Acoustic gig puts Thetford acts in spotlight

Alton Wahlberg at the Charles Burrell Centre acoustic music night. Credit: Four Horsemen

Alton Wahlberg at the Charles Burrell Centre acoustic music night. Credit: Four Horsemen - Credit: Archant

A singer-songwriter who was frustrated at a lack of opportunity for artists is doing his best to change a town's music scene after putting on a packed out event.

More than 200 music fans poured into the Charles Burrell Centre in Thetford on Friday for an acoustic night, organised by performer Alton Wahlberg.

Now in its second year, he said the gig was a chance to give local acts the spotlight.

'I set one up last year and the whole reason was that I grew up in Thetford and was desperate as a songwriter to have a platform to spread my own music.

'I've gone as far as Wales just to play gigs for free because there was nothing going on around here.

'I also wanted people to come and play their own stuff because there is so much talent here and I wanted to put it on show,' he said.

He was joined on the line-up by Nick Stephenson and Lou Spencer, while Curtis Cronin, from Brandon, stepped in at the last minute to fill in for Allie Tooke, who was taken ill.

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The night also saw £166 raised for a children's cancer charity.

Mr Wahlberg added that he intended to put on more of the night.

'I've had lots of people get in touch since the night,' he said.

'We've got a lot of good people here who are interested so ideally I'd like to put on the event two or three times a year.'

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