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. This year we’ll be celebrating the 40th anniversary of our first joint live performance at a house party. Photos of the event can be seen on our soon to be expanded history page.

Like many other musicians and performers during the past two years, we’re in the process of emerging from the lockdowns and restrictions that largely prevented us from performing to our local live audiences. There are reviews and reports on events that did still go ahead on our live performances page and on our Facebook posts, as well as announcements on up and coming public gigs.

We didn’t let the measures prevent us from playing! In November 2020 we converted the attic of our practice location into a fully equipped recording studio, from where we’ve since published 29 videos, which have been enjoyed by many from across the globe on our rapidly growing YouTube channel

Below is our latest YouTube video, followed by a selection of our most watched, liked and commented on recordings for each of the instruments we play. Let us know what you think, we’d love to hear from you! The complete annotated list of our videos is also conveniently presented on our recordings page, so you can enjoy our music without leaving our website. Happy listening!


OUR MOST RECENT YOUTUBE UPLOAD

This classic Stones composition and Chris Farlowe hit is our first 2022 recording, the year in which we celebrate the 40th anniversary of our musical partnership!

OUR MOST POPULAR YOUTUBE RECORDINGS SO FAR

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, which 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 – watch it alternate between rock ‘n roll licks and solos to 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 adding a few extra Tickets riffs

We hope you’ve enjoyed listening to us so far! Alongside this page (or below if you’re on a vertical screen), you’ll find some of our other popular or fast growing videos to complete the picture.

We’d love to see you at one of our live performances!