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Upstairs at the Ritzy

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Apr 16, 2016 gig, pictures, Ritzy, setlist Comments are off

We always like to play Upstairs at the Ritzy in Brixton. It’s a lovely small venue run by nice people, and always with great sound.

So we were expecting a great gig last night, and were not disappointed.

And this what we played, and we were in such a good mood we even played Monkey Man as a birthday request for our encore.

All our new songs seemed to go down well – Hall of the Mountain King gets a bit faster every time we play it.

And there a few photos grabbed during the soundcheck.

  • 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
  • London Calling
  • Enola Gay
  • Price Tag
  • Red Red Wine
  • One Step Beyond
  • Mountain King
  • Come Dancing
  • Simmer Down
  • 99 Red Balloons
  • Tainted Love
  • Rudy A Message To You
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Monkey Man

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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Our Ritzy gig

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Oct 18, 2012 gig, pictures, Ritzy, setlist Comments are off

We had fun playing the Ritzy in Brixton last week.

So did the audience from the amount of dancing that went on.

We played our version of Chariots of Fire – which of course is now Chariots of Ska – for the first time – and revived our version of Dr Who which we haven’t played for ages.

This is what I think we played. And there are some photos below.

Guns Of Navarone

Latin Goes Ska

Double Barrel

Mambo Number 5

Mood For Love

Can’t Get You Out …

Enola Gay

Price Tag

Chariots Of Ska

James Bond

Dr Who

99 Red Balloons

Tainted Love (Vocal)

Gangsters (Vocal)

 


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They liked us!

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Apr 19, 2011 feedback, Ritzy Comments are off

A nice email from the Ritzy:

Thanks so much for Saturday, I came in to watch you guys and had a great boogie, you’re a great band!”

Let’s hope they’ll have us back as it’s one of our favourite venues.

Our name (almost) in lights

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Apr 17, 2011 gig, pictures, Ritzy Comments are off

We had a terrific gig at the Ritzy last night. It’s a great place to play as it’s a smallish room with a good sound system and an engineer who knows how to use it.

And we got a good crowd – friends of the band, friends of support act the Tootones (great set, guys) and quite a few Brixton locals who just fancied an evening of ska.

It’s always fun to be be able to play two sets too. That means we can vary what we play a lot more and give our soloists a chance to play out a bit more. We were lucky enough to have ace tenor player Dan Berry guesting with us last night as Leah was involved in preparing for her sister’s wedding. He and Steve made for a fantastic partnership as they play a lot together.

So we had a great time, and the energy most of the audience put into dancing suggests they did too.

The only bad thing about Upstairs at the Ritzy is that it is upstairs – and carrying amps up three flights of stairs is a bit of a pain.

But if it wasn’t a big old cinema, then they wouldn’t be able to our name up outside along with the films. (You can click on these for the full picture.)

 

Our Sarf London tour

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Feb 16, 2011 gig, Ritzy Comments are off

Here’s early notice for two gigs on consecutive nights in South London.

Cue the inevitable joke about waiting months for a gig then two come along together.

April 15th

White Lion Streatham . This is a charity gig for www.music4children.org

April 16th

Upstairs at the Ritzy

The cool thing about about playing at the Ritzy is that you get your name up on the big sign outside where they normally put all the films. Its not quite having your name in lights, but it’s pretty close.

We’ll have more details nearer the time.

New gigs

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May 15, 2010 gig, Ritzy Comments are off

It’s been very quiet for us lately. We’d like to say that being musicians we live the kind of lifestyle when unexplained absences mean that we have all been rushed to rehab, but are now in recovery.

But that wouldn’t be true. We have just not had any gigs for some time.

We have still been rehearsing and that means there will be some new songs in our set soon.

But we now have a couple of public gigs to add to the private function gigs in our book (which are always more common in the summer.)

So here are the diary dates:

  • July 24th The Last Days of Decadence
  • August 28th Upstairs at the Ritzy

Next gig: Friday Jan 8th – upstairs at the Ritzy

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Jan 1, 2010 gig, Ritzy Comments are off

This is our first post in the new Skamonics blog. Here is where you can expect gig updates; news about the band and its members; and perhaps the odd thought about music.

Our first gig in 2010 is on Friday Jan 8th, and it’s upstairs at the Ritzy in Brixton. We expect to play our first set at about 8:30.

This will be our first gig playing with a slimmed down six person format. We’ll have two horns and a bit more emphasis on vocal numbers.

This isn’t a change in our line-up as we will still do gigs with a full nine piece wall of ska sound, but it’s not always practical or economic to field the full team. We can’t even fit on some stages.

The Evening Standard describes us as a ska collective – which is just about right.

They also say that we will be performing songs from our repertoire.

This is puzzling as it’s a bit obvious. After all it would be quite hard to perform songs that weren’t in our repertoire, and simply by performing them we’d be adding them to our repertoire.

But there will be at least a couple of new numbers, and the return of some that we have rarely played. Both pedants and ordinary people are very welcome.

A good way to start 2010.

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