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Page last updated on 19-02-2019
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Friday 1 February
Long For The Coast
Tally Ho, Littlehemspton, Totnes, TQ9 6LY
For more information telephone 01803 862316
Long For The Coast is the musical alias of Jamie and Sophie Gould. With a combination of sincere lyrics and beautiful harmonies, they sing stories about social change, spiritual adventures, and close friends lost and found.
John MacLoughlin and Laurie Ward
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
8.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

A fantastic double bill featuring multi-instrumentalist/songwriter John MacLoughlin and popular sing/songwriter Laurie Ward. The pair will be joined by guest musicians to bring you an evening of everything from folk and pop classics to anthemic rock and reggae along with some amazing originals.

World Unlimited - Sam Green
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
A modern, independent Roots artist with universal appeal; Sam's music has served as the foundations on which he has built a strong reputation as a live act combining virtuosic musical skill with great song writing. From a live show, you can expect original music inspired by a love of Grunge, Blues, Alt-Folk and Country, presented with percussive acoustic slide guitar, as well as hypnotic rhythms created live with the use of stomp-box and loop station.  "One of the hot new acts making the summer swing at Glastonbury festival" The Independent Newspaper.

 

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

STORYTELLING - South Devon Storytellers Tristan and Iseult - Storytelling by Katy Cawkwell.
Angel Studios, South Street, Totnes, TQ9 5DZ
7.30pm
Tickets £7.50+ from TicketSource
One of the great love stories, spanning the lands and seas of Cornwall, Ireland and Brittany. Hear afresh the rapture in music that drifts across the water, the tenderness of a healing touch, the passion in a game of chess, the intimacy of an apple orchard and the thrill of clutching at your lover’s hand and fleeing to the wild secret places of this land.

Katy picks a clear, brilliant path through this many- layered legend, mingling story with snatches of Gaelic song and touching her listeners with the excitement, beauty and tragedy of this timeless tale. Katy has been storytelling for 20 years across Britain and beyond: she is well -known for unravelling complex narratives into compelling, glittering stories that linger in the mind long after they are told.
The O'Marleys
Little Drop of Poison, 154 Fore Street, Exeter, Devon EX4 3AT
9.00pm - 11.00pm
Free
Irish band The O'Marleys will be playing lots of Irish, Scottish, and Colonial tunes and songs to get your feet tapping at Little drop of Poison, Exeter. Rated the best Irish band in the SW, to see them live is not to be missed.

Gothic Dartmoor - Wren Music Postponed to Saturday 12 October
Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter, EX2 4AZ -
7.30pm
Ticket Price: £12.00 - Box Office - Telephone 01392 2771808//665885 or WeGotTickets - Visit website - email
The Gothic Dartmoor concert explores a rich vein of myth and legend through the tales of Dartmoor.  The songs are selected from the folk song collection made at the end of the C19th by Squire and Parson Revd. Sabine Baring-Gould, and inspired by his other writings, including The Book of Dartmoor and The Book of Were-Wolves.
Wren Music has put together an impressive company to bring you ‘Gothic Dartmoor’ – Marilyn Tucker: Singer and storyteller, Paul Wilson: Multi-instrumentalist and singer, Jon Dyer: Experienced performer and a fabulous flautist and Hannah Cumming: Fiddle player and singer, plus a specially formed Gothic Dartmoor Choir.

Phil Beer - String Theory Tour.
Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm
Tickets £15.00 advance, £16.00 door. £1.00 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £8.00 under 18s. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500.
Charming, disarming and exceptionally talented, multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer is something of a national treasure on the folk, roots and acoustic scene. One-half of award-winning powerhouse Show of Hands, Phil is equally in demand for his solo shows. In early 2019 Phil sets out to share some of his most loved songs at carefully selected venues across the UK – we’re delighted to be one of them. With the odd laugh thrown in for good measure, Beer’s flawless musicianship and rich vocals will leave you wanting more.
Saturday 2 February

Sarah McQuaid
Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ 
8.00pm
Tickets £10.00 advance from the Bridge Inn telephone 01392 873862, £12.00 on the door.
“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’s latest album. 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. The Madrid-born, Chicago-raised, Cornwall-based singer/songwriter has expanded her battery of instruments to include piano, electric guitar and drum, and it’s drawn critical raves internationally.

Reefs of Moonshine
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
8.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

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 Woods Groove Orchestra
The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ
7.30pm

Show only - Adult £12.00 in advance, £15.00 on the door. Student £5.00
Workshop 4.30pm and Show 7.30pm - Adult £20.00, Student £15.00

For more information and tickets and accessible seats telephone 01404 384050 or go to website

When Google book an artist for their event, someone described as ‘changing the perceived boundaries of the acoustic guitar’, you know you aren’t talking about your average musician.

A UK based instrumental phenomenon – guitarist Chris Woods, recording as ‘Chris Woods Groove’ and ‘The Chris Woods Groove Orchestra’.

Chris began his career as a solo guitarist, originally catching the eye of the music industry for his creative approach to playing; using revolutionary techniques and a hugely individual approach to composition. Endorsed by the most acclaimed brands he honed his skills performing at prestigious guitar festivals across the globe. Approached by Hal Leonard to write a comprehensive guide on the percussive style, which quickly became the standard ‘how to play’ percussive guitar publication, Chris’ reputation became international and highly regarded.

Since then his focus on creative playing has led him to branching out his compositional style to orchestra’s of all shapes and sizes. Recent projects for his ‘groove orchestra’ include Guitar Revolution (a national tour creating pop-up guitar orchestras) or Orchestral Evolution (a recent commission to create a contemporary and evolved orchestra for young people). A spontaneous creator and an emotive player...

Headliner magazine described a recent performance at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios: ‘tremendous – to say Chris Woods feels this music is a wild understatement, and it’s a genuine privilege to witness them perform’

Tonight Chris will be performing a collection of solo pieces ranging from spacey improvisational solos to explosive percussion-driven grooves.

Also....

Creative Acoustic Guitar Workshop with Chris Woods 4.30pm - 6pm (max. participants 20)

A workshop for all abilities and style of guitarists. A relaxed and inspiring workshop, offering new and fresh approaches in playing and thinking for all. The focus is to breathe new life into your acoustic playing whatever level you play at. Participants will leave having learned a range of exciting percussive techniques, enjoyed being part of a guitar orchestra and a whole lot more...

Chris Woods is one of our countries finest players and just so happens to be a world class educator; his book percussive acoustic guitar, published by Hal Leonard is sold internationally and is the 'go to' guide for percussive playing. He writes for various guitar magazines including Guitar Techniques and is regularly invited to the likes of the London College of Music to talk Creative Guitar. He's a friendly, supportive and inspirational tutor and this is an amazing opportunity to work with him before the concert.

Charity Ceilidh in aid of MIND with The Dartmoor Pixie Band
America Hall, Exeter, EX4 8PX
8.00pm
Tickets adult £10.00 Children £6.00 (Under 16) Under 5's free. Contact Zoe, telephone 07470079077 or email

Light buffet included - soft/hot drinks available (first one free) Bring your own alcohol - raffle. Interval music from EMZ Entertainment (Saxophonist and Clarinetist

World Unlimited - David Ford
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm
Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
Having gained a reputation as one of Britain’s finest songwriters and one of the very few with the willingness and expertise to tackle matters of politics and current affairs, Ford presents a new collection of songs, his most ambitious to date, regarding economics and the part it plays in 21st Century life. Ford has managed to seize this important, but admittedly dry, complex subject and deliver an album of accessible, emotive and engaging songs that try to make sense of an increasingly confounding world.  A multi-instrumentalist and master of the loop pedal. 

