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Page last updated on 18-09-2018
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Thursday 1 November
Lettie and the Bean - A Gallery Gig
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington EX38 8HQ
8.15pm
£6.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Formed in Spring 2018, Lettie and the Bean offer a mix of harmony driven acoustic tunes from pop to country and lots in between.  Based in Bideford and Westward Ho! Collette Harrison and Kev Green hope that you can join them for a relaxed evening of music and fun.
Friday 2 November
Exploring Folklore – Focus on Dartmoor - Friday 2 November — Sunday 4 November

World Unlimited - Chris Difford
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm
Tickets £18.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
Over the course of a 13 album career with Squeeze, it was clear from the very beginning that Chris Difford has few peers when it comes to smart, pithy lyricism. His ‘kitchen sink-drama’ style has drawn plaudits from fans on both sides of the Atlantic, while his influence is keenly felt today. The likes of Lily Allen and Mark Ronson, Kasabian, Razorlight and The Feeling have all recognised the debt they owe to Squeeze’s music and to Difford’s way with words, while journalists were moved by his winning combination with Glenn Tilbrook to dub the pair ‘The New Lennon and McCartney’.

Chris first learned to stand on his own when he wrote the lyrics for the fictional band Strange Fruit in the 1998 British comedy film ‘Still Crazy’, for which he won his first Ivor Novello award.  Since then he has written and contributed lyrics for the likes of Elton John, Wet Wet Wet, Jools Holland, Paul Carrack, Lisa Stansfield and Bryan Ferry.

 

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

Saturday 3 November
Exploring Folklore – Focus on Dartmoor
Phillip Henry Solo Tour – ten years of travel with a slide guitar 
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. Go to website for more information and tickets or telephone 01726 879500.
In the autumn of 2018, Phillip Henry will celebrate the release of his long awaited solo album True North with a national tour. Commemorating ten years since his journey to Kolkata to study under the great slide guitarist Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, True North charts a life spent travelling the globe, collecting tunes, stories and instruments. Phillip Henry is an in demand performer whose collaborations with fellow musicians Peter Knight (Steeleye Span), Steve Knightley (Show of Hands) and Hannah Martin (Edgelarks) have led to the evolution of a unique instrumental style that has wowed audiences around the world. Now he is preparing to take his solo show on the road with a very special series of concerts. As well as his collection of slide guitars, his show-stopping beatbox harmonica, a great favourite with audiences, is sure to make an appearance. Featuring old favourites, and material from True North, this will be an evening to inspire the mind and lighten the soul.
Launceston Folk Dance Club - Saturday Dance - Folk 2 - Caller Les Burden - Launceston Town Hall, PL15 7AR. 8.00pm - 11.30pm. For further information telephone Rosemary Phillips 01566 774491
Bridport Ceilidhs featuring Pigs Might Fly with Richard Mason calling at Church House (St Mary's) Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW - 7.30 - 11.00pm dance.
Some soft drinks provided; bring a bottle, bring finger food snacks to share, bring a friend “ bring two! “ and make a party of it!   Telephone organiser Monty on 01308 423442 or see website for more information
Sunday 4 November

Exploring Folklore – Focus on Dartmoor

World Unlimited -Juan Martin
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm
Tickets £18.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
‘The master Flamenco guitarist.’ The Guardian
. The guitarist/composer plays and introduces his compositions within the forms of the great tradition.  His exquisite style is enhanced through minimal amplification to capture his very pure flamenco sound: just Juan and his sublime guitar to lift and transport you to another dimension – melodic beauty and rhythmic passion.  ¡Viva el arte!

 

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

Sarah McQuaid Guitar workshop
The Plough@StAnne's, Paternoster Row, Barnstaple EX31 1SX
3.30pm
Tickets Full £20.00 - Supporter £15.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Sarah McQuaid - An Introduction To DADGAD
Described by The Irish Times as “a godsend to aspiring traditional guitarists,” Sarah McQuaid’s The Irish DADGAD Guitar Book has become the standard reference on the subject. Topics covered in the workshop include basic chord shapes in DADGAD, the capo and its uses, backing guitar styles, chord patterns, ornamentation and an overview of the modes (Mixolydian, Dorian, etc.) that are typical of traditional tunes and songs. By way of illustration, Sarah will teach participants to accompany a song in DADGAD, including a simple instrumental break, and will then “take apart” another song, demonstrating how different patterns and variations can be introduced to make the accompaniment more interesting for the listener. Handouts with lyrics, tablature and chord diagrams are included in the workshop fee.

