Music

RSX is proud to announce the lineup for Reading Swing Exchange 2018. And what a lineup we have! All of our bands have links to Reading and we’re absolutely thrilled to be able support such tremendous local talent. In order of appearance we have:

HEATHER JAYNE & THE RED SHOES

RSX Welcome Dance – Friday Night
Abbey School

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Heather is back, only this time she’s removed her Blue Shoes and slipped on her Red Shoes to kick off RSX 2018. Guaranteed to get you into the swing of things, Heather is a multi-talented musician and vocalist and forms part of one of Berkshire’s finest five-piece jazz, swing and blues bands.

STICKY WICKET & HIS SWING BAND

RSX Ball – Saturday Evening
St Laurence Church

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Oh boy oh boy! Are we in for a treat this year. Regarded as the UK’s No 1 Swing Drummer, Sticky Wicket debuted at London’s 100 Club in 2000 followed by regular TV and radio appearances, including BBC 2’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’ and BBC Radio 2’s ‘Swingtime’.

Regular performers at Twinwood Festival, we’re delighted to welcome Sticky Wicket & his Swing Band to our main event this year –  the RSX Saturday Night Ball. This is most definitely Swing music at its very best!

MA BESSIE

Late Night Blues Jam – Saturday Night
Watlington House

Building on her passion for the Empress of the Blues, Julia Titus formed the band in mid-2015 to share the music of Bessie Smith and her contemporaries with a new generation of listeners. Mixing Julia’s rich, warm vocal sound with a dynamic band that look as well as sound the part, Ma Bessie & her Pig Foot band mix classic blues and jazz tunes from the inter-war years with a selection of original songs and hand-picked covers from the last 50 years of popular music.

 

THE SILVER HEELS

RSX Tea Dance – Sunday Afternoon
Abbey School 

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Back by popular demand The Silver Heels will be performing once again at RSX producing moments of magic for musicians and dancers alike.

The Silver Heels was formed a few years ago by some of Reading’s finest musicians who love playing jazz, swing and Charleston music with exuberance and abandon for people who love to dance… with exuberance and abandon!

We’ll have Nicole Monique Johnson on vocals, Lawrie Wright on piano, Phil Braithwaite on bass and Hamish Stewart on drums. Get a sneak peak here.

FAREWELL BLUES JAM

Sunday Afternoon
Oakford Social Club

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Time to relax and unwind with friends old and new. The Oakford Social Club will be serving great food and drinks with a healthy portion of easy listening Blues served up by our RSX2018 DJs.

Conveniently located directly across the road from the train station, you won’t have far to travel when we finally say thank you and goodbye.

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