October 22

Risking It All
Tuesday 04 October 7:30pm
Free Of Charge

A ‘Risking It All’ performance is taking place at Arlington Arts Centre on Tuesday 4th October at 7.30pm aimed specifically at parents. This is a rare opportunity to see a piece of theatre currently touring local schools and engage with your teenager on issues that could affect them. Sexting, grooming, substance misuse and inappropriate relationships are all covered. Most West Berkshire teenagers stated they would seek help from parents before anyone else regarding these issues – this performance will give you vital information and get the conversation started.


reunion: dave kelly & bob hall with hilary blythe
Thursday 06 October 8pm

Friends since the sixties, the UKs premier blues vocalist and guitarist Dave Kelly and blues & boogie pianist Bob Hall are together again and with Hilary Blythe.

Dave Kelly, outstanding singer, guitarist and songwriter, a founder member of The Blues Band, and five-times winner of the British Blues Connection ‘Acoustic Artist of the Year’ award, has played and recorded with Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker and the legendary Son House.

Bob Hall, acclaimed pianist, mandolinist, singer, and songwriter has occupied the piano chair for scores of US Blues legends. He is a prolific recording artist, founder member of Savoy Brown and the leader of Rocket 88 and The British Blues All Stars.

Hilary Blythe is an emotive and compelling singer and rock-solid bass player. A highly versatile artist, Hilary is the engine room of The A-Team which backs Lil’ Jimmy Reed on his European and North American tours. 


Katy Hurt
Friday 07 October 8pm

Katy Hurt is one of those rare talents that can write and perform with equal impact. Her 2019 single ‘Revved Up’ prompted Roland Monger, Music Blogger, to say ‘Hurt’s voice takes Dolly Parton’s twang and Beth Ditto’s soul, wraps it all up in a basket with a bow before setting fire to it and leaving it on your doorstep.’

Maverick Magazine gave ‘Unfinished Business’, Katy Hurt’s self-released EP which produced the Top 20 hit singles ‘Revved Up’ and ‘Unfinished Business’, a five-star review, noting ‘incredible vocals, slick guitar work, excellent rhythm and – most importantly – superb songs’.

Steeped in country roots, but never one to simply yield to the traditional Nashville sound, Katy stretches the country music genre in exciting new directions, with haunting blues vocals and towering country rock guitars.


Touching the void’s Simon Yates: My Mountain Life
Saturday 08 October 7:30pm

On the remote Siula Grande in Peru in June 1985, mountaineer Simon Yates found himself in a desperately unenviable position. He was slowly being pulled off the mountain face by his injured partner, Joe Simpson, dangling on the rope 50 metres below.  His decision to cut the rope saved both their lives in the epic of survival that followed and with the publication of the book ‘Touching The Void’, later film and stage play, both climbers became household names.

It was an experience that could have put many off the sport of mountaineering – but not Simon. Over 35 years later, he is still a very active exploratory climber and guide, making several expeditions to the mountains each year. From the Arctic to the Antarctic, Alaska to Central Asia, there is hardly a significant range that he has not visited. 

Come along and witness Simon’s tireless journey from that mountain in Peru to some of the remotest on the planet and share with him the drama, excitement and beauty of modern, lightweight alpinism. Told with wit, dry humour and lavishly illustrated with images and film collected on his great climbs.

“Simon is a totally engaging speaker, who both entertains and inspires.”


Chamber Philharmonic Europe
Wednesday 12 October 7:30pm


Corelli – Concerto Grosso Op.6 No.4 in D Major

Hummel – Concerto for Trumpet in E-flat Major  

J. S. Bach – Concerto for two Violins in D minor BWV 1043

– Interval –

Elgar – Serenade for Strings, Op.20 

Rachmaninov – Vocalise

Mozart – Divertimento in F Major KV.13

The Chamber Philharmonic Europe was founded in 2006 in Cologne, Germany and engages over 60 of the most talented young musicians from 18 European nations. Their repertoire ranges from baroque to modern: classical symphony concerts, chamber concerts, operas and operettas.


A Room Of One’s Own
Thursday 20 October 8pm
£16, £14 concessions

The award-winning creators of Christmas Gothic, Female Gothic, Austen’s Women, and I, Elizabeth return with a twenty-first century take on Virginia Woolf’s celebrated pre-TED talk.  

Take a wry, amusing, and incisive trip through the history of literature, feminism, and gender.  Meet Charlotte Brontë, Jane Austen, Aphra Behn, and Shakespeare’s sister – Judith! Travel to the far-flung future of… 2028.  But whatever you do, Keep Off the Grass.

Rebecca Vaughan (DallowayOrlandoChristmas GothicAusten’s WomenJane Eyre: An Autobiography) performs Woolf’s 1928 exploration of the impact of poverty and sexual inequality on intellectual freedom and creativity. 

THREE WEEKS Cumulative Body of Work Award-Winners, 2018 

★★★★★ ‘Intelligently adapted, beautifully performed… entrancing’ British Theatre Guide

★★★★★ ’Richly re-imagined, exquisitely evocative‘ Edinburgh Guide


Sari Schorr
Friday 21 October 8pm
£15, £17 OTD

Sari’s brand-new, 12-track live album was recorded on the last tour and serves as a perfect illustration of why you’ll want to catch the next one. We are treated to the passion of original songs from her two studio albums and two reworked covers, ‘Black Betty’ and ‘I Just Want To Make Love To You’, both hot favourites with audiences. These stunning live recordings from across Europe, along with two previously-unreleased acoustic tracks recorded for the BBC in the UK, truly make this album an object of desire. For Sari “there is an honesty in a live performance that allows me to be vulnerable and uncensored.”