Sarah McQuaid
The Plough@StAnne's, Paternoster Row, Barnstaple EX31 1SX
7.30pm
Tickets Full £12.00 - Supporter £10.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
“The precision and sophistication of the writing and playing blows me away. I am so glad to be involved,” writes guitar legend Michael Chapman in his introduction to Sarah McQuaid’s fifth solo album If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous – which he offered to produce after meeting Sarah at a festival where they were both on the bill. 

Recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ards International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland, Sarah’s also drawn critical praise for her voice (which has been variously likened to malt whiskey and melted chocolate) and her engaging rapport with audiences: “I’ve attended hundreds of concerts of all kinds, and her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever,” wrote The Huffington Post.

With the release of her new album, the Madrid-born, Chicago-raised, Cornwall-based singer/songwriter has expanded her battery of instruments to include piano, electric guitar and drum, and it’s drawn critical raves internationally: Dutch music magazine Heaven hailed it as “an early contender for folk album of 2018,” the UK’s fRoots said it was “a collection to savour” and the USA’s PopMatters called it “a gateway into a true innovator’s soul.”

 

Regular events 1st Sunday
SONG - Topsham Folk Song Club - Moore, Moss & Rutter - Mathews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham, EX3 0HF. 8.00pm - £10.00 advance from WeGotTickets - £12.00 on the door Go to website for more information. Tom Moore (fiddle, viola), Archie Churchill-Moss (melodeon) and Jack Rutter (guitar) are the trio that won the 2011 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Widely regarded as three of the best players, innovators and performers in traditional folk amongst a precociously gifted generation, their finely-crafted arrangements wield a rare potency. They reconvene to release their third record together which will mark a decade of performing as a band.

SONG -Folk on the Moor - Stephen Fearing - Book by email  

Monday 5 November
 
Tuesday 6 November

World Unlimited - Slocan Ramblers
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
The Slocan Ramblers are Canada’s young bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in the tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, in the last few years they have become a leading light of Canada’s roots music scene, built on their reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and an uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan.

The Slocan Ramblers have steadily added to their list of awards and plaudits on home ground, including the Emerging Artist Award (Edmonton Folk Fest 2015) and Traditional Album of the Year Nominee (Canadian Folk Music Awards (2016). They have been making inroads into the USA scene for quite some time (“one of the top discoveries From Folk Alliance 2014”– The Bluegrass Situation) and now the UK is starting to catch on – the band is also featured in the new edition of fRoots magazine.

On their latest album, Coffee Creek  The Slocan Ramblers blend lightning fast, devilishly intricate instrumentals with the evocative vocals of singer Frank Evans, who takes the lead on songs ranging from fine originals to rowdy old-time numbers. In a few short years The Slocan Ramblers have progressed rapidly from a young ensemble of bluegrass pickers to one of the best known Canadian roots bands. They’ve done this by staying true to the roots of the music, while bringing a fresh and modern feel and approach to their delivery. Coffee Creek was produced by the band’s friend and mentor, fellow Canadian Chris Coole, an acclaimed musician, songwriter and community leader on Toronto’s bluegrass and old-time scenes.

 

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 1st Tuesday
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
DANCE - Fraddon Folk Dance Club (Cornwall)
SONG - Bradninch Folk Club - open night
Wednesday 7 November
Fisherman’s Friends
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
8.00pm
£20.00+ - Seated - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

Bound together by lifelong friendship and shared experience for more than 25 years the Fisherman’s Friends have met on the Platt (harbour) in their native Port Isaac to raise money for charity, singing the traditional songs of the sea handed down to them by their forefathers. In 2010, they signed a major record deal and their album Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends went Gold as they became the first traditional folk act to land a UK top ten album. Since then they’ve been the subject of an ITV documentary, released the hit albums One and All (2013) and Proper Job (2015) and played to hundreds of thousands of fans at home and abroad.

They sang for HM The Queen at her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012, they were selected to sing for Prince Charles & Camilla during their 2016 tour of Cornwall and were honoured with the Good Tradition Award at the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2011.

Other standout performances include the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Beautiful Days, Sidmouth Folk Week, Looe Music Festival, Costa del Folk in Portugal and the BBC Proms in the Park.

The Fisherman’s Friends are: brothers John & Jeremy Brown, writer and moustachioed MC Jon Cleave, potter Billy Hawkins, smallholder John ‘Lefty’ Lethbridge, builder John McDonnell, fisherman Jason Nicholas and film maker Toby Lobb.

The Fisherman’s Friends have been widely credited with starting the revival of interest in shanty-style choral singing but a cornerstone of their success has been their constantly evolving and expanding repertoire.

