British bikes from the 50's & 60's with clip-on handlebars & single seats, evoking memories of rock'n'roll, rockers and coffee bars. We play hot rhythm & blues from this golden era, with just a little rock'n'roll on the side…just for good measure.
All or Nothing: The Musical
On 25th June Cafe Racers are playing a set at the press launch of a fantastic musical about the music and lives of the Small Faces, written by the actress, Carol Harrison.
The launch is in the legendary Bag'o'Nails in Soho.
Cafe Racers - Dragon slayers
CAFE RACERS ARE HEADLINING THE MAIN STAGE AT THE WHITTON ST. GEORGE'S DAY PARADE.
This Whitton St George’s Day Parade in the High Street, is on Saturday 26 April, starting at 11am.
Come and join the fun! There will be plenty of entertainment, a variety of market stalls, and of course the popular Parade The Harley Owners Club will be out in force plus some classic cars.
Throughout the day will be street performers and lots of music for all age groups, with disco and also live performances - including the fabulous Cafe Racers.
There will be a variety of street food including, burgers, sausages, crepes and candy floss, as well as a Beer and Pimms tent.
We're having a ball
CAFE RACERS ARE PLAYING GROCERYAID'S MONSTER BALL
We're spooking it up on 24th October, at The Monastery in Manchester, playing for GroceryAid's Monster Ball.
There'll be some suitably spooky songs and ensuring this excellent charity generates plenty of funds for the cause.
Wizards or warlocks; witches or nymphs: we thoroughly look forward to entertaining this audience....!
The Power of the Sun
CAFE RACERS IN PUTNEY ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON, 9TH JUNE
Ah....the power of a bit of good weather! At late notice, we're playing outside in the courtyard of the Putney Pantry, just south of Putney bridge on Sunday afternoon. There'll be great food available from Issa and drink too, obviously.
Hope to see you there.
Looking forward to a spring and summer of gigs
BOOKINGS HAVE STARTED TO ROLL IN.
Looks like it'll be a busy year for gigs with lots of repeat bookings plus some new ones.
Next up is the Friday night (n.b. changed from Saturday) of the Wandsworth Beer Festival, held at Le Gothique. This is a truly amazing venue. The bar is an intimate space watched over by a guardian angel (truly gothic) within the Royal Patriotic Building.
We've played there before for a private party and are really looking forward to returning....particularly as part of Mark's fantastic beer festival!
New tracks to listen to
SHORTENED VERSIONS OF NINE NEW DEMO TRACKS HAVE BEEN UPLOADED ONTO THE WEBSITE PLAYER
These demo tracks were recorded at Alchemy Studio with Dom, Tony and Doogy playing live, plus Dom adding just a second rhythm guitar part, overdubbed onto the live mix.
The whole caboodle was recorded, mixed and mastered over the course of two days - quite some achievement!
Cafe Racers in the studio
MARCH WILL BE BUSY - IN ADDITION TO A PRETTY FULL SCHEDULE OF PUB AND PARTY GIGS, WE'RE IN THE RECORDING STUDIO LATER IN THE MONTH.
Later in March, Cafe Racers will be in Kenny Jones Alchemy Studio in North London to lay down some new tracks.
We have some earlier recordings, but they hardly reflect how the band sounds now. Even better to have Kenny as producer/engineer. His recording credits include Nine Below Zero's 'Refrigerator' - a really great sound.
As far as live appearances are concerned, we had a fantastic time at the King's Arms in Dorking last night - what a great audience. We'll be at the Halfway House next Saturday (10th); the Half Moon in Charlwood on the 30th; The Swan at Hampton Wick on the 31st plus a smattering of parties to fill the other weekends. Hope to see you at one of them!
(Photo of a Sony APR-5003 courtesy of a fantastic site: www.vintagerecorders.co.uk - -check it out)
The show must go on!
GREAT GIG AT THE HALFWAY HOUSE LAST SATURDAY.
