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Page last updated on 17-06-2019
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Saturday 1 June

The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information
McCreadys 5.00pm.
No one recreates the authentic sound of American country blues quite like the McCreadys. With intricate guitar picking and deep, sultry vocals, Robbo Lees and Nick Bayes will take you on a musical journey across the southern states of the USA when they perform some well known and lesser known songs from the ‘Deep South’.
Hello Vera and Guests 8.30pm
Introducing an exciting new collaboration between talented young singer Livvy Hylton-Smith and pro-guitarist Bob King. The duo will be opening their songbook of 20th century classics, with songs like We’ll meet Again, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, Cry me a River, to contemporary pieces by artists such as Gloria Gaynor, Duffy and Amy Winehouse. Livvy’s sensational voice combines perfectly with Bob’s intricate jazz guitar playing to bring a new twist to all time favourites. The duo will be joined by some of their talented musical friends.

World Unlimited - The Jigantics
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
Four-piece band full of multi instrumentalists, who frequently swop instruments and share lead vocals with stunning four part harmonies. Never afraid to mix musical styles but always with a touch of class, combining original material with their own interpretation of Steve Earl, Tom Waites to name a few. Their foot-tapping, feel good and totally convincing tearjerkers makes for a remarkable and spellbinding evenings’ entertainment The whole effect is one of wondering what may come next and then being surprised when the unexpected happens. 

 

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

Arquebus
Axminster Arts Cafe, Church Street, Axminster, Devon EX13 5AQ
11.00am
Traditional folk mixed with original songs and tunes, performed in an upbeat contemporary foot stomping style. Free event in the courtyard garden.

 

Edgelarks (Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin)
The Flavel, Flavel Place, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9ND
7.30pm
Tickets standard £17.00 Under 18 £5.00. Box Office telephone 01803 839530 or book online at website

Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin will be making a return to the Flavel with their new band, Edgelarks. They are now well established as one of the leading acts on the folk music scene and their track record of terrific live performances and superb albums was recognised at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards where they won Best Duo in 2014 and were nominated in both 2016 and 2018. Edgelarks is both the name of their new band but also their 4th album released in 2017. Their 2019 tour will feature material from a new album to be released in May. “Subtly atmospheric”: Robin Denselow The Guardian

Songwriters' Circle: Greg Hancock, Em Marshall and Ben Morgan-Brown
The Bridge Inn, Bridge Hill, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ
8.00pm
Tickets £8.00+, Available from WeGotTickets
Three highly acclaimed singer-songwriters present their songs in turn in this beautiful and atmospheric historic pub. A great chance to compare and contrast three different styles and approaches to the art of songwriting.    

Bridport Ceilidhs - Fresh Aire with Aileen Wills
Church House (St Mary's) Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW
7.30 - 11.00pm.
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 2 June
Sadie Horler
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Exeter based singer-songwriter Sadie Horler has quickly established herself as a popular act on the South West festival circuit. With her intricate guitar picking and effortless vocals, Sadie performs with warmth and authenticity, captivating her audience with an engaging presence. Her song writing reflects a maturity and perception beyond her years, with lyrics drawing on the events and people around her, every song telling a story that compels you to listen.

Cedric Burnside + Todd Albright
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
Doors open 8.00pm
Tickets £12.50+ - Standing, seating available - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website
Sure it's blues but Cedric Burnside's music is anything but ancient, the rich tradition of Mississippi Hill Country blues dragged kicking and screaming into the modern day, a shot of the real deal for fans of the Black Keys and the White Stripes. Given his first guitar by Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars, 39 year old Cedric's a scion of blues royalty, the revered R. L. Burnside clan. 'I write my music how I live my life', he admits and there's certainly blood on his tracks.Support: Todd Allbright. Detroit native. Signed to Jack White's Third Man Record label Todd's grounded in the pre-war tradition of blues guitarists, dishing up a gritty and soulful take on the blues masters.
Regular events 1st Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor Book by email
Monday 3 June
 
Tuesday 4 June
 
Regular events 1st Tuesday
"FirstTuesday" Storytelling Cafe - Twyford House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NF - 2.00 - 4.00pm -
Come tell a story: personal, traditional, made up or family, or just listen to someone else. Max 10 mins per story, and no reading aloud allowed. Just come and have fun in a relaxed cosy, supportive setting. £3.00 to include refreshments. Details from Janet on 07834 194215.
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
MUSIC - Exeter Ukulele Club
DANCE - Fraddon Folk Dance Club (Cornwall)
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - open night
Wednesday 5 June
Regular events 1st Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Bridgewater Band - Robert Blackborow
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club Bicknoller Village Hall - Aileen Wills - John & Mary Brock
Thursday 6 June
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!

Gets/z Loose - First Thursday Club
The Hourglass, 21 Melbourne Street, Exeter EX2 4AU
Door 8.00pm
£5.00 entrance
Launch of new monthly blues club: Fronted by Rob Brown, Gets/z Loose is a high-energy ensemble of amplified acoustic slide guitar, bass, harmonica and congas. Playing old blues tunes in their own way, the band has given getting on for 1,000 gigs in London and across the UK.
The First Thursday Club will be held on the first Thursday of each month in The Hourglass, an indie gastropub in Melbourne Street, just above Exeter Quay. Hosted by singer and TV voiceover, Rob Brown, the club will present blues, roots, folk, rockabilly and ragtime bands in the pub’s welcoming basement room. Think Paris in the sixties without the smoke
Friday 7 June
Albert Lee and His Band
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
8.00pm
Tickets Full £24.50 - Supporter £21.50  
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

World Unlimited - Richard Durrant
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm
Tickets £18.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
Guitarist and composer Richard Durrant returns with a musical celebration of midsummer and another classic series of gigs on the folk/classical cusp. As the solstice approaches Durrant reveals a collection of brand new pieces, old favourites, tales from the road and the occasional song inspired by the summer solstice. "My new favourite guitarist…Richard Durrant sits completely outside the accepted genres. He has a peculiar and wonderful mind" Tom Robinson BBC6 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

Ninebarrow
Church of St. Michaels the Archangel, Chagford TQ13 8BN
Doors 6.45pm Concert begins 7.30pm 
Tickets £10.00+, child £7.00+, available from Sally’s Newsagents, Chagford, teelephone 01363 85370, or from website
Multi-award-winning folk duo (and walkers!) who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mark Radcliffe as sounding like ‘two halves of one voice’, by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. Most recently, the duo were nominated in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the ‘Horizon’ category for Best Emerging Artist.