Regular events 1st Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Pair of Shears - Robert Blackborow
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club - Stringaccord - Club callers -Bicknoller VH           
Thursday 8 November
 
Regular events 2nd Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Jane Thomas - Quantock Quarenders
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
MUSIC - Brixham Blues - BBT2 - 8.30pm - Maritime Inn, King Street, Brixham TQ5 9AH
SONG - Totnes Folk Song Club - Dave Webber & Anni Fentiman
Friday 9 November
Contra (American Barn) Dance - Caller - Jeremy Child. Band - Stick the Fiddle.
Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB
7.30pm - 10.00pm
Cost £5.00 per person.
Beginners welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. A monthly series of Contra Dances.Further details at website
SONG - Exeter Folk and Acoustic Music Club - Clive Gregson

Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX
8.00pm
Support: TBC
Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) - 
Paid in advance - £12.00
Advanced notice without pre-payment - £14.00 (paid on the door). For more information/ticket enquiries email or telephone 01392 210983
This is the only concert that Clive is doing in the southwest on his current tour, so a great opportunity to see this exceptional songwriter, singer and guitarist in a relaxed and informal venue. 
Clive first came to prominence with his cult band, Any Trouble, in the early 80's and he had great success with them. From 1985 for several years he teamed up with Christine Collister, as a duo and became the foremost acoustic duo in the country at the time.
During this period and ever since he has toured solo over the world and has become a very successful performer. 
He has also worked with Richard Thompson, Nanci Griffith, Eddie Reader, Boo Hewerdine and has been a member of Plainsong. 
His songs have been covered by the likes of  Fairport Convention, Nanci Griffith, Kim Carnes and Norma Waterson, among others. 
Clive is also a successful record producer and musical director. 
He currently has recorded thirteen solo albums to his credit, plus many more with Christine Collister and Any Trouble, not to mention a recent collaboration with Liz Simcock. Advisable to get your ticket early for this concert. Go to website

Saturday 10 November
Steve James 
Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ
8.00pm
Tickets £12.00 from the Bridge Inn telephone 01392 873862
A man who's become something of a legend around these parts, Steve James is a peerless songsmith, a dynamic performer and with a sponsorship with the National Guitar Co. - validation were it needed - widely acknowledged as being one of the finest slide guitarists on the planet. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Steve transcends the limitations of traditional blues music, transforming the genre into something far removed from any suggestion of a museum like ambience !
RSVP Bhangra Band
RatteryVillage Hall, South Brent TQ10 9LD
8.00pm
Tickets Adult £12.00+, Child £9.00+ Family £30.00+ For tickets telephone 01364 72597/07879 438769 or go to website.
RSVP is a Bhangra band that blends traditional Punjabi celebratory folk music with Western musical influences to create a sound that is unusual when heard by mainstream listeners, but none of that matters, because their ability to perform to a crowd is perfect. Their stage personalities are lovable, the Asian drumbeats are infectious, and the Western slant gives the crowd something unique to enjoy. With musicians drawn from one family, wholly rooted in an authentic living tradition, yet unafraid to innovate, this is the ultimate celebratory Indian music. RSVP will be bringing their Big Bhangra Beats and engaging, interactive vibe so be prepared to learn some Bhangra grooves and moves and get ready to party.

The Eskies  - Support - Black Water County
The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ
Doors 8.00pm (Concert 8.30pm).
Tickets £12.00 advance/£14.00 on the door (Standing). For more information and tickets telephone 01404 384050 or go to website  
Hailing from Dublin, The Eskies bring their unique brand of folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty and swaggering stage spectacle to ballrooms and booze houses far and wide. Last year saw them play over 40 festivals in 5 countries, tour Ireland, UK, Netherlands and Switzerland as well as being invited to the influential new music festival Eurosonic Festival. Other notable festival performances included Glastonbury Main Stage Avalon, Main Stage Cambridge and Bestival. Support: Black Water County, Smashing their way into the UK folk punk scene since 2013, Black Water County bring an energetic live show of stout quaffing, banjo breaking and tin whistle mangling original music, along with trads and shanties that have been given a good kick up the **** and a slap around the face. 

 

William the Conqueror
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
8.00pm
Tickets £10.00+ (£8.00+) - Standing - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website

Cornwall trio William the Conqueror have been picking up praise from far flung corners ever since Ruarri Joseph took the step to go public with his erstwhile secret alter-ego. Debut album, Proud Disturber of the Peace, was released in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim, and their shows have been steadily winning over fans up and down the country.

The indie-rock three piece sees Ruarri joined by bassist Naomi Holmes and drummer Harry Harding, channelling classic blues and roots through a grunge/indie filter, with diverse influences including The Doors, Ryan Adams and The Lemonheads.

