The local music scene.

Being of pensionable age I’m probably too old to be writing this!

Recently I’ve been listening to BBC Devon’s Saturday evening radio programme on introducing new music from around the county. Last week they interviewed the singer from a band called ‘One man Boycott’ from Barnstaple in which he talked positively about music in North Devon. We have lots of bands living and playing locally including the Rivals, the Skata Tones, Falling Apart and the Oscar Young Band. Music from some of these local bands can be found on iTunes and Bandcamp.

Pete Bruntnell, who lives in Braunton, has had albums voted in the ‘Best 20 Americana albums of the year’ in national music magazines and Small Town Jones, also from Braunton has released albums to much acclaim.

One venue in Bideford where you can see local and national bands is the Palladium Club, just off Mill Street at the bottom of Lower Gunstone. Wilco Johnson, formerly of Dr Feelgood, has played there in recent years along with members of Ian Dury’s band, the Blockheads. Some local pubs – the Joiners and the Kingsley in Northam among others, also have local band evenings.

Slightly further afield, the Chill Bar in Ilfracombe has a friendly ambience: TV Smith, who fronted the Adverts, a group that had hits during the days of Punk, played there in early April. Petroc’s Factory venue in Barnstaple will be playing host to George Ezra and ‘From the Jam’ in the near future and the Plough in Torrington regularly presents a wide range of music.

Some of the larger towns and cities have lots of opportunities to listen to live music, but it’s good to know that there are local opportunities too!

Pete E.

(See Millie’s report on WHAAM below…..)

More next month on the Palladium Club.

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