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

Sound Mind Sessions - Velvet & Stone live
St John In The Wilderness Church, 3 Diane Close, Exmouth EX8 5QG
7.00pm
Tickets £10.00 plus £1.00 booking fee(concessions £9.00) from WeGotTickets or telephone 07974 213030 (no booking fee) Tickets to include a tea or coffee. BYOB.

Following the tremendous success of the first Sound Mind Sessions concert, which funded four places on a Mental Health First Aid course, we are delighted to announce our second concert Sound Mind Sessions is a joint venture between Devon new music promoter, Pik Rawlings, and Exmouth-based singer-songwriter, Pete Falloon, providing spine-tingling original live acoustic music in beautiful Devon venues, while raising awareness and funds for Mental Health issued in the creative industries. The show will be headlined by stunning alt-folk group Velvet & Stone, who were recently given a 5-star review by Maverick Magazine. Velvet & Stone’s brand of contemporary folk combines wide-open soundscapes with catchy pop hooks and great songs,  and has been described as “haunting” by BBC Radio 2, and “superb” by BBC Introducing. Led by the ethereal combination of Lara’s vocals, and Kathryn’s violin; Velvet & Stone’s music draws upon personal stories, melancholy tales and rugged landscapes, taking their audiences on an unforgettable journey through stunning melodies and soundscapes to foot-stomping folk-rock. 

 

Supporting are two brilliant and unique acts, Georgia Omarah and Ben Morgan-Brown. Georgia Omarah is a hugely talented singer-songwriter, lyrics and vocalist who draws inspiration from artists such as Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Adele and Sam Smith, and writes raw, uplifting and inspiring songs of hope from the heart. Tipped as “one of Devon’s musical treasures” by Ted Evans of Riviera FM and she is also strongly supported by BBC Introducing. Named by FATEA magazineas one of the ‘Top Ten Future Stars of 2018’, Ben Morgan-Brown writes intimate songs featuring intricate, virtuouso open-tuned guitar, ethereal vocals and obliquely personal lyrics that tip the hat to Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, and Michael Chapman whilst maintaining a unique musical style and identity. His music been described as “sheer understated brilliance” by BBC Introducing and “warming and satisfying as an open fire” by FATEA magazine.

Pete Falloon said “After the incredible success of our first Sound Mind Sessions concert, which was an unforgettable evening, I am thrilled that we’re bringing such a brilliant lineup to our second show to help raise awareness and funds for mental health issues in music

Pik Rawlings said "I can't think of a more beautiful place to be than in an ancient candelit church, at a concert performed by some of Devon's finest original songwriters and musicians, photographed by local photographer Abbie Barton and filmed by Devon videographer Luke Stratta in order that the memories may be captured forever. All this whilst encouraging musicians and those loving live music to consider and talk openly about mental health and support available.  An event so right on so many levels.  As places limited, do book early to avoid disappointment. "

Lara Snowdon of Velvet & Stone said: “We're really excited to be involved with the Sound Mind Sessions. It's a fantastic initiative, combining live music in a beautiful setting with advocacy for improved mental health in the music industry. Two great causes to show your support for, and set to be an unforgettable evening!"

Bob Cheevers CANCELLED
Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ19 9AL
7.30pm for 8.00pm.
Tickets £10.00 - for information and tickets go to website

After pounding the musical pavement in Nashville for over 15 years and becoming frustrated with the “cookie-cutter” mentality of Music Row, Cheevers had moved to Austin in 2008 seeking fertile creative soil to revitalize his work. “While I love Nashville, I needed to move away from the chart-oriented songwriting mill into a world where artists are encouraged to write from the heart rather than writing for the charts. Moving to Texas felt right from the start. So many of my pals, like Walt Wilkins and Kevin Welch, had already moved there and I felt enormous creative freedom simply by being in that community of artists.”

If any residual doubts about the move did linger, they were resolved after his first Austin-based album, Tall Texas Tales netted Cheevers the 2011 Singer-Songwriter of the Year award from the Texas Music Academy. On Earth As It Is In Austin turned into an album which is another testament to the continuing creative growth he has experienced since leaving Nashville.

With On Earth As It Is In Austin, Cheevers delivers a generous 15-song helping full of his trademark tales of rebels and outlaws and dreamers and lovers, recorded as musical duets with 15 different celebrated musicians performing on one song each. Among the 14 Austin-based musicians contributing their talents are stalwarts Will Sexton, Walt Wilkins, Stephen Doster, Warren Hood, Dustin Welch and Van Wilks as well as longtime Nashville collaborator Charlie White.

Steve Knightley
The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ
7.30pm.
Box office 01752 892220. For more information go to website
Steve Knightley is the songwriting force behind the phenomenally successful acoustic roots duo Show of Hands as well as a fine singer and musician. From a rock background, Knightley is known for his strong narrative songs (many inspired by people and places in his native West Country) and cogent, inventive lyrics. His rock style rant Country Life and anthemic rally call Roots were both nominated for Best Original Song in the BBC Radio2 Folk Awards, whilst Show of Hands have won the categories Best Live Act and Best Duo. At the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Steve won the coveted Best Original Song category with his topical and widely acclaimed song aimed at bankers and MPs – Arrogance Ignorance and Greed.
Bridport Ceilidhs featuring Skillicorne with Nick Walden
Church House (St Mary's) Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW
7.30 - 11.00pm dance.
Some soft drinks provided; bring a bottle, bring finger food snacks to share, bring a friend “ bring two! “ and make a party of it!   Telephone organiser Monty on 01308 423442 or see website for more information
Sunday 3 February
Nigel Challis
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Nigel is a highly popular musician/singer and a master of country/folk finger style guitar. He has performed at numerous festivals and venues throughout the South West to rapturous applause. Today Nigel will be playing some very chilled out country/folk/blues classics.

World Unlimited - Sam Lewis
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 Sam Lewis has collaborated with everyone from Leon Russell to The Wood Brothers. Chris Stapleton dubbed him “a modern Townes Van Zandt”. And while he’s often labeled with some form of the word ‘soulful’ (some have even compared his voice to molasses), Lewis’ style meets at a juncture of many different genres. There’s something about Sam Lewis that is indescribably different — and with his newest project, he’s discovered what most musicians spend lifetimes working for - the place where feel-good music meets vital social commentary.

 

 

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

Tea Dance Ceilidh with music and calling from Chris Jewell and Nick Wyke
Northam Hall Fore St, Northam, Bideford EX39 1AW
From 14.30 until 17.00.  
Details from Chris Jewell telephone 01237 423554, or email

Regular events 1st Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor Jim Reynolds
Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE 
7.45pm
£10.00 To book tickets email
Guitarist and singer who writes and plays an eclectic mix of music. The individual pieces tap into blues, ragtime, rhythm and blues, music hall and folk traditions. Some are extremely sensitive songs about life, people and relationships, while others are tongue in cheek and written with a wry sense of fun and humour. A great original songwriter, his albums are also sprinkled with classics from the likes of J.J. Cale, Nick Drake, John Martyn, Roy Orbison, the Inkspots, Jelly Roll Morton and Jimmy Rogers. "Jim Reynolds is unique. Possessed of the rare ability to capture the listener's attention with the honesty and integrity of his lovely songs. His guitar accompaniments are both fluid and diverse, tipping his hat to the blues, a little jazz here and there, driving rhythms and soft measured finger style too." -- Mike Silver.
Monday 4 February
Tuesday 5 February
 
Regular events 1st Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Simon Maplesden
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
DANCE - Fraddon Folk Dance Club (Cornwall)
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - open night
Wednesday 6 February

Late Burns Night An evening of music and words featuring Unique Duo Reefs of Moonshine and Contemporary Folk Trio Navigator together with Readings of Poetry and Prose by Mary Booker and James Armstong
The Bridge Inn, Bridge Hill, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ
7.30pm
£7.00. To book tickets telephone 07812688432 or 07881945900 or the Bridge 01392 873862

Enjoy an evening of varied music and words in the relaxing atmosphere of thje antique barn at the Bridge Inn with their scintilating range of beers, ciders and wines.

