Some of you may know that earlier this year Phil had a health scare and scare us it did. Despite the seriousness of his illness, he only missed one gig as luckily the band had a break in August and this largely coincided with his treatment.
Phil is well on the way to recovery and has been back with us since the break, and is slowly gathering strength (he’s still hopeless, but we love him!)
That’s the good news.
In an unfortunate twist of fate, Dave has been struck by the same illness and he has absolutely no option but to take time out and concentrate on himself. This decision is 100% supported by the band and we wish Dave a speedy recovery and a swift return.
Although the news comes at a busy time of year, with Dave’s blessing, we took the decision NOT to cancel any upcoming shows and continue to play.
After an extensive search for the right person, we are delighted to welcome Danny Shayler to the band! We liked him immediately and with his expertise we will continue to give our venues the great show they are used to. His details will appear in the “Band” section when we can get a decent photo! Danny’s first outing is at The Ranelagh in Brighton on 27th of this month (a great place to start), so come down, take a peek and make him feel welcome. 9.00pm sharp!
…..for next year already. First two gigs in the book are at one of our regular venues, the lovely Neptune in Hove. One at the end of April, one at the end of September, details in the gig guide (as if you wouldn’t have guessed that!). Don’t wait until then though to catch us, there are a few gigs in the guide between now and Christmas and if hanging out in The Nep is your thang, don’t forget we’ll be there on New Year’s Eve for a Bluestastic Blast into January!
We had a fantastic night at the Snowdrop on Saturday night! A good crowd who showed a lot of love and enthusiasm for the band, lots of dancing, lots of clapping and cheering, who could ask for more? Well, they did at the end so we gave it to them! We had the marvellous Mr. Pete O’Connell on drums for the evening as Chris was away at a wedding – one rehearsal and straight in to the hot seat (or on to the hot stool, really)! We had a few slightly alternative endings, but it was great fun and I’m sure he’ll be back with us in the future. We were overwhelmed by the number of people who took the time to say hello at the end and tell us how much they had enjoyed their evening. Thanks to all of you, it really makes it all worthwhile when you get that sort of appreciation. We’ll be back here next year, and we hope to see you all again. Keep your eyes on the gig guide! Next gig is The Ranelagh, Kemp Town, towards the end of October. Another of our favourite venues – aren’t they all these days, which is a great thing to be able to say!
Last Saturday saw us back at The Neptune after our summer break, and it was good to be back! Some of you will know that I have not been too well over the last few months which meant that unfortunately I missed the last gig before the summer at The Eagle. I’d like to add my thanks to Jim Bryan for stepping in at the very last minute – it was much appreciated and thanks also to Rob for writing the gig report. Still, I’m well on the mend and it was great being back on stage with the band. We were very well received as usual at the Nep, and congratulations again to Tina and Bill Turner who came on their wedding anniversary! We’re back at the Nep for New Years Eve – the third year running! – from 9 until 2018 so come and join us for the best NYE blues party around!
Don’t wait until then to catch us though, this Saturday we are at The Snowdrop Inn, Lewes. Hope to see you there…..
A very big thank you to all who came to The Eagle gig on July 14th( its been hectic at Railroad HQ and we almost overlooked this half term report!), we had a great night, as we always do at this fabulous venue. It was a tad warm on a gorgeous summers evening, and it was lovely to see many familiar faces.
Thanks to Eileen and the girls for taking care of us. Special thanks to the very professional Jim Bryan for stepping in on Bass for the evening at short notice, it’s very much appreciated mate and we enjoyed having you! We return to the Eagle on Friday 10th November, put it in your diary, you won’t be disappointed!
We are all shooting off in different directions for our summer holidays now, we return with a bang at the Neptune in Hove on Saturday 09th September.
Thank you to all who have supported us thus far this year, and see you all real soon.
HOT NEWS !
Louise has been busy expanding our Railroad shop ! We now offer two T-Shirt designs and Mugs ! All reasonably priced of course, we have been using the same company for a while now, they have been reliable, safe and of quality, so we feel confident in offering more products to you, Christmas is only 5 months away after all!
A hot hot hot night last night at The Duke of Wellington but we kept rocking right up until the end! We were having so much fun it was 11.30 before we knew it!
Thanks to all of you who came, we really appreciate your support.
Next gig is a return to The Eagle in Arundel, our last gig before our summer break so catch us while you can!
