Hurrah For “The Hoff”!

We had a great time at “The Hoff” (The Hothampton Arms, Bognor) last Friday. Plenty of folks around, a real hubbub of people having a good time: the dB meter on the wall was at 85 just for the background noise! A real surprise, Dave turned up with and all-new set-up still with the tags on, a shiny Fender Blues Junior combo and a Fender Stratocaster. It sounded fantastic straight out of the box (literally!) and he finally got the sound he’s been after for a long while. A birthday present to himself apparently. Mines coming up in July…….what shall I buy myself, Dave? anyhoo, back to the gig. More than a few familiar faces, a really nice vibe, a lot of appreciation and some lovely comments about the band, plus and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves which is becoming a bit of a habit. Overall a great night, made even better by Lucy who whipped out her diary at the end of the show, instantly booked us in for an extra Sunday afternoon gig later in the year (and shifted another gig to a Saturday night) and bought us all a pint. Thanks to her and her gang for looking after us so well. Also ran into Paul, a long time promoter around the area who was most complimentary (particularly about Rob’s harp playing). He’s booked Nine Below Zero and Paul Young amongst others and as we started chatting it became apparent that he and I knew a lot of the same people and places from years ago (that’s Croydon in the 70’s for you), although our paths had never crossed at the time. Lovely guy, just goes to show that the world is a very small place.  Overall a really good night – keep them coming like it!

In other news…..we have been asked to play at “Spring in the Patch”, an all volunteer family event which raises funds to maintain William Clarke Park, a community space in Brighton. All bands are wary of supposed “charity” events these days but this is well worth supporting. Green space in cities is a precious thing so we’re glad to help out. We’ll be on about four but the event runs from around mid-day so come along and join us for a sunny (hopefully!) afternoon in the park. Check out this worthy cause here !

Next up a return to The Rising Sun in Nutbourne, lovely old village pub with a great atmosphere. A bit tucked away, but well worth the trip so come along and help us keep music live! As always, see the Gig Guide for details.

Marvellous March Merriment……..

…back at Fudgie’s! One of our best ever gigs at one of our firm favourites: lot’s of banter with the audience, lot’s of humour, lot’s of laughter, lot’s of great tunes – I could go on (and on)! We thoroughly enjoyed everyone thoroughly enjoying themselves, dancing, clapping, cheering – for a small place the audience really pack a punch and certainly know how to have a good time which males for a fantastic atmosphere. Thanks again to Julia and Julian for making us so welcome as usual: we’ll be back here soon!

Next week is a return to Bognor and The Hothampton Arms – always a great night at The Hoff! See the Gig guide for details!

Saturday Night’s Alright For…….

Playing the blues! Another good evening at the Ranelagh in Kemp Town last night, thanks to all of you who came along to see us. We had a lovely time playing for you, lot’s of humour and jokes, fun and laughter plus some great tunes – that’s what makes for a great gig. Thanks again to Stella for keeping music going here, and making us welcome as usual.  A little gap now, next gig is the 1st of March at Fudgie’s Bistro in Hove for the second time this year – always a great vibe and a good night out – see you there!

Stormy Weather…….

…is a great song, but not ideal for a Saturday night in Arundel! Nevertheless, a good few braved the early wind and rain, and after a gentle start the door kept opening and people kept arriving until we had the usual enthusiastic crowd we’ve come to expect at The Eagle. By the end the whole place was buzzing and no-one wanted us to stop  – we could have gone on and on, but time (and noise restriction) waits for no band so we had to bow out gracefully at 11. Lot’s of kind comments, especially about the new songs and the impromptu burst of reggae that Rob enjoyed so much! Thanks once again to Eileen for making us most welcome: catch us there again soon!

It’s great to be able to keep adding video clips and I hop you enjoy them as much as we do! Here’s a clip from last weekend’s Sunday Service gig at The Bridge Inn, Amberley : thanks once again to John for taking the trouble to send it to us.

Now for some exciting news: we are going into the studio to record some of our favourite songs from our current live set. Six carefully (?) chosen tracks for an EP that will be available as a digital download and as a CD. We start the process at the beginning of April: we’ll keep you posted (no pun intended) with some photos and maybe the odd video snippet as we go through the recording process! We’re all really looking forward to it – get your money ready, it will be coming soon at a gig near you!

Next week we are returning once again to one of Brighton’s truly iconic venues, The Ranelagh in Kemp Town. Stella is working really hard to get it back to where it belongs, at the forefront of live music in Brighton so come along if you can and help us make it happen. As ever, see the Gig Guide for details!


Saturday, Sunday, Any Day Is A Good Day When……

You get to play in a great place to lovely people!

