North Eastern Swing comes to Ropery Hall

Rob Heron and The Tea Pad Orchestra bring their own brand of “North Eastern Swing” to Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall in early December.

Playing a mix of Western Swing, Blues, Gypsy,  Jazz and Country the band  travels thousands of miles a year earning a sizeable fan base not only in this country but also Europe and beyond.

“The Tea Pad sound draws on myriad influences – from Bob Wills to Django Reinhardt, George Jones to Cab Calloway – yet ultimately sounds like nobody else, that North Eastern Swing style that’s utterly their own and changing all the time,” explained Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.

“They live and breathe this music and want you to get immersed with them,” she went on.

The Tea Pad are five years into a remarkable story that began with four friends studying folk and traditional music at Newcastle University and now a six strong band they play clubs and dancehalls and festivals the breadth of the British Isles and into mainland Europe (there was even a brief trip to India last year) while still based on Tyneside.

With three albums now under their belt the band is constantly adding new flavours to their sound.

“Their style is more eclectic than most, influenced by early 20th century American music, with the addition of “razor-sharp” solos, great arrangements and original songs; their music harks back to a golden age whilst staying perfectly modern,” Liz went on.

The band has played festivals like Glastonbury, Bestival, Wilderness and Towersey Folk Festival and appeared twice on Radio 4’s Loose Ends, and had their music played by everyone from Marc Riley to Huey Morgan.

“I think anyone who buys tickets will agree that the best way to experience Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra is at a live show!” Liz said.

Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra will be on stage on Saturday, December 9, starting at 8pm.  Tickets to see them cost £12 in advance or £14 on the door.  Advance tickets can be bought online at www.roperyhall.co.uk in person from The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.

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