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Super Saturday!

We had an absolutely fantastic time back at the rising Sun in Nutbourne last Saturday. So many friends from far and wide (and near too!) came out to see us and join in the fun. The joint was jumping, lot’s of dancing and a few folks got rather “tired and emotional”. You know who you are! It was marvellous to see you all, and thanks for making the trip out into the wilds of West Sussex on a rainy night. We really do appreciate it: as we’ve said before, a gig is only as good as the audience and what a great audience it was.  It looks as if The Riser is going to become a regular gig for us so we’ll be back here next year a couple of times for more music fun and laughter! Those of you who came we hope will come again, and those of you who missed it: keep an eye on the gig guide or your email and put it in your diary. Not to  be missed!

It seems early, the year has flown by, but it’s that time again when next years diary starts at most venues. First two gigs confirmed are at on of our old favourites and a great place to play, The Duke of Wellington in Shoreham. More will follow over the next month or so, so keep your eyes peeled and see, as ever, the Gig Guide for details!

Next gig is a Sunday Service semi-acoustic gig at the Bridge Inn, Amberley on Sunday (funny that!) the 26th from 3 -5 pm. Join us if you can for our first gig @ The Bridge – it’s a lovely place to spend a Sunday afternoon with great company and a great vibe. Hope to see ya!

A Lovely Two Weeks!

Apologies for the delay, but here goes!

The Friday before last was another of our semi acoustic gigs at Fudgie’s Bistro. The usual warm welcome from a “small, but perfectly formed” audience who stayed from first to last and made it a great time. Then…..Julian produced his guitar and joined us for a couple of numbers! We had a ball, jamming for a goodly while until time defeated us and we had to stop before the neighbours started banging on the ceiling. A fantastic end to a fantastic night. We’re back there later in the year, and who knows, we might get Julian up and at it again!

Last night we were back at The Neptune in Hove, and it was the traditional Nep we all know and love. After a steady start he place filled up and by the second set the joint was jumping. Dancing, singing along, the works. A great night as (as usual whenever we play there) Two encores (thanks Roger) but eventually time and the noise restrictions meant we had to stop. We’re there on New Year’s Eve, so come along and enjoy the party!

Next up, The rising Sun in Nutbourne next Saturday – we had a great turnout last time we played here and a really enjoyable evening so come along, bring some friends and have a ball with us at this lovely country pub venue!

Busy, Busy, Busy!

The last couple of weeks have been a bit hectic for us, one gig last week plus two gigs this weekend with rehearsals in between to learn a couple of requests for one of them, a street party gig with a dep drummer.  Amongst all of this, Dave is settling in really well and we were mad keen to get out and play!

We started with a return to the recently reopened Ranelagh in Brighton a week ago last Friday. A technical issue meant we were late on so we decided to play straight through with no break which really kept the atmosphere going. A reasonable crowd, swelled considerably at one point by a group of revellers dressed as Morris Men. A quite surreal scene watching umpteen Morris Men grooving to some funky blues – one I certainly won’t forget in a hurry. Whoever you were chaps, thanks for entertaining us! Stella is doing her best to regenerate the music scene at The Ranelagh: the Blues Jam is back on the last Sunday of the month and we’re back here on the 3rd of November so let’s all support her and make it a great place for the blues in Brighton again. It’s the people that make the place and make the gigs worthwhile so come along and support live music: bring your friends and help make it the venue you all want it to be.

Two gigs this weekend –  Friday saw a return to the Hothampton Arms in Bognor which we were really looking forward to as it’s such a nice place to play. They’ve gone to a lot of trouble to create a great stage area and integrate live music into the venue which makes it a treat to play here. It was also one of the bands most loyal followers last gig for a while as he’s moving to Austria – thanks for all your support over the years James, we’re going to really miss you. It won’t be the same looking out and not seeing you there (and having to carry all the gear ourselves in the future!). Good luck in Austria, you are now our official European tour agent so get cracking! We’ll be back at The Hoff next year.

