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Band's bid to help with Oxfam gig
by Jenny Minard
BBC Berkshire Reporter

Gonzo and the Razz
Gonzo and the Razz will play at the Rising Sun Arts Centre

Music and charity go hand in hand on many occasion - just think Band Aid and the Children in Need annual charity single.

But now gig-goers in Reading will get the chance to support a local charity and see great talent every two months.

Oxfam and the Rising Sun Arts Centre are teaming up to provide live music nights at the venue in Silver Street.

Volunteer and organiser Joanne Kelly explains how important it is to hold charity events in Reading.

"We need to continue to maintain an awareness of Oxfam and its work. Gigs in particular are a good way of getting young people involved and giving money to charity, but in an exciting and innovative way."

Three acts will be playing on the evening - Amy's Ghost, The Sweet Nothings and Gonzo and the Razz.

Tribal-folk band Amy's Ghost is going from strength to strength after a fantastic summer of festivals - including at appearance at Reading.

The Sweet Nothings are an indie-pop group from Sheffield who are heading to Berkshire to show Reading a poptastic time.

And playing only their second gig as a full band will be Gonzo and the Razz, providing an array of indie-pop treats.

Bands onboard

Joanne explains how the bands got involved.

"Amy's Ghost have played a couple of gigs for Oxfam already and were keen to play another gig at the Rising Sun Arts Centre for the cause.

Amy's Ghost
Amy's Ghost will also be taking to the stage at the gig

"Gonzo and the Razz are a local band comprising of musicians who have all played in other local bands (such as Mark Knight and the Witches, and Turnpike Glow), and have been supportive of the Oxfam cause for a while now.

"The Sweet Nothings from Sheffield have played at the Rising Sun Arts Centre, and were keen to play again at such a great venue."

The organisers are hoping to raise about £250 for Oxfam.

Joanne works with the Oxfam music shop in Reading which is situated on Duke Street.

It sells second-hand vinyl, CDs and DVDs. They also hold live gigs, most recently Berkshire-based electro star Mr Fogg.

Joanne says it provides volunteers with the opportunity to develop their skills, from selling, and pricing music, to putting on events and promoting the shop.

Raising funds

The gig is part of the national Oxjam month of live music.

"It has a large impact on publicising the charity nationally and getting young people involved in volunteering and raising funds for Oxfam," Joanne says.

"On a local level, the events give volunteers and bands the opportunity to raise funds for Oxfam, while promoting the charity and adding to a vibrant music scene within Reading."

Oxfam presents… is on Saturday, 9 October. Doors open at 8.30pm. Tickets cost £5 on the door.

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