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Page last updated on 14-11-2017
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Wednesday 1 November
Fire at the Clarence - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter, EX2 4AZ. Tickets and more information from WeGotTickets - Box Office - Telephone 01392 277189 - Visit website - email
Cygnet Theatre with Wren Music are proud to celebrate the history of Exeter’s much loved Royal Clarence Hotel with a large-scale community production to coincide with the first anniversary of the fire.
Mark Carey’s new play brings vivid life to the famous, infamous and little known characters who lived, worked, played and died at the Royal Clarence Hotel.
Regular events 1st Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club in Honiton - Iain & Margaret Bryden - Aileen Wills
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club - Bicknoller VH - Club Callers and Musicians          
Thursday 2 November
Bicton Folk Session - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 8.30pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
An evening of impromptu acoustic music performed by some of East Devon’s amazing folk musicians. The session usually includes lots of jolly jigs, polkas, waltzes, reels and airs performed on a variety of acoustic instruments. If you sing or play come along and join in.
Wild Ponies - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 8.00pm - tickets £12.00 advance - £15.00 on the door - Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
For their latest album Wild Ponies' Doug and Telisha Williams travelled back to their roots in rural Virginia to be inspired by that rugged landscape and its' powerful musical heritage.With the help of local musicians including Kilby Spencer-brother of The Whitetop Mountain Band's Martha-the result is Galax a stripped-back album that nods to the band's history whilst still pushing forward.

Urban Folk Quartet - Unit23, Ford Road Ind Estate, Totnes TQ9 5LE - Telephone 01803 864130- 8.00pm Tickets £10.00+. (Tickets on the door are subject to a surcharge). For more information and tickets go to website.
Joe Broughton, Paloma Trigás, Tom Chapman and Dan Walsh are Urban Folk Quartet. The award-winning UFQ have ignited international audiences with their high-energy, genre-defying acoustic music since 2009. UFQ's distinguishing features have much less to do with the traditional idea of genre. Yes, this is fiddle-led music that draws heavily from celtic dance forms and traditional song but from there on in it is unlike any folk band you have ever heard. Just as English country dance unassumingly met with big band jazz musicianship in the mid 20th century, The UFQ’s approach to the folk ethos is to embrace any and every influence that genuinely makes sense of their time and place and makes sense in their music. From funk grooves to middle-eastern melodies, afrobeat to north Indian rhythms.

 

Fire at the Clarence - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter, EX2 4AZ. Tickets and more information from WeGotTickets - Box Office - Telephone 01392 277189 - Visit website - email
Cygnet Theatre with Wren Music are proud to celebrate the history of Exeter’s much loved Royal Clarence Hotel with a large-scale community production to coincide with the first anniversary of the fire.
Mark Carey’s new play brings vivid life to the famous, infamous and little known characters who lived, worked, played and died at the Royal Clarence Hotel.
Friday 3 November
Rakes Adrift - George and Dragon, 4-5 Fore Street, Ilfracombe EX34 9ED - 9.00pm
The Paperboys + 30 mins Support: Sarah Jane Scouten - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 7.30pm - Full £12.00 - Concession £11.00 - Supporter £10.00  
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Wrapping up their 24th anniversary year, Vancouver Canadian musician Tom Landa, is looking back on the legacy of his much-loved folk rock band The Paperboys. For two decades, The Paperboys have been touring the world and lighting up stages with their free-wheeling blend of influences from Celtic and bluegrass, to Mexican son jarocho, brass bands, and Canadian roots. They’ve been called everything from Cajun slamgrass to worldbeat, they’ve received a Juno award (Canadian Grammy), plus two Juno nominations, released nine albums, and regularly play two-night bills in the Pacific Northwest. But that’s not what matters to Landa now.
“What means more to me than anything else is to receive letters, emails, or hear stories from people who tell me that our songs helped them through a tough time, or that they used one of our songs for their wedding, or that an album of ours was the soundtrack of their summer. At the end of the day, accolades are nice, but they are nothing compared to connecting with people.”

 

Alex Hart & Her Band - 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
Alex Hart is a young country/folk singer from Devon. Since releasing her first studio album ‘On This Day’ she has embarked on European and UK tours both supporting and playing in the band of Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre, and held her own on a UK tour and Festivals through the South West. Alex is now working with Grammy award winner Terry Britten (famous for Tina Turner’s ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’) on new material for release in 2017, with a new band lineup that brings vocal harmony more to the foreground!

World Unlimited -FolkLaw - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £10.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
Exhilarating songs and music that guarantees to get your feet tapping, your face smiling and your festival-feet jumping! Acrobatic fiddling and earthy vocals are interwoven with distinctive vocal harmonies, mandola and guitars, as FolkLaw deliver a subtle reflective social commentary within a patchwork of inspirational songs and melodies. FolkLaw are well known for their crowd-surfing fiddle antics, engaging on-stage banter, and an energized stage performance is guaranteed. In the words of Banbury Folk Festival "One of the most exciting acts to grace the stage"!

 

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

Fire at the Clarence - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter, EX2 4AZ. Tickets and more information from WeGotTickets - Box Office - Telephone 01392 277189 - Visit website - email
Cygnet Theatre with Wren Music are proud to celebrate the history of Exeter’s much loved Royal Clarence Hotel with a large-scale community production to coincide with the first anniversary of the fire.
Mark Carey’s new play brings vivid life to the famous, infamous and little known characters who lived, worked, played and died at the Royal Clarence Hotel.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - Exeter Corn Exchange - Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW - 8.00pm (Doors 7.15) £26.00 (includes £1.00 booking fee). Box office telephone 01392 665938 - For more information go to website SOLD OUT

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has become a global sensation and nothing short of a UK national treasure. 'Heresy II Heritage', their new tour, charts the Uke's rise from curiosity to virtuosity, from village hall to the Royal Albert Hall. The Ukes of GB have performed for the British Royal Family, the BBC Proms, Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall, but heretics they remain, poking fun at the cultural elite, defying you to believe their own hype, bemused by all the hot air.

On an ongoing "hand-luggage only" world tour, the Ukes provide pure entertainment, dead-pan British humour and irresistible foot-tapping music. They are masters of the unexpected, whether re-imagining folk songs, twisting classical music favourites, uncovering quirky versions of rock covers, or playing the performers' own all-original compositions.

Saturday 4 November

Ceilidh with the Oggle Band - Centre Stage, Pottington Business Park, Barnstaple, EX31 1QN - 8.00 pm For information telephone 01271 377052

Kevin ‘Beano’ Green - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 8.15pm - £5.00  
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Kevin’s been making music since he was a teen, “a long time ago” playing a mix of original songs and covers.“My music is a mix of folk and light pop, I really just write what comes to me”. I have found my inspiration from Bideford and North Devon.”
The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website

Martin Weller - 5.00pm
Singer/songwriter Martin Weller needs little introduction. He has performed at numerous festivals and venues throughout the uk and abroad and has a number of successful albums to his name.  Today Martin will be performing a selection of rock and pop classics together with some of his own amazing songs.
Los No Boss - 9.00pm
Los No Boss are a popular duo throughout the South West and well known for their highly humorous songs, many about the West Country and the people who live here. In addition to their humour, the duo who write all their own songs, create a great sound and cover a plethora of musical genres.