We had a terrific time last Saturday (7th January) at the Halfway House despite Dom being legless (or plastered or any of the other lame jokes)! Even Doogy joined in, announcing the line up on Facebook as:
"Tony on Bass, Doogy on drums and Dom on crutches"!
We did play a couple of songs appropriate to the occasion, like Cripple Creek and Keep on Limping....but didn't go as far as Footloose or Lame Old Story!
As usual there was a good crowd there, and we had a few guests get up and join us through the evening: Cliff Gater played blues harp on two or three songs; Maria and Alison contributed some great vocals; and the fabulous Jo Burt, who came along after his Richmond gig, got up and delivered some great lead vocals on a couple of numbers towards the end of the evening.
Now looking forward to the next open gig on 17th Feb. at the Charlie Butlers in Mortlake - it should be a good one especially as the plaster-cast will be off by then!
Guitarist breaks leg!
CAFE RACERS GUITARIST SUFFERS AN ANKLE FRACTURE.
Just when things were going so well, Dom took a tumble while attempting to recreate former glory, speed skating at Brighton Ice Rink.
Okay, perhaps it was a little ambitious to try those cross-over corners after 15 years off the ice, but you've got to go for it, haven't you.
Now, with his right leg plastered up for the next few weeks, it means that any gigs will be sitting down and with pedals operated using his left foot! At least his loyal friends in the band can be relied upon to carry all his gear!
Sadly we've had to cancel tomorrow's (14th December) gig, supporting the Jo Burt Experience, as right now in the early healing stage, Dom's leg needs to be elevated. He could perform lying down, but there's not enough room on the stage with all the other band's gear there too!!. Otherwise, we'll try to honour all commitments and in 4-6 weeks time, everything should be back to normal anyway.
....and the next time someone says:"break a leg" before a performance, they'll get short shrift!
IT'S BEEN AN EVENTFUL MONTH....
In addition to a couple of parties plus regular gigs at the Royal Oak and the Half Moon we've had a fun month.
In particular, we accompanied Monty Norman (he of 007 Bond Theme fame) on a couple of original songs at his stepdaughter's wedding reception
We aim to spend some time in the studio with Monty in the near future, recording them for posterity! Watch this space!
Otherwise, we've got a clutch of new dates to post on the Gigs page, so without further ado.....
Cafe Racers at the ''Sweet Sixteen'' Beer Festival
CAFE RACERS ARE PLAYING ON THE FRIDAY NIGHT OF THE SURREY OAKS AUGUST BEER FESTIVAL
This will be Ken''s 16th beer festival at The Surrey Oaks - Hence ''Sweet Sixteen''
Cafe Racers at the Olympics
CAFE RACERS TO SPUR ON THE OLYMPIC CYCLISTS!
Well, ahem, sort of!
We're playing at Sally's@ St. Mary's on 14th August - the day of the Olympic cycling test event - the route runs right past Sally's.
This is a major excuse for a party and Putney's gonna be alive with activity on the day.
Come and see us at Sally's: enjoy the music and partake of the fine food, beer and wine on offer.
Fun in the sun!
THE SUN LOOKS LIKE IT'S GOING TO SHINE ON THE ALTERNATIVE GRAND NATIONAL AT THE ROYAL OAK THIS WEEKEND (8TH/9TH APRIL).
We'll be there both Friday night and Saturday evening, but try and get there on Saturday afternoon for the Chicken Race, the Pantomime Horse Race; the Pantomime Dame Race and a personal favourite: the Tandem Spacehopper Race.
Races start at 12:00 Saturday. Fun starts at about 7pm on Friday and doesn't stop.......
(Picture of Panto Horse from the exceptional Margaret Duston's website - fantastic)
Cafe Racers at the films
CAFE RACERS PLAY AT THE AFTER-PARTY OF THE PREMIER OF 'GUN OF THE BLACK SUN'
We had some fun last night............. playing at Gary Douglas's after-party of the premiere of his film: 'Gun of the Black Sun': an anti-racist thriller about a WWII luger possessed with an evil curse.....
