Hot Club of Stonehouse live at The B-Bar in Plymouth

Hot Club of Stonehouse live at The B-Bar in Plymouth. Featuring Becky Brine (vocals), Mel Brindle (violin), Julian Isaacs (guitar), Howard Kahn (upright bass and bass ukelele) and Hannah Sterry (jazz flute). Gypsy jazz rendition of Sweet Georgia Brown.

 

A gypsy jazz rendition of Sweet Georgia Brown by The Hot Club of Stonehouse.

Hot Club of Stonehouse are:
Becky Brine – Vocals
Julian Isaacs – Guitar
Mel Brindle – Violin

Guest musicians:
Howard Kahn – Bass / Bass Ukelele
Hannah Sterry – Flute

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This B-Bar gig was so much fun!

We had the fiddle/flute version of duelling banjos, rude jokes about chickens, bass ukelele envy and a kazoo-off! The audience seemed to really enjoy it (Becky even managed to be colour co-ordinated with some of the audience too) and we all had a lot of fun on stage!

I’ll be playing at B-Bar again in March, but this time with Hamer & Co, so that’s definitely something to look forward to!

Ansa Back make an appearance in The Dartmouth Chronicle!

Ansa Back at Malborough Monster Mash. Image by Leap Images.
Live music at Dartmouth Football Club from Ansa Back!
Live music at Dartmouth Football Club from Ansa Back!

The Dartmouth Chronicle printed news about our performance at Dartmouth Football Club at 8:45pm tonight (Saturday 19th October)!

The article reads:

Rock on South Hams Newspapers.

The eight strong combo Ansa Back which boasts one South Hams newspaper reporter, a photographer and a production wizard, will be in concert at Dartmouth football club tomorrow.

The band, which has a repertoire spanning more than 20 years of rock classics, included reporter Amy McSweeny on vocals, photographer Greg Taylor on lead guitar and production expert Bryan Roberts on rhythm guitar.

With them will be the rest of the line up – father and daughter team Joe Sterry on sax and Hannah Sterry on flute and backing vocals and Paul Adams, also on sax, Clare Hannaford on drums and Wayne Neil on bass guitar.

The music kicks off at 8.45pm.

Lead singer, Amy McSweeny said: ‘It is our first gig in Dartmouth and we’re really excited to be performing there. Our music covers pretty much everything and hopefully we shall get people up and dancing and having a good time.’

Crazy Rhythm with Hamer & Isaacs Gypsy Swing Band

Hamer and Isaacs gypsy swing band - Live and Lovely album art


Here’s a little video of Hamer & Isaacs gypsy swing band playing at the White Horse Inn in December! I was lucky enough to guest with them and Steve Jenner (guitarist) that evening and had a great evening of jazz, meeting new people and friendly banter! 🙂

At the time the landlord was running a 12 days of Christmas event which led to this brilliantly surreal image of inn, innkeeper and camel.

White Horse Inn Camel and Innkeeper Nativity Play
I wasn’t joking about the camel…

It’s not every day that you see a camel drinking a pint of lager.

Anyway, Hamer & Isaacs have recently released their new live album “Live & Lovely” and you can listen to it all on bandcamp! Just click below to listen and download!

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Music News: Ansa Back, Hamer & Isaacs, Life, The Universe and Everything.

Ansa Back Live at Morleigh - 8 piece cover band based in South Devon.

Life, The Universe and Everything…

Open University coursework, music exams and life just carrying on as normal and have meant I’ve been desperately trying to meet deadlines (and not blogging much recently). This means that the cartoons have taken a bit of a hit, but the music keeps going!


Last Friday’s Gig with Hamer & Isaacs

We were playing at the Hermitage in Kingsbridge and at one point I found myself improvising hard-edged jazz flute to one of the fastest, liveliest (and most fun) renditions of “Summertime” I have ever played. Becky Brine was singing that night and her performances are always really good humoured, so we all had a brilliant night that only ended after not one… not two… but THREE encores.

Hamer & Isaacs have just released a live album too!


Ansa Back Gigging and Recording

Last Saturday we played a lovely birthday party for Greg’s (our lead guitarist’s) dad. Speaking to everyone after the gig it seemed like it went down really well and rumours of this crazy 8-piece spread as far and wide as East Allington pub, or so I’m told! 😛

There was a really touching moment when one of the guests discovered that the tenor sax player is my dad. He made us both realise how special it is to just be able to play music together as a family – it can be so easy to take it for granted, because I’ve grown up playing music with my dad and grandpa, but I really love that we can all just get together and play and I love that they gave me the opportunity to learn and never worried about my mistakes. I don’t know who I’d be without all of that.

This Saturday  we’re gigging on a farm, so we’re packing tarpaulins, plenty of extension leads and wellies and looking forward to a friendly, relaxed evening (including crazy, lively music).

Sunday is recording day! Apparently we’ve got a band backdrop (photos to follow) and we’re being helped out by an amazing team of people who all deserve a huge THANK YOU and a good pub meal. There’s also a band website in the works, so I’ll post links to that when it’s ready.

Anyway, here we all are, looking very smiley (and slightly orange). More coming soon!

Ansa Back Live at Morleigh - 8 piece cover band based in South Devon.
Ansa Back performing at Morleigh