Thursday, 15 November 2018

Music for all tastes at solstice festival

The Butchers Arms in Sonning Common is staging a one-day music festival to raise money for Headway, Thames Valley on

The Butchers Arms in Sonning Common is staging a one-day music festival to raise money for Headway, Thames Valley on Saturday June 22 the summer solstice.

Landlord Rob Blues, himself a big music fan, has organised a line-up through the day to cater for most tastes and he’s expecting people to put their hands in their pockets to show their appreciation.

“We have some really good acts in fact I’ve been surprised at the number of professional and gigging musicians who come into the pub and want to lend a hand,” said Rob who’s been at the Butchers Arms for just over a year.

The performers will all be local and based in the Sonning Common, Reading and Henley communities but especially the village. There’ll be a marquee, overfow car parking and all the acts will perform under a rainproof shelter so the day will go ahead no matter what the clouds bring.

All the charity proceeds will to Headway which specialises in helping people with severe head injuries. They will also be there with their collection buckets, balloons and face painting for the children or anyone else.

Sam Brown’s ukulele youngstershope to play, together with the singers from a regular open mic night at the pub who will get their own 90 minute spot.

Other acts include Replay, Goin’ Loud featuring Pete Kreuger, The JJs, heavy rock group Whisky Blitz and the folk group Rye Wolf which has formed from singing and playing sessions at the Boaters Bar at the Thames and Kennet Marina and Readifolk.

“We’ve also been very lucky to get a young rising star who’s beginning to make big waves, Totie Southwell,” says Rob. “Totie played at the Henley Fringe last year and is there again in July and she’s just returned from doing a gig close to the Cannes Film festival no less.”

The music starts at about one PM on Saturday June 22 and will continue until 10 o clock.

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