Our tents are packed and we’re really excited about playing The Insider Festival this Saturday (19th June).
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We met the festival organisers when we played The Old Bridge Inn last month who are all seriously cool and lovely folk & we wandered around the site at Inshriach House where there was talk of an outside Aga scone bake-off near the snooker table half buried in the lawn…
We’ve been looking forward to this for a while and since we’re sharing the Saturday bill with the very funky James Brown is Annie, the awesome, inimitable and quintessential festival band The Banana Sessions and irritatingly talented tunesmiths Donna Maciocia and Chris Bradley – what’s not to like?
A late DJ set by Astroboy is almost going to be too much. As the late great JB would have said “It’s too funky in here”.

Gecko 3 on stage 4pm in the Coop

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Gecko 3 Spring Tour

So we’re on tour in Europe again. After bossing the karaoke on the Rosyth ferry we raced from Zeebrugge to the Koninginnepop Festival near Amsterdam. Lovely gig, lovely people and great StroopWaffles!
Tonight we play a beachside restaurant in Wijk aan Zee & tomorrow we’re off to The Vintage in Bruges.

Scottish leg of the Spring tour next weekend – Friday 7th in The Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore and Saturday 8th in Hootenanny in Inverness.

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Wednesday, Holland in May and The Insider

Things are starting to heat up again. We are playing in The Voodoo Rooms this Wednesday 31st March around 9.30pm. We are headlining a great bill of acts as a fund raiser for Edinburgh’s second best live music night ‘Out of the Bedroom’. ( 🙂 Sorry guys but my heart belongs to ‘Acoustic Edinburgh’ – and anyway, Paul made me say it.) Tickets are available from Ripping Records or on the door for what should be a great night.
The end of April will see us heading to the continent for a one off gig just outside Amsterdam. We’ll be hooking up with some of the guys we met whilst headlining the Brevedent festival in Normandy. Looking forward to seeing them again and having a bit of a jam, too. We’re also delighted to announce that we’ll be playing at this year’s Insider festival in Aviemore on Saturday 19th June. More details regarding line up etc will follow as we get confirmation.

Gecko 3 in Glasgow – twice in one night!

My name’s Marty and I’m a recovering blogger.  It’s been nearly six months since my last post… 

So… how have you been?  Very excited to be playing in Glasgow tonight for the first time in a long while.  The kicker is, we’re playing twice, sort of.  The Moose and I are singing backing vocals for legendary Scots punks The Skids  in a gig at the ABC then hotfooting it across to Bar Cosmopole for a Gecko 3 set at 11pm.  Must go now, that green mohican won’t take care of itself.

Gecko 3 in Trouble on Halloween

Gecko 3 are terrified to announce we will be onstage this Saturday (31st) 9-9.45pm as part of the Trouble Live ‘Party for the Undead’ in the Voodoo Rooms, West Register Street, Edinburgh. (0131 556 7060)

The Halloween vault-doors will be open at 8pm with a set from Melvitronica, and after a spine-tingling 45mins from Gecko 3 the stage will be the haunt of Asazi Funk Explosion until the frightful hour of 1am. There will also be DJ sets from Hobbes and the monstrously good Erik da Viking. More information on all the acts at

Tickets on the door are £5, or if you dress up/buy in advance £4.

Hope to see you there… mwha, mwhoohaha, mwhahahahahaha…..

Songwriting Workshop

Had a great time speaking at the Edinburgh Schools Creative Writing workshop – along with Douglas Kay (.com) on Thursday.  I was talking about and performing a couple of songs; so in case you are interested, here are the lyrics:

Donkeys and Elephants

Who the hell would want to be the President

when the world can go wrong?

Who would want to be the major resident

of a big white house at the centre of a target-shaped lawn?

And everybody knows your name,

makes you easier to blame –

I guess I’ve fallen out with fame.

Donkeys and elephants are ruling this world,



Who would want to be a major Hollywood star

when your new film just bombed?

And who would want to ride in a long white car (with blacked out windows)

and have your private life combed?

And everybody knows your name,

some scream it out as they take aim –

I guess I’ve fallen out with fame.

