As THE TICKETS acoustic duo we’ve built up a loyal local audience who enjoy watching and listening to us perform at in- and outdoor community events, sports clubs, party venues, church halls, open air stages, bars and restaurants, beach clubs, libraries, film theatres and even the occasional living room party. Read on below if you want to see how we’ve fared over the last few years and how we’re dealing with the challenges posed by the current pandemic by publishing weekly recordings from our home studio on our YouTube channel.
(5 March 2021) High time for some Rolling Stones! Our version of Under My Thumb, with its classic Sixties rocker lyrics, sees the bass taking the original marimba theme riff, with vocal harmonies and a harmonica part added.
(25 February 2021) We considered George Harrison’s birthday a good time to publish this Carl Perkins classic, as his version on the final track of the Beatles For Sale album is probably more widely known than the original. Our version is a mix of the original rockabilly with added harmony vocals, bluegrass mandolin and a bluesy harmonica part, creating a typical Tickets feel.
(18 February 2021) A love song seemed a suitable choice following the Valentine’s Day weekend, so we picked this wonderful Burt Bacharach tune, which was first recorded by The Shirelles in 1961 and covered by The Beatles for their first album in 1963. We hope you enjoy our 2021 version!
(11 February 2021) Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel’s wonderful harmonies still ring in the ears of those who lived through the era, and hopefully also resonates with those who were introduced to it later. We’ve stuck to the vocal harmony structure of this song, but added our own flavour with a uke and harmonica part. Have a great week!
(4 February 2021) Surely The Kinks have to be up there with the greats of the Sixties, and we feel this memorable Ray Davies tune just sums up the mood of the era. As usual, we’ve enjoyed adding our own touch to the arrangement with Nigel performing a bass solo and a few harmonica fills, and Dave giving his own character to the lead vocals, together with his metronomic foot percussion.
(28 January 2021) No Sixties repertoire would be complete without its fair share of instrumentals, and their recognisable melodies tend to be very popular with our audiences. As you might expect, we enjoy arranging them for and performing them on acoustic guitars, which throws up a whole range of challenges with regard to strings, neck, playing position, etc. We hope you agree we’ve done this 1963 Shadows hit justice, as it was the signature tune for the BBC radio programme Sounds of the 60s for 34 years!
(21 January 2021) Back to the Sixties this week with our version of this great George Harrison song from 1969. We’ve converted the original guitar melody to the mandolin as we like the vibe the doubled strings give to this tune. As a Sixties duo we are of course huge Beatles fans and we definitely have more of their great music in the pipeline!
(14 January 2021) This week’s offering is a classic fifties rock ‘n roll with a few Tickets instrument re-arrangements to keep things moving. This repertoire used to be the staple of our electric band rockin’ days and we still love playing these numbers as part of our acoustic setup.
(5 January 2021) And as promised the next video is out there! Featuring a different instrument of course, swapping as we do on stage. This time it’s the dobro providing a slide accompaniment and outro solo to this soulful 1968 hit by Otis Redding, who had sadly died in a plane crash the previous month at the tender age of 26. We’ve given it our own touch with the bluesy slide sound and some vocal harmony, and of course the unmistakable groove of our unique foot percussion.
(1 January 2021) A very happy and hopefully much improved New Year to you all! We just published the first of our weekly recordings from our Sixties repertoire, starting as we mean to go on in 2021. Enjoy!
(December 2020) We’re still not expecting any live playing under the ever tightening Covid restrictions, so we’ve continued in our home studio, recording as much of our repertoire as we can in these gigless times and sharing it with you on our YouTube channel. Below are the first results just in time for Christmas. Due to the latest lockdown your Christmas may not have been quite as rocking or as merry as the songs suggests, but hopefully you’ll still enjoy listening to these numbers as much as we enjoyed recording them.
(October 2020) The latest measures, involving the re-closure of restaurants and other public venues, have moved us into focusing on recording our repertoire so we can share it with you online. This is something we’ve long been planning to do, but have never had time to because of our performance schedule. We felt a home studio would be the answer, as our time is then our own and we would be less likely to be affected by social distancing rules. The technical side of our studio is now mostly in place, though it may take a couple of weeks before we’ve tried out all the variables and decided on the optimum process for good results. The most difficult decision may possibly be which one of our 100+ numbers to start with.
(September 2020) The temporary relaxation following last spring’s lockdown allowed our wiped agenda to regain some entries with private events as well as public performances at our favourite local bars and restaurants. We kicked off with a highly successful Saturday evening at Hudson Voorschoten on Saturday 4 July, followed by a couple of outdoor performances at local tennis clubs.
