* THE rich tones of singer-songwriter Mim Grey will be accompanied by the Oxford-based Tim Dawes Jazz Trio at a gig in Beckley tomorrow night. Mim, right, has performed with music luminaries such as Paul McCartney, Dave Stewart, Michael Ball and ABC. She has also recorded with Kylie Minogue and Morcheeba as well as performing at venues as diverse as Wembley Arena and The London Palladium.

You can catch her at The Abingdon Arms in High Street, Beckley, from 8-10.30pm. Admission is free.

* We know him as a DJ, promoter and even a former Oxford City Councillor. Now Nathan T Pyle is branching out. Drawing on his inside knowledge of the music industry he has set up his own record label. And being a curry aficiando and Jericho resident, he has named it after his local eaterie: The Standard Tandoori. To celebrate, he is holding a Standard Tandoori Records launch party tonight at the Jericho Tavern, featuring the label’s first signing David Gibb. Twenty one year-old singer Gibb has played more than 300 shows and festivals and is a former BBC Young Folk Award nominee. His first single Prince John was released last month.

Support comes from The Goggenheim and James Ewers who will be playing songs from former band My Luminaries and current project lonesound. Entry is free and doors open at 7.30pm.

* Blending country, jazz, blues, folk and gospel, Polly and the Billets Doux are one of the most exciting shows you’ll see this winter. Their blast of southern-fried Americana may kick like an angry mule but is given a quintessentially English twist by double bass-weilding frontwoman Polly Perry herself. They play the Cellar on Saturday with Knights of Mentis. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets are £4 in advance or £5 on the door.

* He’s opened the Olympic Games, headlined at Wembley, and is now on his way to Cowley Road. Singer-songwriter Frank turner has been likened to a British Bruce Springsteen. His heartfelt songs of love, loss, going out, and waking up alone and hungover stand as a document of modern English life.

He plays the O2 Academy Oxford on Monday with his band The Sleeping Souls, featuring Oxford musicians Tarrant Anderson, Nigel Powell and Ben Lloyd of punk-pop band Dive Dive. Tickets have predictably sold out.