has played in numerous bands including the Junkyard Angels.

ROSAFRESCA - Music from the Time of Ferdinand and Isabella - United Free Church, Fore Street, Totnes TQ9 5RU, 7.30pm (doors open 7.00pm). Tickets £12.00, under 18s £5.00, available from the Dartington Box Office - Telephone 01803 847070 - website and on the door.
Travel back to Spain in c1520 as Rosafresca perform songs and dances from the Palace Song book, the magnificent collection of over 400 songs known as El Cancionero de Palacio complied for Queen Isabella of Spain. From the political, religious and pastoral to the amorous and downright bawdy, most are known as villancicos and would have been performed originally by peasants in village festivities. 

Singer Hayley Guest joins the three members of Rosafresca who play an array of period instruments, including vihuela, recorders, percussion and cello.

See website for full details on all Totnes Early Music society concerts and membership

Show of Hands - with special guest Kirsty Merryn - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ- Final date on the Autumn 2017 Cathedrals Tour. For tickets telephone 01395 222477 or visit website
Following on from their Cathedrals Tour, it has become tradition for Show of Hands to finish off with a grand finale at Exmouth Pavilions…….
In 2010 Show of hands embarked on their ‘Spires and Beams’ sell-out tour of churches and ancient buildings. Now, seven years later they are bringing their multi-instrumental virtuosity and haunting harmonies back some of our most beautiful Cathedrals such as Salisbury, Wells and Chichester. With a lighting and sound system especially designed to enhance the ambience and acoustics of these iconic venues this is a chance to enjoy England’s most popular acoustic trio in some of her best loved spaces.
Show of Hands are undeniably one of the strongest current forces in acoustic music – England’s finest and most popular roots partnership and something of a “people’s band”, regularly voicing the hopes, fears and life stories of scores of people in song. Joined by Miranda Sykes on double bass they are widely recognised for their resonating original songs, stunning musicianship and remarkable audience rapport.

Kirsty Merryn is a London-based singer-songwriter whose music is heavily anchored in the folk tradition. Kirsty has become a regular on London’s folk scene, delighting the crowds with her delicately introspective piano based songs and sophisticated musical style, which are balanced beautifully by an intimate and finely observational lyrical content. 

In 2015 after being discovered by Steve Knightley from Show of Hands she received national airplay on BBC Radio 6 Music and in 2016 opened the main stage at Sidmouth Folk Week. Kirsty is currently working on her debut album, a collection of stories about inspirational women, with funding from the English Folk Dance and Song Society, and produced by award-winning Gerry Diver (Sam Lee, Lisa Knapp, The Speech Project), which will be released in 2017.
Saturday 2 December

Devonbird - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
You are going to love this lively session featuring original songs together with rousing traditional jigs and reels. Through their songs Devonbird will tell you the tales of Devonshire witches, highwaymen, shipwrecks, murder and love. Nominated for the Southwest Folk awards in 2016, Devonbird has performed to massive acclaim at numerous prestigious folk festivals throughout the UK and their music has featured on radio stations throughout the world.

Emily Maguire - The George Hotel, 1 Broad St, South Molton EX36 3AB - 8.00pm - Full £12.00 - Concession £10.00 - Supporter £8.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
A classically-trained multi-instrumentalist with five albums and two books to her name, Emily Maguire is truly “a talent to be reckoned with” (R2 Magazine), her strong, thought-provoking lyrics, supremely expressive vocals and spellbinding live performances winning her fans across the globe.  After 2 years unable to play her instruments due to chronic tendonitis in her arms, Emily is now back with a hauntingly beautiful new album ‘A Bit Of Blue’, a new book of poetry, and a stunning new show.