A quote on the website tells you everything about this movie: "Bikes, girls and a gun with mystical powers: what's not to like?"!
The party was held at La Giardino in Chelsea - dress code: "black tie and leather". Apart from the occasional stage-invasion which was possibly distracting but hardly unpleasant, our 2-hour set rocked the house. Good fun had by all!
THE FESTIVE SEASON IS ALMOST UPON US AND WE'VE GOT SOME EXCELLENT PARTY GIGS COMING UP....
First off there's an early Cafe Racers' Christmas party at The Bull in Chelsham on Friday 17th December......that should get people nicely in the mood. (We're also playing there on the Saturday the 4th but in my book that doesn't quite count as a festive gig!)
Then for all of you who aren't going to midnight mass (!), we're playing at The Halfway House in Barnes on Christmas Eve. Now that will be some party! We might even do a carol!
And one of my favourite gigs...... New Year's Eve.....once again we've teamed up with the fantastic Jo Burt to play as 'The Beauhemians' at The Red Cow in Richmond. If last year's gig was anything to go by (which it is, obviously) it will be a fantastic night - dance the new year in with an all star line up, a great venue, superb landlord and staff, and a nice crowd: all the ingredients for the best party in town! This year the theme, for all you fancy-dressers, is 'Musicals'. Tom will be awarding prizes.....
Mods vs. Rockers? .....We love 'em all!
WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO A THOROUGHLY 2-WHEEL WEEKEND ON 2ND/3RD OCTOBER!
On Saturday evening - 2nd October, we're playing at The Inn Crowd, at Apex Corner, With all the scooter aficionados.
Then on the 3rd - Sunday afternoon (noon until three) we're playing at Warr's in the Kings Road for the Harley Davidson dealer's 'Open House' event.
Mod? Rocker? Never mind all that, it's all about the ERA and CafE RAcers is all about era!
Hope to see you at one or both events!
It's that time of year again!
THE SURREY OAKS AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY BEERFEST APPROACHES......
Here's a picture of some typical drinkers at Ken's marvellous August Beer Festival. No wonder we love playing there.
And will the weather be good....no doubt about it. Come along and enjoy the fine selection of great beers and hear some great music too.
We'll kick off at about 8pm.
A JOLLY JAUNT TO THE WEST COUNTRY!
Due to our strong association with The Royal Oak in Rusper, we're joining the regulars as they head West for an annual gathering (and Tug-of-War event) at The Rugglestone Inn. It's all happening this Saturday (14th August)
Situated in idyllic Widecombe in the Moor (no relation to Anne) it promises to be a fun weekend with great food and real ale and excellent company.
If you're in the area, do drop in - you wouldn't want to miss out on this.
Flood Devastation in Les Arcs
LES ARCS SUFFERS FROM THE DREADFUL FLASH FLOODS JUST AHEAD OF THE FETE DE MUSIQUE
For the last four years, Cafe Racers has performed at the Fete de la Musique on the 21st June, in Les Arcs.
Where we normally play, the Place Paul Simon is a site of complete devastation following the flash floods that hit the region last week (follow this link for details: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/10337433.stm).
Our thoughts go out to all who have been affected. We look forward to seeing our many friends there, soon.
May 2010_ Smoking really is bad for you!
ISLANDIC VOLCANO SMOKE DISCRUPTS CAFE RACERS FRENCH MINI-TOUR.
After the fantastic gig at the Red Cow with Jo Burt on the 1st April it seemed, at least for the next couple of weeks, that we were the April fools!
First, on the 14th we played a support set for the Jo Burt Experience at the Bull's Head in Barnes. Our set went fine but soon after JBX took to the stage, Jo collapsed and had to be rushed off to hospital - I'm pleased to say he's out, now.
