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Skamite The Golden Fleece, Chelmsford 27th May 2018

Not the first time I have seen this band and not the first time I have written about them but I had a super time on Sunday night. This gig finished off a jam packed fun weekend (every weekend seems like that now), which started off on Friday night at the KTF soul club at the Regency Ballroom in Stanford Le Hope. Always a good night out, met lots of mates, a bit of dad dancing and just a great time. If you like your soul on the older side with a bit of beat to it, then you will like it here. Thanks Danny Peach for putting that on.

On Saturday night it was to the best little club in Chelmo, down to the bowels of the Bassment to see Junior Jump and the Bottom Line, an old well polished 11 piece soul band. Nothing rare, just great music from a group who have been going for years. They only played for 45 minutes because for a change they were the support band. The main attraction was something that I didn’t think that I would ever say, Steve (interesting) Davis doing a DJ set. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I know he has a fantastic record collection and does quite a few turns out as a disc jockey but it’s normally techno and such like. What we got was a great set of 70’s classic funk tunes which took me back to Zero 6, we had tunes such as the Fatbacks “Bus Stop” War’s “Galaxy” and Lonnie Liston Smith’s “Expansions.” With the Rubbersouls DJ’s Dave Arscott and Ian Wright also pumping out the Funk, it was a fantastic night which will be remembered for a long while. Another sweaty night of Dad dancing with friends, also what a nice bloke Steve Davis is, talked to everybody and didn’t mind having his picture taken .


This all lead to the Sunday night, Skamite in the Fleece. I think that the Fleece is probably the best pub in Chelmsford, it is always packed, always has entertainment on and most importantly if you have a CAMRA card you get 20% of your ales (well under £3 a pint). Skamite were on in the beer garden and went through a set of covers from all the old Two Tone groups plus others like the Tams “Be young, be foolish, be happy.” I think that they are a fantastic live group who are the kind you would like to have at your own party, highlight of the night for me was “Night boat to Cairo.” Another great night which ended up with a silent disco. Not sure about them but everyone seemed to enjoy it. All I do know is that my knees are killing me now!


If you are about this Friday in Chelmsford Wet Dream Records are putting on a gig at the Basment, they are hosting Frankie and the Witch Fingers. This looks very good, an American psych band. I have also heard the Hannah Williams is on at the Bassment Saturday, this is one I will go to if it is on.

Duncan, May 2018



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