Musical love machines hit the North Devon Gig Guide

Joseph Bulmer

Plenty of live sounds in North Devon this Valentine’s weekend

TALENTED contemporary singer songwriter Jenna Witts brings a brand new collection of self-penned songs to The Mad Hatters Restaurant at Merry Harriers Nursery in Woolsery this Saturday.

An evening of fine food and fine music awaits as the contemporary folk artist from Woolacombe entertains with some of the powerful songs from her new album Brother. Booking is essential – call the venue on (01237) 431611 or email madhatters.restaurant@hotmail.co.uk.

Valentine’s fever is in the air apparently and there are plenty of romantically themed events this weekend to treat your loved one to.

Torridge Vale Social Club in Torrington is holding a Valentine’s 60s & 70s Disco on Saturday with the redoubtable Bobby from 8.30pm until late. Fancy dress is optional, but if you own a Luther Vandross outfit, surely this is the occasion...?

The Plough Arts Centre has Buble Fever this Saturday, starring Rickie Arthur as Michael Buble and featuring a seven piece band in homage to the modern crooner. A real look and sound alike specialist, the next best thing to the genuine article! Starts at 8pm and tickets from the box office on (01805) 624624.

On Sunday The Phil Beer Band returns for its annual pilgrimage to The Plough. The other half of Show of Hands, multi-instrumentalist Phil, shows he’s as equally at home with electric music as his more accustomed acoustic.

Taking to the guitars, fiddles, mandolin and vocals, Phil is joined by Gareth Turner (melodeon,) Miranda Sykes (double bass, guitar and vocals) plus Steve Crickett on drums and Nick Quarmby on bass and vocals.

Tomorrow (Thursday) the heavenly sound of Holy Karaoke returns to the Crealock Arms at Littleham from 8pm – why not enjoy singing hymns – and pop songs – from the comfort of the local pub?

In Appledore tomorrow join local musicians Tony Finney (Firewater) and Steve Ruffe (Dambuskers) at the Royal George for their regular weekly night of music from 8.30pm.

On Saturday an entertaining night of live music awaits at The Royal in Bude Street as the venue hosts local female singer Natalie Simmons, performing a variety of popular songs from 8pm.

On Sunday a reminder that Tony Finney and friends are playing at the coach & Horses from 4-7pm with plenty of blues, bluegrass, folk and contemporary songs.

An electrifying jazz experience is on offer at the North Devon Jazz Club in Appledore on Monday, hosted by the Beaver Inn, in the form of Phronesis.

Contemporary jazz fans will readily recognise the names involved -Jasper Hoiby, the Danish bass playing composer and leader of Phronesis, who writes powerful and melodic music, joined by pianist Ivo Neame’s continually unfolding melodic lines and the astonishing rhythmic textures of Swedish drummer Anton Eger to create a vibrant distinctive sound. 8.30pm start.

There is a Valentine’s double helping on Saturday at the Royal North Devon Golf club in Westward Ho! which features the well-liked country and all-around guitarist And singer Roger Colome, plus Ian Hudson with Wing and a Prayer. Tickets are �12, including a meal, available from the secretary’s office at the club – enquiries (01237) 473817.

Oceanview Country Music Club entertains with live music at Braddick’s Elizabethan Westward Ho! on Tuesday from 8.30pm with Hombre.

Sod ‘em & Sing Karaoke will get you in the crooning mood for Valentine’s from tomorrow as he roars into Quigley’s in Bideford from 9pm. Aspiring Cupids can have another go on Sunday from 7.30pm at the Heavitree Arms.

Bideford Folk Club is back in business at The Joiners Arms tomorrow from 8pm, with singers, musicians and the audience all welcome. There’s karaoke at The Joiners on Friday with Planit X doing the honours and on Saturday there’s live music with Jeff the Horse. Who could say “neigh” to that…? (groan)

Sing Zone Karaoke will be at it in the Portobello Inn tonight (Wednesday) from 8.30pm and there’s music tomorrow with Paul Lewis and his Open Mic Night. Sing Zone is back on Friday too.

Canadian bluegrass, bar room blues and Gypsy jazz specialist Miss Quincy has made another trip across the pond to appear The Palladium Club on Friday. The talented singer has visited the venue several times and is always popular.

