Stripped Back Sessions kick off a new acoustic night on Thursday, August 9, at 7.30pm in The Victoria in Old Town.

Chart topper Josh Kumra, pictured, was helped in his music career by The Swindon Academy of Music and Sound, organisers of the new bi-monthly sessions. Academy manager Stevie Leigh said: “It is a new way of presenting acoustic singer/songwriters and opportunity for them to talk about and perform some of their songs. A great night of low key music.’’ !