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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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A special gig

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Nov 8, 2014 gig, setlist Comments are off

Sometimes everything comes together to make a gig a bit special.

That’s what happened last Thursday when we played the Earl Haig Hall in Crouch End.

It was by general agreement one of the best gigs we’ve played. It is hard to identify exactly why but these are some of the ingredients that helped.

It is a great venue, not just in the sense of being the kind of place that we’d enjoy coming to for a drink, but it has a proper stage with enough space for us to set up without all being on top of each other. Having a bit of space between us means that we are more likely to hear the rest of the band, and not just whoever is standing next to us.

The venue has a good sound system and someone who knows how to use it properly. This meant that not only was there good sound for the audience but on stage too.  We were well-balanced and the volume was right.

The audience was enthusiastic which always encourages us to play well. This was not a dance venue  (though that didn’t stop a certain amount of bopping between the tables and chairs). Sometimes that means we just become background music, but this was not the case on Thursday.

We played one long set which we think we paced well. And not having to turn up hours before we play is always a bonus too, as it tends to put us in a good mood.

So while we rarely have a bad gig, sometimes they do have an extra bit of magic. This one certainly did.

We hope we get invited back.

We didn’t have time to take pictures or any video so we have no souvenirs to share, but this is what we played.

 

 

  • Chinatown
  • Guns Of Navarone
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • Mood For Love
  • Tide Is High
  • Harder They Come
  • Alley Cat Ska
  • Man In The Street
  • Mambo No. 5
  • Dr Who
  • Enola Gay
  • Red Red Wine
  • Price Tag
  • Pata Pata
  • Tainted Love
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Night Boat To Cairo
  • Gangsters
  • Baggy Trousers (unplanned extra encore!)

Update: Thanks to Jim who sent us this photo after the gig.

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Cupcakes in Basildon

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Sep 28, 2014 gig, setlist , , Comments are off

Last night we went to Basildon – or more accurately Pitsea – to play a private function.

Here’s a clue to its purpose.Dadcake

 

This was a full-on ska party with decoration to match.

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And there were lots of cakes.

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John's birthday cake

Here are some pictures from the soundcheck, but we didn’t get the chance to get anyone to take us while we performed.

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We were asked to play Mirror in the Bathroom, Tears of a Clown and Red is Danger.

We’ve  never done Mirror in the Bathroom before and had played Tears of a Clown only once before many years ago (and not very well). So some frantic arranging and rehearsing went on to get them up to scratch.

We hadn’t played Red is Danger for some time either. It goes back to the very early days of the band.We enjoyed reviving this. It will get some more outings now.

We also added One Step Beyond to our repertoire as it’s the right kind of tune to start this kind of evening as we mean to go on.

This is what we played.

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  • One Step Beyond
  • Guns Of Navarone
  • Tide Is High
  • Mood For Love
  • You’re Wondering Now
  • You Can Get It
  • Harder They Come
  • Red Is Danger
  • Man In The Street
  • Mirror In The Bathroom
  • Enola Gay
  • Red Red Wine
  • Price Tag
  • Tequila
  • Misirlou
  • 99 Red Balloons
  • Tainted Love
  • Tears Of A Clown
  • Rudy A Message To You
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Monkey Man
  • Baggy Trousers
  • Israelites
  • Gangsters
  • Night Boat To Cairo
  • Chinatown

 

And this is what the client had to say afterwards.

 

“What can i say???? U guys were absolutely amazing. Everyone has been saying how bloody brilliant u were. I can still hear the music through my hangover. Thank u so much for making it such a great night xxxxx”

We had a great time too…

Reopening a pub

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Aug 25, 2014 gig, setlist Comments are off

We were very happy to help re-open a pub – the George and Dragon – in the very pretty village of Hurstbourne Tarrant, near Andover on Saturday.

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This was perhaps our most unusual support act – the local MP declaring the pub reopened and pulling the first pint of the evening.

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The village also boasts a brewery, and one task for the evening was to chose which of two ales would become the official village ale.

Frank and Chris enthusiastically joined the judging.

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Leah doesn’t drink but you wouldn’t think so sometimes.
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The gig was in a marquee in the pub car park.
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Gravel made a slightly odd dance floor, but that did not inhibit guests from dancing.

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And this was the view from just across the road as the sun set, with some perhaps over enthusiastic photoshop.

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And this is what we played:

  • Guns Of Navarone
  • Fly Me To The Moon
  • Latin Goes Ska
  • Mood For Love
  • Tide Is High
  • You’re Wondering Now
  • Harder They Come
  • Alley Cat Ska
  • Man In The Street
  • Mambo Number 5
  • Dr Who
  • Enola Gay
  • Price Tag
  • Red Red Wine
  • Tequila
  • Misirlou
  • Work Song
  • Johnny Too Bad
  • James Bond
  • Pata Pata
  • 10 Out Of 10
  • 99 Red Balloons
  • Tainted Love
  • Rudy A Message To You
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • Monkey Man
  • Baggy Trousers
  • Israelites
  • Night Boat To Cairo
  • Gangsters

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.

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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.

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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)