The Railway Inn, Burnham-on-Sea [Pub]
After hearing good things from friends, me and the 'wife to be' went along the the Railway to catch snappa.
What we got was a great mix of classic rock and a great sound from a three piece with a lot of talent.
Snappa know how to please and involve their audience, and cater for specific audiences without compromising their need to rock out! (a Jimmy Hendrix 5 minute guitar solo proved this).
So impressed, we spoke to Mick during the interval and booked the band for our wedding (minus the Hendrix solo, it would have been too much for the grandparents).
The dance floor stayed packed all night and guests in their 60's through to teenagers went away happy.
Craig TindallWednesday 22 April 2009
A packed Railway Inn (4 miles from the nearest station as I found out the last time Snappa played here!) gave the band the kind of support they deserve and they certainly rose to the occasion. Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, The Monkees, Simon and Garfunkel, Kaiser Chiefs, The Beatles, Hendrix, T Rex, Greenday, The Who, Billy Idol and many more come alive as Snappa apply their characteristic magic to some classic tracks. Talented, modest and two out of the three old enough to use aftershave. See the New Year in at The Hairy Dog, Minehead, on New Years Eve with three local heros. Thanks for the free music boys.
Ned BellyMonday 24 December 2007
Thank you Ned for your kind words and support over the last year or so. as Tina do da would say... You're simply the best!
Much love and good night.
When I heard that our local rock heroes Snappa (a group that appear to consistently strive to be interesting and hard-to-define) were to play at the Railway, I couldn't help wondering how they would go down. Wasn't this a hangout for scantily-clad teens whose diet of choice was Alcopops and Little Miss Dynamite?
The band gave us their customary starters, twin tales of youth trauma Teenage Kicks and Ever Fallen In Love With Someone (You Shouldn't've ...): ideal material for singer/bassist Mick's charmingly sneering style. These were followed by a rollercoaster ride through rock, pop and reggae epics, all a fine showcase for guitarist Stuart's virtuosity and skill: one minute dipping into the 60's with Jimi Hendrix's Fire; shooting back up to the 90's with Cigarettes And Alcohol by Oasis, The Verve's Lucky Man and Bohemian Like You (The Dandy Warhols); and then dropping sharply into the 70's with Telegram Sam. This was followed by crowd pleaser Honky Tonk Women, a point in the show at which band followers are often heard to be shouting and stamping for Joy (Russell, that is), a regular and highly popular guest vocalist. However, on this occasion, I was left open-mouthed by Matt (drums) and his searingly strong (and high) backing vocals. The first set finished with the perennial All Along The Watchtower, packed with a feast (for those that crave this sort of thing) of feedback and extended drum solos.
Act Two was, as Mick declared, a proper Partyfest, a line-up of numbers with Punch, Swagger, and most of all Attitude - always an ingredient in Snappa's clever choice of music, and substantially added to by the band themselves: Substitute, Come Together (complete with those backwards rhythms), Toots and the Maytal's Ska standard 54-46 Was My Number ('Picked this one up on our recent tour of the Caribbean,' said Mick with his infectious smirk), Walk On The Wild Side, 20th Century Boy, Gloria, I Saw Her Standing There, Sympathy For the Devil, and wild, party atmosphere versions of Mrs Robinson and I'm A Believer. The encore - the landlady's choice - of My Generation also contained a fine moment of audience involvement: "Why don't you all..."shouted Mick, "F* OFF!" cried back the demure crowd, with obvious relish. After all, what right-thinking adult doesn't enjoy the chance to swear in unison?
Another great evening for SNAPPA. This band would stand out on any pub/covers band circuit for their humour and confidence, ability, magnetic stage presence and eclectic choice of music.
Some of the fantastic covers that they often play, but didn't on this particular evening, include: Back in the USSR and Rain by the Mop Tops (the latter, an inspired and much missed selection), Song 2 by Blur, the very dark Gimme Shelter and Elvis Costello's Pump It Up.
Penny Wyatt - Burnham On Sea
Penny WyattSunday 19 February 2006