 

Show of Hands Trio
Darts Farm, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QH
7.00pm
Tickets £30.00. Includes BBQ Supper. Go to website for more information and to purchase tickets

Mae Karthauser
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
Mae Karthauser is a British songwriter with a rich, acrobatic voice and a distinctive circusesque piano style. Raised in a musical family and one of seven children, she began learning piano, violin and singing as a child, before going on to study at Dartington College of Arts and California Institute of the Arts in LA. Her training began classically, but quickly spread to music spanning Eastern Europe, Bulgaria, Africa, North India and Java as well as in jazz, folk and more popular modern styles.

Under the self pinned folk-pop-circus genre, her songs are populated by wayward characters both human and animal and leap playfully between story and fantasy and hard social questions, asking for what is faithful in a world of mirrors. Inspired by the likes of Lhasa de Sela, The Do, Zulya, Kate Bush, Regina Spektor, Whiskey Moon Face, Joni Mitchell and Joanna Newsom.

 

Martin Scragg and Mensing
Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter, EX2 4AZ -
7.30pm
Ticket Price: £10.00+ From WeGotTickets - Box Office - Telephone 01392 2771808//665885 - Visit website - email

This June an Exeter venue sees a new collaboration between two Devon based folk acts - an established solo folk artist and the newest choir from Wren Music. MenSing is a 21-strong choir of all male voices who have been singing together for a couple of years and are causing a big stir. They are linking with Martin Scragg, an accomplished and experienced folksinger from the South Devon area.
MenSing and Martin will present a full concert of folk songs, many from England, but others giving the concert an unmistakeable international flavour, with items from South Africa, Sardinia and nearer home from Scotland and Cornwall.
This special concert near Father’s Day, balances the popular Her Story women’s choir from Wren Music who performed at the same venue for International Women’s Day in March. MenSing have certainly been getting around in their first two years of existence, their singing being heard in local festivals, community halls and busking locations as well as being featured at Exeter Chiefs rugby matches! The choir have been drawing audience reactions like “such a powerful sound” – “they really commit to their songs” – “some great voices in the group combining together” – “inspiring choice of songs”.
“It’s a fresh departure for us to be doing our first proper collaboration” said music director Paul Wilson “Martin’s brought us a loads of new material and we’ve been polishing our harmonies for this event” The musical ideas for the group come a huge variety of sources including shanty groups, male voice choirs and others like Wren Music’s close Sardinian singing friends the all-male Sos Cantores. “We’re thrilled to be presenting a song we first heard Sos Cantores sing when they visited Devon” said choir director Paul Wilson “Their commitment and sheer musical energy blows me away,” said Paul. “I have directed many choirs and singing groups over the years and this lot are definitely in a class of their own” Choir members have said “I love the sounds we create” – “we’ve made firm new friendships” – “we’ve got so many exciting plans”
Martin Scragg is a singer of 50 years experience on the UK folk scene. Devon-born, he is an accomplished
singer and guitarist with an extensive repertoire of traditional British folk music. “Many of these songs
come from a radical tradition which we need to continue for the present day” Martin said “it was a really
exciting opportunity to work with the Wren choir. The lads really pick up things quickly and there’s a great
sense of commitment to the songs”
The evening will comprise full vocal harmony pieces, balanced with quality solo-led items and instrumental
accompaniments featuring guitars, accordion, piano and some more exotic relatives.
Come and catch this great evening of powerful, radical and sociable songs, with plenty of chances to join in.
Edgelarks 
The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ
8.00pm (Doors 7.30pm)
Tickets £14.00 seated. For more information and tickets and accessible seats telephone 01404 384050 or go to website

Edgelarks launch their new album, Feather, with a UK tour.

In April 2018, Edgelarks (Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin) retreated to a remote cottage in Ulpha, western Cumbria. They breathed in the mountain view, banked up the fire, and took their instruments out of their cases. Then they sat down, and wrote. In escaping the everyday chaos of busy lives, they realised how caught up in the misery of the 24 hour news cycle they were; absorbed in the heartbreak of the world, they had lost sight of its beauty. Tired of the navel-gazing tendencies of sad song writing, and the terrible events frequently depicted in the folk ballad tradition, they decided to turn their attention to an oft overlooked but vital facet of our lives: hope.

Swiftly, a set of songs and tunes emerged. Stories of wonder from the natural world; tales of rejoicing and long lost returns; and simple thanksgiving for their own surroundings and place in the landscape. Informed by world rhythms, British folk roots, and the duo's penchant for making as much noise as possible with only two people, the album is an upbeat celebration, an incitement to hope.

Jim Causley
Otterton Mill, Otterton, nr Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 7HG
Tickets £15.00 (price covers the music only).
Pre-booking required. Food served 6.00pm to 7.30pm, music starts at 8.00pm. To book, telephone 01395 568521 - website
Award-winning singer-songwriter, musician and proud Devonian Jim Causley is an all-round entertainer and during the past decade has been nominated no less than six times for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. Last year he was also nominated as “Singer of the Year” at the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. In 2014 he won the Spiral Earth Singer of the Year award and presented his own folk music show on BBC Radio Devon. The following year he worked with BBC TV historian Dr Sam Willis to create the music for his show ‘Highwaymen, Outlaws and Villains’.
Saturday 8 June
Reefs of Moonshine
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
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.

Barn Dance with Lympstone Ceilidh Band
Lamerton Village Hall, Tavistock, Devon. PL19 8FJ
7.00pm. Dancing from 7:30pm
£5.00 or £3.00 under 12s
Bring and Share Supper - Bring your own drinks

South West Shape Note - Mulberry House All Day Singing Cullompton Baptist Church

Bovey Tracey Craft Festival
Harbottle and Jonas
Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL
11.30am
A great live act, their songs cover the political and historical as well as the more personal. Partners in life as well as music, Dave and Freya combine a love of the richness of traditional folk with their own original and powerful songwriting. Over 6 years of writing and performing together they have evolved a compelling live signature sound, blending their distinctive solo voices with concertina, harmonium, banjo, stomp box, acoustic guitar and dobro with their powerful close vocal harmonies. 
Vist website for more information

Gordon Giltrap
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
Recently awarded an MBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honour List for services to Music and Charity, legendary British Guitarist Gordon Giltrap will be performing what promises to be an electrifying solo acoustic show. Expect to hear classics such as Heartsong and Lucifer’s Cage alongside new material from his latest album ‘The Last of England’.

