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A great gig at Dumplins

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Aug 19, 2014 gig, pictures, setlist Comments are off

Dumplins Live ska is a monthly night at the Fiddler’s Elbow close to Chalk Farm in Camden.

It is probably our favourite gig.

The crowd enjoy their ska, and are happy to hear rarities and new stuff as well as the old favourites. There is always great sound – both out front and on stage.

There’s no sense of their being a support and headliner – both bands get the same time and equal billing.

We were very happy to play there at the beginning of August (though holidays have intervened to stop a write-up until now).

Thanks to Michelle we have some great pictures from the night, some of which are below.

We thought that we were on particularly good form, and certainly got a great audience response. It was also good to share a bill with the Estimators , who love their traditional ska as much as we do.

This is what we played – the first time we have played Doctor Who live for a long time.

  • Chinatown
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • Tide Is High
  • Fly Me To The Moon
  • Man In The Street
  • Guns of Navarone
  • Dr Who
  • Price Tag
  • Pata Pata
  • Tainted Love
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Night Boat To Cairo


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A wedding and fireworks in Margate

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Aug 17, 2014 gig, setlist, wedding Comments are off

Holidays have intervened to delay a report of a great wedding gig that we played at the end of July in Birchington, near to Margate in Kent for Rebecca and Alex.

We played at the historic Quex House,which has lovely grounds. Best of all , there were fireworks during the break between our two sets.

We didn’t take any photos, but everyone seemed to have a good time.

This was one of the many recent gigs where we were lucky to have Rachel Musson guesting on saxophone, and also featured the mighty Joe Ospalla on drums.

This is what we played.

Our first wedding gig of the year

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Jun 1, 2014 setlist, wedding Comments are off

Just after a week after our benefit at Northwick Park Hospital we were back in action for our first wedding gig of the year for Martin and Martha.

This was at the Blackheath Halls – a splendid if reverberant venue – and we had great sound provided.

This is what we played – the first time we’ve ever done Red, Red Wine.

We were not able to grab many pictures when we were playing – though if any guests want to share we’d love to see them. But here are a few of the set-up and while we played..



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Another fine gig

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Apr 12, 2014 gig, setlist , Comments are off

There was a lot of dancing and we left the stage with the audience wanting more last night at Stockwell’s Cavendish Arms.

We didn’t take any photos, but this is what we played.

  • Guns Of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • Harder They Come
  • Tide Is High
  • Enola Gay
  • Price Tag
  • Tainted Love
  • Rudy A Message To You
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Gangsters

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Playing the Cray Festival

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Jul 7, 2013 festival, setlist, videos , , Comments are off

We had a lot of fun playing the Cray community festival yesterday. The sun had got his hat on, there was a good sound system and an appreciative audience. If we did cliches, this is where we would say ‘what’s not to like?’.

Well, perhaps we would have liked to play for a little longer as we only had time for a relatively short set:

  • Guns of Navarone
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Price Tag
  • 99 Red Balloons
  • Tainted Love
  • Rudy, A message to you
  • Gangsters

Leah enjoys an ice cream before our set

We’ve got hold of some very lofi video of our performance. The quality is pretty poor, and the camera gets jolted a few times.

But you can see that we were having a good time, and even through the rubbish sound quality, you can tell it was a tight performance. It’s not going in our official video collection though.


This was one of our two horn gigs – something we do when there are short sets and someone can’t make it. But there will definitialy be three horns at our next gig.

Watch this space for more details.

Nigel with scooter

100 per cent horse

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Feb 17, 2013 feedback, gig, setlist Comments are off

We played for Mike’s 50th birthday party at a pub called the Horse, near Waterloo.

The rumours that it was called the Cow until recently are entirely untrue.

It was a lot of fun, and the dancing in the second set suggested that the guests enjoyed it too. There were certainly no long faces,

Mike liked it too:

“I had a great time – everyone loved the band, thanks so much. All the best. Mike”

There’s a special gold start for Leah, as she came from her sick bed.

We don’t have any photos, but this is what we played.

