Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra play their own brand of Western swing, blues, Gypsy jazz and country, or “North Eastern Swing” as they’ve coined it, and they’ll be setting out on the road to promote their second album, Talk About the Weather.
Drawing on an eclectic range of styles and influenced by early 20th century American music, with the addition of “razor-sharp” solos, irresistible arrangements and an expanding repertoire of original material; their music harks back to a golden age while staying perfectly modern. The band’s songs are full of character, satire, and good old fashioned hollerin’.
The subject matter explored in their songs is a key part of the band’s identity, encompassing such disparate topics as the Great British weather (hence the title), coffee, the proposed HS2 rail network, arcade gambling, rogue landlords and kitchen utensils!
In addition to Rob Heron (vocals, guitar), the white-hot six-piece comprise Ben Fitzgerald (guitar, vocals), Tom Cronin (mandolin, harmonica, vocals), Colin Nicholson (accordion, vocals), Ted Harbot (double bass, vocals) and Paul Archibald (drums, kitchens utensils, piano), with the majority of the band meeting while studying Folk & Traditional Music at Newcastle University.
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