North Devon Gig Guide

Joseph Bulmer

Ring of Fire and mutteriungs of snow — must be the Gig Guide!

DIRE mutterings of snow are being whispered for the end of this week, so don’t forget to check with venues before travelling if in doubt – or to feed your huskies!

He may be gone but Johnny Cash is never forgotten, something top tribute band The Ring of Fire ensure with every show. They really do have the reputation of being one of the best Cash tributes around and you can see them, plus support, at The Plough Arts Centre in Torrington this Saturday. Doors open at 8pm and tickets are available from (01805) 624624.

On Friday in Torrington The Globe hosts favourite local band Maybe Naked, who continue to win new fans with their lively sets and ever-expanding collection of material.

The Clinton Arms at Frithelstock presents popular local folk band Company of Fools on Friday, with their own blend of traditional and self penned folk rock, Celtic and roots tunes. 9pm start.

On Sunday The Clinton features the Alas Jazz Band, with plenty of Dixieland jazz to entertain from 8pm. And then on Tuesday there’s more live music with a festive feel courtesy of Carols with Sax Appeal.

The Steve Tucker All Star Jazz Band invites fans old and new to join them this Sunday at the Fox & Hounds Hotel in Eggesford for a jazz train Christmas Special.

The band will be playing their infectious swinging jazz, blues and rock ‘n’ roll at the venue from 1-4pm and you can catch the train from Barnstaple at 11.10am. To reserve a table call (01769) 580345.

Jagermeister-fuelled pub rockers Slack Alice will be harnessing up the huskies and heading out to play at The Old George Inn, High Bickington, this Friday night.

Tomorrow (Thursday) The George Hotel at South Molton hosts its monthly Third Thursday Open Mic session from 8pm with all musicians welcome to come along and sing or play.

There is plenty of folk with attitude as one man musical crusade Andy Souch aka Wilderland returns to The Jack Russell at Swimbridge this Saturday from 9pm until late. Alongside his lively and original takes on some folk classics you can expect some of his own songs too.

Harpist and rock musician (yes you heard right) Simon Ellis will be playing at The Ring O’ Bells in Landkey this Saturday from 8.30pm. Anyone who can blend two such styles has got to be interesting and wait until you hear his version of The Clash’s London Calling played on the harp!

Join Barnstaple Jazz Society this Tuesday at The Old Barn in Bickington for its annual Christmas bash from 7.30pm. The Society Orchestra plus singer Irene and guests will be playing a mix of New Orleans and Dixieland jazz plus plenty of carols and Christmas songs.

As ever, admission is free and everyone is invited to come along in festive costume for the evening.

The fund raising of North Devon musicians across the region’s open mic nights in the past 10 days or so has an impressive �1,700 running total on behalf of Barnstaple explosion victim Mike Collins. You can read more about the appeal and Mike’s progress on Page 5.

There is still time to go along to the final open mic fund raiser and show your support. Jax & Trudi have offered the support of their acoustic night at the Wrey Arms in Sticklepath, Barnstaple this Friday by from 8.30pm.

On Sunday lunchtime you can join the regular jazz session at Zena’s Restaurant in town, with well known saxophone player Jeremy Huggett playing from 12 noon-3pm.

Expect plenty of musical mayhem on Sunday afternoon – put aside the Christmas shopping chores and head to Marshall’s in town from 3pm approx as Slack Alice shrug off their Jager hangovers and get back into the groove.

On Monday night join Sod ‘em & Sing Karaoke for an early crack at the Christmas tunes – or anything else you request – at Kelly’s Bar in Boutport Street.

Slack Alice will be back and rocking the roof off this Saturday too at Braunton’s The London Inn.

Amy Newton is back at her Open Mic roost this Sunday evening from 8pm approx at The White Lion.

On Sunday join some of the Shammick Acoustic crowd and others at The Castle Inn, Combe Martin, for Midwinter Carols Night from 7.30pm. All are welcome for a sing-along of well known and traditional carols, including some very old songs.

Not sure what carols punks play but I’m sure they have their favourites – find out in any case as effervescent punk rockers Falling Apart play a Christmas Punk Party at the Crown in Lynton this Saturday from 9pm.

In Ilfracombe on Friday join The Roadhouse Band for a night of rhythm and blues from 9pm at the Prince of Wales in Fore Street.

On Saturday The Pier Tavern has more live music with The Damnation Game from 9.30pm.

With no particular geographical sense, in Bideford tonight (Wednesday) at Qube you can join Sod ‘em & Sing Karaoke from 9pm until late. The same applies of course over at Quigley’s tomorrow and you can get in a last track or three at The Heavitree on Sunday night.

Every Wednesday The Portobello Inn now hosts Shorty’s Music Night with karaoke and disco from 8.30pm. Another regular is the Thursday Open Mic Night hosted by Paul Lewis, with all musicians welcome.

Sing Zone Karaoke is back in the house on Friday night and chill on Sunday with an Acoustic Afternoon.

Sing Zone is back in action on Saturday at The Pollyfield Centre, East-the-Water from 8.30pm.

Planit X Karaoke can now be found every Saturday night doing his thing at The Anchor, Bideford, from 8pm.

There’s Delta blues and a bit of Mississippi music among other things as The Muddy River Band play at The Joiners Arms this Friday night. There’s more live music at the Joiners on Saturday with the CB Band.

On Sunday Baz Bix from The Dambuskers will be holding his afternoon Music & Song session at the venue from 3-6pm. Musicians and singers are very welcome.

The Palladium Club presents The Breaks Collective Christmas Special on Saturday with a night of guaranteed entertainment from this top local hip hop, rap, R&B fusion group. On Tuesday and every Tuesday the venue hosts its weekly Jam Night.

There are plenty of rock covers to keep the wolf from the door at The Kingsley Inn, Northam, this Saturday as Revolvin’ Door play a free gig from 9.30pm.

The rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly sound of Brock ‘a’ Billy and his Echoes of Elvis show will be heard this week at The Village Inn, Westward Ho! from 9pm. Phil Brock and his take on the King and the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll continues to win plenty of local fans.

Up-and-coming North Devon singer songwriter Sam Dowden will be playing on Saturday at The Seagate Hotel in Appledore. His range of self penned indie and pop sings accompanied by acoustic guitar and a mellow tone continue to win over listeners.

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