Happy birthday Keith... and the Gig Guide!

Joseph Bulmer

A real mixed bag this week, for sure!

WELL known Barnstaple drummer Keith Jones celebrates his 60th birthday this year - 45 of those in the music business.

In a case of “have drums, will travel” Keith has played alongside members of Hawkwind, on the road with The Oggle Band and many local musicians.

In the ‘70s he and guitarist Mike Parsons took their group of the time, Flying Fortress to London where they supported illustrious names such as Genesis, Slade and Wishbone Ash to name just three. Keith continues to play and will be familiar to many in North Devon.

One of the best exports ever to leave the depths of darkest Torrington – The Cult Maniax – will be playing at The Plough Arts Centre in Torrington on Friday. But get back here now… (!) because sadly the gig is already well and truly sold out.

Big Al Mitchell and friends have reformed their 70s punk band for a one off gig in memory of their friend Midget. The Maniax had an impact on the national stage and were considered one of Britain’s more original punk outfits.

On Saturday in Torrington you can however get in to see Ten Feet Tall at the Cavalier Inn and you won’t be disappointed, with some classic rock covers, good vocals and energetic show.

Rockabilly fans can enjoy Echoes of Elvis with Brock ‘a’ Billy aka Phil Brock at The Anchor Inn, Hartland, on Saturday from 9pm.

Down at Hatherleigh the George Hotel hosts rock covers and originals band StemRoach on Friday night.

On Saturday Sod ‘em & Sing Karaoke is in action at the Tally Ho in Hatherleigh and there is also live music in the town on Saturday as rock ‘n’ pop covers and originals band Revival play at the Bridge Inn from 8.30-11pm.

The first jazz train of the year sets off for the Fox & Hounds in Eggesford on Sunday, where the Steve Tucker All Stars will be playing their monthly lunchtime set from 1-4pm. Tarka line trains leave Barnstaple at 11.10am and 1.19pm.

There is a charity gig for Cancer Research UK on Saturday at South Molton’s Coaching Inn from 8pm. Four piece talented rock covers band The Full Motley will be demonstrating the musical skills learned in 40 years of rock ‘n’ roll. Tickets are available from the Coaching Inn on (01769) 572526.

At The Royal George Hotel in Appledore tomorrow (Thursday) Tony Finney and Steve Dambusker with a night of live music from 8.30pm.

Join Sod ‘em & Sing Karaoke tomorrow at Quigley’s in Bideford from 9pm until late. On Sunday of course he’s back at the Heavitree for more karaoke fun.

The Portobello Inn has more karaoke fun tonight (Wednesday) with Sing Zone and again on Friday. In between them tomorrow is Open Mic Night with Paul Lewis.

Versatile and well known singer and performer Jaden Cornelious will be providing the music on Saturday night. The classical singer and songwriter can also turn his hand to pop, country and all the shades in between. On Sunday the Porto has a relaxed acoustic afternoon to enjoy too.

The Joiners Arms invites singers, musicians and the audience to enjoy another instalment of Bideford Folk Club tomorrow from 8pm approx. On Friday Planit X Karaoke will carry the tune for the evening and then there’s more live music on Saturday with The Alchemists, playing some of the best anthems from the last half century from the likes of the Stones to Creedence and The Eagles. A very varied play list, in fact.

Finally, on Sunday Baz Bix and friends will be applying another afternoon session at the Joiners from 3-6pm.

Every Friday there is karaoke at The First In, Last Out and the chance to stretch your tonsils from 8pm.

Chris Stuckey’s Rory Gallagher tribute band Shinkicker will be playing at The Palladium Club on Friday night and on Saturday there’s a night of rock with Ape, offering plenty of rock in the Nickelback vein, plus support from local band Off Beat.

Quirky musical comedian James Sherwood is headlining the monthly Comedy Club at the Boston Tea Party in Barnstaple on Friday, with support from Welsh blusher Dan Thomas.

James is an expert in one liners and a BBC Radio regular. Tickets are �7 from the venue, at the door, call 07870 954089 or visit www.barnstaplecomedyclub.co.uk.

On Friday at the Cedar’s Hotel rock ‘n’ roll band The Prairie Dogs get together with a charity reunion gig for one night only. Hosted by Barnstaple Rock ‘n’ Roll Club, the event is raising money for Children’s Hospice South West plus Help for Heroes.

Many will remember the quartet, whose members but continue to live and work in North Devon and include Phil Brock (Brock ‘a’ Billy) plus Tony Elphick of The Atlantics. Tickets �6 at the door or call Bill on 07899 701498.

On Monday Barnstaple saxophonist Mike Collins will be appearing as guest of honour at The Wrey Arms with a special Open Mic Night to thank all those who supported him following his injuries in the Trinity Street explosion. The event is organised by local singer songwriter Paul Gates and will also feature Jim Jones, Andy Mac, Ed Smith, singer songwriter Simon Grant, Ben Sutton, Josh Fiddes and Martin Greenly. Mike’s Open Mic Night starts at 8pm.

Barnstaple Jazz Society are back at the Old Barn in Bickington on Tuesday from 7.30pm. Join the Society Orchestra and Irene for a night of New Orleans and Dixieland jazz.

The Mariners Arms in Braunton has live music this Friday with talented North Devon singer songwriter Sophie Kerslake.

Amy Newton returns to the White Lion on Sunday with her Open Mic Night from 8pm, with all welcome.

Frolicsome fun with ska, reggae, blues and funk courtesy of The Idle Worriers on Friday at The Kings Arms in Georgeham. Dancing compulsory!

Tomorrow (Thur) it will be a case of play until you drop as The Bunch of Grapes in Ilfracombe hosts a charity “turn up and play” gig from 3pm until late.

Organiser Lucy Knowles is raising money for the Strummerville charity and would like to see musicians and singers of all ages and abilities turn up and have a go. The aim is to inspire and draw together as much musical talent as possible and it is hoped to make it a monthly event.

The Pier Tavern has made its weekly Open Mic a regular event and it all kicks off tonight from 9pm. On Saturday there is live music with The Distractions as they play a variety of tunes from their mixed repertoire from 9.30pm onwards.

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