Monday, 9 April 2018

Brass tutor wanted for Sidmouth Folk Week Children's festival


Sidmouth FolkWeek's Children's Festival requires a Brass Tutor to work with The Sidmouth Seaside Stompers Ceilidh Band Workshop. The daily workshops are 90 minutes long leading to performance as the band for the Thursday evening ceilidh in Blackmore Gardens Marquee.

All tutors join Team Stompit! and work under the leadership of Ray Langton. Their role is to support the youngsters (aged 8years and over) in their section, write simplified parts if required and lead break out groups helping youngsters to master the tunes. Written notation is provided for all instruments and distributed at the first workshop. Tutors receive this music in advance.

We are very keen to hear from any brass players who may be interested. This is a fun and rewarding week and when not with the Seaside Stompers a great time can also be had at the other events in the festival.

If interested please contact Please also do feel free to spread the word about this opportunity to any others who might be interested.

Friday, 30 March 2018

April at the Bicton Inn, 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU

Easter Holiday Weekend
Sunday 1st April 5.00pm
Martin Weller
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.

Thursday 5th April  8.30pm
Bicton Session Night
Enjoy an evening of lively, Foot-tapping music when local musicians get together for an open acoustic session featuring accordions, violins, guitars, banjos, mandolins, bodhrans etc. Anyone can come and join in, lead a tune or just enjoy listening to the amazing sound created by the performers. The session usually includes lots of jigs, reels, polkas, airs and shanties, but anything can happen!

Friday 6th April 8:00pm
Laurie Ward & Friends
Musician singer/songwriter Laurie is a talented young artist who has been writing and performing music since he was 7 years old. His music has featured on various radio stations, including Radio 1, and various festivals including the Glastonbury Festival with his band Barefoot Bandit. Today Laurie together with friends will be performing an eclectic mix of music from reggae to folk, raunchy rock to gentle ballads and of course some of Laurie’s own brilliant songs.

Saturday 7th April 5.00pm
Don’t miss this amazing Bristol based band who’ll be playing an all acoustic set of ‘vintage Americana’.  They ha 5pmve a real 40s and 50s vibe of honky-tonk, rockabilly, Cajun and blues. The band comprises front man Paul Godden with Jean Godden on fiddle, Joe Allan on upright bass, and Stig Manley on mandolin and guitar. Paul has had a notable musical career backing and supporting legends such as Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, etc., has toured and recorded with Van Morrison and appears on two of his albums.

Sunday 8th April 5.00pm
Reefs of Moonshine.
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.

Thursday 12th April 8:30pm
Open Mic Night
Enjoy an evening of music from anyone who would like to come along and perform in this relaxed atmosphere. The monthly event has included a wide range of musical genres from classical to pop and performances from solo singers, instrumental ensembles and poets. So if you have a musical talent to share please come along and join in.

Saturday 14th April 5.00pm 
David Bailey 

Sunday 15th April 5.00pm
Fire Exit
If you enjoy chilled, traditional jazz you will love Fire Exit. Talented jazz stalwarts Martin Nichols, Bob King, Charlie Hernshaw, Paul Barnham will be performing a selection of beautiful, chilled jazz standards- perfect for a Sunday afternoon.

Thursday 19th April 8:30pm
Open Folk and Indie Night with Becky Brooks
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.

Friday 20th April 8:30pm
Bicton Street Blues
Bicton Street Blues is fronted by popular bluesman Dave Gwilliam accompanied by talented multi-instrumentalist Olly Davy. Dave originally fronted Laughing Gravy and the Fourbeats and Olly has played in a variety of folk, and blues bands including the Junkyard Angels. Tonight they will be playing a set featuring lots of raunchy rock and blues.

Saturday 21st April 5.00pm
Tash Fardell
You are guaranteed to enjoy young singer Tash Fardell when she performs a selection of popular contemporary and classic pop and indie folk. You’ll be entranced by her versatile and emotive singing and highly original renditions.

Sunday 22nd April 5.00pm
This amazing must see young band from Exmouth, comprises 17 year old Harry Whatmore guitar/vocals, his sister 15 year old Leah Whatmore vocals/bass and Joe Gorfin drums/percussion. Telstar has so far had rapturous receptions wherever they’ve appeared.  Their vibrant set includes a range of numbers from the likes of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Killers, Green Day, Blink 182, Muse and The Who.

Thursday 26th April 8.30pm
Bicton Folk Night
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.

Saturday 28th April 5.00pm
Jas Walker duo
Jas Walker on Easter Tour from France with some of his talented  French amazing new his brand new all French Backing Band

Sunday 29th April 5.00pm
Talented German singer/songwriter Daniela Ruettinger performs a selection of popular ballads both old and new.  Her beautiful singing is perfectly complimented by her competent guitar playing when she performs a selection of folk, rock and indie covers together with some of her own brilliant songs

Monday, 26 March 2018

Youth Folk Sampler Day

Youth Folk Sampler Day - Ebenezer Hall, North Street, Okehampton EX20 1AR - Saturday 2 June 2018.

Sampler Days
Aged 14–18 on 1 September 2018?
Play an instrument confidently?
Want to take part in an inspiring day of music making?

Sign up for a free place at our Sampler Day at Ebenezer Hall in June 2018.
Explore English folk music, learn from inspiring tutors and play with other young musicians from your region. Take part in a day of creative folk music workshops and, if you want to, audition for the 2018–19 National Youth Folk Ensemble.
Each Sampler Day features:
• music workshops with Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron and Miranda Rutter
• Q&A with Ensemble staff
• optional short audition, if you wish to apply for the National Youth Folk Ensemble

Sampler Days are open to players of any instrument. All playing and learning will be done by ear.

These free Sampler Days have a positive and welcoming atmosphere. If you’re interested in joining the National Youth Folk Ensemble, you’ll need to attend one of them to start the audition process.Book your free place now go to website

Picture by Camilla Greenwell

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Irish set Dancing in Exeter

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

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

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

 Friday evenings: May 18th, June 15th, July 20th    7.45 to 10.00pm.     £5 on the door 

For further information, contact John on 07903 125606 or email:

Monday, 29 January 2018

Sid Vale Folk (Sidmouth Folk Choir)

Sid Vale Folk (Sidmouth Folk Choir)

A group formed in September 2008, with the aims of singing folk songs, in unison and harmony, for fun and recreation. Meets in Sidmouth at the Kingswood & Devoran Hotel on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm. Open to all singers living in the Sid Valley (Sidmouth, Sidford and Sidbury + up the valley sides!)
Further information contact Shirley Stevens - Telephone 01395 513910.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Melody instrument wanted for folk rock/ceilidh band

Melody instrument wanted for folk rock/ceilidh band

We're looking for another melody instrument to join our line-up of bass/melodeon, drums, mandolin and guitar/banjo/vocals.

As well as our ceilidh set of traditional English/Irish/American tunes we play a mix of original songs and also covers by Steve Earle, Waterboys, Shooglenifty, Lonnie Donegan,Pogues etc. A bit of country, skiffle, blues and whatever sounds good. We're preparing for 2018 festival gigs. We're all mature musicians with family commitments so 1-3 gigs per month is what we're looking at.

We rehearse on Thursdays fortnightly in a lovely venue just outside Ilminster.

Please get in touch if this is of interest. Email Jon or telephone 07817 899 987

Greg Hancock Gigs 2018

Greg Hancock Gigs 2018
Saturday 6 October 2018 - St Paul's Church, Starcross 

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