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Tuesday 1 May
 
Regular events 1st Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Gill Spence - Fresh Aire
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
DANCE - Fraddon Folk Dance Club (Cornwall)
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - open night
Wednesday 2 May
 
Regular events 1st Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Ivor Hyde and Holly - Mary Marker    
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club - Iain & Nick - Simon Maplesden - Bicknoller Village Hall
SONG - Jurassic Folk and Jam
Thursday 3 May
Elani Evangelou & Martha Nash - 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. Two members of The Trees bring to The B-Bar an evening of interwoven guitar playing and harmony rich music incorporating sounds of country, 70s folk, and blues. With influences of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Crosby Stills Nash & Young and Laura Marling, expect a heady combination of delicate folk harmonies and sunny psychedelic sounds.
Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 8.00pm - £14.00 - Seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo – 2016 & 2013. With their landmark 5th album, ‘Personae’, husband and wife duo Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman introduce us to a host of new characters and stories from their fertile and energetic musical imaginations.

Drawing upon the British folk tradition’s natural backdrops whilst weaving in their own distinct and eclectic flavours, self-penned songs sit comfortably alongside traditional ballads to provide a hugely entertaining and varied evening of music and song.

Listen out for stories of Knights, grizzly murder, giants and even an ancient tortoise!

Twice winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for ‘Best Duo’, an evening in the company of this much-loved and highly respected couple is intimate, inclusive, warm and inspiring.

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

A first visit to the Mill for Jo a super talented performer whose rise to stardom is assured, hailing from the southwest we are delighted to welcome her to the Mill. “ On course to be the finest UK female blues soul voice” – Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror

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

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

Friday 4 May
Matthew Gordon Price - 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. An alternative folk musician who provides an emotional narrative with which many can relate. His sound has been compared to artists such as Glenn Hansard, Damien Rice, Marcus Mumford and Paolo Nutini. 

World Unlimited -Lisa Knapp - 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

Till April is Dead – A Garland of Ritual & Love songs in the Month of May. One of the most inventive and creative artists around, Lisa Knapp pushes boundaries with her radiant interpretation of traditional folk music. Her vocals reel you in, “cool and pure like iced water, edged with a menace and strength” (The Guardian). Her most recent album Till April is Dead gathered many five-star reviews. The month of May is the focal point for an eruption of traditions, rituals and celebrations across the Northern Hemisphere: summer is coming, the weather is warmer and the promise of long, light evenings provide a perfect excuse to sing, dance and celebrate. Melding together some of the most beautiful, strange and beguiling ‘May’ songs inspired by weird and wonderful happenings across Britain, as well as folklore hailing from here and distant shores, and beautiful folk songs of love and loss.

 

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

Dartmoor folk choir The Lost Sound - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT - 7.30pm - Tickets £9.50, email, telephone 01364 652781 or website
Dartmoor folk choir The Lost Sound start their summer season with a fundraiser concert, for the community owned Ashburton Arts Centre. 'In this heart' is a beautiful collection of songs of love, joy and bravery from England, Appalachia, Haiti and more. TLS will be ending their tour at Sidmouth Folk week on Sunday 5 August in the Manor Garden pavilion theatre. With a newly expanded choir, a strong, natural and powerful sound, they are earning a well deserved reputation for exciting singing. " Best choir in the region" Phil Beer.
Peter Donegan - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ - Tickets £3.00 available advance at the bar (free to restaurant diners that evening). Go to FaceBook for more information
The son of skiffle legend, Lonnie Donegan, now performing his father's songs and keeping alive the memory of one of the first stars of the hit parade. Any money raised from ticket sales will go towards Peter's fundraising campaign to help fund treatment for his three year old "Little Man", Eric, who has just been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. My "Little Man's" Treatment Fund
Saturday 5 May

Joseph Parsons - Dog House Roses - The Bridge Inn, Bridge Hill, Topsham, Exeter, EX3 0QQ - 7.30pm - Tickets £10.00+ from WeGotTickets

JOSEPH PARSONS is a prolific songwriter, recording artist and performer with over 20 commercial label releases including 2016’s “The Field/The Forest” (Blue Rose Records). His music weaves elements of rock, folk & soul into a distinctive and authentic sound. Both as a solo artist, and also with his band, his stage shows are dynamic, spirited and deeply moving experiences.

