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A jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, with a powerful show stopping voice, nicknamed ‘The Welsh Springsteen’!

Saturday 18th February 2017

Steve Knightley Colour

A solo appearance from the singer song-writing force behind ‘Show Of Hands’ described by Peter Gabriel as “One of the great English Bands”.

Many of Steve’s songs are inspired by the people and landscape of his native West Country and others are inspired by contemporary issues such as ‘Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed’ with powerful lyrics and cracking tunes. An evening with Steve is, above all, wonderful entertainment, he captivates his audience with great songs, superb musicianship, witty and humorous anecdotes all performed with a great passion.

AJ Big Band

Saturday 15th October 2016

AJ’s Big Band is the South West’s finest 17-piece big band, specialising in the unforgettable music of the swing era. Under the inimitable leadership of Ken Parr, the band plays regularly throughout Devon and the South West for dances, concerts, festivals and other events. Since its inception in 1

983 by the late Alan (A.J.) Hempstead, the band continues to sustain a high reputation, blending great ensemble work with exciting jazz solos.

The band plays a wide range of music, from the 1930s through to more contemporary arrangements, but, of course, with the emphasis on classic tunes made famous by the likes of Glenn Miller and Count Basie.

Ninebarrow

Friday 23rd September 2016

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NINEBARROW are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike Harding as sounding ‘damn fine’ by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. In 2015, Ninebarrow were announced winners of Fatea Magazine’s ‘Debut Album of the Year’ 2014; their latest album ‘Releasing the Leaves’ was awarded five stars in both Maverick Magazine and the English Folk Dance and Song Society Magazine, who described it as ‘Immaculate’.

Another example of how strong British folk music is at the moment.’
The Telegraph.

 

Nancy Kerr & James Fagan

Saturday 30th April 2016

Nancy Kerr & James Fagan

We are pleased to announce, BBC Radio 2’s current Folk Singer of the Year, Nancy Kerr will be coming to Bow with husband James Fagan in April.

Together they have twice won Best Duo at BBC Radio 2’s Folk Awards. Nancy’s earthy fiddle playing marries perfectly with the rhythm of James’ bouzouki, and their melting vocal harmonies bring a magical quality to their evocative story telling.

The New Jersey Boys

Friday 18th March 2016

New Jersey BoysIf you are a fan of the West End show The Jersey Boys then don’t miss the chance to see where it all began with the New Jersey Boys who will take you back to that magical time when four boys from the wrong side of the track in New Jersey, USA invented their own unique sound and became one of the most successful bands of all time. Featuring all the hits including Walk like a Man, Sherry, Big Girls don’t Cry and many more.

 

November 2015

Pennymoor singaround

The War to End all Wars is a commemorative presentation of songs, music, poetry, readings and slides about the 1st World War. It contains a mixture of both contemporary and period material with contributions from local research and songs for audience participation.

Readings include extracts from the diary of Edith Appleton, a nurse from Crediton who served at the front, and the names of those from the individual Parish where the concert is performed who died in the Great War. Songs range from serious to light hearted with words provided for choruses. Money raised is donated to the International Red Cross.

Some comments from audience members include, ‘Some moments were heart breakingly poignant’, ‘Really well put together with imaginative and sensitive use of slides’ and ‘Loved joining in the songs’.

All Heart of Devon profits to the Royal British legion. Retiring collection to the International Red Cross.

ABBA CHIQUE

SATURDAY 17th October 2015

Abba Chique

Following their sell out performance here last year. Abba Chique return to Bow on 17th October. This dynamic Abba tribute act brings back the magic of Abba in the most authentic show ever to be seen; Outstanding vocals, stunning costumes and all of Abba’s greatest songs will guarantee a fun filled night of entertainment you won’t forget!

 

 

Psychedelic Saturday

Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston

SATURDAY 5th September 2015

MIRANDA SYKES is well known as the third member of SHOW OF HANDS. She is one of the few female double bassists in England & is an accomplished singer in her own right. Miranda holds her audience spellbound: it is the emotional miranda and rexquality of her voice that makes her musical partnership with Rex so engaging, rather than the novelty of such an unusual musical pairing as the double bass & mandolin.