3 Daft Monkeys - Chudleigh Community School Hall, Lawn Drive, Chudleigh TQ13 0LS - 8.00pm - Tickets £11.00 adult, £7.00 child. Telephone 01626 852553 - Seated, but with room to get up and dance.
Bringing vibrant and sparkling new songs from their latest album, festival favourites 3DM perform a brand new set of the quirky, original and upbeat fiddle driven tunes. Now with a 4 piece line-up, the band are taking their famously dynamic live show to new danceable dizzy heights. With Celtic and eastern influences, their style of world folk music reflects the global village in which we now live. Their infectious dancing rhythms lead you through a musical journey of the senses and emotions and leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated.

 

Fire at the Clarence - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter, EX2 4AZ. Tickets and more information from WeGotTickets - Box Office - Telephone 01392 277189 - Visit website - email
Cygnet Theatre with Wren Music are proud to celebrate the history of Exeter’s much loved Royal Clarence Hotel with a large-scale community production to coincide with the first anniversary of the fire.
Mark Carey’s new play brings vivid life to the famous, infamous and little known characters who lived, worked, played and died at the Royal Clarence Hotel.
Show of Hands at Exeter Cathedral with special guest Kirsty Merryn - Cathedral Tour - The Cloisters, Exeter
EX1 1HS. 7.30pm. For tickets telephone 01392 285983 or visit Exeter Cathedral’s website
Show of Hands are undeniably one of the strongest current forces in acoustic music – England’s finest and most popular roots partnership and something of a “people’s band”, regularly voicing the hopes, fears and life stories of scores of people in song. Joined by Miranda Sykes on double bass they are widely recognised for their resonating original songs, stunning musicianship and remarkable audience rapport.
Launceston Folk Dance Club Dance - Launceston Town Hall - Friendly Folk - Bring and Share supper - for more information please telephone Rosemary Phillips 01566 774491
Bridport Ceilidhs featuring Jeremy Child (Contra dance and American Night) at Church House (St Mary's) Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW - 7.30 - 11.00pm dance.
Soft drinks provided; bring a bottle, bring finger food snacks to share, bring a friend “ bring two! “ and make a party of it!   Tickets in advance from Bridport Music Shop, South Street and Lime Tree Deli, West Street, or telephone organiser Monty 01308 423442 or email.
See website for more information
Sunday 5 November
Nigel Challis - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website


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

Regular events 1st Sunday

SONG -Folk on the Moor -Book by email  

Monday 6 November
 
Tuesday 7 November
Lady Maisery - Tavistock Wharf, Canal Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8AT - 8.00pm Tickets £10.00 advance (£12.00 from 6.00pm on the night) - £10.00 Wharf Music Club - seated - Box office 01822 611166 - Visit website for more information and tickets.
In an English folk scene currently bursting with bold and innovative folk music, vocal trio Lady Maisery shine brightly. With their unique approach to harmony singing, intelligent and thoughtful arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans harness and celebrate their united voice. Whether unearthing a feminist twist hidden in a traditional tale, delivering a poignant anti-war ballad, or showcasing their immense multi-instrumental talents in original compositions that draw on a myriad of musical influences, Lady Maisery are skilful explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of song. Underpinning every performance are Lady Maisery’s distinctive harmonies: sometimes lush and rich, sometimes dark and invigorating, they intertwine with assured precision. £10 adv, £12 after 6pm on night.
Fire at the Clarence - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter, EX2 4AZ. Tickets and more information from WeGotTickets - Box Office - Telephone 01392 277189 - Visit website - email
Cygnet Theatre with Wren Music are proud to celebrate the history of Exeter’s much loved Royal Clarence Hotel with a large-scale community production to coincide with the first anniversary of the fire.
Mark Carey’s new play brings vivid life to the famous, infamous and little known characters who lived, worked, played and died at the Royal Clarence Hotel.
Regular events 1st Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Jeremy Child - Meter Rite
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
DANCE - Fraddon Folk Dance Club (Cornwall)
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - open night
Wednesday 8 November
Fire at the Clarence - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter, EX2 4AZ. Tickets and more information from WeGotTickets - Box Office - Telephone 01392 277189 - Visit website - email
Cygnet Theatre with Wren Music are proud to celebrate the history of Exeter’s much loved Royal Clarence Hotel with a large-scale community production to coincide with the first anniversary of the fire.
Mark Carey’s new play brings vivid life to the famous, infamous and little known characters who lived, worked, played and died at the Royal Clarence Hotel.
Regular events 2nd Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Jeroka - Simon Maplesden
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 9 November
Open Mic Night - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 9.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website

Enjoy an evening of music from anyone who would like to come along and perform in this relaxed atmosphere. The monthly event has so far included a wide range of musical genres from classical to pop and performances from solo singers to instrumental ensembles. So if you have a musical talent to share please come along and join in.

Fire at the Clarence - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter, EX2 4AZ. Tickets and more information from WeGotTickets - Box Office - Telephone 01392 277189 - Visit website - email
Cygnet Theatre with Wren Music are proud to celebrate the history of Exeter’s much loved Royal Clarence Hotel with a large-scale community production to coincide with the first anniversary of the fire.
Mark Carey’s new play brings vivid life to the famous, infamous and little known characters who lived, worked, played and died at the Royal Clarence Hotel.

Vergonica Sbergia & Max de Bernhardi - Otterton Mill, Otterton, nr Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 7HG - 8.00pm Tickets £15.00 (price covers the music only) Visit website
We are delighted to welcome back to the Mill, this exciting Italian duo Veronica and Max, winners of The European Blues Challenge 2013.  Using ukulele, washboard, kazoo, guitars and mandolin, they sing and play with passion and humour, keeping a precious musical heritage alive by faithfully reproducing its original sound, but with a modern twist.  Expect songs from Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Minnie, Jimmie Rodgers, Sidney Bechet, Lucille Bogan, Bo Carter, the Delmore Brothers and more.
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).  

Regular events 2nd Thursday
DANCE - Tavistock Folk Dance Club - Frances Oates
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Aileen Wills & The More The Merrier
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
MUSIC - Brixham Blues - BBT2 - Gareth Hedges & Stuart Cumberpatch - 8.30pm - Maritime Inn, King Street, Brixham TQ5 9AH
Since the 1960s, when Gareth Hedges was road manager for many American roots musicians touring in Europe – Bill Monroe, banjo player Clarence Ashley, guitarist Tex Isley, Rev. Gary Davis and Mississippi Fred McDowell among others – he has been entertaining people with his amazing guitar picking. This will be his third visit to BBT2, Brixham Blues Second Thursday, where he will be performing solo and with Stuart “Marshcat” Cumberpatch.
SONG - Totnes Folk Song Club - Julia & Marjorie to finish off the last 30 mins or so of a singers night
Friday 10 November

Jim Crawford - The George 1 Broad St, South Molton EX36 3AB - 8.00pm - Full £12.00 - Concession £10.00 - Supporter £8.00  
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Jim Crawford is something of an enigma. Originally from Lancashire, he now resides on the North Devon coast. A shy and retiring man who readily admits that recording studios fill him with dread and that he’d rather go fishing with his dog for company, has, none the less, toured much of Europe and the U.S.A captivating audiences with his intimate folk/blues style.

 

The Baghdaddies - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 8.00pm - Full £10.00 - Supporter £8.00  £10.00 on the door. Standing gig with bookable seats on the balcony
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
The Baghdaddies’ exuberant brand of world music is an exhilarating cocktail of Balkan melodies, ska and latin grooves and sizzling brass played with furious energy and theatrical humour.