 

The Lost Sound - Loving Folk
St Pancras Church, Widecombe in the Moor
7.30pm
Tickets £8:50 in advance and £10.00 on the door. Tickets from Eventbrite or email.
Benefit concert for Dartmoor Rescue Ashburton. This volunteer team are just amazing and need some financial support to keep us safe! Come and help us boost their coffers!

'LOVING FOLK' is our Spring/Summer tour 2019. A beautiful collection of folk and accapella tradition songs that are tender, joyful, thoughtful and fun. We've found some wonderful songs to light you up, to stir your heart and lift your imagaination! With quite a different feel from last summer, we hope that you love hearing them. We are cetainly having fun singing them!

In February this year, we were featured on the Fatea showcase album and are getting more plays on folk radio stations around the uk.

 

DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Ivan Aitken and J.I.P 
Willand Village Hall, Gables Road, Willand, Cullompton, Devon EX15 2PL
8.00pm
Admission £8.00 - bring and share supper - raffle.
For more information please telephone Marilyn Broom 01404 47200 or Zena Roberts 01884 253546 - or visit website
Regular events 2nd Saturday
SONG - Open night Shammick Acoustic
Sunday 9 June
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Fire Exit 5.00pm
An afternoon of traditional jazz in the company of  talented jazz stalwarts Martin Nichols,  Bob King, Charlie Hernshaw and Paul Barnham who will be performing a selection of beautiful, chilled jazz standards.
Exmouth Irish Session 8.00pm
Irish musician Fanchea McKinley invites you to a evening of lively and evocative music from the Emerald Isle when she hosts a session featuring singers and musicians from all over Devon. If you sing or play, come and join in. All abilities are welcome. It’s a great night to meet up with people with Irish roots too.

 

The Ruggle Regatta
Rugglestone Inn, Widecombe in the Moor, TQ13 7TF
Free event.
Line-up: Skylark; The Old Gaffers; Wild Goose; The Widecombe Singers; Ravens Return; Banned from the Moor; Newton Bushell Morris.
Regular events 2nd Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor - Frank Burkitt
Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE
7.45pm
£12.00 - Book by email
A superb 4 piece group, headed by Scotsman Frank, who was brought up in the Highlands before moving to Edinburgh and then, 5 years ago, to New Zealand. His musical background includes jazz quintets, singing with big bands and in pub sessions. Asongwriter from an early age, he recorded his first album 10 years ago and now performs with Cameron Dusty Burnell (Mandolin), Kara Filbey (Vocals/Percussion) and James Geluk (Double Bass).
Monday 10 June
 
Tuesday 11 June
 
Wednesday 12 June
Regular events 2nd Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Fresh Aire - Monty Crook
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 13 June
Open Mic
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
8.30pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

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

Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys (Canada)
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
7.30pm
Tickets Full £14.00 - Supporter £12.00  
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website Hailing from Prince Edward Island on Canada’s east coast, the multi-award-winning dancing fiddler Gordie MacKeeman along with His Rhythm Boys serve up old-time roots music with an energy level that practically yanks you out of your seat by the collar.


Regular events 2nd Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Ray Goodswen - Stringaccord
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
SONG - Totnes Folk Song Club Singers Night - 'Local troubadors' shanty crew The Old Gaffers to finish off the evening
Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL
8.00pm
SONG - Bideford Folk Song Club - Quicksilver
The Joiners Arms, Market Place, Bideford, EX30 2DR
8.00pm
Friday 14 June
The Speedgums
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
9.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

You are going to love The Speedgums – new to the Bicton. They are a soulful, high energy three piece band from Hay on Wye, Gloucestershire, featuring vocals, double bass, banjo, trumpet, harmonica and kazoo. Their set includes highly original versions of vibrant, high energy Americana, jazz, country blues and jaunty 1920s tunes, together with some highly impressive originals.

World Unlimited - Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm
Tickets £14.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe, two of the UK acoustic/folk scene’s finest songwriters join forces for a series of concerts filled with songs and music, chat and banter and intimate insights into their approach to their craft. Head to head, neck and neck (guitar necks, that is!) listen in as they rekindle the spontaneity of their late-night living-room song swaps.

 

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

The Toorak Hotel Blues Weekend Friday 14 - Monday 17 June
Elles Bailey
‘Road I Call Home’ headline tour
Toorak Hotel, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5JS Go to website for more information and tickets
Elles Bailey has a talent for crafting and seamlessly weaving rootsy blues, country, and soulful rock, with a contemporary edge. What’s more fate has blessed her with a ‘smoky vocal’ style that perfectly fits her music, after a stint in hospital as a child changed her voice forever. 

Her debut album Wildfire (Sept 1st 2017) which debuted at no.2 in the iTunes blues Charts was produced by Brad Nowell and assembled a host of some of the worlds finest musicians, including Grammy Award winning guitarist Brent Mason and three-time ‘Musician Hall Of Famer’ Bobby Wood. Blended together with the likes of Jonny Henderson (Robyn Ford, Matt Schofield) on Hammond organ and Joe Wilkins on blistering guitar, the result is a unique trans-Atlantic coming together of styles.

 

Martyn Windham-Read
Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ 
8.00pm
Tickets £9.00 Telephone 01837 840775 or email to book tickets
Martyn has been involved in folk music for over forty years. In his late teens he left his mother’s farm in Sussex and headed off, with his guitar, to Australia where he heard, first hand, the old songs sung by some of the station hands at Emu Springs and he became captivated by these songs and the need to know more of them and where they came from grew. He returned to England in 1967 and has since produced over 40 albums and appeared at folk festivals in Australia, and around the world.
Windjammer - Gallery Bar Special
Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm
Free entry - donations to band please. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500.

