Open Mic nights come to Emmer GreenBy Linda Serck
July 14, 2011
Open Mic nights are called so because the stage is open to anyone who wishes to try out their talents in front of an audience.
It’s a great way for fledging bands or artists to have a stab at achieving their dream or at least gain some valuable experience honing their performance skills.
So what makes a good open mic night? How do you encourage musicians to come along and fill the slots?
Ashley Stone runs a successful night at the White Horse pub in Emmer Green.
You may recognise his name as he is alsoa solo singer who performs regularly at Old Orleans at The Oracle Riverside.
For those more seasoned rock fans, he was also the frontman in School For The Gifted around five years ago.
“It wasn’t difficult to set this up,” he says of his night, that runs on the second or third Friday of the month. “I’m so busy with my solo act, I don’t really have time to play with a band.
“That’s what I miss, so that’s the reason why I put this together.”
He has a house band that gets the ball rolling for the first 45 minutes of the night, which kicks off at 8.30pm and lasts until 11pm.
The band play everything from soul and reggae to swing and rock.
“Then, whoever wants to get up and sing or play can do,” he says. “There is some great talent that sings both covers and originals.”
The next night is this Friday, and then you can come along on Fridays August 12, September 16, October 14, November 18 and December 16.
Ashley adds: “It’s a great night and we always seem to get the place jumping.”
If you run an open mic night, get in touch by emailing email@example.com
Caversham’s Alan Clayson – he of Clayson and the Argonauts as well as great music biographer – is performing the songs of Jacques Brel on Friday in Newbury.
This ties in with a new edition of his biography of the great Belgian chansonnier, Jacques Brel: La Vie Bohème.
The night will focus on Brel’s repertoire, though expect to hear other arrangements and songs too.
Head to Ace Space in St Nicholas Road, doors are at 7.30pm. Get more information from www.acespacenewbury.com
Identical twin sisters Charlotte and Laura Carrivick are coming to play at the Village Club in Nettlebed on Monday.
Growing up playing and writing music together, the Devon sisters’ style shows a strong bluegrass influence without obscuring their English roots.
They sing gorgeous harmonies and perform their songs on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, dobro and clawhammer banjo.
They were runners-up in the 2010 BBC Young Folk Awards and are releasing their fourth album, From The Fields, later this summer. Doors are at 7.30pm and tickets cost £11.50.
For details, call 01628 636620 before 9pm or log on to www.nettlebedfolkclub.co.uk
Club Velocity cranks open its doors on Saturday with a glorious home-coming gig for Reading’s Ben Marwood, who’s been on tour with Frank Turner.
In support are Aubrey Dye-Welch and Dylan-Louise at the Rising Sun arts centre, Silver Street. Doors are at 8pm and tickets cost £5 on the door.
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