Praised for their grit and authenticity by the likes of The Guardian and NPR’s Ann Powers, they made their mark at AmericanaFest in Nashville, signing to Loose and sharing the stage at the UK Americana Awards 2017 with the likes of Van Morrison, Richard Thompson and Ethan Johns. Proud Disturber of the Peace was shortlisted for the 2018 UK Americana Awards “UK Album of the Year”.

Martyn Joseph
America Hall, De La Rue Way, Pinhoe, Exeter EX4 8PX
8.00pm (Doors 7.30pm)
Tickets £17.00+ 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.

 

John Smith
Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
7.30pm.
Tickets £16.50. Tickets are available from the B-Bar in person (daily from 11am) via the Barbican Theatre website or telephone 01752 242021.

Born in Essex and raised in Devon, John Smith has gained a reputation through relentless touring as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and singer-songwriters. With five album releases in 11 years, his reputation now extends far beyond the UK folk scene, as reflected by sideman credits including Joan Baez, David Gray, Lisa Hannigan and Lianne La Havas.

Compared as a singer to John Martyn and Ray Lamontagne, Smith has evolved his own transatlantic blend of fingerstyle and slide techniques, switching between acoustic and electric guitars in various tunings. His uniquely intimate take on love, loss or even a mythic murder ballad, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following, made up of people willing to take part in the communion of a song. 
Regular events 2nd Saturday
SONG - Open night Shammick Acoustic
Sunday 11 November

World Unlimited - Calan
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
This international award-winning band from Wales are back on the road with their infectious rhythms and high energy routines to celebrate 10 years since the release of their first album with a brand new compilation recording called Deg or 10. The album also includes some new tracks specially specially recorded for the CD. They come with accordion, harp, guitar, fiddles and Welsh bagpipes (!) along with a virtuoso performance from a champion step dancer.

A fresh and vibrant sound with a pounding beat set against the backdrop of old traditions. Songs include the legend of Wales’ very own fairy realm with a tale of magic, myth and mischief along with some of the most beautiful and haunting melodies.

They have introduced a new generation to Welsh music – and continue to do so as they tour Europe, North America, Australia and Asia.

 

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

John Smith
The Flavel, Flavel Place, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9ND
7.30pm
Tickets Adult £15.00 under 18 £5.00 - Box Office telephone 01803 839530 or book online at website
Local boy John Smith has gained a reputation as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and singer-songwriters. Once described by the legendary John Renbourn as the “future of folk music” his sideman credits include Joan Baez and David Gray.  John has been described as “Spellbinding” in the Time Out review and as the “Guitarists Guitarist” in the Sunday Times.  He has also released five well received albums most recently “Headlong” in 2017. 

 

Show of Hands - With Miranda Sykes and special guest Cormac Byrne
Theatre Royal, Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 2TR
7.30pm
Tickets from £18.50 - Go to website for tickets
Following the extraordinary reaction to their haunting cathedral tour ‘Sanctuary’, Show of Hands return to the theatre and concert circuit on a quest to reveal a fuller sound for the trio’s bold new studio album. ‘Joint Venture’ features intriguing collaborations with the likes of Afro Celt Sound System’s Johnny Kalsi, and folk/reggae band Edward the Second. Steve, Miranda and Phil will each play an opening set of three solo spots before being joined by Cormac Byrne, legendary percussionist of Seth Lakeman Band fame.

Regular events 2nd Sunday
Monday 12 November
John Smith
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
8.00pm
Tickets £15.00 - Seated. Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website  
“The future of folk music” - John Renbourn; “He’s a magician” - Ben Howard; “Spellbinding” - Time Out. John Smith has gained a reputation through relentless touring as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and singer-songwriters. Compared as a singer to John Martyn and Ray Lamontagne, Smith has evolved his own transatlantic blend of fingerstyle and slide techniques, switching between acoustic and electric guitars in various tunings. His uniquely intimate take on love, loss or even a mythic murder ballad, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following, made up of people willing to take part in the communion of a song. 
Regular events 2nd Monday
STORYTELLING - South Devon Storytellers -
Tuesday 13 November
Shanty Workshop with The Exmouth Shanty Men
The Beach Pub, Exmouth EX8 1DR
8.00pm
Another of our ever popular Shanty Workshops at our 'home' of the Beach Pub, Exmouth (adjacent to the marina).
Wednesday 14 November

World Unlimited - Daoiri Farrell
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

‘Daoirí is one of the most important traditional singers to emerge in the last decade’    Dónal Lunny

‘I’ve been listening to Daoirí’s emerging sounds since first hearing him at the Góilin Singers Club in Dublin when he was a young lad….always a treat to hear him sing.’    Christy Moore

A former electrician, who decided to change profession after seeing Christy Moore perform on Irish TV, Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell is being described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years.