REX PRESTON has a reputation as a fine & imaginative mandolin player and is a leading light in a new wave of British Bluegrass musicians. He is a rising star in mandolin-playing circles and with 20 years of playing behind him, he possesses a wonderfully sensitive musicality and a dexterous, flamboyant playing style.

The rare fusion of double bass & mandolin makes for one of the most exciting new pairings on the acoustic roots scene. Miranda & Rex interweave timeless, well chosen covers with one or two Preston originals. Their backgrounds, as well as skilful instrumentation and warm engaging vocals have shaped their unique sound.

 

WW2 / 1940’s Night with AJ’s BIG BAND

SATURDAY 11th July 2015

AJ Big Band

To commemorate 70 years since VE &VJ Day, we have joined forces with the Village Hall to organise an evening of music from the era. We particularly like to invite those wo remember the time to join us.

Dressing in 40’s style or uniform is not obligatory but is encouraged…!

 

Kieran Goss & Annie Kinsella

SATURDAY 6th June 2015

Kieran and Annie

Kieran Goss is a terrific singer/songwriter from Ireland. With melodies that reflect the influence of such American pop-folk singers such as James Taylor and Paul Simon and Irish singer/songwriters such as Christy Moore, Goss aims at the heart with his poetic lyricism. A former sideman for Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson, Moore and Clannad, Goss has garnered acclaim with three powerful solo albums. Much has been made of Goss’s masterful stagecraft – in the words of country music legend Don Williams, he has an “amazing ability to reach out to his audience and connect with them in a special way”. This is a great opportunity to see a wonderful performer.

With many dates selling out, Kieran finishes his Irish/UK tour here in Bow! He is joined by fellow Irish singer Annie Kinsella.

India Electric

SATURDAY 16th May 2015

**ALL HEART OF DEVON PROFITS TO BE DONATED TO SHELTERBOX TO HELP THE CRISIS IN NEPAL **

India Electric

Sometimes folk, sometimes not. India Electric Company travel through Eastern European themes, gypsy jazz and Irish reels to end up with something “just so fresh.” (Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music).

In 2015 they release their debut album and will accompany and support Midge Ure on the extensive Breathe Again tour. Having found themselves playlisted on BBC 6 Music, performing on stages at Glastonbury Festival, headlining at Le Bus Palladium, Paris they remain etched in Gullivarian lands far from the madding crowd.

“They’ve got a spark that lights a glow in the audience…I’m hoping I will get to sing with them on their next lot of recordings” – Hazel O’Connor

After a very busy and successful few years we are delighted to have them back at Bow!

 

SATURDAY 25th April 2015

A night of queen. High Res

The Bohemians, established in 1996, re-enact the glory days of Queen including the Craziness of the 70’s and the Magic of the 80’s proving themselves to be the most dynamic and exciting Queen Tribute Band currently touring.

They have performed all over the UK, Europe and the World at football stadiums, festivals, theatres and other prestigious venues. The Bohemians in their majestic magnificence receive standing ovations in response to their electrifying representation of a Queen Live Concert.

Their high-energy two hour show with full Staging, Lighting, Backdrops and Pyrotechnics has earned them the reputation of being the World’s most exciting Queen Tribute act.

SATURDAY 21 March 2015

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Always a favorite here in Bow so book your tickets early! The band continue to have huge critical acclaim with supporters that include the band Muse and Radio 2’s Janice Long.

“Supple, layered rock with a taste of the epic. Pulsating electro shadings subtly counter the dazed guitar and transcendent lyric”.
The Daily Mirror

 

SATURDAY 7 February 2015

dolly and kenny poster high resCowboy boots and stetsons have made their way to Bow!

Get ready to sing along with Europe’s leading Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers Tribute Act.

 

SATURDAY 17th January 2015

Monkey - Puppet Craft

A full theatrical puppet show for the whole family… perfect for ages 4+!
The comic adventures of a fantastical superhero with stunning string puppets, antique shadow puppets and live music.

A new version by Michael Rosen.

