Old School Band News

June 30, 2013

The pink one rises !

Filed under: What's going on — Old School Band @ 1:01 pm

Among my treasured possessions is an old Fender Strat Guitar, which I don’t usually get out for gigs, it being fairly valuable.

Some previous owner had it sprayed Pink, which sometimes causes derision among some of my more “Traditional Macho” pupils.
I thought it appropriate to bring it out last night for our Second Civil Ceremony Ceilidh.

We do lots of weddings, and one day soon we might well be doing fully Law Approved Gay Weddings.

From what we have seen, there is just as much Love in the air,and we are just as happy to do these gigs as we are Weddings.

So, if you are considering a Ceilidh whatever your “Orientation” we can help you celebrate tying the knot in a traditional and joyful way.

I think we all put in a little extra effort last night, Roger even had a “New” joke, and my pink Strat is waiting for another airing.


ps Feedback from last night

“Thank you so much for the wonderful ceilidh last night. All our guests had a fantastic time and you made our day very special.”

June 22, 2013

New Telephone Number

Filed under: What's going on — Old School Band @ 2:16 pm

If you have been trying to ring Bob Snape on the Telephone Number given on our Contacts page, you will have been out of luck. After a considerable nomadic experience he is now ensconced in a new address, and his telephone number is ….01772 785682.

June 16, 2013

eh, what’s up Doc ?

Filed under: What's going on — Old School Band @ 5:50 pm

I recently read with amusement a book of Celtic Tunes where the august authority who shall be nameless, rails against the “modern” Ceilidh Band “everyone takes hold of a tune and belts away at it without stopping, The result is a meaningless noise with as much relation to music as the buzzing of a bluebottle in an upturned jamjar ”
Personally I think these poor old tunes have been seized for a century by middle class socialists of a very far left persuasion who have some kind of hangup because they weren’t born working Class.
Martin Carthy who helped Paul Simon and Bob Dylan on their way to becoing Multimillionaires by letting them steal his tunes is right, I think. He says that you should constantly innovate and add new sounds and attitudes to the tunes so that they can survive, and the melodies are indestructible anyway
. Thus you have many Band such as Fairport Convention, the Pogues, Steeleye Span, Mumford and son, even the Old School Band. We bring new sounds and all our Musical influences to bear on the tunes, we don’t want to do anything more political than to make you get up and Dance and enjoy yourself.
You can instantly relate to our Music because it is of its time, and never out of place in a modern context, even though the melodies may be ages old.