Plymouth band Windjammer is an exciting three-piece combining bold and engaging original compositions and self-penned songs, with modern arrangements of traditional material.

Jake Sonny Rowlinson (vocals, synth, concertina), Jeremy Bunting (fingerstyle guitar, percussion, vocals) and Fran Rowney (piano accordion, low whistle, vocals), began playing together in 2015 and now combine their individual approaches into a diverse and captivating whole. Frequently heard on BBC Radio 3, they’ve performed at Latitude Festival and Hartlepool Folk Festival. Their debut EP was released at a sold-out launch event in 2018 at Plymouth’s Barbican Theatre.

“An exciting sound and vision hoves into view!” – Max Reinhardt on Late Junction, BBC Radio 3
“Improbably mature vocals and a bold, contemporary approach” – Geoff Lakeman

Contra (American Barn) Dance - Caller - Jeremy Child. Band - Fresh Aire.
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 15 June
Oak Mysteries
10.00am - 4.00pm
Start at Meldon Reservoir car park near Okehampton. The car park is on the approach road to the dam. Grid Reference is SX 561 917.
£25.00 per adult. For tickets and more information go to website
Join Dartmoor's Daughter and Storyteller Lisa Schneidau on a magical walk to discover the rich and diverse tales of British woodlands. From heroes and heroines to faeries, woodwose and tree spirits, this is a unique opportunity to spend time exploring the folklore and nature of Dartmoor’s wild places.

Upland oak woodlands are mysterious places, strewn with granite boulders and dripping with mosses and lichens. Here, the English oak (Quercus robur, translated to ’strong fine tree') grows low and gnarly, in a tangle with rowan trees, bilberries and ferns. The oak is our national tree, instantly recognisable across the countryside and throughout our folklore.

On this Midsummer walk, we will discover stories of the mystical oak tree, symbol of strength and courage, and its place at the very heart of our traditions, surrounded by the oak trees of Black a Tor Copse, one of the best remaining examples of high altitude oak woodland left on the moor.

Dumbo's Feather
The Stand Off, Portland House, Longbrook Street, Exeter. EX4 6AH
8.00pm to 10.00pm, followed by the resident house dj to take you into the wee small hours.
Following a busy period elsewhere on other projects or playing private gigs, Dumbo's Feather return to The Stand Off in Exeter. As always, the fiery and inspired fiddling of Alice McShane shall be augmented by the dynamic duo of multi-instrumentalists that is Mike Cosgrave on accordion, acoustic guitar, low whistle and vocals, and Richie Evans on Lead vocals, bodhran, acoustic guitar, bouzouki and harmonica.

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

Two of the Bicton’s favourites bring you an afternoon of popular songs covering a wide range of musical genres from folk to rock, reggae to pop. Sara’s powerful voice is perfectly complimented by Dave’s rousing guitar and vocals when the duo put their unique twist on some all time favourites from the 60s to the present day.

Edgelarks Album Launch Party!

Tickets £14.00+ from TicketSource
West Town Farm, Exeter, EX2 9TG
Doors Open at 7:00pm Starts at 8:00pm

Join us to launch our new album, Feather, with a party at beautiful West Town Farm, near Exeter. In April 2018, Edgelarks (Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin) retreated to a remote cottage in Ulpha, western Cumbria. They breathed in the mountain view, banked up the fire, and took their instruments out of their cases. Then they sat down, and wrote. Tired of the navel-gazing tendencies of sad song writing, and the terrible events frequently depicted in the folk ballad tradition, they decided to turn their attention to an oft overlooked but vital facet of our lives: hope.

Swiftly, a set of songs and tunes emerged. Stories of wonder from the natural world; tales of rejoicing and long lost returns; and simple thanksgiving for their own surroundings and place in the landscape. Informed by world rhythms, British folk roots, and the duo's penchant for making as much noise as possible with only two people, the album is an upbeat celebration, an incitement to hope. We are absolutely delighted to announce some very special guests for this celebratory evening.

Opening the night will be the wonderful Tobias Ben Jacob. He is a Devon based singer songwriter and fingerstyle guitar player, one half of duo 'Jacob & Drinkwater' He has been called 'stand out new folk' by R2 Magazine , BBC Introducing in Devon have hailed him 'One of our best artists.' He will be joined for part of his set by Polly Meyrick (vocals, clarinet, piano). Tobias and Polly are forming a new band playing unique arrangements of traditional music and this is their first ever gig together!

Our friends at Exmouth brewery Crossed Anchors have agreed to bring along some very special guest ales for the evening as well, so prepare to enjoy some of the finest beverages Devon has to offer.  Please note, although there is seating at West Town Farm, if you would like to guarantee a seat do bring a camping chair. As it's a rural venue, we'd recommend sturdy footwear and warm clothing. There is plenty of parking. 

Tangled Roots Festival @ Radford Mill Farm Somerset BA2 0QF

Sunday 16 June
Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets support Dawn Landes
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
7.30pm
Tickets £26.00+ - Standing £36.00 balcony seats - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website
Nick Lowe's career is staggering, he's worked with Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash - he was even married to Cash's daughter - recorded and toured with John Hiatt and Ry Cooder in 'Little Village', and along the way enjoyed his own 'hits' with songs like 'Cruel To Be Kind', 'I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass'; the man's a legend.. This time around he's backed up by a bunch of Californian Surf desperadoes and by all accounts the whole shebang is one heck of a show not to be missed!
Maddy and the Chaps
Dawlish Warren, Weeks Farm Horse and Dog show
3.00pm
Country, Folk and Celtic Sounds
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.

