North Devon Gig Guide 03/11 to 09/11

MANY apologies, you may have noticed a slight absence last week – I managed to smuggle myself out in a mail sack and got as far as the Channel Islands before being apprehended.

I promise it won’t happen again, or at least not until I’ve finished digging the new tunnel…

Bonfire night rock covers will explode in the sky above The Crown at Lynton this Friday as Gang of Thieves take their turn in the weekly live music slot and of course admission is free.

Voices will be raised in celebration at Cook Island, Mullacott tomorrow (Thursday) as the Open Mic regulars realise the demise of the Gazette gig guide was in fact just a rumour. All musicians and singers are invited to get along before 8-ish and book their spot on stage for the evening. With house band (well, a lean-to band, really) The Average Blues Band.

Lively rock covers and a raft of newly prepared material will lead the way as Maybe Naked play at the Red Barn in Woolacombe on Friday.

A tonne of Northern Soul will be blasting over the speakers at White Lion in Braunton on Friday as your regular host DJ Joel Soul plays his and your favourite tunes from that classic era. On Sunday visiting musicians are invited to join Amy Newton at TWL for her weekly Open Mic Night, while the audience is invited to sit back and listen.

On Saturday night in Braunton The London Inn has free live music with popular local rock and pop band Revival, with plenty of covers plus originals.

The Chichester Arms in Pilton, Barnstaple, continues to rock back to the 50s as Sneaky Pete’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Club returns for the first Saturday of the month. Ideal for anyone who loves all the 50s genres from classic rock ‘n’ roll to rockabilly & doo wop.

Tomorrow night at Kelly’s Bar in town Planit X Karaoke will be doing their thing from 8.30pm

On Friday night Sod ‘em & Sing Karaoke will be in a revised slot for this week at Kelly’s and no doubt there will be plenty of Friday nighters keen to gear up for the next X-Factor! SSK is also back at Kelly’s on Monday night too.

On Sunday there is New Orleans or Dixieland jazz to accompany lunch at Zena’s Restaurant from 12 noon-3pm, booking is advised.

There is more jazz in the New Orleans and Dixieland vein on Tuesday at the Wrey Arms, Sticklepath, as the Barnstaple Jazz Society Orchestra is back from 7.30pm, with jazz singer Irene plus guests. As ever, the event is free.

Two bands from London will be visiting Fremington Parish Hall on Saturday night, as rock and blues bands The Poachers and Stolen set up shop from 6-11pm. There is a bar plus outdoor takeaway food. Tickets are available from Beechfield Stores or by calling (01271) 373879.

Waspishly likeable (but charming!) comedian Jo Caulfield will be tickling the funny ribs at the George Hotel in South Molton on Friday from 8.30pm with her legendary one woman show.

Numerous TV and radio appearances include everything from Have I Got News For You to Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Tickets & info from (01769) 572514 or go to www.georgehotelsouthmolton.co.uk.

The First Saturday Acoustic Session also returns to the venue this week, with Ian Hudson, Chris Ayliffe and friends playing their free live gig from 8.30pm.

Classical fans might want to see the Gould Piano Trio at the Plough Arts Centre in Torrington on Sunday evening as part of its ongoing Celebrity Concert Series – they are regarded as one of the UK’s finest chamber ensembles. Visit www.theploughartscentre.org.uk for more information.

In Bideford tonight (Wednesday) Sod ‘em & Sing is back in action at Qube from 9.30pm approx and there’s more again tomorrow at Quigley’s from the same time. On Sunday its all on at the Heavitree too.

Basil’s Balls Up Band (the “other” incarnation of Basil’s Blues Band) will be in action, giving it large and generally causing mayhem at The Palladium Club on Friday.

On Saturday Wendy May invites guest DJs and plenty of dancers into her Boom Boom Room from 8.30pm for a soulful stew of delights covering everything from 50s/60s R&B to soul, ska and modern tunes.

Revival are back in action at Lacey’s Ale and Cider House on Friday night.

The Search for a Star continues every Friday at the Swan Inn, with contestants invited to do an X Factor style audition. Organisers Paul and Debbie Bevan of Elite entertainment report a high standard of entries and the event is being held to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West.

Heat winners go through to the grand final on December 10. To have a try, simply go along to The Swan after 8.30pm and get your name down.

There is karaoke on Friday at The Portobello Inn courtesy of your host Planit X.

Well known local singer, songwriter and classical artist Jaden Cornelious will be joined by Sarah-Louise Ward for what promises to be a great show at the First In, Last Out in Bideford on Saturday from 8pm. What is more, the gig is free.

The Average Blues Band will be bringing their blues repertoire containing a host of favourite tracks to The Joiners Arms on Saturday. My spies tell me the ABB’s Mike has been AWOL in France for a week, at a special DIY commune where he has been honing his affinity for putting up shelves. Ah, the heady joys of the celebrity lifestyle…

Della brings her solo performance to The Kingsley Inn at Northam this Saturday from 9.30pm. Also one half of Baqua and the lead vocalist of popular band Zamba, anyone familiar with either will know Della’s great vocals make her a stand out performer whatever genre she deals in.

Anyone in the deep mists of Cornwall (!) this Friday can catch Zamba playing at The White Horse in Launceston from 9.30pm.

Ian Hudson and friends will practically set up home at the Seagate Hotel in Appledore this week. In addition to their regular Friday and Monday acoustic sessions, they’ll be back in on Saturday too. Expect a slightly different night from the weekly show.

Top Italian alto and soprano sax player, Tommaso Starace makes a welcome return to North Devon Jazz Club at The Beaver Inn on Monday. He has a sparkling, joyful approach to his music and will be joined by three fine musicians — guitarist Kristian Borring, double bass player Will Collier and drummer Chris Nickolls.

It starts at 8.30pm and entry is free, although a collection will be taken for the band. For more info, call (01237) 421065.

Bear Faced Country will be playing live at Oceanview Country Music Club in the Elizabethan on Tuesday from 8pm.

Anyone still lost in the “depths” of Cornwall can call in at The Lucky Kiss in Bude on Saturday for a calming dose of Sod ‘em & Sing Karaoke