Originally from the music city of Philadelphia, Joseph Parsons has made his name by consistently delivering exceptional song driven albums alongside a rigorous touring schedule throughout Europe and the US, including several tours of the UK and Germany with Doghouse Roses.

"Once again, this album shows that Joseph Parsons is one of the most talented singer-songwriters of his time - it has been like this for years. Now must be the time for his deserved breakthrough....." (Maverick)
DOGHOUSE ROSES are a highly acclaimed folk / Americana duo from Glasgow formed by guitarist Paul Tasker and singer Iona Macdonald in 2006. 

The tenth anniversary of the band was marked with the release of their third studio album, 'Lost Is Not Losing'' in November 2016 which subsequently gained superb reviews across the music press. On the week of its release it was album of the week on BBC Radio Scotland, and the Daily Express declared that it 'delivers an extraordinary punch'. 

Previous years saw the duo establish their reputation through the UK and Central Europe, touring on their own and as members of U.S. based alt-country collective The Willard Grant Conspiracy. 

Two full length studio albums released in 2008 (How’ve You Been All This Time?) and 2010 (This Broken Key) garnered critical acclaim with R2 magazine stating that the music “mines the best of Scottish and American musical influences”. 

Alex Hart & Band - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 9.00pm - admission £2.00 Free with a B-Card - Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information.
Alex Hart is a young country/folk singer from Devon. Since releasing her first studio album ‘On This Day’ she has embarked on European and UK tours both supporting and playing in the band of Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre, and held her own on a UK tour and Festivals through the South West.
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club - Topsham Folk Club 40th Anniversary
12.00noon - 3.00pm - The Globe Malthouse - A lunchtime instrumental session of mainly English tunes. This one-off event celebrates our monthly tune session. Free admission
7.00pm -10.30pm - The Globe Malthouse - A reunion concert with invited guests who have been associated with the club over the years in all of its venues. A showcase of the wide range of musical styles that have given the club its unique identity. Tickets £5.00 – available at club nights but not online
Brixham Pirate Festival
The O'Marleys - Brixham Pirate Festival - 12.30pm - 1.30pm - Free
Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 7.30pm - £20.00 (£10.00 under 16s) - Seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website
In spring 2018 Jon Boden, former lead-singer of Bellowhead, will head out on the second leg of his Afterglow album tour. This is his first new release since leaving Bellowhead in May 2016 and features the newly extended Remnant Kings – a band that hasn’t performed together since 2012. Including the talents of former Bellowhead band-mates Sam Sweeney and Paul Sartin, plus Leveret’s Rob Harbron and along with Ben Nicholls and Richard Warren (King of The South Seas) the band will be joined by string and brass sections to bring the album to the stage.
Sunday 6 May

EFFA Fundraiser with Phat Bollard + Front Cover **Live** - Exeter Cavern, 83-84 Queen Street Exeter EX4 3RP - 7.00pm - Tickets £7.50+ From WeGotTickets - Vegan food from 7.00pm

A fundraiser for Exeter Friends for Animals featuring vegan food and live music from Phat Bollard + Front Cover

Phat Bollard
Phat Bollard might just be the most important group you’ve never heard of. Hailing from Cornwall, England, they survive by busking the streets, touring the UK and living out of their van. Generally a five piece unit featuring two guitars, mandolin, washtub bass and percussion, they raise a ruckus with joyful noise and highly nuanced songs that deal with some of today’s most important issues.

Front Cover
Three piece acoustic band based in Torquay. With a varied set list including songs from all decades

The Songs of Leonard Cohen Keith James in Concert - Tavistock Wharf, Canal Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8AT - 7.30pm Tickets £15.00 - £12.00 Wharf Music Club - seated - Box office 01822 611166 - Visit website for more information and tickets. His wonderful Tower of Songs - stripped back, desolate, naked and sensual 

Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, a wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the stroke of each line. 

The chilling announcement of Leonard's passing marked the end of an era. His music befriended an entire generation. Within every line of his writing, he has been challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply and recognize our own fragility. A Man of Grace. This World will miss him very much!

