Live music in shopping centre this weekend

A teen singer with a talent for raising money for charity will preview her first album when she takes to the stage for a two-day festival of music at a busy Ipswich Shopping Centre.

Thirteen-year-old Roma Nicholson, has recorded the self-penned songs at her home in Pinewood, Ipswich, and will release the CD Teen Spirit at the end of October but visitors to Sailmakers Shopping Centre will get a preview of the album this nweekend.

The St Alban’s Catholic High School student will close Saturday’s performances at 3.30pm and then open day two of the event at 12 noon on Sunday with a second set and she is looking forward to it after another momentous year.

Last year Roma raised £4,500 for the Ipswich Winter Night Shelter for the Homeless and this year is going even better as she has already exceeded that total and has set a target of £6,000.

Roma’s debut album Teen Spirit, price £8, will feature 10 original songs and will be launched at The Railway pub on Sunday, October 28, and all proceeds will go direct to charity.

The album will be available to purchase online from her website or to download from October 28on all online platforms iTunes, Amazon music, Spotify etc.

The Acoustic Stage begins at 12 noon each day, Saturday and Sunday, with The Sax Man, David Walker, opening on the first day when the lineup includes Morgan Beard, Rob Lewis, Ellen, Sophie Hanson, The Heuristics and Roma.

On Sunday Roma is up first, followed by Harriet Snook. Stu Philpott, Nadine Dixon, James Nunn, Andy Martino and Noah Evans.

The performances will close at 4pm each day of the weekend which will also feature student offers and promotions and festival-style face painting.