A melting pot of gigs in North Devon

Joseph Bulmer

From punk to country, rap to reggae...

A new weekly Ilfracombe Open Mic Night continues to gain fans for its diverse ranges of genres spanning everything from jazz and country to rap and reggae.

It takes place tomorrow (Thursday) in @Onefyfive - The Chill Bar, from 8.30pm. The venue is at the end of the High Street (or the start depending on which way you’re facing) at the junction with Fore Street i.e. formerly Yam Yams.

Musicians, performers and of course audience members are welcome to go along tomorrow and check it out.

On Saturday the Pack O’ Cards in Combe Martin hosts another kind of open mic as Shammick Acoustic returns with its monthly Open Night from 8pm. Fans of folk or roots music will be especially interested but in truth anything could turn up on the night as both local and visiting performers and musicians take their turns to entertain through music, song and even storytelling. Visit www.shammickacoustic.org.uk to find out more.

This Friday at the Mariners Arms in Braunton sees the return of The Grumpy Old Men, a versatile five piece blues and rock band who have proved popular on the local scene and appeal to a wide audience.

On Sunday the White Lion in the village once again hosts well-known local singer songwriter Amy Newton and her Open Mic night from 8pm.

In Barnstaple this Friday there is an early evening gig at Lilico’s with jazz duo D�j� Blue offering a chance to relax, unwind and chill with some gentle melodic jazz and blues from 5.30-7pm.

Drenched hit the town on Saturday as they play The Olive Branch from 9pm, with a hatful of popular rock covers old and new, plus support from acoustic artist Luxton Lake.

Kelly’s Bar in town hosts favoured karaoke son Sod ‘em & Sing this Monday for his weekly session inviting you to join him at the mic from 10pm.

Barnstaple Jazz Society is back at the Old Barn in Bickington this Tuesday from 7.30pm, with free live New Orleans and Dixieland jazz from the Society Orchestra and guests.

There is rhythm and blues this Saturday at The Fox & Hounds in Fremington from 9pm as hard-working local giggers The Roadhouse Band perform.

Oceanview Country Music Club is back at Alverdiscott Hall this Tuesday from 8.30-11.15pm with live music provided by Two Card Trick.

Sod ‘em & Sing Karaoke is back in Bideford tomorrow (Thursday) at Quigley’s Custom House from 10pm until late for all those mic-bashing night owls.

On Sunday join Tom at a more respectable hour in the Heavitree Arms from 7.30pm.

There is of course karaoke tonight (Wed) too as Sing Zone makes his weekly appearance at The Portobello Inn from 8.30pm approx. Tomorrow don’t miss Paul Lewis and his Open Mic Night - all singers, musicians and people with ears welcome!

On Saturday the Porto has more live music courtesy of the Woodland & Lewis band.

Meanwhile tomorrow (Thur) there’s a lunchtime jazz session to enjoy at Caf� du Parc with local saxophonist Jim Prior playing a range of ballads, standards and Latin from approx 12.30-2.30pm, all welcome.

Experienced musicians Pete Bruntnell and Dave Little will be playing live at The Joiners Arms on Saturday night and on Sunday don’t miss the weekly afternoon session with Baz Bix & Friends from 3-6pm.

Over at The Palladium Club growing local indie rock band Jog on Robot will be playing live this Friday.

On Saturday the venue presents the debut gig of brand new local band iFunk, formed by three members of Maybe Naked plus female singer songwriter Jackie Gibbins (Jax.)

Described as “a melting pot of everything funky” the new band has a very danceable set of funk, disco, soul and pop tracks married to addictive hip hop undertones, slick guitars and Jackie’s powerful vocals. Artists featured include Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Jamiroquai, Beyonce, Gnarls Barkley and many more.

Maybe Naked fans need not fear – the group is still going strong, this is simply a new venture.

Moving on to the Kingsley Inn at Northam, which has live music this Friday at 9pm with Cut the Rug, a band with a varied set offering rock, rhythm and blues, funk, soul and the potential for much dancing.

The Royal in Appledore has a double header of bands this Saturday with energised local band The Dead Betas joined by their friends The Jackdaws for what should be a lively night.

The tireless Dead Betas bring their original punk synth, (or is it synth punk?) to the stage with plenty of passion and verve, while the Jackdaws are another young indie band in the same vein. The gig starts at 8pm.

Red noses will be all the rage at The Crealock Arms in Littleham tomorrow (Thursday) as Holy Karaoke returns with a Comic Relief special from 8pm.

Anyone who enjoys singing in the comfort of their local pub – anything from religious anthems to rock hymns – is invited to go as long and raise money for charity at the same time.

Classic rock band Ten Feet Tall is playing at The Clinton Arms in Frithelstock this Saturday from 9pm. Fronted by lively female vocalist Mel, expect an assault of infectious tracks designed to move the feet and nod the head, from AC/DC through the pop rock catalogue to Chic and back.

Popular Torrington band Dirty Frank, a regular at numerous local events such as Speed the Plough, will be playing at Torridge Vale Social Club in Torrington (where else?) this Saturday night.

The eighties covers band that you really should see, Spaced Invaders, will be touching down at The Seven Stars in Winkleigh on Saturday from 9-11.30pm. Essential 80s anthems and covers from the likes of Billy Joel, David Bowie, Duran Duran and Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

There is a rare solo outing this Saturday at the Tally Ho in Hatherleigh for Matthew Trengove from the Freeborn Men. The gig starts at 9pm and should be a little different from the multi-instrumentalist’s usual fare, with acoustic and electric modern classics married up to a bit of DJing in between too.

A brief mention of distant shores – the Steve Tucker All Stars are playing at a Charity Jazz Auction Night at The Southgate Hotel in Exeter on Friday, raising money for Chinakids. Tickets and info from (01803) 214296.

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