March On! This Weekend: Devizes Rocks

Winter may be taking its final assault, but after a few quiet post-Christmas weekends, some awesome events have been heating up Devizes. How do you following recent ones, with Battle of Bands, a Winter Ale Festival, Madness the Musical, Tribute of Gershwin & Bernstein and Terry Hendrick at the Scooter Club?

 
Well, Devizes event promoters are stepping up their games, providing us with more choice than a Sky TV HD box. So, as an example, let’s have a butcher’s hook at what’s going down this weekend alone, shall we? Get your snowshoes out.

 
Marching onto Thursday the first doesn’t matter if you’re the “arty” type, because The Wine Street Gallery’s latest exhibit, “Unrest,” will enthral all. I know, I’ve been to see the works and meet with the artist Clifton Powell for this preview here.

 

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Thursday and Devizes also welcomes back The Moonraker’s Comedy Club at the Cellar Bar, when MC Sal Monello introduces West Country based comedian, Sandi Smith who reached the semi-final of Funny Women 2013 and the heats of the BBC New Comedy Awards, and headliner Danny Buckler.

 

Danny made his TV debut on Channel 4’s “Danny Does Tricks,” has toured with Victoria Wood, opened for Paul Anka, Ricky Gervais and Bob Monkhouse, and hosted the BBC1 Saturday night prime time show “The Secrets of Magic.” Tickets a snip at a tenner, from The Bear Hotel, Devizes Books, The British Lion, The Southgate Inn and The Vaults. Also available at We Got Tickets.

 

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Friday Night and Hull’s Madness Tribute, Badness appear at the Exchange, tickets are also a tenner from Devizes Books, Light & Sound, thirteen on the door.

 

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Meanwhile, an engaging and dynamic live bluegrass act with a fascinatingly different sound, The Often Herd, make their debut at The Cellar Bar, as part of their debut EP release tour. I like the sound of this; check the vid below.

 
The Often Herd reach beyond what is expected of a bluegrass band, marrying wistful sunshine harmonies of Southern California with the striking industrial allure of their home in the North East of England. Doors open at 8PM, tickets apparently £9 but only £8 on the door(???)

 

The Lamb also has an interesting line up Friday, Sheer Music present Swedish indie folk pop band, Sun & The Rain Men. Described as a wonderful mix of folk, soul, and indie, with a classic Swedish touch, they’re supported by musician, comedian, radio presenter, charity challenger and motivational speaker, Shaun Buswell, and Devizes’ very own Tamsin Quin….and all for absolutely nothing, just turn up!

 

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Wake at a decent time Saturday and catch the monthly Farmer’s Market, an archaeology conference at Wiltshire Museum and the Lions Club Swimathon at the Leisure Centre. But music lovers need only wander to St Johns, where you’ve bagged yourself a brand new record shop (Google “record shop” kids.) Yep, it’s the grand opening day of Vinyl Realm where Mike Barham plans to entertain the crowds. More details here.

 

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Over at Devizes Sports Club that evening, The Blue Mercenaries, featuring Jon Amor and Innus Sibun are live at the RnB Bar. Doors at 8Pm, tickets a tenner; there can be no finer way to polish your weekend off.

 

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Failing this though, The Crown sees the welcomed return of Lloyd Edwards; see what I mean you lucky, lucky lot? Spoiled for choice. And if there’s something I missed it’s because you didn’t tell me about it, silly. Check Devizine’s home page for all the info you need.

 

Stop the Press! Update on this article as it looks like the weather has delivered a fatal blow: The Farmer’s Market and Moonraker’s Comedy Club have both been cancelled. Roll on spring…….

 

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