THE Alchemists return to the Olive Branch in Barnstaple on Friday by popular demand after a successful visit to the venue in December. Robbing Williams (three guesses as to who this is a tribute to) will be singing at Glitterball in town tonight (Wednesda

THE Alchemists return to the Olive Branch in Barnstaple on Friday by popular demand after a successful visit to the venue in December.Robbing Williams (three guesses as to who this is a tribute to) will be singing at Glitterball in town tonight (Wednesday) so why not let him entertain you..?Catch Sod 'em and Sing Karaoke in Barnstaple at Sherry's Tavern on Monday of next week - read on for more SSK listings.Sit back and prepare for the voice, banjo, fiddle, guitar, slide guitar, harmonica, percussion and tap dancing of Stompin' Dave Allen at the Castle, Landkey on Saturday - expect American roots in a bluesy, rootsy, folksy blur of a show! (From 8.30pm..)The Palladium Club in Bideford gets a bit bluesy too on Friday when local band Shufflebones soft-shoe err, shuffle, into town! On Saturday relive the classics that time doesn't dim with Northern Soul night.Classical in a different manner at Grenville College on Saturday (never say we don't cater for everyone) as North Devon Sinfonia performs works by Mussorgsky, Sibelius and Brahms from 7.30pm. Visit www.northdevonsinfonia.org.uk for more info.A mixture of rock, roll and crowd pleasing songs will be on offer when Slack Alice performs at The Swan, Bideford, on Saturday.Sod 'em and Sing is back in Bideford tomorrow (Thursday) at Quigley's and then on Friday catch the karaoke konvoy at the Heavitree Arms.Local favourites Shine will be playing at the Joiners Arms on Friday and on Saturday the welcome mat will be out at the venue for Red Dirt.Singer, guitarist and all-around performer Peter Kirk will be playin' that funky music - from the 60s onwards - at Bideford Liberal Club on Saturday night from 8.30 - ish!Folk musician Pete Coe will be playing out at Ashwater Village Hall, near Holsworthy, on Saturday. The George Hotel at South Molton hosts First Saturday Acoustic on... well yes, Saturday, with musicians Ian Hudson and Chris Ayliffe. Plenty of folk sounds to sink your ears into.The Atlantics will transform Winkleigh Village Hall into a 50s dance hall when their rock 'n' roll show swings into town on Tuesday of next week. They will be joined by DJ Eddy Falcon from 7.30pm. It is part of the Beaford Arts music season and more details are available from (01805) 603201.Cast your mind back towards Braunton - the White Lion Inn will be hosting its house DJs on Saturday and then on Sunday evening Amy Newton returns with another one of her popular Open Mic sessions.Tomorrow (Thursday) Cook Island at Mullacott Cross near Ilfracombe hosts its own Open Mic Night, with the Average Blues Band.Last not least, or at least not last, the Marlboro Club in Ilfracombe presents a very metallic night, with Exeter hardcore band Red Mist plus local metal band Death Project and metallers Salvation Failed.