Gecko 3 and friends

Further to Moose’s post on Aug 28th about a wee spot we did in 80 Queen Street, we will be playing two sets from 11pm to 1am in 80 Queen Street on Saturday 25th October.  The idea is that we will get one or two fellow musicians and members of Organogel (in fact, we may be billed as Organogel) to sit in so we can play a mixture of Gecko 3 favourites and some ‘Gel instrumental 70s groove jazz (if that seems a bit obscure, think 70s porn theme tracks… er, that someone may have told you about).   You might even see a rare outing for the electric bass! It should be a great night in a very intimate little venue.

Support Mania

Well, since Moose left so many hints that I should write something (in the inevitable knowledge that Hugh never will) I thought I’d tell you about our upcoming support slots.

Moose and I (as Gecko 2) have just been asked to support Cibelle (www.cibelle.net) in the Voodoo Rooms this Sunday evening (we’re on at 8.30 for half an hour).  This is particularly amusing given that Hugh has been trying to get us a support slot in the Voodoo Rooms for ages and now he can’t play it.  We shouldn’t laugh, I know, but… hey, it’s Hugh!  If that wasn’t exciting enough, (the support for Cibelle, not Hugh being unable to make it)  we’re already lined up to support Nizlopi on Tuesday 14th October in Cabaret Voltaire, and there is yet another really fantastic support currently being lined up for mid-November.  I can’t say more than that because it’s not confirmed yet, but it would complete our set of autumn support slots very nicely indeed.      

Marty

Organogel

Well – a few months since our last post and I’m thinking we’ve not embraced this Web 2.0 thing with enough aplomb…
Hugh’s seasonal fruits aside, we have actually been quite busy. You may have noticed our new blog! Other than a much needed revamp, this one makes it really easy for Marty to upload photos so no more excuses there…

Not sure what happened with the dates though as our most recent trip to Europe was at the end of May, not Feb.
We had such a good time and met some great people. Each gig was magical for it’s own reasons. I’ll just nudge Marty to give you the lowdown as he’s the words man…

We’ve recovered from the Edinburgh Fringe – a big thanks to all of you who stayed up to see our Fringe Jazz Bar gig on Aug 16th. We were supposed to be on stage at 2am but when it came to the usual Marty & me standing on stage ready to go with still no sign of Hugh at 1.50am I decided to nip out and give him a call…

Ring ring…
Ring ring…

(checks watch)
Ring ring…
“hellooo!”
“Hugh?”
“……..”
“….er…..Yes.”

“How you doing?”
“I’m just…. on my way out the door”
“You just had a wee nap?”
“…………”
“……….ahm, I diiid just have a little nap yes but my cars just outside”

“uh huh – we are actually on stage in 5 minutes”
“yes, yes, no problem, no problem at all…. I’m on my way, on my way”
“Looking forward to it”
“see you soon, yes – I’ll be there in 5”

So after Marty & I’s usual “not like us to be waiting for Hugh” conversation, followed by Hugh’s eventual (and signature) Grand Entrance with handshakes, hugs and kisses we finally get going around 2.30am. Fortunately Erik da Viking had some amazing vinyl up his sleeve.

It was a sweaty one but good to see you all there and good to play with Rob “musketball” Ironside on Alto sax once again.

We did an Acoustic Edinburgh special event as a Fringe preview with the incredible Nell Bryden who’s gone from girl with guitar busking around the UK to supporting Counting Crows on tour within the space of (a very hard working) 2 years. She’s got an amazing voice so check her out.

Also we’ve just done our first gig in Perth at the Twa Tams alongside the Douglas Kay Band. Good to spread our wings again. Particularly since lizards don’t have wings.

Plans are underfoot for our debut album release which is likely to be next June. Most of the recording’s in the bag already but we’re wanting to do this one properly so stay tuned.

A good example of a gel
A good example of a gel

So tonight, we’re all heading out for a bit of a jam session at 80 Queen Street, Edinburgh. We’ll be performing as “Organogel” (a name inspired by our collaborative Tenor sax player Steve “the ear” Meeker’s former research job) and playing some 1970’s instrumental grooves. Should be a lot of fun as we’ve not played those tunes for a long time and we’ll be joined by JB Richon (keys) and Rob Ironside again on sax.

May be see you there!

Moose

European Tour 2008

Yes, it’s that time of year again, the time when the ragged fingernails of wind rip the flesh from your face, the ice-needles of rain fly sideways  and everyone in the South of England gets stuck in their cars for five days because a snowflake’s been sighted by a taxi driver in Sevenoaks (called Alf).  It is, in fact, the time of year when we start thinking about summer and long warm evenings and beers out of doors and… and… ah sod it, it’s time to plan a European tour! 

We are delighted to announce that we will be playing at this year’s Brussels Jazz Marathon on Saturday 24th May in the Havana Club (www.havana-brussels.com) and at L’Olympic’s weekend event in Paris (Fri 30/Sat 31st).  We’re also in negotiations over a number of other dates within that week which we’ll tell you about as and when we know more.  In summary, then, we’re off to Northern Europe in the last week of May.  Do you know they have menues for all the different kinds of Hoegaarden in Brussels? I might stay off the Leffe this year after what has become known as ‘Huy-gate’. (If you want to know more about the last tour, you’ll just have to come along to a gig soon and hear the new song ‘Get Back in the Van’.)  Maybe see you tonight at La Roche Rumba in Glasgow!

Marty 

 

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