Repertoire

We have a very extensive repertoire covering most well-known Sixties plus a selection of Fifties artists. So far we’ve performed a total of 152 different numbers by 68 artists to live audiences. The list continues to grow; we make a point of asking for requests when we take bookings and we enjoy playing so much that we have regular weeks of daily practice in our constant search for new inspiration.

To give you an impression of the diversity and size of our repertoire and our thinking behind the arrangements, here is an alphabetical list with notes of our most performed numbers:

– Albatross (Fleetwood Mac 1968) : in this wonderful Peter Green instrumental we use the dobro to play the famous 2-guitar solo  [ Listen to it on our sidebar playlist ]
– All Shook Up (Elvis Presley 1957) : a guitar part with an acoustic feel, vocal harmonies in the verses, together with a driving bass and tight percussion make this a popular number with our audiences  [ Listen to it on our sidebar playlist ]
– All You Need Is Love (The Beatles 1967) : using the bass to play the Marseillaise intro and the harmonica to play the guitar solo, this rhythmically interesting number just about sums up the mood of the late Sixties
– And I Love Her (The Beatles 1964) : a memorable early Beatles tune where we use the bass to play the typical Harrison guitar solo
– Apache (The Shadows 1960) : probably our most popular guitar instrumental, performed with two acoustic guitars of course plus some solid foot percussion [ Listen to it on our sidebar playlist ]
– Baby It’s You (The Beatles 1963) : originally by The Shirelles in 1961 and covered by The Beatles on their first album, we love the vibe of this number, where we’ve added some touches of vocal harmony, with the bass taking the melody guitar solo  [ Listen to it on our sidebar playlist ]
– Black Slacks (Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones 1957) : an uptempo two-part vocal harmony rock & roll classic that goes down well on the dance floor
– Blue Suede Shoes (Elvis Presley 1956) : we stick closer to the Carl Perkins original in our version, with a walking bass and the harmonica taking the guitar solos
– Blueberry Hill (Fats Domino 1956) : in this timeless classic the bass takes the piano left hand and the harmonica takes the saxophone fills in the bridge
– Bus Stop (The Hollies 1966) : performed many times in different incarnations, with either the ukulele or the mandolin playing the signature theme
– Cecilia (Simon & Garfunkel 1970) : our version follows the classic vocal harmonies, but adds harmonica and ukulele to the theme tune  [ Listen to it on our sidebar playlist ]
– Come Together (The Beatles 1969) : one of our more recent additions which seems to fit in well with the current mood of the times, featuring our rendition of the classic McCartney bass part and a harmonica solo taking the guitar/keyboard part  [ Listen to it on our sidebar playlist ]
– Dance On (The Shadows 1962) : another instrumental classic performed with two acoustic guitars and some solid foot percussion  [ Listen to it on our sidebar playlist ]
– Daydream (The Lovin’ Spoonful 1966) : one of our favourite numbers which finds its way onto just about every playlist; we’ve added a touch of vocal harmony and arranged it for the ukulele  [ Watch it on our YouTube channel ]
– Dedicated Follower Of Fashion (The Kinks 1966) : we’re great admirers of Ray Davies’ songwriting skills and we’ve arranged this one with some harmonica and a bass solo  [ Listen to it on our sidebar playlist ]
– Dock Of The Bay (Otis Redding 1968) : inspired by Tommy Emmanuel and JD Simo’s rendition, we use the dobro to accompany this one, with vocal harmony and a dobro whistle tune outro providing our own touch
– Don’t Be Cruel (Elvis Presley 1956) : with a walking bass and the backing vocals beefed-up a bit with a harmoniser, we try to provide a touch of authenticity to this Elvis classic
– Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right (Bob Dylan 1963) : another one of our big favourites to perform, with vocal harmonies and the mandolin to give this number a folky and bouncy feel  [ Watch it on our YouTube channel ]
– Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby (Carl Perkins 1957, The Beatles 1964) : we’ve given this number a bluegrass feel by adding a mandolin accompaniment and solo, harmonica and some tight vocal harmonies
– FBI (The Shadows 1961) : an entertaining and highly recognisable guitar instrumental performed on two acoustic guitars and some driving percussion
