Rob Heron and his wonderful Tea Pad Orchestra head to the Arts Centre in Washington this month for what’s set to be an evening filled with countrified, bluesy, swingin’ madness – make sure you bring your dancing shoes for this one.
This is ragtime Americana at its very best but it ain’t no novelty act – Rob and the guys have hit the road in recent years and hit it hard. Their 2015 tour included more than 150 shows up and down this green and pleasant land of ours, including stops at Glastonbury and Bestival, and they released three albums between 2012 and 2016 including ‘Money Isn’t Everything’, ‘Talk About the Weather’ and ‘Something Blue’.
My personal recommendation for a starting point with these boys would be ‘Hot Bath’ from ‘Money Isn’t Everything’ (aside from how good it is musically, it really helps you to unwind just like, metaphorically, you’re having a long soak in a warm bath), ‘Flat Tonic Water’ from ‘Something Blue’ (it’s amazing just how far they can stretch an extended metaphor in this song) and ‘High Speed Train’ from ‘Talk About the Weather’ (on which you’ll find some great blues-laced harmonica playing and a real swinging beat).
Rob’s songs are good fun, the band’s musicianship is excellent, and audiences just can’t help but dance when the beat starts a-swingin’.
Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra play the Arts Centre, Washington on Saturday 9th June with doors opening at 7:30pm. Tickets, priced at £12.00 in advance, are available from artscentrewashington.co.uk where you can also find out more about what’s coming up at the venue over the coming months.