World/Ska Middle East/Geordie
musical hummus/pease pudding.
By the way, I get a fair amount of new music via XRP radio, if you haven’t sent your songs to them for airplay then you should.
I’ll start by chucking in an embedded file from their Soundcloud page. There are three tracks here. “Sweet Girl“, “Dongle” and “Keep Ya Feet Still”
Nice to be able to find a proper website for this band, and it is a very well made site with all the information at your fingertips, and really easy navigation. On top of that it looks great and conveys the band image very effectively.
There are even professional things like technical rider and stage plan that venues need when booking the band.
The band are
- Nigel kirkpatrick Trumpet, Vocals and Melodica, Flugal Horn
- Paul Susans Bass guitar , Vocals, Sousaphone and Double Bass
- Martin Douglas Drums, Vocals, Marching Drum and Percussion
- Paul Ruddick Saxophone, Vocals and Flute
- Ziad Jabero Guitar, Vocals and Trombone
It is understandable that they have got their act together considering they have been around for nearly twenty years, have toured all over the world, and released five albums.
The sound is, well, easy to describe, and yet at the same time, very very hard.
Try to imagine a bunch of Geordies touring the world, spending time with Romany gypsies in the Balkans, and meeting a contingent of Bedouin (fresh from rocking the Casbah) Imagine that on their travels they also played at a Bar mitzvah, picked up Samba from Brazil, Ska and Soca, from the Caribbean, Jazz from New Orleans, and Rāga from India, then brought it all back and forged a coherent music sound from that, and you will have a vague idea.
“Keep Ya Feet Still” sounds like what you might get if The Mighty Gaby spent a year listening to tracks like “When The Boat Comes In” and “Blaydon Races”
Looking at their website, with it’s extraordinary artwork, and reading through the past gigs, and viewing some of the pictures, one almost expects to hear the words “… played in front of the crown princes of Europe… ” proclaimed loudly by a ringmaster wearing a red tail coat.
I said they have had five albums so I may as well list them for you.
Most are available via the band website.
“Last Tango In Babylon” January 2nd 1998
- Don Pavaral
- Gypsy waltz
- Ferus Mustafov Dance
- Letter to Godspodine
- Mountain nymphs
- Underground Chase
- Tequila mockingbird (aka Havatequila)
This early release (on Gaz’s Rockin’ Records) features the original Baghdaddies line-up. It was recorded in Shepherds Bush, London on 02/01/1998. Produced by Gaz Mayall. Although sold out on the website it may be available on Amazon
“The Fabulous Sound of Toon Tone” 1st June 200 (sold out)
Lumpy l’il Pie
- Greek horo
- Eflat Drone
- Gabby Marjoss
- Sweet Girl
- Lambton Worm
- Tipsy Cocek
Tracks 1-5 and 9 were recorded live at Glastonbury Festival 2000 and feature NANA OBSCURI on vocals, The other three tracks were recorded and mixed at studios in Newcastle.
- Nice to be Nice
- Random Acts of Kindness
- 6/8 We’ll be Late
- Nude one
- You’re So Yes
- Ounce Pounce
Recorded at ClaraVale, Tynedale in Feb/March 2003. The CD was presented with the ‘North-East Creative Award for Music’ (2003) and has had extensive radio airplay.
“Katchyazafta“ October 1st 2005
- We Try
- Wonder Woman
- Not Drowning But Raving
- Gream Pareli
- Sweet girl
This album was recorded during October 2005. Leading on from where RAOK left off, the album contains 11 tracks of varied and crazy music.
“Dancylvania” March 29th 2010
- Keep Ya Feet Still
- Into the Ether
- Sufi’s Beard
- Slow March to China
- Pan’s Peephole
- Flying Dragon
- Happy Accident