Sat 18 May 2013
At 08:00 PM
Ronnie always jokingly claimed that he found the musicians for Slim Chance in the pages of Exchange and Mart. In 2010 Charlie Hart and Steve Simpson trawled the streets of South London and miraculously found three more ex-Slim Chancers who were all keen to sign up again to the quest for Ronnie's musical holy grail. By gigging round the country the line-up has gelled into a fine band and become a powerful entity in its own right.
The aim is to create a show which celebrates the range of Ronnie's later music: to take this show to people in village halls and clubs, festivals and theatres at home and abroad; and eventually, joined by numerous friends, to resurrect the Passing Show itself.
SLIM CHANCE, the band Ronnie Lane formed when he left the Faces, is treading the boards again. Original members Steve Simpson, Charlie Hart, Steve Bingham, Alun Davies and Colin Davey, joined by Geraint Watkins, are playing Ronnie’s songs in the spirit of the band’s previous incarnations. More
Renowned for his part in both the Small Faces and the Faces, Lane wrote some of the most heartfelt and haunting songs of the 60s and 70s. Shunning commercial success, he created and toured with his travelling circus, the Passing Show, and left a highly influential musical legacy.
Ronnie Lane and Steve Marriott were one of the great songwriting partnerships of the '60s. Listen to the Small Faces' classics, Itchycoo Park or Lazy Sunday for example. The Faces became one of the great rock and roll bands of the '70s. Ronnie's next great venture, the Passing Show, was equally rich musically but not commercially or in terms of public recognition at the time.