Happy New YEAR!By Buster on Saturday 2nd January 2010
A big thank you to all those who came to The Lodge on the 20th Nov
It was the bands last public gig of the year and despite the cold
weather and the fact that it was 'children in need night' , the bar
was probably fuller than ever. Some great singalongs and lots of respectable (and some not so respectable) dancing.
The band are already working on new songs for 2010 and
a few of these will be aired at the first Lodge gig of 2010 on
Watch this space for a STREETLIFE facebook page , updated
website , new photos and more Streetlife stuff.
Have a good one.
Here are a few Regatta pictures from 2009 courtesy of Gary
Hubbard. Thanks Gaz CLICK HERE FOR SLIDESHOW ACTION
2nd Sept updateBy Buster on Tuesday 22nd September 2009
DANCING IN THE STREET
Leigh Regatta brought sunshine ,laughter , music and beer .
Thanks to all those who came to say hello and gave the band
a cheer. They started at midday and played three sets finishing at
five.. Special thanks to Cliff for sorting it all out and to JB for pointing
out some sites of special interest on the day . Also thanks to The
Mayflower public house for an excellent stock of real ale.
A few people have promised photographs which I will add
as soon as I get them. Meanwhile here's a pic of the band on
the day courtesy of the Evening Echo which was published
on Monday 21st.
SEPTEMBER UPDATEBy Buster on Friday 18th September 2009
SEX ON LEGS........
The band played at Latchingdon Football Club on 30th August.
A lively gig it was too , probably down to the vast amounts of
alchohol that had been consumed by the revellers during the
course of the day. Lots of money was raised for Essex Air
Ambulance and Tone got called 'sex on legs' by a beautiful welsh
lady. The rest of the band think this was partly due to his new
'mullet' and also because JB wasn't around to distract her.
Either way Tone was chuffed.
As usual the band had a great night up at The Lodge on Friday 11th
Sept . Well attended as usual ,it was great to see some old friends
turn up on the night including a large percentage of 'the other'
Soul and Disco band 'Elco Jones' who came not only to support ,
but also to gaze with envy at the STREETLIFE brass section.
The band showed their appreciation by performing that well known
Elco Jones song , 'Suspicious MInds' with some unique and
difficult horn parts added . Cheers for singing along guys!
As if this wasn't enough excitement for one weekend the
band assembled at the Boatyard Restaurant in Leigh on Sea
on the Saturday night to play at a dinner dance organised
by Dreamflights, a charity that raises money to send seriously ill
and disabled children on holidays of a lifetime.
Needless to say a lot of money was raised .
STREETLIFE Trumpeteer and all round good bloke Graham
managed to get all of the Senior England football team to sign
a shirt and this was added to the auction which took place halfway through the evening and the band also auctioned themselves.
This added to the considerable amount already raised by £1800!!
The guests were fantastic dancers and the atmosphere at
The Boatyard made for a brilliant evening .
Next up for the band is a performance at Leigh Old Town Regatta
on Saturday 19th Sept. Pray for the sun and all will be good.
JULY UPDATEBy Buster on Monday 20th July 2009
The band are getting ready to go on their summer hols
so out come the shorts and the bikinis , we all agree that Cliff
looks very strange in a bikini and had best stick to his shorts.
Before they jettisoned off in their jets they had a rehearsal
in preparation for a surprise (well the band were surprised
because they didn't know about it til yesterday) gig at
Latchingdon Football Club on the 30th August in aid of Essex Air Ambulance.
Billed as a Party in The Park , everyone is welcome with
BBQ and Hog Roast a variety of stalls and stands , Bouncy Castles,Suburu car show and of course STREETLIFE.
Times and a map will be posted here as soon as someone
lets me know what they are and how to get there.
Here is a pic of Cliff off duty to wet your appetite .
NEXT PUBLIC GIG 11th sept at the lodge nr woodham Ferrers free entry , food served until 8.30 band on at 9pm. always a good night. CLICK THE link to your right below for directions.
By Buster on Monday 6th July 2009
Westcliff High School for Girls PTA ..... ROCKS!!!!
Well they did, after consuming what looked to be a very nice meal
and a number of alchoholic beverages.
All who attended were sartorially attired and even the band looked
like guests of the Queen.
Band thanks to Petra for keeping the guys fed , watered and
generally 'in the loop' and for her amazing Swiss accent which
she used to great effect when announcing the raffle and introducing
Streetlife. If you closed your eyes you could imagine yourself at
some vast ballroom in Montreaux just having won the Eurovision
CLICK HERE FOR A SAMPLE
Thanks too,to Tony Sandeman who very kindly , learnt the set and
stood in on Bass guitar whilst our own Darren holidays
in some far off exotic country. Needless to say he played with
dexterity and aplomb and managed to play all the songs in the
correct key , at the right time .....how does he do so easily that which
has taken us years to perfect?
