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Return to The Warehouse ...

A year ago - almost to the very day - we played at the 2018 edition of this splendid event, and we were all delighted to be back in this wonderful little theatre, with its welcoming team of volunteers and amazingly enthusiastic audience. Once again, the Chains of Office (stretching right across the front row!) positively dazzled us with their glittering splendour, and, once again, Hamish Maxwell was provided with the same comfortable armchair as on our last visit ... incidentally, if you spotted him nodding off at any point, please email Mike Denham via this website's Contact page ... Currently, we seem to be playing many more concert gigs than we used to, and we all seem to enjoy the exper

Back to The Old Barn ...

It's always a pleasure to return to The Old Barn, as Mick Wellstead never fails to conjure up a great audience for us, and the standard of dancing and the number of dancers must rival both Bude Jazz Club and The Concorde Club - praise indeed! The mighty Mick himself showed that he is not only still pretty fleet of foot, but can even manage two partners at once - this, we believe, used to be known as a 'Swedish arrangement' ... hmmm! Despite illness in the banjo department - Eddie Edwards is currently convalescing after a spell in hospital, and scheduled dep Keith Hall had to cancel due to a major bout of flu - we soldiered on by relying even more than usual on our hard-working rhythm section

Speakeasy Special!

Largely overlooked by media, royalty and Downing Street alike, the Stompers' thirtieth anniversary celebrations - such as they are - have thus far been somewhat muted ... until tonight, when instead of the usual, intimate, reverential nature of Mr Denham's 'Speakeasy' recital series with one just special guest at a time, the good citizens of Dorchester were treated to a full frontal assault by the whole band in all its red-shirted glory. Playing to a packed house (which included some of our most dedicated fans in the front row, not to mention living legend Dennis Armstrong all the way from Bristol), we managed to rise to the occasion quite splendidly, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves ... and

Martock Church ...

It is always a pleasure to return to Martock Church to play a concert in such a fine building - it has a marvellous acoustic, a wonderful interior and never fails to provide us with a warm and receptive audience. Since 2002, this picturesque church has hosted some 125 concerts with a total attendance of 18,000, resulting in around £70,000 towards the refurbishment and enhancement of the church - a fantastic tribute to the hard-working team who promote such an ambitious fund-raising concert programme. It was good to have an opportunity to indulge in the ODJB area of our repertoire. Since the success of our five-piece recreation of the earliest years of jazz recordings last year at the Three C

Bude Jazz Club - our Ace In The Hole?! ...

How we like playing here! It may be a long haul for some of us (especially for this Blogger, living as he does in north-east Somerset, not to mention his car parked on a sloping drive under a foot of snow!) but it's always worth the effort, thanks to the splendid audiences we get, the warm welcome, the fine venue with its friendly staff, our complimentary interval drinks, and (of course!) the legendary Bude dancing contingent! All these attributes add up to visits which we never fail to enjoy. Hopefully, the audience feel the same way! We count ourselves very lucky to have had three visits to the Falcon in around eight months, given that we were here at the jazz club back in June last year,

Back to The Concorde ...

We were delighted to be back at such a prestigious venue so soon after our previous visit, although sorry to be without Eddie Edwards - currently hospitalised, though promising to be back in action as soon as possible. Keith Hall was depping for him on this occasion and gave a very good account of himself on both banjo and guitar - we counted ourselves lucky to have obtained his services at such short notice. Thanks to a recent (and rather rare!) rehearsal, we had some new numbers to try out on the Concorde's sophisticated clientele, and, much to our relief, we managed to get away with (among others) Cotton Club Stomp #1, which recently joined Cotton Club Stomp #2 in our repertoire ... dyed-

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