Thomas Cameron in Concert by CandlelightFriday 19th July & Saturday 20th July St Petrock’s Clannaborough, Nr Bow. Set within the grounds of Clannaborough Barton Farm and on the Two Moors walk, St Petrock’s is one of only a few remaining Churches not to have electricity. This beautiful building will only accommodate an intimate audience (max 60). One of two concerts being performed by Thomas Cameron at this venue on 19th /20th July. All profits going towards the Church Heating Fund. Sadly, due to restrictions on site, there is no wheel chair access.
Bondleigh Barn Band
Saturday 9th March
An evening with Bondleigh Barn Band. With over forty musicians, they entertain their audiences with music spanning four centuries.
Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar
Friday 14th SeptemberGreg and Ciaran joined forces in 2011. Combining Russell’s powerful vocals and driving guitar style with Algar’s All-Ireland winning fiddle playing, the duo have become one of the most sought after acts on the British folk scene. In 2013 the pair won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award before going on to win the Horizon Award for best breakthrough act from the same source in 2014. In 2015, they were nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Best Duo category.
“folk at its very best” Maverick “invigorating…infectious joy” Songlines “Brimming with passion” FRUK
Saturday 26th May 2018
A captivating musical evening with multi-award winning Somerset singer-songwriter Reg Meuross, with very special guest the harpist Anna Tanvir. Anna will perform a solo opening set, and will join Reg for part of his headline set. The combination of these two musicians is magical.
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
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.
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.
Friday 23rd September 2016
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 2016We 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 2016If 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.
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.
SATURDAY 17th October 2015Following 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!
Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston
SATURDAY 5th September 2015MIRANDA 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 quality 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
Kieran Goss & Annie Kinsella
SATURDAY 6th June 2015
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.
SATURDAY 16th May 2015
**ALL HEART OF DEVON PROFITS TO BE DONATED TO SHELTERBOX TO HELP THE CRISIS IN NEPAL **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
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
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
Get ready to sing along with Europe’s leading Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers Tribute Act.
SATURDAY 17th January 2015
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
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
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…
SATURDAY 13th September 2014As 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
Fresh 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
SATURDAY June 21st 2014Celebrating 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:
or write to: Celebrating Cicely, Bow Station, Bow, Crediton, Devon, EX17 6JD
FRIDAY 2nd May 2014, 8pm
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
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!