Toby Walker at The George: Gigs 20/10-26/10

Joseph Bulmer

THE George Hotel in South Molton has something a bit special this Friday, in the form of blues guitar virtuoso Toby Walker. The bard from the States has a name mentioned in the same breath as some of the best around, for his superb slide guitar and finger

THE George Hotel in South Molton has something a bit special this Friday, in the form of blues guitar virtuoso Toby Walker.

The bard from the States has a name mentioned in the same breath as some of the best around, for his superb slide guitar and fingerpicking style.

Part singer, instrumentalist and storyteller, his easy and witty style makes him a great audience favourite. The gig starts at 8.30pm. For tickets and info call (01769) 572514 or visit www.georgehotelsouthmolton.co.uk.

Tomorrow the venue has its monthly Third Thursday Open Mic session from 8pm.

On Saturday there's more in the blues vein at North Molton Sports Hall, as local group Black Dog Blues headline a night of entertainments to raise money for South Molton St John Ambulance. Joining them in support will be Sian Bradford, Naomi Symons and Donna Norden.

The event includes a hog roast and bar. It runs from 7.30pm until midnight and entry is �5. For tickets and info call (01769) 573777 or 574318.

On Saturday The Globe in Torrington presents the 100th gig party of AJ & the Underdogs, that versatile and ever busy local band who have reached "the ton" in quite a short time. There repertoire covers everything from T-Rex to Alanis Morissette and many shades in between.

Also on Saturday, The Royal Exchange in Torrington has live music with another popular local performer in the shapes of acoustic duo Jax. Combining the great vocals of Jackie Gibbins and the guitar of Keith Pitteway, Jax bring their own material as well as some unique covers.

The Plough Arts Centre presents the renowned Brass Monkey on Saturday, a band that has thrilled the live music scene since their debut in 1980. Martin Carthy and John Kirkpatrick naturally lock into one another's playing with an ease and precision that can only come of playing together for three decades. They are joined by trumpet player Paul Archibald, Roger Williams on bass trombone and euphonium plus Martin Brinsford with mouth-organ or percussion. 8pm. Tickets and info from (01805) 624624.

In Barnstaple tomorrow (Thursday) you can put you own unique edge on things as Planit X Karaoke arrives at Kelly's in Boutport Street.

On Friday night The Roadhouse Band bring their rhythm and blues show to The Reform Inn at Pilton from 8.30pm.

Then on Saturday lunchtime there is gentle jazz at Lilico's courtesy of D�j� Blue.

Sunday at Zena's Restaurant sees New Orleans or Dixie jazz being played from 12 noon to 3pm to accompany lunch.

Sod 'em & Sing Karaoke will be at Kelly's on Monday.

On Tuesday Barnstaple Jazz Society will be holding a special 1920s & 30s Night to celebrate their second anniversary at the Wrey Arms, Sticklepath from 7.30pm.

As ever, it is free and guests are invited to dress in period style as they dance the night away to music from the Society Orchestra plus jazz singer Irene and guests.

Well known local clarinet player Gordon Hunt is back performing on the night after a long illness. Call (01271) 814032 or 830373 to find out more or simply turn up.

There's more from Sod 'em & Sing Karaoke in Bideford tonight, with a pilgrimage to Qube at 9pm, followed by devotions at Quigley's tomorrow. Give thanks on Sunday too with the weekly homage at the Heavitree!

Tomorrow at Lacey's Ale & Cider House prepare to laugh until you order another beer as The Fool Effect preview their new improvised show.

This gaggle of clowns (literally, as in clowns with red noses) tell twisty tall tales of mirth in the best tradition of "improv." The show starts at 9pm and you can find out more at www.thefooleffect.com.

Basil's Blues Band may not have red noses (or they might) but either way they'll be ready to entertain on Friday from 9.30pm with an ever-ready repertoire. On Saturday five piece high energy local indie rock and pop band The Drop will be err, calling in.

The Portobello Inn has plenty of karaoke fun on Friday with Planit X.

The Joiners Arms welcomes back popular local regulars Pete Bruntnell & Dave Little this Saturday night, highly experienced musicians only too happy to play in their local between more far flung gigs.

Get down with karaoke and disco at The Blacksmiths Arms, East-the-Water on Friday as Sing Zone Karaoke comes to town. On Saturday Sing Zone is staying in E-the-W with more disco and karaoke at The Pollyfield Centre. Both at 8.30pm.

The Search for a Star continues at The Swan on Friday as the X-Factor style contest runs another heat to select contestants for a grand final in December. Just turn up and open your mouth!

The Hamsters gig at The Palladium Club proved a sell out last week and the band themselves said the audience and atmosphere was the best they've seen so far on their current tour. This Friday there's a Rory Gallagher tribute with Shin Kicker.

On Saturday The Palladium features Stompbox, an amalgamation of local musicians presenting a blues, soul and rock line up.

Sand Cats at Westward Ho! brings you Echoes of Elvis on Saturday from 9pm as Brockabilly lays out a raft of hits from The King for your consideration.

There is more from Phil Brock and his popular rockabilly style on Sunday with a show at Braddick's in Westward Ho! from 10pm.

Chris James is the country musician stepping up for the Oceanview Country Music Club on Tuesday at The Elizabethan.

In Appledore on Saturday there's a touch of Irish folk and a lively tune or two as Firewater with Tony Finney plays live at the Seagate Hotel.

Seventies and eighties pop rock, in fact more rock than pop, is the order of the day at The Clinton Arms in Frithelstock on Saturday with Ten Feet Tall.

The New Worried Men will be taking a bow at the London Inn, Braunton on Saturday this week.

On Friday The White Lion has DJ Joel Soul on the decks and on Saturday local soloist Simon Grant brings his repertoire of original material and covers to the venue. On Sunday Amy Newton hosts Open Mic Night.

It's Open Mic tomorrow (Thur) too as The Average Blues Band hosts at Cook Island, Mullacott from 8pm.

Join Jog on Robot for another live Friday gig at the Red Barn in Woolacombe.

Also on Friday, The Ship Aground at Mortehoe is holding its monthly Open Mic Night, always a popular affair with plenty of interest, starting at 9pm.

A rare team-up of two of the finest singers and musicians of the current young folk scene, Jackie Oates and Jim Causley, should make for a great concert night at the Pack O' Cards in Combe Martin, hosted by Shammick Acoustic.

Singer and fiddle player Jackie was a finalist in the BBC 2003 Young Folk Awards, going on to perform as a soloist and with a number of bands, as a founder member of the Mercury nominated Winterset and working with Van Eyken, the Reg Meuross Band and Show of Hands.

Jim Causley has recorded two solo albums, been nominated in the BBC Folk Awards, worked with harmony trio The Devil's Interval, toured and recorded with Waterson:Carthy. Most recently been singing with the acclaimed Essex instrumental band Mawkin.

The evening promises to be an interesting collaboration. Visit www.shammickacoustic.org.uk for more on the artists and ticket info.

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