The Guys would also like to mention the lovely Karen who joined
Streetlife onstage for an impromptu version of the dreaded
'Mustang Sally' only played after constant badgering by a large
section of the audience. It has become almost a necessary evil,
a bit like lager and white boots (sorry in joke...dont ask).
Also ...Ta very much to Georgina who put Streetlife forward for the
gig and the school caretaker who, unlike the usual jobsworths that
the band come up against , was very calm , helpful and .......heres
the rub, co operative, a rare quality amonst the 'site manager'
fraternity. Thank You.
A few pictures were taken on the night which I will upload
just as soon as I can. Meanwhile here is a pic of JB warming
up just to keep you going.
More June stuff
By Buster on Sunday 7th June 2009
The band had a great weekend . First up at The Lodge on
Friday night and then over at Stone Yacht Club in Burnham
Thanks to Jan Tindale for organising the night at Stone and
once again Happy Birthday to Roger (there's no way you're 60!)
Also the band would like to thank all their friends who came
to the Lodge on Friday especially the Halstead Posse. Happy
If anyone reading this has any pictures of either night please
send them in. Tone managed to get a couple as did Ian, but
it's tricky trying to perform and take pics at the same time.
Here's a few to be going on with.......just click the link.
Lodge and Stone Pics
By Buster on Monday 1st June 2009
Thanks to all of you who came to support the band at their first
gig in Woodham Ferrers own Oaklands Hotel on 22nd May.
A friendly venue with an audience that were 'up for it' almost
from the word 'GO' although the band weren't too sure about
the barrier between themselves and the crowd.
The band played a full set and even received some applause
from certain members of Elco Jones who turned up for a boogie
and a swing around the rather dubious looking pole to the left
of the stage area. Cheers guys.
The following evening the band played at The Helen Rollinson
Heal Cancer charity event on Blackmore village green.
Huge thanks to the Blackmore Village Events organisers.
They built the band their very own stage in proper festival styley
and Cliiff provided a bigger than usual PA which meant that
almost a thousand people could hear the band strutt their funky
stuff quite clearly even at the back .
Special guest 'Ryan' a 16 year old guitarist and singer and
Blackmore resident gave the crowd a rendition of
Jonnie B . Good , especially poignant as only days before he
had undergone surgery. Excellently done and much appreciated
by the crowd.
It was a beautiful summers evening and the music went on until midnight with most revellers staying put until the end. Thanks
also to The Bull Pub who sponsored the evening and provided
the band with some amazing grub before they played.
All in all a top night.
PIctures soon we hope.
NEXT PUBLIC GIG @ THE LOD GE ON FRIDAY 5th JUNE FREE ENTRY - SEE GIG LIST FOR DIRECTIONS!
By Buster on 15th May 2009
A couple more gigs in the book since the last update.
The first is at Stone Sailing Club in Burnham on the 6th June
, a great little venue overlooking the river with fantastic views
and a great club atmosphere. We are checking to see if this is
open to the public or club members only and will post here soon
to let you know.
Second up is a gig at Leigh on Sea's favourite restaurant -
The Boatyard . This is a charity event for Dreamflights and this
one is ticket only . Again we are attempting to find out if there are
any tix left and if so how much they cost. Watch this space.
I know Tone has advertised the Oaklands Hotel gig , set for
the 22nd May ,on his own FACEBOOK page. If you are already a
member of Facebook take a look HERE. If you're not, get Tone to
add you as a friend . He could do with a few more. :)
NEXT PUBLIC GIG 22nd May AT THE OAKLAND SOUTH WOODHAM FERRERS
By Buster on 23rd April 2009
Well...its quite important. We have had a lot of enquiries
since we updated the website and although we do say on our
homepage that we are based in ESSEX, South East of England
a lot of peeps don't seem to have registered the fact. The band
will of course play anywhere in the world, but it does cost a lot to
get ten of them in a bus with all their gear. Please note that the
distance that the band have to travel is directly reflected in the
cost. So, for them to play at a wedding in the Carribbean will
obviously cost more than a charity do at the local church hall ,
though you wouldn't have to guess too hard whereabouts they
would rather play.
Still want to book us for your wedding in an exotic far away
place. GO HERE
At last the sun has paid us a visit and hopefully its around for a while given that the band have a few outdoor gigs in the pipeline.
A few of the STREETLIFE crew , namely JB , Kev H and Tone
used to play in a band called SOUTHSIDE and on Saturday they
reformed for one night only at Trinity Football Club in Southend
as a favour to their good friend and former sax player Pete Marriot. After 25 years of marriage he decided that to celebrate the
occasion he would get the old band back together and have a blow ,
just to show his wife and family that he can still cut it. Special
thanks to Cliff for the PA and Jo Knight, the bands female
vocalist , who despite giving birth to her second baby just
6 days before, still managed to turn up and sing.
A great night filled with nostalgia (and the odd bum note...... well it had been almost 8 years!) and lots of familiar faces.
Happy 25th Pete and Deb.
Ye Olde Southside Crew post gig looking much the worse for wear
Don't forget the next public performance by STREETLIFE is at The
Oakland in Woodham Ferrers on Friday 22nd May 2009 (click on
the gig dates link on the right for directions if you need them).
2nd March update
By Buster on 6th March 2009
Alrighty then.......... The band have just announced their
appearance at Blackmore Village Festival on Saturday
23rd May. Aways a great event provided the weather
stays fine. Everyone is welcome and all monies raised go to
charities linked to the village. This is a family affair with a
real festival atmosphere. More details of timings and stuff
will be posted here and on the forum at the beginning of April.
The night before Blackmore on Friday 22nd May STREETLIFE
are playing at The Oaklands Hotel in Woodham Ferrers. This is
a first for the band so if you fancy a Friday night out come
down and support them.
BABY PICTURE ALERT!!!!!!!!!
Well I did promise a picture of Cliff and Jens new daughter
just as soon as Tone could get one so here it is ................
Evie is just a month old and will be sleeping sometime soon.
By Buster on 2nd March 2009
Not much to report for Feb. The band did play for Stuart and
Jill at Top Meadow and a very enjoyable time was had by all.
Top marks to the best man who danced from beginning to
end and to Darren the bands bassist for doubling as lighting
Jane (pictured below) sang an amazing set and big thanks to
her from the rest of the band especially so as she did it without
Lynne, the bands second female vocalist. Lynne is still unwell
and the Streetlife team wish her a speedy recovery.
A couple of new public gig announcements are pending and I
will add those just as soon as they are confirmed.
Heres a pic of just some of the guys looking exceptionally smart.
Thats all for now.
DISCO BABY BORN
BY BUSTER ON JANUARY 23RD
Jenny and Cliff have had a luverly baby girl called Evie! I'm a
bloke so don't ask me all that weight and time stuff. Suffice to
say she was a bigun' unlike her dad and wines a lot like her
mum ( I am gonna suffer for this) . Congratulations to them
both from all of the STREETLIFE team.
Of course this means that Jen won't be with us for a month
and Cliff is going to be very tired most of the time . In preparation
for a missing singer and front row babe the band have asked
(and she very kindly accepted) Jane from 'Elco Jones' to cover
for the next couple of gigs. Cliff of course will just have to soldier
on like us blokes do. (I am going for a big slap here)
For those that like pics of babies , I am certain I can persuade
Tone to take a photo and we'll post it here next update.
Other news includes the cancellation of our gig at The Lodge
on Friday 13th Feb. Jane is unavailable for this one and Jen is
obviously not going to be fighting fit . Sorry guys.
Here's a pic of Jane in action...er , well you know what I mean.
by buster on december 7TH, 2008
A BIG thank you to all those who came to see the
band at The Lodge on Friday 5th Dec. New songs included the Abba classic 'Gimme, gimme , gimme a man after midnight' and Take Thats ' Relight my Fire' . A cheese fest indeedy. You can check out a short video of the band performing 'Love Train' HERE
They also managed to play the set again in a slightly more refined form on Saturday 6th at Kelly and Toms wedding celebration. A fantastically enthusiastic wedding party helped the evening go with a bang.
Special commendations in this instance must go to both Darren and Jeff for their solo's on the night . Though it must be said that ALL of the band played especially well. Graeme must also get a medal for playing the trumpet solo in 'Let me Entertain you' TWO NIGHTS ON THE TROT, Top Banana!!
Great venue and they even had a snow machine!
Looking real fine for 2009
by buster on DEC 3rd , 2008
The band have a healthy looking diary for 2009 including a few shows lined up at The Lodge and dates for these gigs will go up just as soon as the band let me have them. LEIGH REGATTA is also in the pipeline. Always an event in the Leigh diary the regatta takes place over the weekend of Sept 20th 2009 with many bands and stages featured throughout the Old Town. Exact date and time of STREETLIFES performance will be published here in the new year.
I probably should have put this at the top of the page but the biggest news for the band in 2009 will be the birth of Cliff and Jenny's second baby. Expected in early January they have no idea of the new arrivals sex.
We will get a picture up of Mum and Baby just as soon as is practical.
STREETLIFE were great IN 2008
by buster on november 18, 2008
The band played some great gigs in 2008 including..............
a charity fundraiser for DREAMFLIGHTS an organisation that raises money to send seriously ill and disabled children on Holidays of a lifetime.Sir Cliff Richard did a talk at this one . FAB
The Licensed Vituallers Ball at Gillingham FC also to raise money for local charities. (and yes they did all drink a lot.) Special thanks to Paul from Elco Jones who stood in on keys for that one.Another stonker and local too was at Capones restaurant in
Hadleigh , Essex.
This was for the Equal People Charity who's patron is Lee Meade
of Joseph fame. He even turned up , but didn't sing even though we asked him.
i Two other musicians that the band would like to thank are Tony Sandeman and Stuart Wright who very kindly stood in on Bass
when our very own Darren was otherwise engaged during the
Well thats all for 2008. To all who read this Have a Very Merry Christmas and A Happy and successful New Year.