Toe-tapping Tin Pan Alley music with Devon's own Speakeasy concludes Calstock Arts' successful autumn season tonight. Join Geoff "Spoons" Lakeman – patriarch of the Dartmoor musical dynasty – Steve "Scats" Redman and Steve "Spats" Potter who dish out great songs from the 1920s and 30s using guitar, violin, concertina, voice and spoons. Expect a dose of good time musical madness, dazzling culinary percussion and sentimentality, with such familiar numbers as Ain't Misbehavin', Puttin' on the Ritz and Anything Goes.
Speakeasy are at The Old Chapel, Calstock, South East Cornwall (01822 833183) tonight. Admission is free, but donations appreciated. 1920s dress is optional.
Troubadour and friends stage a Christmas special
Troubadour Ruarri Joseph headlines a special Christmas edition of the B-Side at Bunters in Truro on Sunday evening. His special guests are up-and-coming singer songwriters Alice Jemima and Jack Wallen. Ruarri's fourth long player, Brother, was released in August, the third on his own Pip Productions label. It's a relaxed, charming and mature ten-track collection, recorded at David Gray's Chapel Studio in North London. Effortlessly melodic, lyrically poetic and intensely personal it showcases Ruarri's strengths as a writer, his rich, buttery voice and some wonderful band arrangements. Expect numbers from this latest LP as well as old favourites in a set that's guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit.
Only a few tickets remain. Visit www.seetickets.com or call 0871 2200260.
Concert of words and music will benefit charity
A festive charity concert taking place at Nichols Nymet House, a Grade II listed Georgian house near the historic market town of North Tawton, near Okehampton, on Friday, December 21, will feature the Truro Cathedral Choral Scholars, with assistant director of music Luke Bond, and a reading by Carol Hughes, widow of Poet Laureate Ted Hughes. The evening of festive cheer will support the Devon-based Farms for City Children, established in 1976 by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo and his wife, Clare.
Call 01837 82626 for details and tickets.