drinking, love and life to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies, Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. They headline this NYE show, with support TBC. THE WIRELESS Thistle Park Brewhouse, 9.30pm-late, £free Torquay LOST BOYS One World Café, 7pm, £free. Live music from this 80’s cover band
Tue 01 January Exeter LIVE MUSIC AT THE PICTURE HOUSE Exeter Picturehouse, 8.30pm, £free. Guests Rosie Eade, A Cat Called Elvis, Tim Bland & Nick Hampton
Wed 04 January Liskeard KERNUYCK Barley Sheaf, Church St 9pm, £free. Amazing Cornish Metal & its not Tin!
Thu 09 January Exeter BENJAMIN JOSIF Mama Stones, St Mary’s Arches St, 8pm £tickets on the door. Acoustic Folk
Thu 10 January Liskeard BOOGIE NIGHTS Barley Sheaf, Church St 9pm, £free. Disco time. Music from the 70s. Wigs, flares & kinky boots welcome! Truro LIVE BANDS Bunters Bar, Little Castle St, 9pm, £free. Showcasing some of the best local musicians, see www.buntersbar.co.uk for more details. Guests tonight are The Elevators
Thu 17 January Liskeard THE NORMALS Barley Sheaf, Church St 9pm, £free. Great selection of originals & covers. Ska/Reggae Truro LIVE BANDS Bunters Bar, Little Castle St, 9pm, £free. Showcasing some of the best local musicians, see www.buntersbar.co.uk for more details.
Sat 19 January Liskeard FOLK NIGHT WITH FALSE BEARDS Barley Sheaf, Church St 8pm, £7. Old time English psych folk blues. In the function roo
Wed 30 January Plymouth FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND White Rabbit, Bretonside Bus Station, 8pm, £14. The band announced an extensive 23 date run of intimate shows across the UK and Ireland in support of the release of their sixth studio album ‘Conduit’. Supported by Such Gold, Major League & I Divide.
Thu 31 January Liskeard THE GUMBP FLYERS Barley Sheaf, Church St 9pm, £free. This is something completely different for you. Zydeco music has a Cajun kinda swamp music origin. High energy and foot stompin. Check it out Truro LIVE BANDS Bunters Bar, Little Castle St, 9pm, £free. Showcasing some of the best local musicians, see www.buntersbar.co.uk for more details.
Open Mic Nights MONDAYS Exeter OPEN MIC NIGHT The Oddfellows, 7pm-12am, £free OPEN MIC NIGHT The Sorry Head, 9pm-11.30pm, £free Plymouth OPEN MIC NIGHT The Junction, Mutley Plain, 9pm
Liskeard ACOUSTIC JAM Barley Sheaf, Church St 8pm, £free All players welcome, no need to book Bideford JAM NIGHT, Palladium Club, Lower Gunstone, £free. Totnes BUSK FOR BOOZE Castle Inn, 9pm, £free. Open mic night, musicians wanted, turn up and play.
WEDNESDAYS Redruth OPEN MIC / JAM NIGHT Gaslights Bar, £free, 9pm Open to all performers, turn up and play!
Liskeard NOT TURNED UP Barley Sheaf, Church St 9pm, £free. Local covers band with a wicked sense of humour. Truro LIVE BANDS Bunters Bar, Little Castle St, 9pm, £free. Showcasing some of the best local musicians, see www.buntersbar.co.uk for more details.
