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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

 

Ten years after – a repeat booking

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Nov 25, 2018 setlist, wedding , , Comments are off

We had a lovely booking inquiry a few months ago:

The Skamonics played at our wedding, just under 10 years ago, and were one of the highlights of the day! We were wondering whether you might be free to play at our 10 year wedding anniversary party, which is on 24 November this year.

And so last night we made our way to the Hackney Coffee Company to play two sets. This was our first gig for some time and we had a blast. Remi joined us on guitar as special guest for his first gig with us, and having played in a ska band in Poland for ten years he was a natural fit.

We took a rushed picture at the sound check (before we had changed) and this is what we played:

  • Chinatown
  • Guns of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • The Tide is High
  • I’m in the 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

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

Upstairs at the Ritzy

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Mar 25, 2018 pictures, setlist Comments are off

This is always one of our favourite gigs and last Thursday’s was no exception.

We were very lucky to have Rachel Musson guesting with us on tenor sax, who played some great solos.

There was a good crowd who seemed to enjoy themselves, inclduing some regulars. And Roger, the sound guy, is one of the best we ever work with.

We had two sets – and this was what we played.

  • Chinatown
  • Guns Of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • Tide Is High
  • Mood For Love
  • My Baby Just Cares for me
  • Work Song
  • Mambo Number 5
  • Enola Gay
  • Mad World
  • London Calling
  • Monkey Man
  • One Step Beyond
  • Hall of the Mountain King
  • Come Dancing
  • Simmer Down
  • Pata Pata
  • 10 Out Of 10
  • Tainted Love
  • Rudy A Message To You
  • Baggy Trousers
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Gangsters

And it’s always good to see our name (almost) in lights. Let’s hope we get to play there again soon, and that by then the owners have stopped victimising their staff and pay the living wage.

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

 

A wedding in Wimbledon

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May 29, 2017 setlist, wedding Comments are off

Annie and Adam had perfect weather for their wedding last weekend, and we had great fun playing outside in the sun for their guests for two hours in the afternoon. There was a good covered stage, and we got to play next to the pool. If we really lived the rock and roll lifestyle we would have finished by throwing our amps in the pool, but we might need them again.

We were asked to feature songs by the Beat so we added Mirror in the Bathroom and Tears of a Clown to our set. Stand Down Margaret is perhaps not quite right for a wedding, though, thinking about it, quite a few of our numbers are wildly irrelevant.

This is what we played.

 

  • I’m in the Mood for Love
  • Chinatown
  • Guns Of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • The Tide is High
  • My Baby Just Cares for Me
  • Alley Cat Ska
  • Mambo Number 5
  • Mad World
  • Mirror In The Bathroom
  • London Calling
  • Enola Gay
  • Price Tag
  • One Step Beyond
  • Tears Of A Clown
  • It Must Be True Love
  • Come Dancing
  • Simmer Down
  • Ten out of ten
  • 99 Red Balloons
  • Tainted Love
  • Rudy, A Message to You
  • Enjoy Yourself
  • Monkey Man
  • Baggy Trousers
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Night Boat To Cairo

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