The Ouse Valley Singles Club

  • Date: October 27, 2017
  • Time:20:00
  • Location: Cambridge
  • Venue: The Portland Arms
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If you are not familiar with The Ouse Valley Singles Club or have yet to catch their live show then you are in for a treat. They are one of the most original outfits currently doing the live circuit. Hailing from the historical market town of Bedford The OVSC are Tim Barron (Compare/Vocalist/Ukulele), Amy Martell (vocals/Bass) Uncle Sam (vocals/toasting/Washboard) Jim Morton (Snare) and sometimes member Neil Whittington (guitar). Usually self-promoting with the aid of their online videos and huge social media presence, they claim to be one of the hardest working bands around.


They have gigged almost every weekend over the last two years honing their craft and cementing their place as East Anglia’s Number 1 comedy Skiffle band, building a massive following of loyal fans as they go. Heavily influenced by the sounds & traditions of 1950’s Skiffle (Google it!) they combine this long forgotten genre with the energy of Punk, whilst occasionally dropping some Rub n dub reggae urban flavours into the mix and then layering this with hilarious Folk-like story-telling, often crossing the parameters of what is deemed to be politically correct. In doing this, they have created a truly original & highly entertaining sound that has been dubbed “New Wave Skiffle” and described as ‘George Formby meets The Clash’ ‘Vaudeville/Music Hall meets Working Men’s club’ ‘The scourge of the Metropolitan Liberal Elite’ They put on a show that gives a hysterical observational account of every day tales of woe with a razor sharp observational narrative whilst rocking the crowds with their infectious earworms at the same time.

Having packed out the main arena to capacity at Peterborough Beer Festival and opened on the main stage at Bedford’s River Festival along with being regular features at Cambridge’s Strawberry Fair, The OVSC are no strangers to the Festival Circuit. They have performed at Boomtown, Bestival, Rhythmtree, Nozstock, Mosley Folk , Lunar Festival, Truckfest, Rhythms of The World festival, Henry’s Little Big Gig, Harlequin Festival and Glastonbudget among many others. Highlights of their musical journey have been supporting luminaries Chas and Dave on their 2014 tour, warming up for Sir Bob Geldolf and The Boomtown Rats at the Great British Alternative Music Weekender at Butlin’s Skegness as well as providing warm up for the likes of Pete Docherty, The Wonderstuff and the now retired poetical musical comedy genius KATG. Clearly illustrating their flexibility and appeal to audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds going down a storm and building their following at every gig they play.

When they visited The Portland Arms last year it was a sell-out gig, don’t miss them this time!