THE Marlboro Club in Ilfracombe is offering an Easter to remember as Vice Squad return to the venue this Good Friday. One of the best punk bands in the country will be joined in support by one of the newest in the shape of The Safety Pins and local band D

THE Marlboro Club in Ilfracombe is offering an Easter to remember as Vice Squad return to the venue this Good Friday.One of the best punk bands in the country will be joined in support by one of the newest in the shape of The Safety Pins and local band Drain... expect anarchy, melody and a great time.On Saturday the excellent Tokyo Dragons swoop in as part of their national tour, along with fellow tourers and supporting act Gentlemen's' Pistols, plus local rockers Tequila Rockinbird... rock you want? Rock you got! One of "England's finest contemporary songwriters" Jez Lowe will be performing live at the Castle Inn, Combe Martin on Saturday as the special guest of Shammick Acoustic.The man from the North East will prove a rare treat for anyone who enjoys excellent songs - his work has been recorded by the likes of the Dubliners and The Fairport Convention.He was nominated for BBC Folksinger of the Year and he'll even be running a songwriting workshop during the day- anyone interested is invited to call Barbara Brown on (01271) 882366. Gig tickets from Pets Pantry in the village, on the door or via www.umbermusic.co.uk More Open Mic fun on Thursday at Cook Island, Mullacott tomorrow (Thursday) with hosts The Average Blues Band.There's plenty of folk music with attitude courtesy of Wilderland at the Pier Tavern in Ilfracombe on Saturday.Singer songwriter James Hollingsworth will be live at the Thatch in Croyde on Friday for what should be a good gig.The White Lion at Braunton presents the London-based, multi-instrumental and intriguing sound of Tarrbaby on Saturday night. The London Inn, Braunton, hosts Strange Brew on Saturday.In Barnstaple, The Yums Yums, offering rock and pop with a real surfers edge will be at Seamus O' Donnell's on Friday from 9pm, with support from Hitler's err, hairy bits (you work out the rest of their name!)At Monkey Island, well-known local guitarist and vocalist Glenn will be providing a mixture of 60s and 70s songs on Friday.The Ring O' Bells at Landkey welcomes back the Bedlam Boys tonight (Wed) to hosts its new Open Mic Night session - all musicians or singers welcome.The Jack Russell at Swimbridge has a massive free live music festival this weekend, with - on Saturday from 12 noon - Latin Jazz, the Jenna Trio, Red Dirt and ska faves The Liquidators. Drumming and Poi spinning workshops plus hog roast and more. On Sunday popular local band The Breaks will be back to mix it up a little.New band AJ and the Underdogs will be playing rock and pop at the Fox and Hounds in Fremington on Friday.Busy busy for Sod 'em and Sing Karaoke, beginning tomorrow at Quigley's in Bideford and then nipping over to the Heavitree on Friday. A Saturday double header with Tom at the Kingsley Inn, Northam and Nick travelling to The Anchor at Hartland. On Sunday the Blacksmiths Arms, East-the-Water is the venue and on Monday it's back to Sherry's in Barnstaple.Quigley's also hosts Livin' in a Valvestate - five piece rock - on Friday.The Swan (Bideford) has a good bluesy feel on Saturday with the Muddy River Band from, 9pm.The Palladium Club presents a double bill of quality this weekend with The Chris Stuckey Band on Friday and then on Saturday the Andy Russell Band will be in town.The Joiners Arms has live jazz with none other than Jazz Footprint on Friday and then on Saturday the six-piece blues band The Backdoor Men will be live.The Kingsley at Northam has live jamming sessions on Tuesday from 8.30pm. The Elizabethan's Oceanview Country Music Club in Westward Ho! features Cactus River on Tuesday from 8.30pm.An exciting and varied selection of musical talent will be at Appledore Rocks On and On this Saturday, at Appledore Hall from 7.30pm, including the Dambuskers, Bedlam Boys, Fiddlebix, Wing and a Prayer plus Tony Finney. Tickets on door or (01237) 424302 or 475096.Fiddlebix will be at the Beaver Inn on Monday too, from 8-10pm.