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Ten years after – a repeat booking

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Nov 25, 2018 setlist, wedding , , Comments are off

We had a lovely booking inquiry a few months ago:

The Skamonics played at our wedding, just under 10 years ago, and were one of the highlights of the day! We were wondering whether you might be free to play at our 10 year wedding anniversary party, which is on 24 November this year.

And so last night we made our way to the Hackney Coffee Company to play two sets. This was our first gig for some time and we had a blast. Remi joined us on guitar as special guest for his first gig with us, and having played in a ska band in Poland for ten years he was a natural fit.

We took a rushed picture at the sound check (before we had changed) and this is what we played:

  • Chinatown
  • Guns of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • The Tide is High
  • I’m in the Mood for Love
  • My Baby Just Cares for Me
  • Work Song
  • Alley Cat Ska
  • Mambo Number 5
  • Enola Gay
  • Mad World
  • London Calling
  • Monkey Man
  • Red Red Wine
  • One Step Beyond
  • Mountain King
  • Come Dancing
  • Simmer Down
  • Pata Pata
  • 10 Out Of 10
  • 99 Red Balloons
  • Tainted Love
  • Rudy A Message To You
  • Baggy Trousers
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Night Boat To Cairo
  • Gangsters

Anyone for tennis?

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May 6, 2018 gig, setlist Comments are off

It was a lovely spring evening yesterday, just right for a gig at a tennis club. We had a great time playing for an Aldersbrook Lawn Tennis Club social evening. It was a great success with a big crowd that danced all night.

Thanks to Andy Wilson who came and played tenor sax for us for the first time, depping for Jackie who is away.

And we have some fabulous feedback:

So many people said to me last night that was “the best night ever” at our tennis club.

Even more asked me “when are you coming back”.

I look forward to having that discussion with you soon. Big thanks from everyone at Aldersbrook.

We didn’t take any photos, but this is what we played:

  • Chinatown
  • Guns Of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • Tide Is High
  • Mood For Love
  • My Baby Just Cares for Me
  • Work Song
  • Alley Cat Ska
  • Mambo Number 5
  • Enola Gay
  • Mad World
  • London Calling
  • Monkey Man
  • Red Red Wine
  • One Step Beyond
  • Mountain King
  • Come Dancing
  • Simmer Down
  • Pata Pata
  • 10 Out Of 10
  • 99 Red Balloons
  • Tainted Love
  • Rudy A Message To You
  • Baggy Trousers
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Night Boat To Cairo
  • Gangsters

Upstairs at the Ritzy

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Mar 25, 2018 pictures, setlist Comments are off

This is always one of our favourite gigs and last Thursday’s was no exception.

We were very lucky to have Rachel Musson guesting with us on tenor sax, who played some great solos.

There was a good crowd who seemed to enjoy themselves, inclduing some regulars. And Roger, the sound guy, is one of the best we ever work with.

We had two sets – and this was what we played.

  • Chinatown
  • Guns Of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • Tide Is High
  • Mood For Love
  • My Baby Just Cares for me
  • Work Song
  • Mambo Number 5
  • Enola Gay
  • Mad World
  • London Calling
  • Monkey Man
  • One Step Beyond
  • Hall of the Mountain King
  • Come Dancing
  • Simmer Down
  • Pata Pata
  • 10 Out Of 10
  • Tainted Love
  • Rudy A Message To You
  • Baggy Trousers
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Gangsters

And it’s always good to see our name (almost) in lights. Let’s hope we get to play there again soon, and that by then the owners have stopped victimising their staff and pay the living wage.

A Brighton birthday party

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Dec 3, 2017 gig, setlist Comments are off

Setting up at the Metropole

For our second Brighton gig in a row, we were privileged to play for Andy’s 50th birthday party in the rather swanky Metropole hotel – a much easier place to get gear into and out again at the end of the evening.

We’ve already had a great thank you note:

Thanks so much Mark. You were brilliant. Everyone loved you. Please pass on my thanks to the whole band.

And this is what we played.

First set

  • Chinatown
  • Guns Of Navarone
  • Tide Is High
  • Mood For Love
  • My Baby Jst Cares 4 Me
  • Paranoid
  • Mambo Number 5
  • Enola Gay
  • Mad World
  • London Calling
  • Monkey Man
  • Red Red Wine
Second set

  • One Step Beyond
  • Come Dancing
  • Simmer Down
  • 10 Out Of 10
  • 99 Red Balloons
  • Mirror In The Bathroom
  • Tainted Love
  • Rudy A Message To You
  • Enjoy Yourself
  • Baggy Trousers
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Night Boat To Cairo
  • Gangsters
  • Tequila

 

A rock steady festival in Hampshire

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Jul 16, 2017 festival, gig, setlist Comments are off

We were delighted to be the main band on the Saturday night of a weekend mini-festival at the Royal Oak pub in Hollywater, near Liphook in Hampshire.

We were sharing the stage with the General Wayne sound system who have impeccable taste, and selected some great tunes for before and after our set. And while bands can never tell what the audience get to hear, the onstage sound was  spot on.

Our special guest was the mighty Joe Ospalla on drums.

We didn’t get a chance to take many photos, other than a few as we were setting up.

This is what we played

  • Chinatown
  • Guns Of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • Tide Is High
  • Mood For Love
  • My Baby just cares for me
  • Work Song
  • Mad World

 

  • London Calling
  • Enola Gay
  • Red Red Wine
  • One Step Beyond
  • Simmer Down
  • Tainted Love
  • Rudy A Message To You
  • Night Boat To Cairo
  • Gangsters

 

A wedding in Wimbledon

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May 29, 2017 setlist, wedding Comments are off

Annie and Adam had perfect weather for their wedding last weekend, and we had great fun playing outside in the sun for their guests for two hours in the afternoon. There was a good covered stage, and we got to play next to the pool. If we really lived the rock and roll lifestyle we would have finished by throwing our amps in the pool, but we might need them again.