 

Jess Morgan & Kitty Macfarlane - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL - 8.00pm - Tickets £10.00 in advance £12.00 on the door. Tickets and more information on South Devon Music website
Jess Morgan from Norwich and Kitty Macfarlane from Somerset, are touring together in December 2017. Jess Morgan is a songwriter’s songwriter. A cerebral storyteller – she takes her cue from roots music and contemporary and upfront British voices like Billy Bragg and storytellers from across the Atlantic like Rod Picot and Gretchen Peters. Kitty Macfarlane is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Somerset. Her lyrics combine honest snapshots of humanity with the bigger questions that have connected minds and voices for centuries.
DANCE - Bideford Celidh Club Ceilidh with The Pigeon Swing, Northam Hall, Fore St, Northam, Bideford EX39 1AN - 7.30pm - 11.00pm. For more information telephone 01237  476632
Bridport Ceilidhs featuring Jigs for Gigs with Jane Thomas calling at Church House (St Mary's) Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW - 7.30 - 11.00pm dance.
Soft drinks provided; bring a bottle, bring finger food snacks to share, bring a friend “ bring two! “ and make a party of it!   Tickets in advance from Bridport Music Shop, South Street and Lime Tree Deli, West Street, or telephone organiser Monty 01308 423442 or email.
See website for more information
Sunday 3 December

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

Plough Storytelling Circle - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 2.30pm - 5.30pm £4.00/session. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Be part of an informal adult group coming together to enjoy the oral tradition of storytelling - we ‘tell’ rather than read. Come to share a tale or just to listen. All welcome from the wildly experienced to absolute beginners and the merely curious.

The London Klezmer Quartet - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 7.30pm - Full £14.00 - Concession £12.00 - Supporter £10.00  
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Enjoy the celebratory and soulful music of Jewish eastern Europe - and beyond - with the London Klezmer Quartet. The group’s spirited and soulful performances of new and old melodies on violin, clarinet, accordion and double bass, and their tales of musicians' lives and times, will take you on an unforgettable musical journey. 

“Dynamic and authentic” (Time Out)

 

Regular events 1st Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor - Mrs Ackroyd - We decided on a lighthearted build-up to Christmas (see the next paragraph too!) by booking 2 very, very funnyacts to finish the year, both underpinned by outstanding musicianship. Mrs Ackroyd comprises the stunning vocals of Hilary Spencer and Alison Younger with keyboard maestro Chris Harvey, all interpreting the clever, zany lyrics of Les Barker - an act like no other. Book by email
Monday 4 December

World Unlimited - Rosa Rebecka with Jo Hooper and the Exeter Lucia Singers - 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
Acclaimed Swedish singer/songwriter Rosa Rebecka with an evening of acoustic music and scandi folk to delight the ears. Drawing together such diverse influences as medieval troubadours, traditional Jewish and Swedish music, and the singers and songwriters of the sixties folk revival, her thoughtful and emotional lyrics are sung with a spine-tinglingly clear voice that often draws comparisons to Joni Mitchell or Joan Baez. Her haunting vocals are paired with the lush harmonies of Jo Hooper’s cello, performing a plethora of sensitively composed and passionately performed original songs. Support: Exeter Lucia singers, who will treat the audience to a candle-lit Scandinavian St Lucia procession. This magical winter tradition sees white robed singers perform seasonal Swedish songs, bringing light, hope and harmony to the midwinter gloom. “A lyrical, sundappled and golden voice, tinged with a hint of steely moonlight” BBC Music

 

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

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Tuesday 5 December

Barb Jungr sings Bob Dylan - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 8.00pm - Full £16.00 - Concession £16.00 - Supporter £15.00  
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Known for her passionate singing, subtle arrangements, and great humour, Barb Jungr is the definitive performer of one of the great musical icons of the 20th century, Bob Dylan. Variously described by critics as magnificent, mesmerizing and magical, Barb Jungr has built a formidable reputation as an international live performer and recording artiste.

