Rockabilly raving and more: North Devon Gig Guide

Joseph Bulmer

CONGRATS to all those who turned out for Mike Collins’ home-coming/thank you bash at the Wrey Arms on Monday. You can read more on the opposite page but it was a good night and very well supported.

This week kicks off tonight (Wednesday) with award winning folk singer, instrumentalist, composer and producer Jim Moray at the Gallery Sessions in the Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple, from 8pm.

His contemporary recordings and interpretations of English traditional music blended with orchestral flourishes, guitars and electronics soon found him awarded the unprecedented combination of Best Newcomer and Best Album at the 2004 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

He finds himself at the forefront of a UK folk revival and hailed as a pivotal influence by a new generation of folk musicians while still only in his 20s. Tickets and info from (01271) 324242.

Tomorrow (Thursday) join Midlands singer songwriter Dan Greenaway back in North Devon at Lilico’s. He is also guitarist and front man of indie quartet Rase.

He is an excellent original artist and has everyone who hears him raving wildly – some may have been like that before though, who knows? Seriously though, if you haven’t caught a Dan Greenaway gig, you really should.

Breaking with my usual geographical convention, you can also catch Dan on Friday at The Crown Hotel in Lynton.

On Friday at The Reform Inn, Pilton, there is live music with the excellently named Pascal & The Rinsers from 9pm. Also from 9pm on Monday and every week, the Reform hosts an Open Mic Night with all musicians welcome.

Join Sod ‘em & Sing Karaoke at Kelly’s Bar in Boutport Street on Monday night for more musical mayhem.

On Friday in Braunton there is live music at The Mariners Arms with Couch.

On Saturday The White Lion has a charity gig organised by local vet Rachel Kyle from Argyll Vets in aid of the Princess Alice Hospice. It runs from 7.30pm to midnight and features well known and talented local singer songwriters Amy Newton plus Jim Jones.

A good night is expected and tickets cost �5, available from Argyll Vets or the Lion, call (01271) 812405 or 813085.

On Sunday at the Lion Amy Newton is back with her Open Mic Night from 8pm approx.

The Kings Arms at Georgeham is Going to the Dogs this Friday with a charity fund raiser featuring dog racing, pie & mash plus fancy dress. It is for North Devon Hospice and tickets from the venue on (01271) 890240.

The Average Blues Band will be back in action tomorrow (Thur) at Cook Island, Mullacott, with the weekly Open Mic night extravaganza from 8pm.

There is also Open Mic tomorrow at The Pier Tavern in Ilfracombe from 9pm, with all welcome.

A night of wanton music awaits at The Bunch of Grapes in Ilfracombe on Saturday as more-than-lively local rock band The Padawans prove old Obi Wan didn’t have a Scooby Do what was going on behind his back! From 8.30pm until 1am.

The Federal; Blues Agency, including talented local guitarist Richard Best – who played with Hendrix and has spent many years as an EMI session player – will be live at The prince of Wales in Fore Street from 9pm on Saturday.

The engaging Patrick Monahan is headlining the First Friday Comedy at The George Hotel in south Molton this week. A UK comedy circuit regular and Albert Hall/Edinburgh Fringe sell out, his comedy offers something everyone and is downright infectious. Info and tickets from (01769) 572514.

On Saturday the George brings you its monthly First Saturday Acoustic from 8.30pm with Ian Hudson & friends.

A quick scoot down to Bude, where you can catch Sod ‘em & Sing karaoke at the lucky Kiss this Saturday.

Back this way and at The Clinton Arms, Frithelstock, near Torrington, join the talented Muddy River Band from 9pm on Saturday for a great blues night. There’s ban acoustic jam session at the venue on Sunday too.

The Plough Arts Centre in Torrington brings you The Wilders from Kansas City, Missouri, known as “the hillbilly hurricane” for the speed in which they carried off a coveted Herald Angel (the Edinburgh Festival equivalent of an Oscar) plus a clutch of five-star reviews.

Their 2009 album, Someone’s Got to Pay, won the Alt-Country Album of The Year title in the US Independent Music Awards. It’s serious country hillbilly style and more than a little danceable. From 8pm.

Saturday sees stand up comic Jeremy Hardy at The Plough, best know for his Radio 4 work and described as “a comic genius.” 8pm again.

Finally on Sunday Circle Dance with Balamouk returns to the venue by popular demand, if The Wilders have left you with anything, save it for this! Call the box office on (01805) 624624 for all event info.

The Royal Exchange in Torrington has live music on Saturday as talented and popular North Devon vocalist Della of Zamba and Baqua fame, brings her solo set to town from 9.45pm.

Tonight (Wed) in Bideford Sing Zone Karaoke will be setting up at The Portobello Inn, followed by more music tomorrow with Open Mic with Paul Lewis. Sing Zone is back for more on Friday and on Saturday there will be rock, pop, punk and indie covers from popular North Devon band Wasteland from 10pm-late. The Porto has a Sunday afternoon acoustic session too.

Also tomorrow, Quigley’s will be hosting karaoke-meister Sod ‘em & Sing from 9-ish, who is back again on Sunday at the Heavitree Arms from 7.30pm.

Bideford Folk Club in The Joiners Arms has special guests in the form of unaccompanied singing group The Claque tomorrow from 8pm. Four voices are blended to give a real feel, warmth and harmony to the English folk tradition.

It’s a busy weekend of live music at The Joiners, with local band Roadkill performing on Friday night and the increasingly popular versatile Ten Feet Tall dropping in on Saturday for a varied night of great covers.

On Sunday Baz Bix and friends will be playing at The Joiners from 3-6pm.

There is karaoke this Friday at the First In, Last Out and more karaoke on Saturday over at the Anchor Inn, featuring Planit X.

With the Jaegermeister hangovers of the festive season behind them and a couple of parties to get themselves back on track, Slack Alice begin their aural assault on the pubs of North Devon this Friday, starting with the White Hart in Bideford. Get there early if you want a table to dance on!

Rock covers supremos Maybe Naked will be returning to The Palladium Club in Bideford on Friday, starting at approx 9pm. On Saturday join Wendy May in her Boom Boom Room from 8.30pm for a plethora of danceable tunes from soul and funk to 50s R&B – something for everybody!

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