FIRST SET SECOND SET
Guns Of Navarone James Bond
Latin Goes Ska Work Song
Mood For Love Skaravan
You’re Wondering Now 10 Out Of 10
Alley Cat Ska 99 Red Balloons
Man In The Street Tainted Love
Mambo Number 5 Rudy A Message To You
Fly me to the moon My Boy Lollipop
Can’t Get You Out … Monkey Man
Enola Gay Baggy Trousers
Price Tag Israelites
Tequila Night Boat To Cairo
Gangsters (Vocal)

Our Christmas gig

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Dec 19, 2012 setlist Comments are off

We played our Christmas gig last Saturday night with Frank’s other (and loud) band the Electric Cucumbers.

We had a lot of fun, but not a lot of luck recording or videoing it. Last time we played at the Sebright we were able to grab some pretty good video and sound – but not this time. We had fewer cameras, and the battery ran out straight away on one. the sound of the desk did not work as well as last time – although it was fine in the room.

So while we will put up some recordings, they will be filed under our dodgy live recording strand. A bit better than someone’s mobile, but not much.

Here’s Night Boat to Cairo shot from the single camera still working, and with most of the band invisible!

 

This is what we played

  • Guns of Navarone
  • Latin goes ska
  • Skambo number five
  • Work song – a new vocal version
  • Price tag
  • James Bond
  • 10 out of 10
  • Tainted Love
  • Rudy
  • My boy Lollipop
  • Baggy Trousers
  • Night Boat to Cairo
  • Gangsters
  • Merry Christmas Everybody – our ska cover of the Slade Christmas song

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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A gig in a tipi

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Aug 27, 2012 gig, setlist, wedding , , Comments are off

… or is it teepee?

We had a terrible journey to what turned out to be a great gig near Dorchester in Dorset.

It was lucky that we had all set out in good time, as a combination of torrential rain, and endless bank holiday traffic hold ups meant that it wook hours longed than we expected to get there.

However once we were there it quickly became an immensely enjoyable evening.

The reception was in a giant tent constructed from two tipis. We had enough time to set our equipment up and sound-check.

We were also able to provide our PA for the wedding speeches and to use for the first dance and disco parts of the evening – courtesy of the groom’s ipod.

Most exciting for us was the debut of Nick’s new blue plastic trombone.

Astonishingly it sounds pretty indistinguishable from a traditional brass instrument. But it’s a shame you can’t get them in a 2-tone black and white check pattern.




This is what we played. One highlight was one of the guests proving to be an accomplished rapper to Skaravan. Whether Duke Ellington would have approved is another matter …

First set Second set
Guns of Navarone

Latin goes ska

Double barrel

You’re wondering now

Mood for love

Alley cat ska

Fly me to the moon

Can’t get you out of my head

Enola gay

Price tag

Tequila

 

James bond

Misirlou

Skaravan

Ten out of ten

99 red balloons

Tainted love Rudy a message to you

My boy lollipop

Baggy trousers

Israelites

Night boat to Cairo

Gangsters (vocal)

 

Brilliant gig at Round Midnight

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Aug 19, 2012 setlist Comments are off

We had a fantastic time playing at Round Midnight a couple of weeks ago. We just haven’t had the chance to share before due to holidays.

We think this was one of our best ever gigs. It was certainly one of our longest at about two and a half hours of music.

This is what we played – though not quite in the order below as we swapped a few things around.

First set  Second set 
Chinatown
Guns of Navarone
Latin goes ska
Double barrel
Mood for love
You’re wondering now
Eastern standard time
Alley cat ska
Man in the street
Mambo number 5
Fly me to the moon
Can’t get you out …
Enola gay
Price tag
James bond
Work song
Skaravan
Tiptoe
10 out of 10
99 red balloons
Tainted love
Rudy a message to you
Tequila
My boy lollipop
Monkey man
Baggy trousers
Israelites
Night boat to Cairo
Gangsters
Chinatown

It was the first time that we have ever played Mambo Number Five – one of the key hits in the 1960s mambo craze from Perez Prado. Most people are now much more familiar with the Lou Bega song, but we went back to the original instrumental for our instrumental version.

There’s a short video of Gangsters that Round Midnight uploaded to Facebook. You can see that on our Facebook page.

And here are a few photos we took from the stage.


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Pictures taken August 2012 at Round Midnight