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Some Disco and Funk and a set of classic Sixties music coming to Tropic'
Dear Live Music Fan


Quite a bit to get through this week, so pin back your eyelids.








It is always good to welcome a new band to Tropic' and in City Funk Orchestra we not only welcome a new band but almost welcome a new genre of music, as I am not sure we have had a "Funk" band on before.


I am hoping that this band will become a fixture in the Tropic' calendar going forward but that always depends on how many people come along to see them….and so I have to pass that baton over to you.


As it says on the web site….


Britain’s finest Soul singers front the most exciting and authentic Funk Soul Band in London.


The Live Show


City Funk Orchestra always features two of Britain’s most highly acclaimed Soul singers combined with the most exciting and accomplished Funk and Soul outfit in the land to deliver their trademark irresistible dance-all-night live performance. Featuring the great songs of Luther Vandross, Chaka Khan and Michael Jackson via Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye, Sister Sledge, Alexander O’Neal, Stevie Wonder, Maze and more, all performed with a spirit that springs from the special love amongst all these great performers for this enduring golden era of music. From pumping dance-floor specialities to the smoothest of romantic soul ballads delivered so authentically, it's this which truly sets CFO apart as the best dance band in town. True Funk!




Noel McCalla – “One of Britain’s best soul singers” Blues and Soul Magazine


Mary Pearce – Michael Jackson, Prince, Primal Scream


The Band:


Geoff Dunn (drums) – Van Morrison, Incognito.


Nial Tompkins (guitar) – Marcella Detroit.


Carl Hudson (keyboards) – Sister Sledge, PB Underground.


Rick Mitra (bass) – Philip Bailey, Christina Aguilera.


This gig is booking well and a great busy fun night is envisaged. If you like to dance the night away this could well be the night for you.


Book now at http://www.tropicatruislip.co.uk/ebook/index.htm or the usual web links.








Another new band to grace the stage THE BRITISH INVASION are, however, fronted by somebody who we have seen many times, Johnny Warman.


The British Invasion Show, by Johnny Warman's Magic Bus, relives an iconic time between 1964 and 1966 when British bands captured American charts and minds.


The period saw the States hail all-conquering heroes like The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Cream, Them, The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Pink Floyd and The Kinks.


So prepare for Great British classics including:


'I Wanna Hold Your Hand',

'For Your Love',

'Keep On Running',

'See Emily Play',

'Sunshine Of Your Love',

'Jumpin' Jack Flash' and many more.


The "Invades" included...

The Dave Clark Five

The Beatles

The Small Faces

The Kinks

The Moody Blues

The Animals

The Spencer Davis Group

The Rolling Stones

The Pretty Things

and many many more


The Brisih Invasion are (exact line up can vary)


Johnny Warman (Ringo Starr/Humble Pie/Peter Gabriel/Asia)


Richard Willoughby drums (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Foo Fighters, The Black Crowes, Peter Frampton, Marillion, Fun Loving Criminals, Quire Boys, 10CC),

Andy Neve keyboards (The Move/Steve Hackett/Alison Moyet),


Marcus Flynn guitar (Top TV & film soundtrack show guitarist) Marcus has performed and recorded for some of the biggest artists in the World including Beyonce, Radiohead, Nina Hagen, Dizzee Rascal, Robin Gibb, Danni Minogue, Kelly Clarkson, The Saturdays, Alexandra Burke and Lena Lovich. Together with Richard Willoughby he has shared stages with Bruce Springsteen The Foo Fighters Fun Loving Criminals.


Steve Tilling Bass (For over 25 years, Steve has played bass for acts throughout the UK and Europe, alongside members of Whitesnake, Marillion, the Moody Blues, Ultravox, Jethro Tull and the Chris Cornell band. A brilliant live artist who mesmerises on stage, and is totally unique.)


Book now at http://www.tropicatruislip.co.uk/ebook/index.htm or the usual web links, it promises to be quite a night and ladies, wear your mini-skirts if you dare!




Bands booked or re-booked.


FLEETWOOD BAC will return on 16th March 2018






I was so delighted and enthralled by the IAN PARKER BAND gig that I have decided to give them a Friday night gig in the hope of them garnering the size of audience they truly deserve. Ian and his band will return on Friday November 2nd …but sadly for all those who loved the show, that is 2018.




LES BINKS was, some years ago, the drummer with Judas Priest and has decided to return to his "roots" and is putting together a Judas Priest show to be called Les Binks' Priesthood (I had to think long and hard about the apostrophe there!) and I have booked them to grace us on 12th October 2018. It is a very new project and I am delighted to have been approached.


For all of the above dates bookings are (and indeed have been already!) being taken at http://www.tropicatruislip.co.uk/ebook/index.htm or the usual web links.




For those of you who cannot make Friday there is a Disco at the club on Saturday, admission £5, from 8 pm


(As an aside here I did hear that Peter Stringfellow was the first person to turn up at a village hall with a record player and a stack of record and charge people to come in and dance to them, where usually in the 1960's it would be a live band providing the entertainment. Who knows, I guess somebody had to be first to do it, so why not him.)





Fleetwood Bac gave us their usual great show notwithstanding the lead guitarist being unwell and a deputy having to be hastily arranged and the more astute may have noticed Alice the regular keyboard player was also missing, but as she is also a jobbing actress she was probably treading the boards somewhere,  I confess I did not ask where she was.


Thanks to everyone who came along, apart from the idiot who decided it would be funny to enter the room via a window (apparently). I wish I had seen it, as he would have been exiting via a door soon after….


Fleetwood Bac will return on 16th March 2018.


I think that is all. See you soon.







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