Speed the Plough returns

Joseph Bulmer

North Devon Gig Guide, 12/01 to 18/01

STILL rather quiet this week but there are a few gems lurking in the undergrowth if you know where to look.

Notably at The Plough Arts Centre in Torrington with Speed the Plough… The Return… This popular folk music fund raiser is back this Friday after a two year break and gives you a lot of music for your �6 ticket.

A varied line up of some of North Devon’s best known folk performers includes The Fire In Us Now, a collection of friends whose names will be very familiar, including Chris Ayliffe, Caroline Cassinelli, Keith Somerville and Dave Clinch, to name just a few.

Joining them will be The Chloe Bix Band plus local musicians, singer and songwriters in the shape of Brendan Vaughan, Jerry Clayton, Lily Daisy and Me and popular local band Dirty Frank.

All proceeds will go to The Plough Arts Centre and with the budget noose ever tightening, all support is very welcome. For tickets and info call the box office on (01805) 624624.

The Seven Stars at Winkleigh has live music this Saturday with a popular regular in the form of The Thovertones, veterans of a thousands bands whose repertoire guarantees something for every ear and encompasses everything from Creedence to Clash, Tenpole Tudor to Fratellis, Cochran to Cash and Prince to Presley.

DIY songmeister Sod ‘em & Sing Karaoke is heading back to The Lucky Kiss at Bude on Saturday for more musical mayhem.

A bit off the North Devon track I know, but anyone who fancies a drive this Friday night is also invited to join reggae carnival band Zamba at the Storm nightclub in Launceston.

On Saturday Zamba’s lead vocalist Della is a bit closer to home as she brings her solo set to The Union Inn at Stibb Cross near (ish) to Torrington. The gig starts at 9pm.

The Seagate Hotel at Appledore has its regular weekly jamming sessions this Friday and Monday, with entertainment from Ian Hudson and friends from the musical fraternity. All musicians welcome.

Sod ‘em & Sing is in Bideford tonight (Wednesday) as normal at Qube from 9pm and tomorrow too at Quigley’s, also from 9. Round out the weekend with another SSK hit at The Heavitree Arms on Sunday.

The Joiners Arms welcomes special guests to Bideford Folk Club tomorrow (Thursday) with The Orchard Family. One of the best known Gypsy families in the South West, Tom, Jean and Ashley play, sing and stepdance from 8pm in a varied style drawn from their Gypsy roots.

It’s a busy week at The Joiners and on Friday Planit X Karaoke will be kick-starting the weekend for you. There is live music on Saturday with acoustic roots duo Massive in Albania and more music on Sunday with Baz Bix and friends from 3pm.

Tonight, Sing Zone Karaoke will be keeping the flag flying at the Portobello Inn and there’s more entertainment tomorrow courtesy of Open Mic with Paul Lewis. Sing Zone is also back on Friday doing what he does best.

The rockabilly tones of Brock ‘a’ Billy are back at The Portobello on Saturday as Phil returns with his popular Echoes of Elvis show at 9pm.

Planit X Karaoke will be appearing once more this Saturday night at The Anchor inn, Bideford, from 8pm.

The Woolly Bullies are coming to The Palladium Club on Friday night and although they sound like a mean gang of sheep, they’re actually a group of highly experienced musicians bringing you a polished set of Americana, country and R&B sounds.

On Saturday the club welcomes old favourites and plenty of rock covers from, Some Old Bloke, His Son & Another Fella.

The highly regarded band Time Machine will be playing at The Olive branch in Barnstaple on Saturday. A versatile selection of rock covers – from Thin Lizzy’s Whiskey in the Jar to The Undertones Teenage Kicks, even to Hendrix and Coldplay – should ensure something for everyone. From 9.30pm.

The Open Mic Nights continue unabated at Cook Island, Mullacott, near Ilfracombe, from 8.30pm tomorrow (Thursday.) House band The Average Blues Band are happy to entertain, but even happier to welcome visiting and local performers to the venue.

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