 

Mervyn Stutter - Nicholls Hall, Lydford - 7.30pm - Tickets £9.00 - telephone 01822 820589 or on door. An evening of fun, laughter and song - see website. BYO drink and nibbles.
Ash Height - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 9.00pm - admission £3.00 Free with a B-Card - Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
Virtuoso guitarist and innovative songwriter Ashley Height is not only the driving force behind the Cornwall based band Red Foot Crow but also a world class solo performer. Think John Martyn meets King Sunny Ade with West-African and contemporary Jazz elements effortlessly incorporated within both his acoustic guitar and lap-steel guitar driven compositions. His music has gained much recognition and he has featured on major releases alongside artists such as Bonobo and The XX, as well as playing live alongside such greats as Wizz Jones, Palinka, Martha Tilston, Jez Hellard and many more.
Fire at the Clarence - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter, EX2 4AZ. Tickets and more information from WeGotTickets - Box Office - Telephone 01392 277189 - Visit website - email
Cygnet Theatre with Wren Music are proud to celebrate the history of Exeter’s much loved Royal Clarence Hotel with a large-scale community production to coincide with the first anniversary of the fire.
Mark Carey’s new play brings vivid life to the famous, infamous and little known characters who lived, worked, played and died at the Royal Clarence Hotel.
Martyn Joseph - America Hall, De La Rue Way, Pinhoe, Exeter EX4 8PX - 7.30pm - Tickets £16.50+ from WeGotTickets
Martyn Joseph is as performer like no other, a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”, but there are also shades of John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be – but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. Martyn’s music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman.
Church House Concerts - Cardboard Fox - The Church House, South Tawton, Devon EX20  2LQ - 8.00pm - Tickets £8.00 telephone 01837 840775 or go to website
Winners of the 2015 Spiral Earth Award for Best Debut, Cardboard Fox are an exciting four piece with a fast growing fan base. This May the band are following up on the success of their EP by releasing their first full album, ‘Out of Mind’.

All four musicians have their roots in bluegrass music but their collective influences reach much further and this shows in their music. Formed in late 2013 in Bath, England, the band features the sibling harmonies of Charlotte and Laura Carrivick (the Carrivick Sisters) on guitar/vocals and fiddle/vocals respectively, the extraordinary talents of young mandolin player Joe Tozer and the driving and technically demanding double bass playing and harmony vocals of John Breese. With a focus on original songs with a strong pop sensibility and energetic live shows, this is a group of musicians who are very, very excited about what this line up can create and that’s what makes this acoustic quartet so special.
Contra Dance - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB - 7.30pm  - Caller Jeremy Child . A monthly series of Contra Dances 2017 with music from Jackie, Ian and Sarah from Pigs Might Fly. 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
SONG - Exeter Folk and Acoustic Music Club - Guest – Jim Causley - Support - Alison Bloomer & Paul Holden.

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 tickets email or telephone 01392 210983,

Locally-based singer Jim is known for his mature velvet voice and fine interpretations of traditional songs and in recent years has developed into a fine songwriter. Accompanied by sympathetic accordion and with a healthy dose of cheeky wit, Jim is one of the most engaging performers on the folk scene.
A six-time BBC Folk Award nominee, he has also recorded and toured with Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll and has been involved in many other collaborations and song projects, including ones of Charles Causley poems. Jim's latest albums include Forgotten Kingdom and I am The Song, the latter a selection of Charles Causley Children's poems. Visit Jim's website

 

Saturday 11 November

Cockhaven Arms Bishopsteignton TQ14 9RF -
Ray and Mark - "A beautiful blend of guitar and vocals" - 7.15pm
The Legendary Ten Seconds Original Folk Rock based on the life and times of Richard III - 8.15.pm
Mother's Ruin - "Feel good Band" Traditional and Modern Folk Rock - 9.30pm

Free entry - Collection in aid of HITS (Homeless in Teignbridge) Foodbank - A local charity supporting local people go to website

Reefs of Moonshine. - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website


Enjoy the amazing sound of duo Reefs of Moonshine when Lisa’s angelic voice is complemented by Nick’s professional guitar playing. The duo will perform new arrangements of popular melodic songs....drawn from the worlds of folk, country and soul music.

Folk concerts in Teignmouth - CELT - Alice Cross Centre, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., TQ14 9BT. Tickets £10.00/£8.00 Telephone 01626 775517 for advance ticket sales or more information email or telephone 01626 775517 Visit website 

CELT are Teignmouth's favourite high energy Celtic Music band. A great chance to join in with the singing, dancing, vibrant music and general good time. They are supported in the concert by Robin Brown a terrific slide guitar player and singer with a mixture of blues and folk, whose vocals have feeling and a rich tonal texture, and Hugh Diamond, celebrating his 75th birthday with a first outing in about fifteen years – “Hugh is to folk music what Genghis Khan was to culture” (Geoff Cripps), “it may be rubbish but it's high class rubbish”(Packie Byrne)

Tamar - Royal Oak Inn, Meavy PL20 6PJ - 8.00pm - Multi-instrumental folk and roots duo Oliver Wheeldon and Barney Kenny from Devon. Tamar's music covers folk, bluegrass, traditional. Tamar on Facebook
Jack Cookson & Calvin Thomas - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 9.00pm - admission £3.00 Free with a B-Card - Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
Jack Cookson is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter from the South West. He has shared the stage with the likes of Franz Nicolay, Cory Branan and Austin Lucas, and in early 2016 he was announced as one of the final four nominees for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Calvin Thomas has been described as honest and poetic, with a voice that has been noted as one that transcends generations. Calvin’s influences range throughout many genres including Folk, Blues and Punk but maintains a universal audience from all backgrounds.

Fire at the Clarence - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter, EX2 4AZ. Tickets and more information from WeGotTickets - Box Office - Telephone 01392 277189 - Visit website - email
Cygnet Theatre with Wren Music are proud to celebrate the history of Exeter’s much loved Royal Clarence Hotel with a large-scale community production to coincide with the first anniversary of the fire.
Mark Carey’s new play brings vivid life to the famous, infamous and little known characters who lived, worked, played and died at the Royal Clarence Hotel.

D'Accord's French Music and Dance Day of Dance with Kantref - support band Poisson Rouge - Newton St Cyres Village Hall EX5 5BW - 2.00pm - bring food to share for 6.00pm. Evening dance at 7.30pm. £18.00 on door (all inclusive) -  £16.00 Early Bird (All inclusive) from September - £12.00 evening Bal only (from 7.30pm) - £8.00 workshop only

Further information from Pat telephone 01392 811593/ Tim 01392 207729 or email

 

DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Sarah Bazeley & The Dartmoor Pixie Band - Willand Village Hall, Gables Road, Willand, Cullompton, Devon EX15 2PL - 8.00pm - Admission £8.00 - bring and share supper - raffle. For more information please telephone Marilyn Broom 01404 47200 or Zena Roberts 01884 253546 - or visit website
Regular events 2nd Saturday
SONG - Open night Shammick Acoustic
Sunday 12 November
Fire Exit featuring Martin Nichols - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website


If you enjoy some chilled, traditional jazz you are going to love this afternoon’s session. Talented jazz stalwarts Bob King, Charlie Hernshaw, Paul Barnham and guest Martin Nichols will be performing a selection of beautiful, chilled jazz standards.

