next event Fri 17th Feb 2017 – jazz and blues

Neil Maya Quartet – The Brubeck project

Stokeinteignhead Village Hall – Friday 17th February 2017

Step back in time! Villages in Action brings you a chance to celebrate the late 50s/ early 60s with an evening with the Neil Maya Quartet. This superb Devon based quartet, made up of some of the South West’s finest musicians, will immerse you in the cool sounds of one of the world’s greatest jazz bands ever to exist, the Dave Brubeck Quartet.

50s/ 60s dress optional but encouraged!

‘Great evening! What a tribute to the Brubeck legacy. This band do some of the best jazz in the South West!’ The Barrel House Ballroom, Totnes

Start Time                 7.30

Tickets                      available by phone (01626 873853) or from the Village shop.

£9 adult          £7 concession/ child over 12         (children under 12 free)

Further £1 refund for those showing their ticket at Combeinteignhead  VIA event on Sat 18th Feb – ‘Opera Dudes: Licensed to trill’ (see VIA website for information)

Playing such classics as Blue Rondo A la Turk, Unsquare Dance and of course Take Five, the band will take you back to 1959, a golden year for jazz. The band will also play some of its own well-loved compositions and other standards to thrill and excite.

Neil Maya on saxophone has played many gigs for Villages in Action and other rural touring schemes and delivers high quality, accessible music for all ages to enjoy. Matt Carter on piano is a rising star – at just twenty-one, his dexterity and musicality is already truly astounding and he is destined to become a big name on the British jazz scene.

Production Company Information

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Son Yambu 20th November 2016

Village in Action and a team of local residents are pleased to present:

Son Yambu

a wonderful evening with irresistible tropical rhythms and authentic Latin-music experience! – an event at which you can expect to dance!

Sunday 20th November 2016           Start Time        7.00 pm

 Son Yambu play authentic ‘Son Cubano’ or Cuban son – the essential Afro-Cuban music that originated in the streets of eastern Cuba at the turn of the last century. Son is a fusion of Spanish and African rhythms and is the root of all salsa music. ‘The UK’s very own Buena Vista band….absolutely tremendous…. If you don’t start to move to this there is no hope for you! Extraordinary music.’ Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3

Stokeinteignhead Village Hall
Tickets:   Adult  £10         Child £6                Concession £8

available from Laraine 01626 873853 or Stoke Village shop.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

save the date! Sat 2nd April 2016




pic namvula


Saturday 2nd April 2016

Running for a second season with Villages in Action, Namvula creates an intrepid new musical world where the folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland combine with her Scottish heritage and Londons vibrant, eclectic music scene. Crossing boundaries with a refreshing honesty and evocative lyricism, Namvulas music draws you into different worlds, yet remains firmly rooted in African soil and in the storytelling traditions of folk music.

One of the few Zambian artists performing in Europe, Namvula has collaborated and shared the stage with artists including legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela and multi-award-winning Zambian vocalist Maureen Lilanda. Singing in Zambian languages, as well as English, Portuguese and French, Namvula speaks out on issues facing modern-day Africa, as well as exploring stories about society, life and love. She is working with some of the UK’s most respected African and jazz musicians, including bassist Liran Donin (Mercury-nominated Led Bib), percussionist Mamadou Sarr (Baaba Maal), and acclaimed Ghanaian guitarist Alfred ‘Kari’ Bannerman (Osibisa).

Beautiful music. Namvula is a great new star poised and ready for orbit. WOMaTT

Start Time

Stokeinteignhead Village Hall
TQ12 4QB
To book tickets, please call 01626 873853

Production Company Information


Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Next event coming! Sat 18th and Sund 19th April 2015


Postcards from the Path  

Saturday 18 April 10am – 7pm & Sunday 19 April 10am – 4pm

Anita Reynolds: Outline South West Part 2

we are hosting an exiting exhibition that is touring in association with Villages in Action.

Devon Guild Member and printmaker Anita Reynolds walked the 630 mile South West Coast Path from Minehead to Poole throughout 2012, 2013 and 2014, producing drypoint plates each day. This exhibition consists of the final thirty daily prints from the south coast and some larger works created throughout the project, alongside sketchbooks, photographs, maps and educational material.

This southern half has also given her the opportunity to collaborate with four South West based artists:

Carol Timms, Richard Povall, Philippa de Burlet and Caroline Parrott.

This project is funded by Arts Council England and run in partnership with touring organisations Villages in Action (Devon) and Artsreach (Dorset).

Find us at: Stokeinteignhead, Village Hall TQ12 4QB

Activities and talks over weekend – see ‘Villages in action’ menu above

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment