The Mardi Gras Band/Trick Bag( 2013-present)
I love the music of New Orleans, from Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton through Professor Long Hair, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John and The Neville Brothers.
I love the hypnotic rhumba and second line rhythms. I once saw Allen Toussaint fly through a fantasia of Gershwin, Debussy and Bach and then go right into “Fortune Teller”-a Toussaint original so primitive it verges on punk rock. That’s what I love about New Orleans R&B. It can be concert hall sophisticated and then the next minute go right down in the alley. My Mardi Gras Band, which we re-named Trickbag for all non-Mardi Gras related shows features Mike Clark on sax, Allistair Elliott on trumpet, Paul Wells on piano and organ, Brian Pollock on Bass and me on guitar. We play all the big hits-“Such a Night”, “Iko Iko”, “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu”, “Basin Street”, “Right Place, Wrong Time”and “Big Chief”. We also play great tunes by lesser known Crescent City artists. Two highlights are the Earl King Medley (“These Lonely Lonely Nights”/“Trick Bag”/“Come On(Let the Good Times Roll”) and our Lee Dorsey Medley (“Ya Ya”/“Working in a Coal Mine”/ “Ride Your Pony”/ “Yes We Can”). We also do some southern fried Steve Pineo originals such as “Backslider” and “Bit By the Bug”. Big fun!