Hit 'n' Run [Covers 60s - present, Duo]
It's been a very long time since I last reviewed a gig by the mega-talented duo Hit 'n' Run.
It has been so long, in fact, that the Barnet pub in which I saw them has been demolished and a housing development built.
Hit 'n' Run were sensational last time and at the Wheatsheaf in Enfield they proved the Barnet show wasn't a one-off. These two guys are truly amazing.
If you walk into a venue where the two of them are playing it's hard to believe there are only two performers on stage.
So full and dynamic is their sound that you could be forgiven for thinking there were five people on stage.
Tony Upson (lead vocals, drums, percussion) and Chris Jobson (keyboards, flute, saxes, harmonica, special effects, backing vocals) are masters of their craft and they know also how to please a crowd.
It is fascinating just to watch Chris moving from instrument to instrument. Any second you expect him to bring out a kitchen sink.
The Wheatsheaf audience loved Tony and Chris and marvelled at the wide variety of their material.
Let's face it not many pub bands would tackle, in one set, Soul (Marvin Gaye's Mercy Mercy Me); Irish (the uptempo, singalong Galway Girl; rock 'n roll (Elvis's All Shook Up and Chuck Berry's You Never Can Tell); Musicals (I Wanna Be Like You from The Jungle Book); and even current material (George Ezra's Shotgun and Rag 'N Bone Man's Human).
There was just as much variety in the second half when Tony and Chris played more uptempo music as several punters were celebrating birthdays. Ska numbers like the Specials' A Message To You Rudy and Toots and the Maytals' Monkey Man were mixed in with some great rock 'n roll classics like Bill Haley's Shake Rattle And Roll (I've never heard it with a harmonica solo) and Big Joe Turner's Flip Flop And Fly.
Check out the gig list for this two-man orchestra. You will love them.
COLIN FENN, DJ/Freelance JournalistColin Fenn, Thursday 5 March 2020
You’ve got us down to a tee Colin!
Thanks for the great review, and please don’t leave it so long next time
Tony and Chris (Hit ‘n’ Run)
Lovely time tonite listening to Hit And Run at The High town Club Litin.
Brilliant duo professional music.
Can't wait to see them againSunday 18 June 2017
Just like to say a big thank you and well done from Flitwick Club we all had a great night , with lots of banter, The music was great with a good variety , we have had great feedback from the members and look forward to seeing you back soon at the club, cheers from Elaine & co at Flitwick club.
Elaine OdellSunday 2 October 2016
We also had a good night, and everybody was so friendly. Looking forward to the next time!
Hit N Run were booked last year but sadly due to health issues had to cancel so a date was arranged for this year fingers crossed everything would go fine. Well after seeing them at another club I could see them going down well at The Hightown as they seemed to play something for everyone with a few golden Nuggets that really made me take notice. So everything was in place for a great and hopefully busy night until The Club has 2 big functions a massively successful Motown Night on the Friday and on the same night we had a party in our hall featuring one of the club's popular bands on so sadly for a normal Saturday Night we only had a half filled hall. I did explain to the guys and they were very gracious and understanding. Now it's always harder to play to a half packed venue and even worst to get them on the dance floor and this is where Hit n Run really impressed ... What 2 brilliant musicians Tony on drums and leading the vocals and Chris on keyboards, Electric flute and some serious harmonica playing with other 20 years of playing together these were very polished doing Paul Simon's Call me Al with some cheeky innuendos thrown into the lyrics and a great version of Madness' Baggy Trousers they soon had the floor full and the ones who were not dancing were still tapping their toes along . Now I love a bit of versatility and their song list could go anywhere from Dean Martin's Sway to Jumpin Jive and to have a debut be such a success on a very very quiet night deserves all the credit to them we have got Hit n Run back next year and I for one am looking forward to seeing them play to a busier crowd as they show great skill in reading the audience. Well done boys
Peter GallagherTuesday 13 October 2015
Thanks Peter for your kind words. We both enjoyed the night and we look forward to returning again in June next year. Please bring your friends next time!
Having heard Hit 'n' Run play at a private party in Ware last year, we had no hesitation in booking them for the Mayor's Charity Ball, that we hosted at Saffron Walden Town Hall on Saturday, 4th May 2013. Tony and Chris were brilliant. They turned up in plenty of time, set up without a fuss and played exquisitely. They played music that suited a wide age group, and most of us were on the dance floor dancing to their music throughout the night. Their superb voices and instrumentals charmed us all; and so many of our guests told us that they thought they were great. This was a big occasion for us and they were perfect. Thank you Hit 'n' Run
Sharon WatsonThursday 13 June 2013
Thank you Sharon for taking the time to leave this review, and we are very glad that the evening was a success. Hope to see you again some time soon. Tony and Chris (Hit 'n' Run)