A month-long feast of music to suit all tastes awaits as the popular Combe Martin Music Festival kicks off this Friday. The annual event is entirely self-funded, but brings to the village a wide variety of musical performers and bands from near and far, w
A month-long feast of music to suit all tastes awaits as the popular Combe Martin Music Festival kicks off this Friday.The annual event is entirely self-funded, but brings to the village a wide variety of musical performers and bands from near and far, with all but two of the gigs (see below) offering free entry.The artists will be appearing a various Combe Martin public houses every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout July, covering a huge spectrum, offering everything from good old rock 'n' roll to classical, pop, blues, contemporary rock, ska, country and more."We have some fantastic new performers this year and have divided the programme equally between 10 new acts and 10 favourites who have appeared before and are back by popular demand," said organiser Leisa Cohen."We have every type of music you can think of and highlights include Celtic reggae band Five Furious Fish, a terrific ska band called the Communicators, local band the Devil Delta Blues Band, who I saw rehearse and was absolutely blown away and Jenna Witts, also becoming very popular."Six pubs - the Royal Marine, Fo'c's'le Inn, Dolphin Inn, Pack O' Cards and George and Dragon in Combe Martin, plus the Sawmills Inn at nearby Berrynarbor - will all be hosting events during the month.It begins on Friday at the Fo'c's'le Inn on the seafront with The Cadence, a lively party band providing pop, rock, funk and soul tunes.The sole event to be held outside the village is in nearby Ilfracombe on Saturday, when the exceptional Devon Sinfonietta - formerly the Devon Youth Orchestra -will presenting a classical concert at the Pavilion in the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, from 4pm.The orchestra is led by internationally acclaimed conductor and musician Scott Stroman. Tickets for the concert are available from the box office on (01271) 324242.Then Saturday evening will see the Dolphin Inn at the seafront in Combe Martin hosting High Impact, a rock duo determined to party.The following day, enjoy Sunday lunch at the Sawmill Inn, Berrynarbor, whilst listening to fifties and sixties classics from singer Tony Rogers, appearing from 12 noon.Sunday evening sees the Pack O' Cards welcome a group who really do roll back the years - the Dimestore Gamblers re-create the lively fifties Sun rockabilly sound with gusto.We would like to thank the landlords and landladies of all our venues for providing us with the facilities to stage the festival," added Leisa.The second festival week begins on Friday evening, July 11 as popular local singer and songwriter Amy Newton play at the Pack O' Cards bring her own material and the usual great performance. Saturday, July 12 will see the George and Dragon host Alan Phillips, playing popular rock ballads and covers from 3pm.Then on Saturday evening the Royal Marine will be welcoming Five Furious Fish, a high energy roots dance band appearing in the village for the first time. They play an original carefully crafted fusion of Cajun, reggae, Celtic and funk, with a sprinkling of East European influences for good measure.A swinging jazz afternoon awaits on Sunday 13 at the Dolphin Inn when Simon Banks and Kevin Grenfell will help while away the hours from 3pm. The evening see local rock band Instinct reforming just for the festival - catch them at the George and Dragon for what should be a good gig.The second half of the month will feature: Friday, July 18: The Dolphin welcomes Roger Colome with his unique mix of country and classics. Evening.Saturday, 19: An Afternoon Tea Dance at the Parish Church Hall, with music, dancing and afternoon tea from 3pm. £2.50 on door.Saturday, 19: The George and Dragon hosts the Devil Delta Blues Band, a fantastic local group shaking a few foundations. Evening.Sunday, 20: The Pack O' Cards with Jenna Witts, a young but original singer songwriter of acoustic and surf music, 4pm.Sunday, 20: The Sawmills, Berrynarbor - The Communicators, a nine-piece ska band playing the festival for the first time.Friday, 25: The Sawmills with Coverage, back again form London by great demand for a second year at the festival. Evening.Saturday 26: The Royal Marine will host Coverage from 2pm, outside if fine.Saturday 26: The Fo'c's'le Inn with The Split Personalities, a popular local band with pop and rock from the 60s-90s. Evening.Sunday 27: The Fo'c's'le Inn, rock 'n' roll classic from Terry Osborne from 2m, outside if fine.Sunday 27: Closing Night Party with Manhattan at the Royal Marine .