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By Blackmore Vale Magazine  |  Posted: November 30, 2012

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No Fixed Abode play Irish, originals and covers at the Bennet Arms in Semley tonight (Friday) from 9pm.

A great night of Irish music from O'Fiddleary is in store at the Yew Tree in Warminster tonight (Friday) from 9pm. There's an Open Mic Night on Saturday evening from 9pm - all welcome. On Sunday afternoon the Open Jam Session takes place from 2pm onwards.

Tonight (Friday), Adam Piggott and Jayne Freeman play at the Cat Cafe in Wincanton. Combining powerful acoustic guitar and ukulele with inspired melodies in the folk, pop and Americana tradition. On Friday 7th December Appalachia play a perfect blend of acoustic instruments, voices and musical styles. They offer their own take on American roots music featuring soulful four-part harmonies, dazzling instrumentals and an eclectic repertoire. Good food, beer and wine. Doors 8pm. Table reservations on 01963 33210.

This week at Uncle Tom's Cabin in Wincanton they have the brilliant In the Pipeline on Friday night, with excellent harmonies and sublime tunes! Saturday sees Tom Clements playing at the Cabin with his mix of acoustic rock and folk. Music on both nights starts at 9pm.

Bare Jams, an exciting acoustic trio (Ollie Coombs, Sam James and Dave Tyler) play at the Buffalo in Wyke tonight (Friday). 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 this Saturday - all welcome including families.

Jack & A Box are playing at The Virginia Ash, Henstridge this Saturday from 9pm.

May Contain Rock's December schedule starts at The South Western in Tisbury this Saturday, followed by The Half Moon, Stoke-Sub-Hamdon on Saturday 8th, The Kings Arms in Shaftesbury on Saturday 15th, The Old Ship in Mere on Friday 21st and The Coronation Club in Gillingham on Saturday 22nd. Their final gig this year is at The Phoenix in Gillingham on New Year's Eve. Visit maycontainrock.com for more info.

Simone and Garfunkell (aka Debbie Cassell and Martin Ansell) are at Tarrant Keyneston Village Hall this Saturday from 7.30pm. Tickets on the door.

The friendly and relaxed Half Moon Music Night continues on Wednesday 5th December at around 8.45pm in Horsington. Join them to play, sing and say whilst enjoying a beer; it is completely free apart from the drinks. Further details available from Anna on 01963 370749.

On Wednesday 5th December, The Buffalo in Wyke are starting Christmas celebrations off with their first Open Mic Night. Georgie would love to see anyone who feels they can contribute by playing an instrument, singing, telling jokes, reciting poetry etc. For more details go onto the Buffalo's Facebook page.

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 open 8pm.

The Johnsons' Christmas Party takes place at The George in Castle Cary from 9pm on Thursday 6th December. Admission free. The Johnsons are Somerset's finest eight-piece roots country band. They'll be performing everything from the cautionary anti-psychedelic classic LSD (Made a Wreck of Me) to souped-up gospel floor-stompers and, because it's Christmas, a potpourri of Elvis numbers (the less cheesy ones – mainly). Dancing guaranteed.

Next Friday (7th), the In The Pipeline boys are strutting their stuff at The Exchange in Sturminster Newton for Age Concern - 8pm til late. With support from the talented duo Jack & A Box. All for a great cause - get your glad rags on!

Calling all Mustang Sally fans - they'll be playing at the Red Lion in Gillingham on Friday 7th December.

Highly 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 be performing a candlelit acoustic show at the church in a repeat of a successful appearance at the same time last year. The pre-Christmas 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 for the concert are still available, with children free of charge, from Ludwell Village Stores or call Simon Lewis on 01747 828503/07775798504. A bar will be available.

Live music returns to The Queens Head in Milborne Port on Saturday 8th December, with Quicksilver, who will be performing a set of classic rock covers, including new material from Ocean Colour Scene, Dire Straits and Coldplay. The two hour plus set will start at 8.30pm.

Wimborne St Giles Village Hall hosts a Charity Acoustic Music Concert on Saturday 8th December from 7.30pm. The line-up includes Rod Jenkins and Black Tulip, Ninebarrow, Take Thackray and Bob Whitley (MC). In aid of Julia's House, it will be an evening of varied acoustic music with contemporary songs, Americana, traditional folk music, fantastic harmonies and humour. Light refreshments and snacks available but bring your own drink. Contact Averil Cubitt on 01725 517255 or Bob Whitley on 01202 601017 for more details.

And the regulars:

Here's what's on offer at the Plough in Manston - Every Monday, cash bingo; first Tuesday, 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 Templar 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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