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A community festival in Kentish Town

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Sep 23, 2019 festival, gig, setlist , Comments are off

The weather forecast was for thunder and lightning but the rain held off for the set we played yesterday at a community festival in north London.

Lissenden Gardens, next to Gospel Oak station, has a strong sense of community and a fascinating history – see its wikipedia page.

We had a single set, and this is what we played:

  • Guns Of Navarone
  • The Tide is High
  • Mood For Love
  • Enola Gay
  • London Calling
  • Monkey Man

 

  • Simmer Down
  • 10 Out Of 10
  • Tainted Love
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Gangsters

 

Seahaven Beer and Music Festival

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Aug 25, 2019 festival, gig, setlist , , , Comments are off

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).

stage

This is what we played in a single set of just under an hour:

  • Chinatown
  • Guns Of Navarone
  • Tide Is High
  • Mood For Love
  • Work Song
  • Enola Gay
  • London Calling

 

  • Monkey Man
  • One Step Beyond
  • Simmer Down
  • Tainted Love
  • 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.

A Party in Petworth

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Jun 30, 2019 feedback, gig, setlist Comments are off

Update: Here’s some lovely feedback from the client:

Thank you all so much for coming all this way. Everyone has been saying how brilliant you all were and loved the music.

Yesterday was the hottest day of the year. It was a perfect day to play a party in a garden deep in the country near Petworth in Sussex – easy to find on some sat navs, challenging for others.

The photo shows the set up – a dance floor on the grass and a platform for the drums and vocals.

It was still warm when we finished playing at 11pm after extending our second set to keep people dancing.

It was isolated  enough not to worry about noise and neighbours, and our PA was just right for this kind of gig.

This is more or less what we played as we threw in a few encores to keep the second set going:

  • Chinatown
  • Guns Of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • Tide Is High
  • Mood For Love
  • My Baby Jst Cares 4 Me
  • Work Song
  • Mambo Number 5
  • Enola Gay
  • Mad World
  • London Calling
  • Monkey Man
  • Price Tag
  • Red Red Wine
  • One Step Beyond
  • Mountain King
  • Come Dancing
  • Simmer Down
  • 10 Out Of 10
  • Monkey Man
  • 99 Red Balloons
  • Tainted Love
  • Rudy A Message To You
  • Enjoy Yourself
  • Baggy Trousers
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Night Boat To Cairo
  • Gangsters

 

 

Maidstone’s Ska Fest

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May 28, 2019 festival, gig, setlist Comments are off

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.

Maidstone ska fest banner

There is another festival scheduled for September with a fabulous line up too.

This is what we played.

  • Chinatown
  • Guns of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • The Tide is High
  • I’m in the Mood for Love
  • Work Song
  • Mambo Number 5
  • Enola Gay
  • London Calling
  • One Step Beyond
  • Simmer Down
  • 10 Out Of 10
  • 99 Red Balloons
  • Tainted Love
  • 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

Thornton Heath Light Festival

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Jan 28, 2018 gig Comments are off

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.

  • Guns Of Navarone
  • Tide Is High
  • Enola Gay
  • London Calling
  • Simmer Down
  • Tainted Love
  • My Boy Lollipop

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

 

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