Everyone knows that bank holidays are wet, windy and washed-out. But not so this year as the temperature has climbed to ‘phew, what a scorcher’ levels. It was therefore a good weekend for the Seahaven Beer and Music festival in Seaford, close to Newhaven, along the Sussex coast from Brighton.
We had great fun playing to a lively audience (the photo above was taken from the stage but well before we started playing).
This is what we played in a single set of just under an hour:
Guns Of Navarone
Tide Is High
Mood For Love
One Step Beyond
My Boy Lollipop
Night Boat To Cairo
We were told that the festival was meant to launch last year as an annual event, but was rained off. It got off to a flying, if delayed, start this year.
It was a blast playing the Maidstone Ska Festival on Sunday.
We played a good long single set to a great crowd who sang along from the first song.
And it’s always a treat to play an event that was so well organised. We started at the right time and came off just a few minutes late after an extended encore. The sound people did a great and a relaxed job – not easy when you are having to get bands on and off a stage all day with no time for thorough sound checks.
There is another festival scheduled for September with a fabulous line up too.
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:
We have never played an outdoor gig in January before. But while we needed our thermals we had a ball playing the Thornton Heath Light Festival yesterday. It combined some of the Lumiere light festival installations with live entertainment.
We only had time for a short set. This is what we played.
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.
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.
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.
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