ON Saturday the popular John Kirkpatrick will be at Shammick Acoustic Sessions, The Castle Inn, Combe Martin, where he will be running a workshop on song accompaniment, as well as performing in concert. The squeezebox king" of English music and an innova

ON Saturday the popular John Kirkpatrick will be at Shammick Acoustic Sessions, The Castle Inn, Combe Martin, where he will be running a workshop on song accompaniment, as well as performing in concert.The "squeezebox king" of English music and an innovative player, he has a great voice, wide knowledge of traditional music and is one of the cleverest songwriters around. Show at 8pm, but the workshop from 10.30am is an opportunity to get ideas on presenting songs. Info www.umbermusic.co.uk/shammick Music - and beer - at Woody Bay Station from Friday-Sunday for the annual Beer Festival on the Lynton to Barnstaple Railway, between 11am-8pm. Music, including the Heddon Stumblers Jazz Band, will feature on all three days. The Rock 'n' Roll Gypsies will be at the Marlboro in Ilfracombe on Friday - don't miss this. Support from Falling Apart plus Kitty and the Lost Boys. Tickets (01271) 863001.On Saturday, the Pier Tavern has a free gig with the Grumpy Old Men from 9pm.Open Mike continues at Cook Island, Mullacott, tomorrow (Thursday) with hosts The Average Blues Band, who you can catch at the London Inn, Braunton, on Saturday.The Elderly Brothers prove age is no barrier to rock 'n' roll at the Red barn in Woolacombe tomorrow. The Thatch at Croyde presents acoustic groove three-piece Scaramoose on Friday.The Steve Tucker All Star Jazz Band is at Saunton Sands Golf Club from 8-11pm on Saturday see www.thestevetuckerallstarjazzband.co.uk for more details. Catch the band on Sunday aboard the Jazz Train, leaving Barnstaple at 11.10am and stopping at Eggesford, where the band will play at the Fox and Hounds from 1-4pm.The White Lion at Braunton has DJ Benny Joy on Friday and on Saturday Chris Stuckey and the band will be entertaining. No Sunday open mic this week.The Aggi at Braunton has a trio of bands with The Chillies, Falling Apart and Shoot the Duke on Saturday.The well-known and energetic jazz funk James Taylor Quartet will be finishing the North Devon Festival in style at the Factory in Barnstaple on Sunday. Ticket info from www.thefactoryonline.co.uk The Ring O' Bells at Landkey continues Tuesday open mic next week with local musician Brendon Taylor at the helm.Protest legend, singer and folk icon Julie Felix will be continuing her tour and appear at the George in South Molton on Friday from 8.30pm Ticket info from (01769) 572514.There's a devilish time, at the Joiners Arms in Bideford on Saturday as the Devil Delta Blues Band turn out for what should be another good show.At Westward Ho! there's country music on Tuesday with Travis Logan at the Oceanview in the Elizabethan from 8.30pm.Give it your all with Sod 'em and Sing Karaoke at several venues this week beginning tomorrow at Quigley's in Bideford and then Tom is at the Pollyfield Centre on Saturday while Nick will be hosting an evening at Clovelly Visitors Centre. On Sunday the Heavitree and on Monday it's Sherry's in Barnstaple.AJ and the Underdogs will be playing at the Golden Lion in Northam on Saturday. On Tuesday of next week, the Kingsley in the village will be hosting its regular open jamming sessions.Rooster will be strutting into the Palladium Club in Bideford on Friday while on Saturday Maybe Naked will be loosening their guitar strings for another show. Don't miss jamming night every Tuesday.The artist still known as Peter Kirk will be at the Conservative Club in Bideford on Saturday (just hide the tea jar!)The Dambuskers will be taking their fiery rocking folk to the Swan Inn, East-the-Water on Saturday, too.A "stunning" tribute to Queen - according to Brian May - and the spirit of Freddie Mercury, will take place at the Plough in Torrington tomorrow in the shape of Ga Ga. Ticket info (01805) 624624.