Then, the next day, we were due to fly out to Nice, for two gigs that weekend: one at the Jas de Robert in Grimaud and one at Le Chiwas in Les Arcs. Unfortunately, that's exactly when the unpronounceable Icelandic volcano decided to spew all sorts of ash, dust and smoke into the atmosphere causing all flights to be grounded. There was nothing we could do except play the Cancelled-Gig Blues and bizarrely, sit in the English countryside in bright sunshine with a completely blue sky overhead. Smoke, what smoke?
Towards the end of the month we played at two, new Noth London venues: the Director's Arms in Borehamwood and The Inn Crowd at Apex Corner. Both gigs were enthusiastically received and return dates for both have been offered. Check the Gigs page for details (to be posted, soon).
April 2010_ Note change of venue for 17th
CAFE RACERS GIG ON 17TH APRIL CHANGED FROM CHEZ CARLOS TO LE CHIWAS - JUST A STONE'S THROW AWAY!
On Saturday 17th April, we're moving our gig down the road to Le Chiwas nightclub, in the Hotel Aurelia in Les Arcs.
See gigs page for further information.
We'll be back at Chez Carlos later in the year.
March '10 update
IT'S BEEN A FUNNY COUPLE OF MONTHS......
We've really enjoyed the last few gigs.....from playing with Jo Burt at the Red Cow in Richmond (another one of those coming up, on 1st April) to supporting the Jo Burt Experience at the Bull's Head in Barnes (and another one of those coming up, on 14th April - can you see a trend developing?!).
We also stood in for our friends, The Blues Trinity in February, at the Portland Arms in St Albans. Their guitarist had injured a limb so they asked us to dep. At one point we thought we'd adopt disguises (see pic) and really pretend to be them but good sense won over and we played as Cafe Racers!
Last weekend saw the band at the Halfway House in Barnes - one of our favourite venues - especially for drummer Doogy has adopted the pub as his local!
So we're all looking forward to a great party, playing with Bohemian Jo Burt at the Red Cow on 1st April - it's after midday (.......actually about 9 hours after midday) so no need to worry about April Fool jokes!
Cafe Racers and Jo Burt, together, at the Red Cow
CAFE RACERS AND JO BURT WILL BE ON STAGE TOGETHER THIS SATURDAY AT THE RED COW, RICHMOND.
Following a rip-roaring success at the Red Cow on New Year's Eve, Jo with Cafe-Racers are reprising their stella performance on Saturday, again at the Red Cow.
It's going to be a fantastic evening!
Change to next SundayRocks gig at the Turk's Head
8TH NOVEMBER MOVED TO15TH NOVEMBER: INSTEAD.
Lucky old (well young) Dan!
Anchors Away at the Hurlingham Yacht Club
CAFE RACERS PLAY A STORMIN' SET AT THE YACHT CLUB
There was a great atmosphere at the Hurlingham Yacht Club near Putney where we played last Saturday night. The audience was really up for a good time and the combination of a setting overlooking the Thames and a barmy summer's evening, generated a brilliant vibe.
In addition to a fantastic set from Dom and Tony with Doogy on drums, we were joined by some fantastic guest singers.
Annie Winter electrified the audience with her vocal to Sensitive Kind and Can't Stand the Rain, as did John Hogg on Going Down and Too Hard to Handle.
Thanks to both: hopefully we'll get them along to some future gigs.
Check out some snaps of the evening on our 'Photos' page
Cafe Racers on French mini-tour
CAFE RACERS HEAD DOWN TO THE SOUTH OF FRANCE AT THE END OF THE WEEK FOR THREE BACK-TO-BACK GIGS.
Friday evening (19th) we'll be playing outside at the fabulous Jas de Robert in Grimaud; Saturday evening we'll be playing as a duo at Stephane's restaurant: L'Olivade on the RN6 at Le Luc and Sunday evening the band will be playing outside Sebastien's Restaurant La Terrace, in Les Arcs sur Argens, as part of the Fete de la Musique. It'll be a blast! Come along if you're in the area. Check out the 'On the Road' page for details.
Wow! What a weekend!
