Jazzy ska from London

A return to Croydon’s Oval Tavern


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.