We were asked to feature songs by the Beat so we added Mirror in the Bathroom and Tears of a Clown to our set. Stand Down Margaret is perhaps not quite right for a wedding, though, thinking about it, quite a few of our numbers are wildly irrelevant.

This is what we played.

 

  • I’m in the Mood for Love
  • Chinatown
  • Guns Of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • The Tide is High
  • My Baby Just Cares for Me
  • Alley Cat Ska
  • Mambo Number 5
  • Mad World
  • Mirror In The Bathroom
  • London Calling
  • Enola Gay
  • Price Tag
  • One Step Beyond
  • Tears Of A Clown
  • It Must Be True Love
  • Come Dancing
  • Simmer Down
  • Ten out of ten
  • 99 Red Balloons
  • Tainted Love
  • Rudy, A Message to You
  • Enjoy Yourself
  • Monkey Man
  • Baggy Trousers
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Night Boat To Cairo

Upstairs at the Ritzy

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Apr 14, 2017 gig, setlist Comments are off

It was great to see a such a good and enthusiastic turn out for our gig Upstairs at the Ritzy last night. There was lots of singing along, and some enthusiastic and authentic skanking.

We managed to take a few snaps at the soundcheck – and it’s always good to see our name in big letters.

This is what we played:

 

  • Chinatown
  • Guns of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • Tide is High
  • Mood For Love
  • My Baby Just Cares for Me
  • Work Song
  • Alley Cat Ska
  • Mambo Number 5
  • Mad World
  • London Calling
  • Enola Gay
  • Red Red Wine
  • One Step Beyond
  • Mountain King
  • Come Dancing
  • Simmer Down
  • Pata Pata
  • 10 Out Of 10
  • 99 Red Balloons
  • Tainted Love
  • Rudy A Message To You
  • Baggy Trousers
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Night Boat To Cairo
  • Gangsters

Ska Humbug at the Oval Tavern

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Dec 28, 2016 gig, setlist Comments are off

Ska Humbug

We have never played a Christmas Eve gig before, so we were delighted to be asked by Croydon’s Oval Tavern to play there this year as it is one of our favourite venues.

We decided it should be called Ska Humbug! and it gave us the chance to play a lot of cheesy Christmas covers.

Many old Christmas songs are basically jazz swing tunes, and they always work well as ska – so it was not hard to adapt Rockaing Around the Christmas Tree, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (which we have done before) for our line up.

We have done Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody before, so we dusted that one down. And in what we thought was a stroke of great originality we adapted the Snowman song “Walking in the Air” as a reggae instrumental. However we soon found that we were by no means the first band to do this, but no matter it still went down well.

This is what we played.

  • Chinatown
  • Guns Of Navarone
  • Tide Is High
  • My Baby Just Cares For Me
  • Work Song
  • Walking Air
  • Mad World
  • Enola Gay
  • Rocking Round the  Xmas Tree
  • 10 Out Of 10
  • Rudy A Message To You
  • Israelites
  • Red Red Wine
  • Frosty The Snowman
  • One Step Beyond
  • Mambo Number 5
  • London Calling
  • Come Dancing
  • Simmer Down
  • Tainted Love
  • Enjoy Yourself
  • Monkey Man
  • Baggy Trousers
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Merry Christmas Everybody
  • Night Boat To Cairo

 

A return to Croydon’s Oval Tavern

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Jul 4, 2016 gig, setlist Comments are off

This was our second gig at the Oval tavern in Croydon – and it was as good as our first.

It’s hard to pin down why this is such a good venue, but it has a lot to do with good sound (thanks Gavin), what is clearly a great community pub and an enthusiastic crowd.

One family group, who all got up to dance, told us they had members in their 80s, 70s, 50s and 20s. That’s one of the great things about ska – it appeals across the generations.

We played two new songs. Our ska’ed up version of Mad World, which went down particularly well, we put in the first set.

And in the second set we played It Must be True Love, a Toots and the Maytals tune which is not that well known. We have been asked to play it at a wedding gig soon, and it’s a lovely song.

This is what we played:

  • Chinatown
  • Guns Of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • Tide Is High
  • Mood For Love
  • My Baby Just Cares for Me
  • Alley Cat Ska
  • Mambo Number 5
  • Mad World
  • London Calling
  • Enola Gay
  • Price Tag
  • Red Red Wine
  • One Step Beyond
  • Mountain King
  • It Must Be True Love
  • Come Dancing
  • Simmer Down
  • 99 Red Balloons
  • Tainted Love
  • Rudy A Message To You
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Night Boat To Cairo
  • Gangsters

We don’t have any pictures or video of the band performing, but we took some pictures in the pub garden and at the sound check before we played, and there’s one of everyone in the band, inclduing special guest Jackie on tenor sax. If anyone did take any pix, please share them to our Facebook page.

Supporting the Toasters in New Cross

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May 2, 2016 gig, setlist Comments are off

We had a blast last Saturday kicking off a ska night at the New Cross Inn with the excellent Popes of Chillitown and ska legends the Toasters.
It was a short tight set and we think it went well.

So did Ashley who messaged our Facebook page to say:

You were the best band by a mile last night – great stuff! 

This is what we played:

  • Chinatown
  • Guns Of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • Tide Is High
  • Mood For Love
  • Work Song
  • London Calling
  • Enola Gay
  • Simmer Down
  • Tainted Love
  • My Boy Lollipop

We didn’t have time to take any photos, so we’ve cheated with a video of last time we played at the New Cross Inn