Firstly, we'd like to thank Jacquie and Tony for putting us up (and / or putting up with us) and without whom, our forays down to the South of France would be immeasurably more difficult.
Friday night at Le Jas de Robert was fantastic. A beautiful evening and every table at the restaurant was reserved. And what a cosmopolitan audience. Great to see Guy and his lovely wife from Bruges again. Plus an enthusiastic Dutch party, including the irrepressible Nelle! Plus scores of local and not-so-local French diners.
A special mention for Micheline et Bernard, celebrating their 59th wedding anniversary (I won't make the old joke that 59 years is more than you get for murder, but....). Anyway, it obviously suits them as they were up, strutting their stuff and putting one or two of the youngsters to shame.
We played for about three and a half hours before my voice finally gave out and we had to bring things to a halt, in order for me to sit down and have some medicine (otherwise known as pastis).
We're booked into Le Jas de Robert again for 16th october....do come along if you're anywhere nearby it really is just a fabulous venue (details on our 'On the Road' page).
After a late start we took it easy on Saturday and in the eveing, Tony and I played at L'Olivade restaurant in Le Luc. Stephane, the owner, treated us to an absolutely fantastic meal - the best I've had in a long time. (Who says musicians are always treated badly?!)
Again, we played for another three and a half hour stint, but miraculously my voice held up rather better.
Sunday started slowly again and fortunately, the huge electrical storms in the night completely subsided leaving yet another beautiful, hot sunny day. What well behaved weather they have down there!. In the evening we played on a stage outside Sebastian & Celine's restaurant: La Terrace.
It was kind of a wild night,with regular stage invasions by the formidable Melanie plus another gorgeous blond women who didn't introduce herself. Melanie's friend: Duncan the Mooner lived up to his reputation, too.....frequently. Hey ho. Photo's will be posted on the Gallery page in the next few days, but may need censoring first....or maybe not!
Cafe Racers at the S'Oaks May Beer Festival
CAFE RACERS WILL ONCE AGAIN BE PUTTING THE R&B IN 'BEER FESTIVAL' (ALTHOUGH NOT NECESSARILY IN THAT ORDER!)
The Surrey Oaks May Beer Festival is simply unmissable - a fantastic choice of great beers, a wonderful pub, fabulous weather (speaking as an optimist) and on Saturday night (23rd)) Cafe Racers are there, playing al fresco, to really get the festival going from 8:00 in the evening.
So come along and enjoy some fantastic rhythm & blues and great ales on the 23rd May.
Brian the drummer shows amazing ingenuity!
WHO NEEDS DRUMSTICKS WHEN THERE'S BAMBOO AROUND?
Brian, who drums when we play down in Deal, stepped in to dep at our recent gig at the White Hart in Ardingly. The only problem was that he left all his sticks in Deal!.
Not one to be easily phased by the situation, he went out into the pub garden and came back with a bamboo cane, which he promptly fashioned into two drumsticks.....using only his teeth!
They lasted the whole gig and now he's thinking of using them permanently! (And he's now dating Chi Chi, who's unexpectedly pregnant)
Reacting to the sensational news of her unexpected pregnancy, Chi Chi said "Brian leaves me cold. He used to come over here, demand the bear necessities and then shoot off to a gig." "Honestly, nobody could be more surprised than me to find myself pregnant. He's an excellent drummer, but using the rhythm method was a really stupid choice"
An unnamed spokesman for the Natural History Museum added: "I'll say this is unexpected, Chi Chi has been dead and displayed in a glass case since 1972"
Asked for his reaction to the fact that Chi Chi has been stuffed since 1972, Brian (or Bri Bri, as he now wishes to be known) rakishly lifted one eyebrow, smiled that charming smile of his and added just one word....."regularly" he said.
Friday the 13th!!!!
JO BURT TALKS ABOUT THIS FRIDAY'S GIG (CAFE RACERS ARE SUPPORT ACT TO THE JO BURT EXPERIENCE AT THIS EVENT).
