imgID153440369.jpg.galleryAcoustic music from both ends of the spectrum can be found in town tonight. Firstly Walker Broad returns to The Beehive for a full band show , trading in folk and jazz infused bluesy-rock; think Steeleye Span meets Steely Dan, slick, smooth and exceedingly clever. If something more raucous is required then True Strays at The Victoria are what you are looking for, if what you are looking for is the sound of a bunch of jobbing raggle-taggle folk-blues wranglers playing for the dime and delight of juke joints and cowboy bars in the dustbowl days of 1930s America.

Staying at The Victoria, Friday sees none other than Space (pictured) take the stage. Although seen as part of Brit-pop and certainly with no small whiff of bands such as The Kinks about them, Space took a darker and lyrically more tongue-in-cheek approach, but however you categorise them they are certainly worth checking out as is their latest album, Give Me Your Future, a record loosely based on the film Metropolis which takes them down a more synth inspired route.

Another band who cover similarly mercurial and unusual subjects, often with a knowing wink to the audience is auralcandy; bluesy and groovesome, odd and original, fun and fantastic, a night with them at The Beehive is always a great night out.

Those looking for a slice of classic rock should head for The Rolleston to catch the stripped back acoustic sidekick of Whole Lotta Led… Light Zeppelin. As the name suggests a more delicate take on the music of arguably the most revered rock band of all, not only the gorgeous acoustic numbers that the band penned but some interesting reworkings of their fuller and most iconic songs.

Rock is also to be found at The Bakers Arms as Darren Hunt steers his one man show through their doors. Rock of all stripes, from Motorhead to Pink Floyd, from REM to The Eagles and more is covered during his mesmerising performance.

For wider and more eclectic selections that span genre and generation, sound and style there are plenty of other options available. WMD brings the party to The Queen’s Tap, The Primates are the perfect soundtrack to a night at The Swiss Chalet, Pulse strip things back at The Castle and if you prefer a solo guitar-slinger then Jay H. has everything covered at The Tap ’n’ Barrel.

Saturday, as is its want, continues the theme of offering music you already know and love for your delectation but have you ever heard your favourite songs played by a ukulele band? If not Plucking Different at The Rolleston will be a unique experience for you, Gogol Bordello and The Waterboys as uke’ songs seems to make sense but Guns ’n’ Roses or Pulp!  Well, you will just have to pop along and see how that works.

Tributes can be found at The Victoria as Faux Fighters play homage to Dave Grohl’s rock leviathans, Big Brass Ska deliver the classic two-tone and ska sound with a full four-piece brass section for added punch at The Swiss Chalet and at The Coleview Community Centre Fab 208 celebrate 70’s glam rock in all its glitzy glory.

More general and genre-hopping options can be found elsewhere too. Clarke and The Kryptonites bring groove, funk, soul and rock to The Queen’s Tap and The Groove Radicals, as you might expect, follow similar lines at The Haydon Wick Club. Homer opts for classic rock at The Sun Inn, People Like Us cover a wide rage of styles, though take a more acoustic and stripped back approach at The Windmill and Metson return to The Prince of Wales in Wootton Bassett for a rock and pop party. Retro rock and pop can also be found in the capable hands of The Rock Mockers who will be treating The High Street Club to 50’s and 60’s classics.

Raising money for Oak and Furrow Wildlife Trust, The Manor has a night of music headed by local pop-punk stalwarts Post 12 and Overload and featuring an array of acoustic music from Jay-Jay, James and Phoebe Millard and Darren Midwinter.

More acoustic treats can be found at The Plough Inn on Sunday with the deft and dexterous acoustica of Ant Walker.

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