Ross Reinvented

The first ever ‘Ross Reinvented Festival’ was a massive success (March 15-17). With both main events a total sell out. The festival launched on with a tremendous toe tapping mega dance night. ‘The Mighty Pledge’ providing an irresistible call for the audience to get up and shake their collective funky stuff, which they did with gay abandon. Continue reading

Oldschool Shopping

Ditch The Mouse (and go oldschool shopping in Ross On Wye)

Like many towns in modern Britain. Ross On Wye has roads lined with shops, some of which struggle to make ends meet. They blame all sorts of things for this. Out of town supermarkets and shopping malls, brexit, the wrong type of leaves on the pavement, etc etc. But the weird thing is, people are still shopping, perhaps more than ever. So why are shops going dark?. It all boils down to one thing. The rise of clickbait on that damn interwebby thingamajig. Continue reading

Magic On The Ears

Another unforgettable night at The Gig Club was experienced by an appreciative crowd last Saturday 26th May. Once again the venue was ‘The Venue’ on Hill Street, Ross town centre.

On the bill was award winning Canadian singer songwriter Ian Sherwood, whose latest UK tour wound up in Ross On Wye. But this was no end of season wind down, because Ian was on top form and treated the audience to a spellbinding set. Continue reading

CrazyBird Back to Roost

Ross On Wye’s very own comedy club ‘CrazyBird Comedy’, was back at the Ross Sports Club for a third time last Friday (12th May), and the sellout audience enjoyed another hilarious night as regular jovial host, Geoff Whiting introduced a whole raft of accomplished comedians for their delectation and delight.

First up was likeable standup Joseph Wilson with a whole gaggle of regional accents and impressions. His Donald Trump was very good, Continue reading

A night out in the ‘Town Of Music’

As part of the build up to Herefordshire’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021, Ross-on-Wye is rebranding itself as ‘Town Of Music’. We thought we’d put that claim to the test last Saturday night (01/04/17) by spending the evening in search of the lost chord.

Actually it turned out there was an lot on offer, so we were only able to sample a few. We could have chosen to see the Ross Choral Society singing Hayden’s ‘Seasons’ at St Mary’s Church, or caught ‘Ruddigore’ the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera, at the Phoenix Theatre. There was also the monthly Country and Western night (Yeehaw!) at The Larraperz Centre.

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The ukuleles of Ross-on-Wye ring out

The Ukulele Man of Ross (Matthew Stead) and the Ross Uke Troupe gave a brilliant charity concert on Saturday night. They raised over £500 for the Evelina Children’s Hospital and entertained a packed house at the Phoenix Theatre, Ross-on-Wye. The first half of the show featured the ‘Ross Uke Troop’, formed from ukulele students of all ages, all taught by Matthew. They attacked their repertoire of pop covers and classical arrangements with gusto and clearly had a great time, as did the audience, who clapped and cheered and generally showed their appreciation throughout the night. Continue reading