SATURDAY 6th December 2014

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 ‘PANTOMONIUM!’

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Join ‘Entertainingly Different’ for not one but four mini Pantomimes performed in their inimitable family-friendly style with a hearty mix of songs, slapstick and silliness. In this 75 minute performance the gang guarantee to entertain and educate the young and old alike as they not only put their own slant on four well known stories but take a look at the origins and traditions of Pantomime – ‘Oh yes they will!’.

Get in the mood for Christmas with this brilliant family event!

 

 

The FAB Beatles

SATURDAY 8th November 2014

51_41_FAB_BEAT_65_-_UMBRELLAThe Beatles achieved their first number one single some 50 years ago, the first of 17, and you can relive them all, along with their many other hits, with the UK’s No. 1 Beatles Tribute Band, The Fab Beatles. So get your Ticket to Ride, journey through Beatlemania, the Sgt Pepper years and Psychedelia, until finally you reach the Long and Winding Road and the breakup of the most famous band of all time…
Returning to Bow for the third time, The FAB Beatles are definitely one of our favourite acts and we can’t wait to get on that dance floor!

Table Top Sale

Our first fund raising event for next year’s festival will take place in Bow Village Hall this Saturday so please come along and support us!

There will be bacon butties and cake so there really is no reason not to…

Table Top Sale Poster

Phil Beer

SATURDAY 13th September 2014

phil beerAs one half of Show Of Hands Phil has gained a huge following and is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler and plays in the all-star line-up, Feast of Fiddles. But his skills don’t stop there, he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals.
His impressive track record also includes touring with Mike Oldfield and being a member of the feted Albion Band from 1984-1991. Show of Hands became a full-time partnership in the early 90s, a band that has gone on to sell out the Royal Albert Hall three times and who were voted Best Live Act, by the public, at the 2004 Folk Awards.
Phil, who also has his own Phil Beer Band, famously guested on the Rolling Stones Steel Wheels album and Steve Harley’s Poetic Justice.
As a solo artist he released Rhythm Methodist in 2004, a double album of songs and instrumentals (re-released on the Talking Elephant label this year) He ran the Show of Hands Riverside studio until 2011 when he moved to a residential setting in order to concentrate on editing a series of solo and band albums for release later in 2014.

 

 

These Reigning Days

SATURDAY 26th July 2014, 9pm

These-reigning-days-website.jpgFresh from Glastonbury, These Reigning Days will be performing at Bow (nr Crediton/Okehampton) on the 26th July. The band have had huge critical acclaim with supporters that include the band Muse and Radio Two’s Janice Long.
“Supple, layered rock with a taste of the epic. Pulsating electro shadings subtly counter the dazed guitar and transcendent lyric”.
The Daily Mirror

Celebrating Cicely

 SATURDAY June 21st 2014

Celebrating Cicely Project is to celebrate the works of war poet and author Cicely Fox Smith and raise money to fund a memorial at Nymet Tracey to honour her, six decades after she was buried there. We have lots of folk singers performing in a special fundraising concert so please show your support!

It will take place in Bow and will include the blessing of the new memorial stone at, a guided walk, afternoon tea, a discussion forum and an early evening concert of songs and readings in the village. There will also be a raffle, a sealed-bid auction, a licensed bar and limited catering. The day will probably run from 2pm – 10pm and there will be the opportunity for an informal sing-around afterwards. For further details of the programme click here.

We are looking for expressions of support and/or contributions towards the cost of the memorial. Any help, however small, would be very gratefully received and acknowledged. Make a donation.

We look forward to hearing from anybody who has enjoyed the writings of Cicely Fox Smith and would like to support this cause. Contact details are:

Email: celebrating@cicelyfoxsmith.org.uk

or write to: Celebrating Cicely, Bow Station, Bow, Crediton, Devon, EX17 6JD

Martyn Joseph

FRIDAY 2nd May 2014, 8pm

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Martyn Joseph has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”, with shades of John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews as well – but he stands in his own right, with a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives.
Bruce Springsteen’s work has always been cited by Martyn as a huge influence and has recently released “Tyres Rushing by in the Rain”, an album of Springsteen covers, with some unexpected lesser-known gems as well. Tickets £15 each.