 

Regular events 1st Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Gill Spence - Amycrofters
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
DANCE - Fraddon Folk Dance Club (Cornwall)
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - open night
Wednesday 6 December
 
Regular events 1st Wednesday
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club - Halsway Manor - Jane Thomas - Friendly Folk
Thursday 7 December
Bicton Folk Session - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 8.30pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
An evening of impromptu acoustic music performed by some of East Devon’s amazing folk musicians. The session usually includes 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

St Agnes Fountain - ‘The Christmas Concert' - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 8TA. 7.30pm - Tickets £18.00 advance £25.00 on the door if available. Box office 01803 882717. For more information and tickets go to website.

The band that gives Christmas songs a respectful kicking. They bring sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of your favourite Christmas tunes both original and those you know so well (or thought you did). Great musical talent, wit and invention in the form of founder member, David Hughes, Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention) and Chris While & Julie Matthews (Radio 2 Folk Award Winners). They have brought joy, laughter and a few tears to every concert performance for the last 16 years. Christmas, as they say, starts with St Agnes Fountain.

Friday 8 December
'Tales by the Teign' storytelling evening - The Oystercatcher's Cafe, Northumberland Place, Teignmouth TQ14 8DD - 8.00pm Free.

Laurie Ward & Friends - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 9.00pm. 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.

Police Dog Hogan - The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ - Doors 7.30pm - Tickets £15.00 seated. For more information and tickets telephone 01404 384050 or go to website

Police Dog Hogan, first formed in 2009, has evolved over the years into a tight-knit eight-piece band combining guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, accordion, trumpet, keyboards, bass and drums to create an exuberant fusing of country, pop, folk and rocking bluegrass.

The band regularly plays to sell-out audiences up and down the country. After more than 300 live shows they’ve become a serious and ambitious musical venture that marries a devotion to touring and the presentation of consummate live performances with an utter dedication to song writing and recording.

 

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 9 December
Christmas Party Ceilidh with The Dartmoor Pixie Band and Friends with guest appearance from Zeal - South Zeal Victory Hall - 8.00pm - 11.00pm - Adults £7.00 Child free (must be accommpanied by an adult) - Bring and Share supper - no bar so please bring your own. All welcome a fun evening for all of the family.

The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU. Go to Bicton Inn website
Guy Somefield
- 5.00pm
Popular singer/songwriter Guy will again be performing his unique renditions of covers and original songs featuring his charismatic vocal, 12 string guitar and harmonica. Guy will be playing a mixture of folk, rock and pop ballads together with some of his own brilliant songs.
The Shelly Beach Boys - 9.00pm
They’re outrageous, noisy and completely out of control! That’s why everyone loves Exmouth’s favourite fun–time band The Shelly Beach Boys. Join them at the Bicton tonight for another musical meltdown when they perform their exuberant renditions of pop and rock classics; guaranteed to get you singing along and tapping your feet

Folk concerts in Teignmouth -Jim Causley, Bill Murray - Alice Cross Centre, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., TQ14 9BT. Tickets £10.00 on the door £8.00 advance reservation. Telephone 01626 775517 for advance ticket sales or more information email Visit website
Jim is one of folks best loved and respected figures. He has played, toured and recorded alongside Waterson:Carthy, John McCusker, Eddie Reader, Shirley Collins, Michael Morpurgo, Show of Hands, Kate Rusby. Mojo Magazine called him “the finest singer of his generation” they put his CD Forgotten Kingdom In their Top Ten Folk Albums of 2016. Geoff Lakeman described him as possessing “a voice in a million”. He has been nominated six times for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award .Keeping it very much a Devon concert, supporting Jim is a man who is very much at the heart of Devon folk music and song, Bill brings the very essence of Dartmoor to the concert establishing the ambience of our county and a fitting platform to spark Jim's performance.

The Moulton Brothers will be entertaining at Ye Old White Lion 26 High Street Bradninch Exeter EX5 4QL from 8.00pm
The Moulton Brothers all born in exeter, will be playing lots of foot tapping and sing along irish and scottish music at the white lion. Mac plays violin, mandolin and banjo, Neil plays violin, and Bruce keeps the beat with the bodhran, all brothers sing and sometime dress according to the song, lots of fun and brotherly banter to entertain you all evening.