Ninebarrow in concert with Glorious Chrous
Crediton Congregational Church, 8 High St, Crediton EX17 3LB
7.30pm
Price £12.0010.00 concessions. Concession price applies to Students, Under 18’s, OAPs and unemployment/disability claimants. For tickets and more information go to website
Regular events 3rd Sunday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club Singers’ night includes an hour with Anahata & Mary Humphries
Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF
8.00pm
Free
‘Wonderful and unusual versions of songs and brilliant accompaniments and tunes.’ - Pete Coe, Ryburn Folk Club
Monday 17 June
Acoustic Warehouse – Music & Performance Club - Featured artist night - Owley Dave and Friends
The Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane,Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot, TQ12 3QH
7.15pm
Entry - £2.00 donation to Rowcroft.
Featured Artist night - a selection of Owly Dave songs performed with a variety of great musicians. Including: Peter's Dream with Sophia Colkin. Inner Peace with Jules Jones and Lesley Stuckey, Kiss Goodbye with Kathryn Collings, and Endangered with Susie Trezise.
Tuesday 18 June
Folk Singaround @ The Royal Oak Nadderwater
The Royal Oak, Nadderwater, Whitestone, Exeter EX4 2JH Contact Tracey 01392272352 for more information
8.00pm
Regular events 3rd Tuesday
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - Climate Change Stories
Castle Hotel, Bradninch, nr Cullompton EX5 4NN
8.00pm
Reduced entry £3.00.  For more information telephone 01392 881105 or go to FaceBook page
A community event well founded on a project from 2018 initiated by Exeter University; bringing together climate scientists and arts practitioners, to work, in a positive way, with adults and children, in music, poetry, theatre and art. Climate Change Stories is not a lecture it is a serious but fun journey. Storytelling is a natural human way of dealing with important ideas, things we care about and is the essence of the folk tradition. Like the poet, the singer songwriter, the troubadour the balladeer and the protest singer they communicate a message to people personally and for causes that resonate. This event is about rising to biggest challenge ever Climate Change!
Wednesday 19 June

Lill' Jim and Julian Piper
Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ
8.00pm
Tickets £10.00 from The Bridge telephone 01392 873862.
If you can imagine yourself perched on a stool clutching an ice cold tine of Coors, in a tin roofed bar somewhere in the middle of the Louisiana bayous, the sun going down, the mosquitoes buzzing, then this is a night for you ! Lill' Jim (and his one man band) might hail from Derby but his father was a member of celebrated Cajun renegades R Cajun, so this stuff is in his blood, why he hammers out Zydeco tunes on his accordion in the tradition of the greats like Clifton Chenier and Rocking Sidney, soul stirring foot stomping music that'll make you want to dig out your dancing shoes. Just for good measure local bluesman Julian Piper will be playing a tribute to Dr John, dishing up a musical Gumbo of Louisiana themed anthems.

Regular events 3rd Wednesday
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club Bicknoller Village Hall - Club Callers - Brian Graham
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Meter Rite - Graham Knight
OPEN MIC - Blues Night at the Oystercatcher’s  Cafe
Thursday 20 June
Folk and Indie Open Night
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
8.30pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

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

Friday 21 June

Windjammer
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
Windjammer are a contemporary folk trio, based in Plymouth, Devon. They play original material, along with new arrangements of traditional songs and tunes, and singing in three-part harmony.

 

Reg Meuross
The Plough@StAnne's, Paternoster Row, Barnstaple EX31 1SX
8.00pm
Tickets £12.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Somerset singer-songwriter Reg Meuross has that rare gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, on a really human level, his words and music painting pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung, accompanying himself masterfully on guitar and captivating audiences with his beautiful tenor voice. 

 

21st Teignmouth Folk Festival
Regular events 3rd Friday
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Plus level
South West Shape Note - Mulberry House Third Friday Singing Cullompton - Sacred Harp Singing
7.30pm for 7.45pm until 10.00pm
House singing from the shape-note tradition, singing from The Sacred Harp book.
Venue details and other information: Steve or Martin telephone 01884 563138 or email

Shape Note South West website

Saturday 22 June
Swedish Midsummer Celebration
Reforge Retreat, Black Torrington EX21 5QH
2.00pm - 5.00pm
Tickets £3.00 - £20.00 from Eventbrite
Swedish Midsummer Fest (Midsommarfest) with singing and inclusive dancing around a traditionally decorated Swedish 'Maypole'. Led by Rosa Rebecka and the ExeSwedes, and with a guest performance from West Devon Folk Choir. The songs and dances will be presented in both Swedish and English.
There will be a bring and share picnic and a fully licensed bar. Children and families are welcome (but no dogs please). The event is help in a beautiful parkland gardens with lakes, bordered by woodland.
Ben Walker Ben Walker
Exeter Phoenix, Studio 1, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
Doors open 7.30pm
Tickets £12.00+/£10.00+ seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

Ben Walker was recently hailed as ‘one of the best acoustic guitarists in the world’ by Total Guitar magazine. A BBC Folk Award winner, a versatile producer as well as a celebrated instrumentalist, he has a passion for putting old jewels in new settings, for bringing together traditional and contemporary music and for playing it like no-one else.

With six critically acclaimed albums as a duo with Josienne Clarke and more than fifty as a producer of other artists, Ben’s signature style has been sought after from punk to Proms. His music has been described as ‘thoughtful‘ (Guardian), ‘deft‘ (Telegraph) and even ‘legendary‘ (Morning Star).

The Fox on the Downs, Ben’s first solo record, a deceptively simple, self-released instrumental EP came out in 2018. Mark Radcliffe jumped on it for Radio 2. Reviewers pronounced it ‘jaw- dropping’ (Folk Radio UK), and ‘almost obscenely good’ (Fatea), calling for a full album soon to follow. Echo will be released in the Summer of 2019.

Ben is keen to share some of the lost treasures of our folk heritage and their stories, alongside his own compelling original compositions in this intimate instrumental set.

Musical Spectacular in Aid of Exmouth Museum
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Exmouth’s Mayor, Steve Gazzard and Landlady, Alison Brockbank invite you to an afternoon and evening of non-stop live music provided by a variety of talented artists. There will be a raffle and collections to help raise money for Exmouth Museum to purchase it’s premises and become a permanent feature of the town. Please help support this worthy cause and enjoy over 6 hours of fabulous music.

Lunacci & The Lunatics
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
Lunacci + The Lunatics is a wonderfully vibrant folk-ish collaboration. Stylistically somewhere between Mumford & Sons and Newton Faulkner, this fun filled trio is bound to make you smile and get your feet moving.
Never short for original material, folk themes and motifs resonate throughout these songs. A trio of experienced musicians that is fronted by a dynamic and seasoned front-man; live performances are full of energy and excitement, and always highly interactive.
After headlining Cornish venues and performing at various festivals throughout the year, Lunacci + The Lunatics finally bring you their first recorded single.
A live gig with Lunacci has one ambition: to have as much fun and interaction as possible.

