The Blockheads in Barnstaple: Gig Guide 24/11 to 30/11

LEGENDARY band The Blockheads will be playing at The Factory in Barnstaple on Friday together with support local legends Dog.

Among the current line up are founding band members and Derek Hussey, Ian Dury’s oldest friend and minder, plus Chaz Jankel, who co-wrote many of the original tracks.

So if you like any of the classics such as Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick or Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, best go along from 8pm. Tickets are £15 via (01271) 852335.

Tonight (Wednesday) Lilico’s in town welcomes Dan Greenaway, front man of Midlands indie quartet Rase and someone rapidly gaining a local following as his mini tour of North Devon continues. More Dan gigs in a bit…

Tomorrow (Thursday) the Barnstaple Comedy Club has a special event with the final of its New Act Competition at Boston Tea Party.

Four South West finalists, including from Barnstaple and Braunton, will battle it out with up to seven minutes of original comedy material each. Then headlining act Nick Page will take over for more chuckles. Doors 7pm, 8.15 start. Tickets at the door or from the venue or J&A Cameras.

On Friday The Olive Branch has live rock and blues with Plamen – the Rock Fella from 9pm. The gig is free. This solo guitarist and vocalist has more than 20 years of gigging experience and a massive repertoire of covers.

Also on Friday, Kelly’s Bar in Boutport Street has more DIY classics with Planit X Karaoke.

Chris Banderas will be playing rock covers at Marshall’s in town on Sunday with an afternoon gig from 3.30pm.

On Monday Sod ‘em & Sing Karaoke will be doing the honours at Kelly’s too.

The Steve Tucker All Star Jazz Band will be at the Fox & Hounds Country Hotel in Eggesford on Sundauy for their monthly jazz lunch and afternoon from 1-4pm. You can catch the Tarka Line train from Barnstaple at 11.10am.

The Blue Zoots will be playing at the Black Cock, Molland on Saturday this week.

On Sunday at The George Hotel in South Molton, acoustic guitar master and Scots powerhouse Dick Gaughan will introduce you to traditional Scottish ballads, together with his own material.

He won a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and it’s said the intensity and power of his words and performances are legendary. The gig starts at 7pm. Tickets and info from (01769) 572514.

Brock ‘a’ Billy continues to spread the Echoes of Elvis far and wide as he takes his rockabilly rock ‘n’ roll show to The Globe Hotel in Torrington this Saturday, with a 9.30pm start.

The Tally Ho at Hatherleigh has 80s covers with the popular Spaced Invaders on Saturday, 9pm.

Back in Bideford tonight (Wednesday) Sod ‘em & Sing will be in action at Qube from 9pm, while there’s more tomorrow of course along at Quigley’s. Ye can drink yer karaoke fill once more on Sunday at the Heavitree Arms.

Sing Zone Karaoke will be inviting you to take the mic at the Portobello Inn on Friday from 8.30pm and on Saturday there’s live music at the venue courtesy of Some Old Bloke and His Son.

The First In, Last Out continues its search for an X Factor style icon in its Search for a Star on Friday from 8pm. Just turn up and try your hand. On Saturday the venue has more musical shenanigans with karaoke.

Sing Zone Karaoke is at the Pollyfield Centre, East-the-Water, on Saturday too.

The entertaining and popular jazz influenced Roadkill will be on the bill at The Joiners Arms this Friday night and on Saturday the venue hosts another of its favourite performers with The Blues Doctors.

The regular Music & Song Sunday afternoon sessions held by Baz Bix of the Dambuskers have now moved to The Joiners and you can catch Baz and friends from 3-6pm. All musicians and singers are welcome to go along and join in.

Local blues rock Americana-style band Nil By Mouth will be providing the live music at The Palladium Club on Friday this week.

Becoming a regular visitor to the venue, French born acoustic finger picker Claude Bourbon returns this Saturday with his crowd pleasing set of Delta blues classics and originals. His excellent playing and great riffs soon capture audience attention and he’s not easily pigeon holed - his songs may be blues, but you can also expect ballads, rock, jazz and the unclassifiable.

Tony Finney and Firewater are back at the Seagate Hotel in Appledore this Saturday with their usual lively mix of bluegrass, Irish and folk rock guaranteed to get the crowd going.

Its country all the way as Kalibre provide the live music for Oceanview Country Music Club at the Elizabethan in Westward Ho! this coming Tuesday from 8pm approx.

Back t’other way and there’s karaoke at The London Inn, Braunton, on Saturday night.

The White Lion invites you to join Amy Newton for Open Mic Night this Sunday from 8pm. Don’t forget, the early bird gets the seats!

Dan Greenaway is back playing at The Thatch in Croyde this Saturday, so if you haven’t caught him all week, now is the chance! Don’t forget there’s open mic at the Thatch on Sundays too.

This Friday the talented and forever-gigging local singer songwriter Peter Bruntnell will be performing at The Red Barn in Woolacombe with his laid back vibe. Original and still perhaps one of the region’s best kept secrets.

Dan Greenaway (lordy, they don’t let that boy rest, do they?) will be joining his musical friends at Cook Island’s Open Mic Night tomorrow (Thur) at Mullacott, hosted by the Average Blues Band.

In Combe Martin on Saturday the Shammick Acoustic concert night at the Pack O’ Cards hosts the Magical Christmas Tree Tour with Pete Morton, Maggie Boyle and Chris Parkinson, three of the finest folk performers in the country.

The audience are invited to write the set list and a fun spontaneous night is expected. Pete is a songwriter and entertainer with a wealth of great songs and an immense stage presence.

Flute player Maggie visited Shammick Acoustic last year as a member of the trio Grace Notes, while Chris is described as “simply one of the most sought-after accordionists in the country.”

Find out more and ticket details from www.shammickacoustic.org.uk.

And finally, Dan Greenaway has by now pretty much gone native, skinned a wild boar, bought his North Devon tartan and headed for the hills… or at least Lynton, because you can catch this indie artist at The Crown Hotel this Friday.

On Saturday the venue welcomes The Avisi, a modern indie quartet from the depths of South Wales with influences of Kasabian and The Killers. It’s their own stuff and they seem to mean business.

An early heads up, as North Devon musicians come together to co-ordinate the area’s open mic nights and raise money for one of the men injured in the Barnstaple house explosion last week.

Mike Collins suffered serious burns and lost all his belongings, including his saxophone, in the fire at the house in Trinity Street.

Now, Jim Jones, Brendan Taylor, Amy Newton, Dave Little and Peter Bruntnell are among those hosting a series of “open Mike” nights to support him.

Mike, currently in hospital in Swansea, is one of the most in-demand sax players on the North Devon circuit. He has struggled with ill health over the past 10 years.

“This is one way that the musicians of North Devon want to stand together to help raise the awareness of mental health issues and at the same time raise some money to help Mike rebuild his life,” said Jim.

The gigs will take place on the following dates: Sunday, December 5, The Thatch, Croyde; Monday, December 6, The Reform, Pilton; Tuesday, December 7, The Castle Inn, Landkey; Wednesday, December 8, Cork and Bottle, Barnstaple; Thursday, December 9, Cook Island, Mullacott Cross; Friday, December 10, The Grampus, Lee Bay; Sunday, December 12, The White Lion, Braunton.