Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra tour across DE, NL and BE this month29-04-2016
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.
The Tea Pad are five 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. Based on Tyneside but with members hailing from the Orkneys 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 Changes 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.
They will be touring across the Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands this month!
01-05-2016: Asten (NL) @ In de Gloria
02-05-2016: Krefeld (DE) @ Kulturrampe
03-05-2016: Dordrecht (NL) @ Melkbus
04-05-2016: Hannover (DE) @ Cafe Glocksee
05-05-2016: Vlissingen (NL) @ Bevrijdingsfestival Zeeland
06-05-2016: Wilhelmshaven (DE) @ Kling Klang
07-05-2016: Hamburg (DE) @ Sound Yard
08-05-2016: Hoorn (NL) @ Het Huis Verloren
10-05-2016: Tubingen (DE) @ Blauer Saloon
11-05-2016: Deventer (NL) @ Burgerweeshuis
12-05-2016: Mannheim (DE) @ TBA
13-05-2016: Roding (DE) @ Roadhouse
14-05-2016: Furth (DE) @ New Orleans Festival
15-05-2016: Venlo (NL) @ Down By The River
16-05-2016: Enschede (NL) @ Freshtival
19-05-2016: Waardamme (BE) @ Cowboy Up
20-05-2016: Borger (NL) @ Van Slag (Roots On The Road)
21-05-2016: Eupen (BE) @ Eupen Musik Marathon
22-05-2016: Oldenzaal (NL) @ Cobblestone Club