– Feelin’ Groovy (Simon & Garfunkel 1966) : we play this early S&G hit with the ukulele to give it that folky and uncomplicated feel  [ Listen to it on our sidebar playlist ]
– Ferry ‘Cross The Mersey (Gerry & The Pacemakers 1964) : a nice relaxing and haunting tune with the harmonica playing the iconic theme and the bass following the original closely
– Girl (The Beatles 1965) : we’ve arranged this gorgeous tune for the mandolin and love trying to get as close as we can to the feel of the Beatles harmonies  [ Listen to it on our sidebar playlist ]
– Groovin’ (The Rascals 1967) : we use the ukulele and the harmonica to capture the haunting melodies that form the basis for this song
– Guitar Boogie (Arthur Smith 1945) : in this instrumental we use elements from the many versions that exist to make our own acoustic version of this energetic classic
– Happy Together (The Turtles 1967) : in this indeed cheerful tune we use the ukulele and a touch of harmony vocals to give it our acoustic duo feel
– Hello Mary Lou (Ricky Nelson 1961) : a proper singalong this one, where we use the ukulele and the classic chorus harmony to give it bounce and authenticity
– Here Comes The Sun (The Beatles 1969) : always appropriate to play during sunny outdoor gigs, we’ve replaced the original 12-string guitar part with a mandolin arrangement  [ Listen to it on our sidebar playlist ]
– Hey Baby (Bruce Channel 1962) : one of our most popular numbers, with the harmonica playing the signature tune and a driving bass part and backing vocals in the bridge  [ Listen to it on our sidebar playlist ]
– Honey Don’t (The Beatles 1964, Carl Perkins 1956) : a popular set starter with the bass and the harmonica taking the part of the guitar solo  [ Listen to it on our sidebar playlist ]
– Honky Tonk Women (The Rolling Stones 1969) : relatively new on our set list, we’ve arranged this singalong classic for the dobro as we think the twangy nature of its sound suits this number well
– I Could Easily Fall (Cliff Richard 1964) : another one of our uke arrangements with a few spots of vocal harmony
I’ll Be Back (The Beatles 1964) : we love the classic Beatles harmonies in this number and feel it suits the acoustic guitar, bass and foot percussion that we have at our disposal
– I’m A Believer (The Monkees 1966) : in this catchy tune the harmonica takes the part of the organ and the bass takes the organ solo
– In My Life (The Beatles 1965) : we’ve arranged this one for the mandolin as we feel it suits the signature riff and George Martin baroque style solo
– It Doesn’t Matter Anymore (Buddy Holly 1958) : the ukulele takes a mix of the guitar and strings part that form the accompaniment to the original
– It’s All Over Now (The Rolling Stones 1964) : a powerful Stones classic performed with guitar, bass and harmonica  [ Listen to it on our sidebar playlist ]
– Lazy Sunday (The Small Faces 1968) : our interpretation of this number uses the dobro to take the keyboard part
– Leaving On A Jet Plane (Peter, Paul and Mary 1967) : this John Denver composition was a No. 1 hit for Peter, Paul and Mary and we’ve used their wonderful harmonies as the basis for our bass and guitar arrangement
– Let’s Twist Again (Chubby Checker 1961) : we play this classic as a dance floor request number
– Little Red Rooster (Howlin’ Wolf 1961, Rolling Stones 1964) : a popular classic blues standard using the dobro and the harmonica, which finds its way onto practically every set list  [ Watch it on our YouTube channel ]
– Living Doll (Cliff Richard 1959) : the guitar and percussion are complemented by the ukulele to play the guitar solo and create a catchy accompaniment
– Love In Vain (Robert Johnson 1936, Rolling Stones 1969) : our interpretation of this blues classic uses the mandolin to provide a fresh accompaniment and play one of the solos, the other taken by the harmonica  [ Listen to it on our sidebar playlist ]
– Love Is All Around (The Troggs 1968) : another mandolin number, with a couple of harmony verses inspired by Wet Wet Wet’s version to provide variety and interest
– Lucille (The Everly Brothers 1957) : a great rock & roller with its haunting harmonies, driving bass run and harmonica solo
– Man Of Mystery (The Shadows 1960) : another fantastic mid-tempo Shadows tune supported by some great chord progressions
– Marrakesh Express (Crosby, Stills & Nash 1969) : we use the ukulele to recreate the bounce and groove of this tune from a more relaxed era
– Mother’s Little Helper (The Rolling Stones 1966) : in our version the dobro plays the riff originally performed by  Brian Jones on a 12-string slide guitar
