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 it’s writer RAY DORSET, prestigious Sony / ATV and Ivor Novello awards.
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, FREE.
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, THE GRATEFUL DEAD. 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, a hard rocking Ray Dorset composition much influenced by his rock-a-billy connections. Lady Rose, became the third Mungo single, only failing to make the No.1 spot because a track on the maxi-single, Have A Whiff On Me, was banned by the BBC because of its drug connotations and had to be re-pressed at the request of the director of public prosecutions.
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 Lets Get Started.
1980 saw Ray back at No.1, when Scottish singer Kelly Marie hit the top spot with his composition Feels Like I’m In Love. During the 80s, Ray turned his talents towards writing the music for two popular television shows; Paul Daniels’ Wizbit, and Thames Television’s serial Prospects.
No history of Mungo Jerry would be complete without mention of the project in which, Ray invited rock legends, Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac and Vincent Crane of Atomic Rooster to a jam at his home studio, which resulted in the Katmandu album, A Case For The Blues.
In 1995 Shaggy topped both U.S. and U.K. charts with a reggae version of In The Summertime, sampling Ray’s vocal and guitar, so this iconic song has now hit the top spot in every major territory in the world.
Mungo Jerry’s live stage performances continue to thrill audiences at blues, jazz and rock festivals throughout the world, and this year, it’s our turn! See you there!
More from Mungo Jerry on www.mungojerry.com
Facebook Mungo @mungojerryofficial
A sharp-dressed, high-octane experience, that has to be seen to be believed!
Skata Tones’ fusion of ska, reggae, rock and good times has been lighting up stages all over the South West. A well-received debut appearance at Beautiful Days festival confirms that this is a band with serious momentum.
Skata Tones have supported The Beat, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Dub Pistols, Dreadzone, BackBeat Soundsystem, Mad Dog Mcrea, Tankus The Henge, The Undercover Hippy, Regime, Shoot The Moon, The Skints and many more.
Skata Tones is a band in the ascendancy so catch them in their North Devon homeland while you still can. Check out the video below from the Scatas’ new single Live Your Life Up, with over 10,000 views the Scatas are “Totally Stoked!”. So are we, gents! Looking forward to welcoming you to our stage in August!
Look out for the latest Skata Tones EP, Live Your Life Up, available now on CD at live shows and via the usual digital outlets.
The Tuesday Syndicate have exploded on the scene with energetic and passionate songwriting craft. The band has been compared to leading UK artists Passenger and Ed Sheeran with a dash of Ben Harper and a healthy side of the Mumfords!
The Tuesday Syndicate began life in the remote village of Woolacombe. Through a shared passion for surfing and outdoor coastal life, The Tuesday Syndicate began entertaining the staff and customers at a local bar when the surfing was not up to muster.
By September 2014 they had released their debut EP What it’s Worth, a collection of songs showcasing a sound soaked in beach life and oceanside sing-alongs. The EP received overwhelmingly positive reviews; BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq Show described the band as ‘like Jake Bugg but with a full band and a lot more attitude.’
With a keen eye on songwriting, The Tuesday Syndicate have drawn comparisons with a number of British paragons, from Passenger to Ed Sheeran, further boosted by a melodic pop-rock sensibility akin to Ben Harper, John Butler Trio and Mumford & Sons. The boys have tapped into a sound with wide appeal that remains tied to their Devon roots. Anthemic tunes, depicting intimate and reflective moments.
Additionally, the band have begun to expand their sonic palette under the expert guidance of producer Joe Kearns (Adele, Kasabian, Florence & the Machine, Ellie Goulding), whilst still maintaining their talent for finely penned pop material.
The Tuesday Syndicate have already garnered big stage experience in their three years, joining Bastille and Xavier Rudd in the line up at Gold Coast Ocean Fest, and performing at the Isle of Wight festival on the bill with Biffy Clyro, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Kings of Leon. Most recently they played to a packed-out Shepherds Bush Empire, comfortably filling the larger capacity space their music is destined for.
With upcoming London dates at The Borderline and numerous festivals soon to come, The Tuesday Syndicate are fast becoming a north Devon attraction, much like their home town of Woolacombe!
Little is known about Big Al and his Strawberries, except that they’re wild, juicy and most definitely in season throughout the summer!
We say that, however there is much talk in the mystical hamlet of Great Torrington, where the mighty Cromwell was defeated back in 1646, and descendants of those same Cavaliers still remember this victory today!
It is thought that Big Al was once the King of all Torrington and his armies where mighty, but secretive and his voice was renowned to be the loudest noise south of Bridgewater. After much Pagan incantations, our druids are now confident that The Wild Strawberries will manifest on the stage this year!!
Expect classic covers, country and a few rude tunes – they have been known to walk the line, but never made to tow it!
Female-fronted rock band, Head Over Feet deliver a punchy set from a diverse range of artists, including The Killers, AC/DC, Pink and Skunk Anansie!
Head Over Feet came together in 2014 with four stunning, experienced musicians, sharing a desire to play great songs that people love dancing to! What’s not to love?!
With a big sound they’ve honed over their many gigs and festivals, HOF deliver a varied set ranging from smooth pop to heavy rock and all places in between!
Facebook Head Over Feet at @Headoverfeetband
Bucolic folk has a psychedelic head-fit – Pink Floyd meets Richard Thompson!
From East Belfast, the FOS Brothers are Dave and Sam McCrory and create a unique soundscape of acoustic music heavily influenced by their Irish roots. They have been performing for over 15 years, the last ten of which they have been regulars at Glastonbury on the Croissant Neuf stage.
Their intriguing set list combines classics by rock legends such as Tom Waits along with their own numbers. Show of Hands’ Steve Knightley describes their music as a ‘stirring fusion of original and traditional songs, on hypnotic acoustic guitars to 21st century dance grooves’.
Dave and Sam’s music is deeply atmospheric, conjuring up dark, country roads under moonlit skies from laid-back re-workings of traditional Irish ballads.
Two CD’s are available Without Reason and Off The Boat, and new release Clear Again out now.
More on www.fosbrothers.com
The Raggamuffins are a 4 piece Jamaican Ska 2tone band from the Southwest, guaranteed to get you up and skanking all night long!
The Raggamuffins, fronted by the charismatic and totally bonkers Steve Thorne, play classics from the likes of The Specials, The Selecter, and Toots and the Maytals plus adding a whole load of their own ska-driven tracks.
Having headlined a number of festivals across the southwest, The Raggamuffins’ pumping sounds and lively performance totally dominates any stage with funky Jamaican Ska and never fails to have the crowd on its feet and up the front!
An original act not to be missed!