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Rampant at the Red Lion……

Last Saturday’s gig at The Red Lion in Arundel was just what we’ve come to expect when ever we play here – party time! Hot, busy, lively, noisy and a barrel-load of fun from beginning to end. A special mention to the lady dancing in the video below – she danced from the beginning until the very end. Didn’t catch your name but whoever you are thanks for helping to make it such an entertaining evening. We’ve said it before about audiences plenty of times, but when you have fun we have fun and the whole thing lifts to  a level that just can’t be beat. We’ll be back at The Red Lion next year – dates coming soon.

On that subject, we have three dates now for The Hothampton Arms in Bognor for next year, (always good to play at “The Hoff”)  and we are working on dates for some new venues s keep an eye on the Gig guide or the “Events” tab on our Facebook page.

Next up – this Saturday at The Kings Head, Billingshurst. A new venue for us, so come along and join us for what should be a great night.  See you there!


Thanks again to John for the video – keep them coming mate!

Ranelagh Renaissance……..

Our gig last night at The Ranelagh in Kemp Town was fabulous. A slightly slow start with just a few old friends in the audience but the door kept opening and more people kept arriving until by the middle of the first set the place was really buzzing. It stayed like that all night: dancing, clapping, cheering, you get the picture. Lot’s of old faces, some new faces, old folks, young folks, a lovely mixture of people who just wanted to have a good time with a great band so we duly obliged. Dave has been working hard on his guitar sound to get it “Just So” and last night it all came together: We had lots of very kind comments from folks who see a lot of bands  (and from some folks who are in them) which is always great. It makes all the hard work worthwhile. Stella is trying really hard to get The Ranelagh buzzing again and we’re really happy to help. She got her diary out immediately after we finished and there are three dates booked for next year……Can’t wait!

Next is a week off then a return to The Red Lion in Arundel on the 17th of November. A pub where they really like to party, party, party: It will be Dave’s first time there so I hope he’s ready for a real up close and personal humdinger of a night! While we’re talking about Arundel, following last weeks gig at the Eagle we have, yep you guessed it, dates there for next year. Three, in fact. That makes six gigs in for next year this week which is fantastic.  For information about all of these and the other gigs remaining this year, and at the risk of repeating myself and getting a bit dull: See the Gig Guide for details!

Ever Reliable…..

At The Eagle! Our gig last Friday at The Eagle, Arundel was just the sort of gig we’ve come to expect here, a little quiet to start with but jollying up nicely by half time and a great finish. We kept the tunes coming and managed to play our entire set for a change – normally time flies by and we realise we don’t have time to play them all! An interesting 12″ Jazz remix of “Unchain my Heart” was a particular highlight – we strayed from the beaten track a bit with that one but it worked out so well we’re considering making it permanent (if we can remember how we did it that is!) Only kidding. We had a great night, a few people came who had seen us at The Bridge the previous week which was really nice to see and everyone enjoyed the show. Thanks again folks, and we’ll be back here at the beginning of next year and a few times later on. Dates will appear next week, so as usual: Keep your eye on the Gig Guide!

Gigs are rolling in, we have two dates confirmed now for another one of  our regular venues, the Neptune in Hove plus we have a new venue for next year, The Crown in Littlehampton. We have been trying to play here for a long while and are really pleased that Ellie has booked us for a Sunday afternoon in April – her first available slot but hopefully not the last! It’s not a Sunday Service acoustic gig but a full band show. We can’t wait to be playing in L.A.!

Next Saturday is a return to The Ranelagh, Kemp Town: Stella is really trying to keep this iconic music venue going so come along and support live music – use it or lose it folks!

Awesome Amberley Acoustic!

We had a lovely time at the Bridge Inn, Amberley, this afternoon. An outing for our acoustic lineup  in a lovely little venue full of lovely people. Our first gig at The Bridge, we had lots of old friends and lots of folks who had never seen us before all there to just chill, sit back and enjoy the afternoon. A great atmosphere and everyone was very complimentary which is always nice. The band thoroughly enjoyed it: we could see everyone having a good time and that really makes it all worthwhile. We’ll be back there three or four times next year, dates to be confirmed so keep your eye on the gig guide on on our Facebook page and meanwhile here’s some video of us at The Bridge – thanks John!

Next gig is next Friday at the ever popular Eagle in Arundel. Hope to see you there!

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!