IN the eloquent words of Mark Lamarr “they know how to write a song that band,” so a visit to North Devon by lively all acoustic bluegrass outfit Southern Tenant Folk Union should definitely be seen as a good thing!

The seven piece world class band bring their banjo, mandolin, fiddle and fantastic harmony vocal to Woolacombe Village Hall on Friday from 8pm. Call (01271) 870510 for ticket info.

There’s another gleeful music experience with the band on Saturday at Molland Village Hall, again from 8pm and tickets available from (01769) 550643.

On Sunday STFU bring their soulful and beautifully crafted ballads plus a few Hootenanny sawdust kickers to Swimbridge Village Hall, starting at 7.45pm and tickets from (01271) 831009. Or for tickets and info for all events, call Beaford Arts on (01805) 603201.

High energy rock covers band The Kryptonite Junkies are back at the Red Barn in Woolacombe on Saturday. The Bristol based quintet bring a feisty mixed bag of classic rock from the past five decades.

On Friday, with a feisty washboard and some very lively socks at the ready, the Blue Zoots will be kicking off their energetic set at the Kings Arms in Georgeham. Don’t miss the venue’s Live Lounge acoustic open session tomorrow (Thursday) too.

THD, otherwise known as The Happiness Dragon, is a DJ who will regale you with his collection of old skool classic tunes at a special charity night in The White Lion, Braunton, on Saturday from 9pm. On Sunday the Lion’s favourite singer songwriter Amy Newton invites performers and listeners alike to her open mic night.

Tomorrow night Cook Island at Mullacott hosts another popular Open Mike experience, with house band The Average Blues Band and a growing following. If you want to perform, get there before 8pm and if you’re an audience member, it’s only fair to get there before 9 so they have someone to perform to!

There’s rhythm and blues with The Roadhouse Band at the Wellington Arms in Ilfracombe this Friday from 9pm.

On Saturday at the Pack O’ Cards in Combe Martin, Shammick Acoustic will be hosting another monthly Open Night, with visiting performers Steel Butterfly among those who will be playing.

The Average Blues Band will be back in action on Saturday at The Pier Tavern in Ilfracombe too.

The free gigs continue to keep the month of November packed at The Crown in Lynton, with another double header this weekend, beginning on Friday with the talented Chris Stuckey Band and followed up on Saturday with Cardiff-based melodic pop rockers Futuretown.

A group of (mostly) unaccompanied a capella singers, the delightful Nota Rioty return to the George Hotel in South Molton on Saturday for a concert on behalf of Amnesty International.

It starts at 7.30pm — expect everything from sweet, soulful and serious to silly, traditional and contemporary.

In Barnstaple on Friday, Café Culture is staging another charity Acoustic Evening at Boston Tea Party in Tuly Street, with music from Tim Gilbert, Izzy Cook and Bethan Funning.

These popular events are working well with the town’s budding (no pun) café culture style evening economy. Doors for Friday’s gig open at 7.30pm and it will be raising money for Street Pastors, with a minimum £3 entry donation.

Planit X Karaoke is now setting up shop at Kelly’s Bar in Boutport Street on a Friday night, so head down there is your tonsils need a stretch.

Sunday lunch at Zena’s Restaurant is now accompanied by New Orleans jazz. Booking is recommended.

A little later on Sunday at 3.30pm The Roadhouse Band will be setting off for an afternoon gig at Marshall’s.

Sod ‘em & Sing Karaoke is setting up the mics and screens for the Monday night karaoke shot in the arm at Kelly’s Bar in Boutport Street.

Local rockers Maybe Naked take their usual lively set and true rock band style to The Fox & Hounds at Fremington on Friday. If you haven’t seen them for a while, the band have stacks of new material they have been soaking up like the proverbial sponge.

Tonight (Wednesday) in Bideford sees Sod ‘em & Sing Karaoke back at Qube from 9pm approx, followed by another hefty helping at Quigley’s tomorrow night. On Sunday you can karry on the karaoke theme at the Heavitree.

The final four weeks of auditions for the Search for a Star contest are now being held at the First In, Last Out following the current closure of the Swan.

Anyone who fancies an X Factor style challenge is invited to go along to the venue on Friday from 8pm.

It’s all change at the Portobello Inn too, under the management of new proprietors Steve and Christine pink. The pub reopens for business on Friday and there is karaoke at the venue this Saturday.

Badger’s Blues Band is a new group formed from some members of Spoonful (still going strong too, by the way) which has stepped in at short notice to play The Joiners Arms this Saturday. Expect Mississippi style blues and more besides in the Spoonful vein – and possibly badgers…

There is acoustic roots blues at The Palladium Club on Friday as local and national favourite Jim Crawford arrives to play live.

On Saturday prepare for The Church of the Quivering Brethren, Peter Bruntell’s new band which is a lively psychedelic retro pop and blues outfit, whose repertoire includes some really old Floyd numbers too.

There is a jazz lunch at Café du Parc in Bideford on Sunday from 1-3pm, with music by Déjà Blue. Booking strongly advised.

Brock ‘a’ billy’s Echoes of Elvis come to the Kingsley Inn at Northam on Saturday this week from 9pm.

Hayden’s Country is the live music performer guesting at Oceanview Country Music Club in the Elizabethan, Westward Ho!, on Tuesday from 8pm approx.

One Man and His Guitar will be the stars of the show at the Seagate Hotel in Appledore on Saturday night.

Top North Devon female vocalist Della (of Zamba and Baqua acquaintance) will be taking her solo set to The Royal Exchange in Torrington on Saturday from 9.45pm.

The Rock Fellas are appearing at the Clinton Arms, Frithelstock, on Saturday from 9pm, with a busy live pop rock portfolio of tracks from the 60s-80s.

Maybe Naked are back in action at The Anchor Inn, Hartland, on Saturday.