There was great music in town on Saturday night, as a prelude to the Pub Race.

Live bands at the Club
The Social Club is arguably the best venue in town for live acts and an evening of young bands was a top attraction.
Three live bands took to the ‘stage’ to entertain a full audience eager to give their support. Before the headline act came two new bands with original styles – Half Cut Roses gave a set of their grung-punk style of music along with ‘alternative’ music from Ultra Violet. If you like live music keep an eye out for them as they start to make a name for themselves in the local area.

Cotton Pickers Party at the Club

Cotton Pickers Party rounded the evening off with a tight set that showed a developing class. The strong and often emotional sounds of Bertie Chattell on lead and vocals, backed by Liam Birch on drums and Tom Oliver-Hawkins on bass indicated this band is one to follow.
They offered a number of their own compositions together with some covers, their version of ‘You need me, I don’t need you’ with its sharp fast vocals was particularly well presented..
Oragniser Paul Driver said that several further music evenings are planned at the Club.

Sykes and Preston at the GNC

Concert at the Centre
Meanwhile at the Gill Nethercott Centre there were sounds of a more relaxed nature, with a concert by Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston, a duo which expertly combines bass and mandolin with ethereal vocals.
Organiser Mike Stead said it was “a lovely set of songs from their last album plus some new surprises, the crowd asked for and got an encore, and many hope to see them play the GNC again soon.” Lots of cake was also consumed and the beer was drunk dry with over £100 raised to help fund family cycling events.

Acoustic Sessions
On Sunday music continued, again at the Social Club where the Whitchurch Acoustic Sessions provided their unique blend of a laid back blend of sounds, to entertain early arrivals for the Pub Race. The same group can also be occasionally seen at the White Hart – enjoying both the hospitality and the fine ale!
Perhaps if you pop down there this Sunday (2nd June) at 4pm…

Jazz Mash at the Red House

Jazz and karaoke
As is now tradition, many of the Pub Race teams provided their own musical accompaniment – of various qualities (!!!), and music sounded out throughout the town for the rest of the day. Some of the pubs also joined in the theme, with Jazz Mash playing their own blend at the Red House, while there was karaoke at the Kings Arms.

Whitchurch has a strong music culture so keep an eye on the Diary pages for upcoming events.


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