– Mr. Tambourine Man (Bob Dylan, The Byrds 1965) : our version leans more towards the Byrds interpretation, with the vocal harmonies in the chorus and the mandolin taking the part of the signature 12-string guitar
– Mrs. Robinson (Simon & Garfunkel 1968) : for this classic we stick as closely as we can to the original vocal harmonies, whilst adding the uke to create a soundscape that fits our acoustic approach  [ Listen to it on our sidebar playlist ]
– My Girl (Otis Redding, Temptations 1964, Rolling Stones 1967) : our version is a mix of influences from all these famous recordings, with vocal harmonies and the bass playing the signature riff  [ Listen to it on our sidebar playlist ]
– Need Your Love So Bad (Fleetwood Mac 1968) : a blues original from the fifties, we use Peter Green’s unforgettable version as the basis for our rendition, where the dobro takes the signature solo
– Nine Times Out Of Ten (Cliff Richard 1960) : we’ve turned this Cliff rocker into a vocal harmony mover and shaker, complete with punchy bass line and ditto percussion
– No Reply (The Beatles 1964) : such an enjoyable number to play with the bass riding its catchy shuffle rhythm, together with the typical Beatles chord structure and harmonies
– Norwegian Wood (The Beatles 1965) : we use the dobro to play the part of the sitar in this Lennon composition
– Not Fade Away (Buddy Holly 1957, Rolling Stones 1964) : in our version of this classic Nigel gets to play two harmonicas, which makes this the only number where he doesn’t have to play another instrument at the same time
– Off The Hook (The Rolling Stones 1964) : in our version the dobro plays the punchy guitar riff at the root of the song, with a spot of vocal harmony and a harmonica solo completing the palette
– Old Friends / Bookends (Simon & Garfunkel 1968) : although not performed very often due to its lack of percussion, we do love this song, as apart from its beautiful harmonies it is personally meaningful to us, having been friends and fellow musicians now for 38 years
– One After 909 (The Beatles 1969) : a very early John Lennon song from 1957, this number first reached the wider public during the 1969 rooftop concert; our version is often used as a gigstarter and follows the original quite closely, with the addition of the harmonica taking the part of the guitar solo and a different bass line in the bridge  [ Watch it on our YouTube channel ]
– Paint It Black (The Rolling Stones 1966) : this one is played at virtually every gig due to its popularity and instantly recognisable signature riff, which we perform with the dobro
– Peggy Sue (Buddy Holly 1957) : in a move away from the heavy drum roll, for which we lack the required number of hands and drums, we’ve put the ukulele up front to emphasise the signature rapid chord moves
– Penny Lane (The Beatles 1967) : we love this tune with its haunting melody and its signature McCartney bass line, and we’ve added a vocal intermezzo where the trumpet solo would have been  [ Listen to it on our sidebar playlist ]
– Revolution (The Beatles 1968) : in this unusually heavy Beatles number we use the dobro to play the guitar part
– Running On Faith (Eric Clapton 1988) : even though this number is out of era, it still sounds like it should be from the sixties, and Clapton sets such a fine example of how to play the dobro in open G that we had to include it in our repertoire
– She’s Not You (Elvis Presley 1962) : performed with two guitars to allow for the signature guitar solo, this early Presley easy listening classic is popular with our audiences
– Shindig (The Shadows 1963) : seldom missing from our set list, this instrumental has been on our repertoire for as long as we can remember  [ Listen to it on our sidebar playlist ]
– Sleepwalk (Santo & Johnny 1959, The Shadows 1961) : a lovely slow instrumental which puts in an appearance on appropriate occasions; our rendition features two acoustic guitars and a melody that’s a cross between the different versions  [ Listen to it on our sidebar playlist ]
– Stand By Me (Ben E. King / The Drifters 1961) : probably the most recognisable bass intro of all starts off this soulful classic with gospel roots, and the theme continues with two haunting harmonica solos  [ Listen to it on our sidebar playlist ]
– Sunny Afternoon (The Kinks 1966) : another Ray Davies number that we absolutely love playing with its signature run-down riff, taken by the bass in our version  [ Listen to it on our sidebar playlist ]
– That’ll Be The Day (Buddy Holly 1957) : in this wonderful classic by the late great Buddy Holly, we have the ukulele share the accompaniment and perform the various solos  [ Listen to it on our sidebar playlist ]
