AN American singer and guitarist who now hails from Cornwall will be the guest at Shammick Acoustic's open session in the Castle Inn, Combe Martin on Saturday. Sarah McQuaid has a passion for both American and Irish songs and will be performing after the

AN American singer and guitarist who now hails from Cornwall will be the guest at Shammick Acoustic's open session in the Castle Inn, Combe Martin on Saturday.Sarah McQuaid has a passion for both American and Irish songs and will be performing after the 7.30pm AGM - since it's open night, singers and musicians are welcome to join in.Tomorrow (Thursday) Cook Island at Mullacott Cross welcomes the Average Blues Band for Open Mic.The Marlboro in Ilfracombe features local rock band Junction 27 on Friday, together with punk covers band Drain plus The Grizzly Ends (great name) from wild Guildford.Zoot Money and Papa George - now that's a name - will be offering British rhythm and blues from the original and best at Woolacombe Village Hall on Friday from 8pm.The gig is to raise much-needed money for the hall and is in association with Beaford Arts, Devon County Council and the Arts Council. Tickets £10, inc supper, from (01271) 870510.Drum and bass from the DJs will be on offer at the White Lion, Braunton, on Saturday and on Sunday Amy Newton will host Open Mic Night extraordinaire.An explosive show is expected as Element perform live at Glitterball in Barnstaple tonight (Wednesday) - as the band reel off hits from the likes of the Kaiser Chiefs, Bon Jovi, U2 and many more.On Saturday the Rolle Quay welcomes Barely Legal for more live music.Sod 'em and Sing Karaoke will be welcoming all comers to the mic at Sherry's Tavern in Barnstaple tomorrow. The karaoke machines return to the venue on Monday, too.The George Hotel at South Molton features bluegrass and American roots sounds tonight, courtesy of the Wildwood Flower Mountain Music Club (they don't make names like that anymore) from 8.30pm - fans of Alison Krauss, et al, are advised to visit.On Friday the Palladium Club in Bideford presents a fresh innovative band from the Big Apple - Breaking Laces, a three-piece acoustic and electro indie rock band from Brooklyn.According to the band: "pure organic musicianship, subtle electronic splashes to create a sound accessible and mind-blowing." The James Gang (not the one from Missouri, though) will be playing at the venue on Saturday.Quigley's Q Club, its DJs and tunes, will be up and running at the venue on Friday and Saturday.Jazz Footprint will be making a firm impression at the Joiners Arms in Bideford on Friday night and then highly accomplished musicians Pete Bruntnell and Dave Little - who have been most places and got plenty of t-shirts - will be playing live on Saturday.Last but not least, there's more jazz on Monday at the Beaver Inn, Appledore, as the ND Jazz Club presents violinist Ric Sanders.Ric, of Fairport Convention, will be playing alongside Vo Fletcher on guitar and Michael Gregory on drums as they draw on a repertoire of pieces from the worlds of pop, jazz and folk.