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Oct
19
Fri
2018
Holy Moly & The Crackers @ ACE Space
Oct 19 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Holy Moly & The Crackers

Gypsy folk rock delivered with relentless energy.  This band brings a carnival atmosphere to the stage that’s made them one of the most popular bands on the festival circuit.

A review on the “Brag” website neatly summed them up as “a wild and raging six-piece who sound like they’ve run away from the circus to somewhere in France in the pursuit of exploring every musical genre they can. Expect a combination of soft folk, speed gypsy, racing Spanish rhythms, rock ‘n’ roll and a traditional Jewish wedding march blended into a richly gratifying tapestry of sound.”  The review went on to say “Holy Moly move through their set with a sense of graceful chaos and wild energy that is truly infectious. Patterson and Bird alternate between singing and serenading each other with fiddle and trumpet solos, which layer effortlessly over their contrasting voices. Each song is different and pulls you between euphoria and tragedy within seconds, all the while fully acted out by Bird who brings a theatrical element to the show with his on stage jigging, floor dropping and pirouetting in between lines.”

Although hailing from Newcastle there is a local connection as Conrad Bird has grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins in Newbury.

Need to know more?  If so take a look at MusicMusingsAndStuff

Holy Moly & The Crackers website

+ Hannah Scott

From Suffolk via Italy, Hannah Scott performs contemporary folk music and is picking up a loyal following thanks to her distinctive voice, strong melodies and thought-provoking lyrics. She has found her musical home with creative partner Stefano Della Casa, and they are putting the finishing touches to a new record due out early next year. Hannah’s music has been heard on BBC Radio 2, including a live session on Dermot O’Leary’s Saturday afternoon show, and praise for her work has arrived from publications such as MOJO and The Guardian. She was awarded funding by PRS Foundation to travel to New York to perform at music festival Mondo NYC and has run a successful PledgeMusic campaign to return again this autumn. Her arresting live performances have earned her support slots for the likes of 10cc and Seth Lakeman and shows at venues such as London’s Union Chapel.

Hannah’s website

Tickets: £12 (£10 Early Bird – by 22 September)

Tickets are available locally in advance from Hogan Music with no booking fee or click here to buy tickets from wegottickets

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The ACE Space bar usually stocks draught ale eg Good Old Boy (£3.50 pint), bottled / canned beers, lagers, ciders, wines, spirits and soft drinks. Interval drinks may be ordered in advance. Note bar is cash only.

Seating is normally informally grouped around tables in the main hall. Come early for the best choice of seats.

N.B. Due to nearby construction work, there is no car parking and very restricted turning capacity at the venue so please use the nearby car parks (£2 for the evening) or look for on-street parking other than in St Nicholas Road, so as not to inconvenience local residents. Most parking spaces in Bartholomew Street are free after 6pm.

8pm start  (Doors open: 7.30pm)

Nov
16
Fri
2018
Sarah McQuaid @ ACE Space
Nov 16 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Sarah McQuaid

“The precision and sophistication of the writing and playing blows me away. I am so glad to be involved,” writes guitar legend Michael Chapman in his introduction to Sarah McQuaid’s fifth solo album If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous – which he offered to produce after meeting Sarah at a festival where they were both on the bill.

Recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ards International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland, Sarah’s also drawn critical praise for her voice (which has been variously likened to malt whiskey and melted chocolate) and her engaging rapport with audiences:  “I’ve attended hundreds of concerts of all kinds, and her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever,” wrote The Huffington Post.

Reviewers of the Madrid-born, Chicago-raised, Cornwall-based singer/songwriter’s previous albums have repeatedly alluded to her “relative obscurity” (The Big Takeover) and “under-the-radar” (The Vinyl District) profile. With her new album – on which she expands her battery of instruments to include piano and electric guitar – she looks set to change that.

“One voice, one guitar, and the wondrous reminder of the magic of music. Sarah has the gift.” – The Huffington Post

“The songs are acutely observed and literate, almost like journal notes set to music. They’re measured and tranquil but they’re never dull because there is always a sense of restlessness and unease behind the poetry…. And it’s all lovely.” –  R2/Rock ‘n’ Reel

Sarah’s website

Tickets: £12 (£10 Early Bird – by 2 November or when limited tickets have been sold if earlier)

Tickets are available locally in advance from Hogan Music with no booking fee or click here to buy tickets from wegottickets

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The ACE Space bar usually stocks draught ale eg Good Old Boy (£3.50 pint), bottled / canned beers, lagers, ciders, wines, spirits and soft drinks. Interval drinks may be ordered in advance. Note bar is cash only.

Seating is normally informally grouped around tables in the main hall. Come early for the best choice of seats.

N.B. Due to nearby construction work, there is no car parking and very restricted turning capacity at the venue so please use the nearby car parks (£2 for the evening) or look for on-street parking other than in St Nicholas Road, so as not to inconvenience local residents. Most parking spaces in Bartholomew Street are free after 6pm.

8pm start  (Doors open: 7.30pm)