Retro-fit. First gig to review, featured another sortie down to Paul and Belinder Lawrence’s Memphis Belles club, in Mytchett, Surrey, or Camberley if you will. This venue is a spacious one, with an elevated stage, especially handy for those like us with duck’s disease*. DJ for the evening, is resident spinner Aaron ‘Jumpin’ Around’ Kilner, who as well as rotating the rpms, is starting his offspring very young on the scene, with the latest addition to his growing family bobbing about in mum’s arms.
Live on stage this time, Western Star recording artists, The Retrobaits, who we’d seen at Hot Rock n Boogie and Rhythm Riot weekenders in the previous months, and wanted to check them out in the club environment. Dave (guitar), Stuart (bass) and Darren (drums) make up the trio, looking sharp and sounding pretty darn good.
Their style takes influences from all areas of Rock n Roll, taking a rock out version of ‘Pink and Black’ to start with, immediately followed by the Cliques’ ‘I’m in Love With a Girl’ featuring some exact harmonies. Rockers like ‘Modern Romance’, ‘One Hand Loose’ and ‘Boppin’ The Blues’ were offset by the Carnations’ strolling winner ‘Long Tall Girl’.
‘Rockabilly Boogie’ topped off the first set off, which had also featured ‘All Systems Go’ and ‘Old Father Time’ that we’d not heard before and suggest you check out.
The second set took on a more party time vibe, with audience participation required during Del Shannon’s ‘Runaway’. I think you can guess which bits the audience did, and wonderfully in tune they were too…… Likewise ‘Runaround Sue’ and ‘Teenager in Love’ got the similar treatment. Then there was Bob Doss’ Starday Rockabilly classic ‘Don’t Be Gone Long’ that rocked out, completely contrasted by the Jive Five’s ‘My True Story’.
Yes readers, a very varied set, delivered with enthusiasm and fervour, at a well run club, check it out sometime folks.
*Duck's disease? = Arse too close to the ground ;)
Tell you what readers, you have to be Johnny on the spot for this type of event, even Claire and Neil Seabrook, Mr & Mrs Boston Jive, had a job to find a parking space an hour before doors opening. And once in, the hall fills up quicker than the staff can pour one of their ales. I don’t touch it myself, but it had some kind of weird name, ‘Gnat’s Knacker’ or something.
The floor was pretty well populated throughout, a real dance slew to both DJs sets, well the clue is in the title, Boston Jive. And perfectly suited to the event, were Phil Haley and the Comments. Real quality here folks, hardly surprising as the band have been performing together for twenty five years, and there can’t be many better at recreating the Bill Haley sound.
Those sounds aren’t limited to the classic commercial tunes either, they nip back to the earlier stuff, the likes of ‘Real Rock Drive’ and ‘Live It Up’. But it’s the best known that got the biggest responses from the floor, with the ever popular ‘Shake Rattle and Roll’, ‘Rip It Up’ ‘See You Later Alligator’ for example. ‘Sweet Sue’ is a beauty, and their rendition of ‘Piccadilly Rock’ was just like hearing the record. ‘Rudy’s Rock’ features the exceptional sax blasting of Allen Parish, segued into Phil taking on ‘Goofin’ Around’.
With Phil a little hoarse, Martyn Savage, the bass ace, took on a bit of the vocals with some Jodimars stuff, before the second set. The crowd descended onto the dancefloor for the band’s own ‘Talk To Me’ which is a must have for a Phil Haley set, and their shot at a Blues bopper ‘Baby Where Are You’ (the band’s original composition) is a thumping good track. All driven along in the rhythm engine room by drummer Gary Davidson.
‘Rock Around the Clock’? better had, hadn’t we. Great stuff once again, in a fine setting. Claire and Neil Seabrook are super enthusiastic promoters, which radiates through their crowd, making for a good atmosphere
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The seventeenth Shake Rattle and Roll weekender takes place at the Vauxhall Holiday Park, with a solid line up of stars, featuring the show stopping talents of Marcel Riesco from the USA, in the Roy Orbison Tribute show. Check out also 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.
New also for March, Frisking the Whiskers. 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.
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
A shout out for one of the top clubs in Yorkshire, Hopetown. Bob and Leslie always put on the top rockin' bands at the Liberal Club in Normanton, near Wakefield. There's a decent sized dancefloor and a raised seating section for those who like us, need that bit extra height to actually see the bands. Always a good night up there, check it out for yourselves folks
Nigel Babb, aka DJ Domino has a record hop on the 2nd of March, so we thought it better to highlight their next band night, with the Jets. Un;less you are completely new to this page, or lived under a rock, you'll know the quality of the Jets, who are just celebrating their fortieth year in the business. It's bound to be a good night in the Letchworth club.
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. Check out Claire and Neil's interview on the interviews link of our website, and also if you haven't already, read the gig review at the top of the page.
Luxury chalets have almost sold out at the time of writing for the Rockabilly Rave. And the remainder of event is steadily selling too, don't miss out readers. This event continues to be the go-to festival for all things Rockabilly in the UK. the line up is a stellar one folks!
And a nod to the West Country for what looks like an ace end to the summer with a cracking all dayer at Rockabilly Rebellion
Hot off the press is the Atomic Vintage Festival line up of bands and DJs. Now ensconced in July, the Northamptonshire event at Sywell Aerodrome always delivers a first class weekender. Look out for jive contest heats at your local clubs too
Rockabilly Blowout now in it's sixth year, has a few places left (we snapped up two of them). This event quite rightly always sells out, so don't delay.
The Rhythm Riot, since 1997, has brought the best of Roots Rock n Roll and R&B acts to the Camber Sands stage, and this coming year is no exception. Again this is another event that's selling very well
Well readers, that's it for this month, keep checking back for further updates. And if you want to work with us, drop us an email sometime. And watch this space for some real summertime changes...…….
Cheers til next time