Slapface and the Hoagies Go Large – 7 men, 1 gig

6 Jul

So far I, Chris, Tim and Clive have managed to keep up with demand from our hordes of adoring pensioners for signed body parts . However, after our recent sell out show at Iron Acton it’s become clear that if we’re going to satisfy the whole of Keynsham this Sunday, we’re going to need a bigger band.

With this in mind Tim and Chris set about scouring their little black books for old acquaintances meeting the following criteria:

  • Alive
  • Available
  • Able
  • Willing

Interestingly it’s the same criteria they’d always applied so results were quickly achieved. I’m very pleased to announced that at 5PM today we will be joined by the incredible talents of Mick Ray on squeezebox, Charlie Rose on fiddle and Nick Cocking on mandolin. Each of these guys brings something special to the table so we know it’s going to be an absolute barnstormer!

Charlie Rose

Probably Charlie Rose

Nick Cocking

Probably Nick Cocking

Mighty Accordion Band

Possibly not Mick Ray

 

Long time no blog

7 May

Sorry it’s been such a long time since we’ve blogged anything. We’ve had some lovely gigs recently including a real barnstormer at The Blue Lagoon. We’ve got a pretty full calendar running right through the year, but we are still looking forward to adding a few more dates – keep up with the Gigs page so you don’t miss anything. We’ve got some new songs in the pipeline and ditching some that we’ve got bored of – so it’s all go!

slapface gig race you

Don’t forget our gig tonight at The Old Duke, Bristol’s premiere pub for music and madness, even on a Wednesday!

A little piece of Heaven in Devon

10 Dec

We mounted our trusty steeds (OK, two Audi’s and a Mini) and loped down the M5 into the beautiful hills and farmland just outside of Crediton, Devon. From there we were deployed with military precision to three of Devon’s most happening hotspots. These aren’t just pubs full of ex-farmers and exiled Welshmen (not to say there weren’t any), they are fantastic venues for us to peddle our particular brand of oral tomfoolery and musical whimsy.

We were made to feel very welcome by some of Devon’s finest pub punters. These guys and galls were up and heel-to-toeing after we’d dropped the first note, right to the very end. Even the Sunday afternoon crew were prepared to whoop and holler after one of our trademark ‘happy endings’ came spewing forth from the band’s well-oiled instruments.

Never one (two?) to miss an opportunity to improve our brand, Chris and Tim picked up some stylish ‘deerstalker’ hats on a pre-tour shopping bonanza. Needless to say these proved very popular with some of the old dears in Devon.

Devon Deerstalkers

Deerstalkers set to stun

Once again, thank you DEVON!

School Fundraiser – Keynsham – Friday 22nd

19 Nov

Slapface and the Hoagies are at the Royal British Legion the Friday the 22nd for a fundraising gig in aid of Nadaikkavu School in Southern India. Tickets are only £10 which includes a ploughman’s supper. There will also be a raffle with excellent prizes. We might even play you one of our new songs! Please come and support this worthy cause. Fuzzy warm feelings and good times guaranteed!

British Legion

New thongs

18 Sep

Yeth, that’th right. Sorry, yes, that’s right. We’re going into the rehearsal rooms to add a few more bluegrass bullets to our arsenal. Which is actually a good thing because the lead up to Christmas is starting to pick up. I know, it hardly seemed a long banjo solo ago that we were playing to you sun kissed beauties and the temperature was hotter than a MacDonald’s apple pie, but that’s the way the seasons go. Before you know it, we’ll be freezing our dangly bits off and – if there’s no Slapface gig of a Saturday –  we’ll be settling down to watch Strictly with the fire on and a glass of something in each hand.

 

Stairs

Anyway, all the upcoming dates are on the ‘gigs’ page and we’re waiting to confirm a few more too. Recently, we all did a little bit of excitement wee because we finalised our mini tour which is coming up in Devon in early December. We did it last year and it’s a carbon copy of that one, but hopefully without the horrible incident with Dan and a rather amorous farmer, but the least said about that the better. They’re three great pubs. The Kings Arms Inn in Tedburn St.Mary, The Lamb Inn in Sandford and finally, The Thirsty Farmer in Whimple. So, for you die hard fans, if you’re both free, why don’t you both come down and make a weekend of it? Dan will buy you a drink if you come and join us.

Now, be off with you. Run off and put some Slap dates in your calendars. Toot, toot!

 

Poor old Slappers – Friday 30th August

24 Aug

After some (relatively) far-flung gigs ranging from Dunster through Bath and back down to Weston Super Mare, we’re back on home turf this Friday at The Golden Lion in Bishopston. We’ll be playing with the fantastic Poor Old Dogs for your delight, delectation and general amusement.

…That’s right, you get to take a memory home of the night you rubbed sweaty shoulders with a group of slappers and shuffled rhythmically with a pack of right old dogs. If you’re anything like me, that’s something to treasure forever (remember kids, a romance is fleeting, but the itch can last forever).

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There’s sure to be some magic this Friday – you do not want to miss out!

Keynsham Music Festival – Sunday 7th July

2 Jul

The Slappers are genuinely proud to be playing the Top Stage at 5:15pm on the second day of the fine musical extravaganza that is The Keynsham Music Festival 2013!

Having kicked off the pre-festival musical goings-on at The Ship Inn yesterday evening, we can truthfully say that we are well and truly ready to enjoy a fine day in the sun with beer, banjos and bucolic beauties, courtesy of the wonderful organisers of the KMF 2013.

Sneak preview of the KMF 2013 wristband

Sneak preview of the KMF 2013 wristband

As the KMF site says: Going on 14 years and still free (kind of) … aiming to promote a week of community co-operation with a program of music and cultural events, with a local focus and an  international flavour.

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