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. Keith has performed an extensive tour of this concert in Theatres and Arts Centres across the UK, giving almost 400 concerts to over 100,000 people. This has proved to be one of the greatest honours in Keith James’ 40 year career in music. Keith lives in Powys, Wales and Andalucia, Spain

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 only weeks before his death – produced by his Son, Adam. 

‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent 

‘Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’ Sunday Times 
‘an elegant and beautifully crafted reinterpretation of a great Artist’s words’ BBC Radio Scotland 
‘certainly the UK’s most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music’ The Guardian 
‘All the tears of time are shed in a few brief lines’ Times Literary Supplement 
‘a sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves’ Acoustic Magazine
Regular events 1st Sunday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club - Topsham Folk Club 40th Anniversary
12.00noon - 3.00pm - The Globe Malthouse - An open lunchtime singaround with folk club regulars as well as other invitees. Ask the compère if you would like to perform. Free admission.
7.00 -10.30pm - Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HFTopsham. A lively evening with Mrs Midnight’s ceilidh band. Come and enjoy dancing, special song spots and other attractions throughout the evening. Licensed bar. Tickets £5.00(+), available at club nights at Topsham Folk Club or WeGotTickets

SONG - Folk on the Moor  - Gerry Colvin Band - £12.00 - Book by email  
Putting together a few words to give a flavour of an act is sometimes a bit tricky but in the case of Gerry Colvin, it is well-nigh impossible! The 4-piece band blend superb musicianship (acoustic and electric guitars, accordion, double bass) with astonishing songs and unique presentation style of Gerry, a writer of great poingnancy, humour and sensitivity. You will laugh, be deeply moved and leave uplifted and happy!

Monday 7 May
 
Regular events 1st Monday
Tuesday 8 May
 
Regular events 2nd Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Richard Mason - Abacus
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
Wednesday 9 May
Sam Lee: Singing with Nightingales - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - 8.00pm - £15.00+ seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website

Wild nightingales will be among the guest artists when the Mercury Prize-nominated folk star Sam Lee brings his acclaimed SINGING WITH NIGHTINGALES event to The Phoenix in Exeter - combining music and story-telling with a live link to woods where the birds are in full courtship sing.

The evening is a concert version of the campfire nights which the roots music promoter, The Nest Collective, has been running at nightingale sites in south east England since 2015 and which are happening again this Spring in Kent and Sussex.

For the Exeter event Sam Lee will be joined by two SW-based musicians - Chartwell Dutiro, a vocalist and mbira maestro, and by the internationally touring multi-instrumentalists Francesca Simmons - and also via a live link to one of the UK's last remaining strongholds of the bird widely believed possess one of Nature's finest voices.

Sam Lee says: "The song of the nightingale has been captivating human hearts and imaginations since ancient times but the numbers visiting Britain are in decline, and it is very rare to hear them now even in the countryside.  The aim of our events is to let more people experience the timeless magic of nightingale song and make them part of one of the rarest of concerts a human/bird duet.

The event is one of only seven being staged in the UK this Spring and is a companion to a series of campfire events taking place every weekend from April 20 to May 26 in Kent and Sussex. For more details of the indoor and outdoor programme, please see website; find Singing With Nightingales on Facebook &/or follow @samleesong/@NestFolk on Twitter.

FOS Brothers - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ  - 8.00pm - Tickets £10.00 from The Bridge Inn telephone 01392 873862.
Growing up in Belfast in the 70's the FOS brothers fuse an eclectic mix of their own original songs with traditional Irish sensibilities flavoured liberally with Floydian/Genesis/Horslipian spices. Their mix drums, percussion Loops and samples and soaring guitars and bass delight Festival audiences and that’s even before they start singing! – New CD Clear Again was mastered by Simon Heyworth of Mike Oldfield’s famed production. – Don’t Miss them. Bucolic folk has a psychedelic head-fit. 

 

Regular events 2nd Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Jigs for Gigs - Janet Bulpin
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)

MUSIC - Bradninch Acoustic Music Club - Chris Cleverley. Chris is a fine performer of traditional and original songs as well as one of the highly acclaimed Company of Players.

