Journal

Bear Creek with Bernard Purdie (posted 5 days ago)

What fun we had at Bear Creek again this year! We were honoured by funky sit-ins from all sorts of musical luminaries: George Porter Jnr, Grant Green Jnr, Pee Wee Ellis and for the first time, our hero, Bernard Purdie. The excellent FunkIt blog captured the moment where Bernard joined us on second drum kit for a rendition of "Who's Making Love." After the set our keyboard player Joe chatted to Bernard, who was full of smiles and extremely pleased that Pee Wee had talked him into coming to Bear Creek. Now aged 75, and possibly the world's most recorded drummer, BP said to Joe: "I'm having a blast - this festival takes me back 40 years!"

After that amazing career highlight we're taking some time off until our next gig which will be at The Borderline in London on Thursday December 18th.

A New England (posted 23 days ago)

Woke up today in Portsmouth, New Hampshire where we start the final run of our Fall Tour (this evening at The Press Room). We're all tickled by the stunningly unoriginal names of other nearby towns, like Durham, Dover, York, Rochester, Manchester, Weymouth, Worcester, Shrewsbury, Taunton and Leominster, all jumbled up in the wrong topographical relation to each other, but presumably pronounced in a much less counter-intuitive way than their Old-English namesakes ("Wuster" "Shrows-bree" "Lemster" etc..) We're darting around this general area in a Dodge Caravan for the rest of the week, before flying down to Asheville and picking up another Dodge Caravan to start a little run down towards Bear Creek Festival in Live Oak, FL, where we play next weekend. (This tour would not be possible without our generous support of American Airlines and Avis, for which we hope they are suitably grateful.)

Homeward Bound (posted last month)

Here's Eddie driving us to the airport at the end of the latest leg of our US Fall 2014 tour. We're now enjoying a hard-earned break until the end of the month when we open for Maceo Parker in London. Thanks to everyone who came out to see us in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, L.A., San Diego, Fort Collins, Denver, Rochester, Pittsburgh, Raleigh and Corolla. We'll be back Stateside in November to play Portsmouth, Providence, Fairfield, Ardmore, Saratoga Springs, Syracuse, Asheville, Athens and Greenville before we head down to Live Oak FL for our annual appearances at Bear Creek Music Festival. Thankyou bye.

Farewell Colorado (posted last month)

Bye bye, Colorado - thanks for a great weekend! We'll see you again at the end of January. Rather infuriatingly, we have to be up at 4am tomorrow to fly to Rochester, NY. (It's the 4am that's the problem - for all we know, Rochester might be a charming place.) Counting on a significant hotel nap situation on arrival. We finish this three-week tour leg on Saturday night in Corolla, NC, which is kind of in the Atlantic. Then 3 weeks back in Blighty sampling the various forms of rain, before we come back Stateside to slide down the country all the way to Bear Creek Festival in Florida. If you came out to see us recently, thanks for coming out to see us recently and please come again.

California (posted last month)

It's great to be back in California after what feels like quite a long absence. After shows in SF and Santa Cruz, we play LA and San Diego before flying off to Colorado to spread more musical joy.

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