THERE S plenty of sound with this year s ND Festival, starting tonight (Wednesday) with wandering troubadour Rory McLeod at the Gallery Café in the Queen s Theatre, Barnstaple, from 8pm. Tickets (01271) 324242. Also tonight, Broomhill Art Hotel at Muddifo

THERE'S plenty of sound with this year's ND Festival, starting tonight (Wednesday) with wandering troubadour Rory McLeod at the Gallery Café in the Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple, from 8pm. Tickets (01271) 324242.

Also tonight, Broomhill Art Hotel at Muddiford presents a quality jazz concert with Led Bib, maverick jazz band but unlikely rock quintet. Expect a convention-avoiding fusion of the two with explosive results. Tickets/info from (01271) 850262.

On Saturday another festival favourite in the form of Musical Youth will be coming to Croyde. The event is centred around the village hall from 2-9pm. Between 2-5 there are a series of workshops and events which will include music demos, ukulele workshops, hip hop and street dance, graffiti workshops, volleyball, barbecue and more. After 5 a host of solo musicians and groups, all aged 16 and under, will play live with full PA and light show. Check out www.musical-youth.co.uk.

More festival related bits in a bit, but resuming normal business.... Tonight in Bideford you can hone your singing skills with Sod 'em & Sing at Qube from 10pm until 1am, likewise tomorrow at Quigley's from 9pm-1am. Still need the practise and you can head for the Heavitree on Sunday too.

The energetic Bennett brothers will be back in their incarnation as Roadkill this Saturday at the Joiners Arms, where a night of bluesy jazz awaits...

There's karaoke at The Swan in Bideford on Friday with Sing Zone from 8.30pm.

The Palladium Club features talented local performer Peter Bruntnell on Friday - most local fans will know what Peter is all about by now and anyone who doesn't really should go and have a listen. On Saturday the club has the monthly Wendy May's Boom Boom Room, with everything from soul and funk to 60s beat and ska, something for everyone perhaps?

Planit X Karaoke will be going for it at the Portobello on Friday.

Tomorrow (Thur) the monthly LBGT Night returns to the Tavern-in-the-Port, Bideford, from 7pm.

Brian Carrick's Algiers Stompers are tying up their boots to head on over to the Durrant House Hotel for a night of jazz on Friday from 8.30pm. Tickets are available from (01237) 475420.

Sing Zone is back on Saturday with karaoke at The Champ in Appledore from 8.30.

The Muddy River Band are back in Appledore on Saturday with a lively helping of rhythm blues at The Royal, as part of the Visual Arts Festival and joined by blues harp player Gerry Lindley.

Elvis, or Echoes of Elvis, will be presented by Brockabilly at the Seagate in Appledore on Saturday from 9pm.

At The Plough Arts Centre in Torrington there's another festival special on Friday with Wilko Johnson, former Dr Feelgood guitarist whose violent performance on stage added a whole new meaning to heroic guitar, with musical mastery and manic brilliance. He is joined by Maybe Naked in support and doors open at 8pm. Tickets (01805) 624624.

The Royal Exchange is holding its biggest annual Beer & Music Festival so far, this Friday through to Sunday, with more than 30 beers and ciders plus plenty of performers plus plenty of room wet or dry. Suiting all ages, artists include Jax, Bideford Morris Dancers, George Nixs, Soul Man Ped, Dirty Frank, Gittisham Hall Jazz Band and local acoustic performers.

The Parkham Beer Festival will be held at the Bell Inn (Parkham) on Saturday, with plenty of real ales to enjoy and live music from those folkin' rockin' folk the Dambuskers.

In Barnstaple this week there's more karaoke with Planit X tomorrow at the Barnstaple Inn.

The new Friday Jazz Train series returns, departing from Barnstaple at 6.13pm for the Fox & Hounds at Eggesford, coming back about 10. There's music on the train (both ways) and at the venue from the Guy Fenton All Stars. Check out www.guyfenton.com for info.

Rock covers band Revival will be back at the Olive Branch in town on Friday from 9pm.

More in Barnstaple on Friday with The King Blues at the Inn on the Square from 8pm, with a mix of voice, instrument, melody and genres to produce "punk music as it was intended." A convention defying band - tickets/info from www.boxofficedevon.com or (01271) 324242. On Saturday the venue has top London electro band Live Like Lions, with a night of "indie electro" from 8pm. Check out above for details.

On Sunday Marshall's has an afternoon sesh with the Backstreet Band from 3.30-5.30pm.

On Tuesday the Wrey Arms at Sticklepath hosts another instalment of the Barnstaple Jazz Society, with free live New Orleans and Dixieland jazz from 7.30pm.

The Ring O' Bells at Landkey has a 60s & 70s disco on Saturday, with music to let your hair down to. The disco follows a quiz night at 7.30pm, with all proceeds to the ND Hospice.

There's comedy at the George Hotel in South Molton on Friday with the legendary, dry and sardonic wit of Simon Evans from 8.30pm. Tickets from (01769) 572514.

The James Gang is playing at the Red Barn in Woolacombe on Friday.

Cook Island at Mullacott presents Open Mic tomorrow, with for one night only, special guest hosts The Muddy River Band.

On Monday the Venue at the Waverley in Ilfracombe presents the thunderous Yorkshire-based Havana Rocks (rock n roll as it should be that takes no prisoners!) with support from Marebito.