Sixties classics in an acoustic setting

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We’re THE TICKETS, a multi-instrumental and multi-tasking acoustic duo consisting of Dave Hardy on vocals, guitar and some rather unique
foot percussion, and Nigel Hubée combining his vocals with bass, mandolin, dobro, ukulele, guitar and harmonicas. Our joint musical history started when we first performed as The Tickets rock ‘n roll band at a house party nearly 39 years ago. Our next project will be to expand this page with more photos and anecdotes.

In our current duo setup, we love arranging and performing Sixties (and occasionally Fifties) classics on acoustic instruments and there are so many memorable tunes from this wonderful era of creativity that even our 100+ repertoire still has room for expansion.

Since the first coronavirus outbreak over a year ago now, live performances have more or less ceased to exist, so we’ve moved all our activity online by expanding the attic of our practice location into a fully equipped recording studio, where we continue to perform and share our music with local audiences and beyond on our YouTube channel

The weekly updated selection of recordings below starts with the most recent “video of the week”, followed by a rotating pick from our 2021 weekly videos. The complete list of our videos is conveniently presented on our recordings page, so you can enjoy our music without leaving our website. Happy listening!

VIDEO OF THE WEEK (11-04-2021)

Our arrangement of this 1965 John Lennon composition uses the mandolin to create a “Tickets” feel to the 12-string guitar sounds from the original

A SELECTION OF OUR OTHER 2021 RECORDINGS

We’ve arranged Buddy Holly’s first global hit for the ukulele, with Nigel alternating between rock ‘n roll licks and fingerpicking style

Our version of this 1966 Rolling Stones hit has Nigel playing the original Brian Jones marimba part on the bass, adding some harmonica and vocal harmony parts, while Dave gives it his lead vocal treatment and foot percussion groove

We’ve converted this Peter Green dual guitar tune to the dobro, with a combination of slide and fretted notes on adjacent strings to create the impression that there’s more than one solo being played

We love Ray Davies’ compositions, and this one is always an audience favourite, with our version featuring a bass solo, some carefully placed harmonica riffs and a chorus with a high singalong component

We’ve arranged this 1969 George Harrison tune for the mandolin, as we think its unique double stringed sound fits the vibe of the multiple instruments on the original Beatles recording on the Abbey Road album

Our most performed number and usually our gig or set finisher is a bit of a multi-tasking tour de force with five instruments being played simultaneously by just the two of us throughout the song

Instrumentals are an integral part of our repertoire, and this one is known for being the theme tune for the BBC radio programme Sound of the 60s for 34 years

We do also still have a large collection of live performance audio alongside this page (or below if you’re on a vertical screen), recorded on a simple stereo digital recorder positioned between us on stage, as seen on the photo below from our first public duo performance in 2017.

These recordings were normally only used as a personal quality control tool, but in their simplicity of “take of the day”, together with the ambience of audience and venue sounds from pre-corona days, we thought they’d still be fun to listen to. Using headphones or earpods will give you the full sense of being in the audience when The Tickets are playing live on stage. We love the vibe of performing for live audiences, and we look forward to the time when that will be possible again without the current concerns and restrictions. In the meantime you can see what our audiences thought in reviews.