Regular events 1st Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Pair of Shears - Jane Thomas
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club - Band TBC - Robert Blackborow - Venue to be confirmed
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 7 February
Bicton Session Night
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
8.30pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

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.

House Concert with Will Pound - Melodeon and Harmonica
The Lighthouse, Saltash
8.00pm for 8.30 start
Tickets £10.00 Including soft drinks and light refreshments. Enquiries and bookings to Philip Beamont via email please

Three-times Nominated BBC Radio 2 'Folk Musician Of The Year' Spiral Earth Magazine 'Musician Of The Year' 2015 FATEA Magazine 'Instrumentalist Of The Year' 2011, 2014

 

Friday 8 February

Miranda Sykes
Parish Hall, Colebrooke, nr Crediton EX17 5JH
8.00pm
Tickets £12.00 telephone 01363 84309.
The acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ returns in 2019 with a new album and UK tour. 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 solo as she started out: One woman, one bass, and one guitar. Building on the success of her Borrowed Places tour which opened a window into the past, explaining where she had been, physically and spiritually, Miranda is back with a new project: Behind The Wall, a roller coaster ride exploring where we are going; Miranda, you, me, all of us. Powerful and hard-hitting but also poignant and beautiful. 

 

Newton Abbot Ukulele Club
Methodist Church, East Street, Ipplepen TQ12 5SX
Tickets £5.00 from the Hub or on the door.
A fundraising evening in aid of the Ipplepen Community Hub Building Fund. Come and listen to Newton Abbot Ukulele Club. Singing, stomping, foot tapping and clapping- we defy you not to join in!
Raffle and refreshments available.
Daria Kulesh: Long Lost Home
Scoriton Village Hall, nr Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB 
7.30pm
Tickets: adult £9.00, child £7.00, family £25.00. Telephone 01364 631288 or book online
With her striking voice and strong Russian and Ingush heritage, ‘bold, exotic, impressive’ Daria Kulesh is a rising star on the UK folk scene. Her intrepid quest to explore her family roots in the new solo album and touring show Long Lost Home has led Daria from the folk clubs of Hertfordshire to the mountains of Caucasus. Mixing history and folklore in captivating storytelling songs, performed on a selection of folk instruments, Daria will take you on an engaging, enchanting and uplifting journey. ‘Daria Kulesh entertained us with wonderful, charming stories and songs, one of the best voices around’ Robin Mansfield, Cambridge Folk Club. Tickets: adult £9, child £7, family £25. Call 01364 631288 or book online

World Unlimited - John Smith
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm
Tickets £15.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email Living with the traditional songs on "Hummingbird" are new original songs penned by Smith ("Hummingbird," "Boudica," and "Axe Mountain (Revisited)") - which stand up alongside the others as evidence of the power of his influences and personal history on his present creativity. Produced by Sam Lakeman and recorded at his Somerset studio, "Hummingbird" features Cara Dillon, John McCusker and Ben Nicholls. “You’re smiling even as tears catch in your throat.” -MOJO. “Spellbinding.” -Time Out. “the guitarists’ guitarist.” -The Sunday Times. “Staggeringly good.” -Acoustic Magazine.

 

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

Contra (American Barn) Dance -  Caller - Jeremy Child. Band - Chris Jewell
The Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
7.30pm
A monthly series of Contra Dances. 7.30-10.00pm. Cost £5.00 per person. Beginners welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at website
Saturday 9 February
Dumbo’s Feather
The Stand Off, Portland House, Longbrook Street, Exeter. EX4 6AH
9.00pm

Dumbo’s Feather will be performing a heady brew of traditional and contemporary Irish, Scots & World tunes and songs. This week’s line-up shall feature the usual suspects of Alice McShane on fiddle and Richie Evans on Lead Vocals, Bodhran, Bouzouki, Guitar and Harmonica, and in the absence of Mike Cosgrave, as he’s off touring with Jackie Oates in his capacity as one of the most sought after sidesmen in the business, we’ll have the mighty Louis Bingham, a musical colossus in his own right, deputising on tenor banjo, guitar, bouzouki and whistle.

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

Devonbird promise a lively session featuring original songs and 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.

World Unlimited - Jaywalkers
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 Jaywalkers have been delighting audiences for over 10 years; taking their exciting, inventive and virtuosic brand of Americana up, down and around the UK and Europe. These three outstanding musicians have developed a tight bond, demonstrated through their well-crafted, tasteful arrangements and ability to bounce ideas around the stage. The combination of powerhouse bass, flame-fingered mandolin, blistering fiddle and three-part harmony pack a punch as fiery as Jay’s lead vocals and make a fuller sound than expected from an acoustic trio. “An effortless blend British and American folk traditions to create something arguably greater than either of these genres.” Acoustic magazine.

 

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

Papa Gator & The Levee Breakers
Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR
8.00pm
Tickets £10.00 from Topsham Books telephone 01392 877895.
A Mardi Gras night of Mambo madness! Featuring the accordion of Rob Rickey from Lafayette Louisiana, alongside sensational Pedal Steel player Gus York, whose claim to fame includes years on the road with Val Doonican(!) and recording with Marianne Faithful, and the fiery guitar playing of Julian Piper, a man who's served more time than most hanging around the Louisiana swamps, this bunch of renegades dish out a heady Gumbo of Louisiana Cajun, Swamp Pop and Soul . With a rhythm section of Chris Billings on bass guitar and Lucy Piper on drums, Papa Gator serve up a real dose of Les Bon Temps! 

Ben Morgan-Brown with special guest, Holly Morwenna
St James Church Hall, Mt Pleasant Road Exeter EX4 7AH
Doors 7.30pm (Start 8.00pm)
Tickets £10.00 from WeGotTickets
Exeter-based singer/songwriter & guitarist 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 & identity.

His new E.P. ‘Cold Rooms’ features five songs written in the last 18 months, a time during which Ben has reflected upon the past few years of his life – turbulent years that have seen him lose both his grandparents, get married & divorced within two years, spend a month in hospital after catching salmonella in Morocco & which culminated with the death of his father in November 2016.

Released in December 2017, ‘Cold Rooms’ has received radio play across the UK and 2018 sees Ben promoting the E.P. with live performances across the South West and beyond including performances at Bridport Folk Festival,Cornwall Folk Festival, How The Light Gets In and support slots for John Bramwell (I Am Kloot) & John Smith.

Opening for Ben will be the acclaimed singer songwriter Holly Morwenna.
Holly Morwenna will lure you into an ocean of acoustic ambience, intertwining folk and pop. Her warm intricate guitar finger-picking fused with vibrant soaring melodies, craft strong memorable vocal lines. Her powerful yet eloquent voice creates a dynamic soundscape. Influenced by everyday life and love, Holly captures honesty in her songwriting that the audience can relate to, reinforced by her natural tones.


Mrs Midnight’s Midwinter Musical Madness Ceilidh & Spot from Glory of the West
Newton St Cyres Parish Hall, West Town Rd, Exeter EX5, 5BW (if you haven’t been there before its just off the A377 main Exeter to Crediton Road)
8.00pm -11.30pm Bar, Raffle & Pasties as is now traditional
Tickets £8.00 on door/£7.00 conc. or in advance. Contact info@mrsmidnights.co.uk or text 07789 714498 to book a place

Come dressed as ANYTHING to do with music, song or harmony-- a tune, or a song from a show, or a show itself!, or an opera or a musical note or an instrument...-- There are prizes of great worth to be won, and good dancing to be had, whether in costume or no!

DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Aileen Wills - Pair of Shears 
Willand Village Hall, Gables Road, Willand, Cullompton, Devon EX15 2PL
8.00pm
Admission £8.00 - bring and share supper - raffle.
For more information please telephone Marilyn Broom 01404 47200 or Zena Roberts 01884 253546 - or visit website
Regular events 2nd Saturday
Cornwall Festival Folk Club
SONG - Open night Shammick Acoustic
Sunday 10 February
'Meet Reg Meuross'
The Barrel House, 59a High Street, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5PB
Book tickets on website
Doors 4.30pm - start 5.00pm
Entry free - donations invited at the event. Audience numbers are limited. 
This is very special live filming of a Q&A with Reg Meuross, an intimate wander through the life and songs of one of the UK’s finest singer-songwriters. Reg will be interviewed on stage by musician and radio presenter John Elliott and will include some songs as he talks us through his journey through 28 years as a solo singer-songwriter and musician. "Reg Meuross writes songs about people, for people. That's what folk music is - the people's music. It tells our stories, it protests with us, it marches with us.” GemsOnVHS.
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
Rosie Eade 5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Rosie’s voice is likened to Kate Bush, Maddy Prior and Grace Slick, and her original music is inspired by the likes of The Who as much as Steeleye Span. She is equally accomplished within the acoustic-folk and old school rock genres. Her music is regularly featured  on BBC Regional Radio and she’s well known on the national festival scene having performed at Cambridge Folk Festival, Beautiful Days and Glastonbury's Avalon Cafe, to name a few.
Exmouth Irish Session 8.30pm
Enjoy an evening of lively and evocative music from the Emerald Isle in this 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.

Keith James: The songs of Leonard Cohen
Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
7.30pm
Tickets Full price (Support the artists and arts) £13.00+ - Mid Price (A bit cheaper if you need it) £10.00+ - Low price (Even cheaper if you need it) £6.00 from WeGotTickets
With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. Amongst a concert of such songs as; Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah, are also Poems by Lorca that Keith has set to music; Cohen’s greatest influence. There will also be songs from ‘You want it Darker’ released just before his death – produced by his Son, Adam.
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World Unlimited - Miranda Sykes
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 The acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ returns in 2019 with a new album and UK tour. 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 solo as she started out: One woman, one bass, and one guitar. Building on the success of her Borrowed Places tour which opened a window into the past, explaining where she had been, physically and spiritually, Miranda is back with a new project: Behind The Wall, a roller coaster ride exploring where we are going; Miranda, you, me, all of us. Powerful and hard-hitting but also poignant and beautiful.

 

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 Sunday
SONG -Folk on the Moor - Book by email
Monday 11 February
 
Tuesday 12 February
 
Regular events 2nd Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Jigs for Gigs - Jane Thomas
MUSIC - Bradninch Acoustic Music Club
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
Wednesday 13 February
Cara Dillon
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
8.00pm
Tickets £20.00+ (£18.00+) Seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

Cara Dillon occupies an enviable position at the very top of her genre. This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences and achieving exceptional acclaim for over 20 years. She has (according to Mojo magazine) ‘quite possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice’.

Alongside a selection of favourites from her previous releases, Cara will be performing material from her new album Wanderer which is a collection of beautiful and moving songs recorded in an intimate setting with her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman.

Every note and word sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life of experience singing traditional songs. Legions of fans will attest to their impassioned performances with Cara’s warm and natural stage presence something to savour.

Regular events 2nd Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Brian Graham - Ted Farmer
Thursday 14 February
Valentines Open Mic Night
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
8.30pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

An evening of music from anyone who would like to come along and perform in this relaxed atmosphere. The monthly event has so far included a wide range of musical genres and given exposure to some very talented musicians, poets and singers. If you have a musical talent, you don’t have to book a place, just come along and play.

Regular events 2nd Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - no club night
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
MUSIC - Brixham Blues - BBT2 - Paul Cowley
Brixham Blues BBT2, Old Coaching Inn, Fore Street, Brixham TQ5 8AG
Paul Cowley ends his current French tour in Chateaubriant, France on Friday 8 February and opens his month-long British tour at Brixham Blues. Paul lives in Morbihan, Brittany, and is an acoustic fingerstyle and slide guitarist inspired by the country blues greats of the 1930s. He has performed at festivals, clubs and venues throughout the UK and live on BBC radio. Support from resident band The Boal Weevils, featuring lap steel and slide maestro Stuart Cumberpatch and Andy Boal, both playing stunning vintage National steel guitars. Floor spots are always available for visiting bluespersons

SONG - Totnes Folk Song Club Singers Night with 'Local troubador' Julia Howe to finish the evening.
Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL
8.00pm


Friday 15 February
Jamie Smith's Mabon - This award-winning band celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2019 with a new LIVE album and globe-spanning tour!
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
8.00pm
Tickets Full £18.00 - Supporter £16.00  
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website


With a 20th anniversary and a new LIVE album to mark the occasion, Jamie Smith’s MABON are in the mood to celebrate this impressive milestone in 2019 - keener than ever to bring their ‘brilliant live show’ to all corners of the world.
Twenty years, four continents and about a thousand shows since their first performance, MABON released their seventh recording, ‘Twenty’, in November 2018.  Recorded live on the road, it features the band's newest music alongside a career-spanning, ‘greatest hits’ roll-call of reworked tracks from their back catalogue - ‘Twenty’ highlights why this band have built their reputation on their exhilarating live performances and deftly worked recordings.
MABON’s distinctive, multi-award winning music explores the styles of the Celtic traditions and works them anew; the music is self-styled, singular and toe-tappingly good – an irresistible blend of world music and Celtic roots, presented with good humour, energy, joy and passion.
With two decades of experience performing at major World, Celtic and Folk festivals across the globe, this five-piece band of dazzling musicians performs outstanding original compositions, all given the same refreshing, creative treatment as the band dances along the borders between Celtic heritage and contemporary sound.
This year they will be playing these new and old album tracks in their native Wales and all around the UK; in Europe; in Australia, New Zealand, Canada; wherever their tour takes them!  They would love for you to join them when they swing by your town!
Stand by for infectious, life-affirming music by the spadeful!

 

The O'Marleys
Stand Off, Portland House, Longbrook Street, Exeter, Devon EX4 6AB
9.30pm - 11.00pm
Free
The Fantastic O'Marleys irish band will be playing all your favourite tunes and songs, Mac racing away with lightning speed on his fiddle, Ioworth picking out those banjo notes with ease, and John Strumming away on Guitar, All three sing all your favourites like, Black Velvet Band, Whiskey in The Jar, Irish Rover, Wild Rover, Fields of Athenry, Blarney Roses and many more. A band rated the best in the South West and not to be missed. Check out their latest album, Trip to Exeter. Find them on FB and twitter
Amazing Irish band The O'Marleys will set the place alight when they play all your favourite Irish tunes at The Stand Off, Exeter.

Claude Bourbon
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
Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Russian stylings into uncharted territories. Each year Bourbon plays more than 100 shows around the world.
Born in France in the early 60’s, Claude Bourbon grew up in Switzerland, where he was classically trained for many years. This finger picking guitarist has performed and studied all over the world; He has played countless venues, including Glastonbury Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Colne Great British & Blues Festival, Rock O'Z Arene, Avenches, Switzerland, among others. He has shared the stage in Europe and the USA with countless musicians, Calvin Russel, Charlie Morgan (Elton John, Gary Moore), Jan Akkerman (Focus), Steve Grossman (Miles Davis), Herbie Armstrong ( Van Morisson), Jose barrense Dias and many more.