Exeter OPEN MIC NIGHT, Angel Bar, 32 Queen Street, £free. Hosted by local heroes Roger styles & Richard James. THE REVELRY JAM NIGHT The Reverly, The Quayside, 9pm, £free. Hosted by the amazing Sam Green ACOUSTIC CAFÉ The Cellar Bar, The Fortesque, Mutley Plain 8.30pm-12am, £1. Four live acts each week. OPEN MIC NIGHT Vauxhall Quay, 8pm, £free
Sat 26 January
Thu 24 January
Plymouth THE WIRELESS Blackjacks, 10pm-
Exeter OPEN MIC NIGHT Walkabout, Fore St, 8.30pm-11.30pm
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Our acoustic show in London town saw a few good friends take to the Dublin Castle stage before us, most notably, northern crooner and all-round good egg, JOE TILSTON (16th Sept). He may be better known/seen as Random Hand's hirsute bass player but with just an acoustic guitar and a lonesome voice, he has a far more enchanting presence. With echoes of Nick Drake and Eddie Vedder, Tilston imbued bittersweet songs about love and struggle with an emotional prowess, of which dad, established folkie Steve Tilston, must be proud. Opener, MIKE SCOTT, may not fathom those same depths but his punk rock heart was in the right place. They called it Beta Fest but in reality it was three shows in three nights in a local venue in Bideford (Palladium, 21st Sept). Still, mucho fun was to be had playing alongside a bunch of disparate bands united under the all-embracing punk umbrella. Swindon's 2 SICK MONKEYS are pastmasters of drum'n'bass punk rock thrills and spills, with Peter Butler's hilarious, breathless banter recalling the heyday of Attila The Stockbroker and Seething Wells. Bristol quartet, CALL THE DOCTOR, were the epitome of postpunk cool, taking the spirit of The Breeders and spooking all the kids with it. Festival curators and organisers, THE DEAD BETAS, were in their element, surrounded by friends, family and all kinds of frazzled north Devonians with ciderpops pumping through their veins. Their brash, rudimentary synth-punk cabaret stomp was a fitting antidote to a summer of preened pop festival fodder. They may make a fucked up art-rockin' racket but local boys, SOFT SON, are onto something with their brash, Pavement-viaPixies noise rock (White Rabbit, Plymouth, 6th Oct). And publicly berating their bassist because he wasn't in tune may have been a tad unfair but, just maybe, it made for a spikier performance. Can HEAD OF PROGRAMMES get any quieter? Indeed, their featherlite wistful country was hard to decipher over the people whispering at the back. I think I even heard the urinal sprinklers come on. There's nothing inherently wrong with Cornish arts 'collective' BROTHER & BONES in small doses, I just wouldn't want to inhabit that smug, smarmy world for too long (White Rabbit, 18th Oct). I like my boy bands ugly and downtrodden, full of self-doubt and slightly meek, but there was no denying the percussive - two drumkits! - power of B&B when they were in their blues-drillin', country-pickin', soul-straining stride. Meanwhile, Devonian circusfreak 'concept' trio, THE ADVENTURES OF..., looked like they'd just stumbled out of Glasto's alt. cabaret tent but, alas, their music was unchallenging indie rock-by-numbers that could easily saddle up next to Feeder et al if those preposterous pixie boots didn't get in the way. The ever-asymmetrically-fringed Dick Lucas' raspy rant, full of wry observations and frazzled libertarian logic, is something of an institution. He's carved out a niche without even trying and his subcultural legacy speaks for itself. Although they'll never acquire the gravitas of The Subhumans, CITIZEN FISH still managed to churn out a series of brass-laden punky ska vignettes tempered by an admirable set of against-the-grain values (Voodoo Lounge, Plymouth, 1st Nov). Before them, another DIY punk institution of sorts, THE BUS STATION LOONIES, played to their strengths, namely: upbeat anarcho-punk with a theatrical nod to Jello Biafra. Blessed with situationist humour and a sonic punch, newer songs such as 'Anarchists Make The Best Lovers' prove that the Loonies' retirement plan has been greatly exaggerated. Openers, THE ERIKSONS, riffed and rapped to their punky hearts' content. Their desultory onstage waffle could do with some work, mind. Right then. I'm off to spend the winter watching heartwarming musicals on telly wrapped in duvets and chocolate wrappers. What a treat. See-ya bye. Backbone (email@example.com)
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