Normal Service Has been Resumed…..!

Lots of news and lots going on! Firstly we hope you like the new-look website, and the corresponding Facebook page – if you haven’t been there, well you should, really, shouldn’t you. Rude not to. All you have to do is press the button on the front page of the website! The new logo is Rob’s handiwork and is rather smart, don’t you think? New-look T-shirts and mugs (and apparently edible underwear, eh Dave?) are available at ridiculously cheap prices via the “Shop” tab on the site or from the Facebook page too. Look smart, look sharp, and if you turn up to a gig wearing one Rob will buy you a pint. Or shake your hand. Or both. Tell him I said so.

This weekend is the beginning of a five week run of gigs for us and to kick it off we were back at one of our real favourites last night – The Eagle, Arundel – with the whole band together for the first time in what seems like forever and a whole bunch of new songs. Dave is back from his time off recovering, and was on fine form and in great spirits (and humour!). The odd technical issue here and there did not spoil a thoroughly enjoyable gig both for us and for the enthusiastic crowd we’ve come to expect from a place where they really do enjoy their music (and know a great band when they hear one!). Things started a little slowly, but by the second half the place was crammed with people having a good time. Dancing, clapping, cheering, yes there was all those but also singing along, notably to “Tobacco Road” which was really unexpected and made a great evening even better. When the crowd’s happy the band are happy and vice-versa: the love goes backwards and forwards until everyone is smiling and having fun. You really can’t beat it: that’s what live music is all about. We’re back there in April and I’m sure it will be another great night.  Don’t miss it!

Two new gigs on the radar, one soon-ish and one a bit further on in the year, but both new venues for us.  Firstly at The Lamb,  Lewes at the beginning of June and then at the Kings Head, Billingshurst at the end of November – both venues are great places that are renowned for live music and a party atmosphere so they should both be crackers. Those of you who keep asking for “something nearer”  – you know who you are – have no excuses now, get yourself along to one of them and join in the fun!

Next is another great place which last time out was a corker – The lovely and quaint Snowdrop in Lewes, next Saturday. We always get a lovely reception here at a very individual pub with it’s own special vibe. If you’ve not been here before, it’s well worth travelling that extra bit just to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the music. Come on down – you won’t be disappointed and it’s charm will grow on you as quickly as it has on us.

Details of all the upcoming gigs can , of course, be found in your ever lovin’, up to the minute, super-duper Gig-Guide!

As it always used to say at the end of the cartoons – That’s All Folks!

And The New Year begins…..

A smashing night at The Ranelagh last Saturday kicked off the New Year with a bang. Things were a little quiet as we set up, and we did wonder how many folks would venture out this early on in January after their NYE celebrations but we needn’t have worried. The place filled up and up as the evening went on, and a very jolly time was had by all. Thanks everyone for coming along, it was good to see familiar faces amongst the audience and several people made a point of telling us they only came out because we were playing which is a real compliment. We are always grateful for your kind words. Thanks to Kayne and the staff for making us most welcome and taking “The Jug” around.  We’re back there later on in the year (but not too much later!) so join us again for a night of great songs and great atmosphere.

Next is the first of our Arundel gigs for this year at the ever popular Eagle and even better, Dave should be back with us! As you may know both he and I have had some health issues over the last year but we are now fighting fit and raring to go. A big thanks to Danny Shayler for helping us out over the last few months, and I’m sure he’ll be making a guest appearance or two over the coming year.  See the Gig Guide for details and come on down to help us celebrate being back together again!

Happy New Year!

…..says it all, really!  We had a great New years eve at The Nep, third year running for us (and we’ll be there this coming NYE too, which is great news). A nice crowd of friends, family, Nep regulars and familiar faces from the Brighton music scene both watchers and players saw the New Year in with us after the usual dancing, singing along, clapping and cheering. You were all very kind and generous with the jug, and the band felt very appreciated. Nights like this it’s a real pleasure to play for you all, and we’d like to say a big thank you for supporting us and supporting live music. We couldn’t do it without you. We hope the new year brings you health, wealth happiness and peace.

The last year has been a real mixed bag for us, my illness, which meant a short notice call to Jim Bryan who helped us out at The Eagle in July – thanks again Jim! and then Dave’s similar illness which led us to look for a long term dep. We were really lucky to find the marvellous and talented Danny Shayler who put a lot of effort into learning the set in a miraculously short time and has covered every gig we needed.  He has settled in to the band really well: we can’t thank him enough. He’ll be at The Ranelagh in January too so do come and see him! We’re hoping Dave will be back early in the coming year once he has recovered from his treatment and we hope to be able to continue with Danny too at times if we can.

