On the eve of the Olympic Games in Beijing, the Free Tibet Campaign comes to Torrington where three great bands will be playing a benefit gig at the Plough Arts Centre on August 1. On the bill are the popular Basil's Blues Band and Fiddlebix who have p

On the eve of the Olympic Games in Beijing, the Free Tibet Campaign comes to Torrington where three great bands will be playing a benefit gig at the Plough Arts Centre on August 1. On the bill are the popular Basil's Blues Band and Fiddlebix who have played their dynamic jazz/ rock/ rhythm and blues and folk rock both locally and further afield for years. Comparative newcomers to the North Devon scene, The Rural Jazz Alliance is a latin/ soul/ jazz collective whose music is fused with elements of flamenco, folk, bossa nova and Oriental music. The audience will be encouraged to dance to the music and while they take a breather from dancing there will be some exquisite Tibetan songs from Shelok Tsering and other quieter tempo music from Mike Rigby and Sam, all from South Molton.The music will start promptly at 8pm, so get there early with your dancing shoes on or, if you prefer, you can sit and listen and watch the action.A raffle will be held in aid of the Longsho Project, which promotes Tibetan culture and religion among young Tibetans. Donations would be welcome.With the eyes of the world on China during the Olympics, it is felt this is a crucial time to raise awareness of the conditions in Tibet and of the Chinese Government's failure to fulfil their obligations towards the International Olympic Committee by addressing human rights abuses in Tibet.Box office: (01805) 624624.