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‘It was back in 1978 that local musician Bob Cann had the idea that he would like to start his own folk festival to help revive and preserve the traditions of Dartmoor, and in particular, the traditional music, dance, song and crafts of the area. The first three festivals were held in the grounds of Wood Country House near South Tawton, until 1981 when it moved to its present location in the picturesque village of South Zeal, on the edge of Dartmoor. Over the years the festival has grown making it possible to invite a high standard of folk artist from near and far, whilst maintaining its reputation for being a friendly, traditional festival.‘ Held Mid August.

 

‘Primarily an Arts festival celebrating all things creative. We aim to provide something for everyone with a big emphasis on family!’ Held Mid July.

 

‘One of the UK's most well established community arts organisations. Join us in a regular choir or a folk orchestra or a specialist instrument day or the folk festival or the lanterns project or any of the hundreds of other ways we work with people and folk music ... We are based in Devon but provide our services in the wider South West as well as work with partners nationally and internationally.‘

 

‘A Community Choir in the Heart of Dartmoor ... The choir focusses on classical choral works, performing a classical concert around Christmas and Easter but it adopts a lighter mix of programme for its summer concert ... Additional musicians and soloists are arranged for concerts from time to time.’

 

‘We are based in the market town of Hatherleigh, North Devon and will be contesting in the Third Section in 2018. We always provide a warm welcome to new members – why not come and join us? We can offer the free use of an instrument. A great chance to meet/make new friends and enjoy a fabulous social experience. You can find us in our Bandroom, the Old Vestry at the bottom of the Churchyard, just off the Square in the centre of the town. Hatherleigh is a lovely old market town situated in the middle of Devon’s Ruby Country, approx 9 miles north of Okehampton in the heart of Devon.’

 

Mariners Away home port is the village of South Zeal on the northern flanks of Dartmoor. (OK so we are at least 20 nautical miles from the sea!). We formed on 22 November 2007 when Bill Murray, a well known local folk music performer, was asked by Mike Eastman to provide some musical entertainment at the annual dinner of the local (Lyme Bay) Section of the Cruising Association (www.cruising.org.uk), one of the oldest and largest cruising yacht clubs in existence ... We take our name from the Mariner’s Way, a fabled ancient route used by sailors to travel between the ports of Bideford on the North Devon coast, and Dartmouth on the South Devon coast. South Zeal lies en-route and the King’s Arms is believed to have been one of the hostelries.‘

 

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