So I could write a nice long post about all the stuff we have been up to and some excuses as to why I have (as per normal) failed to update the news section; but what you are actually getting is a list of things coming up over the next couple of months.
- 6th Sept Larkham & Hall Gig
- 8th Sept Discworld Quiz & themed tasting I
- 9th Sept Monthly Book Club
- 10th Sept Kadonnut Manner
- 11th Sept Monthly Shanty Session
- 14th Sept Long Live the Local – Music for the War on Cancer
- 18th Sept CAMRA Gala awards Evening
- 18th-22nd Sept Autumn Beer Festival
- 20th Sept Rosedale Gig
- 21st Sept Little Hannah Afternoon Acoustic
- 22nd Sept Eclectricians DJ set
- 27th Sept Macmillan Coffee Afternoon
- 28th Sept Plan C Lectures
- 2nd Oct West Reading Eco Refills pop-up
- 4th Oct Elie Rees Gig
- 5th Oct Charity Gin tasting
- 6th Oct Gearoid O’Meachair & Matt Bashford Folk
- 9th Oct Monthly Shanty Session
- 10th Oct Indie Eats pop-up food event
- 12th Oct Discworld Quiz & themed tasting II
- 14th Oct Monthly Book Club
- 20th Oct Tutored Cider Tasting
- 25th Oct Cut-Throat Francis
- 31st Oct Travelling Talesman Storyteller
- 2nd Nov Halloween Party – Harry Potter theme + Quiz
Hopefully details to follow
It is nearly my favourite time of year.
And obviously we have some fun things coming up.
First of all: 8th September we have the most amazing gig for you – Davey Dodds and Cliff Eastabrook are bringing us their own special brand of contemporary rock ‘n’ reel.
Both have a well-established history of entertaining and have just started out on a new venture with Martin Solomon as the Porbeagles. Davey Dodds, once strutted his stuff doing quintessentially English prog-rock. He is a songwriter of some renown. His classic, ‘The Magpie’ was recently covered by The Unthanks on their award winning album, Mount the Air. Meanwhile his vocal style is often compared to Fish but he points out – with full justification – that he was doing it first! He plays a hugely resonant, octave mandolin, sparkles on a normal mandolin and creates ethereal soundscapes with flutey things. Cliff Eastabrook, once of The Morrigan and Pressgang, pushes bass playing way past the confines of straight, solid rock – inventive and melodic as well as driving rhythms.
Expect this performance to be one of a kind -combining witty, political story-telling with traditional folk melodies amped up to get you on your feet.
Here are Tasters from Davey’s new Album, Kernowcopia: Kick off your shoes & also Shoot the Gruffalo which is live at The Fleece in Bristol, where Davey was joined by friends from his old band ‘Red Jasper.’
Next up: 14th September For their regular music night BSANA are organising a drum workshop to be hosted by Drum4fun. The plan is to meet locals and regulars, make some noise and generally have a laugh (No skill required); if you live in their area you can claim a drink but everyone is welcome to get involved – What could go wrong?!
And Last but by no means Least: 20th – 23rd of September is our 4th Autumn Beer Festival.
There is going to be some hot food; a pub quiz; and Music of course.
I have started ordering the beer and planning the cider. There will be some new beers, some breweries from further afield and some unusual stuff both on cask and keg.
So what a summer we have been having –
A heatwave; England putting forward a decent performance in the sportsball; Silverware for our darts team; a brand new font for the cider, a new lager on the T-Bar & a new West Berks hand-pull.
We have had Georgian food, BBQs, Live Music, an Art Installation, book club and some fabulous themed drinks evenings.
But obviously it is not over yet! [Even if the weather breaks] Plus the Autumn is going to Rock.
July 22nd we have a Bourbon-Themed pub quiz organised by local Evan Williams rep and well-known cocktail slinger Josh Homerston
July 29th is Live Music from Leon C with support from Dan O’Farrell
August 11th is our Summer Party with some awesome music from Undying Heads plus unusual and gorgeous drinks.
There is probably more but I’ve forgotten already, but September we definitely have a super gig lined up from Davey Dodds (8th) plus save the dates for our Autumn Beer Festival (20th-23rd).
See you soon
It’s that time of year again – time to renew some friendly rivalries with rugby on the telly and to notch up the miles visiting pubs you wouldn’t normally get to.
We’ll be getting behind both. Ask at the bar for more info.