BRITISH post-jazz band Polar Bear, led by drummer Seb Rochford, will be playing live at Broomhill Art Hotel, Muddiford, near Barnstaple tonight (Wednesday.) He is joined by Pete Wareham on tenor and baritone saxophone, Mark Lockheart on tenor sax, Tom H

BRITISH "post-jazz" band Polar Bear, led by drummer Seb Rochford, will be playing live at Broomhill Art Hotel, Muddiford, near Barnstaple tonight (Wednesday.)

He is joined by Pete Wareham on tenor and baritone saxophone, Mark Lockheart on tenor sax, Tom Herbert (double bass) and Leafcutter John (mandolin and electronics.)

Whether it's new wave, nu-wave or just 21st century style, it's definitely jazz and Polar Bear is hitting all the right notes with the critics. The concert begins at 8pm. Call (01271) 850262 or visit www.broomhillart.co.uk for info.

There's karaoke tonight at the Tavern in Barnstaple as the competition continues.

This Friday there's an acoustic music evening at Boston Tea Party with Chris Jordan and Ray performing from 7.30pm to raise money for Children in Need. Entry is a minimum £2 donation and all proceeds go to charity. Presented by Café culture.

Also on Friday, the Average Blues Band will be doing what they do best (playing the blues, honest!) at Chambers on the Square.

More entertainment at Chambers on Monday as Sod 'em & Sing Karaoke returns - no "Jedwards" here, I promise, they're all better than that!

Don't forget it's the annual Barnstaple Christmas lights switch on this Sunday at the Square in town, with indie rockers The Noisettes headlining at approx 5.40pm. But there's a whole raft of music on before that - turn to page 5 to see the full line up.

On Tuesday well known jazz player Gordon Stafford will be joining the Barnstaple Jazz Society Band at the Wrey Arms, Sticklepath from 7.30pm. Gordon and his clarinet have been at the jazz game for 45 years and he is a highly experienced performer, playing with the midlands-based Eagle Jazz Band.

The fortnightly Barnstaple Jazz Society concerts are all free and worth a look for anyone who likes jazz.

Singer Sherry Dean will be appearing at the Ring O' Bells pub in Landkey on Saturday, with a varied repertoire of songs from past and present.

Don't forget tomorrow and every Thursday the Ring O' Bells an open mic night with Steve Dambusker and friends from 8pm.

The Castle Inn at Landkey is offering some good sax on Saturday with The Wanderers, a five piece band including saxophonist playing a range of classic covers.

Out of the Blue will be playing at the White Hart in Bratton Fleming on Friday night for what should be a good gig.

The Red Lion at Chulmleigh returns with its monthly Open Mic Night tomorrow from 8pm. All styles and abilities are very welcome - anyone who wants to find out more can call the venue on (01769) 580513.

Chris Ayliffe & the Girls are at the George Hotel in South Molton on Friday for their monthly acoustic evening from 8.30pm.

The Elizabethan at Westward Ho! hosts ("Ho! hosts," ho ho...) Oceanview Country Music Club on Tuesday from 8.30pm with live music from Bobby D Sawyer.

On Saturday former members of the band created by local musician John Morgan will be at the Riversford Hotel in Northam for the third annual reunion concert in his honour.

Once known as the Spirit of John Morgan and later simply by his name, the band made a bit of a name for itself from the late 60s onwards. The gig is at 8pm. See elsewhere in our leisure section for more on this one.

With the road dust still lodged in his plectrum (don't worry, the doctors are optimistic) the artist known as Peter Kirk, singer, guitarist and until recently, motorway traveller to exotic locales in Oxford and Cheltenham, is back performing locally this Saturday at the Conservative Club in Bideford.

Tonight however Sod 'em & Sing is back at Qube in the town and then tomorrow he's over at Quigley's for more karaoke fun. Why not have a giggle at the mic on Sunday too when SSK sets up shop at the Heavitree?

The Spoonful continue their five musician mission (say that after four Scrumpys) to revive the soul of British and American rock and roll, at the Joiners Arms on Saturday. The experienced and well known local musicians offer music from blues, rock 'n' roll and original upbeat material.

On Friday the Palladium Club presents The Centrefolds, a four piece band offering an original sound that has fused a variety of indie and pop influences into a powerful performance. On Saturday the venue features Maybe Naked, with a new line up as Andy Casey steps into the shoes of lead singer and also rhythm guitarist. Still firmly set in the rock genre, but expect some new material along with the old favourites.

Stompbox, Rhythm & Blues Revue and guests will be playing at the Swan Inn, Bideford, on Saturday this week.

On Sunday Baz Bix and friends invite you to a musical afternoon at the Portobello Inn, Bideford, from 3pm.

Also on Sunday the Thatched Barn at Croyde reinstalls an old favourite itself with open mic night back in business from 9pm and every Sunday.

The Mariners Arms in Braunton brings you the varied and wide-ranging set list of local favourites Wasteland on Friday. The gig is from 9.30pm until midnight.

Strange Brew will be bubbling away with another hot live set at The London Inn, Braunton, on Saturday.

The Aggi hosts one of, if not the, youngest working bands in the West Country on Saturday with Cosmic Raygun, from 7pm. Playing with a maturity beyond their years, the lads are well worth listening to.

On Sunday Amy Newton will be back at the White Lion hosting Open Mic from 8.

Cook Island has its own Open Mike with the Average Blues Band tomorrow night - grab your instrument or at least yer tonsils and get along.

And in Ilfracombe on Saturday at the Pier Tavern, Andy Souch and Wilderland invites everyone along for a good craic! Andy's brand of "folk with attitude" and habit of inundating the pub with tambourines for all to use always makes for a lively and entertaining gig. Dancing on pool tables a distinct possibility...