Last night was the second gig of the weekend and what a fantastic night it was. A street party in Brighton so an open-air gig which had us crossing our fingers all week about the weather. We needn’t have worried, it was a lovely warm (for September) night without a hint of rain. Rob even got to turn his Fender Bassman up above 2 for a change! Lovely people who made us very welcome with food and beer then danced all night  – especially Kate who was dancing shoe-less in the road from the beginning to the end. A big thanks to George who booked us and sat in on keys for a couple of songs (it was a pleasure, George great playing!), to Yoko for letting us use her garage for power and her facilities(!) and to Pete O’Connell who helped us out on drums for the night. Same time next year George?

Now for the sad news. Our two gigs later this year at The Lamb in Lewes have been cancelled, a real shame as the last one was an absolute blast with a great crowd. Sam and Declan have been unable to secure a long term deal at the pub which is now closed again for refurbishment. When it re-opens it will be as a specialist Gin bar and there are no current plans for any live music at the venue in the future. With more venues closing it becomes more and more important to support those places that still want to promote live music. Come and support it or lose it folks, as when it’s gone, it’s probably gone for good.

We’re at Fudgie’s Bistro in Hove next Friday: our semi acoustic line up which is always a pleasure. Come along and enjoy the atmosphere in an intimate venue with a charm which is all it’s own.

Festival Time!

We had a great night (as usual) at The Eagle, Arundel last Friday as part of the Arundel Festival. We’ve always wanted to play in Arundel at festival time but in the past August has been a tricky month for the band. Things are different this year with the new line up so we were available and what better place for a first festival gig than The Eagle! Dave has settled in well and the whole thing is starting to gel nicely. Lots of old friends cam along and there were lots of Festival revellers too so  a great atmosphere all round. Thanks, everyone, we could see you all enjoying yourselves and we had a blast.

Rob’s sister Louise even came down from that there posh part of London and provided the video below – thanks Louise!


Next outing for us is a return to the re-opened and historic home of the blues in Brighton, The Ranelagh in Kemp Town on September the 7th. It would be great to see you all there – do come along and see us and support a venue doing it’s best to keep music live. Without places like this we’d have nowhere to play so don’t stay at home washing your hair, come out and have some fun!

Surprise Surprise!

….and no, Cilla was not involved.

During our recent gig at The Battle of Trafalgar, a very nice man (hi Smiffy!) came up and said he thought we were great and that two of his friends were getting married and having their reception at the pub. He  thought they would love the band and asked if we would play for a while during the afternoon as a surprise extra wedding present from him. We immediately said yes, and that was yesterdays gig! We were under instructions not to arrive before 4.30 and to get set up as quickly as possible before playing for our usual couple of hours. It all went really well: the bride and groom, Baz and Deena, were certainly surprised and very pleased. Glad you enjoyed it and we were delighted to entertain you and your guests. Everyone was really friendly and helpful making room for us in a crowded space, than dancing away  (especially you, Marge) into the early evening. A lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon. We’ll be back at “The Battle” for a Saturday night gig soon, but until then here’s a video from yesterday shot and provided by Pete Chapman – thanks Pete!

A BIG Thank you… everyone enjoyed the day.

Posted by Pete Chapman on Sunday, 12 August 2018

Next is The Eagle, Arundel on the 24th of August as part of the Arundel Festival. Be there or be square, as they used to say when things were groovy!

All Change Please!

Things have been a little quiet on the news front for the last few weeks as we have been very busy behind the scenes. The previous gigs at The Eagle, Arundel and The Snowdrop in Lewes both went really well and were in fact Dave Martin’s last gigs with the band.