For the first time ever, I’m sorry to say that a gig has been cancelled by the venue. The Franklin Arms sent us this:
“Really sorry but we are cancelling all blues bands at The Franklin due to the fact that the blues jam no longer wish to play at our establishment any longer and have been told they are going back to the Ranelagh .
We feel we were taken advantage of and our establishment used until their needs were supported at their original venue. As we only booked blues bands in support of the jam and they do not go well with our punters we feel it is no longer possible to accommodate you. Apologies the management.”
A phone call unfortunately did not resolve the situation, it was polite, friendly but firm. They are very upset by the behaviour of certain people and would not reconsider, so the gig on the 24th of June is cancelled. We have one or two ideas, so keep an eye on the main page for a stop-press announcement!
Last weekend was a great one for us – two gigs at two of our regular venues with very different flavours.
First up The Ranelagh in Kemp Town on Friday night where the usual music loving crowd supported us through the evening and kept us at it until well past the usual finishing time. Peter and his staff made us very welcome yet again, and we were pleased to keep going until we really really had to stop (sing along with me “Neighbours, every body loves….”) due to the noise and time limits. Fair enough, I suppose. They like us here so much they’ve taken our last free date for the year as an extra! Thanks Pete, for the support.
On to Saturday, then, and The Red Lion in Arundel. A totally different crowd, party party, lot’s of folks young and not so young out on the town for a good old fashioned jolly night. The place was packed, and the temperature was through the roof. We’re going to have to start changing shirts at the halfway break when we play here as we were all dripping wet! Girls danced, someone appeared with a tray of shots and tried to persuade Dave to join them for one while he was playing and one girl even managed to persuade Rob to let her play with one of his organs! Well, she was on a birthday night out after all. Happy birthday Jodie, we’re glad we made it a good night for you! We’re not back here until December, but pre-Christmas gigs are always going to have a bit of sparkle…..can’t wait!
We’ve got a short break now, next gig is not until June 24th at a new venue for us The Franklin Arms in Brighton. Do come along and see us if you can, it’s sure to be a great gig. Details, as ever, in the gig guide.
Yet again the Eagle in Arundel comes up trumps for us. We never seem to have a bad gig there these days and the audience were out in abundance and in fine form, singing along, dancing, cheering, whistling, everything a band could want and more. We played a straight through set this time out, non stop for two hours of top quality tunes and glorious grooves. Not sure we’ll do it this way again though as Dave was almost on his knees by the end and so were the rest of us! Still, it was fun to try something different. No less than four new numbers and one new instrument: Rob was wielding his brand new chromatic harmonica. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a bigger thing with a twiddly knob on that makes more notes so you can play more things. I think. Or that’s what he said. I think. Anyway it was all for our new rendition of the theme from Midnight Cowboy, an instrumental featuring guess who: Rob! It went down a storm, and for a first time out with an instrument he’d never played in public before, Rob played a blinder. Audio will be on here soon! Thanks to all of you who turned out, and to Eileen and the girls behind the bar for making us so welcome once again.
Next up: a double header weekend, Friday the 19th at The Ranelagh, Kemp Town and Saturday the 20th at the Red Lion, Arundel. See the gig guide for details!
Last night was an absolute flat out, hot, stonking, smasher of a gig at The Neptune in Hove. Livened up by a crew of folks from Rob’s workplace, the place was absolutely packed from beginning to end with folks who’d clearly come out to have a great time. And boy did they, which meant so did we, which meant so did they…and the great crazy feedback loop that happens when everyone is having fun at a gig meant the whole thing just got better and better. I’ve never had so many people make a point of telling me what a good time they were having and how great they thought the band are and how amazing it all was. Rob played out of his skin (showing off for your pals, eh Rob?), Dave was on great form and all Chris and I had to do was keep it all together at the back and enjoy the roller coaster ride! One of our best gigs ever at one of the best venues in Brighton for live music. The jug collection was staggering (thanks Helen, you know we really appreciate you doing it!) which was a real reflection of just how much everybody enjoyed the show. The band can’t thank you all enough for coming and for making it such a good night. Without you all there’d be no point, and I can’t say often enough how much we appreciate your support. There was quite a lot of camera phone action on the night, and I’m sure there will be some video on here soon so make sure you keep an eye on here or our Facebook page!
Next gig is another lovely place to play, The Eagle in Arundel. Catch us if you can! Details as ever in the Gig Guide.