Music Around Deviock

Music Around Deviock events


Upcoming Events

Sunday January 19th 2020, 12pm - 2pm - M.A.D. Jazz Lunch, Downderry & Seaton Village Hall

The Jazz Lunch returns! Come and shake off the winter blues with some great music, refreshments and friendly company. Our first event of the new year features Feel Good Factory, a danceable six-piece band playing a lively and unusual mix of vintage-inspired music, including tunes with a swing, Latin and gypsy feel - covers but with an original twist. Also appearing are Devon jazz duo Yoko Bears featuring Jacob Kodicek on vocals, performing standards, eclectic covers and originals. We look forward to seeing you there.


Tickets available on door: adults £5, under-16s £2, under-12s free. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult of over 21. Food and licensed bar available, no alcohol to be brought into the hall.

Past Events

Saturday May 18th 2019, 7.30pm - late - M.A.D. Spring Fever, Downderry & Seaton Village Hall

Featuring the big sound of Cornish Groove Collective performing classic funk, soul and Motown tunes, and Kenoby, a Plymouth-based duo who play uplifting, beachy, surfy sing-along tunes with great harmonies.

Cornish Groove Collective is the performing big band which grew out of DCM, our local community music project which brings together musicians of all ages and always welcomes new members! This was the first of a series of events to raise money for the Cornwall Air Ambulance New Heli Appeal.


Saturday March 23rd 2019, 12pm - 2pm - M.A.D. Jazz Lunch, Downderry & Seaton Village Hall

The return of our popular Jazz Lunch! Musical entertainment was provided by the Sunset Swing big band, playing classic swing and dance-band music from the 1940s and '50s, with an opening solo set from talented pianist Andy Painter, affable MD of Deviock Community Music.

About Us

We are a properly constituted, not-for-profit organisation which has been promoting local music events in Deviock, SE Cornwall for over 20 years, starting with the Downsea festival in 1998 and the annual Jazz In The Park festival in Seaton. In 2008 we moved our music events to Trerieve Farm and subsequently adopted the name Music Around Deviock (M.A.D.), since you have to be mad to do this sort of thing! Our events have been a huge success with the local community, and with their help and support we look forward to promoting more in future.

M.A.D. aims to nurture local musical talent and give young people a chance to play. We always need help staging our events, so if you're interested in lending a hand or otherwise getting involved, please contact Jim or Marian Candy on 01752 852 155 or email [email protected].

M.A.D. Events 2014-2017

Saturday June 17th 2017, 6pm - late - Midsummer MADness, Trerieve Farm, Downderry PL11 3DJ

Having taken a year off in 2016, our popular summer event returned at Trerieve Farm with a fabulous music line-up featuring Land of the Giants (voted Best Band in the most recent Southwest Music Awards), the triumphant homecoming of the mighty Banana Thieves and rocking sets from local attractions Deviock Community Music and The Hahas. We had a wonderful turnout spanning all ages, and the music, hog roast, home-made food, real ales, Cornish Orchards cider and wine were enjoyed by all.

Sunday October 2nd 2016, 12 noon - 2pm - M.A.D. Jazz Lunch, Downderry & Seaton Village Hall

This Autumn Jazz Lunch featured two local community bands: Lanreath Community Music (a large group comprising a choir, two bands, a tango ensemble, a string ensemble and a jazz violin and guitar duo) and our village big band Deviock Community Music
, combining some old favourites with a fresh programme of songs with new arrangements.

Sunday March 13th 2016 - M.A.D. Jazz Lunch, Downderry & Seaton Village Hall

Opening with Deviock Community Music group playing a mixed set of jazz standards and well known songs, with The Sunset Swing Band taking you back to the age of swing. Timeless, foot-tapping, music for dancing and for the audience to revel in nostalgia.

Sunday November 22nd 2015 - M.A.D. Jazz Lunch, Downderry & Seaton Village Hall

An enjoyable, relaxed cafe-style occasion providing live music and wholesome homemade food at affordable prices. Featuring Deviock Community Music (DCM), followed by a set from McCue, a seven-piece outfit based in SE Cornwall featuring vocalist Martin McCue whose varied repertoire includes jazz standards, Frank Sinatra & Michael Bublé songs and popular covers. After paying expenses, all monies raised at this event was given to Save the Children's Syria refugees appeal.

