Free concerts Every Saturday at the UGT highlighting local performers.
JOHN CRAMPTON then SKIDDLE-AM-BAM
Saturday 28th April 2018. 10am – 12 noon. Venue opens at 9.30am
Multi-instrumentalist blues sensation John Crampton followed by toe-tapping jug, skiffle and more from Skiddle-Am-Bam.
John Crampton, born in London … self taught on national steel slide guitar, banjo and harmonica …
influenced by Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Bukka White, John Hammond, Mississippi
Fred Mcdowell …
” … amazing that this one slight seeming figure can stir up such a crescendoo of foot stomping blues and bluegrass. Slide guitar, banjo and harmonica by turns whipping up a storm of powerful sound round his astonishing voice. He really gets the place jumping. Come and see John Crampton. You won’t be disappointed …”
” … one of the finest blues solo acts on the british blues scene …”
Blues Matters magazine
” … John Crampton, an amazing one man blues band with steely reverberating guitar and harmonica galore … his playing was like a locomotive, his singing like an angry chainsaw as he steamed through his set ..”
BBC Southern Counties
If you like your bands tightly organised, disciplined and straight-faced – then stay away! Skiddle-Am-Bam have a wildly unpredictable repertoire that includes jug songs, blues, skiffle, jazz, folk and more. And it all happens with lots of laughter and hilarious exchanges between the band members, as they dispute each other’s choice of lyric or note, or perhaps even song!
The Skiddle-Am-Bam repertoire includes the likes of “Keep Your Hands Off Her” (“She’s a heavy-hipped mama, she’s got some great big legs, like walking on soft boiled eggs…”), the Memphis Jug Band classic “Move That Thing”, the remarkable jazz number “Big Noise from Winnetka”, and “Rock Island Line”, the song, first recorded fifty years ago, that in the 1950s brought fame to Lonnie Donegan, and skiffle to the nation.
From the chaos of Skiddle-Am-Bam emerges some great music. Organiser and percussionist Sean O’Rourke will be joined at the Under Ground by two more of the original line-up: mandolin-player Nick Horsefield and Richard Walder (tea-chest bass), a UGT regular these days as one half of the duo R’n’R. Joining them on guitar is the “other half” of R’n’R, Ron Turner.
With regret, the venue is below ground on split levels and has no wheelchair access.
A Hearing loop is available.