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New Music Video for ‘Destination Anywhere’ Released

After two sell-out shows this weekend, we’re pleased to announce the release of one of our music video ‘Destination Anywhere’, ahead of our 2019 promo.

We’d also like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all the people who came to see us at the McMillan Theatre in Bridgwater and Plaza Theatre in Romsey, as well as all the technicians who helped to make the shows run smoothly.

For those who are yet to see the show, check out our upcoming shows at Colchester Arts Centre and Greshams, Ipswich.

See you soon.

Here’s the video:

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Madness At Maddermarket!

Wow! What a night!

Thank you for everyone who came to see our production at the Maddermarket Arts Centre on Saturday 8th September, who were clearly up for a great time right from the outset. From the very first song, it was clear to all of us that the show was going to be great and it really did go from strength to strength.

We’d also like to that all the theatre staff, in particular the sound tech Mark, who did a stirling job.

And a big shout out to all the volunteers who helps to keep the centre ticking over smoothly.

Here are some photos of the night. You can also tag yourself on our Facebook gallery.

Hope to see you again soon!

Ritchie (Deco).

 

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The Kids Are Back To School – And It’s Almost Time To Say The ‘C’ Word!

The kids go back to school today, and right on queue the skies are grey and there’s a chill in the air. Grrrr.

But fear not! We have a great schedule of shows to keep you warm right up until Christmas (yes, sorry, we said the C word).

This month we’re off to the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich for what looks to be a packed out show. Then we’re off for the last weekend of September to the beautiful town of Bridgwater for a show at the McMillan Theatre, Somerset (twinned with the Czech town of Uherské Hradiště) followed by the market town of Romsey where we’ll be performing at The Plaza Theatre.

October is another packed month with will see is return to Colchester Arts Centre and the Astor Theatre in Deal, Kent, where Ritchie & Richard went down a storm just a few years ago. You can also catch us at the Gresham’s Club in Ipswich at the end of October.

And then finally, in November we’re back at the stunning Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury.

 

Big News!

Don’t get those Autumn blues just yet! The weather forecast for September still looks to be pretty good and there’s lots to look forward too.

We will be using the December down time to record a new demo which we’ll be putting to a music video as well, which we hope to be releasing in February 2019. So stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts to see some sneaking highlights as they’re publish.

See you soon!

Ritchie (Deco) xxx

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Elgiva Theatre meet and greet photographs

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A Tribute to Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy

Matt Tyler Murphy, better known as Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy, passed away on 15th June 2018 according to his nephew Floyd Murphy Jnr.

Matt was born in Sunflower, Mississippi in 1929. A self-taught guitarist, he original played a mix of up-scale Jazz and Blues. He later moved to Chicago where he joined the Howlin’ Wolf Band. He would go on to play with other world famous musicians including Muddy Waters, Etta James and Chuck Berry.

Famous for playing the part of Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers, Matt starred next to Dan Ackroyd and the late John Belushi, and played the part of the Aretha Franklin’s husband. There is a particular scene in the film where Jake and Elwood come to take Matt away to rejoin the band; and Aretha was less than impressed!

“And you ain’t playing any more two-bit, sleazy dives!” – Aretha Franklin, The Blues Brothers

In 1990, Matt released his own album “Way down South“.

In 2002, Matt Murphy suffered a stoke, but he returned to the music circuit once again in 2005 and continued playing right up until his death.

You can read a full interview with Matt here.

Floyd Murphy Jnr wrote a fitting tribute to his uncle // Credit: Facebook

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03/03/2018 POSTPONED due to Adverse Weather Conditions (revised date 26th May 2018)

Our show at the Princess Theatre Hunstanton this Saturday 3rd March 2018 has been postponed due to adverse weather conditions including snow and freezing rain. The Met Office advice is not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

The show is now rescheduled for 26th May 2018.

Those who already have tickets will be contacted by the Theatre and a refund is on offer if preferred. Please note that we are unable to issue refunds and all enquiries regarding tickets must be directed to the theatre.

We apologies for any inconvenience caused and hope that everyone will understand why we and the theatre took the difficult decision to move the date.

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Oh we do like to be Beside the Seaside!

Thank you, Whitstable Playhouse, for being such a superb audience for our maiden performance at this remarkable and intimate theatre. Our next show is at the Princess Theatre in Hunstanton.

Sadly we were unable to meet many of the audience members after the show; mainly because we had no idea where to go to meet them and got a bi…well…lost. Whoops!

We hope to be back with our show sometime soon. If you managed to get any photos then please feel free to get in touch with us: ritchie@seetheshow.co.uk.

Here are a few snaps from the evening:

 

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Bluesmobile visits Hunstanton in Surprise Fashion

“We’re 105 miles from Essex. We got full tank of diesel, half a pack of Trebor mints, it’s cold and we’re wearing sunglasses. Hit it!”

If you were at Hunstanton’s Cliff Parade this Sunday 18th February you will have seen something a little unusual that the usual dog walkers and joggers. Jake and Elwood made a visit in their 2018 bluesmobile in a small glimpse of what to expect when Committed to the Blues Brothers bring their Commitments and Blues Brothers show to the town in March.

The new bluesmobile – based on a Chrysler 300s – even had an authentic air-horn on the roof and classic tunes from the iconic film could be heard wafting along the beach front in a slower than usual Blues Brothers drive-by (no Illinois Nazis were hurt).

 

A show of two halves

Although out promoting the Blues Brothers section of the show, it’s worth remembering that there are two halves; the first of which is all the great songs from the Commitments (including Try a Little Tenderness, Mustang Sally and Nowhere to run).

So whether you’re a fan of Irish 1980s soul or it’s American cousin, you’re guaranteed to have a night of great music delivered by the authentic band.

 

The original bluesmobile vs the 2018 bluesmobile

For those of you who care, here are some of the important technical specifications of the original and the 2018 version.

Original 2018 version
Make/Model Dodge Monaco Chrysler 300c
Engine Gasoline, 7.2l V8 440-cubic-inch plant Mercedes-Benz 3.0 L diesel V6 engine
Transmission 3-speed automatic 5-speed automatic
0-60mph 10.3 seconds 7.9 seconds
Bodywork Battered, badly sprayed at Illinois car auction Good, graphics by E-Sign Media Ltd.
 Notes 13 cars were used in the making or the original motion picture Cigarette lighter works (used for charging phone)

 

 

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Bungay Bonanza!

So it’s done, our first show at the excellent Fisher Theatre in Bungay; and what a night!

The sell out show was packed to the rafters with lots of people ready to have a good time, and the audience didn’t disappoint us. Especially the ladies in Row B 🙂

Sadly, Kay (one of the singers) was unwell and unable to make the show (get well soon, Kay) and both Richard and Ritchie (Jimmy and Deco) were recovering from the flu. But Vocalzone, Sudafed and plenty of water did the trick…the show must go on!

Here are some photos of the night. Next show is at Whitstable Playhouse theatre on the beautiful Kent Coast. Tickets are disappearing quickly so get a wiggle on if you’re planning on coming. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.

See you soon!

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Basildon Shenanigans!

Last Thursday we performed our first show of 2018 to a packed house at Basildon’s infamous Towngate Theatre, and what a night it was!

We don’t usually perform shows on a school night so we weren’t entirely show how people would be feeling mid-week, but it turns out that the people of Basildon will party any night of the week.

We had some lovely comments after the show, and we’d also like to wish happy 50th Birthday to Kevin who got up on stage to sing a song with us.

Our next show is at the Fisher Theatre, Bungay, Norfolk. Have you got your tickets yet?

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