Well that Dave lad is certainly keeping us busy! Check out our gig list page for a raft of bookings taking us into 2020! Just thought I'd pop up a little post, just in case it's been monitored for signs of life. We're still here, still going, still out there keeping those 60s alive (and Jim keeps those blistering drums on fire)!
!!WELL , WELL, WELL......HOW ARE YOU?
WE'VE BEEN AWAY FROM THE BLOGGING FRONT FOR QUITE SOME TIME, AND TAKING WHAT CAN ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS SOME KIND OF SEMI-RETIRED SABBATICAL FROM MAKING NOISE!
ANYWAY, WE'RE BACK, AND WE'VE TAKEN A DIFFERENT PATH. BY THAT WE MEAN THAT WE HAVE A NEW MEMBER ON BOARD!!
SAY HELLO TO DAVE, OUR NEW FRONT MAN WITH THE PATHS!!
HE'S A LAD FROM OVER BRADFORD WAY AND HE'S GOT SOME PIPES ON HIM. THAT'S NOT TO SAY HE'S A PLUMBER SO TAKE YOUR TOILET WOES ELSEWHERE...THE LAD CAN SING!
WE'VE HIT THE TRAIL FOR 2019 WITH A RAFT OF BOOKINGS FOR THE BAND THAT'LL SEE US OUT AND ABOUT PLENTY.
WE HAD A GRAND OUTING AT THE KEIGHLEY & WORTH VALLEY RAILWAY BEER AND MUSIC FESTIVAL BACK IN OCTOBER, WHICH HAPPENED TO BE DAVE'S FIRST GIG WITH US OUT FACING THE PUBLIC.
HE DID A GRAND JOB AND WE GOT A GREAT RECEPTION, SO WE'RE GONNA BLAST OUT THE 60'S THROUGH 2019 AND WE HOPE TO SEE YOU OUT AND ABOUT.
IF YOU DO FANCY A FULL ON NIGHT OF THE 60'S THEN LET YOUR LOCAL KNOW AND WE'LL ROLL UP AND ROCK ON, WE DRIVE SO WE CAN GET THERE! IF NOT THEN IT'S A BUS FULL OF GEAR! LOL.
I wasn't shouting with those capitals above there, I've only just worked out how to get lower case letters on so the laptop has had a good spanking and you can turn the volume back up on your screen now.
We're hoping you'll get along to see us in the upcoming year, come and say hello to Dave, and do say hello to the rest of us, all jolly chaps, apart from Jason who always looks like someone nicked his last biscuit. He's not as miserable as he looks, it must just be the little shy lad in him.
It's always really nice to chat with the crowd so whether it's before, during, or after, come and say hello and ask Jim for a go on his drums because he loves that (no, honest he does, it's like his favourite thing in the whole wide world to let someone sit at his pride and joy and whack it as hard as they can).
Jim, i didn't mean it I swear, it was just a joke man! No....put the hi-hat down......what do you mean you're gonna make the drumstick disappear.....I'll need a cushion when you've finished?....What?.....You're scaring me now....why are your eyes like that?....
See y'all soon!!!!
It's been a while.
It's been a grand weekend in Huddersfield, what with the Huddersfield Food & Drink festival 2014!
We sampled a fair bit of the produce on offer and it was all top banana.
The main reason for going was to see the bands that were booked in this year, namely,
Storm, Fiery Biscuits, Helter Skelter & Vital Signs!
All fine outfits I'm sure you'll agree and if you haven't had the pleasure then look them up and go and have a listen, well worth it.
Who knows, we may turn up there one year with a cheeky little slot paying due respect to the 60's! :-)
As it stands, we're playing at Golcar Cricket Club on September 14th, a welcome return to the Keighley & Worth Valley Beer festival on October 26th and a pre Christmas gig at The Foresters in Crosland Moor on December 20th.
We'll have to find a date in November, just to keep us ticking over!
We've enjoyed a fair few gigs already this year, having just had a great time at Keighley Golf Club, played on the Penistone Line music train again and had a rocking time playing for the Kirklees Culture Club's 'Club 55' in Huddersfield town centre which ended up on Radio Leeds and was a great success!
We also did a 60's history lesson at a local school, playing various songs for the kids and explaining all about the great decade!
Anyway, let's hope we see you somewhere during this year!
It's that time again people!
Whether you love or loathe the confused event that is Christmas, the fact still remains that it is upon us once again.
I say confused because for some it is a spiritual occasion, and for others it is purely an exercise in rampant commercialism and indulgence.
I would guess that there are people that enjoy one whilst envying the other and vice versa, but for me I like to try and strike a happy balance between the two.
We would all agree that it is a time that is best enjoyed with family, maybe not every single member (there's always one brother....), but as a collective there probably isn't a nicer time of year for most.
We as a family try to keep a rein on spending at Christmas as it's all too easy to get carried away with the avarice that our capitalist idealists seem to want us to be seduced by, but you have to keep life in perspective, especially at this time of year, and spare a thought for the less fortunate people we share this town, country and indeed, planet with.
I feel this in turn then lends itself to giving you a greater appreciation of what we are blessed with in our first world lives.