Keith James: The Songs of Nick Drake - Tavistock Wharf, Canal Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8AT - 7.30pm Tickets £14.00 advance (£16.00 from 6.00pm on the night) - £12.00 Wharf Music Club - seated - Box office 01822 611166 - Visit website for more information and tickets.
A haunting and immaculately crafted concert which 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, Bridget St John and Bert Jansch. Also featured are two poems by William Blake which Keith has set to guitar arrangements based on Nick’s unique style. Nick Drake 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. At the beginning of the project in 2001 Keith James 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. ‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent.

World Unlimited -Said The Maiden - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £10.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
Said The Maiden are Jess Distill, Hannah Elizabeth and Kathy Pilkinton. Their second studio album is a showcase of the trio’s ever-developing yet distinctive and unique sound, featuring their trademark soaring acapella harmonies and fresh new arrangements of traditional songs. However this new release also displays a more diverse collection of material from the trio including a few covers of more modern folk songs, as well as original compositions inspired by their love of the folk tradition. Expect intricate three-part harmonies both acapella and interweaved with beautiful simplistic instrumentation.

 

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

Crows - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY - 3.00pm - Tickets £12.50 available by end September from Demelza at 2 Brookfield Cottages, telephone 01395 272243, or email or go to website
Crows were a hugely popular supergroup in the 1980s, featuring two of the finest male voices in the English folk tradition, Mick Ryan and James Patterson. With multi-instrumentalist Dave Bordewey, and now joined by Lympstone’s own Paul Downes, Crows have re-launched themselves with a highly acclaimed recent CD, Time to Rise. As well as the warmth and harmony of their vocals, Crows are able to provide masterly musicianship, with James on guitar, Paul on guitar, mandocello, mandolin and banjo and Dave on fiddle and mandola, enabling the band to give a wide variety of instrumentation to any song they choose to perform.
Four one-day Storytelling Sunday workshops in Totnes during autumn 2017 with Lisa Schneidau - Workshop 3 - Through Different Eyes - exploring character in story, for beginners and improvers
Regular events 2nd Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor - James Keelaghan - James Keelaghan is a Canadian folk singer-songwriter. Born in Calgary, Alberta, Keelaghan is now based in Perth, Ontario. Many of the lyrics in his songs display a concern about social problems and justice in society. His masterful story telling has, over the course of eleven recordings, have been part of the bedrock of his success, earning Keelaghan nominations and awards - including a Juno. Book by email
Monday 13 November

World Unlimited - Eduardo Niebla with Daniel Martinez Lopez - 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
If you don't know the stunning guitar playing of Eduardo Niebla, you're in for a treat. If you are already among his admirers around the world, you know you have something quite extraordinary in store. The virtuoso Spanish guitarist makes music that transcends genres and crosses barriers; brilliant flamenco jazz fusion full of passion and verve. Eduardo's impressive list of collaborations includes Nishat Khan (sitar), Lol Coxhill (sax), the Dante String Quartet, and George Michael, as well and concert tours around the globe. He takes to the stage brilliantly accompanied by guitarist Daniel Martinez Lopez: an amazing opportunity to hear world class guitar playing at its very best.

 

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Tuesday 14 November

Salty sing-around - The Beach Pub Exmouth EX8 1DR 8.00pm - Last shanty workshop this year with Exmouth Shanty Men
Exmouth Shanty Men have invited fellow shanty singers and local crews to join them for a final heave and haul. The night may be dark and stormy, but there'll be warmth, welcome, good beer, and a chance to hear and join in the wonderful tradition of sea-songs & shanties - raucous or romantic, lewd or lyrical. ESM do it with gusto. Visit website  

Regular events 2nd Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Ted Farmer
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
Wednesday 15 November
Tamar - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 8.30pm - admission £2.00 Free with a B-Card - Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information
West Country Nu-Folk duo writing new songs about traditional life and English heritage. Their style is akin to the likes of Seth Lakeman, Show Of Hands, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin and Union Station. They specialise in Fiddle, Slide Guitar and 12 String Acoustic Guitar providing a foot-stomping Celtic/Anglo cross over style of music. The boys have played alongside Mad Dog McRea several times and are an emerging part of the Folk Music scene across the South of England.
Regular events 3rd Wednesday
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club - Bicknoller VH - Aileen Wills - Wassail Band    
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Meter Rite - Eileen Nightingale
Thursday 16 November
Open Folk Session with Becky Brooks - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 8.30pm. Go to Bicton Inn website


An open session featuring folk, country and indie acoustic music hosted by Exmouth’s favourite balladeer Becky Brooks. Anyone can come and join in the fun, perform solo or as part of the group.

Wildwood Kin  - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ - 7.30pm  - £12.00+ - Standing only. For tickets Go to TicketSource. For more information go to FaceBook page SOLD OUT
Turning Tides Tour. Standing only gig. They have recently wowed the crowds at Glastonbury and have the ear of national radio stations. Wildwood Kin formed four years ago while in their mid to late teens. They borrow heavily from early folk influences, not least in their hypnotic three-part harmonies. But their extraordinary debut album delves deeply in to other genres, featuring both electric and acoustic instruments and it boasts inventive electronics and spectral atmospherics. Guitarist Emillie Key, her bouzouki/keyboard-playing sister Beth and their drumming cousin Meghann Loney all sing, swapping leads on songs they write themselves, and joining forces on harmonies that have remained their trademark. Their sound has matured at speed and their confidence caught up with their talent
Regular events 3rd Thursday
DANCE - Tavistock Folk Dance Club - Club callers (Venue Parish Hall)
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
Friday 17 November
Joglaresa - The Courtenay Centre, Kingsteignton Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 2QA - 7.30pm Tickets £13.00 - avaialble from website
5 vocalists with medieval folk instruments. Directed by Belinda Sykes, this London-based ensemble has been playing since 1992. Now well-established, they are particularly interesting for the way in which they imaginatively push, and often transcend, the limits of what is often thought of as early music. Their work focuses on connecting ancient and traditional musics but, rather than create a 'fusion' or a surreal mix of these styles, they aim to use their combined experiences (upbringings drenched in traditional Irish, English, Maghrebi, Balkan and Middle Eastern music) to create a homogenous sound - Joglaresa members spent years in North Africa and the Middle East absorbing the best traditional tunes, learning the local languages (Arabic and Hebrew).
Harbottle & Jonas - Royal Seven Stars, The Plains, Totnes TQ9 5DD - 8.00pm
Stunning young folk duo based in Totnes. Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. They have received plaudits from folk royalty including Seth Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, Declan Sinnott, BBC Introducing. Playing over 100 gigs each year, these troubadours are to be found far and wide across our beautiful island.
Dumbo's Feather - Thank Folk It's Friday - The Oddfellows High Street, Exmouth EX8 1NP - 9.00pm
Dumbo's Feather shall be hosting their monthly folk night 'Thank Folk It's Friday' at The Oddfellows in Exmouth on Friday November 17th from 9pm. Entry is free, and although we shall aim to have the night on the second Friday of every month, on occasion it may require a bit of tweaking due to availability of players. Expect fiery reels, jigs and polkas coupled with traditional songs and airs.

Tankus The Henge - The Flavel, Flavel Place, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9ND - 8.00pm - £15.00 Standing Box Office telephone 01803 839530 or book online at website

Tankus the Henge is uplifting and wild, dark and heartfelt. A six-piece powerhouse of a band drawing visual and musical influences from old time fairgrounds to modern day circus; The Beatles to Tom Waits and Gogol Bordello to Radiohead, they embody a look and a sound that lies somewhere between their South East London home and the carnival town of New Orleans.A unique mix of reggae, ska, and funk to ragtime gypsy punk! Front-man Jaz Delorean wows with his voice and ragtime piano skills.

