The Voodoo Sheiks [Rhythm & Blues, 4 piece]
The Three Lions Pub (Scratchers), Farncombe16 Mar 2020The Three Lions Pub (Scratchers), Farncombe The Three Lions Pub (Scratchers) in FarncombeScratchers is one of those pubs steeped in gigging history - talk to almost any road worn player in the area and they're likely to say something along the lines of "Ah, Scratchers, I remember playing there in such and such a year, with such and such a band, etc....". The place has that intangible musical vibe that some venues can only dream about. Despite changes in owners over the years it continues to fly the banner for live music - and credit to all those, owners and punters alike, who have kept it that way!So it was with all that in mind that we rocked up there once again, only this time with the impending Zombie Apocalypse (not really) in everybody's minds we were expecting tumbleweeds to be blowing through the pub.No chance! Scratchers was rocking harder than ever!! Almost from the first note everybody was 'on it'. Enthusiastic applause from a sizeable audience ultimately gave way to frenzied joyous dancing!! The kind of dancing where you have to keep moving amps and monitors from the front of the stage! We played a strong set which was modified 'on the fly' once the grooving and jiving kicked in. The only low spot of the evening was a pissed up (albeit too jolly) punter who was intent on making a complete tit of himself....Some things never change, eh?The icing on the cake was moving some merch, the proceeds of which go straight into the communal 'Sheiks Pot' (which we use to cover recording costs n'stuff).So all-in-all a jolly fine evening was had by all, and (hopefully) we'll be back later in the year to do it all again!!Stay safe live music people!!Hope to see you at our next gig, which is on Saturday 21st March 2020 at The Neptune Inn, Hove - details on Lemonrock at:https://www.lemonrock.com/gig.php?id=744354Adrian Thomas
The White Swan - Swanage Blues Festival, 7th March 202010 Mar 2020The White Swan - Swanage Blues Festival, 7th March 2020 It was sooooo great to be back at the Swanage Blues Festival!! The vibe of the town and its hostelries during Festival weekend is incredible! As always, one man must take credit for putting this excellent event on - Mr Steve Darrington. Thanks Steve, the South Coast blues scene surely does owe you a debt of thanks.Well, so what happened? This was a new venue for the Sheiks after our old haunt, The Anchor, was no longer participating in the Festival. Shame 'bout that. Anyhow the aforementioned Steve got us 're-located' to a prime Saturday night slot at the White Swan. And mighty fine it was too! Thanks to the staff at the 'Swan for making us feel welcome - y'all seemed to be smiling quite a lot - I don't know if that was due to the sound of the tills ringing, or if someone's flies were undone?!Anyhow I digress, what about the music? we'd like to think we brought our 'A' Game with us, we were certainly knackered at the end of the evening, which is usually a sign that we've given it 100%. As per usual we always try to bring some new material with us, and this was no exception. We had a brand new number ('Little Boy Lost') which hadn't been played ANYWHERE before, which seemed to go down well. We also made a subtle (or maybe not) impromptu change to one of our stompy tunes, and in doing so created the "Positive Coronavirus Blues". Each verse finished with:- "I've got the positive coronavirus blues, better listen to what Boris said, I think I'm gonna have to self isolate, and tuck myself up in bed..." (copyright Slowblow D) This seemed to raise a few smiles...We also resurrected the first song we ever wrote together ('Spirit') and having rested it for a while seemed as fresh as ever.So, to summarise:- Great Festival, Great Venue, Great Crowd!Apart from having Charlize Theron knock on your door wearing a negligee (Google that you teenagers!) holding a six pack of Stella - what more could you want?!?