Daoirí had cut his teeth as a singer in Dublin’s famous Góilin Singers Club, where he was spotted early on by Christy Moore, and at other sessions across the city, many of which he still visits. Following his studies he quickly found work accompanying artists including Christy Moore himself, as well as a list of names that sounds like a who’s who of folk music: Dónal Lunny, Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, Alan Doherty, Danú, Dervish, Julie Fowlis, Arty McGlynn, The John Carty Big Band, Kíla, Sean Keane, Gerry O’Connor (Banjo), Gerry O’Connor (Fiddle), Lynched and more. In 2013 he won the All Ireland Champion Singer award at the Fleadh in Co. Derry, and in 2015 won the prestigious Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections in Glasgow with the line-up FourWinds.

Daoirí finally stepped into the limelight launched his own solo live career at the 2016 Celtic Connections.

His determination not to put out another album until he was sure it was the best he could produce, means the long-awaited release of True Born Irishman in October 2016 was hugely anticipated. And indeed when a stream of the album was accidentally leaked online for around an hour in July, it was being shared and tweeted about within minutes. The ten track album was recorded in Dublin across the first half of 2016 and was produced by Daoirí with Tony Byrne and Robbie Walsh. It features contributions from, among others, Michael McGoldrick, and is dedicated to departed Irish traditional singer Liam Weldon.

Calls were coming in from across the world and dates were put in place in Australia, Canada, Belgium, Denmark and more for 2017 alongside a co-headline tour with 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Damien O’Kane.

See him live in 2018 – a treat and an experience not to be missed.

 

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

Afro Celt Sound System
Princess Theatre, Torbay Road, Torquay,TQ2 5EZ
8.00pm.
Tickets £29.15 - from website
Formed by Grammy-nominated musician and record producer Simon Emmerson, Afro Celt Sound System are a European and African based collective who’ve been a ground-breaking force in music ever since they started. Their acclaimed live performances are energetic and captivating and innovatively combine folk traditions of different cultures to breath-taking effect. They won Best Group in the 2017 Songlines Music Awards. Simon Emmerson is joined by long-term members’ vocalist, kora and balafon player N’Faly Kouyaté and Dhol drummer Johnny Kalsi. Their live show features contributions from a host of other outstanding musicians including Armagh-born vocalist and flautist Rioghnach Connolly and bodhrán player and percussionist Robbie Harris. They will also be joined by special guests Peter Tickell on fiddle, Ged Lynch on drums, Simon Richmond on keyboards and Lottie Cullen on pipes and whistle.
Regular events 2nd Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Jeroka - Ted Farmer
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
OPEN MIC - Blues Night at the Oystercatcher’s  Cafe
Thursday 15 November
 
Regular events 3rd Thursday
DANCE - Tavistock Folk Dance Club - Club callers (Venue Parish Hall)
DANCE - Exmouth Folk Dance Club - Club A.G.M.  Caller - Denis Warry
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
Friday 16 November
Kit Holmes with Alan Greenwood
Scoriton Village Hall, nr Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB
8.00pm
Tickets £10.00 adult/£5.00 child/£25.00 family available from Steph telephone 01364 631288 or TicketSource
A fun entertaining evening to get your music taste buds tingling! Kit’s trademark sultry vocals and virtuoso guitar playing have wowed audiences across the UK through extensive touring with the guitar hero, John Etheridge. The Observer described her music as "Macy Gray meets Nick Drake", and both Bob Harris and Andy Kershaw have featured her on their BBC shows. Recent gigs include: Paul McCartney’s LIPA; the Anne Frank Awards at the BBC; a performance for Bill Bryson and Andy Kershaw and a headline show at the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain. Licensed bar.

World Unlimited - Gigspanner
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm
Tickets £15.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email

This special concert will include seasonal music taken from the English tradition and beyond.

In the wake of his departure from Steeleye Span, multi award winning fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, and in the process established their reputation as one of the most genuinely ground-breaking forces on the British folk scene, inspiring Maverick magazine to write “Gigspanner are making some of the most beautiful music the genre has to offer” 5*****

Described by as one of the “most quietly brilliant sets of musicians in the folk world and beyond”, they take self-penned material along with music rooted in the British Isles and with the flick of a bow, a finely chosen chord or slip of a beat, produce richly atmospheric arrangements “with notes seemingly plucked from the stars and rhythms from the equator”

Their November 2017 release, ‘The Wife of Urban Law’ received several ‘Best Of’ end of year accolades, including making it on to Mojo’s ‘The 10 Best Folk Albums of 2017’ list.