 

Soroptimist International Plymouth - Barn Dance - Derriford Hospital Leisure Centre - 7.30pm - Caller – Martin Dowling - Tickets £10.00 to include ploughmans supper For further information please contact  - Margaret Luscombe - 01752 774401 or 07523131129

Wren Music presents Blackberries & Bandages - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter, EX2 4AZ - Doors 7.30pm - start 8.00pm. Ticket Price: £10.00 - Box Office - Telephone 01392 277189 or WeGotTickets - email for more information

Songs that tell the story of Devon's Home Front in WW1 Featuring singers and players from Wren Music's Voices in Common Choirs & Rough Music

‘Missin’ Tackle’ Shanty Crew & Friends -  Brixham Library, Market Street, Brixham TQ5 8EU - 7.30pm - Ticket £8.00 FOBL members, £10.00 non-members (includes free drink), available from Brixham Library telephone 01803 853870.
Come and join the fabulous Brixham Shanty crew for an enjoyable concert in the library. The lads will be singing from their growing repertoire of songs and will be joined by guest performers Susie & Bill Trezise along with Steve Gill and his friend Charlie.
Regular events 3rd Friday
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Plus level
DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance - John Mills Jon Mills & Kate Price/Fraich 'Airs - St Matthew's Hall, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ. Doors open 7.45 - Bal/Dance 8.00pm. Admission £7.00 incl. tea & biscuits - Free Parking opposite
Saturday 18 November
Film + Q&A + live music: The Ballad of Shirley Collins (PG) - Totnes Cinema, 27a High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NP - Doors 7.00pm - Film starts 8.00pm - £7.00 - £10.00 Got to website for more information
Film (2017) 94 mins  + Q&A with director Tim Plester + Live folk music pre & post film. Widely regarded as the 20th century’s most important singer of English traditional song Shirley Collins is someone who was born to invoke the old songs. But in 1980 she developed a disorder of the vocal chords known as dysphonia, which robbed her of her unique singing voice and forced her into early retirement. Here then is a story about one woman’s battle to rise again from long silent ashes. A story about heritage, posterity and the true ancestral melodies of the people.
Drift - A Gallery Gig Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ - 7.30pm - £6.00
To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Debbie O' Shea's haunting and passionate vocals with Ania Job's extraordinary versatility as a flautist combine with Rich Malfait's powerful song-writing and vocal style. Playing an eclectic mixture of music including Americana, blues, folk and self penned songs and melodies, their music and harmonies will mostly touch the soul, but with the newly added skills of Colin on bass, there should be something to get your foot tapping too!
Sarah Corser & Megan Edlin - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website
You are sure to enjoy Sara’s expressive singing and her note steady performances, which combine expression, power and range. Today she will hold you spellbound when she puts her own unique twist on a selection of popular songs from the 60s to the present day.

Megan Edlin is a singer/songwriter with a vibrant contemporary, indie/folk sound. She has been writing and performing emotive ballads since she was just knee high and her voice combines a rawness and charming freshness which is complemented by her competent guitar playing.

Dartmoor Border Morris annual fundraiser for BBC Children In Need! - Bedford Square, Tavistock, PL19 0AE - 10.00am - 4.00pm.
ELEVEN morris sides dancing through the day, come rain or shine, + one dancing Pudsey :-)
10.00am Dartmoor Border Morris with Plymouth Morris Men
11.00am Tinners Morris with The Plymouth Maids
12.00 noon Dartmoor Border Morris with Enigma Morris
1.00pm Old Town Twelves with Grimspound Border Morris
2.00pm Cogs & Wheels Ladies Morris with Catseye Morris
3.00pm Wreckers Border Morris with Lodestone Border Morris
4.00pm music session in the Tavy club

Flanders & Swann Recaptured - The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ - 7.30pm - Tickets £10.00 (seated) includes a glass of fizz. For more information and tickets telephone 01404 384050 or go to website
Join us for a very special evening of fabulous nostalgia and hilarity. The mood and events of the 1950s and 60s are revisited with the songs of Flanders & Swann. Two Blokes and a Piano, acknowledged as leading exponents of Flanders & Swann, bring you such favourites as The Hippopotamus Song, The London Omnibus, The Gnu and many others. With additional songs by Stilgoe and Skellern plus Kit and the Widow. This event is a fundraiser for Honiton Dementia Action Alliance.

 

Jim Moray - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX - Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm - Tickets £12.00 advance, £13.00 door, £1.00 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £8.00 under 18s and students with ID. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500

For fifteen years Jim Moray has been at the forefront of a new movement in English traditional music. His debut album Sweet England changed the sound of Folk and won a brace of awards for its innovative melding of orchestration and electronica. Subsequent albums embraced everything from grime to Johnny Marr-esque guitar pop, but at their heart was Jim’s unmistakeable soulful and yearning voice; singing old songs in a new way.

His latest album Upcetera heralds a new chapter, receiving the best reviews of his career, including five stars from Mojo, fRoots and R2 magazines. He has also found the time to contribute three new songs to BBC Dr Who spin-off show Class, and launched his own Low Culture Podcast.

DANCE - Tavistock Folk Dance Club - Dartmoor Pixie Band caller Sarah Bazeley - 8.00pm - 11.30pm (Bring and Share supper) Telephone Margaret Hodge 01822 855858 for more information
Clovelly Herring Festival
Sunday 19 November
Guy Somerfield - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website


Popular singer/songwriter Guy will again be performing his unique renditions of covers and original songs featuring his charismatic vocal, 12 string guitar and harmonica. Guy will be playing a mixture of folk, rock and pop ballads together with some of his own brilliant songs.

Harbottle & Jonas - Rising Sun Inn, Calstock Rd, Gunnislake PL18 9BX
Stunning young folk duo based in Totnes. Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. They have received plaudits from folk royalty including Seth Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, Declan Sinnott, BBC Introducing. Playing over 100 gigs each year, these troubadours are to be found far and wide across our beautiful island.

 

World Unlimited -Jim Moray - 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
For 15 years Jim Moray has been at the forefront of a new movement in English traditional music. His debut album Sweet England changed the sound of folk song and won a brace of awards for its innovative melding of orchestration and electronica. Subsequent albums embraced everything from grime to Johnny Marr-esque guitar pop, but at their heart was always Jim’s unmistakeable soulful and yearning voice; singing old songs in a new way. His sixth album Upcetera heralds a new chapter for the producer and has received the best reviews of his career, including five stars from Mojo, fRoots and R2 magazines.

