This Weekend

Saturday 4th July

  • Music – South Brent Folk Day – afternoon Americana concert at the Old School Centre with Skylark and Appaloosas (admission £8), an evening concert featuring the Hattie Briggs Trio, Steve Turner, and The Claque in the Village Hall (admission £12), dance displays, workshops and poetry competition; full details – South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach, South Brent, TQ10 9AQ, 11:00am till late
  • Music – Cosgrave & Banks – Mike Cosgrave plays accordion, guitar and whistle, while Steve Banks is a fiddler and guitarist who also sings the vocals; together the Devon duo perform songs, traditional and contemporary, from Britain, Europe and beyond – Stoke Gabriel Village Hall, School Hill, Stoke Gabriel, TQ9 6QX, 8:00pm, £8
  • Music – George McIntosh – country musician and frontman with the trio Arizona Flame, here as a solo – Meadowbrook Community Centre, Shinner’s Bridge, Dartington, TQ9 6JD, 8:00pm, £6
  • Music – Organ Recital – given by Ian Curror, the former organist at the Royal Hospital Chelsea and now resident in Devon; coffee and cake on sale from 10:30am – St Mary’s Church, High Street, Totnes, TQ9 5NN, 11:00am till Noon, £5
  • Music – Rock Against The Machine – solo act performing acoustic and electric sets of rock favourites – The Albert Inn, 32 Bridgetown, Totnes, TQ9 5AD, 8:30pm, Free
  • Music – Gazunder Band – Kingsbridge outfit named after the receptacle used for the interval collection during their weekly gig at Stokenham’s Church House Inn and featuring Caroline Evans on keyboards, who is also choir director of the Salcombe Community Gospel Choir, here for a bbq and some jazz on a summer’s day – Sherford Village Hall, Sherford, TQ7 2AX, 4:00pm till 8:00pm, £6 (under-10s free)
  • Music – Extractor – 3-piece rock/blues band from Exmouth, formerly known as Snatchtractor, playing covers of songs by bands such as AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Stereophonics and Free, plus a few of their own – Creeks End Inn, Squares’ Quay, Kingsbridge, TQ7 1HZ, 9:15pm, Free
  • Music – The Ashburton Singers – amateur choir of 20 to 30 people founded some 40 years ago, mostly singing unaccompanied multi-part music by composers of the 16th and 17th centuries – St George’s Church, Riverside Road, Dittisham, TQ6 0ER, 7:30pm, Free
  • Music – Solid Gold – South Devon glam rock covers band – Murphy’s Road House, 18 The Esplanade, Paignton, TQ4 6BD, 9:30pm, Free
  • Music – Rage – fronted by vocalist Charli, the Brixham-based four-piece have been playing covers locally for more than 20 years – The Spinning Wheel Inn, Paignton Seafront, Paignton, TQ4 6ED, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – slytherin – self-proclaimed good time party band claiming to cover all types of music – The Coach House, Church Street, Paignton, TQ3 3AH, 9:30pm Free
  • Music – Rosa Rebecka – “being a performer is an art in and of itself,” declares this daughter of a Swedish mother and American father, “it’s in meeting with an audience that the songs come to life” – The Blue Walnut Café, 14 Walnut Road, Chelston, Torquay, TQ2 6HS, 7:30m, £9
  • Music – BarraCoodas – classic and contemporary rock and punk covers from the late 60’s through to the present day – The Printer’s Elbow, 268 Union Street, Torquay, TQ2 5QU, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Fab – Newton Abbot three-piece featuring Ged Scott covering songs first released between 1963 and 1967 – Torquay Central Conservative Club, 226 Union Street, Torquay, TQ2 5QS, 9:15pm, Free
  • Music – The Cahoots – four-piece punk/new wave/indie covers band from Torbay – DT’s, 73 Belgrave Road, Torquay, TQ2 5HZ, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – The Humanitarians – alternative rock originals mixed up with covers of The Clash, Al Wilson, Pulp, Dexys and Kraftwerk – The John Bull, 68-70 Chatto Road, Torquay, TQ1 4HU, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – The Esplanades – those liking the music of the Kinks, the Small Faces, The Yardbirds, the Four Tops and the Beatles will, allegedly, love this band – Molloy’s, 20 Fore Street, St Marychurch, TQ1 4LY, 9:00pm, 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 – Timeless – local five-piece function band with music from across the era's from the 1950's to present day – Kings Arms Hotel, 15 Fore Street, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0BT, 9:15pm, Free