Now based in the UK, some of this guitarists’ influences allow us a fascinating insight into this remarkable musician; Paco De Lucia: Deep Purple’s Richie Blackmore; Joaquin Rodrigo; JJ Cale; JS Bach….

 

Jackie Oates
St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
7.00pm
Tickets £12.00+ from WeGotTickets
Jackie is a singer and fiddle player hailing from Staffordshire. Her unique treatment of English ballads and songs and pure, haunting singing style has established her at the forefront of the new English folk revival. The Starcross concerts aim to raise some money to keep the church going and make it a more viable community building.

Fairport Convention
Exeter Corn Exchange - Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW
7.30pm (Doors 6.45)
£26.00 and £24.00 for over 60's (includes £1.00 booking fee). Box office telephone 01392 665938 - For more information go to website
After more than fifty years on the road Fairport Convention’s passion for live performance has never wavered. This concert will showcase the band’s musical sophistication and instrumental virtuosity during a fascinating journey through their inspiring and extensive repertoire. Renowned as the founding fathers of British folk-rock music, Fairport Convention has maintained consistently high standards for over five decades and remains as entertaining as ever. Still bold, still vigorous and still willing to take musical chances, an evening with Fairport never fails to dazzle and delight audiences. 
Saturday 16 February
“Songs inspired by the sea” An evening of entertainment with Nigel Bovey, Sid Vale Folk, Hugh Sutherland, Mariners Cry.
Blackmore Theatre, 10 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
Cash bar from 6.30pm. start 7.30pm. Finish 9.30pm approx.
Tickets £5.00. Cheques (payable to Friends of Exmouth Coastwatch)/cash please to Julie Lavers. 5 Dorchester Way, Exmouth EX8 5QE.
Come and join us in support of Friends of Exmouth Coastwatch.

Rakes Adrift
The New Inn, Old School Lane, Fremington, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 2NT
9.00pm
Free admission

A weekend of Breton Music and Dance
Cadleigh Village Hall, EX16 8HW

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

New to the Bicton, duo Rob and Lucy will enchant you with their highly original interpretations of popular folk and pop ballads together with some beautiful original songs.

Supper concert with Silvington
Slapton Village Hall, Slapton, TQ7 2QN
7.00pm
Tickets £10.00 from Slapton Village Community Shop. In aid of St James the Great Church.
South Devon duo Silvington will be featuring tracks from their new album "A Song in Every Window" - a history of Plymouth in song.
Papa Gator & The Levee Breakers
The Drewe Arms Drewsteignton EX6 6QN
8.00pm
Tickets telephone 01647 281409.
A Mardi Gras night of Mambo madness! Featuring the accordion of Rob Rickey from Lafayette Louisiana, alongside sensational Pedal Steel player Gus York, whose claim to fame includes years on the road with Val Doonican(!) and recording with Marianne Faithful, and the fiery guitar playing of Julian Piper, a man who's served more time than most hanging around the Louisiana swamps, this bunch of renegades dish out a heady Gumbo of Louisiana Cajun, Swamp Pop and Soul . With a rhythm section of Chris Billings on bass guitar and Lucy Piper on drums, Papa Gator serve up a real dose of Les Bon Temps! 

Moscow Drug Club
Chudleigh Community School Hall, Lawn Drive, Chudleigh TQ13 0LS 
8.00pm
Tickets £12.00 adult, child £8.00 Telephone 01626 852553.
Moscow Drug Club is a curious musical place where certain elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango & Gypsy Campfire meet, have a few to drink and stagger arm in arm into the darkness of some eastern European cobbled street on a mission to find the bar where Django Reinhardt & Tom Waits are having an after hours jam with the local Tziganes. Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jaques Brel, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits & Bertolt Brecht, provide an intoxicating & intimate musical experience. Early gigs in the bars and clubs of Bristol provided evidence that Moscow Drug Club made a noise that made people happy.

 

Jim Causley & Jane Darke: Cornwall’s Native Poet
Mamhead Village Hall, Stud Hill, Mamhead, EX6 8HP
7.30pm
Telephone 0845 467 0529 to book.
A screening of the 2017 BBC film, Cornwall’s Native Poet by award winning Cornish filmmaker Jane Darke about the life the renowned Cornish poet Charles Causley. It features interviews with important names in literature such as Sir Andrew Motion, Simon Armitage, Roger McGough and the sound track is comprised of settings of Charles’ poems by his relative, award winning folk musician Jim Causley. Jane will introduce the film, and after the screening will follow a Question & Answer session between Jane, Jim and the audience. Jim will finish the evening by playing a live selection of his musical settings of Causley’s poems.
Claude Bourbon CANCELLED
Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ19 9AL
7.30pm for 8.00pm.
Tickets £10.00 - for information and tickets go to website

Claude is a true virtuoso guitarist. He is a classically trained musician, who fuses every conceivable genre into a master-class of a stage performance. There are Latin, Spanish, Gypsy, Jazz and Delta Blues influences throughout, and often within one seamless stream of perfection. He plays throughout America and Europe, including the Glastonbury and Isle of Wight festivals.

One reviewer said “What came next I find hard to describe, an almost endless amalgam of different influences, melting into each other as we moved from classical openings, across a whole continent of cultural roots, from the Balearics to the Balkans, and then across to the Mississippi Delta, and shoehorned into all that was music that would not have been amiss in the courts of emperors and kings… It’s not easy to begin to describe the breadth or mastery of the music you will hear if fortunate to catch one of Claude’s gigs.

The BBC said of him ‘“…This accomplished artist offers tender, compelling performance through highly developed precision. His sound instantly creates ambience – from haunting Spanish moods to lyrical, romantic jazz, Claude Bourbon provides both a rich evening of music for lovers, and a real treat for music lovers…”

 

Sunday 17 February
A weekend of Breton Music and Dance
Cadleigh Village Hall, EX16 8HW

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

Not to be missed, Skylark’s repertoire includes uplifting arrangements of Blues, Irish, Bluegrass, Old Time American and Contemporary songs with two part harmony singing, fiddle, flute, mandolin, guitar and percussion.. They regularly perform live on local radio and appear to rapturous applause at music festivals throughout the South West.

Regular events 3rd Sunday
Monday 18 February
Jacob and Drinwater - This Old River Tour
Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
7.30pm
Tickets Full price (Support the artists and arts) £13.00+ - Mid Price (A bit cheaper if you need it) £10.00+ - Low price (Even cheaper if you need it) £6.00 from WeGotTickets
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'This Old River' tour. UK alt -folk duo Jacob & Drinkwater have been called ‘stand out new Folk’ by BBC6 Music and ‘inventive and thrilling’ by R2 Magazine. Jacob's sweeping vocals never fail to captivate, delivering many a spine-tingling moment; the fluidity and precision of his finger-picking underpinned by Drinkwater's nimbly rhythmic double bass; at times sweetly soaring, haunting, percussive and driving, the layers of depth a perfect counterfoil. Featured numerous times on BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music and lauded by their musical peers as one of the most accomplished acts touring the circuit today
Regular events 3rd Monday
STORYTELLING- Stone Soup Twisted Tales for Adults
This month’s guest storyteller is the wonderful Lisa Schneidau, who will be telling us more about a character many have heard of but few really know her story. Intrigued?
Tuesday 19 February
Dartmouth Steam Railway: Music & Magic - Paignton to Kingswear & Return
6.30-9.30pm
Tickets (guide prices) £10.00, £5.00 child, are currently on sale at the Galleon Stores Galmpton, by contacting 07879 442416, email or online at the event website
A chartered trip with the Dartmouth Steam Railway in support of Rowcroft. The trip begins at Paignton Station departing at 6.30pm. One Accord, Missin' Tackle, The SeaGals and the Dartington Morris Men will all join Magician Lez the Fez and be performing on the train. A 'who done it' murder mystery will also be run on the train. You are welcome to bring your own picnics and beer or wine if desired. The trip takes you via Churston Station at 7pm. The train will then move into Greenway Tunnel, for a concert inside the train. Each carriage will have a performing group singing. Onto Kingswear, for further singing and dancing on the platform. You can also join at Churston (same price) and disembark on the return journey. Please note there is no entry or exit from Kingswear Station.
Regular events 3rd Tuesday

DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Janet Bulpin

DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club

SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - Daria Kulesh and Jonny Dyer
The function room of the Castle Hotel, Fore Street. Bradninch. EX5 4NN
Doors opening at 7.45pm and the performance starts at 8.00pm.
Entry is £6.00 per person with accompanied under 18 years free.
The extraordinary effervescent talent that is Daria Kulesh, along with her accompanist the multi-talented Jonny Dyer will be at the Bradninch Folk Club on Tuesday 19 February.  She is certainly from Russia with love, enriched by Ingush heritage and a career which start in an Irish pub in Moscow.  The pair first teamed up to work on Daria's highly acclaimed album Long Lost Home and have toured extensively with bookings across the UK and in Russia, at theatres, folk clubs and festivals.  For those who have seen these artistes you will know how accomplished they are as individual performers but together they are a perfect storm of delights.  Daria is masterful creator and theatrical performer of rich stories which convincingly convey their meaning irrespective of the languages in which they are sung, combined with Jonny's spectacular instrumental skills, composing and arranging they deliver an impressive show.  Well deserved praise follows their tour:

"Her voice was simply magnificent, just stunning. The accompanist was seriously high quality. Mesmerising and ethereal."  (Cornwallace, TheNettle.scot)

"A spellbinding night last night with the amazing Daria Kulesh and Jonny Dyer. Some fascinating stories and songs. Daria's powerful voice was complimented expertly by Jonny's wonderful accompaniments." (Harry Wilson, Stirling Folk Club)

Support for the evening includes Garry the “slide guy” Smith, a man on a mission. Using his own songs and instrumentals as well as carefully selected covers his self-proclaimed mission of taking slide guitar out of the "Blues Ghetto".   

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

Wednesday 20 February
Beans on Toast
Exeter Phoenix, Auditorium, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
Doors open 8.00pm
Tickets £15.00+ - Standing - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

Cult Folk Legend, Beans on Toast is coming to town to promote his new album “A Bird in The Hand’ and he’s bringing a full band with him.

Over the course of his huge career Beans has become something of a cult national treasure. What seemed like a throwaway festival act has evolved into something much more important, a voice of truth and honesty, cutting through the bullshit. A consistent and reliable modern-day troubadour, not afraid to speak his mind; always touring, always writing, recording and releasing music. Playing every festival under the sun and always, always, telling it like it is.

Regular events 3rd Wednesday
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club - Jeroka - Ray Goodswen - venue to be confirmed
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club  - Jigs For Gigs - Mary Marker
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
OPEN MIC - Blues Night at the Oystercatcher’s  Cafe
Thursday 21 February
Becky’s Folk & Indie Open Night
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
8.30pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

An open session featuring acoustic music performed by anyone who would like to come along to sing or play. Hosted by Exmouth’s favourite balladeer Becky Brooks, anyone can join in the fun, perform solo or as part of the group. All abilities welcome

Liam Jordan & Dan Aston
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

2018 has been an exciting year for folk-rock singer-songwriter Liam Jordan. Having released his debut album back in May, Jordan has just finished a full eighteen city tour of the UK & Ireland to promote the record. The album fuses; folk, country, gospel and rock in a travelling blues band style format, forging strong subject matter with powerful and emotive production, and nodding a respectful head to songwriting greats such as Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen and more recently, Jason Isbell. His first single ‘Tap At My Window’ was featured on Richer Unsigned’s ‘Best of June’ playlist in association with Q Magazine. Three of his album tracks have also had BBC Introducing plays and he is currently ranked #6 in the Reverb Nation UK singer-songwriters chart, #1 in the regional (Southwest), and #156 on their global singer-songwriter chart.

 

Support from: Dan Aston. A Cornwall-based singer-songwriter inspired by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Nick Drake, and Bob Dylan. He has most notably been featured on BBC Radio 6 Music by Tom Robinson, with numerous plays across regional stations such as BBC Radio Cornwall. Dan released his latest single ‘Whiskey Songs’ in November 2018. He has previously released a further four singles, plus a superb seven-track EP titled 'The Way Home'.

 

Friday 22 February
The Hamoaze Band: Plump Dead Thighs and Pretty Blue Eyes
Upstairs at Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL 
7.30pm
Tickets £8.00 from The Drift Record Shop, 103 High St, Totnes or online at Eventbrite
Part concert, part theatre: featuring in-character storytelling, great acoustic folk(ish) music and song all based on the fascinating folk tradition of the murder ballad. A completely original show that has delighted its audiences in Cornwall since its premiere in August last year. This is its first performance in Devon and forms part of the 2019 tour which will include appearing at the Bath International Festival Fringe in June. There's a dash of history, lots of off-kilter humour and the promise of a terrific night's entertainment. Providing you share a slightly sideways sense of humour! 

Harbottle & Jonas  Album Launch
The Barrel House, 59a High Street, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5PB
Doors 8.00pm
Tickets £8.00 advance - £10.00 on the door. Booking office 01803 863000 - more information and tickets on website
Devon duo Harbottle & Jonas are releasing their already acclaimed new album “The Sea Is My Brother” on February 22, and marking the occasion with a full band launch gig in their home town of Totnes. The album is a collection of superbly crafted and atmospheric new songs with a definite maritime flavour including their new single, Hall Sands. They’re bringing the full band with them: Mark on fiddle, Jude on cello and mandolin, Andy on trumpet and electric bass and Adam on drums. Support from Exeter’s Emily Davies.

 

Ladies Night
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
9.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

A special evening showcasing some of East Devon's exceedingly talented female artists. The ladies will be performing everything from gentle folk to striving rock, from classic covers to original songs. Artists to be announced

Track Dogs
Stockland Village Hall, nr Honiton EX14 9EF
8.00pm
Tickets £12.00 advance, or £15.00 on the door, please bring cash. Book early, limited availability; telephone Wendy 01404 881207.
Comprising two Irishmen, an Englishman and an American, the band came together in 2011 to create their unique brand of acoustic music - a veritable 4 x 4 of voices and instruments identified by the fusion of styles which include Folk, Latino, Americana and Bluegrass.The band has a striking line-up of 4-part harmonies, acoustic guitar, ukulele and bass alongside cajón and trumpet with a bit of banjo and mandolin thrown in for good measure! 2019 will see return performances at Costa del Folk in Ibiza (with Show of Hands and Seth Lakeman).
Pop-Up Pub
All profits to Stockland Village Hall.
Silvington - Guest appearances by Flash Jack and Sarah and Nigel Sture
Sparkwell Parish Hall, Sparkwell PL7 5DD
7.30pm
Tickets £5.00 from John on 01548 810806 or via the Silvington facebook page
Official launch of Silvington's new album "A Song in Every Window" (A history of Plymouth in song).
BYO drinks and nibbles.

Elizabeth & Jameson
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 stunning collaboration between two rising stars of the UK folk/pop/rock scene, Elizabeth & Jameson comprises Hannah Elizabeth of Said The Maiden and Griff Jameson from Fred's House.  Playing all over the UK with the trio Said The Maiden, Hannah Elizabeth's influences are very much planted within traditional folk roots.  This is in stark contrast to Griff Jameson's recent musical history, having penned a string of quirky rock/pop anthems for Fred's House.