Saturday we were at The Duke of Wellington with their new 8.00pm start time. We were worried it was a bit early, but the punters were ready and waiting bang on time!  We played three shorter sets with a couple of breaks until gone eleven, now that’s value for money! A great evening as it always is at the Welly, we were joined on stage by Dave’s mate Chris for an impromptu version of Tennessee Whiskey, which went down a storm. We return to the Welly later in the year – one not to be missed! 
Sunday afternoon saw us at The Bridge Inn, Amberley,  for an acoustic Sunday Service  gig.  We really enjoy playing our usual live set acoustically: it’s a really interesting experience and a completely different vibe. With an appreciative audience and the wonderful smell coming from the restaurant, there is no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon.  Lot’s of clapping and a lovely atmosphere. We’ll be back at The Bridge later in the year for more of the same – can’t wait!

Note the clock that Dave spent two hours banging his head on – I kept wondering why it was still twenty past three event though we had played about ten songs!

Thanks to all our friends who came along to see us this weekend – it really wouldn’t be the same without you, it’s what makes all the hard work worthwhile.

This Friday we are back at The Eagle in Arundel, a longstanding venue for us and an absolute favourite. Come along and say hello!  And, as always, see the Gig Guide for details of all our up-coming gigs!



And We’re Off!

We had our first gig of the New Year at Fudgie’s Bistro in Hove last night and another great night it was too. We got our usual warm welcome from  Julian, Jules and the rest of the gang along with a terrific crowd who danced, clapped and even laughed at the occasional joke (teeth still in a glass Rob?).  A couple of new songs in the set which went down a storm and a very lively atmosphere from beginning to end, just what everyone needed to start the year off. Dave had forgotten his slide, so a big thanks to Paul Black who just happened to have one in his pocket – if anyone was going to have one about their person it was always going to be Paul!  It was one of those evenings where everyone is having a great time and you just don’t want it to end. Sadly they always do, but  we’re back at Fudgie’s in March for more of the same so come along and join us and help make the next night even better!

Next weekend we have two gigs coming up, Saturday night at the Duke of Wellington in Shoreham – always a good night to be had at the Welly! – and Sunday afternoon sees us with our acoustic set at The Bridge in Amberley, a charming pub with a lovely convivial atmosphere. Come along and relax with some great tunes and a pint or two, It’s what Sunday afternoons are for!

Happy New Year!

Another great New Years Eve at The Neptune last night where we saw the New Year in with style for the 4th year running. It was terrific to be joined on stage by the marvellous Paul Black and Neil Langman from The Paul Black Group for a few numbers which went down a storm – thanks chaps! Thanks again to all of you who came along for the evening, too many to list but we’re grateful to each and every one of you, and happy New Year to you all. Hope to see you at a gig or two in the coming year.

Yet more dates added for this year: both at one of our regular venues, Fudgie’s Bistro in Hove. The first one is at the end of January, so when you’ve shaken off the hangover from NYE why not come along and join us for our first gig of the year. Who knows, Julian might even join us on guitar towards the end of the evening…….not to be missed!


Fantastic Fudgie’s!

Last Friday’s gig at Fudgie’s Bistro in Hove was an absolute scorcher: Hot, sweaty up close and personal. Dancing, singing along, clapping, cheering, encores, the whole nine yards plus Julian guesting on lead guitar too. What more could you ever want! We had a blast and everyone who came along was clearly up for a good time. Thanks also to the various musicians from other bands who came along and supported us – guys, it means a lot. Happy Christmas to you all. We’ll be back at Fudgie’s next year, dates to follow – here’s a taste of last Friday with Julian on Lead Guitar!

Posted by Allan Scutcher on Friday, 7 December 2018

Next up is NYE at The Nep! Sure to be a great night and the best way to see opt the old year and see in the new. We may even have a special guest or two…..If you don’t have plans why not come along and join in the fun and if you do have plans it’s not too late to change them! Hope to see you there.

Merry Christmas to all the folks who’ve supported us this year and the venues kind enough to book us, and if you can’t be with us on NYE have a great time wherever you are. All the best for the festive season and the coming year from Railroad.

Kings Head Hoedown…..

Great night at the Kings Head in Billingshurst last Saturday, the weather didn’t help us much as it was pretty miserable but a good few folks turned out to see us in any case. Some very kind comments from folks who’d not seen us before which is always nice, and a pretty lively crowd in the bar who’d partied all afternoon during the rugby! We”ll be back there next year, dates to be arranged after their refurbishment works are complete.

Dates are flowing in still for next year – it’s going to be busy,busy,busy! A couple of Sunday Service gigs at The Bridge Inn, Amberley and a couple of dates back at The Red lion in Arundel. You know the drill by now……….see the Gig Guide for details!

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!