About

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’

News

BDL and LD 24th Feb smallerWe are working hard on capturing the poundland boogie-woogie sound in Leigh’s garage at the moment, but we will be venturing out of the lay-by for a few local gigs:

Sat 24th February – Blind Pig Boogie at Falmouth Rugby Club – double header with Biere de Luxe – tickets here

Falmouth’s very own “Rolling Stones of Gypsy-punk”, the accordion and bouzouki wielding wildcards of bohemian rock BIERE DE LUXE will be joining forces with the town’s roughest piano-mangling skifflers LEIGH DELAMERE & THE GORDANOS for a one-off spectacular at Falmouth Rugby Club on Saturday 24th February.

Presented by BLIND PIG BOOGIE, suppliers of prohibition-era entertainment to Masked Ball and Boardmasters festivals, this night will transform the rugby club into a mystical den of mythical mayhem with music to match – organiser Leigh Delamere promises “not only the dimmest light show, shabbiest decor and the fastest piano playing in town, but two of the tallest accordionists ever heard in Cornwall and a strictly pre-war DJ policy”.

Tickets are £5 from wegottickets or £6 on the door, doors open 7.30pm.

Other gigs…

Friday 16th March – the Delamere & Frankley duo, Jacobs Ladder, Falmouth

Friday 20th April – The Rockpool, Godrevy

Sat 28th April – the Chintz, Falmouth

Sat 5th May – Old Ale House, Truro

Sunday 3rd June – Great Estate festival

Sat 4th August – The Albion, Liskeard

 

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Booking

For prices and availability please contact delamereleigh@gmail.com

Full band

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

 

 

 

Duo

For smaller venues and more intimate occasions, the Delamere & Frankley duo 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, harmonicas
  • Heston Frankley – banjo, accordion, mandolin, vocals

As a duo, we can do full sets of any combination of:

  • 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

Solo

Leigh Delamere can entertain at the piano (extra instruments by careful negotiation), with or without vocals depending on the occasion.

Testimonials

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.

 

FAQ

This sounds amazing, how would one go about booking this band?

Simply address you correspondence to delamereleigh@gmail.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.

 

 

 

 

 

The Pop-up Piano

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.

 

Weddings

Want a wedding band in Cornwall or Devon?  Want to hear some familiar songs but avoid the cheese?  Want to try to sneak some Motörhead, Clash or Black Flag tunes in without the new in-laws realising?

You have come to the right place!  We specialise in boogie-woogie, skiffle and rock’n’roll that will fill your wedding reception dancefloor and gypsy jazz, tangos, klezmer and bluegrass that will set a friendly, informal atmosphere while you enjoy a drink and a chat.   Also, being vaguely aware that we live in the 21st century, we will drag some slightly more modern tunes kicking and screaming into our old-timey world.

We can provide anything from unobtrusive instrumental background music to a transformation of your venue into a rowdy 1930’s speakeasy – to check availability and get a quote contact delamereleigh@gmail.com.  Details of the various options are below:

Leigh Delamere Solo

With the ‘pop-up-upright piano’ which looks and sounds just like the real thing, but is easily transported to otherwise piano-less venues to create a warm and relaxed atmosphere.  A huge repertoire of songs (these can be with or without vocal) including boogie-woogie, rhythm’n’blues, latin jazz as well as piano versions of alternative and rock classics.  Leigh is always happy to bring along an accordion or guitar to add even more variety – such as tunes from the ‘Amelie’ soundtrack or Django Reinhardt style gypsy-jazz.  

Delamere & Frankley – Multi-instrumental Duo

With an additional accompanist on banjo we offer a slightly more robust and full-bodied listening experience; whether with amplification or fully acoustic for outdoor or remote locations.  Between us we bring piano, banjo, accordion, guitar, violin, stompbox, harmonicas and vocals and can perform stomping upbeat sets of vocal and piano based songs (folk, skiffle, boogie-woogie etc) or instrumental background tunes (gypsy-jazz, musette, klezmer and folk).  

Leigh Delamere & the Gordanos – Four-piece Band

A boogie-woogie piano, skifflegrass banjo and tarantella accordion led joyride from the Penryn bayou taking in songs by Fats Domino, Bruce Springsteen, Dr John, Motorhead, Kraftwerk, Radiohead, Tom Waits, Professor Longhair, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Jools Holland, Jerry-Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Sergio Mendes, Duke Ellington, Chuck Berry, and Lonnie Donegan amongst others.  

Ivy Drip & the Lidettes – Four-piece Band

Ivy Drip & the Lidettes are are an upright-bass-driven freight train of prohibition era psycho boogie grunge who cover everything from the Bangles to the Queens of the Stone Age in a jump-blues and boogie style (as well as throwing in some more ‘authentic’ tunes; Big Mama Thornton, Professor Longhair).  Fronted by the force of nature that is Ms Ivy Drip, and featuring Mr Leigh Delamere at the piano, they blew crowds away at their debut appearances in 2017 (Masked Ball, Boardmasters).  facebook/ivylidettes

The Gumbo Flyers – Five-piece Cajun/Zydeco Band

“the best urban zydeco band in Europe’’ – Time Out

Infectious cajun stomps from the swamps of the Fowey River delta which never fail to impress with their hot and sweaty, high energy grooves.  A five-piece lineup featuring, sax, washboard, guitar, bass, drums and of course Mr Delamere on the accordion.  gumboflyers.co.uk

The Blind Pig – Transform your venue into a 1930’s Speakeasy!

The cultural highlight of 2017’s Masked Ball and Boardmasters festivals ‘The Blind Pig’ is a pop-up venue which is based on a U.S. prohibition-era speakeasy. Taking musical inspiration from the 1920’s-30’s – rent party gutbucket blues and boogie woogie stomps, with live music, DJs and dancers transforming a marquee into a Chicago basement with shabby decor, gold footlights, posters, plants, furniture, and of course the Delamere upright piano.  Contact Leigh for details.

 

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