 

Thursday 10 May
 
Regular events 2nd Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Jane Thomas Band – Pair of Shears
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels

SONG - Totnes Folk Song Club - Si Barron - 8.00pm - Entrance £5.00 for performers £6.00 non performers. "I think he's a really, really fine guitarist and an even finer interpreter of traditional and contemporary folk songs. Mike Harding." For more Information telephone Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

 

Friday 11 May
Honey & The Bear - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ - Telephone 01752 297604 for more information
Suffolk songwriters Jon Hart and Lucy Sampson are bringing their own brand of folk Americana to The Brook as part of their spring tour.
Hannah White & Band - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB - 7.00pm - Tickets £7.00(+) from 01626 890957 or WeGotTickets
Another opportunity to hear the wonderful voice of Hannah White from the Sound Lounge in London. Hannah is a singer songwriter with an eclectic mix of music.  . The Starcross concerts aim to raise some money to keep the church going and make it a more viable community building.
Birds of Chicago - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock, PL18 9QA - Doors and Bar 7.15pm Show 8.00pm. Tickets £12.00 from the Limekiln Gallery or website

Another one of Calstock's favourite bands! First in Calstock there was Po'Girl with Alli Russell and Awna Texeira in 2010. Then Jt & The Clouds in Feb 2011 followed by PoGirl with JT in the band in Sep 2011. In 2013 Birds of Chicago (Alli & JT) played at Cotehele now they are back with a four piece band
Birds of Chicago began in 2012 when Nero started writing for his vocal star-muse, Russell. Both were accomplished singer/songwriters with projects of their own, Nero with JT and the Clouds and Russell with the acclaimed Canadian roots outfit Po’ Girl, but together there was an unmistakable chemistry. A cross border band was born.

Stark, elemental imagery that feels like scripture, or a lost folk song recovered; the Birds draw heavily on the gospel tradition and the music feels like a new, secular gospel of sorts. For Birds of Chicago, every word counts. Every note counts. No gold-dusting, no filler. Music is the good news and Real Midnight, the band’s poignant 2016 Joe Henry produced album, throbbed with an urgency that felt quietly seismic.

Music this raw and soul-rich demands to be experienced live, and Birds of Chicago have developed a fervent following, touring 200 nights a year since their formation in late 2012. For these Birds, singing for a room full of new people, hearts wide open, keeps off the cold and chases off the shadows. In 2018 the Birds will be bringing American Flowers and Love in Wartime to a town near you. Rock and Roll will save our souls. Or, it’s got as good a chance as anything.

SONG - Exeter Folk and Acoustic Music Club - Guest - Greg Russell - support to be confirmed. 8.00pm - Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) - Paid in advance - £10.00; Advanced notice without pre-payment - £12.00 (paid on the door). For more information and ticket enquiries email - telephone 01392 210983 - visit website - go to FaceBook page.

Greg is one of the many young performers on the current folk scene making a huge impression.  He is now firmly established as a soloist and as well as performing with Ciaran Algar among others. He is an excellent songwriter and interpreter of songs with a very rich, mature voice beyond his years and a very fine musician indeed playing Guitar and Bouzouki, amongst other instruments.
He is currently touring with the very popular new interpretation of the Transports production and in recent times has worked with Mick Ryan in his folk operas, as well as Peggy Seegar and Martin Simpson.
He has won the BBC 2 Radio Young Folk award and the Horizon award, alongside Ciaran Algar in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
In 2017 Greg released his debut album, Inclined To Be Red, to great critical acclaim.

World Unlimited - Noble Jacks - 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
Noble Jacks are a rip-roaring Alt-Folk band with roof raising energy, whose warm electro-acoustic interactions fuse together a mixture of folky footstompin’ rhythms and engaging lyricism. The band encompasses heartfelt, yet uptempo songs showcasing fiddle, blues harmonica and big anthem toplines. Noble Jacks have a relentless gigging schedule around the the British folk scene and recorded their debut album with Union Music Store at The Metway studio in Brighton. Sold out last year and what a night it was

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 Dance - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB - 7.30pm  - Caller Jeremy Child music Jigs for Gigs. A monthly series of Contra Dances. Cost £5.00 per person. Beginners welcome.  Soft drinks, tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. For more information visit website
Dart Music Festival
Saturday 12 May

Charity ceilidh dance - The Dartmoor Pixies - Shebbear Village Hall, Beaworthy, EX21 5RS - 8.00pm. Tickets £7.50, children under 15 free. Telephone Ruth 01409 281699. Bring and share supper, soft drinks available, bring your own alcohol. Raffle.