On Saturday expect a loud and lively night at The Palladium with a double header on offer, featuring the rock with metallic undertones of Luna Cry plus introducing the Assassins of Sound, a new drummer formed by Spinlords of Spintania drummer Rob, so expect the unconventional.

Tomorrow (Thur) Lilico’s in Barnstaple has live music with the town’s up-and-coming indie rockers Midnight Toys, from 9pm and joined by Ang & Mike. Well worth catching if you haven’t seen them yet and admission is free.

There’s a Night at the Movies on Friday at the Wrey, with a charity fancy dress night and disco. Dress as your favourite movie character or celeb, with a prize for the best. It starts at 8pm and all profits go to the Jaden Cornelious Foundation. Tickets �5 from the venue or (01271) 376000/371343.

Maybe Naked will be unveiling more of their musical repertoire at The Olive branch on Saturday from 9pm.

The “Kings of Sleaze” aka internationally known rockabilly band Jack Rabbit Slim will be headlining a Sleazy Valentine’s Ball at the Cedar’s in Roundswell on Saturday from 7.30pm until later, hosted by Barnstaple Rock ‘n’ Roll Club.

Harking back the days of rockabilly heaven, this original band has a whole passel o’ fans. DJ Midnight Shift will keep the tunes flowing between live sets. Tickets �8 at door or call 07899 701498.

Those ol’ love machines The Average Blues Band will be hosting a Valentine’s Night special at The Old Bus Station on The Strand on Saturday from 7.30pm.

Join Sod ‘em & Sing Karaoke at Kelly’s Bar on Monday from 9pm approx.

On Tuesday Barnstaple Jazz Society is back at the Old Barn, Bickington, for a night of New Orleans and Dixieland sounds courtesy of the Society Orchestra and friends from 7.30pm, with admission free.

Popular North Devon musos The Roadhouse Band are back at the Mariners Arms in Braunton on Friday this week from 9pm.

Revival take their caboodle of covers and original tunes to The London Inn, Braunton, this Saturday from 10pm until midnight.

On Sunday join Amy Newton for a special Valentine’s Open Mic Night at The White Lion from 8pm, with all musicians and crooners welcome!

The talented Dan Greenaway continues his second tour of North Devon (or is it known as an “indenture?”) this week, playing at The Riverside Restaurant in Braunton on Friday.

The Midlands singer songwriter and front man of indie quartet Rase, is an original artist who seems to hit all the right notes with his audiences wherever they may be.

You can also catch Dan Greenaway on Saturday at The Kings Arms pub in Georgeham, which continues to build a reputation for good live music.

On Monday The Kings Arms has more live acoustic music from Carus, an Australian singer songwriter.

In a roundabout, back-in-time sort of fashion, you can see Dan Greenaway tomorrow night too, as he appears as special guest at the weekly Open Mike Night hosted by Cook Island. This was where he was “discovered” in North Devon and promptly chained up to prevent escape. They couldn’t get The Average Blues Band out of the door fast enough… (From 8.30pm, other musicians might get a go too…)

On Sunday The Boardwalk at Woolacombe has a Jazz Lunch courtesy of D�j� Blue – free music from 12.30pm and meal bookings taken on (01271) 871115.

The gentle strains of D�j� Blue provide a perfect Valentine’s accompaniment – it is also the first opening of the venue for the new season and the first time they have hosted live music.

Another talented home-grown female singer songwriter Milli Taylor, will be performing this Saturday at Stowford Meadows, near Berry Down Cross (near Combe Martin,) from 9-11pm.

Shammick Acoustic’s monthly Open Night at the Pack O’ Cards in Combe Martin features visiting performers Boyd & Wain - an award-winning Anglo-American Americana and folk duo.

Katy Boyd is from California, and Benny Wain from the West Country. With witty and lyrical songs of modern life accompanied by guitar and some great fiddle playing. From 8pm.

There’s Open Mic fun at The Pier Tavern in Ilfracombe tomorrow (Thur) from 9pm.

Phil Brock is back as Brock ‘a’ Billy and his Echoes of Elvis show on Saturday, appearing at the Waverley Inn, Ilfracombe, from 9pm. This accomplished rockabilly performer continues to win new fans from one end of the district to the other.

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