Cornwall’s premium rhythm’n’blues boogie-woogie ragtime gypsy skifflers.
Fronted by a legendary multi-talented virtuoso of boogie-woogie piano, gypsy-jazz guitar, accordion musette and avant-garde violin – the hoarse hollerin’ Mr Leigh Delamere – a Gordanos set is a four-headed street racing joyride from the Penryn bayou taking in songs made famous by Fats Domino, Dr John, Allen Toussaint, James Booker, Huey ‘Piano’ Smith, Tom Waits, Professor Longhair, Albert Ammons, Clifton Chenier, Jo Privat, Jools Holland, Jerry-Lee Lewis, Washboard Sam, Johnny Cash, Sergio Mendes, Duke Ellington, Chuck Berry, and of course the Governor of Skiffle – Lonnie Donegan.
Occasionally throwing in some original material from their long since deleted ‘Poundland Boogie’ collection, Leigh Delamere & the Gordanos also take the trouble to retro-fit some new fangled generation-X era music with a much needed injection of boogie-woogie piano, skifflegrass banjo and tarantella accordion – songs originally taken at a far more sedate pace by Bruce Springsteen, Motorhead, Kraftwerk, Radiohead, David Bowie, Fun Boy Three, Happy Mondays, Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Iggy Pop, Kate Bush, Pink Floyd, The Clash, Sex Pistols, Rolling Stones, The Sonics, The Beatles, Madness and The Pogues.
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Featured in Wed Magazine, the Gordanos have performed under various guises for many years. Leigh has toured the world tickling the ivories and pumping the bellows for “Bash Street Theatre” and “Rogue Theatre” and the band have played the infamous Glastonbury Bandstand, Boardmasters, Masked Ball, Bath Fringe, Small World and Big Session festivals, as well as Royal Palaces and National Trust stately homes.
Leigh Delamere’s current enterprises include managing ‘The Blind Pig’ – a pop-up prohibition-era boogie woogie venue, squeezing the squeezebox for Zydeco-Cajun-Merchants ‘The Gumbo Flyers’ and radiating on the 88s for ‘Ivy Drip & the Lidettes’
The full four course ‘Gordano’ gourmet experience as described above, featuring the combined talents of:
Leigh Delamere – vocals, piano, accordion, guitar, violin, stompbox, harmonicas, washboard
Heston Frankley – banjo, vocals
Taunton Deane – bass, cornet
Norton Canes – drums
For smaller venues and more intimate occasions, Delamere & Frankley supply less volume but still supply a robust and full-bodied listening experience; whether with amplification or fully acoustic for outdoor or remote locations.
Leigh Delamere – vocals, piano, accordion, guitar, violin, stompbox, harmonicasHeston Frankley – banjo, accordion, mandolin, vocals
As a duo, we can do full sets of either:
- Vocal and piano based songs (similar repertoire to the four-piece Gordanos)
- Instrumental gypsy-jazz, musette, klezmer and folk tunes – including Django Reinhardt, Yann Tiersen, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Oscar Aleman and Les Freres Ferret
…or of course any combination of the above!
Leigh Delamere can entertain at the piano (extra instruments by careful negotiation), with or without vocals depending on the occasion.
Here are some comments from previous bookings:
You guys were incredible! You created the most electric atmosphere, kept everyone upbeat and just nailed our two requested songs! Finding you guys was the luckiest thing that could have happened as the day just wouldn’t have been the same without you all there! Thank you, we are beyond grateful, and thank you for getting wet for us ! Everyone is raving about you, you are truly talented!
You guys were so brilliant last night- everyone last night and today kept saying how fantastic you were. You really helped make the day extra special, and thank you for keeping things going for longer than planned at the village hall pre DJ. We all had so much fun and couldn’t stop dancing. If anyone is in need of a wedding band in future, I’ll be sure to send them your way
We just wanted to say a big thank you for your performance on Saturday at our party. It certainly fitted with the ethos of the evening which was ‘something a bit different’. Everyone commented on how much they enjoyed what you did – it was brilliant and great fun.
Wedding, parties, anything. Bongo jazz a speciality.
Thank you for doing such a brilliant job at our wedding at Trevenna in September. We absolutely loved the whole weekend and your band helped make the celebrations what we hoped they would be. The band was absolutely excellent and everyone said how much they enjoyed your music and the very energetic dancing!
Just wanted to drop you a quick line to say thankyou SO much for making our wedding reception truly one to remember! Everyone had such a good time and thoroughly enjoyed themselves, so thankyou once again to you and the guys. we look forward to seeing you all soon
Many, many thanks for your fantastic performance in Fowey. You hardly need me to tell you that you were incredibly well received. I can’t remember a band performing with such energy. I have heard nothing but rave reviews from the people who were lucky enough to witness the highlight of our festival.
This sounds amazing, how would one go about booking this band?
Simply address you correspondence to email@example.com and we will get back to you with a quote.
We require a specific song for our wedding, can you accommodate our request?
Yes indeed, bespoke, to order. We will attempt any material, and have in the past been asked to upcycle songs by Led Zeppelin, Flaming Lips, Dean Martin, Andy Williams, Black Flag, Billy Bragg and even a number from ‘Bugsy Malone’. We include our own distinctive stylings and flourishes at no extra cost.
Where are you able to perform?
We are based in Falmouth, and so usually take bookings in Cornwall and Devon, however we do, on occasion, venture beyond the West Country – state your case in writing and we will provide a quote.
Can you perform outdoors?
Indeed we can. We would recommend an acoustic performance – with various vocals, accordion, banjo and percussion. Ideal for woodlands and pastures. (For a fully amplified performance, we would require some electricity and cover from the elements)
Can you play some music at my actual wedding ceremony?
Certainly. We have plenty of experience of this, you will be in safe hands. We will behave with appropriate decorum and provide the right music at the right time – whether it is ‘Air on the G string’ played on acoustic guitar, a piano led singalong of ‘I’m a believer’, or a wistful accordion tune from ‘Amelie’, we can soundtrack that special moment with style.
Can you entertain for our whole wedding day?
Yes, we will do a ‘wedding special’ deal in which we will lay on discrete background acoustic tunes during the day as necessary, followed by two full party sets later on.
How long are your sets?
A ‘standard’ booking would typically be 2 sets of around 50 minutes each, but we can provide a lot more if required – although as you will appreciate when you experience the high energy of our performance, we do ask for regular breaks to recuperate.
I’m not sure I want a full band, can you perform solo or as a duo?
Leigh Delamere will be happy to perform solo on piano (either with or without vocals) for a more intimate and quiet experience, or as a duo with Heston Frankley on the banjo for a more folksy atmosphere.
Are you in any way connected with or endorsed by the Motorway services of the same name?
No. We have, whilst passing on our many travels, attempted to squeeze a free coffee out of them in return for our improvement of their brand, but to no avail.
Being something of a boffin as well as a musician, Leigh Delamere has designed and built his own pop-up-upright piano. Often imitated, but never matched, this construction has withstood the close scrutiny of many bitter rival pianists, and utilises the latest digital modelling technology combined with classic ham-fisted British amateur DIY plywood work.
After years of touring with the Gordanos, as well as with Rogue Theatre and the Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, this much-loved piece of rock’n’roll furniture certainly looks the part – adding to the sense of occasion even before a note is played.