2 Dec – Highly Entertaining Highly Strung
The second night of the Living Advent Calendar saw snow falling in Friday Street to the delight of the children before local band Highly Strung led by Ian Desmond took to the mics to perform some music legend classics. After a small technical mic hitch they opened with Elton John’s, Rocket Man and their set included David Bowie’s, Major Tom and Van Morrison’s, Brown Eyed Girl.
A good crowd enjoyed the party atmosphere and great music on late night shopping evening in town with many singing along.
The evening was sponsored by Boatique and Hot Gossip and money from the raffle was going to Sue Ryder.
3 Dec – Bathroom Acoustics Back for Another Big Splash
The balcony at Leander Club was the stage for door three of this year’s Living Advent Calendar where Bathroom Acoustics returned for the second year with the line up this time seeing front man, Lance Gerrard Wright being joined by his sister-in-law, Mel Gerrard-Wright on vocals and original guitarist Simon Milner.
They sang classics such at Nine to Five by Dolly Parton, Freedom by George Michael and Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol. The really cold weather had an impact on the band’s guitars, Lance said “”Don’t blame us, blame the weather!”
The audience kept warm around small fires in the garden of the club and enjoyed mulled wine, Brakspear beer and mince pies.
The evening was raising money for Wyfold Riding for Disabled Centre.
4 Dec – A Touch of Bublé Christmas Magic
Marc Hockley, a tribute artist from Reading returned to the Living Advent Calendar as Michael Buble this year. Richard Rodway asked Marc to return after his Robbie Williams performance which opened the 2014 Living Advent Calendar went down a storm.
Marc’s act, Mike All Buble, sees him don a very shiny grey suit and sing with a Canadian accent and all of Buble’s charm. Marc sang Buble’s classics and festive songs including “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”, Cry Me a River, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” and “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”.
Marc said afterwards, “I’ve only being doing Buble for 5 years unlike Robbie who I’ve been performing as for 17 years. I’m delighted to be back especially at this beautiful venue.”
Phyllis Court provided mulled wine and nibbles and the money raised from the raffle went to Thames Valley Animal Welfare.
Richard Rodway. Chair of the LAC Organising Committee said, “I’m really delighted and proud to be able to put on nights like tonight. “It is fantastic to be able to come to great venues like this with performers of the quality of Marc”.