September delights

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.

Tis the Season

It is getting cold.
The shops are full of knick knacks.
Beers all have funny names or spices or both.

And we have lots of events coming up. At the very least some music, a book launch and our seasonal Launchpad fundraiser – the Giving Tree and mince pie competition.

Next weekend we have BIGG, Minor Mountains, The Dirty Dead & Radiosaurus causing merry mayhem and all being well there will be more music in December.

Two Rivers Press will be celebrating the launch of “Whispers of Better Things” with us on December 4th. We will be finding out about the lives of the Hills and how they shaped local and national ideas on community.

If you haven’t got involved before the Giving Tree is your chance to donate food and toiletries for the homeless and needy in Reading. We will be launching it on Sunday December 10th with the decoration of the pub Yule tree and closing it on Friday 22nd December with the mince pie competition (details to follow).