This Weekend

Saturday 31st January

  • Music – Joe Topping – bottleneck guitarist described by someone as a “cross between Ry Cooder, Woody Guthrie and Paul Brady” – The Blue Walnut Café, 14 Walnut Road, Chelston, Torquay, TQ2 6HS, 7:30pm, £12
  • Music – Steve Parr – solo vocal entertainer based in Torbay with a repertoire ranging from songs from the shows to soul, Motown, rock and pop – The Babbacombe Inn, 59 Babbacombe Downs Road, Torquay, TQ1 3LP, 9:30pm, Free
  • Music – Crystal – female vocalist covering the likes of Etta James, Kings of Leon, Pointer Sisters, Cher and James Brown – The Babbacombe Inn, 59 Babbacombe Downs Road, Torquay, TQ1 3LP, 9:30pm, Free
  • Music – Simon Gee – solo covering the likes of Metallica, Eagles, Killers and Bon Jovi – Anchorage Hotel, Aveland Road, Babbacombe, TQ1 3PT, 8:30pm, Free
  • Music – The Bateman Brothers – jazz band playing tribute to Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars – The Redcliffe Hotel, Marine Drive, Paignton, TQ3 2NL, 8:15pm, £10
  • Music – Society Rocks – five-piece high energy, high impact pop/rock covers band from Torbay – Embassy Tavern, 3 Colin Road, Paignton, TQ3 2NR, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – CoverFire – Torbay five-piece playing classic rock covers – The Coach House, Church Street, Paignton, TQ3 3AH, 9:30pm, Free
  • Music – The Bail Jumpers – rock and blues covers band with an unfortunate predilection for alcohol and fart gags – The Lime Tree, Dartmouth Road, Paignton, TQ4 5AA, 9:30pm, Free
  • Music – Banana Thieves – covers from pop/rock five-piece playing everything from ska to new wave, reggae to Britpop – The Spinning Wheel Inn, Paignton Seafront, Paignton, TQ4 6ED, 9:30pm, Free
  • Music – Benny Guitar Carr – the frontman for the funky rockin’ blues band is joined here by Sy – Queens Arms, 31 Station Hill, Brixham, TQ5 8BN, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Secondnature – Totnes-based rock/pop covers four-piece – Creeks End Inn, Squares’ Quay, Kingsbridge, TQ7 1HN, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Overdriven Rock Band – promise music to get you dancing from the 50’s to the present day – The Albert Inn, 32 Bridgetown, Totnes, TQ9 5AD, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Skool Daze – uniformed five-piece pop/rock band mixing material ranging from Donna Summer to Adele via The Killers – The Globe Inn, 123 Plymouth Road, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0DA, 9:15pm, Free
  • Music – Sahara – Teignmouth five-piece covering the likes of Journey, Guns ‘n Roses, Def Leppard and Cutting Crew – The Union Inn, 6 East Street, Newton Abbot, TQ12 1AF, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – The Yorkie Band – Adam, Patsy and Roy King play country, bluegrass and rock & roll – The Burrator Inn, Princetown Road, Dousland, PL20 6NP, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Street Talk – duo allegedly offering a combination of pop and rock – The Boringdon Arms, Boringdon Terrace, Turnchapel, Plymstock, PL9 9TQ, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Chris Banderas – 42 years in the music business and recently ranked as one of the 500 best rock guitarists in the world by Rock Control, a website that promises ‘everyone’s a rock star’ – The Plymstock Inn, 88 Church Road, Plymouth, PL9 9BD, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – xlr – Plymouth-based five-piece covering rock of all ages – The Lord Louis, Glen Road, Plympton, PL7 2DE, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – BarraCoodas – classic and contemporary rock and punk covers from the late 60’s through to the present day – The London Inn, 8 Church Road, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth, PL7 1NJ, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Blackbird – acoustic covers duo from Plymouth boasting a repertoire of more than 50 songs – The Post Office Inn, 39 Ridgeway, Plympton, PL7 2AW, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – The Diamond Geezers – six-piece Plymouth combo featuring vocalist Andy Whitfield whose set list covers numbers from such as the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan to The Cult and the Manic Street Preachers – The Kings Arms, Tamerton Foliot Road, Plymouth, PL5 4NH, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – I Love Amp – female-fronted four-piece describing themselves as ‘a Festival, wedding and corporate party band based in the South-West’ – Annabel’s Cabaret & Discotheque, 86/88 Vauxhall Street, The Barbican, Plymouth, PL4 0EY, 10:30pm, £10
