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A return rural visit for a great gig

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Aug 30, 2015 gig, setlist , Comments are off

A year ago we were asked to play at the opening of a country pub near Andover.

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We were delighted to asked back to play at their first birthday party.

This nearly turned into the gig from hell as the car carrying Veronica, Frank, Nigel and the PA system got stuck in in terrible traffic despite having left what should have been more than enough time to get there well in advance.

Even on the last ten miles they got stuck behind a tractor for most of the way. This does not happen on the way to gigs in Camden.

We were due to start playing at 8pm. The rest of the band were therefore more than relieved when the PA turned up at 7:20.

With a little bit of luck, a lot of organisation and a 3 minute sound check we were still able to play our first song by a few minutes past 8.  It was good that we were playing in a marquee as they help prevent feedback.

And once we were playing everyone relaxed into a great party atmosphere and we played two hour long sets to much appreciation. Everyone seemed more chilled about our late arrival than we were – as we pride ourselves on a professional approach. But you can’t plan for that many accidents on the M25 and M4.

This is what we played.

  • Chinatown
  • Guns Of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • Tide Is High
  • Mood For Love
  • Harder They Come
  • Alley Cat Ska
  • Man In The Street
  • Mambo Number 5
  • Dr Who
  • Egyptian Reggae
  • Enola Gay
  • Price Tag
  • Red Red Wine
  • Tequila
  • Misirlou
  • One Step Beyond
  • Simmer Down
  • Pata Pata
  • 10 Out Of 10
  • 99 Red Balloons
  • Tainted Love
  • Rudy A Message To You
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Monkey Man
  • Baggy Trousers
  • Night Boat To Cairo
  • Gangsters

A 60th birthday party

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Jun 23, 2015 gig, setlist Comments are off

We were delighted to play for Roger’s 60th on Saturday in Greenwich.

This is what we played:

  • Chinatown
  • Guns Of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • Tide Is High
  • Mood For Love
  • Harder They Come
  • Man In The Street
  • Mambo Number 5
  • Egyptian Reggae
  • Enola Gay
  • Red Red Wine
  • Midnight Hour
  • One Step Beyond
  • Misirlou
  • James Bond
  • 99 Red Balloons
  • Tainted Love
  • Rudy A Message To You
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Baggy Trousers
  • Night Boat To Cairo
  • Gangsters

This was the first time we’ve played Egyptian Reggae for many years (and in a new arrangement).

We were also happy to do Midnight Hour (not as ska or reggae) so that Roger could join us on the vocals, as he used to be in a band with members of the Skams.

And here are some pictures from the soundcheck.

 

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A party gig

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Apr 14, 2015 gig, setlist Comments are off

We played a private party gig on Saturday – in fact a significant birthday for our bass player Nigel.

We managed to video and record the gig, so after we have had the chance to do some mixing and editing, we should have some reasonably good quality live video of the band.

This is what we played.

 

Skanking the Earl Haig

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Mar 6, 2015 gig, setlist Comments are off

The Earl Haig is an old British Legion social club in Crouch End now converted into a pub and social centre for the area.

We like it because it has a good stage, and great sound.

We played two sets last night, with special guest Jackie Grant making her debut on tenor sax.

It was too dark – and a bit too much of a rush – to take more than a few snaps.

But this is what we played:

Thanks to Elliot for being a great sound engineer.

Our next gig – March 5th Earl Haig Hall, Crouch End

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Feb 28, 2015 gig , Comments are off

Our next public gig is next Thursday when we return to the Earl Haig Hall Elder Avenue, London N8 9TH.

We had a great time when we played there before. There’s a good stage and a great sound system, and a lovely relaxed vibe to the place.

We will be playing two full sets – and it’s free to get in.

And if you want to invite your friends, here is the Facebook event.

A great night at Dumplins

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Feb 9, 2015 gig, setlist Comments are off

We had a great night last Saturday at Dumplins Live Ska at the Fiddler’s Elbow., playing with Ipswich’s finest, The Downsetters.

As ever at Dumplins, there was great sound, a crowd who really like ska and a brilliant atmosphere. It is one of our favourite gigs.

It was only the second time that we have played Simmer Down, but it went down a storm.

This is what we played – the solos were extended on a few numbers so it was a longer set than perhaps it looks:

  • Chinatown
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • Mood For Love
  • Tide Is High
  • Man In The Street
  • Mambo Number 5
  • Simmer Down
  • Tainted Love
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Night Boat To Cairo

We are hoping for some good photos as there was a talented photographer busy all evening. And we have put some snaps on our Facebook page.

What we played at the Ritzy

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Jan 23, 2015 gig, Ritzy, setlist Comments are off

It’s been a couple of weeks since our gig at the Ritzy in Brixton. As we have been redesigning the website (and it’s not quite finished yet) it’s not been possible to add new posts.

But it was a great gig, with a lively and enthusiastic audience. Chris even brought his mum.

This is what we played:

Chinatown

Guns Of Navarone

Latin Goes Ska

Tide Is High

Mood For Love

Harder They Come

Alley Cat Ska

Man In The Street

Mambo Number 5

Dr Who

Enola Gay

Price Tag

Red Red Wine

One Step Beyond

Work Song

Simmer Down

Pata Pata

10 Out Of 10

99 Red Balloons

Tainted Love

Rudy A Message To You

My Boy Lollipop

Last Song

Night Boat To Cairo

Encore

Gangsters

And here are some pictures.


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Three gigs – Stockwell, Brixton and Chalk Farm

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Nov 23, 2014 gig , , Comments are off

We now have three public gigs over the next few months.

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The next is on December 13th  at the Cavendish Arms in Stockwell. Admission is free, and their music room has great sound. It is where we did our band pictures.

On January 3rd we play Upstairs at the Ritzy in Brixton. That’s a gig we always enjoy (at least once we have got all our gear up lots of stairs) as it’s a good room with a great atmosphere.

And on February 7th we are back at Dumplins Live Ska at the Fiddler’s Elbow in Chalk Farm. That is always a special gig too. Real ska fans, a good stage, great sound and easy parking.