Recordings

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Let’s start with the weekly recordings from our 2021 attic studio, which we’ve set up in response to the continuing lockdown measures that are preventing us from performing to live audiences. We do love the vibe of performing to live audiences, and we look forward to the time when that will be possible again without all the current restrictions. In the meantime we’re performing on our videos in the same way we would on stage, with all instruments and vocals performed live as if there were an audience present. 

OUR 2021 RECORDINGS

Many of the Sixties artists we love and admire were inspired by The Everly Brothers’ gold standard harmonies, so this Phil Everly song just had to find its way onto our repertoire, with the addition of a more prominent bass line and a harmonica solo

Possibly one of the most recognisable guitar instrumentals ever recorded, and a prelude to the great explosion of musical creativity that was already brewing in that summer of 1960

Our version of this popular double platinum Elvis hit takes inspiration from a mix of the original with the live unplugged vocal harmony version as performed by Cliff & The Shadows

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

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 most of the song

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

We love his Kinks tune with its iconic opening riff and laid back feel, perfectly suited for some real life lazing on a sunny afternoon

We’ve converted this Peter Green dual guitar number to the dobro to create the impression that there’s more than one solo being played

Our version of this 1966 Stones number 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

Harmony vocals, a dose of bluegrass mandolin and some bluesy harmonica bends are the basis for our version of this Carl Perkins classic

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 version of Cecilia has the uke playing the guitar part as performed by Paul Simon, with a couple of added harmonica verses

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

Instrumentals are an integral 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

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

Rock ‘n Roll was a great inspiration for many Sixties bands, as you will see it is for us too with this Eddie Cochran classic that a young Paul McCartney first impressed John Lennon with

Our version of this atmospheric Otis Redding hit features a dobro accompaniment plus outro solo and is spiced up with some signature Tickets vocal harmonies

This catchy tune with the uke taking the iconic guitar solo was the first of our 2021 weekly recordings

CHRISTMAS REPERTOIRE

Having set up and extensively trialled the audio and the video in our new attic studio over October and November, we were just about ready to publish the two Christmas numbers below in time for the festive season

A timeless tune with a classic Shaky bounce, which we hope we’ve captured with our duo setup

The very first of our attic studio recordings to go public, played with the intent we’d built up during rehearsals for our cancelled Christmas live performance

BUILDING OUR OWN STUDIO

The re-closure of restaurants and other public venues in October 2020 lead to a focus on recording our repertoire so we could continue to play and share our performances online. This is something we’d long been planning to do, but never had time to because of our performance schedule. We felt a home studio would be the best fit, as our time would then be our own and with only two of us involved, we would be less likely to be affected by social distancing rules. The technical side of our studio was gradually built up over the course of the month, with the first stage of positioning ourselves and our instruments shown below.


SOFA LOUNGE STUDIO

Little did we know that the coronavirus pandemic was just around the corner, when on the 11th of February 2020 we booked into the Sofa Lounge Studio in The Hague, to convert the live stage experience of 50+ recent gigs into some quality recordings. We set up as we would for a live performance and played six of our favourite numbers as they were recorded and filmed. The results are shown below the Facebook announcement in the order in which they were recorded:

We often use this Beatles rooftop classic as our gigstarter, with the harmonica replacing the original guitar solo and a punchy walking bass line added to the bridge

This Lovin’ Spoonful number is one of our favourite uke arrangements, with a harmonica part and harmony vocals giving it our own style

A bit of blues often calls for the dobro and the harmonica, as is the case with this Howlin’ Wolf classic that is more widely known in the Rolling Stones version

Guitar instrumentals are always popular with our audiences and this Ventures tune finds its way into most of our playlists

Back to the bass for a bit of early Roy Orbison which – as often – features some bluesy harmonica parts

Finally some folk with mandolin cross-picking, harmonica and vocal harmonies to create our version of this Bob Dylan classic