One of the best folk voices comes to Combe Martin

PUBLISHED: 19:47 23 February 2018 | UPDATED: 19:47 23 February 2018

Derek Gifford with Shammick Acoustic's Tom and Barbara Brown.

Derek Gifford with Shammick Acoustic's Tom and Barbara Brown.


Shammick Acoustic’s concert this Saturday (February 24) will present Derek Gifford, owner of one of the very best voices on the folk scene.

Derek Gifford performing. Derek Gifford performing.

A previously featured artist at one of its Shammick Open Nights, the Pack O’ Cards in Combe Martin is delighted to welcome this mellow-voiced singer for a full concert.

Over the years, Derek has amassed an enormous number of songs, both traditional and modern, from a wide variety of sources.

He collaborated with Bury poet Keith Scowcroft, setting many of his poems to music, and also became known as a specialist in maritime songs, having appeared at the local Lancaster Maritime Festival for many years, then backed this up by working in the trio Three Sheets to the Wind.

Derek also has numerous recordings to his name, most recently Songs from the Past…Into the Future on the WildGoose label (on which can also be heard voices from Shammick Acoustic organisers, Tom and Barbara Brown), which particularly calls attention to environmental issues.

With Derek accompanying himself on guitar or bowed psaltery or just singing unaccompanied, a relaxed, laid-back and humorous evening can be anticipated, with loads of good choruses with which to sing along.

With support from local performers, the concert takes place at 8pm with doors open from 7.30. Tickets are £8 at the door, or £7 in advance from

Other Entertainment Stories

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Studio Theatre Ilfracombe takes a riotous look at every day life with a run of shows next week.

Read more
Friday, March 16, 2018

North Devon events from 15/03/18 to 21/03/18

Read more
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Organisers have announced the second wave of acts for this year’s GoldCoast Oceanfest 18 at Croyde.

Read more
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Nasty Nick Cotton has been unveiled as the baddie in this year’s Queen’s theatre pantomime of Peter Pan.

Read more
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

An evening of spoken word and stand-up comedy is being held at Petroc Theatre on Thursday, March 22.

Read more
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Kenwright whodunnit is ‘a must’ for thriller fans

Read more
Friday, March 9, 2018

A North Devon music student who has overcome anxiety and depression is embarking on a three day gigging tour to raise money for charity.

Read more
Thursday, March 8, 2018

Sicilian four-piece band Swingrowers are playing at The Factory in Barnstaple this Saturday night.

Read more
Thursday, March 8, 2018

Talented musician Rodney Branigan plays three gigs in North Devon this weekend.

Read more
Thursday, March 8, 2018

North Devon events from 08/03/18 to 14/03/18

Read more

Most Read Entertainment

Local Weather



max temp: 3°C

min temp: -1°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications