ROB HERON & THE TEA PAD ORCHESTRA at Hy Brasil Music Club Sat 28 April 2018 from 8pm
Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra don’t care what genre you choose to put them in – western swing, country blues, ragtime hokum or whatever else– as long as you understand that they’re 100% sincere and 100% immersed in this stuff. This is no lazy pastiche, no dressing up box. They live and breathe this music and want you to get immersed with them.
The Tea Pad are five years into a remarkable story that began with four friends studying folk and traditional music at Newcastle University and now sees them playing clubs and dancehalls and festivals the breadth of the British Isles and into mainland Europe (there was even a brief trip to India last year). Based on Tyneside but with members hailing from Orkney to Warwickshire, the Tea Pad sound draws on myriad influences – from Bob Wills to Django Reinhardt, George Jones to Cab Calloway – yet ultimately sounds like nobody else, that North Eastern Swing style that’s utterly their own and changing all the time.
Across the three wonderful albums – 2012’s “Money Isn’t Everything”, 2014’s “Talk About The Weather” and now the new “Something Blue” – the band have constantly added new flavours to their sound: Heron in particular is a vinyl obsessive, always fired up about some new passion – calypso or boogaloo or whatever this week brings – and that eclecticism feeds into their songs, with the new album adding gospel and rockabilly to the Tea Pad palette.
The band tour the way bands should – widely and endlessly – winning friends and fans at each new show. They played 150+ shows in 2015, including well-received performances at festivals like Glastonbury, Bestival, Wilderness and Towersey Folk Festival. They’ve appeared twice on Radio 4’s Loose Ends, and had their music played by everyone from Marc Riley to Huey Morgan.
“Something Blue” was released on Tea Pad Recordings on June 3rd 2016.
The Tea Pad are Rob Heron (vocals and guitar), Ben Fitzgerald (guitar), Tom Cronin (mandolin and harmonica), Colin Nicholson (accordion) and Ted Harbot (double bass).
The King Dukes
The King Dukes have put together a record that should remain timeless, a vintage yet contemporary slice of British RnB mixed with the echoes of Memphis Soul
Born in Bristol in 2017, The King Dukes are an exciting new prospect just waiting to be stumbled upon. This amalgamation of fine talent from various bands in the area (including Crippled Black Phoenix, Screamin’ Miss Jackson and the John E Vistic Experience) have started a new journey, with the aim of combining their experiences and passions to create a unique and authentic sound, dipped in soul heritage. They take influence from such bands as Little Willie John, Roy Head and the Traits, Georgie Fame, Dexy’s Midnight Runners and Otis Reading, including contemporaries such as St Paul and the Broken Bones, Leon Bridges and James Hunter.
Based around a classic core of: Guitar, Bass, Drums and Hammond Organ, they further encompass a fiery three-piece horn section paired with sweet backing vocals, all topped with blue-eyed, soul vocals. To capture the sound of this vintage backline on their debut record ‘Numb Tongues’, they only used methods suited to a 50’s-60’s sounding album, playing period specific instruments and throwing modern recording techniques to the side, instead sticking with the more rustic and raw styles that were admired at the time, such as recording a section with multiple instruments all at one time. The result is a record with tracks that sound fresh and with rounded edges, but filled with classic cuts from the past.
This album has a track for every mood, whether you want to move your feet or turn back the sands of time and reminisce about times that once were. The quality of the record and the prestige of the members means that the band are setting themselves up for success in the near future…