Peter Knight's Gigspanner - The Flavel, Flavel Place, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9ND - Box Office telephone 01803 839530 visit website
The advent of Gigspanner has introduced a whole new audience to the extraordinary musicianship of Peter Knight, a violinist whom many consider to be in a league of his own. The late author Sir Terry Pratchett in praising Peter's great gift wrote with typical lyricism "Peter Knight can spin the world on his Bow". Peter is joined by Roger Flack on guitar and Sacha Trochet on percussion, both powerful and intelligent musicians in their own right. The captivating nature of their set stems not only from their creative ability and vision, but the eclectic nature of the material chosen. There are eddies and undercurrents drawn from a whole palette of influences which engage and enthral audiences to the closing notes. Part of the Dart Music Festival

 

World Unlimited -Ninebarrow - 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
Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike Harding as sounding ‘damn fine’ 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.

 

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

Jez Lowe - Supported by Silvington, fresh from the launch of their second album “Down the Line” Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge TQ7 4QE - 7.30pm - Tickets £10.00 advance, £12.00 on the door, telephone 01548 810806 to book.
Sony award winning songwriter from Durham Jez received a double nomination in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards – for best singer and best new song – was a timely reminder of Jez Lowe’s standing in the UK folk and acoustic music scene. Not only he is one of the busiest live performers in the country, but his songs are among the most widely sung by other performers.
Dart Music Festival
DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club -  Joe Hodgson Band – The Falconers  - 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 13 May
Dart Music Festival
Regular events 2nd Sunday
Monday 14 May
Ensemble Baklava - Bread and Roses,62,Ebrington Street, Plymouth, PL4 9AF Free. Music from 8.30pm.
Come along and enjoy the music at this excellent community pub in the heart of Plymouth's student area.
Tuesday 15 May

World Unlimited -Hans Theessink & Brooks Williams ‘Steady Rolling Blues’ - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email

Hans Theessink, is one of the fiercest acoustic players in Europe and one of the top acoustic blues stars worldwide, a man who has played with the best and is one of the best, American or European, black & white, old and young, since The 1960s.This guy is the real deal, just a bluesmaster who is as good as it gets on every level. He is literally an international blues treasure.

Brooks Williams has been Voted in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists of all time. “Pan-Americana Roots ‘n Blues, doused in Moonshine alt-Billy and delicious Dixie” Net Rhythms

“I’ve known Brooks for many years. He’s a lovely player, a lovely singer, and a great writer and a lovely man. The real thing” Martin Simpson

Brooks Williams is a man on a mission. He not only tours like a hellhound’s on his trail, but creates a super-charged music that is electrifying and fighting fit. His influences fly so fast and furious they blur, yet his sound…well, no one does it like Brooks. He stands on tradition but he doesn’t stand still.

 

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

Regular events 3rd Tuesday
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Aileen Wills - Quantock Quarenders - Party night - bring and share supper - raffle
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club For more information telephone Gerard Edwards 01392 881105 or Facebook Bradninch Folk Club.
Wednesday 16 May
 
Regular events 3rd Wednesday
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club - Jeroka - Gill Spence - Bicknoller Village Hall
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Petronella - Jeremy Child
OPEN MIC - Blues Night at the Oystercatcher’s  Cafe
Thursday 17 May
 
Regular events 3rd Thursday
DANCE - Exmouth Folk Dance Club - Simon Maplesden - Jigs for Gigs
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
Friday 18 May
Mitchell & Vincent - Parish Hall, Meavy PL20 6PJ - 7.30pm - £8.00 - Licensed bar

Mitchell and Vincent are an acoustic duo with guitars and fiddles. And David and Graham make their own instruments.