 

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

Oysterband 40th Celebration Special - Exeter Corn Exchange - Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW - 7.30pm - £21.00 (includes £1.00 booking fee). Box office telephone 01392 665938 - For more information go to website
Classic songs from every era of a long and mighty career. Oysterband, the multi-award-winning outfit that brought passion, power and not a little poetry to folk and roots music, enter their 40th year as vital and creative as ever. Oysterband still play with that spirit of the punk ceilidh band that roared through people’s lives all those years ago. But the growing depth and sensitivity of their songwriting, coupled with the strength of John Jones’ voice and their remarkable musicianship, have lifted their music into a richer, more acoustic era. Oysterband are: John Jones voice, melodeon; Alan Prosser  guitars, voice; Ian Telfer violin, voice; Al Scott bass, mandolin, voice; Adrian Oxaal cello, voice; and the newest member, formerly of Bellowhead, Pete Flood  drums, voice.
Regular events 3rd Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor Book by email
Monday 20 November

World Unlimited - Winter Mountain - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £10.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
Hailing from the wild and beautiful northern shores of Cornwall, UK Winter Mountain blends powerful melodies, an extraordinary voice and heartfelt lyrics in a sound reminiscent of a time before digital recording, when the emphasis fell on the importance of the live performance and the essence of the song. Recently, Winter Mountain have toured as support with Cara Dillon, Seth Lakeman and many more. The spring '17 full band headline tour was received incredibly well all over the UK with MusicRiot.com calling Winter Mountains London show 'a night of exceptional music from a blistering, shimmering 4 piece comprised of exemplary musicians who recreate and re-energise the soulful, folk-rock songs from the extraordinary albums that have won Winter Mountain so much acclaim'.

 

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

Skerryvore - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 8.00pm - £15.50+ - Standing - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website

Multi-award winning Scottish folk rockers Skerryvore are making their way to Exeter Phoenix. As the band have developed, rock, pop, jazz, cajun and country influences on their sound have all emerged, but the traditional Celtic roots and instrumentation have remained. 

"Acoustic Warehouse" - visit FaceBook for more details
Tuesday 21 November

World Unlimited -Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi - 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

Guy Davis has spent his musical life carrying his message of the blues around the world, from the Equator to the Arctic Circle, earning him the title “An ambassador of the blues”. His work as an actor, author, and music teacher earmark him as a renaissance man of the blues. What music and acting have in common, he explains, “is that I don’t like people to see the hard work and the sweat that goes into what I do. I want them to hear me and be uplifted.” Guy and Fabrizio have a relationship going back a decade in which they’ve performed together on tour in Europe and in the United States. ‘Fab’ also performs on Guy’s last album, ‘Kokomo Kidd.

 

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 - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Club Callers
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club

SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - Si Baron - The Castle Hotel Bradninch. Doors open at 7.45pm, start 8.00 PM. Entry £5.00 (accompanied under 18 are free).

Si Barron is making a welcome return to the Bradninch Folk Club on Tuesday 21 November.   The Bradninch audience which has seen him before have no reservation about describing Si as one of the finest interpreters of English folk song. His modest demeanour, impeccable appearance, and great sense of humour all underpin the great respect he has for the songs he loves.  His warm rich vocal delivery and distinctive guitar style are a treat and he is also a mean performer on the pedal organ.  This view of Si is echoed by well-respected performer, promoter and observer of the music scene Greg Hancock  I don't think there is a better DADGAD guitarist than Si Barron playing in the UK today. His technique is masterful and he combines it with a sensitivity and delicacy that is very rare. His interpretations of traditional and contemporary songs are unique, and he has a warm, engaging stage presence that will hold you spellbound.”  

Support will be provided by the duo Abel and Eade comprise singer-songwriters (Folk Pixie) Rosie Eade (UK) and Randy Abel (US) who have many strands of traditional Blues, Country, Honky-tonk and Punk drawn into a roots-infused sounds.  Rosie and Randy produce glorious harmonies from these traditions.  Also providing support will be local singer songwriter Adam Montague

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

Wednesday 22 November

Steeleye Span - Exeter Corn Exchange - Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW - 8.00pm (Doors 7.15) £25.00/£23.00 over 60/under 16 (includes £1.00 booking fee). Box office telephone 01392 665938 - For more information go to website

Folk rock pioneers Steeleye Span are touring with a new live show. Maddy Prior - the voice of the band - leads a line-up featuring faces old and new. . Having just released the album “Dodgy Bastards” to great critical acclaim . Ttheir 2016 performances will see them perform new gems alongside classics that have made them one of the most successful British Folk Rock bands ever.

Regular events 4th Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Fresh Aire - Ray Godswen
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
Thursday 23 November
Bicton Folk Night - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 8.30pm. Go to Bicton Inn website


Exmouth Shanty Man Derek Brooks invites you to join him and friends for a traditional folk night, when a varied selection of singers and musicians perform. If you sing or play an instrument why not come along and join in the session? Otherwise enjoy listening to a selection of lively acoustic music which usually includes lots of jolly jigs, reels and airs.

Eliza Acty - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ - 8.30pm - admission £2.00 Free with a B-Card - Telephone 01752 242021 or visit website or FaceBook for more information.
With her unique vocal style, Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time, contemporary and original songs that span over a century of music. Added accompaniment from Peter Acty - accomplished American-style clawhammer and frailing banjo player and a classic, percussive finger-pick guitarist. “She has the perfect Americana Voice.” - Kenn Clarke, Folk in the Mearns.

Music at the Crabshell - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Rd, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 1JZ - Free Concert. No need to book - please be seated by 8.00pm.

Our winter concert series gets off to s rousing start from Rumpus. Then guests Owly Dave and Whistling Paddy: Environmentalist turned songwriter meets Ceilidh Band Leader turned whistle player, what could possibly go wrong? This dynamic duo perform a slightly strange and definitely unpredictable mix of traditionally rendered folk tunes along with original songs that range from the sublime to the hilarious. Paddy’s whistle playing is a joy to behold and Owly’s songs are beautifully crafted. Don’t miss them! After the interval: The Orchard Family (Tom, Jean and Ashley) are Romany Gypsies “from the Moor” with a long and strong family tradition of singing, playing and stepdancing. They bring together songs and music from a variety of sources choosing material which they have enjoyed within their family, and like to share. Tom and Ashley are melodeon players. Their playing is both robust and melodic and a good driver for stepdancing at which Tom excels. Jean sings strongly and clearly giving her delivery an immediacy and intimacy. To get a good seat get in early! We thank the Crabshell Inn for use of the room.

Afro Celt Sound Sytem + The Dhol Foundation - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors 7.00pm - £26.00+ - Standing - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080 For more information and tickets go to website
With sales now topping one and a half million albums and two Grammy nominations to date, Afro Celt Sound System bring their exhilarating live show to venues around the country. This European and African based collective have been a ground-breaking force in music ever since they started, along the way finding kindred spirits across international talent and forging a reputation for exhilarating shows. Afro Celt Sound System Live features the core band members Simon Emmerson, Guinean vocalist, kora and balafon virtuoso N’Faly Kouyate and charismatic dhol master Johnny Kalsi, along with percussionist Robbie Harris and fiddle-player Eòghann MacEanruig, Ged Lynch on drums, Simon ‘Palmskin’ Richmond on keyboards and electronica and Val Etienne on backing vocals, with the gritty, witty rhymes of Gaelic rapper, musician and language activist Griogair. ‘A delirious mix of primal intensity, spiritual beauty and explosive rhythms…..a colossus of an album.” Froots Magazine.

 

Regular events 4th Thursday
DANCE - Tavistock Folk Dance Club - John Estall
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Ian Ludbrook & The Merry Makers
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
Friday 24 November
The Final Acoustic Haven: Velvet & Stone and Jakob Calladine - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD Tickets £12.00+ Concessions £10.00+ avaialble from WeGotTickets
Velvet & Stone: Maverick Music Magazine UK, brilliant band weaving a rich tapestry of keyboards, bass, guitar and violin, led by excellent vocalist Lara Snowdon. Jakob Calladine & Band, exquisite songwriter and singer.

