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Supporting the Toasters in New Cross

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May 2, 2016 gig, setlist Comments are off

We had a blast last Saturday kicking off a ska night at the New Cross Inn with the excellent Popes of Chillitown and ska legends the Toasters.
It was a short tight set and we think it went well.

So did Ashley who messaged our Facebook page to say:

You were the best band by a mile last night – great stuff! 

This is what we played:

  • Chinatown
  • Guns Of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • Tide Is High
  • Mood For Love
  • Work Song
  • London Calling
  • Enola Gay
  • Simmer Down
  • Tainted Love
  • My Boy Lollipop

We didn’t have time to take any photos, so we’ve cheated with a video of last time we played at the New Cross Inn

Supporting the Toasters

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Apr 20, 2016 gig Comments are off

We are very excited about our next gig supporting top US ska band the Toasters.

It’s on Saturday April 30th at the New Cross Inn, which funnily enough is in New Cross.

We will be on first at 8:30 with a 40 minute set.

It’s definitely worth getting your tickets in advance for this. They are cheaper that way £8, and this is a gig that could sell out.

Here’s the Facebook event 

The promoters are very nice about us:

Kicking things off for us will be The Skamonics, who won our ears over for the first time back before Christmas and now we’re hooked and can’t stop dancing, to their unique mix of authentic 60s ska, two-tone and bonkers covers – three horns, female vocals and a driving rhythm section.

And after we play there’s the Popes of Chillitown.

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

Skanking the Dublin Castle

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Apr 10, 2016 gig, setlist Comments are off

It’s always good to play at Camden’s Dublin Castle as it such an historic music venue – home for many the early gigs of both Madness and Amy Winehouse.

We only had a short set as we were support to the entertaining and energetic Skangsters and f0llowed a great set from easydread.

It’s always a bit of a rush with lots of bands so we didn’t have time for any photos.

But this is what we played. It may have been a short set, but thanks to excellent sound it was a good one.

  • Chinatown
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • Mood For Love
  • Tide Is High
  • London Calling
  • Enola Gay
  • Simmer Down
  • Tainted Love
  • My Boy Lollipop

Next is two full sets at the Ritzy next Friday (April 15 2016).

wet and windy for a good cause

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Mar 27, 2016 Comments are off

Yesterday we braved wind and rain to play in aid of the Royal National Hospital for Neuro-Disability on an outdoor stage at St Mary’s Church, Putney – just by the river.

While the weather was not with us, we still had fun and helped raise some money for a great cause.

This is what we played:

  • Chinatown
  • Guns Of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • Mood For Love
  • Tide Is High
  • My Baby Just Cares For Me
  • Alley Cat Ska
  • Mambo Number 5
  • London Calling

 

  • Enola Gay
  • Red Red Wine
  • Price Tag
  • One Step Beyond
  • Mountain King
  • Come Dancing
  • Simmer Down
  • 99 Red Balloons
  • My Boy Lollipop

 

Thanks Croydon, it was a blast

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Feb 28, 2016 gig, pictures, setlist Comments are off

We had a terrific gig at Croydon’s Oval tavern last night.

The pub was packed, and there were people dancing almost all the way through both our sets.

We took the opportunity to try out four new numbers:

My Baby just cares for me, which although a song from the 1930s will always be associated with Nina Simone. But while sme may not have been aware of it, it is very definitely a ska rhythm going on in her right hand.

London Calling – there’s lot of reggae and ska influences in the Clash, but perhaps not so much in the original of this. Now it is ska.

Hall of the Mountain King is from the Peer Gynt Suite by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. We thought turning this into a ska tune was wildly imaginative – and then we found that Madness had done a version.

Come Dancing is a great Ray Davies song that was a hit for the Kinks. We just like it a lot.

Each seemed to get a good reaction from the crowd, which is not always the case. Sometimes something can sound good at rehearsal and then be a bit of a flop.

This is what we played in our two sets. And we hope it won’t be too long before we get invited back.

  •  Chinatown
  • Guns of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • The Tide Is High
  • I’m in the Mood For Love
  • My Baby Just Cares For Me
  • Alley Cat Ska
  • Mambo Number 5
  • London Calling
  • Enola Gay
  • Price Tag
  • Red Red Wine

 

  • One Step Beyond
  • Hall of the Mountain King
  • Come Dancing
  • Simmer Down
  • 99 Red Balloons
  • Tainted Love
  • Rudy – A Message To You
  • Baggy Trousers
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Night Boat To Cairo
  • Gangsters

 

Gig next Saturday in Croydon

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Feb 21, 2016 Comments are off

The Skamonics at the Oval Tavern

Next Saturday – Feb 27 2016 – we play two full sets for free at Croydon’s Oval Tavern.

The Oval Tavern is at 131 Oval Road, CR0 6BR.

The gig will start at about 8:30.

And we have a few new tunes to try out.

 

A gig in London’s club land

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Dec 20, 2015 gig, setlist Comments are off

When Phineas Fogg set off to get around the world in eighty days, he left from the Reform Club on Pall Mall in the heart of London’s club land.

And this is where we played a gig last night.

Reform Club

It is a very grand building that reeks of history, and the many distinguished people who have passed through its doors.

As it’s so grand, we had to dress up. The pre-gig refreshments was also a cut above what we sometimes get.

dinner

Jackie Leah mark Vic

 

And this is what we played in one long set:

  • Chinatown
  • Guns of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • Mood For Love
  • Fly Me To The Moon
  • Work Song
  • Mambo Number 5
  • Egyptian Reggae
  • Enola Gay
  • Price Tag
  • Red Red Wine
  • Tequila
  • Misirlou
  • Simmer Down
  • 99 Red Balloons
  • Tainted Love
  • Rudy A Message To You
  • Monkey Man
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Night Boat To Cairo

(Almost) a whole live set on video

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Dec 15, 2015 gig, Video, videos Comments are off

We had a great time playing the New Cross Inn earlier this month.

Thanks to Studio Brixton we now have video of almost the whole set.part3

The whole gig was live-streamed using a number of cameras, but unfortunately there were some technical issues with the stream, which meant that our part of the gig often went dark.

But video and sound from one of the cameras was saved – and here it is in three parts.