Martin Harley - The Barrel House, 59a High Street, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5PB - Doors 8.00pm - Tickets - seated £18.00 - standing £15.00. Booking office 01803 863000 - more information and tickets go to website

Martin  Harley  is  a  supremely  talented  acoustic  roots  and  blues  guitarist,  singer  and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. Live at Southern Ground, his eagerly anticipated new album was recorded in Nashville in collaboration with Daniel Kimbro (Jerry Douglas, Larkin Poe) on upright bass.

Regular events 2nd Saturday

SONG - Shammick Acoustic - Special Night - MISTLETOE AND HOLLY BEARS presented by Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham

A Christmas special from this popular and entertaining duo, who sing mainly English traditional and traditionally-influenced modern songs.  Sylvia hails originally from South Yorkshire, and Keith from Derbyshire, so both are steeped in the traditions of the whole area. They have wide-ranging repertoires, strong voices and uncannily compatible and complementary styles of delivery, they produce a striking a cappella sound. Between them, they also play all kinds of concertina – English, Anglo and duet – playing lively dance tunes, as well as accompanying some of their songs.  So one can look forward to a myriad of musical and lyrical offerings ranging from songs, dialect stories, tunes and other delights full of harmony, revelry and ribald humour, and plenty of opportunities for audience participation.  Just the way to wind into the Christmas season.  

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 10 December

Fire Exit - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
If you enjoy chilled, trad jazz you are going to 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.

The Albion Christmas Band - The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ - 7.30pm - Tickets £19.00 - Seated - For more information and tickets telephone 01404 384050 or go to website.
Indulge in a traditional Christmas treat. Founder of Fairport , Steeleye and The Albion Band, Ashley Hutchings is joined on stage by Kellie While, Simon Care and Simon Nicol, for an evening of traditional English Christmas music, dancing and celebration. Kellie takes time out from working with her mum, Chris While. Folk enthusiasts will know Kellie from her work with The Albion Band. Simon Care is currently working with Edward II and has always had a passion for Traditional English dance and song. Simon also works with Whapweasel, Tickled Pink and the Lark Rise Band. Simon Nicol, founder member of Fairport finishes the line-up to make this a truly festive treat. He is regarded as one of the finest acoustic guitarists in the world. His voice is pretty special too! The Albion Christmas Band will also be playing tracks from their new album ‘Magic Touch.’ Specially formed for the festive period, this evening will be 'The perfect antidote to the corporate Christmas' (The Guardian). 'The Albion Christmas Band take the audience deep into Britain's winter festival with visions of frosty mornings, a rejoicing Earth, burning logs and berries' (Reuters). With sell-out tours including venues such as Buxton Opera House, The New Vic Stoke and The Sage, Gateshead, The Albion Xmas Show is a very popular show appealing to all ages.

Four one-day Storytelling Sunday workshops in Totnes during autumn 2017 with Lisa Schneidau - Workshop 4 - Spirits of Place and Time: exploring environment and historical time, and honouring story sources, for beginners and improvers

Regular events 2nd Sunday
SONG/STORYTELLING - Tradewinds
Monday 11 December

Artizan Acoustic Night/Open Mic/Silvington - Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW - 7.30pm
An unplugged, open-mic evening of laidback music and melody featuring talented local performers and exciting guest sets! This month we're excited to welcome Silvington to the gallery! "Silvington is made up of John Connor and Tricia Moore, and the duo are becoming well known in the South of England and further afield for their modern style of folk singing." - Kingsbridge and Salcombe Gazette. Curated by Robert Spence, 01803 613647.