Hillyfield is a secluded valley within Dartmoor National Park with a remarkably rich diversity of environments: 27 acres of woodland (designated Ancient Woodland), 17 acres of pasture, lakes & the River Harbourne. The Hillyfield Community Interest Company aims to engage young people and adults in rural skills and sustainable livelihoods at The Hillyfield: woodland management; crafts, natural medicines, livestock, charcoal burning, tree identification and more! Monthly volunteering opportunities. Email for information or go to website
LOSt COYOTES - Rising Sun, Woodland, Ashburton TQ13 7JT - 9.00pm -
Mostly a Devon-based 4-piece band (some Jiggerypipery members) who play a bewitching mix of Americana, Cajun, Latin-American, and Celtic songs and tunes, finding a natural chemistry between these musical genres in a melodious blend of their instruments and voices. From up-beat Cajun rhythms and Celtic jigs and reels, to more soulful songs and airs, and with themes of land, migration and borders running through much of their repertoire. For more information telephone 07557 002622
Geoff Lakeman - Parish Hall, Meavy PL20 6PJ - 7.30pm - £8.00 - licensed bar
Geoff is a leading exponent of the rare Crane Duet concertina. He performs self-written and West Country songs, English, Irish and Scottish folk and other music as varied as Jimmie Rodgers, the Louvin Brothers, Richard Thompson and Randy Newman. He's also one of the few to play 1920's/30's jazz on an authentic 1920's instrument. His smooth tenor vocals and unique concertina accompaniment have won him plaudits and fans over the years but it has only been since retiring from a long career as a Fleet Street Journalist that Geoff has truly spread his wings musically.
Mawkin - Down Among The Dead Men Tour Supported by Nick Hart - English folk singer, guitarist, melodeon and concertina player - The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ - 8.00pm - Tickets £10.00 in advance/£12.00 on the door. For more information and tickets telephone 01404 384050 or go to website

Mawkin is one of brit-folks brightest new guns: a blistering 5-piece band fusing folk, blues and rock. On the cutting edge of the contemporary music scene with all the verve and mystique of ancient folk music traditions from across the globe. Rousing songs of rebellion are sung by brothers David Delarre (Eliza Carthy, Tred) and fiddler James Delarre (Saul Rose & James Delarre, Topette) all underpinned by the virtuosic bellowing of Nick Cooke’s melodeon (Kate Rusby, Jim Moray) and a solid rhythm section with Danny Crump on Bass and Lee Richardson (Diverted, Extreme Music) on Drums. **** Invigorating, Highly Inventive - Q Magazine **** Unapologetically Energetic - Songlines Magazine **** Gutsy, Impressive, Exquisite- The Guardian

Saturday 25 November
Music Saturday - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website

Artist to be announced

Charles Causley Film Evening (with Jim Causley) - Lustleigh Village Hall - 7.30pm - Tickets £8.50 available from The Lustleigh Dairy telephone 01647 277498 or email. Bar.
Film evening with live music set from Jim Causley. 2017 is the centenary of the birth of the poet Charles Causley. The artist and film maker, Jane Darke, has made a feature length film about his life. The film will be introduced by Jane Darke and Jim Causley, who appears in the film, will also be present to sing some of his settings of Charles’ poems. Lustleigh has been chosen for this special event because of the Lustleigh connection with the Causley family – the name is a derivative of Caseley and they are a family with long connections to this area. Charles Causley worked for most of his life as a school teacher in Launceston. The film features many of his best poems, some set to music by his distant relation Jim Causley on his successful CD Cyprus Well. There is archive footage of Causley and interviews with poets who respect his work such as Simon Armitage, Roger McGough and Andrew Motion.
Public Ceilidh - Longdown Village Hall, Longdown, nr Exeter EX6 7SN - 7.30pm - £7.00, includes pasty. With music from Ian, Sarah and Jacqui from Pigs Might Fly. Caller - Jeremy Child. Fore more details telephone Terry Bastyan 01392 811523.

World Unlimited - The Lost Sound Devon Folk Choir plus support Chris Hoban - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £8.50+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
The Lost Sound, a cappella, mixed voice chorus, is gaining a much deserved reputation among Devon's folk community. “The best choir in the region” Phil Beer.
The Lost Sound, a cappella, mixed voice chorus, is gaining a much deserved reputation among Devon's folk community. They perform a varied programme of trad and new folk music in rich 4 – 8 part harmony. Songs that have inspired centuries of singers, have re- inspired new harmonies, textures and interpretations. Using the best choral skills and exquisite contemporary arrangements, the chorus breathes new life into traditional songs. The commitment, joy and sheer passion in their singing, have deeply moved both audiences and fellow performers alike. ‘The Lost Sound - sound gorgeous!’ Steve Knightley.
‘Stunning, mesmerising, haunting, exquisite performance on Friday at Exeter Cathedral’ Audience

 

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

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX - Doors and bar 7.00pm - start 8.00pm - Tickets £14.00 advance, £15.00 door. £1.00 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £8.00 under 18s. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500.

His departure from folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span has enabled fiddle player Peter Knight to turn his full attention to his trio Gigspanner. In the process he has established their reputation as one of the most genuinely ground-breaking forces on the British folk scene.

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”.

One of our most popular acts at Calstock Arts, their 2017 visit celebrates the launch of their brand new studio album, The Wife of Urban Law. Peter is joined by Roger Flack on guitar and Sacha Trochet on percussion, both powerful and intelligent musicians in their own right.

LOSt COYOTES - Buccaneers Live Music Venue and Bar, East Street, Crediton EX17 3AZ - 8.00pm
Devon-based 4-piece band (2 of the band, the guitar/cittern and fiddle players, are former Jiggerypipery members, plus a very talented and entertaining accordionist/lead singer Flaky Jake, and finally Kate on various hand percussion and vocals) who play a bewitching mix of Americana, Cajun, Latin-American, and Celtic songs and tunes, finding a natural chemistry between these musical genres in a melodious blend of their instruments and voices.
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Dinner & Dance - Ted & Jane - Friendly Folk - Willand Village Hall, Gables Road, Willand, Cullompton, Devon EX15 2PL - 7.00pm. - Ticket only - For more information please telephone Marilyn Broom 01404 47200 or Zena Roberts 01884 253546 - or visit website
Regular events 4th Saturday

SONG - Shammick Acoustic Dana and Susan Robinson
Dana and Susan Robinson are two guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing, and harmony-singing interpreters of the American experience. Their unique blend of contemporary songwriting and traditional Appalachian music bring to their performances a deep understanding of Americas musical heritage.
The genius of a Dana and Susan Robinson performance lies in their ability to capture the imagination of their audience, evoking a transformative experience that touches on the deepest humanity. They can make the audience howl with laughter or hush with poignant reflection as they take them on a journey across America and convey the mystery and wonder of the places they visit.

Admission on guest nights £8.00 (£7.00 if bought in advance) ~ and members of Shammick Acoustic get a further reduction, priced at £7.00 (£6.00 if bought in advance). PLEASE NOTE: ‘paid in advance’ means paid, it doesn’t mean ‘reserved in advance’. Advance tickets can be bought up to a month before the event at Shammick Acoustic Sessions, OR at The Pack O’ Cards OR at Pet's Pantry in Combe Martin High Street. Advance tickets for non-members, can also be purchased by going to WeGotTickets

 

Sunday 26 November

Paddy’s Whiskers - The Boathouse, Marine Drive, Paignton TQ3 2NJ - Live music starts at 2:30pm and entrance is free. Tables may be booked on 01803 665066.
Paignton based Irish/Celtic/American band play upbeat footstomping folk in a contemporary style - a mixture of fiddle led Irish jigs and reels for dancing, banjo driven bluegrass numbers, and Scottish tunes on border bagpipes. The whole band sing and at a Whiskers gig you’ll hear well known favourites from the folk tradition, together with a few original songs and tunes written by the band. For more information go to website or telephone Andrew on 01803 520798.

