Here though, are a couple of gig reviews for you, starting with...
Domino, go man go. Just the one gig review this month folks, and that was an ace in Herts, with Domino’s latest presentation, Darrel Higham and the Enforcers with a guest performance by Levi Dexter. On the decks, Domino himself with Steve Grinster, of the afore mentioned Boppin the Blues, sharing the duties, spinning the wax/tin. And I have to tell you readers, this is the stuff you want to hear. Records right across the Rock n Roll spectrum, material we’d not heard for years, and in one or two cases, before. Just some cracking music
Sure there were other events on that tempted some of the regulars away , however some favourable footfall resulted in a vocal and dance fuelled crowd at the Jackman’s Community Centre. The line up for the band tonight, Darrel Higham on lead guitar and vocals, Rob Tyler on drums and Adam Miles slapping the dawghouse bass. ‘Rockin’ Daddy’ opened the show, with ‘Pink n Black’ and ‘Honey Bun’ keeping the pace.
With a Darrel Higham show, you expect a decent slab of Eddie Cochran material and this one was no exception, with a trio of faves ‘Completely Sweet’, ‘Hallelujah I Love Her So’ and ‘Teenage Cutie’ well received by the masses around the stage. Cool British vibes as well with a brace of Cliff standards, ‘Move It’ and ‘High Class Baby’, before we were back on the Cochran trail with ‘Nervous Breakdown’, ‘Somethin’ Else’ and the audience participation driven ‘C’mon Everybody’.
A breathless set of tunes again from the decks, and we were ready for set two. ‘Hey Ruby’ tore it up to open with, as did ‘Hard Headed Woman’ with ‘Jumpin With Gene’ a fitting tribute for Vincent fans. This set also introduced Levi Dexter, who was sporting a sparkly pink two piece suit as he took the stage. An energetic and varied selection followed with ‘Oakie Boogie’ offsetting Big Joe’s ‘Roll ‘em Pete/Jump for Joy’ and a tear up of Gene’s frantic rocker ‘Bi-Bickey-Bi-Bo-Bo’.
Back on the Eddie trail as Levi left the stage, with ‘Jeanie Jeanie Jeanie’ ringing out, and the set closing ‘Ice Cold’. Naturally they were brought back for more, with the anthemic ‘Rockabilly Boogie’ hitting the spot.
Another tip top night from Nigel Babb and Beverly Buckland, at the Hertfordshire club, closing their 2018 schedule. Next year’s program looks good too.
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Colin Mee on rhythm guitar, Micky Downey on upright bass and Joe Guillan on lead guitar, have been around since before Pontius was a Pilate, with their stripped down and basic Rockabilly sound, that despite not using drums, provides a complete and full sound. DJ for the night, and for the final time it turned out, was Scat, aka Allen Turnbull, and he played a highly varied trio of sets to suit everyone’s tastes.
The Skiprats took to the stage, and set about owning the place with a well conceived and exceptionally well delivered set of covers, and their own tunes. Indeed it was a Colin Mee original track that opened the set, ‘A Woman Like You’. The familiar Buddy Holly sound followed, with ‘Blue Days, Black Nights’ hitting the spot before another Mee original ‘You Cut Me Up’ rocked out. ‘Sneaky Pete’ and ‘Teenage Heaven’ got the crowd involved, as did ‘Headin’ Out’ (another original).
I don’t think anyone does ‘Morse Code’ like the Skiprats, a cracking version that, or for that matter Dennis Herrold’s ‘Hip Hip Baby’, which they have been performing since they started out in ’87. ‘Roughneck Blues’ slowed it down a bit, before a rowdy reception to ‘Let Your Hair Down Baby’ saw the lads end the first set.
People at this club, like to dance, indeed the ‘bop til you drop then I’ll stop’ section from the decks, was refreshing, especially as boppers didn’t have to wait until ten minutes before closing to throw some shapes, like some places. And anyone who plays ‘Jitterbop Baby’ gets a gold star from this reviewer.
Second set, and we are back in the game with Colin’s rock out ‘Come Back Baby’. Other original ‘rats tracks included the kickers, ‘Get Back’ and ‘What You Do To Me’, from the last CD release, which was like, twelve blimmin’ years ago (sic). Charlie Feathers’ ‘Tongue Tied Jill’ is perfectly suited to this trio, and their version of ‘Little Old Wine Drinker Me’ filled the floor with strollers.
So much still to appreciate, with the laugh out loud recounting of a girl from Bognor Regis, in ‘She’s My Baby’, and the outstanding version of Larry Hart’s ’58 recording ‘I’m Just a Mender’. Oh and not to forget the anthem from the nineteen hundred and frozen to death, ‘Rockabilly Rebel’, which united everyone of a certain age (us included) in the hall.