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 Knight’s Gigspanner were amazing. I can only think of a handful of folk musicians world-wide that have the kind of relationship with their instrument that Peter Knight has: Martin Hayes, Enda Scahill, Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker, Martin Simpson. Many people as they trickled out into the night said that this was one of the best gigs they’d ever been to. I’d agree with that. If you get a quarter of a chance to see them, go – there were people there last night who had travelled many miles to be there. It was well worth every mile” Mike Harding: Broadcaster/Musician/Writer

Peter is joined by Roger Flack on Guitar and Sacha Trochet on Percussion, both powerful and intelligent musicians in their own right.

 

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

Reg Meuross + Harbottle & Jonas  
Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Doors 7.00pm music from 7.30pm.
Tickets £10.00+/£8.00+ advance from WeGotTickets or £12.00 on the door 
The Whitehouse Sessions presents Reg Meuross, described as a "brilliant singer-songwriter and true troubadour with a social conscience" by Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2's Folk Show. With special guests Harbottle & Jonas, a stunning young folk duo based in Totnes. Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. 

 

Rosanna Ball
The Plough@StAnne's, Paternoster Row, Barnstaple EX31 1SX
8.00pm
Tickets £8.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website

Multi-Instrumentalist and Singer-Songwriter Roseanna Ball will be performing a wide variety of songs from her latest album 'Dust Off' at the wonderful intimate venue of St. Anne's Chapel in Barnstaple.

Roseanna is a keen performer having supported various artists including Phil Beer, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman and most recently Ben Ottewell. Her previous album 'Time' was featured in The Telegraph's 'The Best Folk Music Albums Of 2016'.

Saturday 17 November

World Unlimited - Jo Harman
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
Jo recently released her second studio album ‘People We Album’ to much critical acclaim (see accolades at foot of the page) and no little commercial success. Indeed the ‘lead single’, ‘When We Were Young’ (featuring Michael McDonald) achieved BBC Radio 2 play-listing, as well as play listing on other mainstream national stations across Ireland (RTE1) and Europe. The album has also made various ‘best of’ lists for 2017.

A multi award winning/nominated performer, Jo has achieved considerable success at home and abroad, headlining prestigious venues and festivals throughout Europe, North America and beyond, including playing as one of eleven (otherwise household name) artists to 300k people at Parkpop, in the Hague. Amongst many other career highlights in her relatively short career, Jo was also invited by Amnesty International to perform at their prestigious ‘Ambassador of Conscience’ Award in Berlin alongside the likes of Patti Smith and Joan Baez,

Jo has indeed recently been asked to guest on Motown Songwriting legend Lamont Dozier’s ‘Reimagination’ album – alongside other legendary guests such as Gregory Porter, Graham Nash, Todd Rundgren and  more – and, in fact, she duets with Lamont on the lead single ‘Reach Out, I’ll Be There’.

Come hear why Rag ‘N Bone took to social media to proclaim Jo as ‘one of this country’s finest talents’ and why soul super star Michael McDonald advised ‘hearing her cover one of my songs was a spiritual experience’.

 

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 McFarlane
Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ19 9AL
7.30pm for 8.00pm.
Tickets £10.00 - for information and tickets go to website
Kitty Macfarlane is a Bristol-based songwriter and accomplished guitar player. Her sharply observed narrative songs are pure poetry, rich with visual imagery and written with an eco-eye – bound loosely by the theme of mankind’s relationship with the wild. This autumn sees the release of Kitty Macfarlane's highly anticipated debut album NAMER OF CLOUDS produced by Sam Kelly and Jacob J Stoney and featuring a recognisable cast of musicians. Gathering inspiration from the sky to the seabed, Kitty’s lyrics touch on intervention and rewilding, climate change and migration and one singular song which is a magical aural tapestry of woman’s historical relationship with textiles and the land. From the starling murmurations on the Somerset Levels to the lowly eel's epic transatlantic migration, and the small part we ourselves play in a much bigger picture. The album is augmented by all kinds of ‘found sound’ recorded in locations from Somerset to Sardinia – birdsong, waterfalls, the click of knitting needles- and is bookended by sounds of the wild. 