Together, Elizabeth & Jameson arguably offers the best of both backgrounds; this is simplistic, classic song writing at its best: a stripped back, harmony-driven sound with guitar, violin and exquisite vocals.

 

The O'Marleys
Stand Off, Portland House, Longbrook Street, Exeter, Devon EX4 6AB
9.30pm - 11.00pm
Free
The Fantastic O'Marleys irish band will be playing all your favourite tunes and songs, Mac racing away with lightning speed on his fiddle, Ioworth picking out those banjo notes with ease, and John Strumming away on Guitar, All three sing all your favourites like, Black Velvet Band, Whiskey in The Jar, Irish Rover, Wild Rover, Fields of Athenry, Blarney Roses and many more. A band rated the best in the South West and not to be missed. Check out their latest album, Trip to Exeter. Find them on FB and twitter
Amazing Irish band The O'Marleys will set the place alight when they play all your favourite Irish tunes at The Stand Off, Exeter.
Blackheart Orchestra
The Plough@StAnne's, Paternoster Row, Barnstaple EX31 1SX
8.00pm - £11.00.
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Award-winning British songwriters, composers and multi-instrumentalists Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington are The Blackheart Orchestra. This pioneering duo blend musical styles, seamlessly sidestepping boundaries to create music huge enough to fill a cathedral.

The Blackheart Orchestra is often likened to a ‘miniature orchestra’ as even though there are only two of them, on stage they play a large number of instruments all totally live. The music fuses acoustic folk and electronica and brings together stringed instruments with 80’s synthesisers and classical influences.

The BBC mistook them for an 8-piece band on first listen, (they enjoyed that!) and their stage resembles a space station of musical instruments. As The Blackheart Orchestra perform the show involves them continuously changing from electric and acoustic guitars, bowed guitar, piano, organ, bass and electronic percussion to vintage synthesisers, omnichord and melodica often playing two instruments at the same time in a complex choreographed weave of musical sounds, moods and textures.

The Blackheart Orchestra's music has been used on TV commercials and films and is currently the soundtrack to the brand new Best Director and Best Actress winning
British sci-fi movie ‘Charlie and Me’.

The Blackheart Orchestra has now been together for 10 years and during that time have released four albums and played over 1200 concerts from large to small, with tours of UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Netherlands and Denmark. Their latest album ‘Diving For Roses’ has received applause from both the music media with over 20 published reviews and has been praised by musical giants like Genesis’ Steve Hackett who described it as “Beautiful, powerful and inspiring.”

Saturday 23 February

The Brothers Gillespie
Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
7.30pm
Tickets Full price (Support the artists and arts) £13.00+ - Mid Price (A bit cheaper if you need it) £10.00+ - Low price (Even cheaper if you need it) £6.00 from WeGotTickets
North Tyne troubadours The Brothers Gillespie combine the glorious tones of sibling harmony with brilliant multi-instrumentalism and inspired song-writing. Described by Folk Radio UK as ‘weaving an especially compelling magic’.

“Sam and James are great protagonists of the living tradition of British folk music.”

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Jake’s Progress – An evening without Jake Thackray
The Plough@TheGeorge, The George Hotel, 1 Broad Street, South Molton EX36 3AB
8.00pm
Tickets Full £12.00 - Supporter £9.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

John Watterson is Jake’s biographer and the UK’s leading performer of Jake’s songs. As Fake Thackray he has toured with Fairport Convention, played at many festivals, theatres, clubs and on national radio. John has recently uncovered 15 wonderful songs written by Jake but never released - some have lain forgotten in the BBC archives for decades, others found in Jake’s personal papers have never been heard.

These songs, along with never-before told stories from the biography research plus several much-loved Jake classics, feature in John’s new show - a hilarious and captivating celebration the life and songs of one of this country’s finest and funniest wordsmiths.

Highly entertaining whether you are discovering Jake for the first time, or an ardent fan.

 

Plymouth Morris Men’s 49th Annual Ceilidh with Rumpus
Woolwell Community Centre, Darklake Lane, Roborough, Plymouth PL6 7TR
7.00pm
Tickets £10.00 (includes a pasty supper) are available online from telephone on 01752 345048 or from Marion on telephone 07837 271769 or email.
Harbottle & Jonas
Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AF
8.00pm
Unreserved seating. £8.00 advance, £10.00 on the day. Advance booking telephone 01626 832223 or from our Devon Guild shop.
Their music is always accompanied with a great story. Together the husband and wife duo combined the rich traditions of folk music with original and contemporary interpretations through a mix of closely intertwined vocal harmonies and compelling and authentic musical arrangements.

Music on Saturday- Artists to be announced
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Kent DuChaine
The Bridge Inn, Bridge Hill, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ
8.00pm 
Tickets £12.00 from The Bridge Inn telephone 01392 873862.
For reasons that are never quite clear - after all acoustic blues is hardly flavour of the month - Kent and his battered 1930s National Steel guitar have toured the world delighting audiences for more than three decades. And certainly listening to Kent's dusty old blues songs and his original tales of Voodoo, bad women and bad whiskey, all subjects he's uniquely qualified to sing about, his sincerity is hard to miss. Kent's career began in the 1980s when he worked with Mississippi Delta bluesman Johnny Shines, a musician who hobo'd with Robert Johnson, the most famous bluesman in history. If you didn't realise you liked blues, come and give Kent a listen. You won't be disappointed. .

World Unlimited -The Shackleton Trio
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
A highly original and energetic musical force just as likely to move you to tears as to move you to your feet. Frequently referred to as one of the hardest working bands on the scene, The Shackleton Trio is gaining significant UK and International exposure, becoming an in demand name on the folk circuit. 2018 saw plays on Mark Radcliffe's Radio 2 Folk Show, 5-star reviews, music used on BBC radio 4, an appearance on Cambridge Folk Festival's main stage alongside a host of UK and European festivals and international tours. The Shackleton Trio are Georgia Shackleton (fiddle, vocals), Aaren Bennett (guitar) and Nic Zuppardi (mandolin). Natural talents of the folk tradition, their self-penned material blends seamlessly with their imaginative yet authentic re-workings of traditional folk standards, influenced by British, American and Scandinavian folk traditions, with a regional twist from the group's native East Anglia. “a voice entirely of their own”
– Mike Harding.

 

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

Folk Plus in Concert.
Marldon Christmas Tree Farm, Totnes Road, Marldon, TQ3 1RR
Doors open 7.00 for a 7.30 start.
Tickets £8.00 in advance or £9.00 on the door. No concessions.  Tickets and more information from: Paul Woodhouse telephone 07894 961010 or email or Eventbrite
The Folk Plus Acoustic Music Club is hosting  a special evening of folk- inspired music. Four well- established and very popular Devon-based groups will be sharing the billing:
Harpingmad, The Cornelius Family, Nine Pound Catfish and Folk Inspired.
This will be the first event of its kind in the cafe/restaurant building at Marldon Christmas Tree Farm. A well -stocked bar will provide refreshments during the evening.  

More information on Folk Plus Acoustic Music Club Paignton's  Facebook page 

Keith James: The Songs Of Nick Drake
Teignmouth Pavillions Auditorium, The Den Crescent, Teignmouth, TQ14 8BG
Doors 7.00pm - start 7.30pm
Tickets £15.00+ - Box office telephone 01626 249049 email or to book tickets on-line go to website.

This concert begins with an introductory set of timeless songs by brilliant songwriters – all contemporary with Nick Drake. Richard Thompson, Roy Harper, Sandy Denny, Al Stewart, Vashti Bunyan, John Martyn and Bert Jansch.

 Also featured are poems by William Blake which Keith has set to guitar arrangements based on Nick’s unique style.

