THE Heddon Valley Beerfest is back with live music and real ales this weekend, kicking off on Friday with The Heddon Valley Stumblers, Simon Darling, Sam Chalkley & James Walden plus rock band The Garden Club. On Saturday from noon you get Green & Bushell

THE Heddon Valley Beerfest is back with live music and real ales this weekend, kicking off on Friday with The Heddon Valley Stumblers, Simon Darling, Sam Chalkley & James Walden plus rock band The Garden Club.

On Saturday from noon you get Green & Bushell, Truffetete, Parracombe's Got Talent by Parracombe School, then Chilly Breeze, Pluko, The Dastards and Severe Zero.

Sunday sees Quebec Ensemble, 3's Company, Jenna Witts, Maple Canyon, Jim Jones, Lazy, The Funkinsteins and Basil's Blues Band. Visit www.thehuntersinn.net for more.

The Crown Hotel at Lynton has shipped in by pack mule the irrepressible Average Blues Band for Friday night, back together after life-changing hols to Bognor, Scunthorpe and Skegness. On Saturday the Crown has more music with up-and-coming local singer songwriter Milli Taylor.

Cook Island at Mullacott tomorrow (Thursday) sees the return of Open Mic Night, as the musicians - fresh from equally exotic holidays in Pentonville, Dartmoor and Wormwood Scrubs - brush the cobwebs off their instruments from 8.30pm.

This weekend sees the return of the SeaIlfracombe Festival, with free live music being played at different venues and times throughout Saturday.

The Prince of Wales, Wellington Arms and Ilfracombe Yacht Club will be hosting a variety of artists from 12 noon to 2pm. Then from 8-10pm, the venues will feature more music.

Shammick Acoustic will be having a "Shammick Abroad" session at the Prince. All are welcome along to share their music, songs, poems and stories - a maritime theme is not entirely compulsory!

Also on Saturday, The Pier Tavern will enjoy a rock night as AJ & the Underdogs bring their varied repertoire to the table, with a wide choice of tracks from all periods and to suit most tastes.

The Red Barn at Woolacombe has another storming night of live music on Friday with The Boners. Erm... I'm sure they'll be up for it...

In Mortehoe on Friday The Ship Aground is holding another popular open mic nights, beginning at 9pm. All types of music is welcome.

The White Lion Inn at Braunton will be hosting a launch gig on Friday for singer songwriter Nick Parker's first album, The King of False Alarms.

Material ranges from the serious (marriage and the loss of loved-ones,) to festivals and traffic lights, while the lyrics tend to remain pretty much tongue-in-cheek. Catch Nick (formerly of Tobermory and The Gadabout Crowd fame) at the Lion on Friday. Admission is free.

On Saturday new local band Central Casting, featuring Douglas E Powell and experienced musician friends Jay, Andrew, Will and banjo Jim. They will perform alternative folk music with a hint of Americana in the Neil Young vein. Don't miss Open Mic with Amy Newton on Sunday.

Meanwhile, The Average Blues Band will be doing it with instruments too over at The London Inn on Saturday.

Braunton is busting with talent this week, as The Aggi is the venue on Saturday for a night of young gifted performers from 8.30 until late. The line up will see local guitarist Georgia May on stage, plus punk band Loose Cannon and the Anti Plastic Explosives, a punk band with a twist. The show is hosted by the Waves of Wonder organisation, raising money for a Comedy Music festival to benefit the Children's Hospice.

Enjoy an evening of swing, jazz and rock 'n' roll from the Steve Tucker All Stars at The Old Rectory Gardens, Ashford, on Sunday from 5.30pm. (Take your own chairs, food and drink!) It is for North Devon Hospice and tickets must be bought in advance from (01271) 347213.

Tomorrow (Thursday) join Planit X Karaoke for more mania at The Barnstaple Inn.

On Saturday lunchtime, Zena's Restaurant has live music from 12 noon with Simon Banks.

The Chris Stuckey Band will be at the Cork & Bottle on Saturday from 9pm with original material, blues rock covers and Rory Gallagher tunes.

Also on Saturday, Barnstaple Rugby Club is the venue for a fund raising gig from Strange Brew, to raise money for the local SAS youth football club.

On Monday your host Sod 'em & Sing Karaoke will be back in his groove at Kelly's Bar.

On Tuesday at the Wrey Arms, Sticklepath, Barnstaple Jazz Society and its orchestra is back at the helm for another fortnightly helping of great New Orleans and Dixieland jazz.

Tonight (Wednesday) in Bideford get more of your Sod 'em & Sing Karaoke fix at Qube from 9pm (ish) and again tomorrow at Quigley's. Karaoke fans can carry on where they left off on Sunday too, at the Heavitree Arms.

Planit X Karaoke will be holding the fort on Friday at The Portobello.

On Friday at the Blacksmiths, Sing Zone will be at it too with karaoke and disco.

On Saturday The Anchor Inn has a 60s style karaoke night, with optional fancy dress plus a prize for the best dressed singer.

Basil's Blues Band bring their polished performance and merriment to Lacey's Ale & Cider House on Friday from 9.30-11.30pm.

Geoff "the Horse" Horsey of The Backdoor Men, will be playing a solo gig at the Joiners Arms on Saturday. The theme is "rockin' the blues" and listen out for Geoff's excellent harmonica.

The artist apparently known as Peter Kirk will be at Tanton's on Saturday, together with his popular repertoire. You should also be able to catch Peter at Tanton's on Tuesday too.

Join talented teenager Krissy Matthews and his band at the Palladium Club on Friday from 8pm. On Saturday the club has a night with a tinge of gothica about it, as the female fronted Luna Cry play, together with The Drop.

Tomorrow (Thur) The Champ in Appledore hosts its weekly open mic session and on Saturday Sing Zone Karaoke will be in the house.

The Seagate Hotel has Echoes of Elvis on Saturday as Phil of Dimestore Gambler fame brings his solo show to the venue under the guise of Brockabilly from 9pm. Don't forget jam sessions with Ian Hudson at the Seagate every Monday and Friday.

On Monday The Beaver Inn is the scene for a North Devon Jazz Club presentation as singer songwriter Sarah Gillespie returns. Described as "an incandescent new presence" Sarah won four and five star reviews for her debut album Stalking Juliet. She performs original songs with a powerfully expressive and highly individual voice. Accompanying her will be Gilad Atzmon playing saxophone, clarinet and accordion. The gig starts at 8.30pm.

On Saturday The Plough Arts Centre in Torrington has Irish-born singer-songwriter Christine Tobin, a leading light in the London jazz scene who has won rave reviews for her rich, authentic and deeply expressive sound. The gig starts at 8pm. Call (01805) 624624 for ticket info.

In Hartland, the eagerly anticipated Pearl's Bash 2 is being held at Markadon Farm on Saturday, four years since the first successful charity barn dance, which raised £10,000. The gig is for Cancer Research and features Tequila Rockinbird, Gang of Thieves and Cream T. Tickets at the gate from 7.30pm or call (01237) 441357 or 07771 500134.

There's blues rock from The Kings Roosters at the Tally Ho, Hatherleigh on Saturday from 9.30pm.