  • Music – The Risk – keyboard player Ian and guitarist Eddie combine to sing covers from the likes of Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Gerry Rafferty, Toto, The Killers, The Stereophonics, Daft Punk and Fleetwood Mac – The Union Inn, 6 East Street, Newton Abbot, TQ12 1AF, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – The Wendellas – 1960s three-piece rock ‘n’ roll band based in South Devon – Teignbridge 76 Social Club, Marsh Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 2AR, 8:30pm, Free
  • Music – Jukebox Fury – we are, they say, a high energy, hard rocking, classic rock covers band who like to put our own spin on classic songs – The Market Gate, 3 Market Street, Newton Abbot, TQ12 2RJ, 9:15pm, Free
  • Music – Face to Face – supposedly The Rock Chick and The Rose, about whom information, other than that they are likely to perform covers, is sadly lacking – The Railway Inn, 197 Queen Street, Newton Abbot, TQ12 2BS, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – The Weekend – guitar based post punk, New Wave covers combo from Torquay – The Bell Inn, 29 Fore Street, Kingsteignton, TQ12 3AX, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – The Penguins – local four-piece together since 2006 offering a changing selection of well-known rock and blues covers together with a few originals – The Exeter Inn, Church Street, Modbury, PL21 0QR, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Retrospect – four-piece covers band from Plymouth – The Horse & Groom, Bittaford, Ivybridge, PL21 0EL, 8:00pm, Free
  • Music – Two Smooth – piano and voice duo of David Pepper and Jamie Lister Normally covering the likes of Adele, Robbie Williams, Billy Joel, Elton John and Tom Waits, but here hosting an open mic night – The Boringdon Arms, Boringdon Terrace, Turnchapel, Plymstock, PL9 9TQ, 8:30pm, Free Cancelled
  • Music – The Swamp Hogs – blues rock power trio – The London Inn, 8 Church Road, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth, PL7 1NJ, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Java – Plymouth-based rock/pop/soul duo of Amanda Hutchings and Nick Jones perform covers with the help of backing tracks – Plympton Conservative Club, 109 Ridgeway, Plympton, PL7 2AA, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Joker – indie covers outfit – The Post Office Inn, 39 Ridgeway, Plympton, PL7 2AW, 9:00pm, £2
  • Music – Opium – self-proclaimed hi-energy covers duo incorporating rock and pop from the late 70's to the present day – The Clifton, 35 Clifton Street, Greenbank, Plymouth, PL4 8JB, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Escape Committee – four not-so youngsters cover the likes of Steely Dan, Jackson Browne, Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac and Thin Lizzy – Thistle Park Tavern, 32 Commercial Road, Plymouth, PL4 0LE, 9:30pm, Free
  • Music – Redhouse – covers and originals from Plymouth-based three-piece blues/rock band – The Junction, 6 Mutley Plain, Plymouth, PL4 6LA, 9:30pm, Free
  • Music – A Total Stranger – pop/rock solo act – The Saltram Club, 52/54 Salisbury Road, Plymouth, PL4 8SY, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Street Talk – duo allegedly offering a combination of pop and rock – The Bluebird, 164 Eggbuckland Road, Plymouth, PL3 5JU, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – Trixxter – female-fronted four-piece covers band from Launceston – Vospers Oak Villa, Ferndale Road, Plymouth, PL2 2EL, 9:15pm, Free
  • Music – The Black Diamonds – five-piece hybrid band from Plymouth mixing rocking blues from such as Little Walter, Tarheel Slim, Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley with rockabilly while adding some old school rock 'n' roll and original songs – Plymouth Argyle Football Club, Home Park, Plymouth, PL2 3DQ, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – The Lengths – promise a fusion of funk, pop, rock, with a dash of reggae and a hint of the blues – Voodoo Lounge, 1 The Money Centre, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL1 1QH, 9:00pm, £2
  • Music – Rockafella – Plymouth four-piece promising storming rock tunes from the 90s through to the present day – The Live Lounge, 11 The Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2JL, 10:00pm, Free
