THE Saturday Cafe, a popular series of lunchtime music sessions at The Courtyard in Hereford, kicks off its October programme on October 6 with the Courtyard debut of the Floyd Earl Modern Beat Combo.

Normally an electric band featuring Floyd Earl (bass guitar, lead vocals), Graham Smith (guitar/vocals) and Matty McMatty (drums), here they'll be treating listeners to a rare acoustic 'unplugged' set of popular rock tunes.

On October 13, there's more acoustic rock - this time all-original material - with a welcome return for Walker-Nash, featuring Murray Nash and Julian Lewis (acoustic guitars) and the fine singing of Helen Walker.

October 20 sees a return to jazz, and a return to The Courtyard of the Cider City Jazzmen. This large line-up, with Steven Constance (trombone), John Cuss (trumpet), Geoff Collins (sax/clarinet), Mike Morris (banjo), Ian Russell (drums) and Richard Glasspoole (bass), specialises in jazz favourites leaning towards the trad side.

The month rounds off on October 27 with the Ruth Bowen Quartet. Ruth will be treating the audience to her honeyed jazz vocals and fine bass playing, along with Ralph Smith (saxes), Richard Bowen (drums) and Goff Watkins (piano). Their selection of smooth, sophisticated jazz is always a hit at the Saturday Cafe.

All sessions run from 12 noon to 2 pm each Saturday, in the Courtyard's cafe/bar area, and admission is free.