Acoustic night raising funds for South West Equine Protection

Karen Chapman
Karen Chapman

South West Equine Protection are holding what will be a wonderful evening of acoustic music to raise funds for the charity, which was formed 20 years ago to help horses and ponies in Devon and Cornwall and is especially dear to pony-loving Dartmoor dwellers.

The evening will feature three acts: Ponypony, Eliza Acty and Charlie Harris, all offering a fantastic array of quality folk music.

Original acoustic duo Ponypony comprises of Rachel Gittus and Dave Allen, who hail from the UK and Canada and have been playing live music both together and with other acts for over 20 years – including Barenaked Ladies, The Popes, The Mahones, Rick Saunders (Fairport Convention), Cowboy Junkies, PJ Wright (The Dylan Project) and the Rheostatics, to name a few.

Rachel and Dave have dedicated their daily routine to busking and finding their fans on a face-to-face basis. With over ten albums of original material and a tangible zest for the live music experience, “this duo will have you spellbound in no time.” (Longevity John Faulkner, The Duncan Showroom, BC) with their “haunting and toe-tapping music” (South West Equine Protection). Ponypony have recently released a new EP produced by Rick Worthy, which is available from their website or from the major music websites.

With her unique vocal style, Devon-based musician Eliza Carty performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time, original and contemporary songs that span over a century of music. She can often be seen performing with her accomplished clawhammer banjo-playing father Peter Acty. Multi-instrumentalist Peter has enjoyed a long musical career, working with many notable musicians.

Previously performing with the successful old-time band Appaloosas and recorded two albums with them (Appaloosas and Sassafras Tea) as lead vocalist and guitarist. Eliza has been seen in folk clubs, festivals and music venues all over the South West, including appearances on BBC Radio Devon and BBC Radio Cornwall. Kate Graham of Devon Round Table & BBC Introducing in Devon declared that Eliza possesses “Really beautiful dreamy vocals.”

Eliza finished recording her debut EP, Enough Time, last year. This exciting EP features an original title track along with four traditional tracks.

Digital copies can be purchased from Eliza’s Bandcamp page at and physical copies can be ordered directly from Eliza – email for more information. Visit to find out more about her music.

Charlie Harris is a 17 year old singer/songwriter from Menheniot, Cornwall. She has been performing since she was 14 and is self-taught on guitar, ukulele and vocals. At the tail end of 2017, she supported Sony-signed folk group Wildwood Kin at the Brook Inn in Plympton, on the Plymouth leg of their UK tour.

Charlie regularly performs her own gigs and at open mic nights, and posts her covers of well-known songs plus some original material onto her Facebook page @charliehofficial.

Charlie recently arranged her own charity concert in February in her village church, in memory of her aunt. She sold out the church, selling around 230 tickets, and raised over £2,200 for Teenage Cancer Trust. Since then, Charlie has been performing/busking mainly for charity.

This talented young performer recently had one of her original songs played on the BBC Introducing show on BBC Radio Cornwall and she has been writing ever since. Charlie is available for any occasion, weddings, parties, gigs etc and can be contacted via her music page on Facebook, @charliehofficial.

Sponsored by, the SWEP acoustic night will be on Saturday, 28th April at Yelverton War Memorial Hall at 7pm and there will be a fully licensed bar and complimentary nibbles. Tickets are £7 in advance or £10 on the door – call 01822 854823 to book.

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