ONE night a couple of years ago a young singer, songwriter and guitarist from went along to a Thursday Open Mic session at Cook Island, Mullacott and asked if he could play a song or two. The result blew everyone away and after the spellbound audience had stopped quivering, Jennie of Red Shoes Music asked Dan Greenaway, front man of indie quartet Rase (as it turned out) whether he fancied popping back to North Devon for a gig or two in the future. He really is that good, she said. If you havent heard him yet, nows your chance, because hell be playing at a variety of local venues in the next 10 days or so, beginning on Friday with a special Variety Night for Children in Need at the Landmark in Ilfracombe. This event put together by singer, comedian and entertainer Dave the Rave Silversmith also features the cream of local musical talent including Amy Newton plus Katie & Sophie Kerslake, plus gifted teenage North Devon singer songwriter Ellie Campbell, country singer Jo Geraghty, acapella trio 3s Company and the unique voice of Jenny Lynn. Its suitable for families, with a minimum age recommendation of eight. Call (01271) 324242 for tickets or visit www.northdevontheatres.org.uk. Apparently cowboy boots and hats are optional! In no particular geographical order, you can also see Dan Greenaway on Saturday at The Kings Arms in Georgeham and also on Wednesday (November 24) at Lilicos in Barnstaple. Watch this space for more dates next week. Theres live music aplenty at The Crown in Lynton again this weekend, with rock and blues from Sidemouth Bob on Friday and on Saturday young but talented local singer songwriter Ellie Campbell will continue to delight her audience with a combination of acoustic and originals. The Red Barn at Woolacombe on Saturday guarantees a lively gig as talented ska band The Liquidators return to one of their favourite venues with a bagful of ska tunes the way they were intended to be played. The White Lion in Braunton welcomes Alan Deane the Belfast Busker on Friday. This is a true Celtic troubadour mixes good old thumping Irish favourites with raw 60s anthems and a bit of British and American folk-rock (not all at the same time!) Alan adds a Guinness twist to the songs of Donovan, Cat Stevens, Lindisfarne, Bob Dylan and Neil Young, along with a tune or two from more recent times, including Oasis, U2 and The Levellers. On Sunday at TWL you can join North Devons own troubadour, Amy Newton, as she hosts another helping of Open Mic Night. Its the big Barnstaple Christmas Lights Switch On this Sunday and an afternoon of music will be capped by the switch on at 5.35pm and an acoustic set by none other than Newton Faulkner. You can read about the event in full on page six this week, but there is music for all ages beginning at 1pm with the North Devon Gang Show; pupils from Sticklepath & Yeo Valley schools at 1.40; Off Beat (Petroc music comp winners) at 2.10; Zamba at 2.45 & Sons of Admirals at 3.30. Theres a Christmas medley featuring all sorts of local musicians leading up to Newton Faulkner on stage. More experienced than bands twice their age and billed as the youngest gigging band in North Devon, Cosmic Raygun will be out to prove age aint everything again on Friday at Pilton College, on stage from 8pm. Also on Friday, Planit X Karaoke will be back at Kellys Bar in Boutport Street. On Sunday The Average Blues Band will be celebrating the lights switch on at The Old Bus Station on the Strand and no doubt hoping to earn enough for their bus fare back to Ilfracombe too! Also on Sunday, their compadres The Blue Zoots will be playing an afternoon sesh at Marshalls from 3-6pm. The Cedars Big Band brings you that big band sound with a free concert at Cedars Inn, Roundswell on Sunday from 8pm, admission free. Sod em & Sing Karaoke is doing his thing at Kellys Bar on Monday again this week. On Tuesday Barnstaple Jazz Society returns to the Wrey Arms at Sticklepath for another night of live New Orleans and Dixieland jazz. The Third Thursday Open Mic kicks off tomorrow at The George Hotel in South Molton from 8pm. On Saturday the venue has a fantastic evening of roots music from Canada, featuring Yukon troubadour Gordie Tentrees and his Band, which has toured the world to huge acclaim, picking up awards and nominations like they were going out of fashion. Supporting will be born storyteller and folk singer John Wort Hannam, with an eye for the quirky and lyrics weaving great stories. It starts at 8.30pm. Call (01769) 572514 for ticket info. The Dambuskers take their irrepressible brand of folk rock to The Seven Stars at Winkleigh on Saturday, kicking off from 9pm. Sod em & Sing Karaoke is out in the wilds near Hartland on Saturday as he takes his show to the Westcountry Inn, from 9pm to midnight. The Seagate Hotel in Appledore presents acoustic duo Jax this Saturday night. AJ & the Underdogs take their varied rock and blues set to Appledore Social Club on Saturday, starting at around 9pm. The highly acclaimed Nigel Price Organ Trio bring one of the most powerful trios on the jazz scene to The Beaver Inn at Appledore on Monday courtesy of North Devon Jazz Club. Voted best jazz ensemble in the Parliamentary Jazz awards, the group begin playing at 8.30pm. Admission free but a collection is taken for the musicians. The James Gang take their rock and pop roadshow to The Elizabethan at Westward Ho! on Saturday for a charity night in aid of VICTA. Enjoy a variety of live 80s to present day songs, plus music from saxophonist Graham Clarke, singer Duncan Reed and DJ sets by Philfy and Trojan (Phil & Grace Saunders.) £5 at the door or from (01237) 423070, 424704 or 07966 125148. Sod em & Sing is at Qube tonight (Wednesday) and again at Quigleys tomorrow, of course as the Bideford weekly karaoke schedule gets under way. Catch Tom again and take your own turn at the mic on Sunday at the Heavitree too. Theres a bit of live music tomorrow as Mavericks Unplugged provide the entertainment at a Good as New Fashion Show and Soiree in the Burton Art Gallery from 6.30-9pm. Sing Zone Karaoke and disco will be providing the entertainment at the Portobello on Friday. As new proprietor, at least Steve from Sing Zone doesnt have far to walk to work now! The Search for a Star karaoke competition kontinues at the First In, Last Out on Friday and on Saturday the venue presents singer and comedian Paul Salvage. A relaxing evening of sea shanties and folk music will be on offer around the fire at The Joiners Arms on Friday as local group of musicians The Ring of Quays play live. Plus a finger food buffet on the bar too. On Saturday the Joiners hosts local favourite and talented blues guitarist Jim Crawford. Theres jazz piano playing at the Encore Restaurant in Bideford to help the food go down this Saturday night. Parts of Maybe Naked and Gang of Thieves (not sure which parts) plus a range of local musicians, will be playing at the Palladium on Friday with a Children in Need special. On Saturday, they may only be a year old, but the Centrefolds are already confirmed as performers at Glastonbury next year and have certainly made more than the usual impact in their first year of life. Check them out for yourself at the Palladium on Saturday night. The busy Brock a Billy continues to spread his popular Echoes of Elvis show across North Devon and is back this week playing at Bideford Conservative Club from 9pm on Saturday. Laceys is now at new premises in 36 Mill Street and this Saturday has live music with female soloist Della appearing from 9pm.