Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra

Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra don’t care what genre you choose to put them in – western swing, country blues, ragtime hokum or whatever else– as long as you understand that they’re 100% sincere and 100% immersed in this stuff. This is no lazy pastiche, no dressing up box. They live and breathe this music and want you to get immersed with them.

Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra are many years into a remarkable story that began with four friends studying folk and traditional music at Newcastle University and now sees them playing 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). Based on Tyneside but with members hailing from Orkney to Warwickshire, 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.

Across the three wonderful albums – 2012’s ‘Money Isn’t Everything, 2014’s ‘Talk About The Weather‘ and now the new ‘Something Blue‘– the band have constantly added new flavours to their sound: Heron in particular is a vinyl obsessive, always fired up about some new passion – calypso or boogaloo or whatever this week brings – and that eclecticism feeds into their songs, with the new album adding gospel and rockabilly to the Tea Pad palette.

The band tour the way bands should – widely and endlessly – winning friends and fans at each new show. They played 150+ shows in 2015, including well-received performances at festivals like Glastonbury, Bestival, Wilderness and Towersey Folk Festival. They’ve appeared twice on Radio 4’s Loose Ends, and had their music played by everyone from Marc Riley to Huey Morgan.

Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra are Rob Heron (vocals and guitar), Ben Fitzgerald (guitar)Tom Cronin (mandolin and harmonica), Colin Nicholson (accordion) and Ted Harbot (double bass).

Web Site: www.teapadorchestra.co.uk

Tracks:

  • Bairro Alto
  • Black Is Colour
  • Cast Away
  • Danse De La Limonade
  • False False
  • Great Fire Of Byker
  • Hangover Blues
  • Hot Bath
  • Introspection
  • Killed By Love
  • Money Isn’t Everything
  • Pick Poor Robin Clean
  • Quaich Keeper’s Blues
  • Queen
  • Rich Man Now
  • Send Me Home
  • She Don’t Like The Fish
  • Steamboat Blues
  • Sunshine Lover
  • Weather Vein
  • Drinking Coffee Rag
  • Soleil
  • Junk On The Radio
  • Hey Mr Landlord
  • Small Town Blues
  • Killed By Love
  • High Speed Train
  • I’m Feelin’ Blue
  • Penny Drop Mambo
  • Don’t Kick That Oven Door
  • Drinking Coffee Rag
  • Soleil
  • Junk On The Radio
  • Small Town Blues
  • Killed By Love
  • High Speed Train
  • I’m Feelin’ Blue
  • Penny Drop Mambo
  • Don’t Kick That Oven Door
  • Honest Man Blues
  • Cats & Chickens
  • Something Blue
  • Mary Can’t Dance
  • Still Go Honky Tonkin’
  • Flat Tonic Water
  • Lost And Forgotten
  • Leftovers
  • Hundreds Of Miles
  • Stealing Gene
  • Something Blue (Reprise)
  • Devil Wears a Blue Tie
  • Let’s Go Back In Time, Man
  • There’s A Hole (Where My Pocket Used To Be)
  • Life Is A Drag
  • Une Bouteille De Beaujolais
  • Holy Moly (I’m In Love Again)
  • One Letter Away From Lonely
  • Like A Cuckoo
  • Fool Talkin’ Man
  • Soul Of My City
  • Lonely Boy In The Dole Queue
  • Double Meaning, Double Entendre