  • Music – The Wendellas – 1960s rock ‘n’ roll band based in South Devon – Keyham Barton Conservative Club, 44 Station Road, Keyham, Plymouth, PL2 1NQ, 9:30pm, Free
  • Music – Aftershock – 6-piece covers from the 60’s to the present day – Cherry Tree, 291 Ham Drive, Plymouth, PL2 3NH, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Switch – female fronted four-piece performing rock and pop from past to present – The Mount Pleasant Hotel, Millbay Road, Plymouth, PL1 3LF, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Rockafella – Plymouth four-piece promising storming rock tunes from the 90s through to the present day – Kitty O’Hanlon’s, 5 St Andrews Street, Plymouth, PL1 2AH, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – The Vibes – five-piece high energy indie anthems band – The Live Lounge, 11 The Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2JL, 10:00pm, Free
  • Music – sister sister – supposedly Plymouth’s premier all girl group singing contemporary and nostalgic classics all night long – The Navy Inn, 34 Southside Street, Plymouth, PL1 2LE, 9:30pm, Free
  • Music – West Devon Chorale – mixed-voiced adult chamber choir of some 35 voices based in Plymouth, director Michael Johnson and organist Jason Smart, perform some New Year Choral Classics, namely Mozart’s Kyrie in D minor, Bruckner’s Mass in E minor and Fauré’s Requiem – St John’s Church, Bridgetown, Totnes, TQ9 5AE, 7:30pm, Adult £10, Child £3
  • Music – VOCES – choir first formed by musical director Martyn Warren in 1987 in order to sing Renaissance choral music in the liturgical context for which it was written; retiring collection – Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0EE, 7:30pm, Free
  • Dance – Rambunctious Social Club – billed as ‘clubbing for the creatively curious’ and the collaborative creation of visual artist and DJ Lee Hodges and fellow DJ Glyn Griffths – Barrel House, 59a High Street, Totnes, TQ9 5PB, 8:00pm, £6
  • Opera – Les Contes d’Hoffmann – Offenbach’s opera, featuring tenor Vittorio Grigolo and soprano Soprano Hibla Gerzmava, conducted by Yves Abel, broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera – Barn Cinema, Dartington Hall, Dartington, Totnes, TQ9 6EL, 5:55pm, £20
  • Theatre – Merit – Alexandra Wood’s new play examines the complexities of a mother daughter relationship and the growing disparities between rich and poor – Drum Theatre, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2TR, 7:45pm, £14.70
  • Musical – Wicked – a re-imagining of the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and featuring songs by Stephen Schwartz – The Lyric, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2TR, 2:30pm & 7:30pm, £28.20-£60.70
  • Panto – Zorro the Panto – the South Devon Players with a swashbuckling tale of the Mexican outlaw combining traditional panto with elements of Vegas shows – Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton, TQ3 3HF, 2:30pm & 7:30pm, £6
  • Exhibition – Open for Business – photographers Stuart Franklin, David Hurn, Peter Marlow, Martin Parr, Mark Power, Chris Steele-Perkins, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Bruce Gilden and Jonas Bendiksen visited over one hundred workplaces across the UK; from one-man businesses to FTSE 100 companies; this is what they saw – Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AJ, 10:00am till 5:00pm, Free
  • Market – Antiques & Collectables Fair – search the stalls and a bargain you may yet find, stallholders £33.60 inside, £16 outside, gates open for the trade at 7:00am – The Racecourse, Newton Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 3AF, 9:00am till 2:30pm, Free
  • Market – Jumble Sale – plus cakes and tea, helping to boost church funds – Loddiswell Congregational Church, Fore Street, Loddiswell, TQ7 2QE, 2:00pm, Free
  • Running – The Wild Night Run – first five miles of the 10 mile course mainly uphill to Shiley Bridge then out on to the Moor before returning to South Brent; there’s also a five mile course for those still recovering from Christmas! – South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach, South Brent, TQ10 9AQ, 5:30pm till 9:00pm
  • Skating – Winter Wonderland Ice Rink – outdoor rink in the heart of Plymouth opens to the public, details – The Piazza, Armada Way, Plymouth, PL1 2AA, 9:30am till 8:15pm, Adult £7, Child £5

