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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.

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

 

Some lovely feedback!

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Oct 29, 2017 Comments are off

We’ve had a very nice email from our recent clients:

“Thank you so much for last night, you were fantastic! We had so many comments about what a great band you are too. Andy’s mum was up and dancing and Andy’s mum never gets up and dances these days!

“Thank you also for playing Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, that was a real treat for us both.

“Thank you again for making our evening special and giving so many people a great time.”

A Brighton wedding party

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Oct 28, 2017 Comments are off

Yesterday evening we travelled to Brighton to play for a party celebrating a wedding that had taken place a few days before.

While loading into a venue on a pedestrian precinct in the middle of a fearsome one way system was not exactly easy, once we were all set up and enjoyed a fine burger it was a blast.

As a special request for the happy couple we played “Can’t take my eyes off you” with a ska flavour, which seemed to go down very well on what had become a packed dance floor in the monster second set.

We don’t have any photos or video 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
  • Monkey Man
  • Red Red Wine
  • Price Tag
  • Man on the Street
  • Tequila

 

  • One Step Beyond
  • Mountain King
  • It Must Be True Love
  • Enola Gay
  • Mad World
  • Can’t take my eyes off you
  • London Calling
  • Come Dancing
  • Simmer Down
  • Pata Pata
  • 10 Out Of 10
  • 99 Red Balloons
  • Mirror In The Bathroom
  • Tainted Love
  • Rudy A Message To You
  • Enjoy Yourself
  • Baggy Trousers
  • Monkey Man
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Night Boat To Cairo
  • Gangsters
  • Israelites

 

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