The Voodoo Sheiks [Rhythm & Blues, 4 piece]
The Acoustic Couch – 16th of September18 Sep 2021The Acoustic Couch – 16th of September We are now well and truly getting into our stride, and what better place to take the brand new sparkling Sheik machine than the Acoustic Couch in Bracknell!In case you don’t know about this venue, it is in the very heart of Bracknell and is promoted and championed by the excellent Mr Graham Steel. The venue has a proper club feel, and since we were last there (pre ‘Rona) has had a rebuild of the stage, additional lighting, and a whole bunch of other stuff. All in all, a great place to play…It was great to see some of our Bracknell friends turn out for us, many of which were from our Bowling Club jaunts, plus quite a few from the Adrian Thomas Fan Club (I believe they have their own badges…). Thanks for the support you lovely Bracknell lot!Musically we are going from strength to strength – a few weeks ago before our first gig it wasn’t easy to gauge if/how the new line-up would translate to the live stage. To quote the mindless utterings of Slowblow: - “One gig is worth ten rehearsals”…And so it has proved, at our previous Emsworth gig people were genuinely shocked that it was only our second gig together. No matter how many times you rehearse, if you haven’t got that ‘on stage connection, magic, call it what you will’ you’re going to struggle. As it happens, we’ve got that ‘connection’ in spades! It’s like the whole band has been together for years – the communication, energy (that word again), more chops than Dewhursts – it’s all there!An unexpected bonus of the line up change is that even the old numbers now sound ‘new’ again, as was mentioned to us a few times. Couple that with some completely new songs, then Bob’s your mother’s brother!!So folks, jump on the Sheiks boogie train and join us for the ride! See you soon!
The Emsworth Music Club, Portsmouth15 Sep 2021The Emsworth Music Club, Portsmouth The Voodoo Sheiks – Emsworth Blues Club – 3rd of September“Been a long, lonely, lonely, lonely…time!” Indeed it has – we all know why, so the less said the better. It seems that the Sheiks have been a bit slower off the mark than some due to a significant line-up change, and limitations on rehearsing. Anyhow we’re back!! We played our first gig the previous week at (what might be considered) our home ground, the excellent Old House at Home in Dorking. The crowd didn’t disappoint, and we didn’t disappoint them with euphoric encores being the order of the day.So, on to Emsworth….This was to be a different blues club style gig, consequently a sit-down crowd tend to be a bit more attentive – a captive audience if you like! The gig was a SELL OUT, and the evening got off to an excellent start with Five Fingers Short warming up the (already sweltering) audience with some foot tapping old school blues….just the ticket!Now for us - If you didn’t already know, Ade now sits behind the kit instead of jumping around doing guitar hero stuff. But fear not, the guitar pyrotechnic baton has been passed on, dropped, and then picked up again by The Hutch!!! Yes, Mr Brent Hutchinson is our very own ‘missing link’ (?). The Sheiks dynamic is ever so slightly different – but in a good way, and as a result our set is now a mixture of Sheiks originals, Brent originals, new stuff, and some choice covers. All in all, a heady brew indeed!And as for the performance levels – well there’s certainly no energy crisis in this band!!!!Thanks to the Emsworth crew for putting us on (you know who you are) and the excellent sound team. Thanks y’all. The crowd were brilliant - before we started we were told that dancing very rarely, if ever breaks out. From where we were standing it certainly looked like dancing to us!!! We hope that we can be invited back to do it all again next year (there were murmurings that we would be) …So, are the Sheiks back in business? Emphatically “YES!”. Whisper this quietly, but this may even be the best Sheiks line-up yet – watch this space – or even better, get your arse(s) along to one of our gigs and see for yourselves!!!
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?!?
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