The song most associated with MUNGO
JERRY is the global hit IN THE SUMMERTIME, it sold over six
million copies worldwide in the first six months of release and
that total is now estimated to be over a staggering thirty
million units, and it is now officially recognised as the most
played summer song of all time. Winning for itself and its
writer RAY DORSET, prestigious Sony / ATV and Ivor Novello
In describing the music of MUNGO JERRY as pure
pop would be an insult to the varying styles of rock, blues,
boogie and skiffle that has graced the stages of concerts and
festivals which have seen MUNGO JERRY sharing and indeed at
times topping the bill with the likes of JIMI HENDRIX, ELTON
JOHN, ROD STEWART & THE FACES, GENESIS, STATUS QUO, CANNED HEAT,
Just after the single's release, the band turned
in a breathtaking performance at the Hollywood Music Festival,
near Newcastle Under-Lyme with acts including BLACK SABBATH,
TRAFFIC, JOSE FELICIANO and making their first UK appearance,
Soon after, the music
press screamed their approval with headlines of - MUNGOMANIA!
and MUNGO JERRY FEVER!
The long awaited
follow-up to 'In the SUMMERTIME' was 'BABY JUMP', which also
made No 1, it was a Hard rocking Ray Dorset composition much
influenced by his Rock a Billy connections, then another of his
compositions, Lady Rose, became the third Mungo maxi single and
made No 3 in the charts, only failing to make the No 1 spot
because of the fact that a track on the maxi, "Have A Whiff On
Me", Was banned by the BBC because of it's drug connotations,
and had to be re-pressed at the request of the Director of
1973 saw one of MUNGO
JERRY's biggest hits, 'ALRIGHT ALRIGHT ALRIGHT' race up the
charts to No.3 with the follow-up WILD LOVE charting and LONG
LEGGED WOMAN DRESSED IN BLACK' continuing the hit making
sequence along with songs like 'HELLO NADINE' , 'IT'S A SECRET'.
FORGOTTEN LAND and LET'S GET STARTED etc.
1980 saw RAY DORSET back
at No.1, when Scottish singer KELLY MARIE hit the top spot with
his composition Feels Like I'm In Love.
During the 80's, Ray
Dorset turned his talents towards writing the music for two
popular television shows -PAUL DANIELS children's TV show,
'WIZBIT', and the Thames comedy/drama serial, 'PROSPECTS'.
No history of MUNGO JERRY
would be complete without mention of the project in which, Ray
invited rock legends, PETER GREEN, formerly of FLEETWOOD MAC and
VINCENT CRANE of ATOMICROOSTER, to a jam at his home studio
which resulted in the KATMANDU album, 'A CASE FOR THE BLUES'.
In 1995 Shaggy released a new reggae version of 'IN THE
SUMMERTIME' complete with samples of Ray's voice and guitar, it
reached number 5 in the UK singles chart, but more importantly
topped the charts in the USA, meaning that the song had now hit
the top spot in every major territory in the world.
Instead of simply resting
on his laurels and living off the success of the world's biggest
selling Summer song In The Summertime. Ray Dorset aka Mungo
Jerry has in this new millennium maintained his reputation as
the King of the Groove by releasing some of his best and
strongest work and Mungo Jerry's live stage performance has been
much acclaimed at Blues, Jazz and Rock Festivals throughout the
19-year-old Connor Selby has been a guitar and music fanatic
for as long as he can remember - first picking up the instrument
at around age 8. Since that day Connor has been honing and
developing his craft for almost the entire duration of his life.
Musically Connor takes inspiration from most of the British
players that emerged in the 1960s citing Eric Clapton as his
first and current major influence, putting particular emphasis
on his output with John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers and Cream.
