Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra are releasing their album entitled Talk About The Weather at the perfect time given the British preoccupation with all things meteorological particularly as the odd day of sunshine is on the horizon with summer allegedly about to burst forth, and even if ‘it’ fails to deliver then this album has the verve to lift the clouds and let the rays shine to light up up your mood.
Following on a trio of very successful tours of the UK and Ireland, the band have developed there music style to include a veritable selection box of material, including ragtime, country, mambo and a good old croon, alongside the weather there’s a bunch of more topical issues including coffee, HS2, arcade gambling and rogue landlords. The Newcastle-upon-Tyne band will be taking their self coined “North Eastern Swing” on a jaunt across the UK including a host of festival dates June through to September and into Euroland later in the year.
The album is out on the 7th of July and available on CD, vinyl & download, here’s your teaser track Junk on the Radio
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Fri 6 Newcastle upon Tyne Robert Stephenson’s Boiler Shop
Fri 13 Hartley Wintney, Hants. Hartley Wintney Cricket Club
Sat 21 Douglas, IOM BIG WHEEL BLUES FESTIVAL
Fri 27 Cardiff The Moon Club GLASNOST FESTIVAL
Sun 29 Newcastle upon Tyne Robert Stephenson’s Boiler Shop,
Fri 11 Newcastle upon Tyne The Cluny Album Launch
Fri 18 Retford, Notts. St. John’s Hall
Sat 19 Salisbury LARMER TREE FESTIVAL
Mon 21 Cardiff St. David’s Hall WELSH PROMS
Mon 21 Liverpool The Caledonia,
LIVERPOOL AMERICANA FESTIVAL
Tues 22 Edinburgh Venue TBC,
EDINBURGH JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL
Fri 25 Châteauneuf-du-Faou, France FEST JAZZ
Mon 28 Worth Matravers, nr. Swanage The Square & Compass
Fri 8 London Green Note
Sat 9 Charlbury,WILDERNESS FESTIVAL, Cornbury Park
Sun 10 Winchester BOOMTOWN FAIR, Matterley Bowl
Mon 11 Broadstairs, Kent The Pavilion,
Fri 15 Scholar Green, Cheshire JUST SO FESTIVAL
Fri 5 London The Harrison Bar, King’s Cross
Sun 7 Downend, Isle of Wight BESTIVAL, Robin Hill Country Park
Fri 26 Preston Ashlar House, Swingaroo Vintage Dancehall
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne is home to a rich heritage of music and culture (if the local council get their way it may be railroaded for a while) – from that melting pot comes a six-piece band that combine Western Swing, Gypsy Jazz, Blues, Ragtime and Country into their own style.
The songs are in the main up-tempo and as you’d expect there’s plenty of toe-tapping going on, the band include washboard, sousaphone, cornet, piano, double bass, harmonica and drums amongst their instrument armoury and manage to ease in a track about a recent local news event Great Fire of Byker and a cover of Bank Failures a 30′s track by Bob Miller that fits perfectly with the current climate.
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