Kitty has toured with acclaimed folk duo Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, and also Blair Dunlop, and performed extensively around the UK. Her first EP received airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music. She has been shortlisted for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, received project funding from the English Folk Dance and Song Society and been awarded the Lynsey de Paul Prize for female songwriters. Her debut album is out 21st September 2018. 
Simon & Garfunkel: Through the Years
The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ
7.30pm
Tickets £15.00 advance/£17.00 (Seated) on the door For more information and tickets telephone 01404 384050 or go to website

Simon & Garfunkel: Through the Years is a unique concert, which celebrates the unforgettable music of Simon & Garfunkel. Fronted by the duo Bookends, the concert has toured the globe extensively being described as ‘simply breathtaking’. “One of the greatest tribute shows anywhere in the world” - Stuart Cameron, BBC and ITV Broadcaster

Performing the songs in a truly captivating way, Bookends’ delicate recreation of the unmistakable sound of the American folk-rock duo is something of a masterpiece. Bookends have been performing their world-class concert to audiences in some of the finest theatres and concert halls across the UK, Europe and the United States.

 

Reg Meuross
The Plough@TheGeorge, The George Hotel, 1 Broad Street, South Molton EX36 3AB
8.00pm
Tickets Full £12.00 - Supporter £9.00. To reserve tickets telephone the Box Office on 01805 624624. To purchase tickets and more information visit website
Somerset based singer-songwriter Reg Meuross represents contemporary folk writing at its best, with that rare gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, on a really human level. His words and music paint pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung. This concert is part of Reg's Two Albums Tour, encompassing two album releases: Faraway People and Songs About A Train.

 

DANCE - Tavistock Folk Dance Club - Alison and Jerry Tucker - Folk Two 8.00pm to 11.30pm. Tavistock Town Hall, Bedford Square, Tavistock PL19 0AE. Bring and share supper
Clovelly Herring Festival
Sunday 18 November

World Unlimited - Urban Folk Quartet
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
In an age where the word “folk” encompasses everything from acoustic pop to hardcore traditional music, the use of such labels to distinguish one musical experience from another has arguably been stretched farther than ever.

The Urban Folk Quartet’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.

 

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 Sunday
SONG - Folk on the Moor - Jody Kruskal - A NewYorker, who plays the Anglo concertina, Jody's concerts offer a warm and engaging presentation of traditional and popular American songs. From witty and humorous ditties to songs that explore the depths of the human condition, his singing tells stories that are hilarious, gritty and true... stories of train wrecks, wrecked marriages, death row, lonesome lovers, heroes, losers, swaggering braggarts, lazy slackers and slapstick fools! Book by email
Monday 19 November
Artizan Acoustic Night/Open Mic/Daria Kulesh
Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW
Doors open 7.00pm, open mic 7.30pm to 9.00pm.
With Daria Kulesh as guest performer from 9.00pm. Refreshments available, both alcoholic and soft drinks. Curated by Robert Spence, 01803 613647.
Tuesday 20 November
 
Regular events 3rd Tuesday
DANCE - Sidford Folk Dance Club - Club Callers
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club

SONG - Bradninch Folk Club
Johnny Campbell
The Castle Hotel, Bradninch EX5 1NN.
Doors 7.45pm start 8.00pm
£6.00.
The Bradninch Folk Club in its many guises can be contacted on 01392 881105 or on Facebook.

Wednesday 21 November
 
Regular events 3rd Wednesday
DANCE - Halsway Folk Dance Club - Merrymakers - Simon Maplesden - Bicknoller VH   
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Chris Toyne - Aileen Wills
Thursday 22 November
 
Regular events 4th Thursday
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Gill Spence - The More The Merrier
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
DANCE - Newton Poppleford American Square Dance Basic and Mainstream levels
Friday 23 November

World Unlimited - Kiki Dee and Carmelo Luggeri
St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Doors 7.00pm
Tickets £20.00+ advance from WeGotTickets Go to website for more information, telephone 01803 875527 or email
For almost two decades, Kiki and Carmelo have been touring their spellbinding acoustic live show across the UK and Europe. Performing in this stripped back fashion allows each of their exceptional talents to shine through and create a wonderful and warm sense of intimacy for the audience.

2018 marks Kiki’s 55th year in the music industry and has cemented her status as one of the UK’s finest and most revered vocalists. The duo’s latest critically acclaimed album “A Place Where I Can Go”  features 11 tracks including the haunting duet “Horses” with Scottish singer Eddi Reader.

Join Kiki and Carmelo for an acoustic journey of stories and song which include unique covers of songs by artists such as Kate Bush and Frank Sinatra and of course Kiki’s own hits “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, “I Got The Music In Me” and the stunning “Amoureuse”.

 

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

Sheelanagig
The Barrel House, 59a High Street, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5PB
Doors 8.00pm
Tickets: £14.00+ advance, £16.00 on the door. Booking office 01803 863000 - more information and tickets on website

Sheelanagig return this November... Delivering intricate, rhythmically complex arrangements of original and traditional works in a Balkan style, the band who formed in early 2005 had an instant chemistry, gained a considerable following and quickly earned a reputation for their exhilarating and intense live performances. This group of incredible players force you to dance your socks off and have a great time.