Martyn Joseph. A unique talent driven by passion and love for his trade, continues to write, sing and play from the heart.

“Springsteen-indebted Americana, suspended folk chords glistening beneath troubadour tales, his lyrical eloquence still inspired almost 30 years on from his debut” – MOJO

 

Abba Chique

SATURDAY 12th April 2014, 9pm (Doors 8pm)

We can’t wait to see one of the very best Abba tribute bands performing here in Bow!

Abba Chique

Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin

FRIDAY 21st March 2014

-BEST DUO – 2014 BBC FOLK AWARDS WINNERS-

Phil and HannahSince playing here in Bow at the festival in 2012 Phil Henry and Hannah Martin have had a very busy few years and we are thrilled to have them back! Recently described as, “Authentic, haunting roots music from a first class duo” by Seth Lakeman, Phil and Hannah are two folk musicians with a fast growing following on the folk and roots scene. Having just completed two tours with Show Of Hands, they have been receiving very warm reviews of their debut album, “Singing The Bones”.

Fast becoming recognised as one of the finest slide guitarists the UK has produced, Phil Henry is also a virtuoso on the harmonica. Regarded as, “one of the most extraordinary musicians around” by Steve Knightley, Show Of Hands, he brings together folk melodies of the British isles, blues, gospel and Indian music in his moving and original compositions and arrangements. Hannah Martin is a singer, songwriter, fiddle-and-banjo player from Devon. Her songs weave folklore and legend old and new with beautiful melodies, while retaining a strong sense of the living tradition.

 

Steve Knightley

28th Feb 2014

Grow your own gig

As part of his Grow Your Own tour, Steve Knightley returns to Bow on the 28th February.

A solo appearance from the singer song-writing force behind ‘Show Of Hands’ described by Peter Gabriel as ” One of the great English Bands”.

Many of Steve’s songs are inspired by the people and landscape of his native West Country and others are inspired by contemporary issues such as ‘Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed’ with powerful lyrics and cracking tunes. An evening with Steve is, above all, wonderful entertainment, he captivates his audience with great songs, superb musicianship, witty and humorous anecdotes all performed with a great passion.

We are really looking forward to having Steve back in Bow as part of what will be a brilliant tour.

Freddy Dare & The Ginger Robber

7th February 2014

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Fred’s lost his Dad, and now it looks like he might be losing his Mum too.
Looks like a job for… Freddy Dare & the Ginger Robber!
The toe-tapping twosome must dance with destiny, take on a terrifying quest, and stop their arch-enemy before it’s too late! But as Fred sinks deeper into the world of his imagination to avoid reality, will he ever be reunited with his Mum?
Is it a film? Is it a play? Yes… Freddy Dare & the Ginger Robber brings you both!
cube theatre transports you on an epic adventure through striking visual effects, great music, strangely-shaped props, exceptional performances, and a dazzling script that packs an emotional punch.
Come and find your inner superhero!

The Thorvertones

 SAT 14TH Dec


What a fantastic night! Thank-you to everyone who came to see the very popular covers band The Thorvertones when they returned for a night of rock music last week. As always we look forward to seeing the band again at The Heart of Devon at future events!

 

 

 

These Reigning Days

27th July 2013

A huge thank you to everyone who came to see These Reigning Days and thank you very much to the band for a spectacular performance! Thank you also to The Fifty Shilling Tailors who were a fabulous support. The night was a true highlight for the us on the Heart of Devon!

The Fab Beatles

29th June 2013

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The Beatles achieved their first number one single some 50 years ago, the first of 17, and you can relive them all, along with their many other hits, with the UK’s No. 1 Beatles Tribute Band, The Fab Beatles. So get your Ticket to Ride, journey through Beatlemania, the Sgt Pepper years and Psychedelia, until finally you reach the Long and Winding Road and the breakup of the most famous band of all time…

The FAB Beatles are renowned as one of the best tributes bands out there and we’re looking forward to welcoming them back to Bow!