Club’s new chapter

From left, Book Cycle volunteer Jacqui Taylor, lead vocals and guitarist of Wigan based band 'Reason to Lie' Andy Unsworth and Book Cycle visitor Georgia Taylor, 13
From left, Book Cycle volunteer Jacqui Taylor, lead vocals and guitarist of Wigan based band 'Reason to Lie' Andy Unsworth and Book Cycle visitor Georgia Taylor, 13
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LIBRARIES may be associated with quiet, but one community reading venue hopes to hear the sweet sound of success after throwing open its doors to Wigan’s music community.

The Book-Cycle in Beech Hill, located in the former library on Gidlow Lane, will host its first gig this weekend when roots act Reason To Lie take to the stage.

The venue hopes to branch out into hosting regular music performances after the laws on acoustic music performances were relaxed last year, with the shredding of red tape aimed at encouraging alternative venues for unplugged concerts including coffee shops and cafes,

Reason to Lie will follow up their set with a question-and-answer session covering songwriting, performing and making a success of being in the music industry.

Guitarist and singer Andy Unsworth, from Swinley, said: “It seems like a really nice tie-in for the music scene with the book cycle being a community project.

“It’s especially good as it opens live music up to families and young children, people who wouldn’t have the chance to experience bands playing.

“Wigan’s got an explosion of good unsigned bands at the moment, and people don’t tend to know about what’s going on unless they’re part of that scene.”

Reason To Lie, who include former members of indie band The Atomic Hound Dog, play a blend of traditionally-minded styles including country and western and Americana blended with elements of indie-rock, influenced by the likes of Ryan Adams and Wilco.

Although they have only been playing since January the band, made up of Andy, lead vocalist Caroline Walsh, guitarist Mark Jay and drummer and percussionist Si Ellis, has already secured a prestigious support slot opening for Gerard Starkey in Wigan last month.

The book cycle in Beech Hill started last year after a group of volunteers approached the national charity to run the library, which was threatened with closure following local authority funding cuts, as a free bookshop.

Founder and trustee Anthony Melling said: “Music is central to creativity in Wigan and hopefully the gigs will help take away the hurdles young people face when learning instruments and forming a band.

“We are looking to provide a point of contact for like-minded people to meet, and we also hope to attract a broad section of the community to our facility.

“We have only received positive feedback so far, so I don’t see why we can’t make Saturday sessions a major part of what we do. If there are enough bands in Wigan we will look at putting on weekly gigs.”

Reason To Lie will play at the Beech Hill Book Cycle on Saturday, at 2pm, with a question-and-answer session to follow. Entry is free.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/ReasonToLie or book-cycle.org/beech-hill or search on Facebook.