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Bank holiday evenings on the other hand…

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Bank holiday evenings on the other hand…

…are made for cider, good company and live music!

So Blondie and I made our way to Angel yesterday to check out The Old Queens Head where The Magpie’s Nest was having an ALL DAY folk fest of live music!

I had no idea what to expect and it turned out to be a really fantastic night!

The pub itself was really pretty (especially the upstairs room!), not too packed with people but buzzing! We managed to find a couple of chairs and ended up seeing loads bands and lots of high jinks!

We were blown away with a band called The Ramshakle Union Band so much so that Blondie had to get us both a CD of their work! I’ve been listening to Misbehaving ever since – Beautiful!

And we got to see Frankie and the Jacks again and they where as good as I remembered from Lovebox, even with 3 snapped strings in one gig! – Hopefully there will be some recordings from them soon!

A fab way to end a Bank Holiday, even with a naked jogger chatting me up while I was walking home lol!


Frankie and the Jacks

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Frankie and the Jacks

I just wanted to spread the love!

Blondie, La and I discovered Frankie and the Jacks at this years very soggy Lovebox festival.

They are a rather attractive 4 piece swing band…

Set within the walls of the wailing harmonica and the screeching fiddle the sometimes dark and often caustic lyrics belie the foot stomping swing of the double bass and guitar. Here is where comedy and tragedy meet head on to deliver a full spirited testament to Franky and the Jacks’ one and only mantra…“Make ‘em dance”

Franky Doody: Lead vocals and guitarJohn Beale : Vocals and violin,
Sax McGuinness: Vocals and harmonica,Tom Rosenfeld: Vocals and Double Bass.

As it was chucking it down we were looking for cover and followed our ears to this little tent and had the best time dancing and drinking to their pretty awesome sound! I have been playing Party Pooper continuously since then!  I also have deep moustache/hat envy!

I will definitely be trying to catch them again! They are going to be playing in London on the 29th August at Old Queens Head in Islington…hope to see you all there!