Sep 16 2014

Diva Returns to Hideaway This Weekend

Hello gang,

Long time no blog. Sorry about that.

Anyway, thought I’d drop a very quick post to let you know that our Diva show is returning to Hideaway this Friday and Saturday. We’ve got four fantastic vocalists including Elaine Delmar, Heidi Vogel, Sulene Fleming and Chris Royal alongside a great house band. With me in it obviously.

If you haven’t been to one of the Diva shows yet this is your chance. It’s a great opportunity to check out some of London’s top singers in one show. There’s always a range of different music to enjoy and often features brand new arrangements from our MD Janette Mason.

Here’s a video from one of last year’s Diva shows featuring the awesome Elaine Delmar…

And if that news wasn’t exciting enough for you, I’ll be back at Hideaway next weekend for our Bowie night featuring David McAlmont and Sam Obernik. I’ll probably drop a separate post about that nearer the time to remind you.

You can get more information and book tickets for the Diva shows directly from the Hideaway website, or just buy them at the door. They might sell out though so I’d get booking if I were you.

Hopefully see some of you there!

Simon


Sep 10 2013

Wall To Wall Prince

Hello folks

Last week we put on three nights of Prince at Hideaway in Streatham featuring David McAlmont and Baby Sol as part of our Wall To Wall series. Previously we’ve showcased the music of David Bowie, Aretha Franklin and the Bond movies and frankly I’ve been itching to get stuck into Prince night for ages!

If you missed the shows (shame on you!) then luckily for you Hideaway are rather excellent at putting together videos from the shows so ere’s a couple of clips for you to check out. I’m pretty sure we’ll be putting on the Prince show again sometime next year so watch this space for announcements of dates. The Bowie show is definitely happening again at the beginning of next year so check out the Hideaway website for dates and get yourselves booked in. They sell out pretty fast…

Sometimes It Snows In April

When Doves Cry

Kiss

I’ll be off on the Duckworth Lewis Method tour on the 20th September so hopefully I’ll see some of you there. I reckon the next blog post will be from on the road. It’s gonna be fantastic! See you there…


Mar 28 2013

Gear For Sale!! Danelectro Dano ’63 Bass

Hello folks

Just a quick post to let you know about a bass I’m currently looking to sell.

It’s my trusty Danelectro Dano ’63 bass. The one I used with Duke Special for a few festivals and at the Shanghai World Expo. It hasn’t been used that much though and is in pretty near perfect condition.

Here’s some bumpf about the bass:

The Danelectro Dano 63 Short Scale Length offer heavy retro vibe in a 30-inch scale length bass guitar with a unique and versatile sound!

Based on the Silvertone 1457 guitar which Danelectro produced in 1963 for Sear-Roebuck department store in America, the Danelectro Dano 63 Limited Edition Short Scale bass guitar features several improvements over the originals. The Dano 63 Short Scale Bass uses a plywood frame with pressed wood back and front rather than the masonite found on the original, an adjustable bridge rather than the wooded original, and sturdier tuners. The hollowed non-contoured body is light and comfortable, and adds a bit of top end to the bass tones.

The Danelectro Dano 63 Short Scale Bass guitar features two lipstick style Alnico single-coil pickups, volume and tone pots, and 3-way toggle pickup selector switches.

  • Body: Plywood frame with pressed-wood top and back.

  • Neck: Maple.

  • Fingerboard: Rosewood.

  • Pickup: Danelectro single-coil lipstick

  • Controls: Volume, tone.

  • Nut: Aluminum.

  • Scale: 30-inch.

  • Weight: 6.5 lbs.

  • Colour: Red Burst.

I’m looking for about ¬£180 for the bass. It’s currently got flats on it and comes with a soft case. I’ll even throw in a thin leather strap (you need a thin strap for this bass as the strap button is rather awkwardly placed). It sounds great and is so lightweight you’d hardly know you were playing it.¬†Here it is in action at the Beautiful Days Festival a couple of years ago…

Simon Little with Dano '63

If you’re interested in this bass either let me know in the comments or contact me via the contact form above or via Twitter. I’m currently trying to scale down the amount of gear I’ve got and this one just doesn’t get played now I have my new Fender Precision. If you know anyone who might be interested, do pass on the link.

Cheers!