Jazzy ska from London

Ska Humbug at the Oval Tavern


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