I've just heard the fabulous and talented Jo Burt on the radio, talking about his band, his music and this friday's "Friday the 13th" gig at the ACT at Kingston University.
Jo, together some of the Jo Burt Experience: Andy, Antonia and Kathy, also perform a couple of great tracks live in the studio: 'Free' (from JBX's CD) and a new song: 'Fix Me'.
For the next few days you can hear the broadcast here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p0023v0m/Roger_Day_09_02_2009/
Jo and the others join Roger Day about 28 minutes into the programme.
Come along on Friday (Details in our 'On the Road' page). We will be second on stage after The Fretts and before the mighty Jo Burt Experience. It'll be a great night.
(Check out www.joburt.co.uk for more info on Jo and JBX.)
2009 gig diary filling up
LOTS OF FORWARD BOOKINGS FOR SOME FAVOURITE VENUES
The gig diary is starting to fill up with 4 gigs in the Deal Hoy already booked for 2009 (plus a Xmas party there on the 17th December); 3 gigs at The White Hart in Ardingly (including Boxing Day); lots of enquiries from Turks Launches for riverboat gigs and a couple of private parties too.
And it's only Mid-November!
Plus there are some other likely gigs - more support slots with the mighty Jo Burt Experience; the S'Oaks beer festival; maybe a return to the Griffin's Head in Chillenden and if we can get it together: a mini-French tour in August.
At least in all this economic doom & gloom there's something to look forward to!
Ch, ch, ch, changes.
SLIGHT CHANGE TO ARRANGEMENTS FOR TONIGHT'S GIG IN DEAL
Apparently, Deal council have had some noise complaints about bands playing on the seafront. Damn those loud bands!!
So instead we're playing inside the King's Head, from 8:00, with Brian on drums.
Thank goodness, we say: we're right behind the council on this one (but might not have been if the weather was any better!).
And no, I don't know who she is either but if you search Google Images for "Ch, ch, ch, changes", she's definitely the one you'd want to put on your website!!
Deal or no Deal
COULD THIS BE THE START OF OUR COMEBACK TOUR OF KENT...... ?
Three or four years ago, Tony & I used to gig regularly as an acoustic guitar & bass duo, at a restaurant in Deal called Alleycatz. Not so much dinner jazz as dinner R&B.....hmmm!
In fact it used to go down well with the diners and as often as not, Brian who owned the restaurant would join us towards the end of the evening on drums, once his cheffing duties were over.
Anyway, he's been back in touch and we're playing The Deal Hoy in Duke Street with him on Wednesday 30th July. Should be fun - see you there!!
Water below, water above. Thankfully none in between: let's keep it that way
RECENT GIGS HAVE HAD AN AQUATIC THEME FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER
Well, we (more than) survived our first outing on Turks launches, playing for a major birthday party for a great couple: John & Bryony, and their guests. We went down well (in the sense of being enjoyed rather than physically sinking) and everyone had a good time. The usual advice is ‘don’t rock the boat’ but sometimes there’s no alternative!
That evening was closely followed by an appearance at the fabulous Surrey Oaks Beer Festival. It’s an outdoor gig, but with the usual poor British weather, most of the bank holiday Saturday was spent wondering if the heavens would open as the evening progressed. Ken had dispensed with the “all weather stage’ (a gazebo thingy) on the basis that it might blow away in the wind, so we were left to brave the elements. Once again (we’ve been in this situation a few times, now) we managed to get right the way through the evening without getting seriously wet, or even more seriously…electrocuted, but it was touch and go for a while (getting wet, not getting electrocuted). Another great evening, but if you missed it don’t fret: there’s always the August bank holiday beer festival to look forward to, again with Café Racers playing on the Saturday night (23rd Aug.). Maybe….just maybe…… it’ll be warm & dry. It’s not that much to ask is it?!