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Regular events 2nd Monday
STORYTELLING - South Devon Storytellers - Pie Street - 26 High Street, Totnes TQ9 5RY - 7.30pm
Welcome to a festive and prickly edition of South Devon Storytellers at the wonderful Pie Street. Bring a story to share, or just come along to listen! Tonight we will be beginning the evening with everyone's short stories (the theme, as ever entirely optional, is BELLS). After the break, Clive Pig will be telling the main story of the night - continuing our Grimm's Tales journey with a dastardly story of hedgehoggery. 
Tuesday 12 December
 
Regular events 2nd Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Party - Jane Thomas
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
Wednesday 13 December
 
Regular events 2nd Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Jeroka - Aileen Wills
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 14 December

Open Mic Night - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 9.00pm. 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 from classical to pop and performances from solo singers to instrumental ensembles. So if you have a musical talent to share please come along and join in.

Geoff Lakeman - 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.
B-Bar regular, dad to famous folk stars Seth, Sean and Sam -plays for us again! His debut solo album "After All These Years" launched earlier this year to critical acclaim: the CD has had national five and four--star reviews and been played on BBC Radio 2 by Mark Radcliffe, by Tom Robinson on his BBC Radio Six show, on BBC Radio 3 and just about every local radio station in the country. Come and hear the singer and concertina master's musical take on the west country, American and Irish folk, Americana and even 20's/30's jazz". 

Regular events 2nd Thursday
DANCE - Tavistock Folk Dance Club - Christmas Party - John Estall
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Jane Thomas & Chris Toyne
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
SONG - Totnes Folk Song Club - club night with traditional carols
Friday 15 December
Dr Thud's Remedy - 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. A happy, up for it, five piece Irish folk band, driven by fiddle, mandolin, bodhran, guitar and brotherly harmonies.
Dumbo's Feather - Thank Folk It's Friday - The Oddfellows High Street, Exmouth EX8 1NP - 9.00pm
Dumbo's Feather shall be hosting yet another monthly folk night 'Thank Folk It's Friday' the last one of 2017. As always, expect fiery reels, jigs and polkas coupled with traditional songs and airs. Entry is free, and although we aim to have the night on the second Friday of every month, on occasion it may require a bit of tweaking due to availability of players.
India Electric Company - St Michael & All Angels Church, Stockland, nr Honiton EX14 9BP - 7.30pm - Tickets £8.00+ advance from WeGotTickets  or telephone Wendy 01404881207 - £10.00 on the door. For more information telephone 01404 881207
Cole Stacey & Joseph O'Keefe return to Devon for a special one-off candlelit concert. Sometimes folk, sometimes not, they use traditional instruments in contemporary styles to explore diverse themes from Eastern Europe, Irish traditions and urban alienation to end up with something “quirky and glittery - a veritable musical magpie’s nest.” - Mary Ann Kennedy, BBC Radio 3. “Bursting with invention and full of surprises.” - The Telegraph. “Their reeling, spinning sound corroborates the content of their songs which appear to be describing a life alive with motion. They are altogether a good thing, busy as rush hour but full of light.” - The Independent on Sunday.
Regular events 3rd Friday
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Plus level

DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance - Dave Faulkner & Steve Turner/The Hot Snails. Dave Faulkner on pipes & Steve Turner on accordion - playing the most wonderful dreamy waltzes, superb scottisches, mega mazurkas plus your favourite breton dances. Support band The Hot Snails - £7.00 admission includes tea biscuits bring your own drinks.

Saturday 16 December

Ruby May Spencer - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 4.30pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Exmouth’s very own Ruby May Spencer is a talented young singer/songwriter who’s already on her way to stardom. She has featured on BBC Introducing and this year recorded 2 original tracks for the Radio One Big Weekend Academy. Her repertoire includes an eclectic blend of soul, blues and jazz with a hint of folk.  

