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Halstead: Pop favourites given a ukulele twist
5:00pm Thursday 14th March 2013 in News
Songs from the likes of The Beatles, Snow Patrol, Elbow, Rod Stewart and Mae West, but as you’ve never heard them before, will be on offer at The Bell pub, Castle Hedingham, on Saturday.
The Bijoux Toots are a bunch of musicians and singers who use among other instruments accordion, mandolin, Appalachian dulcimer and ukuleles to give their own unique interpretations of some of the best songs of today and yesterday.
Toots member Peter Long said: “A lot of people call us a ukulele band, but we prefer to say we’re a band who happen to use ukuleles. There’s a big difference.
“Most uke groups bash out tried and tested songs like Five Foot Two, Delilah and Folsom Prison Blues or a George Formby song, which is fine,” he said.
“But all our material has been arranged with what instruments we play and what suits us vocally to give a new interpretation to well known songs.
“We play songs from the 1920s to the present day so that’s a lot of material we can choose from,” said Peter. “Which is why we must be the only band anywhere that features a song which was a hit for Mae West in 1926.”
As part of the new monthly Saturday alternative music nights at The Bell, Castle Hedingham, the Bijoux Toots will be appearing on Saturday, March 16, from 8pm. Entry is free.