Tonight at our pad, a happy hotchpotch and showy throwback to a more innocent age (wasn’t it?) are yours to re-discover. The blokes that make up the quintet are from Newcastle GB and it features Rob Heron on guitar & vocals, Ben Fitzgerald on guitar, Tom Cronin on mandolin & harmonica, Colin Nicholson on the accordion, Ted Harbot on contrabass and Paul Archibald on drums. Performed with charm and a generous portion of showbizzing, their style is vintage Americana but also relating to gypsy Django Reinhardt’s «Quintette du Hot Club du France», Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys and dipping into Scott Joplin rags, Cajun by The Wild Tippatili Brothers plus swing and rockabilly. The material shuffles and boogies with verve and flamboyance for some of the best time to be had on the planet. Going down smooth like a two-fisted slug of whiskey and bourbon, poured by these amazing musicians.
Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra have released four albums, including the 2019 «Soul Of My City». The songs are about debauchery, disaster, dept, and drink, all the things that make life worth living. The pieces are comfortably sitting in the ’50s and some showcase a rhetorical Q & A between Bob and the Band, a customary element from that time. Rob also sings about «chipolatas» and «10-inch pizzas» but there are some biting lyrics about the state of affairs in his hometown. The title song «Let’s go back in Time» sets it all up, others are «There’s a Hole (where my pocket used to be)», «Une Bouteille de Beaujolais» and on the track «Like a Cuckoo» you can hear some Southside Johnny-like use of horns. Oh, and if you need to know: Tea Pad is old-fashioned slang for hashish bar; a place where to smoke marijuana.
Live at El Lokal, smoking hot Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra, Newcastle’s finest swing-honkytonk-rockabilly band.