Slim Chance Play the Music of Ronnie Lane

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Last Show: Saturday 6 th January 2024

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All star lineup playing the fabulous songbook of ex-Small Faces and Faces man, Ronnie Lane. Between them the band have worked with Paul McCartney, Rory Gallagher, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, BBKing, Geno Washington, Bill Wyman, Ian Dury, Nick Lowe and many more. They play together with a shared love of what Ronnie Lane stood for and of songs such as Ooh La La, How Come, Debris, The Poacher, One for the Road. The band includes three original members, two of whom are multi-instrumentalists. The  party is already in full swing!

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"Original Chancers Steve Bingham, Charlie Hart and Steve Simpson convincingly recreate Ronnie's uniquely ruralised, soul-and-groove brand of folk-rock"

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Whether it was working with the Small Faces, The Faces and Rod Stewart, or touring with his own travelling rock 'n' roll circus, The Passing Show,  Ronnie Lane was a one-of-a-kind musician and songwriter. He embarked on the last stage of his career shortly after leaving the Faces, forming the band Slim Chance,  writing some of his finest songs and recording several remarkable albums.

As time goes by, Ronnie Lane’s legacy as a musician and writer has become more widely recognized.  In 2019 Universal Records released the box set , ‘Just for a Moment’, devoted to his post-Faces music, and in 2023 Omnibus Press published a comprehensive biography, entitled ‘Anymore for Anymore’ (named after the first Slim Chance album). Testimony to the value of Ronnie’s life and work is the fact that his band are still touring the country, delighting fans and enjoying  playing together in the spirit that Ronnie championed.

January 6th 2024 will be the first gig in the year that marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Passing Show and the band will be celebrating in style.  Three original members - Steve Bingham (bass), Charlie Hart (accordion and fiddle) and  Steve Simpson (guitar and mandolin) – ably aided and abetted by Frank Mead (sax, harp and whistle), Brendan O’Neill (drums),  and Geraint Watkins (keys). Between them they have worked with Paul McCartney, Rory Gallagher, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, BBKing, Geno Washington, Bill Wyman, Ian Dury, Nick Lowe and many more.

The band’s set will consist of many of Mr. Lane’s classic songs:  Ooh La La, Debris, How Come, One for the Road, The Poacher and more. The band is known for the high quality of musicianship, and features acoustic instruments such as accordion, fiddle, mandolin and Irish whistle alongside the traditional rock and roll line up of bass, drums, electric guitar etc.

The rebirth of Slim Chance is a phenomenon in itself and the band has received many great reviews. “Original Chancers Steve Bingham, Charlie Hart and Steve Simpson convincingly recreate Ronnie's uniquely ruralised, soul-and-groove brand of folk-rock". (Uncut)";  “Richly garnished by fiddles, bottleneck and accordion, the rejuvenated Slim Chance seem to be emerging with a rough-shod, rollicking sound of their own………..the party is already in full swing" (Record Collector)