Knowing that they are both guitar makers, you are asking “Do they play their own guitars?” Dave does indeed play a guitar he made, It’s a wonderful sounding nylon strung classical guitar with a cedar top – they’ve done so many gigs in the last few years that it’s starting to look a bit tatty – but luckily Dave has a couple more he’s made as spares for when the time comes to retire the old girl! Graham finally got round to making himself a violin, which is now one of his gigging violins. They're both making more instruments should you be interested in buying one.

Nick Hennessey - The Ruined House of Skin - Totnes Methodist Church 40 - 42 Fore Street, Totnes TQ9 5RP. 7.30pm - Tickets £7.50 advance at TicketSource  or £9.00 on the door.

"The hag, a ruined house of skin and bone, sits winding up a thread. It is a thread that draws us slowly, inevitably into the withering arms of age. It is our ruin. But on her tongue is a song, on her breath is the fragrance of truth."

This story of a great search and the ultimate journey, is a reconfiguration of wild Irish mythology that lays bare our thirst for truth. Performance storyteller and singer, Nick Hennessey brings the tale of a dying king and the prince who must earn his crown. This will be elemental, poetic and moving.

‘This is storytelling brilliance at its best.’ Everything Theatre

South Devon Storytellers are delighted to welcome one of England's most skilful storytellers to Totnes. Do not miss this show!

Irish Set Dancing in Exeter
Consisting of jigs, slides, polkas and reels Irish set dancing is a fun, vibrant and fresh style of dancing. With four couples in a set of eight dancers it is lively, energetic, and great fun.

Each set is made up of a number of figures, usually between 3 – 6 figures for each set and will take anywhere from 5 minutes to 20 minutes to complete a full set.

Irish set dancing has been running in Newton Abbot for many years and now this popular, social dance will be happening in Exeter on a regular basis at St Thomas Church Hall, Church Road, Exeter EX4 1AP. No experience or partner required, all dances will be taught and called throughout.

Friday evenings: May 18th, June 15th, July 20th - 7.45pm to 10.00pm. £5.00 on the door 

For further information, contact John on 07903 125606 or email 

Cara Dillon - support Local singer, songwriter Adam Sweet - The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ - 7.30pm - Tickets £20.00 - Student £10.00 (seated) Accessible seats available by calling the box office 01404 384050. For more information and tickets telephone 01404 384050 or 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 is 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.

 

Saturday 19 May
DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance - Guests Poisson Rouge Doors 7.15pm - Dance workshop 7.30pm prompt. Admission £9.00 includes tea & biscuits. BYO drinks. Free parking opposite. For more information telephone Pat/Mike 01392 811593 or email 
Medieval & Traditional Folk Concert - St Mary’s Church, Market Road, Plympton PL7 1QW - 7.00pm - Tickets £10.00. Tickets are available from Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 1.00pm at St Mary’s Church Parish Office, Pl7 1QW or buy on the door, on the night/For more information telephone 01752 337416 or 01752 335277 or email
Musicians Devnent (Steve Tyler, Katy Merchant and Jim Causley) and dancers from the Age of Chivalry.
Devnent are an exhilarating trio comprising international Medieval musicians Steve Tyler and Katy Merchant with award winning local folk singer Jim Causley. They’ll be bringing you a delightfully rich evening of song and instrumental music from Devon, Dartmoor and beyond, with music and song from Medieval Europe, traditional sources and recently written pieces, performed on hurdy gurdy, bagpipes and other exotic early traditional instruments. Age of Chivalry will perform a medley of Medieval dances based on the Festival themes of War, Health and Enlightenment. This event is part of the Historic Plympton Festival (14–20 May).
Callington MayFest
Sunday 20 May
Lankum - Tavistock Wharf, Canal Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8AT - 7.30pm Tickets £13.00 - £10.00 Wharf Music Club - seated - Box office 01822 611166 - Visit website for more information and tickets.
Named after the the child-murdering villain from the classic ballad, Lankum are a four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, Ireland, who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material.
Having spent the last number of years performing as Lynched, the band decided that they would no longer continue with the name due to the unavoidable implications that it has in regards to acts of racist violence. Their new name comes from the ballad ‘False Lankum’, as sung by the Irish Traveller John Reilly Jr.
The band was originally formed as an experimental-psychedelic-folk-punk-duo by brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch in the early 2,000’s, and has since progressed through a number of incarnations, culminating in the four piece group playing today (along with Cormac MacDiarmada and Radie Peat who joined in 2012). They have gained somewhat of a reputation after the realease of their album ‘Cold Old Fire’ and an appearance on Later… with Jools Holland as well as three nominations at the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Although an acoustic group whose repertoire is fundamentally based on traditional song, influenced by legends such as Frank Harte, Planxty, The Dubliners and the Watersons, subtle traces of the group’s collective influences can be detected, from American old-timey music, krautrock, ambient techno and psychedelic folk, to black metal, drone, punk and rock n’ roll.
Their new album ‘Between the Earth and Sky’ will be available on Rough Trade Records on October 27th, ahead of a string of tour dates to promote the album.
Regular events 3rd Sunday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club - Feature night with Sarah Morgan
SONG - Folk on the Moor - Flossie Malavialle - £10.00 - Book by email
Charming French singer, firmly embedded in the British folk scene, as she has been based in the North-East for over 15 years. She is great fun and immensely prolific and has released 12 albums with an incredibly wide-ranging repertoire: songs ranging from Edith Piaf to Sinatra, Jacques Brel to McCartney, Colum Sands to Carol King, all accompanied by her gutsy guitar style and franglais patter!
Monday 21 May
Artizan Acoustic Night/Open Mic/Paul Lloyd Nicholas - Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW - 7.30pm
Paul Lloyd Nicholas is an exceptional songwriter and guitarist, well worth seeing. Monday 21 May will see coming all the way from Wales, Plus other talented performers in the first half of the evening. Refreshments available. Curated by Robert Spence telephone 01803 613647.
Tuesday 22 May
 