Preparations are gathering pace now for our appearance at the Fete de Musique in the South of France. We’ve dusted off the passports, booked the ferry and have started drinking pastis, eating cassoulet and wearing berets in training for the task ahead of us. Oh, and we’ve put together a cracking set list for the night. At least in Provence we should be assured of decent weather for playing outdoors on the 21st. Our good friend Doogy has stepped in to play drums for us as Rudy has other commitments………we’re really looking forward to it and hope to see some of you there!
Cafe Racers at the Surrey Oaks May Beer Festival
CAFE RACERS BOOKED FOR THE MAY BEER FESTIVAL AT THE SURREY OAKS, NEWDIGATE
The Surrey Oaks May Beer Festival is simply unmissable - a fantastic choice of great beers, a wonderful pub, fabulous weather (speaking as an optimist) and on Saturday night (24th) Cafe Racers are there, playing al fresco, to really get the festival going from 8:00 in the evening.
So come along and enjoy some fantastic rhythm & blues and great ales on the 24th May. And don't forget there's a brilliant curry house opposite the pub if you get peckish.
See the link below for more information about the festival, and check out our 'on the road' page for details & a map
Cafe Racers to deliver ' l'entente amicable '
CAFE RACERS ASKED TO PLAY AGAIN AT THIS YEAR'S FETE DE LA MUSIQUE DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND
We've played at the fete de la musique in Les Arcs sur Argens twice before - 2006 & 2007 - always on 21st June.
Apparently 'Les Rosbeef's' were received so well last year that we've been asked to play again this year.
This is excellent news - any excuse to enjoy the great weather, food, wine in the South of France. And the audiences there are wonderful: they really show their appreciation of the music.
Cafe Racers takes to the water
TURKS LAUNCHES, RUNNING RIVER BOAT TRIPS ON THE THAMES HAVE ESTABLISHED CAFE RACERS AS THEIR BAND OF CHOICE FOR R&B
Cafe Racers has its first booking for a private party on a Turks riverboat. It's a spot-on gig as, back in the heady days of the early 70's our very first public gig was on a riverboat. I still recall grabbing the metal handrail to steady myself while playing and getting an electric shock through my guitar. Actually it wasn't that serious - more of an electric surprise rather than shock. Even so, maybe I should play in rubber gloves next Wednesday! See the Link below for Turks, to see how you can book a private party on a Thames riverboat (with us playing, of course!)
What some fans will do.......
AUSTRALIAN FAN TRAVELS 11,000 MILES TO SEE CAFE RACERS IN NORFOLK
What amazing loyalty. We are alerted to the news that an Ozzie fan is travelling all the way from Sydney to Burnham Thorpe in Norfolk just to see the band play, this coming Thursday. Hopefully she'll bring her blues didgeridoo & get up & jam with us.
We're playing at the Lord Nelson - a lovely pub in this tiny but historically significant village: for here it was that the young Horatio first entered the world. Not in the pub, obviously......
It's always a fun night at the Nelson so come along, have a pint or two of Wherry or Abbott and enjoy some scorching rhythm & blues.
Alright........ the Ozzie fan is actually my sister, but that doesn't detract from the effort she's putting in to see us. Or at least it wouldn't if she wasn't going to be in North Norfolk anyway that day!! Still, should be a great gig in any case. See you there.
Forget the London Carnival - come along to see Cafe Racers at the Surrey Oaks Beer Festival
The Surrey Oaks August Beer Festival is something you don't want to miss and this year all the elements are there for a fantastic event. The weather has turned, just in time to remind us that we can have a summer in England in August. The choice of beers is staggeringly (!) good and on Saturday night (25th) Cafe Racers are there, playing al fresco, to really get the festival going from 8:00 in the evening.
So forget the London Carnival - the crowds; the jerk chicken that's burnt outside and raw inside; the watery Red Stripe and the endless reggae and come and enjoy some fantastic rhythm & blues and great ales this Saturday evening. And don't forget there's a brilliant curry house opposite the pub if you get peckish.
I knew I'd seen him before, somewhere!
THANKS TO THE GIG AT THE BEEHIVE BEING CANCELLED, TONY HAS HAD TIME TO MOONLIGHT BY APPEARING IN THE SIMPSONS!