Our most recent Stones-themed gig at Hudson Voorschoten on Saturday 19 September saw a lot of our regulars attend, plus a good selection of new audience, all keeping to the re-emergence of tighter restrictions.
Have a listen to our live performance of It’s All Over Now to an enthusiastic audience in Leiden last January
or watch this compilation from our February studio recordings
GREAT TO BE BACK PERFORMING!
(July 2020) A good time was had by all on Saturday July 4th as we finally found ourselves back on stage playing to a full but safely distanced audience. This little ditty is always popular with our fans, as you will see from the response we get. We’ve replaced the original guitar solo with a uke solo to give the number The Tickets treatment with a more acoustic feel.
(March 2020) Below the final additions to our YouTube channel from the February Sofa Lounge recordings. We’re now in the process of equipping our own home recording studio, so expect more additions to our channel as soon as we’ve set our studio up and are happy with the outcome.
(February 2020) A memorable day at the excellent Sofa Lounge studio in The Hague, recording and videoing six of our favourite live numbers:
SHORT IMPRESSIONS FROM SOME OF OUR PUBLIC PERFORMANCES:
(January 2020) What a great audience we had at Leidse Lente on the 26th of January! We were treated to a huge response, with the resulting encores adding an extra 30 minutes to an already packed set list, making a total of 35 numbers performed over 2.5 hours of solid fun.
(January 2020) A great start to 2020 with another full house at Hudson Voorschoten. This time we managed to put together a little montage from phone video that was taken during our performance. Some of our regular fans even managed to find a space for dancing!
(December 2019) What a weekend to complete our Christmas performances for 2019! Played four sets throughout Saturday afternoon in an outdoor tent as part of a day full of festive music and events in Voorschoten town centre, plus a great Sunday gig in Eetcafé de Poppekast. Although we felt some regret at having to park our popular Christmas numbers for another year, we did get to perform most of them at least six times over the past two weeks. Here’s another video clip for those who would like it to go on a bit longer… and a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!
(December 2019) Couldn’t have come up with a more appropriate moment for long-time fan and supporter Murielle to film us during our Christmas themed performance at Hudson Voorschoten on the 7th of December. Thanks also to our 100+ audience for joining in with such enthusiasm – we love it when our audiences share their enjoyment and appreciation with us!
(November 2019) A fantastic second evening in Hudson on the 12th of November, with 130 reservations filling just about every available table. As promised, we performed 20 Beatle numbers this time, plus another 30 out of our regular repertoire. Know any other bands who routinely play 50+ numbers in a single gig?
A big thank you to Afra, who not only came to see us again with a crowd of fans, but also took the trouble to share this photo and video with us.
(October 2019) The first of our monthly spots at restaurant Hudson Voorschoten saw us playing to a capacity audience on Saturday 12 October. Next one coming up on 9 November where we’ll be putting in lots of variety for those who want to come and enjoy a second evening with The Tickets.
Great review from Peter J. Visser’s Leiden music blog MuziekGezien
Cultuurmarkt/Weekend van Voorschoten
On Saturday the 14th of September The Tickets were invited to be the main act on stage 1 during the annual Voorschoten cultural festival. The audience showed their appreciation by occupying every available seat on restaurant Hudson’s terrace directly opposite the stage as well as by booking seven new dates in our agenda. Thanks to everyone who treated us to such a warm and enthusiastic reception and to Hudson for their enthusiastic response!
Thor de Bataaf on June 23rd
A six set gig to provide ongoing musical entertainment during the finals of this tennis tournament. We can just about fit ourselves plus all our instruments and equipment onto the provided 2×2 stage.
Herring party on June 15th
Delicious celebration of the arrival of the first 2019 catch…
Brasserie OCK on June 9th
Another outdoor performance to a fully occupied terrace – less hot than last weekend but just as enjoyable.
Café Rooie Cor on Sunday 5 May
This traditional Dutch bar, overlooking part of the Wassenaar marina, had us booked for one of their regular Sunday live music sessions. We entertained a nice mixture of expat and local guests with our acoustic versions of Sixties classics.
Cultuurcafé Noordwijk – Sunday 3 February
It was an extremely Sunny Afternoon in Noordwijk, which fortunately didn’t stop the public from coming to enjoy our 75 minute set on this nicely laid out stage. Great atmosphere, great acoustics and most importantly a great audience made this a memorable gig.
Sixties exhibition in Museum Voorschoten on 19 and 20 January
We closed this successful local exhibition with a weekend performance covering 19 different artists with hits covering every year from 1960-1969. Visitors could have their photo taken on one of the iconic mopeds of the era. As Nigel used to own one of these, he didn’t pass on that opportunity. Local press report below.