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The Devon folk scene

GUEST,MamaVal 09 Feb 13 - 07:13 PM
GUEST 10 Feb 13 - 06:10 AM
GUEST,henryp 10 Feb 13 - 06:14 AM
John MacKenzie 10 Feb 13 - 06:36 AM
BB 10 Feb 13 - 07:55 AM
Marje 10 Feb 13 - 08:01 AM
GUEST,MamaVal 10 Feb 13 - 03:34 PM
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Subject: The Devon folk scene
From: GUEST,MamaVal
Date: 09 Feb 13 - 07:13 PM

We're moving back to Devon next year after a 15 year absence and are in the lucky position of being able to choose where we live (within reasonable distance from the M5 for work travel) as the other half works from home. We originally came from Tavistock but I remember the music scene as being fairly quiet in that area and I want to be somewhere with a lively folk scene and a good selection of clubs and venues and plenty of opportunities to take part. Basically I want to be able to hop into my car (or walk...even better), especially on a winters evening when the sofa and the fire are soooo inviting, and find some music within half an hours drive. I've been looking online to see whats on and the area around Exeter looks good (with Ashburton as a possible place to settle). Too much to ask? If anyone reading this has any feedback or other suggestions I'd be delighted to hear from you.


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Subject: RE: The Devon folk scene
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Feb 13 - 06:10 AM

Folk on the Moor
every Sunday
Ivybridge

The club is very well organised top artistes and Ben Campbell worth the admission alone


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Subject: RE: The Devon folk scene
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 10 Feb 13 - 06:14 AM

These two websites - Harberton Folk and Flaxey Green will give you a good idea what's going on in Devon.

Harberton Folk

Flaxey Green


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Subject: RE: The Devon folk scene
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 10 Feb 13 - 06:36 AM

Shammick Accoustic Combe Martin


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Subject: RE: The Devon folk scene
From: BB
Date: 10 Feb 13 - 07:55 AM

Although the Shammick Acoustic events are well worth travelling to, they're not really in the area that MamaVal is looking for. And the local event listings on that website are for North Devon and West Somerset, where as can be seen, there's loads of folkie things going on, both as regular events and one-offs, so you might want to reconsider which bit of Devon to move to, Val!

Other than that, the two websites mentioned above are probably the best, plus, if you want to perform yourself, this site is extremely useful, although wider-ranging.


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Subject: RE: The Devon folk scene
From: Marje
Date: 10 Feb 13 - 08:01 AM

Devon's a huge county, and unless you're prepared for long and sometimes tricky drives, you won't be able to cover the whole county.

I'm in south Devon near Totnes, where there's currently a monthly folk club, a weekly singaround, a weekly Irish music session and a twice-monthly non-Irish session. Totnes is a lively, quirky place with a great "alternative" buzz about it. South Brent has a weekly as well as a monthly music session and a fortnightly singer's session. Ivybridge would give you access to its folk club (see post above) and is also within striking distance of Plymouth. Ashburton's reasonably central too although nothing much goes on there musically at the moment. There's very little in the Torbay area either, except for the Torbay Folk Orchestra and Folk Choir run by the Wren Trust. Alternatively, you could look around Exeter/Exmouth area, or consider Okehampton where the Wren Trust is based. The two websites mentioned by henryp above give excellent coverage of South Devon, but don't aim to cover the whole county thoroughly.

There are annual festivals at Bude, Teignmouth, Okehampton and South Zeal,among others.

Having said all this, I'm thinking back to when we moved here almost 9 years ago. Most of the sessions and clubs I've mentioned either didn't exist then or have moved to different premises. The folk music world is always a bit fluid - pubs close or change hands, organisers move away, new people move into the area and start something up, etc. Rather than base yourself mear particular sessions or clubs (which might then disappear), you'd be wiser to make sure you're within easy reach of good roads such as the A38.

Good luck!
Marje


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Subject: RE: The Devon folk scene
From: GUEST,MamaVal
Date: 10 Feb 13 - 03:34 PM

Thank you all for the feedback. I've noticed the Harberton Folk and Flaxey Green websites so I'll take a closer look at those for sure. I take your point Marje regarding a easy reach of a good road. North Devon/West Somerset sounds just great but the Totnes/Exeter/Ivybridge/Plymouth area is looking good with the A38 linking them all. I think there's a good session at Topsham (?) too. Looking forward to the move, hearing new songs and tunes and meeting other music lovers. But will be sorry to say goodbye to Suffolk and especially the milkmaid folkclub in Bury St Edmunds. Can't recommend it enough.


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