 

Kitty Macfarlane - A Gallery Gig
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
7.30pm
Tickets Full £12.00 - Supporter £10.00  
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website Kitty Macfarlane is a songwriter and guitarist from Somerset, whose music is rich with visual imagery and written with an eco-eye. Her lyrics touch on intervention and rewilding, climate change and migration, and woman’s historical relationship with textiles and the land.

21st Teignmouth Folk Festival

SHORE TO SHORE Folk Music from Newfoundland and England’s Westcountry
Lunchtime “meet the artists” PLUS evening concert

‘Shore to Shore’ is a concert tour given by Newfoundland’s Jim Payne and Devon’s Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker of Wren Music - Hearty choruses, story song and ballads and foot tapping instrumentals featuring the fast driving tunes of Newfoundland and their rhythmic English cousins. Guitars, Accordions, 4-stop melodeons, strong vocal harmonies and much more.

Together the performers will be exploring songs they have shared for over thirty years - songs that demonstrate the cultural and musical links between the county of Devon and the former Dominion of Newfoundland. Many people in Newfoundland, who took the Devon songs with them, can trace their ancestry to Devon. In this series, the three performers compare and contrast various versions from both sides of the Atlantic.   

The three performers are also experienced workshop leaders and music educators and can offer talks or practical workshops as supplements to the main concert.

From the chair of The Devonshire Association following the 2017 ‘Shore To Shore’ tour

“Most memorable of all was the way in which Marilyn, Paul and Jim's music threaded its way through everything - I have been playing 'From Shore to Shore' whenever I want to recall the genuine happiness that permeated our celebrations.  How wonderful to have given such riches to so many; we are all in your debt.” Peter Beacham

DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance Truffetete, our friends from North Devon, who are 10 years old in 2019 so more birthday celebrations to enjoy!
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. The dance workshop, led by Jenny with help from Carrie, Chris and Maggie, will include Rond  Pagan and Avant Deux à Coutant as well as an introduction to Fisel.  TRaM will provide support for the evening.
Admission £9.00 which includes tea and biscuits.
No partner is needed for many of the dances and beginners are always welcome.
Regular events 4th Saturday

SONG - Shammick Acoustic - Alison Frosdick & Jack Burnaby

Tickets are £9.00 if bought in advance through WeGotTickets or, if you’re in Combe Martin, at The Pack o’ Cards or Pets’ Pantry, both in High Street, or for £10.00 at the door (with a £2.00 discount for members of Shammick Acoustic).  They may also be reserved by ringing Tom & Barbara Brown on 01271 882366.

Sunday 23 June

Greg Hancock - Moreton Music Day 2019
White Hart Stage, Station Road, Moretonhampstead, TQ13 8NF
12.30pm
Greg will be opening the proceedings on the White Hart Stage at this great event on Dartmoor. Dozens of other fantastic local acts around the town all day.

Anna Tanvir
Waterside Café, Bow, nr Crediton EX17 6LA
6.00pm
Tickets £18.00 for dinner and concert. Telephone Bow Garden and Aquatic Centre 01363 460466.
Singer and Celtic Harpist. Songs from around the world.
Nine Pound Catfish
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

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

Ben WalkerBen Walker - Guitar Workshop
Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Doors and bar 7.00pm, start time 8.00pm
Tickets: £10 advance, £11 door, £1 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £5 under 18s. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500.

Aimed at intermediate to advanced guitarists, this workshop will introduce you to DADGAD tuning and how it lends itself to playing traditional English and Irish music. You’ll start with some fundamentals of technique and work towards playing a complete tune as part of a small group, with plenty of time for one-to-one support.

An experienced teacher, performer, producer, composer and arranger, Ben Walker is a phenomenal technician with a gentle approach to a wide range of styles and tunings.

Ben WalkerBen Walker
Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Doors and bar 7.00pm, start time 8.00pm
Tickets: £10 advance, £11 door, £1 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £5 under 18s. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500.

Hailed as ‘one of the best acoustic guitarists in the world’ by Total Guitar magazine, Ben has a passion for putting old jewels in new settings, for bringing together traditional and contemporary music and for playing it like no-one else.

A BBC Folk Award winner as a duo with singer/songwriter Josienne Clarke, Ben’s signature style as a composer and arranger has been sought after from punk to Proms.

Ben has been developing a repertoire which is in equal part his virtuosic playing and a gently whimsical history lesson. He’s keen to share some lost treasures of our Folk heritage alongside his compelling original compositions in this intimate instrumental set.

The Lost Sound
Moreton Music Day
12.30pm (30 minute set)

'LOVING FOLK' is our Spring/Summer tour 2019. A beautiful collection of folk and accapella tradition songs that are tender, joyful, thoughtful and fun. We've found some wonderful songs to light you up, to stir your heart and lift your imagaination! With quite a different feel from last summer, we hope that you love hearing them. We are cetainly having fun singing them!

In February this year, we were featured on the Fatea showcase album and are getting more plays on folk radio stations around the uk.

 

21st Teignmouth Folk Festival

Regular events 4th Sunday

SONG - Folk on the Moor - Becky Mills and Ruth Angell
Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE
7.45pm
£10.00 - Book by email
Becky is an accomplished soloist and collaborator and has supported the likes of Pentangle, Fairport Convention and Barbara Dickson before joining "Waking the Witch". Ruth is a graduate in music composition, best known for her work with Ashley Hutchings in "The Rainbow Chasers" and many other projects. She plays fiddle and both she and Becky play guitar and have fabulous voices, so expect great songs with lovely harmonies.

Monday 24 June
 
Tuesday 25 June

World Unlimited - Rob Harbron & Ben Walker
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm
Tickets £12.50+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
A wonderful pairing of two amazing musicians. Having thoroughly enjoyed playing together for their recent EFDSS project The Lost Tunes, Ben Walker and Rob Harbron will be offering audiences an evening of spellbinding music and the stories behind it, combining solo sets with a selection of traditional and original tunes played together.

