Let's have a Show of Hands for air ambulance charity
Show of Hands are staging a special fundraiser concert to mark the 21st anniversary of one of their county's most crucial emergency services – the Devon Air Ambulance Trust. Singer and songwriter Steve Knightley and multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer, who are themselves celebrating the 21st year of their partnership, will be joined by double bass player Miranda Sykes for a marquee show on Sunday, September 8 at Darts Farm, Topsham. Up-and-coming young folky Americana duo Cole Stacey and Joseph O'Keefe will be warming the stage as main support. Originally from Devon, Cole has been making a name for himself as an inspired singer songwriter alongside talented multi instrumentalist Joseph, and they have played alongside the likes of Midge Ure, Cara Dillon and Steve Tilston. Later the same evening there's a concert hosted by BBC Radio Devon's John Govier featuring 13-piece local band The Loose Cannons and acclaimed Westcountry duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin.
Visit daat.org or the Darts Farm website.
Festival boasts an eclectic line-up from far and near
New Zealand rockers I Am Giant headline a gathering that also showcases some of the best Westcountry artists this weekend. Over the Hill music festival takes place at Perran Quay Touring Park at Rejerrah, near Newquay from tonight until Sunday. It's an eclectic line-up and here are some of the names you could watch out for: the PJP Band, Moriaty, Wille and the Bandits, Land of the Giants, Auction for the Promise Club, The People's String Foundation, Hedluv and Passman , Lily and Meg, and The White Bicycles, and that's just a small taster. Visit overthehillfestival.com.
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It's not the real Jake; it's a talented fake called John
In the guise of Fake Thackray, John Watterson presents the rise, demise and songs of the late, great, Jake Thackray and he's bringing it to East Devon as a guest of Jurassic Folk club. Jake was a one-off; his poetry broke the rules yet worked beautifully. He was a true craftsman of the English language, and his legacy of wonderful songs continues to entertain and delight audiences of all ages today. John's performance is a celebration of the man – his life, his work and his genius. A talented guitarist and vocalist John offers an engaging performance of Jake's compositions, which are exquisitely funny, satirical, incisive, irreverent, witty and gloriously un-PC – and sometimes all of these at the same time.
Fake Thackray appears at Jurassic Folk at The Grove, Seaton on Wednesday, September 4. Visit eastdevonfolk.org or call 01297 20064.