We are in uncharted territory, and to use superlatives that have been wrongly applied to lesser performers in the past, mostly by ad agencies, would be to cheapen something exceptional. Perhaps the best words are actually the names of other exceptional artists Sari stands alongside, like Tina Turner, Elkie Brooks and the already mentioned Janice Joplin.

“Schorr can sing ‘em. the New Yorker makes you believe every stormy line” Classic Rock Magazine

“…one of the best contemporary blues rock singers in the world” Raw Ramp


Bailey Tomkinson BAND

Hailing from St Ives, Cornwall as part of the ‘Kernowfornia’ music scene, singer/songwriter Bailey Tomkinson has made national headlines, first when as an unsigned, unmanaged artist, she reached number one in the iTunes Video charts. And then again when The Times showcased her song ‘Bright Red’ as a rallying cry for sustainability and social justice ahead of the 2021 G7 Summit in her home town.

Bailey recently enjoyed features in The Times, Metro, The Mail online and had a double page spread in Hello magazine. She was also invited to perform and talk about her recent success on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. She has been approached by Select Models Agency to join their talent board and is now in discussions with several major labels.

Bailey’s mastery of pop-country hooks and relatable emotional storytelling has earned her comparison with early Taylor Swift, Emmylou Harris and Maggie Rogers. Sonically, ‘Silent Suffering’ sees a slight shift in production from her earlier releases and is influenced by her love of artists such as Sam Fender, Sheryl Crow and Bruce Springsteen.

“She’s only 20, she’s phenomenal” Sarah Gosling BBC Introducing


Little Red Riding Hood
Monday 24 October 3pm
£8, £30 Family

A wolf in granny’s clothing knows all about what fun dressing up can be and in Little Red Riding Hood, Lyngo Theatre’s magical wardrobe opens its doors to a fantastic display of gorgeous garments as they take you down the path into the snowy wild wood where you’ll hear catchy songs on the wind and spot hilarious puppets between the trees. What a great show Lyngo Theatre have got – all the better to thrill you with! 

For ages 3-8. 


The bongolian album launch party
Friday 28 october 8pm

Row F may have a restricted view – for more information please visit https://arlington-arts.com/seating-plan/

Harlem Hipshake sees the welcome return of The Bongolian AKA multi-instrumentalist and Big Boss Man front man, Nasser Bouzida.

Harlem Hipshake finds The Bongolian deeply immersed in his lifelong love for the music of the sixties New York’s Latin Soul scene, particularly the music of Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria and Joe Bataan. Principally a drummer and percussionist by trade, Nasser has once again delivered another set of heavy breaks and percussive grooves underpinning this brand new collection of songs which he has written and produced. Support comes from DJ Ken Brookes.

Special Guests: Simon Currie
There aren’t many musicians who are equally at home on all these instruments: Flute, clarinet, and soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones. In 2001, Simon joined The Manfreds, playing alongside Manfred Mann founder members Paul Jones, Mike Hugg, Tom McGuinness and Mike d’Abo. Roxy Storm will also be joining The Bongolian and co. onstage for some sensational acrobatic dance moves.

In addition, Nasser will be exhibiting and selling his original handpainted sixties inspired psychedelic original designs that take you on a magical mystery tour of colour and shape – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BongolianArtCompany


Dare (Support: Troy Redfern)
Saturday 29 October 8pm

DARE is best known for their frontman singer songwriter, Darren Wharton, who first rose to fame in the early eighties playing keyboards with legendary Irish rock band Thin Lizzy. From the tender age of 17, Darren went on to record the famous Chinatown album with Philip Lynott, Scott Gorham, Snowy White (Pink Floyd) and Brian Downey.

After a year of selling out concert halls around the globe, Thin Lizzy once again returned to the studio. Now, as an established member of the band, Darren was about to embark on his second Thin Lizzy album ‘Renegade’. After co-writing ‘Angel of Death’ with Philip Lynott, Wharton’s talent for song writing began to emerge. Several world tours later, Darren went on to co-write ‘The Sun Goes Down’, ‘This Is The One’, ‘Heart Attack’ and ‘Someday She’s Gonna Hit Back’ on the legendary Thin Lizzy album ‘Thunder and Lightning’. After four great years of playing alongside Phil Lynott, Scott Gorham, Brian Downey and Whitesnake’s John Sykes, Thin Lizzy disbanded.

UK Rock band DARE are pleased to announce Troy Redfern (aka The King of Slide Guitar) as their very special guest on their forthcoming 12-date October 2022 UK tour. The news follows hot on the heels of Troy supporting When Rivers Meet’s UK tour on their April and May UK tour, and dovetails with Troy’s new studio album slated for release this summer. Hailed by Rock and Blues Muse as part of their Best of British ’15 UK Blues Artists to Check Out Today’, the influential music website had this to say about Troy – “His performances are passionate and intense, and while his style certainly references its delta blues roots, his delivery pulls it into the 21st century through a swamp of distortion and contemporary rock n’ roll aesthetics.”