Jumpin’ Into Autumn

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How’s your summer working out? I’ve just got back from 10 days in the Pyrenees and managed to only buy two records – a Jimmy Witherspoon EP and a Jacques Dutronc compilation; the rest of my money went on rum and cheese, pretty much…

Anyway, there’s a few things coming up you might want to know about. both my own nights and some random slots here and there. Here’s the list…

September 1stBilly Bootleggers (10pm-2am, FREE)

September 9thThe Tea Pad Sunshine Medicine Show 2017 with Rob Heron & The Tea Pad, House Of The Black Gardenia and Howlin’ Rick & The Rocketeers @ The Cumberland Arms (2-7pm, FREE)

then onto an after party at…

September 9thDat Bar (9pm – 2am, FREE)

October 6thSoul Finger #6 @ The Cumberland Arms, 8pm – 1am, £3 – I think)

November 25thJumpin’ With Stagger Lee @ Ernest (9pm-2am FREE)
more details to follow but I can confirm that after July’s debacle, Alex Johnson will be special guest again. Heaven help us!

December 31stWATCH THIS SPACE!

January 20thRiddim @ Ernest (9pm – 2am, FREE)
A second instalment of the very occasional reggae night, with Rob Heron and possibly a special guest from THAT LONDON!

February 24thJumpin’ With Stagger Lee @ Ernest (9pm – 2am, FREE)
Again, more details to follow but we should have Rob Heron back for this one…

here’s that Jimmy Witherspoon tune I bought…

 

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Things Are Jumpin’ All Over

First off, thanks if you came down to the Riddim On The Terrace afternoon at the Cumberland yesterday. The sun was blazing, it was packed, it was a brilliant afternoon.

Thanks to Rob Heron, Rory Smith and Pete Pearson for joining in…

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There’s Soul Finger #5 at the Cumberland Arms on July 7th and then I’m going to be back on the Cumberland Arms Terrace on July 9th for Jumpin’ On The Terrace. From 2pm to 7pm I’ll be playing soul, reggae, rhythm & blues, country and whatever the hell else I fancy, probably with a guest selector or two as well. It’s free, it’s family friendly, there’ll be food and the Cumby always has good beer.

On July 22nd I’ll be DJing on the Jumpin’ Hot Stage at SummerTyne Americana down at the Sage and then hotfooting it over the Tyne for Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee #4 at Ernest. No guest confirmed yet, but it’ll be 9pm – 2am, and FREE! And then I’ll be back at the Jumpin’ Hot stage on the Sunday.

We’re hoping to fit in another Riddim On The Terrace before the summer is over, and more Riddim! nights at Ernest too. And Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee at Ernest will keep being roughly every three months.

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Riddim!

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Before we get round to the next Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee at Ernest on April 29th, there’s the small matter of Riddim!

Taking its cue from a night of the same name I put on at Brixton Windmill sometime in the last decade, Riddim! is a new night hoping to encompass a broad range of Jamaican music – from rocksteady to roots, dub to dancehall – in a non-elitist way, so that people who don’t consider themselves ‘reggae fans’ can come and dance to storming tunes by everyone from Alton Ellis to Althea & Donna, John Holt to Ini Kamoze, The Eternals to Sean Paul. But the selections will be all killer, no filler so the aficionados will love it too.

The night is at Ernest (of course!) on April 1st, and I’ll be joined by Rob Heron (Tea Pad Presents) and Billy Lyre (Ska’d For Life!). It’ll run from 9pm  – 2am and it’s absolutely FREE!

There’s a Facebook events page here.

So put on your dancing shoes and BOOGALOO!!

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Some Stagger Lee Activity

It’s been a bit quiet of late but there’s a fairly hefty list of new gigs coming up you should know about.

On December 10th, the Tea Pad are presenting another of their annual Ho Ho Hokum events and I’ll be joining Marc ‘Slap Ya Mama Big Band’ Griffiths on the decks. This is a blast every year, so don’t miss it. Details here

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The following Saturday I’ll be back at the Cumberland for the third Soul Finger. Ethan has had to drop out so I’ll be his glamorous but elderly stunt double for the evening (hence not being on the flyer). These are also always a lot of fun. Details here

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Then, I’m really pleased to announce I’ll be spending another New Year’s Eve in my home-from-home of the Calder Valley. The Country Club / Trash Manor crew are taking over the mighty Golden Lion in Todmorden again, and I’ve been asked to join the hotter-than-hot DJ bill upstairs – Pete Dillinger, Wa Ka, Red Tin Dave and myself being an almost complete reunion of the 2014 NYE Three Wise Monkeys party line-up. No idea what I’m gonna play yet, but it’s gonna be funky. Details here

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Then we’re into the new year. The second Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee will be at Ernest on January 21st (guests tbc) and the third will be on April 29th (with Rob Heron joining me).

Finally – for now – there’s going to be a new reggae night at Ernest called Riddim on April 1st.  It’ll cover the best of JA sounds from rocksteady to roots, dub to dancehall and all points in between. Rob Heron will be joining me for that too, and if it goes well there may well be more.

Sharon Jones is still being mourned round these parts, expect to hear something from her at a fair few of these gigs.

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