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By Blackmore Vale Magazine  |  Posted: November 16, 2012

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APPEARING at the Beggars' Banquet Music Cafe, Mustons Lane, Shaftesbury tonight (Friday) from 8.30pm are Folk In The Vale featuring Kate and Peter Abbot plus support. Food from 7.30-9.30pm. BYOB. More info 01747 850 332. At the same venue/time/conditions on Friday 23rd November will be Sam Skey plus support.

Listen to Alto (Alec & Tony) mark the official opening night for the new landlords of The Crown, Winterborne Stickland tonight (Friday) from 9pm.

This Friday's acoustic night at the White Lion in Bourton sees the welcome return of regular performers The V and Gs. Music starts at 9pm.

Popular duo Rip it Up are playing authentic rockabilly and rock 'n' roll at the Buffalo in Wyke tonight (Friday) - all welcome.

This week at Uncle Tom's Cabin in Wincanton Friday night is Karaoke Night. Saturday night sees the brilliant Hannah Green perform. Make sure you catch her set as she is a superb musician. Both nights are free entry and start at 9pm

Over at Conran's Irish Bar in Salisbury, Tom Clements and his loop pedal will be entertaining the crowd once again. Tom has been nominated for Best Male Solo Act in the Salisbury music awards. You can vote for Tom and other fantastic acts on the voting website www.intrepidred.co.uk/salisbury-music-awards-2012/

Purple Valley play at the Yew Tree in Warminster this Saturday from 9pm. Featuring Steve Loudon, Nikki Mascall and Griff Daniels they play country, soul and all points west - three-part harmonies and three great guitars. The Open Jam Session takes place from 2pm on wards on Sunday - all musicians welcome.

The next Dorchester Bluesnight takes place this Saturday. The Motives brings together some of the finest talent from the European blues scene. Drawing their musical inspiration from 40s New York, 50s Chicago and 60s London, they combine Matt Taylor's electrifying guitar work with Jonny Dyke's virtuoso Hammond & piano over the rock solid rhythm section of Roy Martin (drums) and Andy Graham (bass). The venue is Dorchester Arts Centre and tickets and further info is available on 01305 266926.

May Contain Rock rock the Red Lion in Gillingham this Saturday. Their excellent mix of rock covers spans AC/DC to Adam & the Ants, Kinks to Killers and Tourists to Terrorvision! Visit maycontainrock.com

The British Legion in Stalbridge welcomes Mustang Sally, the very popular covers band, playing music from he 60s to today this Saturday.

Vicky Layton plays at Marnhull RBL this Saturday. All welcome, including families.

Acclaimed pianist Ben Waters plays at Dorset County Museum this Saturday from 8pm. Last year he was instrumental in re-forming The Rolling Stones to cut his star-studded tribute album to Ian Stewart (Boogie4Stu) which featured all the members of The Rolling Stones, Jools Holland and PJ Harvey. The proceeds from the album have already amassed a whopping £20,000 which has been donated to The British Heart Foundation, in memory of the late Ian Stewart who died of a sudden heart attack at a young age. On this rare solo tour Ben is performing music from "Boogie4Stu" as well as an eclectic mix of seminal rock 'n' roll, boogie woogie, blues and rip-roaring originals. Tickets on 01305 756827. Doors open at 7.30pm.

Eugene Hideaway Bridges is at Buckhorn Weston Village Hall this Saturday from 8pm raising funds for Msaada. As a triple nominee in the US Blues Foundation Music Awards 2012 for album of the year, soul blues album and soul blues male artist, this is a rare opportunity to catch a truly magnificent performer. Details on 01747 824389.

Mike Silver is the next guest appearing at Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at 8.15pm on Friday 23rd November at The Royal British Legion in Blandford. Mike, a BBC Radio 2 favourite, has over 40 years of experience as a writer, singer, guitarist and live performer and has enjoyed success throughout the UK and around the world. Supporting Mike, will be Blandford's own Rod Jenkins, king of smooth Americana. For tickets call Kathy on 01202 732239 or email your details via the club website www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk

Stompin' Dave and Tinderbox play at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton on Friday 23rd November. Call 01258 475137 or visit www.stur-exchange.co.uk

Nobody's Business play at the Cat Cafe in WIncanton on Friday 23rd November. This roots, blues and country duo feature Danny Ward on guitar and banjo and Colin Elliott on harmonica and jew's harp. They have played at the Cat a few times before - if you didn't catch them then, don't miss out - they're a delight! As usual, good food, wine and beer and free admission (8pm).

Tutz3 make their first ever visit to The Phoenix in Gillingham on Saturday 24th November. Their powerhouse set starts at 9pm and will include three original tracks taken from their forthcoming album Back to the City.

The Jo Burt Experience play at Above The Arch in Sherborne's Swan Yard on Wednesday 28th November. This stripped-back, acoustic version of The Jo Burt Experience sold out Above The Arch on their last visit. This time around they are freshly returned from a hugely successful tour of Canada. A highly entertaining storyteller and showman, Jo brings key members of his band, and with them come rich three-part harmonies and addictive guitar parts. Tickets include a three course meal. Arrival 7.30pm for pre-dinner drinks (not included) with the bell ringing at 8pm for dinner and entertainment. Book now on 01935 817022.

Gillingham School Creative Arts presents Chris Newman's Still Getting Away With It on Thursday 29th November from 7.30pm. Chris' new show, featuring guitars, mandolins and double bass, is a warm and witty invitation into his rich and adventurous musical world. Joining Chris in the new trio are Andy Watt (guitar/mandolin) and Dan Rogers (double bass) for an evening guaranteed to put a smile on your face. For more information call 01747 833844 or visit www.gillingham.dorset.sch.uk

A frenzy of songs by Simone and Garfunkell (aka Debbie Cassell and Martin Ansell) can be heard at Tarrant Keyneston Village Hall on Saturday 1st December from 7.30pm. Tickets available on the door.

Here's what's on offer at the Plough in Manston - Every Monday night - cash bingo; first Tuesday of the month - friendly cribbage; second Tuesday - quiz night; third Tuesday- jazz night; fourth Tuesday - folk night.

Open Mic Night every Wednesday at The Templars Retreat in Templecombe - 8.30pm start. All musicians, poets and comedians and any other performers are welcome to come and sing, play, amuse or just watch and listen to others enjoying themselves! Full PA with three mics and bass guitar accompaniment will be provided (if required) by Keith Barclay of popular locally-based Green Street Band. To reserve a slot ring Billy at the Templars Retreat on 01963 370533.

Come and join the warm and friendly Open Folk Session in The Bakers Arms, Child Okeford on the second Thursday of each month, either to sing, play music, recite the odd humorous verse or just to sit back and listen.

The Somerset Arms, Maiden Bradley has an acoustic session every Tuesday from 8.30pm. Folk, blues, country - whatever you like to play, all instruments and singers welcome in this friendly pub with a welcoming atmosphere and great food. For more details call Roy on 01985 844207.

Jon Dart


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