Donkeys and elephants are ruling this world.


(Hello hello hello, tell me are you OK, now?

Did the heat get too much? Did you get a little headrush?

Animals are sitting in the Capital, passing laws that are domestically tactical,

then the whole world waits for the newsflush –

doesn’t matter whose badge you’re wearing and I’m past caring now.)


Who will look after all the refugees

when the last wave’s in charge?

Who would leave a home sweet family,

and cross the white-tipped ocean

to where it’s cheap to grow large?

And everybody knows your name,

’cause silver smells of cockle shells like a stain –

I guess I’ve fallen out with fame.

Donkeys and elephants are ruling this world.


Oh, elephants and donkeys,

elephants and donkeys,

elephants and donkeys,

elephants and donkeys…


So if nobody knows my name

I won’t get upset, I won’t feel ashamed,

just ’cause I’ve fallen outwith fame,

donkeys and elephants are ruling this world.


Get Back in the Van

Did I ever equip you with the story of our trip to see the wonderful, sunderful euro-babble of the happy rabble? We planned long and she worked hard to match date to date in somewhere other than our own backyard – ah, and come to think of it, this is your postcard.

But it almost didn’t happen right before it began, ’cos I was working too hard and then a tyre outlived its life span: a ragged hole right where the rubber should be, and then a jack like a toothpick compared to a tree. So with the trouble and the traffic and the orange light in front of me, on more than one occasion it resembled a conspiracy of sabotage – to keep me and the boys away from La Plage.  Would you just get back in the van… 


C. Get back in the van…

Get back in the van…

Get back in the van…

Get back in the van…


Morning Holland! We packed it up and got in, but when I turned the key well all I heard was eninininininin.  I thought the little light could surely be denied but when they towed me off the boat, man, we were stranded on the quayside.  Ten ‘k’ to the pump for which I prayed – there were no taxis and buses, it was a windmill-driven travesty. (Made me wonder ’bout the wisdom of the whole Dutch transport strategy.)

Suddenly up pulled Henk with a car and with a can and then he drove me to the diesel pump ’cos he’s a very nice man.  Filled it up and with a little difficulty, prodded and pounded until the engine sounded healthy. Then we all set off to find ourselves a tyre – and that’s a whole other story about machines we couldn’t hire.  But in the end we’re ready for the road to Amsterdam and the first gig, man – just get back in the van…

 C. Get back in the van…

Get back in the van…

Get back in the van

Get back in the van…

 Well we strode into the Waterhole like we were John Wayne, and by half way through the second set we’re rumbling like a wagontrain; I’m riding high out front like nothing could harm me, just like Frank says: ‘Relax Bro, this isn’t the army…’

 Noyelles-sur-mer, what can I say? Pete and Pippa poached a poisson that just blew us all away.  Relais de la Baie was stunning but the engine soon was running and we’re back in the van, barrelling ’cross the campagne to Paris – precipitately, ’cos we nearly missed the sound-check slot that should have been before three.  We hit the gas, shifted ass and made it to the Fleche D’Or really fast.

The gig was a blast, we got ourselves a big hand for our bigger band: on the stand that night was Steve the Ear, L’Oreille, the daddy on the tenor, and Jean-Baptiste was playing radical piano, but like all good things it came to an end with au revoir to our friends and a jazz head taxi driving me round the bend to the Formule Un.  Enfin?  We were back in the van…

 L’Olympic one week later (picking the sand out of the radiator), Lionel and Rera taking care-a us; with dancing on the tables from the start, while D.K. blew the harp, then the gendarmerie came to see so quick as a flash we’re playing cool jazz…

We packed up for the last leg and headed off to sample kegs of Leffe – for the life of me I can’t explain the night we had in Hu-y!  (Felt like I’d gone ten rounds having the shit kicked out of me by Hong Kong Fooey.)  But the gig came so shakily I had to reawaken me, a little wine and sunshine, suddenly we’re happy to see the smiles, it’s the finish; but the miles did not diminish so by seven am – the opposite of heaven…

 C.x2 Get back in the van…

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