As you can see from the Gig Guide, bookings are good for this year already, and we can’t wait to get going! First up is a return to The Ranelagh on the 13th of this month, as usual see the Gig Guide for details.

Another Year Draws To A Close…..And A Night Out With A Difference!

We played our last gig before Christmas last Saturday at the Red Lion in Arundel, and it was the usual busy busy night we’ve come to expect here. Party central all night with dancing, clapping, cheering and even singing along in places as we took the opportunity to run through some of the songs we’ve been working on for New Year’s Eve. They proved very popular – just as well really as that’s our next and last gig of the year so there’s no time to change them now!

We had a couple of special guests in the audience on Saturday too: Rob’s nan, Grace who celebrated her 97th yes, 97th birthday by coming to see us along with Rob’s uncle John who’s a great guitar player and had a string of hits in the 60’s with The Nashville Teens so we played Tobacco Road just for them. Happy Birthday Grace, and thanks for coming John: we hope to see you both next year!

A great night overall, and we’re back there next year so don’t miss it, it really is a lovely lively night and a great party atmosphere.

After the gig Rob and I were chatting with two very nice ladies, Maggie and Debbie, who invited us to come and see their ukulele orchestra practice last Monday at The New Inn in Littlehampton – an invitation we couldn’t refuse! Rob and I popped in and were made very welcome, they insisted on lending us a ukulele each and getting us to join in. Strictly one finger chords for me, but Rob seemed to grasp it quite quickly – all that sneaky guitar practice at home, eh Rob? They even managed to accommodate my left (or is it cack?) handedness! We had a great time, a lot of fun and thoroughly enjoyed it: a room full of people making music and enjoying themselves. A big thanks to Martin who runs the group for making us so welcome, and thanks again to Maggie and Debbie for the invitation. Look forward to seeing you again in the New Year!

Next gig is New Year’s Eve at The Neptune in Hove – our third NYE in a row here, it’s been absolutely fantastic every time and this time will be even better.  Danny’s at the front of the band this time out and we’ve loads of new songs to get you movin’ and a groovin’ into 2018. Come along and join in the fun – entry is free and you won’t find a better place to see in the New Year! Details, as ever, in the Gig Guide.

It’s Party Time!

We had a great time at the Vardar Club entertaining  the guests at Trevor’s 60th birthday bash last Saturday. People moved, people grooved, people clapped and people cheered. What more can a band ask for! Lot’s of chat and banter between the band and the assembled company, it really was a pleasure to play for you all and you clearly enjoyed it from first note until last. We hope to see some of you at future gigs.

Booking for next year is really starting to hot up now and we have a new venue too which is always good news: we are booked to play at the Rising Sun, Nutbourne near Pulborough in May. We’ve wanted to play at this lovely pub for a while so we will look forward to it. Details, as ever, in the Gig Guide!

Coming Along Nicely…..

Danny is slotting in very well in place of Dave during his absence, and we had another great night last Friday at The Eagle in Arundel where Eileen and her staff gave us their usual warm welcome. Girls danced, boys danced and  a good deal of banter was exchanged between audience and band all through the evening.  It’s always a pleasure to play here, the new songs went down well as did some old favourites. Dates are now arranged for next year, and we can’t wait to come back! As usual (I know, I know,) see the gig guide for details! And here we are in full swing:

The band are booked for a private party this Saturday and the next gig is the following Saturday: another favourite  – The Ranelagh in Kemp Town. See you there!

A Warm Welcome For Danny…..

We played our first gig with Danny Shayler on guitar and vocals at the Ranelagh in Kemp Town last Saturday and had a real blast. After only two rehearsals and with a stack of songs to learn Danny really came up trumps for us with a great performance. Plenty of chat and banter between the band and with the enthusiastic crowd made for a great evening. Several new songs that Danny brought in with him that all went down well, and despite a few “getting to know you” moments everybody in the band and in the audience had a fantastic time. We’re back here again in a month’s time – can’t wait!

Next gig s the Eagle in Arundel on the 10th November. – don’t miss it!

Some Unfortunate News…..

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!

Things Are Starting To Move Along……

…..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!

The Snowdrop Rocks!

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!