The Famous Potatoes, Leigh-On-Sea

The Famous Potatoes
13 MARINE AVENUE
SS9 2JD Leigh-On-Sea
Essex England
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Our booking costs include a barn dance caller (unusually for barn dance bands, we have two experienced callers within the group), travelling expenses and, as mentioned above, our P.A. If we are are travelling outside our base in south-east Essex, we will need to charge an additional amount to cover increased time and petrol costs. Please We've always had difficulty in describing our style of music because it includes influences from so many different sources... We call it "SOIL MUSIC" because it's earthy - made up of western swing, bluegrass, country, gospel, folk, cajun and who knows what all else! We appear in the Guinness Who's Who of Folk Music (and its parent edition, the multi-volume Directory of Popular Music: check your local library), and get a brief mention in the Penguin Encyclopaedia of Popular Music.


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The Famous Potatoes have been going for 34 years, and have notched up well over 1100 barn dances and 500 other shows - 1676 appearances as of the end of August 2013. We've always had difficulty in describing our of music because it includes influences from so many different sources.. We call it "SOIL MUSIC" because it's earthy - made up of western swing, bluegrass, country, gospel, folk, cajun and who knows what all else! We appear in the Guinness Who's Who of Folk Music (and its parent edition, the multi-volume Directory of Popular Music: check your local library), and get a brief mention in the Penguin Encyclopaedia of Popular Music. Appearances range from the Lord Mayor's Show to busking amongst dustbins! We have played at many big venues including the 100 Club in Oxford Street, London; Colston Hall, Bristol; and St George's Hall, Bradford.
We have appeared at the 15 times (reappearing there in 2011 after a 13-year gap), and other festival appearances include repeat bookings at all the following: the Kent Country Music Festival, the Trowbridge Village Pump Folk Festival, Broadstairs Folk Week, the (Seaside Gospel Festival) in Norway, and of course our very own Leigh Folk Festival, which takes place over the last weekend of June each year and at which we have been regular performers since it started. In the last few years we've appeared at many venues specially licenced for weddings such as The Lawn, Hawkwell, Essex; Vaulty Manor, Heybridge, Essex; Cressing Temple Barns, near Witham, Essex; Preston Priory Barn, near Lavenham, Suffolk; Lains Barn, near Wantage, Oxfordshire; and Lodge Park, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. We have appeared five times on national TV (the Generation Game in 1999; The Big Breakfast in 1993; the Lord Mayor's Show in 1987; Songs of Praise in 1985; and an Anglia documentary about the Greenbelt Festival in the mid-1980s).
One of our recordings, "Famous Potatoes", was used as a feature on several occasions by Simon Mayo on his BBC Radio 1.
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Musicians, Composers, Professional Musicians, Barn Dance, Songs, Recording, Folk, Swing, Gospel, Cajun, Bluegrass, Instyle
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