Geoff Lakeman, who has lived on Dartmoor for the last 40 years, is a Cornish man, a stalwart of the West Country folk scene and father of a virtual folk dynasty, is coming to Devoran.

Geoff is dad of Sean, Sam and Seth Lakeman, who are all internationally renowned folk musicians. They began playing as children in a family band with Geoff and their violinist mum, Joy. Now it the turn of Geoff to steal a little of the limelight.

Geoff is an exponent of the rare Crane Duet concertina. He performs self-written and West Country songs, English, Irish and Scottish folk, together with other music as varied as Jimmie Rogers, the Louvin Brothers, Richard Thompson and Randy Newman. He is also one of the few musicians to play 1920's and 30's jazz on an authentic 1920's instrument.

Geoff's smooth tenor vocals and unique accompaniment have won him plaudits and fans over the years, but it is only since retiring from a long career as a journalist, which started in Newlyn and took him to Fleet Street, that he has truly been able to spread his wings as a professional musician.

This year Geoff released his debut album After All These Years. With a stellar line up of his musical family and friends it showcases his talents perfectly and illustrates the high regard and affection in which he is held. Next year his talents will be presented to a wider audience when he heads out on the road as support on the Show of Hands spring tour.

Geoff is performing at Devoran Acoustic Sessions, Devoran Village Hall on Friday, November 17 from 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £10.50 and are available from or 01872 262466.