I KNOW it’s hard to believe but there a still some people out there who still believe the world is round, despite all the evidence to contrary. Weirdos.

Well, we’ll let them fester in their ignorance for a while longer, shall we, while we make sure we don’t go close to the horizon and drop off the edge.

Some of the more senior of you will recall that back in 1519, the explorer Ferdinand Magellan set sail from Spain with five small ships and just 260 brave crew in a bid to prove the world was round.

They risked everything sailing into the unknown, the constant fear of falling off the edge of the world and into the boiling seas of eternity, filled with the sort of horrific, desperate monsters only ever encountered in Weymouth town centre today on Black Friday.

Just one ship and a mere 18 crew members returned from Magellan’s fateful expedition and their story is the basis of a new folk-opera composed by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Bob Whitley.

Poole-based Bob has been a fixture on the county folk circuit for the past two decades and will be presenting his Magellan Circumnavigation show tomorrow, Saturday, November 24 at Osmington Village Hall.

He’ll be joined by cello ace and all-round folkie good guy Lee Cuff from Kadia and tickets for tomorrow’s show are £8 from 07816 832554 or osmingtonmusic@gmail.com Be quick now because the seats at the back of the hall are very close to the edge of the world.

Moving on, and social media can be blamed for a lot of society’s ills at the moment but can also be praised for bringing people together.

Take, f’rinstance the FB Pocket Orchestra who got together after being involved in various music and media projects on the Book of Face some six years ago.

Since then they’ve been working on their love of the music of almost one hundred years ago, building their repertoire of hot and filthy jazz, blues, ragtime and red hot tea dances from the 1920s and 30s.

You can work on your best Charleston and polish up your Black Bottom when they rock up at the Drax Arms in Bere Regis next Tuesday, November 27 from 8pm.

And finally, fiddle-fuelled cider enthusiasts The Imprints have had quite a year with storming gigs across the country, countless festival shows and, this month, the release of their debut album Flagship.

The Bristol-based fivesome of Andy Truckle, Vince Martin, Annie Wright and Toms Banham and Marmaduke are currently touring their album and played in Glastonbury last night and tonight, Friday, November 23, they’re at the Belvedere in Weymouth.

There may well be some cider drunk and spilt on the dance floor, so do take care.

Keep your gigs coming into echogigguide@outlook.com Till next time…

TODAY (23)
Stereoironics (Finns, Weymouth)
Stacey Lou (Gloucester, Weymouth)
The Shakespearos (Wyke Smugglers, Weymouth)
The Skalatans (Royal Portland Arms, Portland)
Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)
Martin Maton (Weymouth Working Mens Club)
TBA (Wyke Regis Working Mens Club, Weymouth)
Billy Solo (Wellington, Weymouth)
Mother Ukers (Ropemakers, Bridport)
The Imprints (Belvedere, Weymouth)
Bitter and Twisted (Britannia, Portland)
Bad Intention (Golden Lion, Weymouth)
Stevie P (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)
Sheryl Lee (Duke of Albany, Weymouth)
Jolly Boys Outing (Royal Exchange, Portland)
Monkey Jump (Lugger Inn, Chickerell, Weymouth)
King of Pop: Michael Jackson Tribute (Weymouth Pavilion)
The Total Who Show (Weymouth Pavilion)
The Blockheads (Electric Palace, Bridport) SOLD OUT!
Durnovaria Silver Band, Olly Murs tribute, London Gospel Choir (Brewery Square, Dorchester) From 4pm for the Christmas lights turn-on.
Mad Hatters (Finns, Weymouth)
The Newbeats (Gloucester, Weymouth)
Tripod (Sailors Return, Weymouth)
Bob Whitley’s Magellan Circumnavigation (Osmington village hall)
Black Water County, The Hawkmen, Edd Bleach (Old Ship, Dorchester)
Rock Apes (Wyke Smugglers, Weymouth)
Tim Andrews (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)
Darren H (Weymouth Working Mens Club)
The Persuaders (Wyke Regis Working Mens Club, Weymouth)
Steve Nicholas (Conservative Club, Weymouth)
Sheryl Lee (Park, Weymouth)
V8 Hearts (Hardy’s, Dorchester)
The Shakespearos (Gamekeeper, Charminster)
NUMB (Ropemakers, Bridport)
Dale Fender Band (RBL Club, Marnhull)
Regulation 9 (Market House, Weymouth)
Under The Carousel (Golden Lion, Weymouth)
Hattrick (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)
Hot Bacon (Wyke Regis Social Club, Weymouth)
Ollie Coe (Slug and Lettuce, Weymouth)
Woman Wants Tall Man (Royal Portland Arms, Portland) Worth checking out, if only for the band’s name!
Tim Andrews (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth) 3pm
Darren H (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)
Replay (Wyke Smugglers, Weymouth) 2pm.
Ricky Solo (Sailor’s Return, Weymouth) From 3pm.
The Rat Pack (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)
Scots Dan’s Open Mic (Duke of Albany, Weymouth)
Johnny Mac (Star, Weymouth) 4-7pm.
Gut and Steel (George, Portland) 4pm.
Tim Andrews (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)
Acoustic session (Belvedere, Weymouth)
FB Pocket Orchestra (Drax Arms, Bere Regis)
Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)
Martin Freed’s Open Mic Night (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)
Tim Andrews (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)
Wessex Folk Night (Sailors Return, Weymouth) Acoustic folk, here every Wednesday.
Open Mic Night (Rock, Weymouth)
Bad Manners (Electric Palace, Bridport)
You Win Again: Bee Gees tribute (Weymouth Pavilion)
Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)
Traditional Tune Session (Cove House Inn, ChiswelI, Portland) 
Ukulele Sessions (Sailors Return, Weymouth) Strum on down from 8pm.
Rolling Stones Story (Weymouth Pavilion)
Dreadzone (Electric Palace, Bridport)
Ironed Maiden (Finns, Weymouth)
Drive By Jammin’ (Wyke Smugglers, Weymouth)
Lewis Craven Band (Royal Portland Arms, Portland)
Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)
Brian Harris (Weymouth Working Mens Club)
The Katz (Portland Social Club)
The Hawkmen (Ropemakers, Bridport)
Barry Paull as Elvis (Wyke Regis Working Mens Club, Weymouth)
Billy Solo (Wellington, Weymouth)
Tripod (Golden Lion, Weymouth)