  • Music – 5’n Dimes – fronted by John ‘Paddy’ Morrissey and formerly performing as The Jam Band, the current incarnation proclaim themselves to be a “blues band who like to rock” – Millbridge Inn, 23 Molesworth Road, Plymouth, PL1 5LZ, 9:00pm, Free
  • Music – JD & Coke – another duo singing covers – The Walrus, Athenaeum Street, Plymouth, PL1 2RH, 9:30pm, 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 – Plymouth Clarion Choir – 14 member male voice choir under the musical direction of Catherine Davies who perform a wide variety of music here celebrating their centenary – Elburton Methodist Church, Springfield Road, Plymouth, PL9 8PR, 7:30pm
  • Music – Cantores – Cotswolds chamber choir conducted by John Holloway whose members are drawn from Cirencester, Cheltenham, Swindon and villages in between – St Michael & All Angels, Cornwood, PL21 9QJ, 7:30pm, £10
  • Dance – Mad About Swing’s ‘Sugar Foot Stomp’ – social on the first Saturday of every month, bring your own drinks, glasses provided – Upper Hall, St Matthias Church Hall, North Hill Road, Plymouth, PL4 8HN, 7:50pm till 11:00pm, £12
  • Dance – James Bond Theme Casino Ball – fun casino, live singer and disco along with a prize raffle and a 2 course carvery, raising funds for Torbay Breast Care Unit – Riviera International Centre, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay, TQ2 5LZ, 7:30pm, £35
  • Dance – Paddy’s Whiskers – Devon-based four-piece promise footstomping Irish, Celtic and American music for this family ceilidh to raise funds for the Cockington Green Heart Appeal; BBQ included – Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, Paignton, TQ3 1RN, 6:30pm, Adult £6.50, Child £4.50
  • Dance – That’s Dancing – presented by the Brixham Dance Project – Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham, TQ5 8TA, 1:00pm, Adult £6, Child £4
  • Theatre – Mended – People’s Company with a modern re-telling of Tolstoy’s short story What Men Live By, written by Jon Welch and directed by Lee Hart – Drum Theatre, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2TR, 2:45pm & 7:45pm, £9.70
  • Musical – Dirty Dancing – Hey baby, big girls don’t cry, but will you still have hungry eyes and the time of your life watching this stage version of the Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze film? – The Lyric, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2TR, 2:30pm & 7:30pm, £28-£49.50
  • Poetry – Poetry for Pleasure – for anyone who enjoys reading, writing or listening to poetry – Paignton Library, Great Western Road, opposite Paignton Bus Station, Great Western Road, Paignton, TQ4 5AG, 10:00am till noon, Free
  • Talk – Ways With Words – day two of this annual festival of words and ideas opens today with entrepreneur Margaret Heffernan talking about Competition Celebrity Change: A New Way of Thinking, she is followed Karen Armstrong on Religion and Violence, the Stanley Wells on what it takes to be a great Shakespeare actor, Mary Portas explaining to Peter Stanford how she became Queen of Shops, writer and broadcaster Peter Stanford deconstructing Judas, Peter Hennessy and John Sergeant converse about thestate of British politics, before concluding with AC Grayling plugging his book The Challenge of Things; details – Great Hall, Dartington Hall, Dartington, Totnes, TQ9 6EL, 10:00am onwards, Each event £10
  • Talk – Ways With Words – also in parallel on day two, psychologist Jane Haynes and GP Martin Scurr explore doctor/panient relationships, Adharanand Finn discusses the world of Japanese running, Emeritus Cambridge professor of neuroscience Joe Herbert elaborates on the feects and consequences of testosterone, Luct Fry on triathalon for the tri-curious, concluding with Raymond Tallis on the life that is lost; details – The Barn, Dartington Hall, Dartington, Totnes, TQ9 6EL, 10:00am onwards, Each event £10
  • Tour – Rockpool Ramble – today as part of the Wembury Big Beach Picnic with fun and games for all, starting at 10:00am, but for the ramble wear sensible sturdy footwear and see the marine life on a guided tour of some of the best rockpools in Devon – Wembury Marine Centre, Church Road, Wembury, Plymouth, PL9 0HP, 12:30pm till 2:00pm, Free
  • Festival – July 4th Independence Day – open air American style BBQ and bar, live music from Michael Campari and Jessica & the Rabbits, swing dance performances and lessons from Mad About Swing, an Uncle Sam Stiltwalker, children's facepainting, balloon artist, magician, three female pilgrims and DJ/MC Davy Cupcake – Plymouth Guildhall, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 1HA, 10:00am till 3:00pm, Free