Saturday October 31st 2015 - Charity Concert, Downderry & Seaton Village Hall

Huge thanks to the many people concerned, the supporters and the musicians (Jessica Sweetman and 25 Hours) for agreeing to play at short notice. Thanks to everyone's generosity, we raised £528 - the money has gone to Save the Children's Syria refugees appeal and will be spent in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt.

Saturday September 26th 2015 - Balinese Gamelan Workshops, St. Nicolas Church, Downderry

As part of M.A.D.'s ongoing commitment to funding community music education, we presented an affordable Gamelan Taster Day
on this beautifully warm September day. Gamelan is the traditional tuned percussion music of Indonesia, played on gongs and metallophones, creating a magical ensemble sound.

Our workshops took place in the hall of St. Nicolas Church, Downderry and were attended by local people of all ages. After a brief explanation of gamelan music and culture from teacher Jo Shaw, the two groups learned to play a Balinese piece called 'Baris' and by the end of the session were sounding quite confident! Everyone who attended enjoyed playing this fascinating music, and it's hoped to repeat the workshops some time in 2016. For more details and photos, please see our Gamelan page.

Saturday June 20th 2015 - Midsummer MADness, Trerieve Farm, Downderry

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The M.A.D. organisers have been busy again, this time with our annual Midsummer MADness event, an evening of music which this year was accompanied by four barrels of beer, 200 litres of cider, a hog roast and a variety of other local food and drink. Over 400 people of all ages attended, fulfilling our policy of putting on a community event which is affordable for all.

Solo performer Yana Bing was the first to climb onto the trailer which improvises as a stage, continuing our commitment to giving young local artists an opportunity to play to a larger audience. Accompanying herself on keyboard, Yana turned in a strong and professional performance and her heartfelt, emotional vocals struck a chord with listeners. This singer / songwriter will go far - in fact she did go far immediately after her set, driving to London to take part in a talent contest in which she was singled out for career mentoring by the panel. Deviock Community Music band then played a fantastic set featuring the stirring big band sound of Deviock's massed brass, wind and string players, topped by the lilting vocals of Sarah Medway.

Our two headlining acts this year were Tweaks, an excellent four-piece from Devon who played some tight, powerful and eclectic cover versions (first time we've heard 'Woolly Bully' played heavy metal style!) and the triumphant return of The Cuckoo Collective, whose singer Clare Pettinger had the audience in the palm of her hand from the minute she walked on the stage. Fulfilling their mission statement, this horn-driven ensemble whipped everyone into a dancing frenzy - a great performance from a very enjoyable band.

As we again made a small surplus we have been able to support several local initiatives: we sponsored live music at the anniversary event for the Village Hall and The Zone, have agreed to support the school with drumming tuition for all pupils throughout next year, and are sponsoring gamelan workshops (see above) in September 2015.

We would like to thank all who have helped us with the Midsummer MADness event - without your help we cannot continue to provide and support live music in the area.

Sunday, March 8th 2015 - M.A.D. Jazz Lunch, Downderry & Seaton Village Hall

We were entertained by two bands: 25 Hours, featuring Mark Lewis-Watson (acoustic guitar), Caroline Bruce-Spencer (vocals) and Kevin Procter (bass guitar), and Deviock Community Music (DCM) - our village big band. After paying expenses, the income from the event went to help sustain DCM with ongoing costs such as insurance, sheet music, professional fees and small equipment. Ther money from the raffle was all donated to good causes such as Save the Children and Ebola Disaster Relief.

Sunday November 16th 2014 - M.A.D. Jazz Lunch, Downderry & Seaton Village Hall

The return of the ever-popular Jazz Lunch, featuring the usual irresistible combination of live music, food and wholesome homemade drink in a relaxed, café-style setting! Featuring our very own Deviock Community Music group playing a set of singalong jazz standards, with The Vintage Sinners performing classic covers.

Midsummer MADness 2014
/ Midsummer MADness 2013

M.A.D. Events 2010-2012 / Deviock Community Music

We're going to MAD's Jazz Lunch!

Cornish Groove Collective
Cornish Groove Collective

Cheque presentation
Cheque presentation

Sunset Swing band

Deviock Community Music
Deviock Community Music

Land of the Giants Land of the Giants

Banana Thieves
Banana Thieves

The Hahas
The Hahas

MAD audience

Your friendly barman

Simon & pig



Text and images
© Music Around Deviock,
Downderry, Cornwall.

Banana Thieves photos © Chris Bowden
DCM 2017 & Trerieve 2015 photos © Marielle Newton
Other band photos © the original photographers
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Website © M.A.D. 2019