Cornwall’s premium rhythm’n’blues boogie-woogie ragtime gypsy skifflers.
Cornwall’s premium rhythm’n’blues boogie-woogie ragtime gypsy skifflers.
Leigh Delamere & the Gordanos offer an upright-piano mangling barrelhouse banjo homage to the greats of rhythm’n’blues, garage rock, boogie woogie and ragtime in an old-timey skiffle party style.
Travelling with Professor Delamere’s famous pop-up-upright piano, they will guide you on a surreal road trip from New Orleans to Chicago via Paris and Penryn, picking up the occasional folk, gypsy, rock’n’roll or even self-penned tune along the way and shining a musty old light on it.
These vocal and multi-instrumental masters of accordion, stompbox, Maccaferri guitar, violin, cowbell, bass, washboard, and hollerin’ are seasoned veterans of the stage; Leigh has toured the world tickling the ivories and pumping the bellows for Bash Street and Rogue theatres; the band have appeared in various guises at the infamous Glastonbury Bandstand, Boardmasters, Masked Ball, Looe Music, Bath Fringe, Small World and Big Session festivals and have appeared at palaces, museums and stately homes across the country.
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Leigh Delamere’s current enterprises also 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’
“Skifflin’ the Solstice Boogie” – a ‘live in the studio’ album, recorded live with no trickery or fanciful ideas to save the public the trouble of having to leave their house or vehicle in order to experience the Delamere sound.
For those brave souls who are prepared to go to a venue to hear some live music, we will be venturing out of the lay-by for a few local gigs:
Fri 15th Feb – Hillbilly’s, Falmouth – Gaskell & Sharpe acoustic duo
Sat 16th Feb – The Albion, Liskeard – Leigh Delamere & the Gordanos
Tue 26th Feb – Hand, Falmouth – Leigh Delamere & the Gordanos
Sat 9th March – Dead Famous, Newquay – Leigh Delamere & the Gordanos
Fri 15th March – Hillbilly’s, Falmouth – Gaskell & Sharpe acoustic duo
Sat 23rd March – The Chintz, Falmouth – Julian Gaskell & his Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
Fri 19th April – Hillbilly’s, Falmouth – Gaskell & Sharpe acoustic duo
Sat 20th April – Shipwrights, Helford – Gaskell & Sharpe acoustic duo
Sat 27th April – Porthleven Food Festival (afternoon) – Gaskell & Sharpe acoustic duo Sat 27th April – Out of the Blue, Porthleven (evening) – Leigh Delamere & the Gordanos
Fri 17th May – Toast Falmouth – the return of the BLIND PIG!! The 1930’s speakeasy vibe in the comfort of your own local. Live piano music, special guests and DJ set by JG.
Sat 18th May – Blue Anchor, Helston – Gaskell & Sharpe acoustic duo
Fri 24th May – Hillbilly’s, Falmouth – Gaskell & Sharpe acoustic duo
Sat 25th May – Old Ale House, Truro – Leigh Delamere & the Gordanos
Sun 2nd June – Great Estate – Leigh Delamere & the Gordanos
Thu 6th June – Finns, Falmouth – Gaskell & Sharpe acoustic duo
Sat 8th June – Jamboree, Limehouse, London – Gaskell & Sharpe acoustic duo
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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, the Gaskell & Sharpe (AKA 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.
As a duo, we can do full sets of any combination of:
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.
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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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com. Details of the various options are below:
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.
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).
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 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 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 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.