Aside from that, it's then the people who don't have the comfort of loved ones and feel the loneliness more so at times like these. It's a strange thing, but when you have the care and love of someone close and/or family, the material things become insignificant.
So again, I like to spare a thought for those people who have not the things money can't buy.
Anyway, this rambling has absolutely nothing to do with the band or music, but we've played a few gigs of late, notably the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Beer & Music Festival, which was a ball, and in Huddersfield town centre this Friday gone, at Lightfoot's, which we enjoyed greatly. It was really nice to see some familiar faces there and we seriously appreciate the people that come to see us!
We debuted three new tracks there the other evening, and we hope they were well received.
Well, we hope you enjoy your festive season this year and look forward to seeing you in the new year, starting at The Royal in Milnsbridge on the 3rd January.
So, spare a thought for those less fortunate than you, tell your loved ones you love them, and enjoy the festivities.
Eat, drink and be merry!
As you're probably aware, we're from Huddersfield.
As you're probably aware, most people from Huddersfield like you to know that they're from there as well.
I think Yorkshire folk like to tell everybody where they're from as soon as they leave the Yorkshire boundaries, we're just that way out.
Anyway, the reason I mention it is because of a magnificent programme that was broadcast on Tuesday, on BBC2 called 'Town'. You guessed correctly, it was about Huddersfield, its history, its legacy, and hopefully, its bright future.
It detailed its humble beginnings, its key role in the Industrial Revolution, its notoriety due to the Luddites (stating that in 1812 there were more troops in Huddersfield than Wellington had in Spain, to quell the uprising).
It regaled in the fact that some of the finest cloth in the world was made in Huddersfield (and still is).
More rebellious traits were detailed in the formation of Rugby League in Huddersfield in 1895 as well.
There are a whole host of other interesting facts relayed in the episode as well, a fine portrayal of a fine town.
The 'hidden gem' of Yorkshire, as us folk from Huddersfield already know, was shown in a new light to many on this show and I heartily recommend you watch it (on iPlayer of course).
We can all witter on about certain aspects of any town or city and focus on the negative elements of the place, but to be honest, these things exist everywhere and it's rather petty to highlight them.
Why not revel in the glorious events and history that makes the place you live in the place it is? makes you the person you are today, whether you like it or not, the history of your home has an impact on you in more ways than you'd care to give credit for.
It reminded me of a tale about the Beatles and their visit to Huddersfield, late in 1963.
A local photographer had gone down to take snaps of them at the ABC (which is where the Sainsbury's now resides in the town centre). He caught them carrying their equipment on stage early in the afternoon so they could practise a new song they'd written called 'I Wanna Hold Your Hand', which they had decided would be performed publicly for the first time that night in Huddersfield.
It went on to become one of their greatest selling singles of all time, you may have heard it?
Well, hope you're enjoying this lovely weather we've been having, the snow seems long gone now (did I speak too soon)? Ha!
We've got a busy schedule mid June, 4 gigs in one week (like buses for us they are), there's a music train in there so get along and have a few beers on the train on a trip over the Penistone line, it's usually a lovely ride in the summer when the sun's still out, the beer's on draught and a bunch of blokes are trying hard to stand up and play songs.
Hello again all.
Enjoy your day! :)
Happy Valentine's Day
Also, what's your favourite love song from the 60's?
Leave us a comment below and we'll incorporate the best suggestion into our set.
I was on my way to feed 'em then remembered that I forgot to mention the Penistone Line Partnership.
They are a group who look after the passengers and rersidents interests along the Penistone Line, which is a railway line running from Huddersfield to Barnsley, through Penistone, en route to Sheffield.
Its a beautifully scenic line worth a ride, made all the more fun by the fact they have many activities running on the line throughout the year, including music trains, which, if you've checked our gig page, we are going to be doing!
We've supported the PLP for a number of years and I can say the gigs on the train are plenty of fun!
There is a rolling bar on board withh the only working beer pump present on the British Railway network (if not the planet), always loaded with plenty of dance inducing refreshments and a guest ale from any one of a number of local breweries.
I've fallen over playing a few times, not due to intoxication I must add, just my own misjudgment of the 'rougher' sections of the line.
All part of the fun I say, with people dancing in the aisles (or maybe they're just trying to stand up, I'm not sure), it makes for a different, but no less fun evening out. You can even hire the train for private parties. Just contact the PLP for details, they'll arrange your band of choice, 'refreshments' amongst other things.
Right, I'm off to feed the guinea pigs now, honest!
Happy New Year to all!
Well, another year passes and onwards we go, striving to play better as every day passes. We've got a few gigs lined up at the minute, we're hoping to get some more in but with shift work and the fact that the rythym section are in about 17 other bands, you can understand it is quite hard to find any free dates at all, so don't think because there's only a few listed we can't play anywhere, we're just not available a lot of the time. :)
Of course, if you're after a night of very good, live music, then check out a couple of bands that knock about the town and beyond who are exceptionally good. I'm not in them so its not a plug for another outfit, they're worth seeing,simple as. The links are below. The audio/video isn't bad on them but believe me when I say the sound is much better live!
Check 'em out!
I'm off to feed the guinea pigs, seeya!