The Lost Sound - With special guest Chris Hoban. Lustleigh Village Hall TQ13 9TD - 7.30pm Tickets £9.62 from website
The Lost Sound and Chris Hoban present Folk Carols and Songs for Winter from around the world. Dartmoor Folk Choir 'The Lost Sound' are a mixed voice chorus based in Buckfastleigh. They perform regularly and have recently been supporting 'Show of Hands' at various gigs including their 25 year anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall. The Lost Sound sings a wide range of folk material from ancient melodies with contemporary arrangements to punchy pop and angular Indie songs. They have a unique relationship with composer, Chris Hoban who has written specifically for the chorus and he also writes and arranges for Show of Hands.  
FOS Brothers - Support - Adam Sweet - Drewe Arms, The Square, Drewsteignton EX6 6QN - 6.30pm - The night includes a 3-course Christmas dinner (veggie option). Tickets £25.00 limited to 60 people (10% discount for table of 10) so book now if interested. Pay with credit/debit card by ringing the pub - telephone 01647 281409.
Dave and Sam McCrory from East Belfast, together they create a unique soundscape of acoustic music heavily influenced by their Irish roots. They have been performing for over 25 years.

DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Eileen Nightingale & Weston Country Dance Band - 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 17 December

The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU. Go to Bicton Inn website
Laurie and Friends - 5.00pm
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.
Carols at The Bicton Inn - 7.30pm
Enjoy an evening of participatory fun to get you into the Christmas spirit with Carols and Christmas songs. The piano is tuned, the brass section is polished, and the mince pies are hot. All that’s needed now is your singing. Word sheets provided. This event is very popular so please come early if you want to sit down.

SONG - Shammick Acoustic - The 16th annual Midwinter Carols Night
Regular events 3rd Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor - Belshazzar's Feast - Each a virtuoso on their respective instruments, Paul Sartin (oboe, violin, whistle & vocals) and Paul Hutchinson (accordion) showcase their mind-boggling musicianship and combine it with a terrific sense of timing, humour and hilarious banter. You’ll get traditional folk music with a touch of classical, jazz, pop and music hall all thrown in..and laughs galore! Book by email SOLD OUT
Monday 18 December

 

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Tuesday 19 December
Belshazzar's Feast - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 8.00pm - £14.00+ (£12.00+) - Standing - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website

On tour with a Christmas-themed show that mixes traditional folk music, seasonal material, added to their usual touch of classical and jazz, with a bit of pop and music hall, all topped off with lashings of wry humour. Paul Sartin (of Bellowhead and Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (of Hoover The Dog) together wow audiences across the UK with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and between songs chat that always sends audiences home with smiles on their faces.

‘Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music.’
Mike Harding, previously of BBC Radio 2 Folk Show

Regular events 3rd Tuesday

SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - Bradninch Folk Club’s final guests of 2017 are the ever-busy duo Mitchell and Vincent. The function room of Castle Hotel, doors open at 7.45pm start at 8.00pm.  Entry £5.00 (accompanied under 18 are free).  
David Mitchell plays guitar, mandola, whistle & recorder and Graham Vincent plays fiddle, guitar & vocals.   They are an entertaining class act delivering tunes and songs from the English and Irish repertoire with relish. They are currently working on material for a third album which will include some of their own compositions. When they are not out performing, Graham is busy in his violin making workshop and David is also back making guitars. Clearly there is no part of their act which they do not know inside out.   The Bradninch club selects support acts which both compliment the Guest act but also provide a contrast in style.  
Ben Morgan-Brown
from Exeter is playing a support spot.  Ben is often compared to Nick Drake, with musical themes which follow in the tradition of players such as Michael Chapman, Bert Jansch, Steve Gunn & John Fahey, combining open tunings & hypnotic guitar instrumentals with gentle vocal melodies & lyrics reflecting on love, regret, memory & loss.   Also in support is Adrian Forster providing original songs and Irish ballads covering themes ancient and modern.

The Bradninch Folk Club in its many guises can be contacted on 01392 881105 or on Facebook.

DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
Wednesday 20 December
Woodwose & The Radial Band - Church of St Michael the Archangel, Chagford TQ13 8BN - 8.00pm - £10.00/£8.00. Tickets available from Sally’s Newsagent, Chagford. For more information email
Five local musicians with an international reputation join forces with their exotic instruments presenting ancient songs from Mediaeval Europe to the driving rhythms of the Middle East and beyond. These five accomplished multi-instrumentalists play traditional and original pieces rooted in centuries-old traditions featuring: Steve Tyler - hurdy-gurdy, Katy Marchant - bagpipes & shawm, Louis Bingham - cittern & tambura, Ricardo de Noronha - percussion & fujara, Griselda Sanderson - nyckelharpa. “Dance music and gem-like listening pieces with an earthy, ethereal ambience” Songlines Magazine. “Exquisite and exceptionally expressive” Angel Romero, World Music Central. “An exceptional concert; full of interest, surprises, and ravishing harmony.”
Phil Beer - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ - 7.00pm. Tickets £12.00+ from TicketSource Part seated/ Part Standing.
Multi-instrumentalist - and one half of Westcountry folk duo Show Of Hands - Phil Beer performed live at The Brook Inn in January ahead of his solo tour. We're delighted that he wants to end the year at The Brook as well!  Telephone 01752 297604 for more information.
Regular events 3rd Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Pair of Shears - Jane Thomas
MUSIC - Teign House Acoustic Night - No event this week - the next Teign House Acoustic night will be on 17.01.17. (Third Wednesday)
Thursday 21 December

Becky’s Christmas Open Music Night - 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.

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.
Alex Hart is a young country/folk singer from Devon. Since releasing her first studio album ‘On This Day’ she has embarked on European and UK tours both supporting and playing in the band of Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre, and held her own on a UK tour and Festivals through the South West. Alex is now working with Grammy award winner Terry Britten (famous for Tina Turner’s ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’) on new material for release in 2017, with a new band line-up that brings vocal harmony more to the foreground!
House Concert: Woodwose & The Radial Band - Hatch Court, Churchstow - 8.00pm
Five local musicians with an international reputation join forces with their exotic instruments presenting ancient songs from Mediaeval Europe to the driving rhythms of the Middle East and beyond. These five accomplished multi-instrumentalists play traditional and original pieces rooted in centuries-old traditions featuring: Steve Tyler - hurdy-gurdy, Katy Marchant - bagpipes & shawm, Louis Bingham - cittern & tambura, Ricardo de Noronha - percussion & fujara, Griselda Sanderson - nyckelharpa. “Dance music and gem-like listening pieces with an earthy, ethereal ambience” Songlines Magazine. “Exquisite and exceptionally expressive” Angel Romero, World Music Central. “An exceptional concert; full of interest, surprises, and ravishing harmony.” Frank Lee. For more information email. For availibility and reservations please telephone Mark 07730 921192 or email
Mad Dog Mcrea + The Leylines - The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ - 8.00pm - Tickets £15.00 advance/£17.00 on the door (standing). For more information and tickets telephone 01404 384050 or go to website

Here to get your Christmas off to a great start. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs.
In constant demand and having played just about every festival and two-bit, jibe-arsed dive in Christendom, Mad Dog Mcrea. are, in every sense of the word, a live, band – ALMOST HOME – encapsulates that – and so much more.

The famous purple happy bus is fired up and ready for action, and there’s room for you – jump aboard!
“This is music that transcends the run-of-the-mill Irish Wannabes and leaves them standing.” – Acoustic Magazine
“It’s always a joy to me when something jumps up and smacks you between the eyes – Mad Dog Mcrea did that to me” - Mike Harding
“A sound mixed, mashed and finely honed through years of live gigs” – Rock ‘n Reel Magazine
“This is rowdy, heartfelt, room shaking and spirit-stirring music that only the dead can’t enjoy.” - ltdstate.com
“Musical magicians Mad Dog Mcrea are synonymous not only with a damn good party but also quality musicianship and the odd surprise” – Talk Torbay

