Ace Space presents:
Police Dog Hogan
+ The Pottingshed Band
Ace Space, St Nicholas Road, Newbury RG14 5PR
Seven-piece band Police Dog Hogan describe themselves as Urban Bluegrass and there is a banjo player, but don't let that put you off. Their music is hugely varied, from comedy crowd pleasers to authentic Appalachian tunes via uptempo country rock and genuinely touching ballads.
Most of the band are quite bright and several of them write for a living, so it isn't surprising that their songs are intelligent and well-crafted and that their banter is a cut above. We suspect that the band is their mid-life crisis but if so they are having a damn fine time with it.
Ace Space favourites The Pottingshed Band support with their unique take on blues and folk.
Arlington Arts Centre presents:
Mick Ralphs Blues Band
Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare, Newbury RG14 3BQ
Mick Ralphs, founder of Mott The Hoople and Bad Company, is at it again. When most other rock stars are coasting on their back catalogues, or not bothering at all, he's started something completely new. And he's bringing his new project – The Mick Ralphs Blues Band – to the Arlington Arts Centre in Newbury on April 26, fresh from a three-week tour of Germany.
The Arlington set will feature four all-new songs, plus some Bad Company classics. Even the covers are heavily reworked versions of old favourites, or lesser-known tracks from the classic Chicago blues boom of the 1950s.
The band's first CD, Should Know Better, available on the night, features three originals, including the title track, which is the first fully-realised song by Mick Ralphs for many years. It also includes live favourites like the Albert King and Cream classic ‘Born Under A Bad Sign’, Jimmy Reed's ‘Shame Shame Shame’ and a Dr Feelgood-style version of ‘Evil’, by Howlin' Wolf.
11 Apr - 23 Apr
Prior's Court School presents:
This is me
art exhibition by students with autism from Prior's Court
Newbury Central Library The Wharf, Newbury, Berkshire
A display of art created by students from Prior's Court, all of whom have autism and severe and complex needs. The project was led by teacher Louise Cole and New Greenham artist, Julie Parker with photos by Louise Belaers.
Many of the students are non-verbal. Julie's aim was to offer as much freedom of expression as possible, through the choice of colours, materials and movement. The resulting artworks ranged from large expressive charcoal drawings made on the floor to controlled colourful dots done at a table.