  • Fete – Fete & Duck Race – cream teas on the lawn and 500 yellow rubber ducks racing down the Avon – New Mill, Loddiswell, TQ7 4DB, 2:00pm
  • Fete – Ivybridge Funday – stalls selling local food, handmade gifts, ballonns and books, rodeo bull, coconut shy, funfair, traditional swing boats, live music from Dr Thuds Remedy, Double Denim, Scraping the Barrel and more – Ivybridge Rugby Club, Cross-In-Hand, Exeter Road, Filham, Ivybridge, PL21 0JD, Noon till 10:00pm, Adult £2
  • Fete – Family Fun Dog Show – stalls and refreshments, judging by Wynn Bayliss, entry £1 per class, bring a picnic, the family, a chair and the dog, with proceeds going (the irony!) to South Devon Cats Rehoming – Longmarsh, Steamer Quay Road, Totnes, TQ9 5AL, 2:00pm, Free
  • Fete – Stokenham Parish Summer Fete – face painting, games, stalls, refreshments, police cadets, karate demonstration – Stokenham House, Stokenham, TQ7 2ST, 2:00pm
  • Fete – Colebrook Carnival – stalls, children’s rides, bouncy castle, fancy dress competition, live music from Aftershock and the Hele School Steel Band, dog show, dancers and classic cars – Peacock Meadow, Newnham Road, Colebrook, Plympton, PL7 4AN, 11:00am onwards
  • Market – Modbury Barrow Market – local produce, arts, handmade crafts, charity stalls – Chene Court, Poundwell Street, Modbury, PL21 0QJ, 9:30am till 12:30pm, Free
  • Market – Saturday Market & Car Boot – indoors; arts and crafts, vintage, homemade foods, teenage market, charity table top, refreshments; vendor table £8, set-up 8:30am – Assembly Rooms, Town Hall, Castle Circus, Torquay, TQ1 3DR, 10:00am till 4:00pm, £0.20
  • Car Boot Sale – vendor cars £5, vendor set-up 8:00am – Kingsbridge Community College, Balkwill Road, Kingsbridge, TQ7 1PL, 9:00am till noon, Free
  • Car Boot Sale – vendor cars £6 – Bridge Road (opp Go Karts), Churston Ferrers, TQ5 0JL, 1:00pm till 4:00pm, £1
  • Funfair – Anderton & Rowland's Wild Mouse Roller Coaster – all the fun of the fair to keep you entertained – Paignton North Green,  Esplanade Road, Paignton,  TQ4 6AG, 10:00am till 10:00pm
  • Running – Plymvalley Parkrun – 5km National Trust event through the Plymbridge Woods at whatever pace you choose, every week, starting from the car park; details – Plymbridge Woods & Plym Valley, Plymbridge Road, Plymouth, PL7 4SR, 9:00am, Free

Sunday 5th July

  • 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 – Jazz Company – a group of Westcountry musicians set up to showcase veteran Plymouth saxophonist Terry Sloggett – The Royal British Legion Club, Tailyour Road, Crownhill, Plymouth PL6 5DH, 7:00pm, £9
  • Music – Benny Guitar Carr – solo appearance by the frontman for the funky rockin’ blues band – The Seven Stars Inn, Seven Stars Lane, Tamerton Foliot, PL5 4NN, 4:00pm till 6:00pm, Free
  • Music – Arcania – French progressive thrash metal combo, supported here by Slaughter To Prevail – Exile, 8 Drake Circus, North Hill, Plymouth, PL4 8AQ, 7:00pm, £10
  • Music – Keith James – acoustic guitarist and singer who has made his living from performing the songs of Nick Drake, Leonard Cohen and John Martyn, here performing some of his own – The B-bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth, PL1 2NJ, 7:00pm, £10
  • Music – A Total Stranger – pop/rock solo act – Crown & Anchor, 10 The Barbican, Plymouth, PL1 2LS, 6:00pm, Free
  • Music – Plymouth Philharmonic Choir – founded in 1970, the 160 members are now led by director and conductor Christopher Fletcher, and are here performing Handel’s Israel in Egypt – Plymouth Guildhall, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 1HA, 7:30pm, Adult £17, Child £5
  • 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 – Spectrum Music Concert Wind Band – Kingskerswell-based 30 plus piece concert wind band formed in 1997 specialising in swing, popular, stage and screen music – The Bandstand, Courtenay Park, Courtenay Park Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 2HD, 2:30pm, Free
  • Music – Barron Brady – songwriters and interpreters of traditional English folk song Ros Brady and Si Barron sing strongly narrative songs with subjects ranging from Devon legend to contemporary rural reportage – Great Hall, Dartington Hall, Dartington, Totnes, TQ9 6EL, 8:00pm, £10
  • Music – After Eight Jazz Club – Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern Street, Totnes TQ9 5SP, 8:30pm, Free
