The North Devon Gig Guide rides again

Joseph Bulmer

It’s quiet — but not too quiet — on the North Devon music front

‘TIS still a wee bit quiet out there this week, but not surprising after most people had such a long Christmas break.

A quick reminder to all venues/performers to make sure you keep me up to date with your regular events and any changes there might have been.

On to this week and Shammick Acoustic is holding the first Open Night of the year at the Pack O’ Cards in Combe Martin this Saturday, which follows its AGM at 7pm. Anyone who wants to entertain in the best old English tradition, whether by playing, singing or even storytelling is invited along.

Beer & Hymns are on offer this Sunday at The George & Dragon in Fore Street from 8pm – a stirring combination and all are welcome!

Open Mic Night is back at Cook Island, Mullacott, tomorrow (Thursday) following its Christmas break. Your hosts The Average Blues are glad to be back after a variety of “strenuous” activities including sunbathing, skiing and tackling the Boxing Day sales!

All musicians, solo performers, duets, trios or full gospel choirs are equally welcome to take a turn - just try and get there by 8-ish!

The Chris Stuckey Band bring their talent for making original music to The Reform Inn at Pilton this Friday from 9pm. If you haven’t seen the guys playing before, they are one not to be missed.

Also on Friday The Wrey Arms at Sticklepath kicks off the twice monthly Jax & Trudi’s Open Mic Nights from 8.30pm. The acoustic sessions take place on Friday every first and third week of the month.

On Saturday there’s a three hour set featuring a variety of rock and blues with Plamen – the Rock Fella, at The Olive Branch in town from 9pm.

On Sunday Marshall’s in Boutport Street has another of its popular afternoon sessions with pop and rock aplenty from the Backstreet Band at 3.30pm.

He might barely have had time to scoff a Christmas pud, but Sod ‘em & Sing Karaoke continues with his busy schedule and will be at Kelly’s Bar in Boutport Street on Monday as usual.

The Cedars Big Band decided to cancel its December 19 Christmas concert due to the extreme bad weather and has apologised to those who planned to attend, but decided safety was the best policy. The band has a special Glen Miller theme evening the Sunday after next (January 16) at the Cedars in Roundswell from 8pm.

No rest for the creative and Sod ‘em & Sing Karaoke will be back at Qube in Bideford tonight (Wednesday) as per normal from 9pm, plus of course another stint at Quigley’s tomorrow from the same time. More on Sunday at The Heavitree Arms.

The Portobello has disco and karaoke with Shorty’s Music Night tonight from 8.30pm and Paul Lewis will be hosting his Open Mic session tomorrow as normal. On Friday Sing Zone Karaoke will take on the mantle.

Planit X Karaoke will be holding down the fort at The Joiners Arms this Friday night and the venue has live music on Saturday too with Out of the Blue returning. The Joiners also has live afternoon music on Sunday from 3-6pm with Baz Bix (from the Dambuskers) and friends.

An early look ahead to Bideford Folk Club at the Joiners next Thursday (January 13) when the venue welcome The Orchards, one of the South West’s best known Gypsy families, who will be sharing music, dance and song from their cultural roots.

Planit X is also providing the karaoke at The Anchor Inn, Bideford, this Saturday from 8pm.

The Palladium Club has a huge feats of live music this Friday and Saturday as it stages a two day event known as The Beta Festival. It has been put together by The Dead Betas band from Torrington and will feature a huge variety of young rockin’ bands from near and far.

The highly regarded Luna Cry will be joined by Jackdaws, Gang of Thieves, Acoustic Dispute and Fleemtfuji to name just a few, plus the Betas themselves, of course. The show starts at 6.30pm on both days and runs until late.

The Seagate Hotel in Appledore welcomes back well known local musicians Ian Hudson and friends after the festive period for their regular acoustic open session this Friday night.

On Saturday country singer Roger Colome, who has a large following in North Devon, will be performing live.

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