Dave has left the band  for private and personal reasons, it’s been a tough 12 months for him and the whole experience has made him reset his priorities towards family and other things he would like to do. This may seem a little sudden to you, but Dave generously gave us three months’ notice rather than just walking away. We decided not to announce anything back then so that his final gigs with us were fun and he was not constantly answering the “why” question. It also gave us time to find a suitable replacement without pressure. So it’s farewell and thanks for a great four years Dave, your contribution certainly helped to push the band forwards and we wish you nothing but health and happiness with your family. Perhaps you’ll come and sit in with us sometime.

Now for the good news! Back in late June, after a long search, we discovered a gem called Dave Moss. Although younger than all of us he is full of experience. He plays a mean lead guitar, sings really well, and more importantly his name is Dave to save on the paperwork! We all hit it off immediately and within two rehearsals and a lot of homework had pretty much a full set to work with. Rehearsals went really well and he had his debut gig at The Duke of Wellington yesterday: what a great place for him to start! It was a really hot, busy riot of a gig –  a few rough edges but that’s only to be expected first time out: overall a great show and a great debut gig from Dave. One of his mates, Wayne, turned up with his saxophone and joined us for a great version if “Unchain My Heart” – thanks Wayne! We all had loads and loads of fun, everyone was very kind and complimentary afterwards and the “Welly” collection was staggering. Thank you all so much. We do have some audio from the gig and it will be appearing on here soon: keep your eye out (or should that be ear?) for it!

Next up for us is a private function next Saturday  – it’s a surprise for someone! – then the next gig is at The Eagle Arundel, one of our favourites (aren’t they all?) on the 24th August as part of the Arundel Festival. It’s the Friday before the Bank Holiday weekend, so come on down and join the party!

Meanwhile…..

….a lot has happened in a short space of time! Firstly a great party gig at Fudgie’s bistro where everyone had a great time, band and party-goers alike. Lot’s of dancing and lot’s of singing along to some old favourites: it was an outing for the new Sunday Service line up with Roger Harris as Dave was away on a well deserved break so a different set list to our usual one and it seemed to go down very well indeed! Can’t wait for the next Sunday Service gig in July at the Neptune. Have a look at the new “Sunday Service” tab on the front page of the website for details of the Sunday Service line up!

Last night another new venue for us, The Battle of Trafalgar in Portslade. A small but enthusiastic crowd who really enjoyed it and thanks to the people who took the trouble to say how good they thought we were which is always nice and makes it all worthwhile. A big thanks also to Smiffy who insisted on buying us all a pint at the end of the evening – it was well received after a very warm night. A mention too, to the lady who took what must have been a hundred photos of Rob. Haven’t seen any yet on any social media but perhaps she took them just for herself!  It’s been suggested that we would go down well here on a Sunday afternoon so keep an eye on the gig guide. There may be something else in the pipeline too, but I’m sworn to secrecy – ooh, how intriguing!

Saturday saw us at yet another new venue, The Lamb in Lewes. We’ve wanted to play there for quite a while and it certainly didn’t disappoint. By the end of the first set the place was absolutely packed with people having a great time: old folks danced, young folks danced, some folks sang along and it was another one of those great gigs where the energy went back and forth between the band and the audience until everyone was really feeling it. A real roof-raising roaring success. A special mention to the two ladies and two gents who danced from the first song until the last: a real feat considering how hot it was. Didn’t catch your names but I’ll keep a look out for you next time…..which is October!  We have actually been re-booked for two more dates this year, one as I’ve already mentioned in October and then in December just before Christmas. We really can’t wait, I think this is going to become another one of our firm favourites (aren’t they all!).

We have a few weeks off now and then we’re back in early July at three great places, The Neptune in Hove, The Eagle in Arundel and the Snowdrop in Lewes: the first one at the Neptune is a Sunday Service gig, our semi-acoustic line up with Roger Harris on guitar and vocals. All are terrific venues that go out of their way to support live music and well worth a visit, so come along and see us As always, see the gig guide for details!

Isn’t It Great When……

You get a gig at  a local venue and your friends turn out to see you!