 Nick Drake is the most revered and loved of all this country’s singer/songwriters. He recorded three cherished Albums between 1969 and 1972 but was almost entirely unknown in his day. After his tragic death in 1974, aged only 26, his music almost disappeared into obscurity. Now, thanks to a massive resurgence of interest and a worldwide re-evaluation of his genius, Nick Drake has become a National treasure. An important book, Remembered for a while has been recently released, written by his elder Sister Gabrielle Drake. This volume throws light on almost everything attributed to Nick’s brief career as a songwriter and recording artist as well as on many corners of mystery and supposition.

 A number of years have now passed since singer/guitarist Keith James paralysed the whole country with his stunningly beautiful series of concerts entitled The Songs of Nick Drake. At the beginning of the project in 2001 he was the first artist ever to bring this fragile and intriguing music to theatres across the UK in its pure live concert form. The end result was over a decade of highly acclaimed concerts amounting to over 1500 shows in venues in the UK, Ireland, Holland, France, Italy and Spain including all of Nick’s Schools and Colleges – even Glastonbury Festival.

DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance
Steve Tyler and Katy Marchant
St Matthew's Hall, Newtown, Exeter  EX1 2LJ. 
There is a large public car park across the road which is free after 6.00pm. Doors open at 7.15pm and we will start with some dance tuition at 7.30pm, followed by the first band at around 8.00pm.
Admission £9.00 which includes tea and biscuits.
No partner is needed for many of the dances and beginners are always welcome.
Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Saturday Dance - Dartmoor Pixie Band     
Broadclyst  Village Hall, Broadclyst, Exeter EX5 3EE
Regular events 4th Saturday

SONG - Shammick Acoustic - Kimber’s Men
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 WeGotTicket

Sunday 24 February

Rosa Rebecka
A Gallery Gig - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
7.30pm
Tickets £8.00
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Acclaimed local singer/songwriter Rosa Rebecka returns to The Plough with an evenibg of acoustic alt-folk music blending her Swedish roots with influences as divers as Leonard Cohen and medieval troubadours. Her haunting vocals and gentle guitar are joined by a host of instruments from around the world for a unique musical experience.

 

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

Authentic rock and blues just as it sounded in the 50s and 60s. Bicton Street Blues features talented Exmouth bluesmen Dave Gwilliam and Olly Davy. Dave originally fronted popular bands including Laughing Gravy and the Fourbeats. Talented multi-instrumentalist Olly has played in a variety of well known folk and blues bands including the Junkyard Angels.

John Watterson (Fake Thackray) support Maggie and Bob POSTPONED
Caroline's Kitchen, The Churston Farm Shop, Dartmouth Road, Brixham TQ5 0LL
Doors Open 7:00pm (for 7:30 start).
Tickets £10.00
Tickets are available from Maggie telephone 01803 855961/07770806083 or email or WeGotTickets.
John Watterson returns to us with songs and stories from the late, and much missed, Jake Thackray. Fear not however, as Jake truly lives on in John as he lovingly retells the stories and sings the songs. John was very well received last time, and we know so many of you have been waiting for him to return.

Caroline's has lots of free parking. She also offers an amazing selection of beverages and snacks. 


Regular events 4th Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor - Sam Kelly Duo
Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE 
7.45pm
Admission £10.00 - Book by email Sold Out
Sam is a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Although hailing from Norfolk, Sam has a deep interest in Gaelic culture stemming from listening to tales and melodeon tunes from his Irish grandfather. He has even co-written songs in Cornish! He has an outstanding voice and is supported by the incredible banjo-playing of "Lost Boys" member Jamie Francis and together they create exciting new music that transcends the boundaries of traditional and popular music. 
SONG/STORYTELLING - Tradewinds
Okey Folky - Singers, musicians, poets, step-dancers and audience members all welcome!
Monday 25 February
 
Tuesday 26 February

Shape Note Singing
Methodist Church, East Street, Ipplepen, Devon, TQ12 5SX
7.00pm - 9.00pm
For more information email
Shape note singing is an American Choral tradition of unaccompanied singing in four part harmony.
We will sing from The Sacred Harp which has been in continuous use since 1844, and a newly compiled collection called the Shenandoah Harmony which contains an extensive collection of early American hymns.

We are not a traditional choir with no membership or performances. We sing for the joy of the experience rather than for the appraisal of an audience. We are holding the singings on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

 ‘Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways’
Brixham Library, Market Street, Brixham TQ5 8EU
7.00pm
Tickets £10.00 for FoBL members; £12.00 non-members, £8.00 U16s, available from Brixham Library telephone 01803 853870.
This double bill includes story, poetry and music to whisk you back to the days of WWII when a shortage of crews to keep the working boats going brought a new breed of boater to the canal. Young women, later nicknamed idle women took on the challenge and this is their story. Performed by the Alarum Theatre Company, this is a first for Brixham. 
Regular events 4th Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Aileen Wills
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
SONG - Shape Note Singing in Ipplepen
Wednesday 27 February
 
Regular events 4th Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Gibby Swaine and Ian Anderson - Jeremy Child
SONG - Bampton Folk Song Club - Suspended due to sale of pub
SONG - Lympstone Folk, Roots and Acoustic
Thursday 28 February

Free Concert at the Crabshell Artists include Brenda Burnside - Desperate Jan and the Pieboys - Harbottle and Jonas
Crabshell Inn, Embankment Rd, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 1JZ
8.00pm
Legend Brenda Burnside will get us off to a fine start and will then introduce “Desperate Jan and the Pieboys” who will do their best to inject life and passion into the first half and we’ll have fun. After the interval: Harbottle & Jonas are a stunning young folk duo, based in Totnes. They combine the rich traditions of folk music with a mix of closely intertwined vocal harmonies. They blend concertina, harmonium, banjo, stomp box, acoustic guitar and dobra. They’ll no doubt enchant us with songs from their latest second album “The Sea is My Brother”. Mike Harding said they’re ‘Phenomenal— Definitely -one of the best folk acts I've heard in a long while'. Don’t miss.


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Bicton Folk Session
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
8.30pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Enjoy an evening of lively, foot-tapping music when local musicians get together for an open acoustic session featuring accordions, violins, guitars, banjos, mandolins, pipes, bodhrans etc. Anyone can come and join in, lead a tune or just enjoy listening to the amazing sound created by the performers. The session usually includes lots of jigs, reels, polkas, airs and shanties, but anything can happen!

Saskia Griffiths Moore
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

Saskia Griffiths-Moore is coming to B-bar, Plymouth on her 22 date ‘Ocean of Stars’  UK launch tour, celebrating the release of her
strongest and most unusual album yet!

Drawing from Roots, Americana and Folk music, Saskia’s new album touches on subjects  of life and death in an unusual and positive Brit-Country style.

 

Seth Lakeman & Band 
Exeter Cathedral, 1 The Cloisters, Exeter EX1 1HS
7.30pm
Tickets £16.50+ - £33.50+. For tickets and more information go to website
Seth Lakeman takes a break from the Robert Plant musical juggernaut in Autumn 2018 to release his ninth studio album. The charismatic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist found time at the beginning of the year, in between charging around the globe with Robert Plant to record the new studio album. It’s a return to a no-nonsense, organic, classic folk-rock approach with hints of Fairport Convention, Neil Young, Nick Cave and Billy Bragg – plus Lakeman’s trademark foot-stomping, fiddle bow-shredding and soaring vocals. Seth brought in top producer Ben Hillier and along with long-time collaborator Ben Nicholls on upright and electric bass, he was joined by new boys Kit Hawes on electric and acoustic guitar and drummer Evan Jenkins. 

 

Regular events 4th Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Ted Farmer - Jeroka
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
SONG - Teignmouth Folk Club - Singers' & Musicians' Open Night. Free admission. All performers and listeners welcome.