Vintage-themed jazz band

Strong Medicine

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About Strong Medicine

Vintage-themed jazz band
Wirral
Public liability insurance of £5 million
We are a quirky swing/jazz/blues trio from Wirral. All of us have been career musicians all our life and we love what we do

We all met up when playing with the Norman Roy Big Band about 5 years ago. We all have a lifetime of experience in a huge variety of genre, and love a good laugh. We always arrange our material in our flavour, including songs from 1920-2018, to get that sassy jazz vibe. We love a good costume and Thomas does his acrobatic bass climbing thing. We try to have a little something for everyone...and are looking forward to a rerun of the Roaring 20s!!! Alison sang in competitions as a child, with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic for 7 years, and has fronted a number of long lasting band lineups, including The Final Nails (Americana), The Third Man/ceilidh band, as half a folk duo who ran and hosted a number of folk clubs, and Strong Medicine. She also composes and arranges music for theatre productions, including Much Aado About Nothing, As you Like it and Of mice and Men. She loves singing and dressing up! Thomas, her German husband, is in love with his Double Bass, which he has been playing since he was 11. His background is mainly in Rockabilly, including 2 years touring with The Brian Setzer Orchestra, and later with The Dick Brave project which was a rockabilly musical. He has played in big bands and currently also plays with The Cheesecutters and The Swinging Bricks who are signed to Raucous Records. Dennis is a wonderful guitar player and a good laugh! Past credits include Farrons Flamingos, Abba now, Norman Roy Big Band, and his solo act Just Dennis. He rehearses hard and never misses a trick. We provide sound and lighting, costume and Bass acrobatics and walkabout. God Bless radio Mics!

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
We own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Blues, Postmodern jukebox jazz
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Types:
Vintage-themed jazz band, Jazz trio, Modern jazz band
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

We do carefully crafted versions of a wide variety of material which may include..
My baby just cares for me. All of me. Inside out
Bye bye blackbird. Deed I do. Hard luck
Sway. I just wanna make love to you. Smile
Ain't misbehaving. I got rhythm. Absolutely me
I'm alright (Madeleine Peyroux). Busy Line. Johnny got a boomboom
All for you (Imelda May). Smothering me. Wild about my lovin
Hang on little tomato. Boots. All about that bass
Dream a little dream. Fever. Hit the road jack
Pennies from Heaven. That man. Sugar
I can't give you anything but love. Til there was you. Cold comfort lane
dealing with the devil. Liquid lunch. Big bad handsome man

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Jane W, 1 year ago

This 3 piece are exactly what their name implies; Strong Medicine for the spirit and the soul. Their style is swing and jazz with a modern twist and they have had my feet tapping of each of the number of occasions we have seen them. They are 3 high spirited and entertaining musicians that produce a tight yet flowing sound. Their quirky style is infectious, with tall Thomas regularly ascending his bass and wowing the audience by playing perfectly from up top; Alison's vocals are distinctive and individual, and she puts her stamp on every song. She is infectious and gets you up on the up tempo numbers but is just as comfortable on smooth ones. Dennis confidently adds his honed skills to well rehearsed interpretations on guitar. They are a fun and catchy group who cover the likes of Caro Emerald and do an absolutely amazing performance of the Peaky Blinders theme involving a crow bar used as a bell.

Nathaniels B, 1 year ago

A vintage vibe and a flare for the dramatic..not to be missed