The Woodentops LONDON - Tickets

Fri, 04/11/16, 19:00 The Water Rats
328 Gray's Inn Road, WC1X 8BZ LONDON

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The Woodentops formed in London, England in 1983. The name refers to a British children's television show in the 1950's, but is also a common term for acoustic guitar, which the band's sound was initially based on. Leader and founder Rolo McGinty purposely intended the acoustic guitars to be included and strummed vigorously, as a counterpoint to the popular sounds of the time. Added to the mix were musicians playing such instruments as accordion, trumpet and marimba.

Their 1986 debut album "Giant" reached number 35 in the UK national charts. In 1987 their song "Why?" became a balearic classic and was played constantly in Ibiza during the second summer of Love. The Woodentops have worked with Lee Scratch Perry, Tony Humphries, Paul Oakenfold, Big Audio Dynamite, Skip MacDonald & more.

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The Woodentops began 1983 with Rolo McGinty, Simon Mawby, Alice Thompson, and Paul Hookham. Known to busk and perform at South London art house warehouse type venues/parties . Rehearsing at Panni Bahrti’s (then Charrington) warehouse at Clapham Junction, where the band worked until 1988. This was a hotbed of experimental film and graphic design, Pa...
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