The rather fabulous duo of Gilmore & Roberts gig in October has been brought forward a couple of weeks and has now been rescheduled for 8th October. When it emerged that the Corn Exchange had scheduled Steeleye Span on the same night we (ACE Space and Katriona Gilmore) thought it prudent to avoid a clash. Fortunately G&R were able to find an alternative date in their busy autumn tour – phew! Anyone with tickets and unable to make the new date should contact Stephen at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 078911 76940
Our tickets are no longer available from the Newbury Visitor Information Centre as due to the cuts it (and the public toilets and many other important services) have been closed. We will miss the staff of the VIC who did such an excellent job promoting Newbury and helping folks who used their services. They were great supporters of ACE Space with a great show of posters with our gigs, including the A-frame in the Market Square.
Hopefully the staff will be able to find jobs where that make the most of their considerable talents.
‘phone call this morning from a croaky and coughing Stu Hanna this morning regrettably informing us that he has picked up a virus which means he will be in no fit state to perform tonight. Apparently this is the first gig he has ever had to cancel due to his health.
All tickets for Police Dog Hogan and Case Hardin gig on 14th November have all been sold! We knew both bands are popular around Newbury but we didn’t expect to run out of tickets over 2 weeks before the gig. We will maintain a returns list so if anyone with tickets they can no longer use let us know and we will provide a refund if we have someone on the returns list. Email email@example.com or ‘phone 078911 76940 to get on the returns list.
The first Friday of the month and has come and gone, leaving applause and empty beer barrels behind it. Unplugged was kicked off by an introduction to Banjo, the adorable service dog. Banjo has joined the Kotz family in order to assist seven year old Estella with day to day tasks she can struggle with, due to her autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Some ACE Space attendees have donated towards the cost of Banjo, and he received a very warm welcome indeed. After thanking everyone who had contributed, Adam Kotz launched the evening with a couple of bluesy tunes on his guitar.
Two piece band Loreley quickly followed with tongue twister lyrics and fast paced banjo playing. Their EP launch party is on 12th March at 8pm, The Retreat Pub in Reading and will be well worth attending!
Splodge put in another appearance with his topical comedy songs walking, and occasionally dancing boldy over, the line of offense (our favourite lyrics came from a tune about Madonna’s Brit Slip, and went a little something like “Pedro was dressed so kinky, then I was off down the stairs like a slinky”).
A big ACE Space congratulations to James Creed for passing his driving test! James leant his deep tones to two soulful covers from Paul Simon and Bruce Springsteen. He then joined friend Josh Fiddler for Josh’s second song, a funky interpretation of “Lean On Me” which both men performed with talent and infectious fun.
Many of us had been disappointed not to see Glyn’s contribution at the XMAS Bash due to his untimely throat infection. Glad to hear he was fully recovered, we were somewhat surprised to find him taking to the stage resplendent in sling and bandage bandana. Luckily, it was all part of his heartily appreciated performance of “The Bricklayer’s Song”, a hilarious song recounting a man called Murphy’s accident on a building site.
More comedy followed from Graham Coulam who had us all tittering along to witty observations about marriage, injustice and each one of Newbury’s totally unique coffee shops. Talented Tilly Minchin was up next with two of her own songs about friendship and heartache, “Are You Coming Home Tonight” was a particularly touching piece.
Something a bit different from local poet Ken Rich. His new poem “Linguist” went down well, as he considered a wealth of possible careers including “Freelance Gynaecologist”. He followed up with an ACE Space favourite, an unfavourable account of Basingstoke that earned more than a few cheers. Debbie Murphy impressed us all with her fast finger work, accompanied by her accordion and clear dedication. Stephen Baker’s bittersweet covers were the perfect thing to mellow out to as the last of the bars’ lager started to dwindle.
Newcomers SixPack (video below) were a charming twist on the traditional boys’ band. This six piece ukulele group had a feel good, unified sound that certainly benefited from the cheerful audience harmonising.
Slight technical difficulties were overcome with humour and grace by regulars Skyport, who spun out an ode to parking wardens on guitar, violin and drum. William Wallace stirred up solid support for his protest songs, especially from the younger people at the back of the audience who heralded him with cries of “Freedom!”.
Next up were Serin, Daniel, Diarmuid and Nina. Probably our most enthusiastic audience members that night, the young multi-national foursome did covers on banjo, guitar and violin – with Serin and Nina also contributing stage shaking vocals.
Edinburgh Fringe veteran Ben Champion admonished us for our abysmal clap-a-long skills and made us all think long and hard on the question “What if Johnny Cash had been born 30 years later and worked in IT?”. Then it was time for the Kotz family (minus Banjo, plus Calum) and their musical account of their 15 years by the Newbury canal. First timer Josh Smith caught our attention with his guitar and a crooning whisper, it was truly a shame he only had time for one song.
The evening was rounded off by Serin & Nina who returned to the stage after high demand. Their accapella version of HRH Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love” was spellbinding, particularly for a performance devised not five minutes earlier in the ACE Space toilets.
Join us at the next Unplugged, Friday 3rd April. Performers free, everyone else £4.
Newbury Unplugged took place yesterday, as usual it was a great event with some fantastic talent. To show this event (and others) off to a wider audience we now have a YouTube channel, please subscribe through YouTube if you like live music and want to see more.
In case you missed it (in which case shame on you!!) and to christen the new channel, here is one of the acts with Adam Kotz our very own Chairman on banjo!! If you have footage from Unplugged or any other event hosted at ACE Space that you would like to appear on our channel please get in touch!!