The Tuesday Night Music Club, Coulsdon8 Jan 2020The Tuesday Night Music Club, Coulsdon The Tuesday Night Music Club in CoulsdonHappy New Year from The Sheiks, and what better way to start the gigging year than with a visit to The Tuesday Night Music Club (or the TNMC as it affectionately know) in Coulsdon. The gig was a sell out, with a few 'walk-in' tickets available on the door.There was no sign of a (sometimes expected) post Christmas malaise, and the cold wet weather outside was no match or deterrent to the cauldron of hot rhythm 'n' blues we were serving up. It's always great to play for the 'TNMC family', who are a knowledgeable, appreciative, and friendly crowd, whilst their etiquette (ie, no talking whilst the bands are playing) adds to the pleasure in playing for them. As is often the case old acquaintances were renewed, and new ones were made.Anyhow, back to the music! We played a solid 80 minute set, the first three numbers being on the 'shuffley' side, before getting into our stride with the more serious stuff. Good natured banter was inevitable, given the long standing relationship the band shares with the club. As always seems to be the case, a slow blues tune ('Negative Equity Blues') was lobbed in half way through the set to allow both the crowd and band to get their breath back. This proved to be only a brief respite before we characteristically finished in 'crash and burn' style! A much appreciated standing ovation followed, before finishing with an old school R 'n' B encore.A big thanks go to Richard Dunning and his team for booking us, and for keeping this fabulous venue up at the top of the Blues venue tree, and thanks to Simon Taylor of EQaudio for providing the excellent sound.Finally, if you haven't been to the Tuesday Night Music Club, what are you waiting for, 'cos now and again everybody needs a bit of TLC, sorry, TNMC!!!Hope to see you at our next gig, which is on Saturday 8th February 2020 at Reds Bar and Grill, Dorking - details on Lemonrock at:https://www.lemonrock.com/gig.php?id=744351The Voodoo Sheiks
2015, up, down and around, and rocking those blues away14 Apr 20152015, up, down and around, and rocking those blues away Well what a year 2015 has been for the Sheiks so far, new album release, some new venues and full steam ahead!January kicked off with two superb gigs at two favourites of ours, namely The Poyntz Arms and The Oval Tavern. The Poyntz is located in Molesey and is a hotspot for live talent. Organised by the charming Chinners, The Poyntz is somewhat a intimate affair but has an appreciative audience whom always give you more. Naturally we happily obliged! We're back to rock the house in May.The Oval Tavern is a well respected pub venue, attended by those who like their music raw and raucous! Suits us down to the ground. We love playing the Oval and performing for Esther and her clientele. Packed to the rims with an excitable crowd, many of whom are pure musos themselves. Big cheers to some music mates who came to watch (that's you Mr.Evans, better late then never!) .Following this, we kicked February off with a trip back to The Old House at Home in Dorking. The Old House is fast becoming a holdfast for live music, we kept it going with some ever energetic tightly driven R'n'B and the audience lapped it up. Well chuffed, we're back again later in the year.These three shows were a great opportunity to showcase some of our new material which we recorded late February. The recordings are now collectively known as 'Voodification', and we are very proud of our sophomore effort. Knocking out 12 songs in 5 days, mixed and mastered isn't easy but we managed it and that's in no small thanks to Damon Sawyer (cheers mate!), who oversaw proceedings. His studio, Platform, is located over a lake, quite an inspiration in itself. We all worked very hard in the studio and we're very happy with what we've done. Nice.Onto March, and we trotted down to the Anchor in Dorset to perform as part of The Swanage Blues Fest. Now we love playing Swanage. A mention must be made to Steve Darrington, who through a colossal effort puts this event together twice a year. We blew 'em away with our usual standard of tight rocking' blues, and The Anchor was packed to the rafters. We've been confirmed to play again in October and we can't wait to go back, play some music and see our Swanage mates.Lastly, but certainly not least was our official album launch night at The Surrey Blues Club, April 3rd one day short of my birthday no less. We must thank Shakey and the boys for all the help they did in putting this event together, it was something of a memorable night for us not least due to the record attendance. Thanks goes to the house band who opened proceedings and to Sam Paine and his crew, who performed a blistering set of blues-rock. We ourselves rocked the house and the audience were simply awesome. Thanks goes out to Lyn, Caroline & Alan for doing what you do in supporting us, John Bull of 'Rockrpix Photography' for the snaps, and Nigel Foster who has gone on to write up a superb show and album review. Cheers everyone, what a magic night!!Onwards and upwards, keep those blues a rocking' and see you at the next one!
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