 

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

Ipplepen shape-note singing
Ipplepen Methodist Church, East Street, Ipplepen, TQ12 5SU (There is free parking at the church plus free on-street parking in the village with easy access to the church. Larger vehicles can park in the bus lay-by near the centre of the village, just a couple of minutes’ walk from the church).
7.30pm to 9.30pm

Hosted by Nadia & Jeremy, who are very happy to help, so if you're planning on coming to sing or just want to talk about shape-notes, do get in touch. Telephone Nadia 07577218696 or Jeremy 07851069723 or email

Singing from both The Sacred Harp (Denson, 1991) and The Shenandoah Harmony. Loaner copies of both books are available for use.

For more information on shape-note events in the south west, shape-note music in general and The Shenandoah Harmony in particular go to website

Regular events 4th Tuesday
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
SONG - Shape Note Singing in Ipplepen
Wednesday 26 June
Regular events 4th Wednesday
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Jeroka - Ray Goodswen
SONG - Culm Valley Music and Performance Club
SONG - Lympstone Folk, Roots and Acoustic
Thursday 27 June
Bicton Folk Night featuring Raddon Hill Clog Morris
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
8.30pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Exmouth Shanty Man Derek Brooks hosts a traditional folk night, when a varied selection of singers, musicians and poets perform individually and as a group. If you sing or play why not come along and join in the session? Otherwise enjoy listening to a selection of varied and lively traditional acoustic music.

The Blues Band
Exeter Corn Exchange - Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW
8.00pm (Doors 7.15pm)
£26.00 (includes £1.00 booking fee). Box office telephone 01392 665938 - For more information go to website
2019 sees The Blues Band Celebrate their 40th year together, Paul Jones, Dave Kelly, Tom McGuinness, Rob Townsend and Gary Fletcher. Many of the Blues Band’s 21st century fans weren’t even born when these five virtuosos, already music industry veterans, decided to fly in the face of musical fashion in 1979 and form a band ‘just to play the blues’. No one could have predicted that, 40 years on, they’d still be dazzling audiences with their showmanship and virtuosity. About 20 albums and thousands of gigs later, they’ve earned a reputation around the world as one of the finest exponents of the blues tradition in all its forms. With this line-up, it’s hardly surprising. 

Geoff Lakeman
B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
8.30pm
Admission £2.00
Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
B-Bar regular Geoff Lakeman, dad to famous folk stars Seth, Sean and Sam, plays for us again his inimitable blend of west country, American and Irish folk, Americana and even 20's/30's jazz, showcased on his rare duet concertina.

His debut solo album "After All These Years” has had national five and four-star reviews and been played on BBC Radio 2 by Mark Radcliffe, by Tom Robinson on his BBC Radio Six show, on BBC Radio 3 and just about every local radio station in the country.


Regular events 4th Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Gill Spence - Fresh Aire (Party night with bring and share)
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
SONG - Bideford Folk Song Club SHORE TO SHORE Folk Music from Newfoundland and England’s Westcountry

The Joiners Arms 6 Market Place Bideford EX39 2DR
7.30pm
No tickets in advance enquiries Telephone – 01237 472675

‘Shore to Shore’ is a concert tour given by Newfoundland’s Jim Payne and Devon’s Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker of Wren Music - Hearty choruses, story song and ballads and foot tapping instrumentals featuring the fast driving tunes of Newfoundland and their rhythmic English cousins. Guitars, Accordions, 4-stop melodeons, strong vocal harmonies and much more.

Together the performers will be exploring songs they have shared for over thirty years - songs that demonstrate the cultural and musical links between the county of Devon and the former Dominion of Newfoundland. Many people in Newfoundland, who took the Devon songs with them, can trace their ancestry to Devon. In this series, the three performers compare and contrast various versions from both sides of the Atlantic.   

The three performers are also experienced workshop leaders and music educators and can offer talks or practical workshops as supplements to the main concert.

From the chair of The Devonshire Association following the 2017 ‘Shore To Shore’ tour

“Most memorable of all was the way in which Marilyn, Paul and Jim's music threaded its way through everything - I have been playing 'From Shore to Shore' whenever I want to recall the genuine happiness that permeated our celebrations.  How wonderful to have given such riches to so many; we are all in your debt.” Peter Beacham

SONG - Teignmouth Folk Club
Friday 28 June
Gallery Bar Special: Sue Dubowi & Gareth Hedges
Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Doors and bar 7.00pm Start 8.00pm
Free entry, informal atmosphere. Donations to St Luke’s Hospice please. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500.
Finger style guitarists and singers Sue Dubowi and Gareth Hedges perform the back catalogue of folk music history from Britain and the US, plus original songs and instrumentals. Gareth plays his own arrangements of vintage delta, ragtime blues and jazz classics of the 1920’s and 30’s. He’ll recount stories and anecdotes of meeting and travelling with many of the great folk and blues pioneers, such as Pete Seeger, Doc Watson and Mississippi John Hurt. Sue sings her own arrangements of mostly traditional British based folk using open tunings in her own lyrical guitar style. Also great songs from the 1960’s and 70’s folk era, such as Joni Mitchell and Richard Thompson, plus a touch of banjo, hurdy-gurdy and mean spoons!
Lil Jim
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
9.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

Lil Jim is an amazing award winning, multi instrumentalist who seamlessly ties traditional music with modern arrangements and hooks. Combining guitar, harmonica and accordion with vocals and foot percussion Jim creates a dynamic and fresh sound of unstoppable rhythm and unrelenting melody. Jim has supported acts including Hayseed Dixie, Paul Jones and Midge Ure, and preformed standout shows at Leek Blues and Americana Festival and Acoustic Festival of Britain,

Keith James: The Songs of Nick Drake 
The Flavel, Flavel Place, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9ND
7.30pm
Tickets £15.00 Concession (over60) £13.00. Box Office telephone 01803 839530 or book online at website

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.

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.

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.

Renegade Pilgrims
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
Formed in Plymouth in late 2017, the Renegade Pilgrims are Graham Anderson (vocals, fiddle), Martin Jump (vocals, mandolin) and Max Vizard (vocals, guitar).
Taking inspiration from John Hartford, Kenny Baker and Joe K Walsh among others, this energetic trio respin classic bluegrass and Americana with a modern flavour and confident dexterity.
Expect a mix of expertly (re)arranged old-time tunes and unique takes on some of Americana’s most classic and rootsy songs.