A welcoming club, good venue, kick-ar*e band and top sounds. What more could you want?
The Jive Aces present another stomping all-dayer at the Worthing Theatres Assembly Hall.
12 hours, 5 bands, 3 DJs and 1 huge dance floor! the full line-up:
The Jive Aces + special guests
Si Cranstoun & his band, JG & the Ultimates, Sister Suzie & the Right Band, Dylan Kirk & The Killers
DJs Howard Cox aka Mr Jinx and Claire "Voodoo Doll" Austin and Terry Elliott's Sentimental Journey
Onto Frisking the Whiskers, new for 2019. A place where it's all about the finest music for listeners and dancers alike.
Your host, Jo Green, looks forward to welcoming you and our jaunty Compere,
Lucky Uncle George, will be introducing you to some of best bands and DJs!
We promise you a genuine and comprehensive mix of Jazz Swing and R&B and some other little treats thrown in, to keep your ears and feet happy all
weekend. Our guys know how to keep you entertained and there really
will be something for everyone.
Shake Rattle and Roll are full throttle into 2019, here's what they have to say. We enjoyed a really succesful event in 2018! To celebrate 17 years of bringing the best Rock’n’Roll acts to the Shake Rattle & Roll stage, we are proud to announce another unbeatable All Star Line Up!
The Bands are: From the USA Marcel Riesco presents The Rockin' Roy Orbison Show, Darrel Higham & the Enforcers, Mark Keeley's Good Rockin Tonight, The Heartbeats, Lucas & the Dynamos, Earl Jackson, The Firebirds, Richie & The Rockets, Greggi G & the Crazy Gang, The Buddy Holly Show, The Sweet Georgia Boys, The Runawayz, The Jets, Scott Elvis, The Roosters and Rockhouse.
I was seconds away from pressing the publish button, when up pops the Rumble poster for 2019. Now well established in the North East, this event continues to provide high quality music and acts, with a top sound system in a huge marquee.
Click on the flyers for more details
Voodoo Doll and McLaren Music are proud to present their first collaboration and it's going to be a Humdinger!
This will be an adults only weekend of great 1940s and 1950s music, hanging out with good friends, the chance to make new ones, dance your socks off, learn some new fancy footwork & dance technique, maybe learn some new dances altogether, wear some of your finest vintage, buy some cool “new” threads or dapper shoes, get your hair done, see some favourite live bands and/or get introduced to some new artists, relax with a drink, laugh, chat, party until dawn plus much, much more! Everyone is welcome at this festival, come along and be sure to join in all the fun.
Claire and Neil Seabrook present Hot Rock n Boogie #2 and say, After the amazing success of our first Hot Rock n Boogie weekender in May 2018, we are getting ready to bring you an even bigger and better weekend for 2019!
Join us for a fabulous trip back in time to the 1950's with headline acts playing throughout both days for your pleasure PLUS amazing DJ's to keep you all up on the dance floor!
Set in Springfields Events Centre, Spalding Lincolnshire the site offers plenty of FREE parking.
New for 2019 in the North West, Southport Rumble. Click on the link and you'll find all the information you need about this great, new rockin' weekender, held at the Pontins site, Southport. Easy access from all major UK cities.
Events starts Friday evening with three top bands. Saturday and Sunday each feature five pulsating bands, together with the Uk's top DJs spinning the wax between sets
The Rockabilly Rave line up speaks for itself, another corker in the offing on the south coast
Finally, check out the dates for next year's Atomic Vintage Festival. line up to be announced, but it's sure to be a good one. Click on the flyers to take you to the relevant sites for further details
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A shout out to our mates at Si Line Vintage now
Based in Norfolk East Anglia , United Kingdom, we have been on the 1950s scene in the uk for over 38 years travelling to many venues across the UK and also weekenders, The Nashville Boogie and the High are just 2 of our overseas adventures
Our range of vintage Lucite style bags and colour matching earrings are hand made.
Bags like the Premier and elegance ranges are totally designed by Si Line Vintage and all bags are marked with the makers name and an individual number, we strive not to produce lots of bags all identical , instead we will feature something different on each bag, this could be colour, latch, handles or lids.
During November 2018 there will be 2 more designs added to the stylelite bag range and a further in December.
OK folks, that's about it for this month and 2018. Thank you to everyone who had read, shared and commented on our website and reviews this year. Don't forget to check out the new CD reviews uploaded recently. These blogs are becoming larger and more involved as our site continues to grow. Our stats increase every month, we get over 7500 hits a month now, should we start a monthly online magazine? What do you think? If you would like your event or record featured on this site, nip over to the contact page and drop us a line.
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