It was a shame about The Beehive - we took a call in the week before the gig, cancelling it. Apparently they'd had complaints from residential neighbours about the level of noise & been visited by the environmental people. All live music was cancelled with immediate effect, and our gig was an early casualty. That's life, move on. We'll be playing in the Hemel area soon, most probably at the Oddfellows Arms - keep an eye on the 'On the Road' page for an announcement & details, soon.
Latest News - 21st May
Following last week's hot news, we've had a flurry of emails to firstname.lastname@example.org from visitors to the site. Helpfully, there have been suggestions of numbers we could incorporate into the act, to accompany the flame-throwing routine (see news item, below). These include: Light My Fire by the Doors; Jet by Wings; Disco Inferno by the Trammps; Can't Sit Down by the Dovells and best of all: Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash!
Okay, okay enough of our adolescent humour and on to the important news!
On Thursday, we're playing at The Hurtwood Polo Club, near Ewhurst - see the gigs page for details & a map. It's a fantastic venue - the clubhouse is a wonderful converted barn, and it's sure to be a great evening - come along & say hello.
Latest News - 13th May
No need for a drum stool this week as Rudy will be standing up to play. He forgot the golden rule - 'never throw away a match having passed wind after drinking 1/2 litre of fine, home-made pastis'. Mon Dieu! What was he thinking of? Has the boy never heard of roasted chestnuts? Less inflamatory news this week: we're in the rehearsal studio working on yet more great tunes to include in our stage act. Also, we're working on a new Gallery page: assembling lots of shots of the band etc. from present & past....and believe me, when I say past I mean: past-it! We've got archive shots going back to the mid-70's.
SESSIONS IN STUDIO [6TH MARCH 2007]
We have spent three all-night sessions in the studio laying down some blues tracks for a project by some students: Anjeli & two others, all studying music production & studio engineering at the acclaimed SAE Institute in London. We get a free recording session; Anjeli & co get closer to graduating. Now that the individual instrument & vocal tracks are laid down, it's down to Anjeli's & her colleagues mixing and mastering skills. We are eager to hear the results & will post some MP3's on the site as soon as we have them.
SOME QUICK NEWS [SAT 20TH JAN 07]
Hi, Just a quick update on what's going on in 2007. We are currently re-constructing our website www.cafe-racers.co.uk to freshen it up and to also add our French connection information. Our gig diary is now available and you can expect some great new arrangements we have been working on recently geared towards giving you the audience a good night out, Whether you decide to dance or sit it out, we guarantee you won't be able to stop those feet tapping away. New Toys include: a lightweight PA system for keeping in France and a new fretless rockbase made by Warwick. I have been impressed with this instrument, considering it was only £300 (no extra charge for being left handed) from the Bass Cellar in Denmark Street, it has a great tone range and seems as well constructed as my German built Warwick Basses at 6 times the price. Clever these Chinese. That's it for now, Tony C. ps The jack socket fell off the guitar last night, at rehearsal! Shoddy workmanship I say.
Who are we ?
Café Racers are: Dominic: lead guitar and vocals, Tony: bass guitar and Rudy or Doogy standing in on drums depending on venue location to make up the power trio. The partnership of Dominic and Tony goes back over 3 decades, having originally been involved in the 70s and 80s rock & beat scene. More recently they've contributed to the revival of 'old-school' R&B playing their unique interpretation of many standards and classics along with original material.
Café Racers are at their best keeping music live, performing energy charged gigs in bars, pubs, clubs, & festivals. The band is renowned as a 'power trio' providing an adaptable repertoire to suit all occasions - even 'unplugged' for restaurants. The band is based in England but also performs regularly at established venues in the South of France courtesy of the French Connection: Rudy, who comes with a very impressive portfolio.
Heed the beat! Come and experience 'Energy-charged Rhythm and Blues' at one of our listed gigs. Whether you come to listen or to dance, you won't be disappointed.