Music writer Clare Robinson's pick of the local gigs
THE first in the series of Americana Showcases for 2013 comes to The B Bar, Barbican Theatre, next Wednesday, in the form of a visit from the flagstaff duo of Arizona, Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer.
McGraw's consoling, velvety baritone voice, blends superbly with Fer's soaring and subtly powerful vocals to put spit-shine polish on the finely crafted body of songs they have generated together in their first official long player collaboration, Seed Of A Pine.
Having toured the US from coast to coast, performing in prestigious theatres to intimate listening rooms, the pair has honed their skills Stateside and now embark upon their first European tour.
Tickets cost £8 in advance or £10 on door.
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THE Royal British Legion plays host to Guy Fenton's All Stars on Sunday night, courtesy of Plymouth Jazz Club.
Highly entertaining purveyors of New Orleans jazz, the line up this time around features Martin Dale on sax, Graham Trevarton on trumpet, with band leader Guy on drums.
Admission is £8 for visitors with concessions for members and students and the music starts at 7.30pm.
IRISH rock/folkies Black Friday will be playing two shows on Sunday for the St Patrick's Day celebrations, so you'll be able to catch them at the Walrus in the city at 6pm, followed by a quick dash across the Tamar to play the Rod and Line in Tideford from 9.30pm.
The band will take the change of venue in their stride, having broken the record for the most gigs played in different city venues a couple of years back.
They're listed in the Guinness Book of Records for playing 30 in just 12 hours.