Sunday 1st February

  • Music – Open Night – at which both audience and performers are equally welcome – Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, PL21 9EE, 7:45pm, £1
  • Music – Wild Flower Sextet – six-piece band led by tenor saxophonist Matt Anderson playing original music inspired by the sound and approach of jazz legend Wayne Shorter – St Lawrence Chapel, Saint Lawrence Lane, Ashburton, TQ13 7DD, 8:00pm, £10
  • Music – Vince Lee & Becca Langsford – blues singer Becca, described by The Evening Herald as “Plymouth’s answer to Imelda May”, joins up with guitarist Vince – The Royal Oak, 5 East Street, Ashburton, TQ13 7AD, 2:00pm till 4:00pm, Free
  • Music – The Gordon Clark Quartet – featuring Plymouth saxophonist Terry Sloggett and playing jazz in the West Coast style of such as Dave Brubeck, Stan Getz and Gerry Mulligan – The Royal British Legion Club, Tailyour Road, Crownhill, Plymouth PL6 5DH, 7:00pm, £9
  • Music – Zoe Lambeth & Steve Dow – clarinettist, saxopohonist and singer Lambeth combines with guitarist and vocalist Dow to perform a selection of jazz standards, Bossa Novas and ballads – Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern Street, Totnes, TQ9 5SP, 8:00pm, Free
  • Music – Go Tell Alice – the guitar/sax duo host their monthly open mic night, promising a free drink for every performer – The Dartmouth Inn, 63 East Street, Newton Abbot, TQ12 2JP, 7:00pm till 10:00pm, Free
  • Music – Southern Comfort – guitarist Jim Low combines with Kathie Johnston on bass to perform an eclectic mix of acoustic covers of the likes of Clapton, The Eagles and The Kinks – Ernie Lister Bar, Quayside Hotel, King Street, Brixham, TQ5 9TJ, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – 2 Unique – are vocalists Sheree Pinhey and Marica Lyndon of whom nothing else is known – Black Jacks, 8-9 Quay Road, Barbican, Plymouth, PL1 2JZ, 9:30pm, Free
  • Quiz – Quiz Night – food and drink voucher for the winners – The Pen Inn, Torquay Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 4AQ, 7:30pm, £1
  • Car Boot Sale – indoors, vendor tables cost £8 one, £14 two and £20 three, hot and cold drinks, cakes, snacks – Town Hall, Castle Circus, Torquay, TQ1 3DR, 1:00pm, £0.20
  • Car Boot Sale – vendor cars £8, vans & cars with trailers £10, set up 6:00am – Cattle Market Car Park, Market Street, Newton Abbot, TQ12 2RJ, 8:30am till 1:00pm, Free
  • Skating – Winter Wonderland Ice Rink – outdoor rink in the heart of Plymouth opens to the public, details – The Piazza, Armada Way, Plymouth, PL1 2AA, 9:30am till 6:15pm, Adult £7, Child £5

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