APPEARING at Beggars' Banquet Music Cafe, Mustons Lane, Shaftesbury tonight (Friday) from 8.30pm is Sam Skey plus support. Food from 7.30-9.30pm. BYOB. Info/bookings 01747 850 332..
The gentlemen of rock aka the mighty Heifer are playing tonight (Friday) at the Red Lion in Gillingham.
BBC Radio 2 favourite Mike Silver is the next guest appearing at Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at 8.15pm tonight (Friday) at The Royal British Legion in Blandford. He will be supported by Blandford's own Rod Jenkins, king of smooth Americana. For tickets call Kathy on 01202 732239 or email via www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk
Stompin' Dave and Tinderbox are at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton tonight (Friday).
Friday night at Uncle Tom's Cabin, Wincanton sees the return of Tim Somerfiled - The Afro Ninja. Tim is a fantastic performer so make sure that you catch his set! Saturday Night at UTC has the brilliant Makeshift People (formerly Fight Like Kids). This great young band will show up many an old pro! Music from 9pm both nights.
Friday night at The Chough in Salisbury is where Tom Clements performs his superb acoustic set, with classic rock and pop covers as well as his own material. Starts 10pm. On Saturday from 9pm, Tom will be at Gillingham Football Club, and on Sunday he heads to Weymouth to play at The Belvedere from 8pm.
Nobody's Business play at the Cat Cafe in Wincanton tonight (Friday). This roots, blues and country duo feature Danny Ward on guitar and banjo and Colin Elliott on harmonica and jew's harp. If you missed them at the Cat before catch them this time- they're a delight! Good food, etc, free admission (8pm).
Jack @ A Box play at The Stour Inn, Blandford this Saturday from 9pm - all welcome.
This Saturday is Holwell Village Hall Music Night and SwapShop. Entrance, refreshments and bar by donation - doors open 7pm. Starting with action songs (for children of all ages!) with Ben from Treehouse Theatre, also The Halsey Community Choir, followed by folk, roots and acoustic music from Homesick Gypsy, BearCat Collective and Cabin Fever Crew. There will also be a SwapShop where you can exchange excess produce and unwanted items (if you've nothing to swap, just pop a donation in the hat).
The Secrets (plus support) play their own material and some choice covers done in their own style at Kyps in Poole this Saturday.
Tutz3 make their first visit to The Phoenix in Gillingham this Saturday with a powerhouse set from 9pm, including original tracks from their forthcoming album Back to the City.
Last Monday Open Mic Night returns to the Exchange in Sturminster Newton on Monday 26th November. Closing the night this month are the awesome TommyC House Band which includes three members nominated in the Salisbury Music awards; with Emily Chick also scheduled to play on the night there will be four nominated performers for you!! All free of charge, but donations towards running costs are welcome. Doors open at 7pm. Get there early to secure a performance slot - or call Steve Chick on 07876 502463 or email email@example.com
With the dark days of winter stretching before us, why not treat yourself to a great nights entertainment at the last Camelot Music Night of 2012 on Wednesday 28th November at the Davis Hall, West Camel. As ever, a night of talent and musical diversity is promised from some of the west's top performers; from Bristol, The Willbees - tight harmonies, musical perfectionists and a way with words that leaves audiences roaring with laughter; original folk/rock fuelled psychedelia from Somerset's Bag of Rats; causing a stir wherever she goes, the young and talented rising star, Danielle Sharp; smoother than a box of chocolates in a Bond movie, The Mystery Men including Agent X; former film director and (15,000 mph) Lightning pilot, master poet Paddy Hughes; beautiful sounds from a recent collaboration of musical giants Moxham & Halliday; and at last, after years of persuasion, a welcome return for The Potherbs. Doors open 7.30pm, bar, snacks, tea and coffee, raffle, caption competition. More details from Iain/Martine on 01935 851556.
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. They have just returned from a successful tour of Canada. An entertaining storyteller and showman, Jo brings key members of his band, with rich three-part harmonies and addictive guitar parts. Tickets include three course meal, 7.30pm pre-dinner drinks (not included) dinner and entertainment from 8pm. Book on 01935 817022.
The monthly Vintage Fair Arts Cafe Folk & Roots Night in Yeovil is on Thursday 29th November. Free entry from 7pm every last Thursday of the month. Tapas and licensed bar. If you would like to perform contact Samantha Jane samantha- firstname.lastname@example.org
Bare Jams, an exciting acoustic trio (Ollie Coombs, Sam James and Dave Tyler) play at the Buffalo in Wyke on Friday 30th November. Playing unique, funky tunes with catchy lyrics and upbeat rhythms they display an element of pop/R&B/Indie fused together with solid acoustic vibes. All welcome.
Big Mama and The Misfits play at Marnhull RBL on Saturday 1st December - all welcome including families.
May Contain Rock's December schedule starts at The South Western in Tisbury on Saturday 1st, The Half Moon, Stoke-Sub-Hamdon on Saturday 8th, Kings Arms in Shaftesbury on Saturday 15th, The Old Ship, Mere on Friday 21st and The Coronation Club in Gillingham, Saturday 22nd. The final gig this year is at The Phoenix in Gillingham on New Year's Eve. More info maycontainrock.com
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 on the door.
There's a new monthly live music night at the Music Saloon in Tisbury (upstairs at The Crown) starting on Thursday 6th December. The evening features Jim Penfold (of The Hollywood Killers), Matt Glide, Dan Evans and Jim Driscoll. Doors 8pm.
Acclaimed singer songwriters Rob Halligan and Gareth Davies-Jones return to Charlton on Friday 7th December for a fund raising concert in aid of St John's Church. They will perform a candlelit acoustic show at the church, repeating last year's successful appearance. The gig in the intimate surroundings of St John's will highlight new songs from both Rob and Gareth. Rob's song-writing reflects events in his life from his experiences living on the streets to losing his father in the terrorist events of 9/11. Rob has toured as a solo artist across the UK and has played in America, Canada, Hong Kong and Europe. He also sings with 1980s hit makers After The Fire. Professional since 2003, Irish-born Gareth has demonstrated an honesty, depth and passion with his beautifully arranged, evocative and challenging songs. Tickets still available, children free, from Ludwell Village Stores or call Simon Lewis on 01747 828503/07775798504.
And the regulars:
Plough in Manston - Monday, bingo; first Tuesday, friendly cribbage; second Tuesday, quiz; third Tuesday, jazz; fourth Tuesday, folk.
Wednesday Open Mic at The Templars Retreat in Templecombe, from 8.30pm. Musicians, poets, comedians and other performers welcome; full PA with three mics and bass guitar accompaniment provided (if required) by Keith Barclay of popular locally-based Green Street Band. To reserve a slot ring Billy at the Templar on 01963 370533.
Open Folk Session in The Bakers Arms, Child Okeford, second Thursday.
The Somerset Arms, Maiden Bradley acoustic session every Tuesday from 8.30pm. Folk, blues, country - all instruments and singers welcome; friendly pub, great food. Details from Roy on 01985 844207.