Regular events 4th Tuesday
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
Wednesday 23 May
 
Regular events 4th Wednesday
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Gibby Swaine - Aileen Wills
Thursday 24 May
 
Regular events 4th Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Club Callers - The More the Merrier Band - AGM during interval
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
SONG - Teignmouth Folk Club
Friday 25 May
12th Bude & Stratton Folk Festival
Saturday 26 May

Gillmore and Roberts- ThePlough@TheGeorge, The George Hotel, 1 Broad Street, South Molton EX36 3AB - 8.00pm - Full £12.00 - Supporter £9.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. Nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts(guitar) have toured the UK, Canada and mainland Europe, and their critically acclaimed albums have received airplay on BBC Radio 2, 3, 4 and 6 music

 

Reg Meuross & Anna Tanvir - Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton EX17 6HU - 7.30pm - Tickets £12.00(+) from WeGotTickets  or telephone 01363 82379.
A captivating musical evening with multi-award winning Somerset singer-songwriter Reg Meuross, with very special guest the harpist Anna Tanvir. Anna will perform a solo opening set, and will join Reg for part of his headline set. The combination of these two musicians is magical. Reg is a true modern troubadour, from gigging in village halls and folk clubs to playing the Royal Albert Hall and intimate as well as huge festival stages in the UK and abroad, he consistently entrances his audiences with songs of life, love and injustice, soulfully delivered with melodic tenor vocals and exemplary guitar playing. He has that rare gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, on a really human level, with words and music painting pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung. Anna Tanvir is an exceptional singer and Celtic harp player of Indian/Irish origin. She has performed all over Europe, India and Madagascar combining a classical technique with a traditional sound. Her repertoire is a mix of traditional melodies and her own compositions reflecting her mixed cultural heritage and transcending the barriers of nation and language by recounting universally relevant stories of life and love.

Ensemble Baklava and Griselda Sanderson’s Radial Band - St Mary’s Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN - 7.30pm (Doors 7.00pm) Tickets £8.00 on the door, refreshments. In aid of St John’s Windows of Opportunity Fund.

This collaboration between Baklava and Griselda Sanderson’s Radial Band is an exciting chance to see these two local bands for the price of one, and at the same time contribute to St John’s window fund!

Both bands combine improvisation and original material into their performances of songs and dance tunes drawn from the peoples and cultures of Europe - from the music of Medieval Spain to the rich musical heritage of the lands around the Eastern Mediterranean, from the dances of Scandinavia to the rhythms of eastern Europe - all performed on many exotic instruments.