We had a really good time at the Rising Sun last Saturday, a lovely warm evening and a lovely warm crowd who clapped and cheered all evening. A smashing venue that we have wanted to play at for some time that’s one of my locals so lot’s of old friends, some I hadn’t seen for quite  a while, came along and made it a very jolly affair indeed. Lots of  compliments about the band which are always a nice thing to hear and give you a nice warm glow inside. Or was that the beer afterwards? Seriously though, as I’ve said before it’s all about you – if you have fun we have fun and that magic circle of good times going around and around turns it into a special night. Thank you all. We’re re-booked for the 6th of October, so do come along and let’s do it all again!

Next up is a Thursday – yes that’s right, Thursday, the 31st of May at Fudgie’s Bistro. It’s a birthday party event but open to the public so if you fancy getting an early start to the weekend come along and join in the fun. Dave is away, so helping us out for the evening on guitar and vocals will be Roger Harris from Fat Charlie and The Archangels. Some different songs and a different vibe as it’s a semi acoustic gig and sure to be a cracker. Make it a date!

Feels Like Summer….

Howdy Folks! Lots of news this time so settle in for a good read! Firstly , another great gig last Friday at Fudgie’s Bistro which is quickly becoming a marvelous little music venue on a Friday night. Hot, sweaty and we were very well received by a great crowd including a few old friends from other bands – thanks guys for coming, it was good to see you – and very well looked after by Julian and his missus who made us most welcome. We played it as a semi acoustic gig and it works really well in this small space, so well that there are one or two of our other venues where we might give it a try! We’re back there on the 31st of May for a birthday party but without Dave as he will be sunning himself in Portugal – mind how you go with the Sherry mate – It’s a Thursday night and although it’s a party the place is open to all so do come along if you fancy a mid-week jolly, it’s sure to be a lively night. We’ve got one of Rob’s mates Roger helping us out and although it won’t be the same without Dave I’m sure we’ll keep you entertained!

The band at Fudgie’s last Friday!

Three more gigs have been added to the Railroad schedule: A new venue – The Battle of Trafalgar in Portslade on the 8th of June, somewhere we have wanted to play for a while, a gig at The Eagle on the 24th August during the Arundel Festival and a return to the Hothampton Arms in Bognor on the 14th of September which is great news. We are especially pleased to be able to join in with the Arundel Festival this year as it’s during our usual holiday period but by a stroke of luck we are all available that night. We are also pleased to announce that The Ranelagh in Kemp Town has re-opened under new management and our gig there in September is being honoured! We can’t wait to get back to such a historic music venue. We only have a few gig slots left this year so we can’t get there any sooner which is a pity but it’s been a good year for us with bookings and the band is going from strength to strength. Long may it continue.

Lastly, we have new project on the go: A Sunday line up! Dave has always kept Sundays as family time which is only right and proper as he has a younger family than the rest of us, but it has meant that we have never been able to play the Sunday afternoon slot that seems to be becoming ever more popular. Rob, Chris and I have enlisted Rob’s mate Roger who is helping us out at Fudgie’s next time and put a set together for Sundays and we’ll see how it goes! The new venture is “Sunday Service” and there will be a separate page for it here on the website so keep your eye’s open!

Well that’s it for now people, two gigs coming up this weekend at two cracking venues that are regulars for us: Friday at The Eagle in Arundel then Saturday at The Neptune in Hove. Hope you can make it to one or other or even both!

Give It some Welly!

A welcome return to The Duke Of Wellington in the delightful Shoreham-by-Sea last Saturday. Proper pub, proper music venue, proper people and an enthusiastic crowd always make for a good gig here, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We were well looked after by the staff (Hi Hannah!) and there were lots of familiar faces in the audience too. We’ve been re-booked for August, so come along and find out why The Welly is one of the best live music venues in the area!

Next up is a return to Fudgie’s Bistro in Hove and our semi acoustic set, a laid back, soak up the atmosphere and chill with a couple of their unusual flavoured shots to help you along kind of a gig. don’t miss it!