Connor has also studied the guitar playing of other players such
as Paul Kossoff , Gary Moore, and of course, BB King, Albert
King and Freddie King. Although blues based guitar music has
been the most prominent style in terms of Connor's listening
throughout the years his musical taste extends much further and
deeper than just the Blues. Connor's listening also includes a
variety of Folk, Soul, R and B, Gospel and Country and Western
including the music of Ray Charles, Donny Hathaway, Nick Drake
and many others. Connor describes these artists in particular as
having a huge impact on the way he listens to and thinks about
Connor has been busy gigging with his band and is
due to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, next
year but has recently been offered a recording contract with 3Ms
Music and is scheduled to record a debut album in France in
July. As a result of this is currently considering his future
Many people know Gary Grainger as the British
Blues Award winning host of The Blues Show on BishopFM
Even more people confuse him with the Gary Grainger who played
guitar with Rod Stewart (no, he isn’t that Gary Grainger)
But Gary’s interest in
blues goes back a long way, influenced by radio shows of Alexis
Korner & Mike Raven. Gary’s current acoustic set includes a
mixture of traditional & modern blues tunes and also includes
songs not so much from left field, rather from the West Coast –
of the USA. Gary features songs by bands such as Little Feat,
Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers - & ZZ Top!
Support slots include Guy
Tortora, Chantel McGregor, Big Boy Bloater, Kirsten Thien & Eric
Bell & Bill Haley & The Comets – really!.
In 2012, Gary headlined
the Acoustic Stage at Durham Blues Festival when he played
guitar for Jo Harman at the start of an exciting year for Jo.
Since then Gary has
played multiple sets at many UK festivals: Durham & Cleethorpes,
Hebden Bridge, Great British RnB Festival Colne,
and is also a sought
after and experienced MC for festivals and gigs.
Gary has 2 CDs available
– First Takes & Mistakes – a studio recording from 2012, and
Live At Brooklyn Bowl from 2016, when he opened an evening
celebrating the music of Jerry Garcia.
The Cinelli Brothers is a project born out of a
common passion for the electric Chicago and Texas blues from the
60s and 70s, when Marco (guitarist, singer and composer) and
Alessandro (drummer, backing vocalist and arranger) decided to
form an explosive team showcasing original repertoire in the
style of Chess, Stax and Motown. After a series of successful
shows around Europe (France, UK, Italy, Netherlands, Spain,
Portugal), the band decided to take things to another
level. Babe Please Set Your Alarm was recorded at the Soup
Studio in London and the full live and analog recording was
released in May 2018 on vinyl and digital format. This album
comprises original compositions as well as a few covers, such as
‘Chain of Fools’ or ‘Back Door Man’ – which stays true to Willie
Dixon’s number, as well as Prince’s ‘Kiss’, in a remarkable
shuffle rhythm. The Cinelli Brothers champion a new generation
of passionate musicians sharing in the love of Blues, Soul, R&B
and the true authentic sounds that have made the blues a
cornerstone of music history.
This magnetic bond still holds after more than 40
years of attempted escapes and still loved for their total
in-yer-face originality, the contrast between the dead pan
humour of Barrett and mad onstage antics of Otway are hilarious
to watch. John’s lyrical genius and Willy’s outstanding
musicianship (he seems to play almost every stringed instrument
known to man, plus a few hybrids of his own making!) Ever keen
to add a new dimension to the show, Willy has a new addition to
his array of instruments. Beware the Moose Homp!
Willy’s interest in
making instruments began when he commandeered two guitars made
by his dad in 1965. One from an old guitar neck and a scaffold
plank which became affectionally known as the Les Dawson, and
the other branded the Mk1 Schitstik electric slide of similar
pedigree. These instruments were used on many of the early
tracks, including Really Free and Racing Cars) Was the Last
Straw Tour of 2017 to be the end? Willy’s remark “this will be
the last time that many of you will see us together again” was
often hastily misinterpreted as the final throw of the dice, but
the reason given “it’s not us packing up, it’s you lot dying
off, you know who you are!” is often overlooked by eager
scribes. And so the rumours abound.
For any Otway/Barrett virgins out there who don’t know what to
expect, be prepared for everything from bare-chested theremin
playing to wah wah wheelie bin as the duo jump from one hit and
40 near misses to another: An amazing and irreverent
performance by two master entertainers.