THE busy Combe Martin Music Festival kicks off this Friday for a month of music at pubs around the village - see opposite for more details. The village s Castle Inn also has live music on Saturday with the Worried Men, an R & B band playing from 10pm. Cel

THE busy Combe Martin Music Festival kicks off this Friday for a month of music at pubs around the village - see opposite for more details.The village's Castle Inn also has live music on Saturday with the Worried Men, an R & B band playing from 10pm.Celebrate Independence Day on Friday at the Marlboro in Ilfracombe as Gibraltar-based band Real appear in one of only three UK gigs. Their new album is said to be very good - and it's produced by Jon Bon Jovi's brother! South West grunge band Arrhythmia will be providing support.Then on Saturday the venue offers Dissention, Brace for a Fall and Carious - expect plenty of rock.The Pier Tavern gets the blues on Saturday as the Muddy River Band mosey on back into town from 9pm.Up at Mullacott Cross there's more open mike mayhem at Cook Island tomorrow (Thursday) with hosts the Average Blues Band flexing their aging instruments once again - many a good tune left, I'm told!Also tomorrow, the Red Barn at Woolacombe invites you to stick one in your ear and listen to the sound of Babel Fish.DJ Benny Joy is waxing down his decks on Friday at the White lion in Braunton and on Saturday the venue presents live music with Mecca. Fresh back from Glastonbury, Amy Newton will be hosting Open Mic Night once again on Sunday.The Aggi welcomes popular local rock band Junction 27 tonight (Wednesday) for a free acoustic gig from 8pm. On Sunday the pub has an afternoon session with Simon Banks form 1.30pm. The Blue Zoots will be getting jiggy with their washboards (bring yer smalls) at Marshalls in Barnstaple on Sunday from 3pm. They are also known to use the odd steel guitar too!Guitarist and vocalist Symon Paul will be playing at Monkey Island in Castle Street on Friday from 8.30pm.Apologies, as last week's open mic night venue at Landkey should have read the Castle Inn and not the venue stated.Back into town and on Monday Sherry's Tavern will be hosting their fave karaoke maestro Sod 'em and Sing for another night of homegrown talent.Live music at the Ring O' Bells in Landkey on Saturday with singer and guitarist Glenn, playing a wide range of music from the 60s to the present.Sod 'em and Sing is back in Bideford at Quigley's tomorrow and on Sunday he'll be turning up at the Heavitree Arms with his gear and more songs than you could shake a tonsil at.Tomorrow Cafecino Plus in Mill Street has a special gig with the highly rated Tony Oreshko Trio - Tony is a renowned acoustic jazz guitarist who has played alongside some of the best in the business. The trio's melodic style is rooted in the playing of legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt, but takes in a variety including traditional gypsy, classical, French bal musettes and Latin American.The ticket only gig begins at 7.30pm and runs until late. Call (01237) 473007 to book.More jazz on Friday with the well-regarded Jazz Footprint at the Joiners Arms. On Saturday the venue welcomes back Tommy G and the Bandits.Caesar's Palace sees the popular South West Ho DJ army of Mystical Tommy, EZPZ, Lee Kay, Lemar and more, back in town on Friday. Doors open at 10.30pm. Expect another top one-off event - check out www.caesarsonline.co.uk The Palladium Club has more great blues with Shufflebones on Friday and on Saturday the equally welcome Chris Stuckey Band will be back. And don't forget every Tuesday at the venue is jam night.For those in the Northam area, the Kingsley Inn hosts its own popular acoustic jamming session every Tuesday night.The Cavalier at Torrington features AJ and the Underdogs on Saturday for a lively gig.Join Ian Hudson, Chris Ayliffe and friends for First Saturday Acoustic at the George Hotel in South Molton on Saturday from 8pm.