  • Music – “Sunday Sessions” – live music and open for tapas & sangria – Bayards Cove Inn, 27 Lower Street, Dartmouth, TQ6 9AN, 6:30pm till 9:30pm, 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 – Simon Gee – solo covering the likes of Metallica, Eagles, Killers and Bon Jovi – Regina Hotel, Victoria Parade, Torquay, TQ1 2BE, 8:30pm, Free
  • Opera – William Tell – Royal Opera House production of Rossini’s final opera directed by Damiano Michieletto featuring Gerald Finley and John Osborn, conducted by Antonio Pappano – The Flavel Arts Centre, Flavel Place, Dartmouth, TQ6 9ND, 2:45pm, £16
  • Talk – Ways With Words – day three of this annual festival of words and ideas opens today with Marina Cantacuzino talking to Peter Stanford about revenge and forgiveness, Salley Vickers promoting her new collection of short stories, Juliet Barker on The Peasants’ Revolt, Will Hutton with his ideas on creating a productive economy, Matthew Dennison looks at the life of Vita Sackville-West, and finishes with acoustic duo Ros Brady and Simon Barron; details – Great Hall, Dartington Hall, Dartington, Totnes, TQ9 6EL, 11:00am onwards, Each event £10
  • Talk – Ways With Words – also on day three of this annual festival of words and ideas humourist Guy Browning starts by offering his guide for the perplexed, Nigel Wellings then suggests tips for de-cluttering the mind, neurologist examines psychosomatic illness, head of food at Schumacher College Julia Ponsonby delights in the happiness shared food brings, while Dylan Evans discusses what it would be like to live in a post-apocalyptic world; details – The Barn, Dartington Hall, Dartington, Totnes, TQ9 6EL, 11:00am onwards, Each event £10
  • Quiz – Sunday Quiz – music and general knowledge – The Manor Inn, 2 Stoke Gabriel Road, Galmpton, TQ5 0NL, 9:00pm till 10:30pm
  • Tour – Rockpool Ramble – wear sensible sturdy footwear and see the marine life on a guided tour of some of the best rockpools in Devon – Wembury Marine Centre, Church Road, Wembury, Plymouth, PL9 0HP, 1:30pm till 3:00pm, Adult £3, Child £2
  • Tour – Start Point Lighthouse – tours of the lighthouse, situated on one of the most exposed peninsulas on the English Coast, running sharply almost a mile into the sea on the south side of Start Bay between Kingsbridge and Dartmouth, last approximately 45 minutes – Start Point Lighthouse, Start Point, TQ7 2ET, 11:00am till 5:00pm, Adult £4, Child £2.50
  • Fete – Sharpham Trust Open Day – arts and crafts, music, story-telling, nature connection workshops and tours of the house and gardens, beer tent; free Bob the Bus from Totnes; parking £4 – The Sharpham Trust, Sharpham House, Ashprington, Totnes, TQ9 7UT, 10:30am till 4:00pm, Free
  • Funfair – Anderton & Rowland's Wild Mouse Roller Coaster – all the fun of the fair to keep you entertained – Paignton North Green,  Esplanade Road, Paignton,  TQ4 6AG, 10:00am till 10:00pm
  • Market – Good Food Market – showcasing local food and drink with over 30 stall holders from Devon and Cornwall in attendance, including River Cottage, the Red Earth Kitchen and Cornish Orchards – The Green, Royal William Yard, Plymouth, PL1 3PA, 10:00am till 3:00pm, Free
  • Car Boot Sale – vendor cars £6, vendor set-up 11:00am; no dogs allowed – Exeter Racecourse, Haldon Hill, Kennford, Exeter, EX6 7XS, 1:00pm till 4:00pm, £1
  • Car Boot Sale – vendor cars £7, vans £10, set-up 6:15am; up to 350 vendors! – Matford Centre, Matford Park Road, Marsh Barton, EX2 8FD, 6:45am till 12:45pm, Free
  • Car Boot Sale – for those both looking to buy (free) and sell (cars £8, car & trailer £12, vans £12), but no traders! – The Racecourse, Newton Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 3AF, 7:00am till noon, Free
  • Car Boot Sale – typically around 30 vendors; vendor cars and vans £5; vendor set-up 8:00am; refreshments – Kingsbridge Quay Car Park, Embankment, Kingsbridge, TQ7 1HS, 9:00am, Free
  • Car Boot Sale – vendor cars £7, vendor vans £10, refreshments and toilets, dogs welcome on a lead, helping to raise funds for the Colebrook Community Association – Peacock Meadow, Newnham Road, Colebrook, Plympton, PL7 4AN, 8:30am till noon, Free
  • Car Boot Sale – vendor cars £6, vans £10, vendor set-up 8:00am – Plymouth Argyle Football Club, Home Park, Plymouth, PL2 3DQ , 9:00am, Free

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