Monday, 19 November 2018

Goring event still unplugged at 10

A POPULAR acoustic music event celebrates its 10th birthday next weekend in its home town of Goring.

A POPULAR acoustic music event celebrates its 10th birthday next weekend in its home town of Goring.

Goring Unplugged was originally founded by three amateur musicians in April 2003, with the original intention of providing a platform for the wealth of local talent, young and old.

Now, a decade on, the event has gone from strength to strength — achieving regular full houses and renowned for nurturing young talent.

Despite normally attracting performers from near and far, the special birthday event on Friday, April 19 will welcome back some of the more local acts who have provided entertainment over the years. As usual, it will be an eclectic evening, featuring a wide range of music including blues, Latin, an all-girls’ choir and psychedelic folk-rock.

Spokesman Howard Timberlake said: “Goring Unplugged isn’t an open mic night, which makes it stand out from most acoustic nights. All the acts are pre-booked and the main rule for any performer is that they play totally unamplified.

“This, together with an audience who loves to listen — not chat during the music — makes for a special atmosphere. It’s an atmosphere which Unplugged has become famous for amongst local and national performers.”

The event currently runs every couple of months and has attracted some exciting and famous acts in recent years including Maddy Prior of Steeleye Span, local band Amy’s Ghost and actor Douglas Hodge.

Goring Unplugged is based in Goring Village Hall and the event itself breaks with the traditions of a typical acoustic night with the audience sat at tables, surrounding a small, low stage in the middle of the hall.

The entry fee is £3, and profits are ploughed back into running costs — and making sure the audience is supplied with nibbles. All performers play for free.

The three musicians who began Goring Unplugged — Chris Hawes, Howard Timberlake and Mark Baker — still organise the event but are backed by a committed group of volunteers who are instrumental in making the event run smoothly.

The Goring Unplugged birthday bash takes place at Goring Village Hall on Friday, April 19 at 8pm.

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