So September, and unusually, there were two record hop evenings that we decided to take in during the same month. The first at the Starfighter featuring the venerable Rockin’ Roland and emerging DJ, Memphis Flash, Glenn Morgan. It’s an unusual change of pace from the DJ, group, DJ, group DJ format, as there’s dance music on all the time. Cracking sets from the lads that kept a decent crowd on their toes.
Later in the month, our first visit to Jitterbugs, at St Edmunds Village Hall in, Hoxne, Suffolk. This venue has benefited from some excellent upgrading and extending over recent years since 2000 and the dance hall has retained some of the early features. It’s a beaut of a floor, and the promise of a three DJ Vinyl Special evening lured a chunky headcount in.
Run by Mark ‘Kickin’ The Boogie’ Bale and Sarah Vaissiere, they co-opted Redd Bale (Mark’s son) and Adrian ‘Jump Back Boogie’ Waters in a triple tag team DJ affair. With all three being dance DJs, the selection had everything from Tommy Dorsey’s 1936 cut, ‘It Happened on the Beach at Bali Bali’ through to the Rimshots’ ‘One More Beer’ and most points in between. A treat of an evening.
I don’t like saying it, but I will. The hall is spectacular, the sound first rate, the band, on form, but the attendance was scandalously paltry.
So to the aforementioned band, the dependable steel sliding talents of Chris Cummings, bassist Danny Brown, Dan Morley on lead guitar, Lola Gaskin-Briggs on fiddle and Glenn strumming the rhythm, make for a bouncing Hillbilly and early Rockabilly sound. Note no drums (spare me the explanation pleeeeease!), so the ticking of the upright bass keeps a fine rhythm.
The set mixes up covers with some original stuff that has you wondering quite which is which, such is the authenticity of the sound. The well knowns stood up well, the likes of ‘Have Myself a Ball’, ‘Flip Flop and Fly’ (More Tibby Edwards than Joe Turner), ‘Romp Stomp’ and ‘You Win Again’. The version of Jimmy Lee and Wayne Walker’s ‘Love Me’ was outstanding, featuring Glenn and Dan on harmony vocals.
Glenn’s own ‘Wild About Your Lovin’ for example takes a familiar sounding title and gives an original and genuine sound to it. And it’s the ‘A’ side to the band’s Rockin’ Shelby Records 45rpm. Yes and they can all play too, a cool Hillbilly vibe if that’s your bag.
Just the one set, but a solid set, but so disappointing to see such poor support.
November sees Jake Calypso play at the club on the 17th, which currently at the time of writing is the only gig in the UK the band is playing, where tickets are available. Do not miss this one!
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Shake Rattle and Roll weekender, already promises plenty with Bill Haley Jr, and Si Cranstoun. John Lewis and Darrell Higham with the Jets will be presenting the Eddie Cochran tribute show. Having seen two such shows already, it comes highly recommended
The DJ all dayer in Stoke looks like a treasure chest of danceable delights will be opened with that line up, and of course the Rave. It seems a long way off, but circle the dates in your diaries folks
Hot Rocks popped up on our feed the other day and looks like a tip top day out for just £20.00!!
Atomic next year has moved to a few weeks earlier in the summer. Part of this we read, is to amalgamate with the Hotrod Hayride, which after losing their Bisley venue, found relocating difficult. That means that you get double bubble at Sywell in the summer. Keep checking their website for details.
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