 

Veronica Sbergia and Max de Bernardi
Otterton Mill, Otterton, nr Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 7HG
Tickets £15.00 (price covers the music only).
Pre-booking required. Food served 6.00pm to 7.30pm, music starts at 8.00pm. To book, telephone 01395 568521 - website
Winners of The European Blues Challenge 2013, exciting Italian duo Veronica and Max play country blues and ragtime, hokum, jug band and rural music from the 20’s and 30’s in their own unique style. Using ukulele, washboard, kazoo, guitars and mandolin, they sing and play with passion and humour, as they keep a precious musical heritage alive by faithfully reproducing its original sound, updated with a modern twist. Expect songs from Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Minnie, Jimmie Rodgers, Sidney Bechet, Lucille Bogan, Bo Carter and the Delmore Brothers.
Saturday 29 June
Summer Fling Barn Dance - Music by the Wyld Band with caller Ruth Jenkins

Whitchurch Canonicorum Village Hall, Bridport. DT6 6RF
Doors open 7.00pm, dancing from 7.30pm
Tickets £8.00 include Ploughmans and pudding. The bar will be open. Pre-booking preferred. All diets catered for, just let us know. Email or telephone 01297 489976  
A fundraising event for village teenager who is going to do good works with Camps International in Tanzania in July.



SHORE TO SHORE Folk Music from Newfoundland and England’s Westcountry

Ashridge Woodland Fair North Tawton, EX20 2DH 
Lunchtime performance
No tickets in advance enquiries 01837 352025

‘Shore to Shore’ is a concert tour given by Newfoundland’s Jim Payne and Devon’s Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker of Wren Music - Hearty choruses, story song and ballads and foot tapping instrumentals featuring the fast driving tunes of Newfoundland and their rhythmic English cousins. Guitars, Accordions, 4-stop melodeons, strong vocal harmonies and much more.

Together the performers will be exploring songs they have shared for over thirty years - songs that demonstrate the cultural and musical links between the county of Devon and the former Dominion of Newfoundland. Many people in Newfoundland, who took the Devon songs with them, can trace their ancestry to Devon. In this series, the three performers compare and contrast various versions from both sides of the Atlantic.   

The three performers are also experienced workshop leaders and music educators and can offer talks or practical workshops as supplements to the main concert.

From the chair of The Devonshire Association following the 2017 ‘Shore To Shore’ tour

“Most memorable of all was the way in which Marilyn, Paul and Jim's music threaded its way through everything - I have been playing 'From Shore to Shore' whenever I want to recall the genuine happiness that permeated our celebrations.  How wonderful to have given such riches to so many; we are all in your debt.” Peter Beacham

Church House Concert - SHORE TO SHORE Folk Music from Newfoundland and England’s Westcountry
The Church House, South Tawton, Devon EX20  2LQ
7.30pm
Tickets £10.00 on the door or reserved email or telephone 07855 882 319

‘Shore to Shore’ is a concert tour given by Newfoundland’s Jim Payne and Devon’s Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker of Wren Music - Hearty choruses, story song and ballads and foot tapping instrumentals featuring the fast driving tunes of Newfoundland and their rhythmic English cousins. Guitars, Accordions, 4-stop melodeons, strong vocal harmonies and much more. Click here for more information

Peter James Millson - Support: Jimmy Ireland, Exeter based singer/songwriter.
St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Stoke Hill, Exeter EX4 7AH
Doors 7.30pm Performance starts 8.00pm
Tickets £10.00 from WeGotTickets. For more information please call Twigg's Gigs on 07508 169049.
Dorset based singer songwriter. Peter's new album Low-Key was released last month, and we're all looking forward to hearing some of the new songs performed live, together with Peter's beautiful compositions from years gone by. Hot drinks and cake at the Twigg's Gigs café. BYO alcohol. Café's profits donated to Mind. No wheelchair access.
Guy Somerfield
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

An afternoon featuring an eclectic mixture of music from Exmouth’s favourite troubadour. Singer/songwriter Guy Somerfield again delivers his very polished performance of songs with an original twist, ranging from gentle folk to pulsing rock and everything in-between. He will also be playing some of his own enchanting songs.

Maddy and the Chaps
The Stand Off, Portland House, Longbrook Street, Exeter. EX4 6AH
9.00pm
Maddy and the Chaps will be bringing their Country, Folk and Celtic Sounds from Dawlish back to the Stand Off bar in Exeter, Come on down and enjoy some foot stomping sounds. See you there! FaceBook events

Barn Owl Trust Charity Concert - Barron Brady with support from Harping Mad plus Owly dave and Kathryn Collings
Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Bar open from 7.00pm
Tickets Full price £5.00 £8.00 £10.00 (Choose what you can afford) from WeGotTickets or Barn Owl Trust and Rafikis cafe or £10.00 on the door

An evening of delightful Folk Music to raise funds for, and celebrate the work of, the Barn Owl Trust - a small wildlife conservation charity based just outside Ashburton which celebrated it's 30th anniversary last year.

Sunday 30 June
Rosie Eade
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU
5.00pm.
Go to Bicton Inn website for more information

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

Cosgrave & Banks
Sharpham Trust Open Day, Ashprington TQ9 7UT. Visit Sharpham Trust website
Free entry. Small fee for parking.
We are delighted to welcome Mike and Steve back to the beautiful setting of Sharpham on the river Dart.  Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have built a reputation for top quality musicianship and entertainment. “One of Devon’s multi-instrumental treasures.” – Topsham Folk Club. "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  – Tom McConville.

Regular events 5th Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor - Book by email
SONG/STORYTELLING - Tradewinds
Okey Folky - Singers, musicians, poets, step-dancers and audience members all welcome!
South West Shape Note - Mulberry House Fifth Sunday Singing Cullompton - Sacred Harp Singing
2.45pm for 3.00pm until 6.00pm
House singing from the shape-note tradition, singing from The Sacred Harp book.
Venue details and other information: Steve or Martin telephone 01884 563138 or email

Shape Note South West website