Bob Kerr & His Whoopee Band
Sun 10 Jun 2012
At 08:00 PM
From start to finish an evening with the kings of musical. Comedy will have you laughing in uncontrollable hysterics. 5 very eccentric English Gentlemen playing between them some 20 conventional instruments and some not so conventional.
Their show is a complete mixture of styles from the late great Spike Jones and his City Slickers & the Firehouse Five right through the whole musical spectrum from the 20's to the 90's, with parodies of Roy Orbison, The Blues Brothers to name but a few and with a little bit of "Classical Music" thrown in for good measure it all adds up to an evening of pure honest
Bob Kerr & His Whoopee Band
Bob Kerr’s Whoopee Band will serve up a colourful crazy concert of good musical talent combined with rip-roaring mayhem.
Formed in the 60’s this band has been described as “musical madness and British eccentricity” and “a python-esque surreal humour with hilarious musical jokes, visual gags and 1920’s jazz on amphetamine”.
To name just a few of their past appearances, they have performed on stage in most European countries, had their own TV show in Germany and own TV series for London Weekend TV in the 70’s called “Making Whoopee”.
They have worked with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, Max Wall and Dame Edna Everage, toured with Ralph McTell and Manhattan transfer and played at the legendary Bob Dylan concerts in Earls Court.
They play a plethora of conventional instruments as well as several which are not so conventional and a broad spectrum of music dating from the 20’s onwards with parodies of some well known musicians such as Roy Orbison and The Blues Brothers.
Bob Kerr is a former member of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and The New Vaudeville Band (remember ‘Winchester Cathedral’, Bob was the one who sang it through a megaphone.). He plays cornet, trombone, saxes, banjo, guitar, whoopee phone (this is going to prove interesting), euphonium, hot tea pot (milk and no sugar please) and vocals.
John “The Professor” Percival plays clarinet, alto sax, musical saw (watch those fingers), the odd vocal (Mm, how odd?), ukelele, magician (not sure how you play a magician – the mind boggles!), motor horns and whistles.
Malcolm “Lightfoot” Sked plays double bass, bass guitar, bass trombone, sousaphone, tuba, euphonium and bass trumpet. He is the world’s leading dancing sousaphone player (I’m getting more intrigued by the minute) and a member of the big instrument club (no comment).
Bert Lamb started his career in the Cavern Club in Liverpool playing banjo for local bands he now plays piano for the Whoopee Band.
Henri Harrison has spent most of his life in cabaret and has played around the world, his instruments are drums, tubular bells and other percussion noises (my mind is still boggling!).