Tim Royce & Steve Songi - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 5.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website


Craftsman guitar playing complemented by smoky vocals, Tim and Steve stamp their original sound onto a huge repertoire of music ranging from 60s & 70s rock and pop, 50’s rock 'n' roll, country, and jukebox favourites through to stompin' 20s & 30s jazz, jive and blues classics.

William The Conqueror - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - Doors open 8.00pm - £8.00+ - Standing - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website
Bluesy indie-Americana. Once a treasure of the folk circuit, Ruarri Joseph had been leading a double existence, 4 studio albums in under his own name the singer created an alter-ego, William the Conqueror, as a way of being able to play live music away from the obligatory promotional touring. Bursting with retro-infused energy, there are a myriad influences, underpinned by a taste for good, old-fashioned roots. An invite to Nashville and a nomination for an Americana award already under the belt.
Regular events 4th Sunday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF - 8.00pm - £14.00+ advance (£16.00 on the door). Tickets available from WeGotTickets
With his trio, Peter Knight breaks new ground and is second to absolutely nobody...ground-breaking, engaging, frequently astonishing, 
Gigspanner deliver a quite simply superb set **** Maverick Magazine. "Gigspanner work together in musical genius...there is no track that won't rope you in and buzz you like drinking a barrel of coffee **** EFDSS Magazine.
SONG - Folk on the Moor - George Papavgeris - Book by email
SONG/STORYTELLING - Tradewinds
Monday 27 November

World Unlimited - Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD - doors 7.00pm - Tickets £12.0+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email

Having already recorded and produced over 10 acclaimed records, had multiple live sessions and airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 3, and his music regularly featured on Sky Arts and Sky Sports, it’s hard to believe that 24-year-old Cornwall-based folk singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Kelly has only been performing live for 4 years. As a child, Sam spent many a night enraptured, listening to his Irish grandfather tell folk tales, sing songs, and play tunes on his melodeon. This awe and passion for Celtic music, coupled with a love for the heavy riffs of classic rock and blues, and a voice described by Mike Harding as ‘one of my favourite voices ever' has led Sam on to produce some of the most exciting music on the British folk scene in recent years. With folk luminaries such as Kate Rusby, Seth Lakeman, and Cara Dillon waxing lyrical about Sam’s live set, it seemed fitting when he was awarded the prestigious Horizon Award for emerging artists at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016. Full band line-up: Ciaran Algar (fiddle, tenor guitar, bouzouki), Jamie Francis (banjo), Toby Shaer (flutes, pipes, whistles, fiddle, cittern), Graham Coe (cello), Archie Moss (melodeon) and Evan Carson (percussion).

 

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

Tuesday 28 November
 
Regular events 4th Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Eileen Nightingale
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
STORY TELLING - Stone Soup - Stone Soup continues its Twisted Tales series for adults.
Wednesday 29 November
Lau - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS - 8.00pm - £17.00+ - Seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080
For more information and tickets go to website

Lau is the pioneering contemporary folk trio comprising three of the UK’s finest traditional musicians: Kris Drever (vocals, guitar), Martin Green (accordion, wurlitzer, keys, electronics) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle). Lau has garnered four awards for ‘Best Group’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and also appeared on the Later… With Jools Holland TV show. Individual members have all won multiple awards and recognition for their solo work. Kris Drever is shortlisted for Folk Singer of The Year 2017 & Best Original Track 2017, Martin Green nominated for Best Album 2017 & Best Original Track 2017 at this years BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Lau announces the release of its first ever retrospective album, Decade (The Best Of 2007-2017). A compilation of the trio’s best tracks, curated by the band and manager Tom Rose from the song and tune suggestions of their very many fans.

As you might expect for a band as renowned for its brilliant stage performances as recordings, Lau will be taking this retrospective material to concerts and festival stages throughout the summer of 2017 and then touring it in the UK during the November and December 2017.

Regular events 5th Wednesday
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Gill Spence - Chris Toyne
Thursday 30 November
Ladies Night - The Bicton Inn 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU 9.00pm. Go to Bicton Inn website


Following the much applauded evening at the Exmouth Festival, we are repeating this event which showcases some of East Devon’s highly talented female artists. The amazing divas will be performing everything from gentle folk to striving rock, from classic covers to original songs.

The Whitehouse Sessions: Boo Hewerdine Upstairs at Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL -Doors 7.30pm. Tickets £10.00 telephone 07832 200980 or email also available from WeGotTickets. For more information go to website.
Acclaimed Ivor Novello Award nominated English singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine’s new album “Swimming in Mercury” (Reveal Records April 28th 2017) gives us a personal insight as he takes us on that journey back in time. It’s a trip furnished with a glisten and a glint in his eye as he applies style and shapes to his autobiographical memories. Hewerdine revisits and recreates music in a manner that, put simply, a band starting out just couldn’t afford. In his own words “The new album was recorded in the spirit of the first four track recording I ever did… but instead of a chunky cassette deck we were able to use Chris Pepper’s Cambridge studio. It was an incredibly enjoyable and creative way to work. Often I would write a song in the morning and by the end of the day we would have another track done”.
There’s a compelling sense of adventure in tracks such as “My First Band”, “Satellite Town” and “A Letter to My Younger Self”.
As a recording artist, Boo’s first tentative steps came with the band, The Great Divide before the formation of his much-loved eighties group “The Bible” and a career that subsequently bloomed such that he is now in constant demand as a musician, songwriter, producer, teacher and live concert performer.
Show of Hands - with special guest Kirsty Merryn - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ- Final date on the Autumn 2017 Cathedrals Tour. For tickets telephone 01395 222477 or visit website
Following on from their Cathedrals Tour, it has become tradition for Show of Hands to finish off with a grand finale at Exmouth Pavilions…….
In 2010 Show of hands embarked on their ‘Spires and Beams’ sell-out tour of churches and ancient buildings. Now, seven years later they are bringing their multi-instrumental virtuosity and haunting harmonies back some of our most beautiful Cathedrals such as Salisbury, Wells and Chichester. With a lighting and sound system especially designed to enhance the ambience and acoustics of these iconic venues this is a chance to enjoy England’s most popular acoustic trio in some of her best loved spaces.
Show of Hands are undeniably one of the strongest current forces in acoustic music – England’s finest and most popular roots partnership and something of a “people’s band”, regularly voicing the hopes, fears and life stories of scores of people in song. Joined by Miranda Sykes on double bass they are widely recognised for their resonating original songs, stunning musicianship and remarkable audience rapport.

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

In 2015 after being discovered by Steve Knightley from Show of Hands she received national airplay on BBC Radio 6 Music and in 2016 opened the main stage at Sidmouth Folk Week. Kirsty is currently working on her debut album, a collection of stories about inspirational women, with funding from the English Folk Dance and Song Society, and produced by award-winning Gerry Diver (Sam Lee, Lisa Knapp, The Speech Project), which will be released in 2017. 
Regular events 5th Thursday
DANCE - Tavistock Folk Dance Club - caller TBA
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)