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Led by Tom 'Spats' Langham, Hot Fingers welcomes you to an eclectic mix of vintage acoustic music, from red-hot 1920's jazz to sophisticated 1930's swing

Spats" Langham's Hot Fingers @ Zelda's Jazz Room ~ Watnage

“A gem on the stage. Paul Richards beautifully updated the Laurindo Almeida nylon-string Brazilian guitar style”. JazzWise Magazine

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Hot Fingers’ ‘Spats’ Langham started ukulele as soon as his fingers were big enough and turned to banjo at the age of ten. At 14 he was appearing with the Hot Spa Stompers, and soon after with Ged Hones Dixie Boys and Ged encouraged Spats to start guitar. He moved to the Cotswolds in 1992 to join the Charleston Chasers. Since then he has worked as a professional musician, travelling the four corners of the globe, and has been lucky to play with great artists and bands, including amongst many others The Pasadena Roof Orchestra, The Temperance Seven, Monty Sunshine, Acker Bilk, Chris Barbers Band and The Oxford Classic Jazz Band. As well as working with the Hot Combination and Hot Fingers, Spats currently works regularly with Martin Litton, Keith Nichols (in many varied combinations), The Pasadena Roof Orchestra (on guitar, banjo and vocals), and Martin Wheatley (with the Wheatley’s Arcadians) alongside varied free-lance work.

Malcolm Sked (sousaphone and string bass) started euphonium at school and joined the local brass band when he was 13. At 16 he joined the Charleston Chasers playing tuba, and later sousaphone, and stayed with the band for 15 years. In 2000 he joined Bob Kerr’s Whoopee Band and has toured extensively around Europe. In 2005 Malcolm decided to introduce double bass to his repertoire and Hot Fingers was formed. As well as working with Hot Fingers and the Hot Combination Malcolm works freelance for a wide variety of bands and musicians of all styles and sizes, including Keith Nichols, the Pasadena Roof Orchestra and Martin Litton, as well as continuing with Bob Kerr’s Whoopee Band. To quote Spats, “Malc’s not a bad player but he talks too much.”

Danny Blyth went to Spats for jazz guitar lessons in 2004, having previously played finger-style folk guitar and mandolin. Many rare 78’s and cups of tea later, Hot Fingers was formed and they played their first gig two weeks later. In 2007 he took up the clarinet and later fell in love with the bass clarinet. Hot Fingers formed because Danny wanted to learn jazz guitar, Spats wanted to increase his lead guitar, and Malcolm wanted to learn double bass. The band worked as a unit instantly and has gone from strength to strength over the following years. The boys live within a few miles from each other in villages in the North Cotswolds.

Emily Campbell is a regular addition to Hot Fingers. She began singing during her school years and continued through to post-graduate training at Trinity College of Music. As well as her classical work (including leading roles in Carmen and the Beggars Opera) she has toured three times with Gifford’s Circus, singing, acting and performing with a Cossack Equestrian Act! She has adapted her classical background to the darker styles of jazz, and although influenced by such greats as Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and Lee Wiley, Emily has found her own unique style and voice.

The Paul Richards Trio are exciting and delighting audiences wherever and whenever they appear. With exceptional musicianship, staggering interplay and fresh, unexpected arrangements, this is a group that manages brilliantly to fuse latin, classical, jazz and samba into a thrilling musical experience. On classical nylon string guitar Paul Richards is a virtuoso, effortlessly interpreting and reinventing the “chôros”, sambas and waltzes of composers such as Pernambuco, Cardoso, Villa-Lobos and Baden Powell. His technique and muscular musical sensibility, combined with superb improvisational skills is making him one of the most talked about guitarists on the scene at the moment. He has performed on stage with Soweto Kinch, Dave O’Higgins, Joe Lee Wilson, John Altman & Nigel Price amongst others.

Alongside Paul, the trio features Steve Thompson (Scott Hamilton, Ken Peplowski, Joe Locke, Alan Barnes, Warren Vache) on double bass and Tony Shepherd on drums (Bobby Wellins, Jim Mullen, Oasis), well known and highly respected jazz musicians in their own right who bring an infectious groove and intensity to the music that has to be heard to be believed.

Already featuring in a number of musical festivals such as Love Supreme, Rye Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival and selling out at Jazz Clubs including The Verdict, Brighton and jazz @ Royal Albert Hall the Paul Richards Trio are a proven success with festival goers and Jazz aficionados, receiving rave notices along the way.





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