Support: The Leylines
West-country collective established in 2013, with a genre-defying, eclectic sound that ranges from traditional folk to full blown festival rock. The Leylines are: Dan Thompson (electric guitar); Dave Burbidge (drums); Hannah Johns (violin); Matthew Wilkins (acoustic guitar); Sean Booth (bass); and Steve Mitchell (vocals/guitar).
“A helter skelter musical maelstrom” – Rhythm & Booze Magazine
“The love child of The Levellers and Liverpool’s glorious Amsterdam” – Liverpool Sound & Vision
“High-energy, gutsy sound and scythe-sharp lyrics” – FolkWords Reviews

 

Friday 22 December
Christmas Special - Harbottle & Jonas - Parish Hall, Meavy PL20 6PJ - 7.30pm - £8.00 - licensed bar
Stunning young folk duo based in Totnes. Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. They have received plaudits from folk royalty including Seth Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, Declan Sinnott, BBC Introducing. Playing over 100 gigs each year, these troubadours are to be found far and wide across our beautiful island
Regular events 4th Friday
SONG - Exeter Folk and Acoustic Music Club - next week this month
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Plus level
Saturday 23 December

Daniela - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website Charismatic and talented German singer/songwriter Daniela Ruettinger is a truly international artist who has performed at festivals and venues around the world. Her beautiful singing is complimented by her competent guitar playing when she performs a selection of folk, rock and indie covers and some of her own soulful songs.

Regular events 4th Saturday
SONG - Shammick Acoustic - Open Night with North Devon Mummers
Sunday 24 December
 
Monday 25 December
 
Tuesday 26 December
Clovelly Boxing Day Barbecue - Join us for our Boxing Day Barbecue on the quay at Clovelly. With FREE entrance into the village all day, why not have a walk on the estate then come along to the barbecue where there will be live music, mulled wine, and even a treasure hunt if you are up to it. It should make the perfect follow-up to your Christmas Day. The barbecue runs from 12.00pm to 3.00pm.
Wednesday 27 December
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - no dance
Thursday 28 December

Bicton Christmas 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.

Twixt Christmas and New Year ceilidh - Buttoned Up - with caller Ken Hudson - South Brent Village Hall - 7.30pm ( Doors open 7.00pm) Reel Ale Bar. Tickets (which might make good Christmas presents) £7.50 from artworks. Entry includes one free non alcoholic spiced berry drink. FFI: contact Eileen McKee on 01364 73699; email or email Chill out and enjoy the music after the Christmas festivities or dance your (new) socks off.

One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area. In 2018 they will include a concert with Jackie Oates on Saturday 10 March 2018, South Brent Folk Day on Saturday 7 July 2018 and the Annual 'Twixt' Céilidh again on Thursday 27 December 2018.

 


DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
SONG - Teignmouth Folk Club
Friday 29 December
SONG - Exeter Folk and Acoustic Music Club - Open night
Saturday 30 December

Joe Whibely & Jacob Hillman - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Enjoy an afternoon in the company of virtuoso rock guitarist Joe Whibley and dynamic piano player, singer songwriter Jacob Hillman when the duo 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.

Sunday 31 December

New Year’s Eve with Martin Weller - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 10.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
Who better to bring in the New Year on a high note? Featuring some of Martin’s latest songs and a selection of favourite rock and pop classics, you can be sure of a great night in the hands of this charismatic

New Year's Eve Ceilidh with Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - Caller Anne Gill - Strand Centre, 32 The Strand, Dawlish EX7 9PT - 8.00pm-12.15am. Tickets £12.50, advance only, from Alan Brown telephone 01626 863016 or Anne Gill 01803 290427. No bar, BYO drinks and food to share. In aid of Teignmouth Folk Festival.
LOSt COYOTES - Auld Lang Syne - Bedford Hotel, 1 Plymouth Road, Tavistock PL19 8BB - 8.00pm - Admission £6.00 - Licensed bar
Devon-based 4-piece band (2 of the band, the guitar/cittern and fiddle players, are former Jiggerypipery members, plus a very talented and entertaining accordionist/lead singer Flaky Jake, and finally Kate on various hand percussion and vocals) 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.
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - New Year's Eve dance - Jane Thomas & Gill Spence & Kit and Boodle - 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