– The Mighty Quinn (Bob Dylan 1967, Manfred Mann 1968) : another one where we felt the ukulele would fit, as does a harmonica to play the riffs in between the verses
– The Wanderer (Dion & The Belmonts 1962) : a number famously covered by Status Quo in 1984, we stick closer to the original with its doo-wop backing vocals, but have the dobro replacing the guitar and the harmonica taking the solo
– The Young Ones (Cliff Richard 1962) : we use two guitars to perform this one, so we can get the Hank Marvin solo and licks that form an integral part of this song
– Those Were The Days (Mary Hopkin 1968) : originally a Russian folk song by Boris Fomin who was never able to enjoy its global success, we use the mandolin to bring back the original balalaika feel in this very popular tune  [ Listen to it on our sidebar playlist ]
– Travellin’ Light (Cliff Richard 1959) : another one where we use two guitars to make it possible to play the very tasteful Hank Marvin solo that he performed in one of their live versions
– Twenty Flight Rock (Eddie Cochran 1956) : this energetic rock & roll classic always goes down well with the dance floor audience, as does the story that it was this song that got Paul McCartney into The Beatles; in our version the bass plays the guitar riff and the harmonica takes the solo, with a spot of harmony in the chorus  [ Listen to it on our sidebar playlist ]
– Under My Thumb (The Rolling Stones 1966) : with the bass taking the part of the marimba played by Brian Jones in the original and the harmonica providing various fills, our version of this innovative Stones classic always goes down well with our audiences, as can be heard on the recording  [ Listen to it on our sidebar playlist ]
– Uptown (Roy Orbison 1960) : with the harmonica, backing vocal replies and a bluesy bass line we considered this number worthy of recording in our recent studio session  [ Watch it on our YouTube channel ]
– Wake Up Little Susie (The Everly Brothers 1957) : instantly recognisable as one of the greatest Everly’s hits, our bass, guitar and harmony vocal rendition follows the original pretty closely  [ Listen to it on our sidebar playlist ]
– Walk Don’t Run (The Ventures 1960) : our popular acoustic version of this hit by the American guitar group features two acoustic guitars and some energetic percussion  [ Watch it on our YouTube channel ]
– Walkin’ Blues (Robert Johnson 1936, Eric Clapton 1992) : another classic blues for the dobro that we thoroughly enjoy playing live on stage  [ Listen to it on our sidebar playlist ]
– Waterloo Sunset (The Kinks 1967) : listening to this song instantly transports you to Waterloo station on the banks of the Thames; we use the bass to play the signature guitar riff in the intro and the outro  [ Listen to it on our sidebar playlist ]
– When I’m Sixty-Four (The Beatles 1967) : a great singalong this one, where we use the bass to play clarinet parts in the intro, outro and fills
– When The Girl In Your Arms (Cliff Richard 1961) : one of the few slow waltz rhythms in our repertoire, and performed just for that purpose when it is called for, with a little ukulele part to give our acoustic flavour
– When Will I Be Loved (The Everly Brothers 1960) : starting off as it means to go on with the bass and the harmonica playing the intro riff, this lovely little harmony number moves with energy and conviction
– While My Guitar Gently Weeps (The Beatles 1968) : we’ve turned this one into a ukulele instrumental, inspired by Jake Shimabukuro’s YouTube hit version
– With A Little Help From My Friends (The Beatles 1967) : another one that seems to fit the mood of the times, we try to keep this authentic with McCartney’s great bass line and a touch of harmony  [ Listen to it on our sidebar playlist ]
– Wonderful Land (The Shadows 1962) : a great melody forms the basis for this guitar instrumental, which was No. 1 in the charts for 8 weeks at the time
– You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (The Beatles 1965) : an attempt by John Lennon to write a song in Dylan style, we perform this one with the mandolin to give it the folky feel it deserves

In addition to this considerable list, there are still some 45 numbers performed that were one-off requests or only occasionally played for themed performances, plus another 13 Christmas numbers that only get an airing during the appropriate season. Our next performance will have a Rolling Stones theme, so we’ll consider adding another 10 or so to the list if we feel they’re longer term keepers. Thanks for taking a look (and hopefully a listen).