Bombs away! A road trip into Buckinghamshire, to Bill Guntrip’s Bletchley Rock n Roll club and a date with the Hicksville Bombers, who are, I believe in their 23rd year. Ever present vocalist and guitarist, Dave Brown, with Landon Filer on bass and Paul Saunders on drums, make up the current incarnation, and always are a go-to band for a top night out.
Bill and Jimmy Guntrip tag teamed the DJing for the evening, with some seriously cool grooves throughout, either side of a humungous single set by the Bombers. With any show by this trio, it was ad libbed throughout, often relying on requests from the audience, opening up with a powerhouse bopper, ‘Deal With The Devil’.
Dave, with his trusty orange Gretsch, seared through the solos on the cover of AC DC’s ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’ and their own bluesy sounding kicker ‘Low On Gas’. It’s not all a high octane, pleasure assault on your ears, there’s some time for a lesser tempo, which also delights. ‘I’ve Changed my Mind, About Leaving’, which is just excellent, Tommy Sands’ ‘Worrying Kind’ and Johnny Horton’s ‘One Woman Man’ got the strollers out.
Fans of Peaky Blinders would’ve been familiar with the theme music, Nick Cave’s ‘Red Right Hand’, and the Bombers do a pretty darn good cover of that, which is another tune from the newest CD, or off the much lauded (in a Carry On stylie) ten inch, ‘Danger Road’. Indeed that title song, and ‘The Man You Want Me To Be’, ‘Victims of Love’ and ‘Stand Up and Fight’ all from the new release featured in the set.
For many years, the Bombers have opened a show with their own siren wailing, butt kicking instrumental ‘Bombs Away’, which on this occasion, made a late-set appearance, along with the anthem ‘Jungle Rock’. I don’t think there’s a Hicksville set that hasn’t contained ‘Playboy’, a song that has featured in their set, since God was a boy. With the audience shouting out all sorts of songs, Bo Diddley’s ‘Road Runner’ threw the lads a curve ball, which they knocked out the park, with accompanying ‘beep beeps’, while the set concluded with another of their ‘Danger Road’ compositions, ‘Goodbye, Roger That, Over and Out’.
A corking, no nonsense set. And as Dave is often heard to say, ‘Fan-tastic’
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A chunky headcount of over 120 bundled in to the hall for close to five hours of top, jive, bop and stroll, rockin’ sounds from the decks. Anyone who plays ‘Jitterbop Baby’ is going to the top of the class as it is, however Bill and Nigel mixed up all the flavours, with tunes like The Lifeguards’ ‘Everybody Outta The Pool’, Cliff’s ‘Gee Whiz’ and ‘Dancing Shoes’, Eddie’s ‘Hallelujah I Love Her So’ , the Del Vikings ‘Come Go With Me’, Pat Cupp ‘Do Me No Wrong’ Billy Williams’ ‘Pied Piper’ and the ‘Prisoners Song’ by Sonny Burgess, amongst the Elvis, Little Richard and Five Keys standards.
As you can gather readers, there’s something for everyone at this club. The band nights or the record hops. You know you want to
The seventeenth Shake Rattle and Roll weekender takes place at the Vauxhall Holiday Park, with a solid line up of stars, featuring the showstopping 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
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
Luxury chalets have almost sold out at the time of writing for the Rockabilly Rave. This event continues to be the go-to festival for all things Rockabilly in the UK. the line up is a stellar one folks!
Hot off the press is the Atomic Vintage Festival line up of bands and DJs. Now ensconced in August, the Northamptonshire event at Sywell Aerodrome always delivers a first class weekender. Look out for jive contest heats at your local clubs too
The Rock Ridge Rumble event in August in the North East of England has another top drawer line up consolidating it's reputation as the best in the area
An event that hasn't featured in these pages for six years, is now under new management. Bill Guntrip takes over the reigns of one of the scene's longest running weekenders. Gizzelle, the lady with a huge voice, who has graced the Hemsby stage a couple of times before, is headlining, along with a rare UK performance from the Extraordinaires. There's been a lot of changes at the site in Hemsby, new venue, new management, the future looks bright.
Another shout out to our friends producing reproduction clothing and bags. Clare O'Gorman's Charm, who makes bespoke Hawaiian print lounge sets and bags, and Si-Line vintage, specialising in bags and earrings.
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That's it for this month folks, we have new CDs and Interviews that were uploaded last week you might like to check out, and we are carrying out more, this coming month. we are also having a new flyer designed, look out for that too.
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