Sheelanagig have played just about every imaginable venue on their hectic touring schedule; clubs, pubs, art centres, small theatres, European street festivals as well as tearing up the UK festival scene with profile slots at Glastonbury, Green Man and Beautiful Days (to name a few). Sheelanagig’s live shows have grown to incorporate aspects of street theatre, elements of storytelling and even acrobatics, it can provoke a frenzied reaction – flying drinks, mosh pits and stage invasions are hazards on a really good night. In short, expect mayhem, a lot of laughs and some great music.

‘A completely top night out.’ Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2

Saturday 24 November
Worry Dolls - + Special guest Jake Morrell
The Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ
8.00pm
Tickets £12.00 advance/£14.00 on the door For more information and tickets telephone 01404 384050 or go to website

Worry Dolls are a compelling duo born out of the joint talents of multi-instrumentalists Zoe Nicol and Rosie Jones. Serendipity brought them together at an open mic night when they were 18, both studying music in Liverpool. Both redheads with guitars, on their chosen path of becoming solo singer songwriters, and both falling under the spell of ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’. Paired by their teachers for an opportunity to have their songwriting critiqued by Paul McCartney, they were inspired to start co-writing, and could now be described as an almost telepathically linked songwriting force.​
T​hey set off​ from University​ together​,​ making music as Worry Dolls. It was a new sound, blending the tender urgency of Zoe’s Irish-influenced voice with the fiery integrity of Rosie’s vocals and rhythmic guitar. Zoe transferred her fingerpicking skills to ukulele, followed by Earl Scruggs-style banjo, motivated by players like Emily Robison (Dixie Chicks).​ These days playing piano has been added to the live performances and Worry Dolls frequently perform with a band.​ They have also started touring in Europe spreading the special blend of UK Americana folk rock.
The duo signed to Bread & Butter, who released their debut LP, Go Get Gone, ​2017. A ‘Song of the Year’ nomination lead to them performing at London’s historic Hackney Empire with Ethan Johns at the UK Americana Awards earlier this year, alongside Robert Plant and Mumford and Sons. The duo will flying back to Nashville to showcase at AmericanaFest this September​ in support of their album release Stateside this summer 2018.

 

The Wandering Hearts
Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
Doors open 7.30pm
Tickets £13.50 - Box Office - telephone 01392 667080. For more information and tickets go to website
The harmony-laden folk & americana band are heading out on a UK tour. 
DANCE - Willand Folk Dance Club - Sarah Bazeley - 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
DANCE - D'Accord's French Music and Dance
Regular events 4th Saturday

SONG - Shammick Acoustic - Moira Craig and Carolyn Robson.
Still singing together after the sad death of Sarah Morgan (CMR), here are two award-winning singers – from East Kilbride and from Northumberland. A sheer delight

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 25 November
 
Regular events 4th Sunday
SONG/STORYTELLING - Tradewinds
Okey Folky - Singers, musicians, poets, step-dancers and audience members all welcome!
Monday 26 November

Regular events 4th Monday
Tuesday 27 November
 
Regular events 4th Tuesday
DANCE - Isca Allemanders Square Dance Club
STORY TELLING - Stone Soup - Stone Soup continues its Twisted Tales series for adults.
Wednesday 28 November
 
Regular events 4th Wednesday
DANCE - Gittisham Folk Dance Club - Jigs for Gigs - Mary Marker
DANCE - Over Stratton Folk Dance Club (South Somerset)
SONG - Lympstone Folk, Roots and Acoustic
Thursday 29 November
 
Regular events 5th Thursday
DANCE - Tavistock Folk Dance Club - caller TBA
DANCE - Crewkerne Folk Dance Club (Somerset)
Friday 30 November

World Unlimited - Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker support Chris Cleverley
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

Now consistently celebrated as one of the UK’s outstanding Celtic roots acts, the 5-piece band of virtuoso musicians have built their standing through performing a show that is “exhilarating, just exhilarating –a band that perform with such enjoyment, excitement, style and wit –no histrionics, just a show of originality, energy and integrity.” (Jun-Lin Yeoh, Artistic Director, Rainforest World Music Festival, Borneo)

The band have spent several years performing constantlyacross the UK, Europe and further afield, and  this has provided the platform for theirblistering live shows.  Songs,instrumentals -a broad musical palette -the combination of original compositions and talented musicianship has been rewarded by the broad range of events at which the band has been invited to perform; and a collection of awards from supporters and pundits alike has only enhanced their considerable reputation.

 

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