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This Weekend's Events (27th to 29th April)

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Hi Everyone

They say that a watched kettle never boils.  So imagine my dismay when my kettle failed to boil even though I wasn't even watching it.  It was then that I realised that perhaps somebody else (Gary, Hendryx J) had been watching it, causing it to remain unboiled.  They both denied this and a row subsequently ensued.  It only calmed down when we realised it hadn't boiled because it wasn't plugged in!

How we laughed when the mystery was solved

In other news, there's some events or something at the Rising Sun this weekend

On Friday, we bring you CLUB VELOCITY

Another fine selection of beat combos for the enjoyment of us all courtesy of Velocity HQ and it looks just so:-


British acoustic duo comprising of solo artist Jen Bird and Simon Driscoll from the folk- rock band, Burnt Tomorrow. 

Simon and Jen met while performing at the same venue in 2010, a fateful encounter that would lead them to join forces as a performing and writing duo...

Drawing influences from bands such as The Civil Wars, their haunting melodies and heart-felt lyrics have transfixed audiences and marked them out as a band to watch! 

As well as their debut album (set for release later this year!) the pair have also co-written and produced two full length musicals; The Island of Lost Children and The Best Murder Mystery Party Ever.

Singer and songwriter raised on a wholesome diet of folk and rock. Her on-stage style is honest yet playful, with songs and a voice that come from the heart.

Born to Welsh singer Mary Hopkin and American-Italian producer Tony Visconti, a musical career was inevitable but Jessica has also worked in fields such as health and social care, with people from all sorts of backgrounds, and this reflects in her songwriting.

Live, she performs mostly with Christian on bass and her acoustic guitar, with percussion strapped to her army boots.

All Jessica's own writing, new album 'Around The Block' is a return to her acoustic roots. Jessica sings, plays guitar, saxophone, ukulele and kazoo. She is supported by Christian Thomas on bass and Simon Adams on drums and percussion, with guest appearances from her brother Morgan Visconti, Paul Cuddeford and Jules Hay.

'Around The Block' is a completely acoustic album. This is in contrast to her previous album release 'I Am Not', which is an eclectic mix of acoustic and electronic music. Jessica co-produced the new album with partner Christian Thomas, who recorded and mixed the album.

Jessica said "I wanted to have a more organic feel to this album. I felt that I wanted to break away from the rigid formality of a studio album, so wherever possible, we recorded in different places. Most of the guitars were tracked in our mobile recording studio in an orchard in Ross on Wye, and the saxophones were recorded on the A470 to Brecon!"

The album ends with 'This Is My Love Song'. Originally an electronic track on I Am Not, this live version was recorded on tour in the USA and features Christian, Morgan, and Tony Visconti on backing vocals.

Jessica also tours with Bowie supergroup Holy Holy alongside her father Tony Visconti (Bowie, T.Rex), Woody Woodmansey (Spiders from Mars) and Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17), as well as Paul Cuddeford, James Stevenson and Berenice Scott. They have toured in the USA, Canada, Japan and the UK.

Jessica sings and plays saxophone, 12-string guitar and percussion in the band.

New solo outing of long time of the Reading music scene.Tim Milbourne (Off The Radar) Great stuff.

We’ll be open at 8pm and it’ll cost you £7 on the door, or £5 in advance from www.wegottickets.com

On Saturday, the Rising Sun is one of many venues in town playing host to ARE YOU LISTENING? 2018

Are You Listening? Festival return for its sixth instalment in 2018, following the huge success of it's Fifth Birthday in 2017. Line up information and tickets are available now from http://areyoulistening.org.uk 

Confirmed line-up for the Rising Sun looks just so...

6.45pm   CECIL
7.45pm   SELF HELP
9.45pm   HEAD DROP
10.30pm  GRAFTED

That’s everything for another week, just to remind you that we are, as always, at 30 Silver Street, Reading, RG1 2ST (If you pop it into your satnav or Google, we shall magically appear!)

Have a nice weekend!

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