What makes North Devon Festival great is its eclectic mix and wide appeal. Wild WestCountry is no exception No, its not a Country and Western evening, but it does tip its hat to the influence of country greats such as Johnny Cash, Dillard and Clark, To

What makes North Devon Festival great is its eclectic mix and wide appeal.Wild WestCountry is no exception - No, its not a Country and Western evening, but it does tip its hat to the influence of country greats such as Johnny Cash, Dillard and Clark, Townes van Zandt, Hank Williams and Steve Earl etc.Following the success of the inaugural Wild WestCountry in 2006 and Wild WestCountry- Pilton Pop last year, the show is back again bigger and badder than ever in 2008 with Wild WestCountry - The Ball in the Hall.Kicking off at Pilton Hall on Saturday from 6pm until late, the line-up is headlined this year by The John Power Band.Alongside the myth-touched songwriter, Lee Mavers, John Power was the other constant member of legendary Liverpool band The La's - until deciding to strike out on his own in 1992.He went on to take charge of Cast, a formidable live four-piece with whom he would sell bewildering amounts of records (1995's All Change was famously the biggest and fastest selling debut album on the Polydor label of the 90's). Whether in the charts, on magazine covers, or headlining at the Glastonbury Festival, Power the pop star was a phenomenon. The stunning support line-up includes:The Left Outsides - Mark Nicholas and Alison Cotton - a duo from Camberwell, who have been playing together since the winter of 2003. Both are former members of The Eighteenth Day of May while Mark served in acid expressionists of Arrowe Hill and Alison's considerable viola skills have been put to good use in numerous bands including Saloon, Comet Gain and Television Personalities. Indigo Moss - Moonshine may be hard to find these days, yet in south London tales of the powerful stuff are still told, thanks to a close-knit bunch that call themselves the Moss family.The Band who have supported Badly Drawn Boy and Howling Bells refuse to be shoehorned into any music category or genre. Furlined - Potent melodies and a large dose of sardonic wit lie at the heart of Furlined, a Bristol-based duo formed in January 2004. Ain lists his influences as Skip James, Mississippi John Hurt, Lou Reed and Will Oldham. At 23 the maturity of his writing and playing of his songs along with the passion and feeling he imbibes is incredible.Box Office (01271) 373392.DJs for the evening come from London's popular monthly club night Health & Happiness. This promises to be yet another legendary night, right here in the heart of Pilton. Box office 01271 373392Check out the bands songs and videos at www.myspace.com/wildwestcountry