More information on Baklava websites and Radial Band Facebook page .

12th Bude & Stratton Folk Festival
Regular events 4th Saturday
SONG - Shammick Acoustic - Closed for Earl of Rone
Sunday 27 May

World Unlimited - Gilmore & Roberts - 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 Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. Nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) met while studying at Leeds College of Music and released their debut album in 2008. Since then, the duo have toured Canada and mainland Europe, played some of the UK’s biggest acoustic festivals, toured with folk rock legends Fairport Convention, and won countless accolades for their genre-spanning work.

 

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

Kitty Macfarlane - with special guest Devon singer songwriter Victoria Pearce - St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Stoke Hill, Exeter EX4 7AH - 8.00pm - Tickets £12.00+ from WeGotTickets
With special guest, Victoria Pearce. Kitty Macfarlane is a Somerset-based singer and songwriter. Her lyrics combine honest snapshots of everyday humanity with the bigger questions that have connected minds and voices for centuries, driven by her own fingerpicked guitar. As well as the release of her debut EP Tide & Time - featuring Sam Kelly (co-producer), Jamie Francis, Lukas Drinkwater, Maya McCourt and Ciaran Algar, and gaining her first national airplay on the BBC Radio 2 folk show with Mark Radcliffe, and Tom Robinson's show on BBC 6Music.
Clovelly Seaweed Festival in aid of the North Devon Hospice
12th Bude & Stratton Folk Festival
Regular events 4th Sunday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club
SONG - Folk on the Moor Book by email
SONG/STORYTELLING - Tradewinds Open to everything, as always. Anybody with a poem, song, story or tune they'd like to share will be very welcome.
Monday 28 May
Eliza Acty - Bread and Roses, 62 Ebrington Street, Plymouth PL4 9AF - 8.30pm
With her unique vocal style, singer and musician Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time and contemporary songs that spans over a century of music. 
12th Bude & Stratton Folk Festival
Regular events 4th Monday
Tuesday 29 May
Shanty Cruise with the Exmouth Shanty Men - Sea songs, Shanties whilst sailing on the River Exe. Hosted by Stuart Line Cruises - 7.00pm departure Exmouth Docks. More information and tickets available from website
All proceeds to the Exmouth Festival

World Unlimited - Robyn Hitchcock - + support from The Left Outsides - 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
Robyn Hitchcock is one of England’s most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician’s musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock’s father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration). Blending folk and psychedelia with a wry British nihilism, Robyn describes his songs as ‘paintings you can listen to’. 

 

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 5th Tuesday
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
SONG - Exmouth Folk Club - The Manor Hotel, The Beacon, Exmouth, EX8 2AG - 8.00 for 8.30.  Devon Bird and Andy Clarke Solo. Free.
Wednesday 30 May
Fairport Convention - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ - 8.00pm - Tickets £25.00+ full, £24.00 60+, £24.00+ student/under 21, - Box office 01752 892220. For more information and tickets go to website

Fairport Convention has been making great music for over fifty years. Credited with originating British folk-rock music, the band has been through many changes but the current members retain a passion for live performance. This year’s Winter Tour will feature a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and new material from their most recent studio album 50:50@50 celebrating their Golden anniversary. Fairport Convention has attracted critical acclaim: the band has won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award; Radio 2 listeners voted Fairport’s groundbreaking album Liege & Lief 'The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time'; and their story has been celebrated with a major documentary on BBC Four television. Fairport Convention features Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion.

Regular events 5th Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Jeroka - Gill Spence         
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
SONG - Culm Valley Music and Performance Club
Thursday 31 May

Edwina Hayes’ Mile Roses Trio - Otterton Mill, Otterton, nr Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 7HG - 8.00pm Tickets £17.50 - including a glass of Mill Punch (price covers the music only) Visit website

Mississippi native now Alabama resident Lisa Mills could be called a blues singer, or a gospel singer or a torch singer or an R&B singer and each label would be accurate. Her 2015 tour was a rousing success and her emotional, sophisticated performances won many plaudits. ‘Lisa Mills- one of the finest blues singers you’ve probably not heard but will demand more of’ Blues all Over the place.

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

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