Rhythm is gonna get you
FOLLOWERS of nine-piece soul/party band Rhythm Machine will be able to see a lot more of them in the near future, starting tomorrow night at the Thistle Park Tavern.
The band, who are hugely successful on the corporate/wedding/party scene, rarely play pubs or clubs, but they've booked up to play every four or five weeks at the Thistle throughout 2013.
"We miss it!" drummer Pete Nicholls explains. "Weddings and parties are okay, but pub gigs can be much more fun. And it's always good to do public shows to remind everyone you're out there. We usually find it generates more private work anyway."
They have been playing as Rhythm Machine since the late Eighties, and there have been many memorable moments in their lengthy career.
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"The band played a big wedding for Dennis Waterman's daughter and the entire cast of EastEnders were present," continues Pete. "Dennis Waterman rehearsed and was going to sing the Minder Theme, but in the end was too drunk and had to be put to bed. So Shane Richie jumped up and sang instead and was actually pretty impressive!"
Another momentous occasion was the opening of the Millennium Centre in Cardiff in 2005 at which the Queen and a host of A list celebrities including Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey and Charlotte Church were present and Michael Ball took a turn singing some show tunes with them.
Of course the line up has fluctuated considerably over the years and continues to do so.
Local legend Paul 'Bomber' Harris has just left the band, but he is replaced by a keyboard wizard Matt Carter from Exeter, who, at just 16 years old, is rumoured to be nothing short of phenomenal.
Fronting the band are talented vocalists Craig Dickenson and Pete's sister Claire, with long serving Clive Hooper on guitar, Mike Isaccs on bass, plus Ade Nuthall on trumpet and Andy Dore on trombone.
Tenor sax player, Hoagy Plaistow, who has just finished a master's degree in music, will probably not be present at the Thistle as he's in great demand playing with top ensembles elsewhere, but a replacement will be found.