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. 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 in March 2020, live performances are still largely on hold, so we’ve moved 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 regularly updated selection of recordings below starts with our currently most watched and liked videos, followed by our most recent upload that’s ready to benefit from your views, likes and comments. 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!


OUR MOST POPULAR RECORDINGS SO FAR (per instrument)

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 – this video just keeps growing and it may well be the reason you’ve come to our website to find out more

From the Stones to The Beatles, where we’ve arranged this 1969 George Harrison tune for the mandolin, as we think its unique double stringed sound fits the vibe of the instrumentation in the original recording on the Abbey Road album

This 1962 Bruce Channel hit is our most performed number and usually our gig or set finisher, with the multi-tasking maxed out with five instruments being played simultaneously by just the two of us throughout most of the song

Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac recorded this dual guitar instrumental in 1968, and has been arranged by us for the dobro, using a combination of slide and fretted notes to create the impression that there’s more than one guitar playing the lead

A little step back into the fifties, where we’ve arranged Buddy Holly’s first global hit for the ukulele, as it alternates between rock ‘n roll licks and solos and fingerpicking style in the verses

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

Recorded by The Beatles and The Shirelles, we love the early Sixties feel of this number, with Nigel taking the bass solo as well as a few extra Tickets riffs

OUR MOST RECENT VIDEO

We’re back to The Kinks with this dreamy Ray Davies composition, including a few new video edits, a bass intro and outro solo, and our usual dusting of carefully targeted harmonies to create the impression that there’s more than just the two of us playing and singing in this live take

LIVE STAGE AUDIO

We 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 performance as an acoustic duo in 2017 (our joint musical history started much earlier than that when we first performed as The Tickets rock ‘n roll band at a house party nearly 39 years ago, with photos of the event on our soon to be expanded history page).

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.