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Big Jam: Meet the bands!

On November 11 Octagon Chapel in Norwich will be throwing open the doors to Big C and our Big Jam charity concert evening. Joining us will be three local bands helping your local cancer charity round off our 35th anniversary celebrations. 

Tickets are £10 and can be bought here.

Check out an interview below with the three bands taking part…

We’re pleased to welcome our three bands to the Big C Blog – The Tin Heart Troubadours, Himazas and The Hard Rain Band. We’re so excited to see you perform this November in aid of Big C, we thought we should get to know you and your bands a bit better with some quick fire questions….                                      


Pictured above: The Tin Heart Troubadours
Who/what are your main musical influences?

The Tin Heart Troubadours: Probably the Avett Brothers, Steve Earle, Felice Brothers, Bach & Jake Thackray
Himazas: Stravinsky and George Melly
Hard Rain: We are six individuals each with a very eclectic and wide range of tastes but our combined aim is to make sure our repertoire is uplifting, upbeat and entertaining. We ‘re out to have as much fun as the audience!
What is the history of the band?

TTHT: Formed in 1927 to enter a Yale College kissing competition (we won). We reincarnated the word 'folk' to mean something entertaining...
HM: While Morris dancing. The discovery that we both owned ukuleles lead to the creation of a slightly comedic, less than serious, terpsichorean duo. We threw away the boots and baldrics and settled down to band life!
HR: Hard Rain has played together for over 10 years throughout Norfolk at pubs, clubs, parties, celebrations and weddings. So far it’s all been good - no holidaymakers have fallen into the river returning to  boats and most of the couple’s weddings we’ve played at are still together!
How did your band name come about?

TTHT: We were awarded the Tin Heart Medal by President Herbert Hoover in 1932 for boosting his popularity by using the word 'damn' in all our songs.
HM: We named it after a 1927 comedy song, the last line of which is ‘Him as ‘as the pub next door’
HR: The founder of Hard Rain was a big Bob Dylan fan, hence the name. We include Dylan numbers in the set.

Pictured above: Himazas

Who would be your dream musical collaboration?
TTHT: To record an album with Cecil Ward, 1964 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion or any of the above musical influences.
HM: Has to be Queen.
HR: All Sorts: Queen, The Beatles, The Monkeys, Amie (Macdonald and Winehouse), Caro Emerald, Paloma Faith, Dixie Chicks, Water Boys, Dolly Parton............ Chris (our show off drummer) has been playing Wipeout since the 1970s’ and still makes mistakes! We’ve also had real life collaborations with Del Amitri’s singer joining us to sing Nothing Ever Happens and on another occasion Celine Dion’s very own personal maracas player – you can’t make that up!
Favourite number to play or sing along to…
TTHT: The next one in the set.
HM: Jollity Farm
HR: Fisherman’s Blues, Bowie’s Lets Dance, Tainted Love, Lumineers’ Ho Hey! All About the Bass, Pharrell William’s Happy (all except lead guitarist Tony as it makes him sad).
Worst performing experience?
TTHT: The previous one in the set. 
HM: Tuesday night in the front room 
HR: Being picked up by boat to play a party at a house on the Broads accessible only by river. The boat’s driver smoked a cigarette next to an open can of petrol and knocked back the drink. By the time the boat was loaded with gear we were three inches from sinking! Chris (our athletic drummer) leapt into the boat and his feet went through the floor boards.

Pictured above: Hard Rain Band

How would your mum/best friend describe your band and its music?
TTHT: "...Wouldn't you be better off training to be a doctor, or a lawyer, ...something like that, dear?"
HM: An interesting mix of ditties from the twenties, thirties and forties.
HR: We’re all so old that there aren’t many Mums left (aaaahhh). Best friends would say the band enjoys themselves like a group of best friends as does the audience!

See more of the Tin Heart Troubadours here

Check out Himasaz here

Find out more about Hard Rain here

Buy your tickets for the Big Jam here.

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