TC3

Soul, Funk, Rock & Blues

TC3 - 2019

So what’s all this about you might be thinking? It’s a matter of branding and perception.

For the last two years, we’ve been bumbling along under the ‘T.C. Edwards and the Groove Organic’ name. We’ve had some good gigs, and some other gigs…but the one thing that has been consistently true, is that the advertising by venues for gigs has been anything but consistent. Many were used to the Tony Edwards Band and simply used that, others used the Groove Organic name but didn’t really know how to sell it. That makes it very difficult to build up momentum with our potential audience.

It was also pointed out to me that it possibly gave people the wrong impression of what we were. So it was time to simplify.

And so this was as simple as we could get.

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So for 2019 and onwards, this is the new name for the Groove Organic. And it’s not the only thing that is going to change.

There will be new songs, and we will be doing some writing too. And we will be looking for many more gigs now that we have a solid long term line up for the first time in a year.

And we’ve shot our first video…………release date to follow very soon

Last Gig of the Year

Hi All.

It’s been a bit quiet from us, but we’re back for one last gig this year. We’re playing at the Live and Let Live on the 23rd of December - it’s the last Sunday afternoon before Christmas and we’ll be on 4-6ish. Finish up your Christmas shopping and come and meet us for a beer and a boogie!

It’s only our second gig this month as we have spent time really tightening up the band after two rather quick line up changes in the bass department. It’s all been going very well, and although its been a very stop start year, it’s laid the foundations for a proper working 2019.

Hope you all have a great Christmas and New year and that we can see many of you at the Livvy on the 23rd.

T.C.

A departure and an arrival

It is with some sadness I have to report that Bob Stiff has left the Groove Organic. Unfortunately, pressure of work (the kind that pays real money and the bills) has been a bit too much when coupled with the level of travel that the recent run of gigs has required.

Bob spoke to us a month back about the logistical difficulties he was experiencing and expressed his desire to find something more local to satisfy his musical itch, but gallantly offered to keep us going until we could replace him.

Both Fred and I would like to thank Bob for the way he’s gone about the work, with both dedication and good humour. He’s done a very solid job in what has not always been ideal or easy circumstances, and with a lot of material to learn in a very short space of time. He and his wife Sue have been great company and he leaves with our best wishes for his future endeavours.


But now importantly, to new arrivals.

On the evening that Bob expressed his reservations to us, I happened to be playing in a scratch band with an old acquaintance, Tim Nesbitt. Over the past few months our paths had crossed in odd places such as in the audience of an FM gig in Norwich, and that our paths should cross that night was another case of extreme good fortune. We’d played together before (though never ever rehearsed) and had always made a good fist of it.

Tim instantly threw his hat in the ring, and I have to say from the first moment Fred and I jammed with him we knew we wouldn’t be looking any further. We got lucky. Tim has the feel we were looking for and understands the job perfectly.

Tim has been a constant in the local scene for forty years. He’s been a bass player and a guitarist, a band member, a solo artist, and has run successful duos. And like Bob, he’s proof that experience really counts when you have a tough job on - and our set isn’t an easy job for a bass player.

He’s enthusiastically thrown himself into the task over the last three weeks, of learning a two hour set, which has allowed us to put him straight into the gig earlier than we had thought possible.

So from this Friday at the Fox and Hounds Heacham, I have the great pleasure to introduce Mr Tim Nesbitt on bass.

Welcome aboard!



T.C. on the Radio!

Hi Everyone.

This Tuesday night I've been invited onto the Dennis Bray Blues show on Park Radio, to talk all things Blues, Hammond Organ and the Groove Organic.

Hopefully we'll get to play some real classic Hammond blues and blues rock stuff, although I'm not going to try and drag an organ into the studio so no live music I'm afraid.

You can find Park Radio at: http://www.parkradio.co.uk/
They have a number of specialist shows during the week that are well worth a listen, including soul, country, blues, hard rock and a vinyl show.

I haven't done any radio in several years, so I'm really looking forward to it although a little nervous!

The show starts at 19:00

Ladies and Gentlemen - Introducing Mr Bob Stiff

Back in March when it became apparent that the Groove Organic would need a new bass player, I have to admit that I wasn't hopeful that we'd find a good candidate quickly. Bass players are a rare breed, good ones even rarer.

So you can imagine my surprise then, when on advertising the gig, Fred and I were faced not with famine, but feast, and a very difficult choice. Seven applications narrowed to four on logistics, all four of whom we could clearly work with. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the effort they put in to the auditions.

So enter Mr Bob Stiff, the Groove Organic's new bass player.

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I first came across Bob in the early 90's though I really didn't get to know him at the time. He was playing with Dreamthief, who for those of us who were in the business of playing guitar driven rock music were setting the standard on the local circuit. I was fronting Refugee at the time, we supported Dreamthief a few times at the Reflex club in Bury. When you're learning your trade, playing supports, you always remember the good bands you open for, especially the ones that give you a fair shake. In all honesty I was slightly in awe of them, and saw them many times. They really should have broken through - but timing was probably against them in the age of Grunge.

So fast forward 25 years, when I got an email from Bob, I was actually a bit surprised that he was interested in something that in reality was just starting out, and not really a rock band. But right from the first note of the audition he absolutely locked with Fred, the timing was solid as a rock, and he was a natural fit. And he looked like he was enjoying the music which is absolutely vital.

In a three piece band, everyone has to pitch in - there's more to being a musician than just the music. Bob has over 45 years of experience working in and around bands, in big venues as well as small, and lots of studio hours under the belt. He's also a front of house sound engineer and worked with touring bands - which means that he is stepping seamlessly into the space which Danny held as our sound man.

So we're just about ready for the road, and gigs begin again at the end of June. I hope we'll see you all out at the Fox for Bob's debut, to give him a very warm welcome to the Groove Organic.

Groove Organic seeks Bass Player

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Fred and I, after some consideration, have decided not only to carry on with the project for the Groove Organic, but to increase the scope of what we have been trying to achieve.

To do this, we will now require a bass player to come on board as a full time member of the band.

So what are we looking for in a bass player?

Feel, feel and more feel. And taste. This band does what it says on the tin - it's all about the groove.

Backing vocals - nothing too complex, but if you can sing a bit then that really adds something to the band.

You have to be able to improvise, and think on your feet.

You have to have your own transport and gear.

Someone who is willing to become a full member, involved in every aspect of the band.

You'll notice I haven't mentioned age or. I don't care. If you're good enough, you're old enough - or young enough. You've got to have style, and you've got to have energy, and of course you have to fit in and be able to do the job with a smile.

What can we offer a bass player?

Firstly, it's a real opportunity to play bass. You aren't going to be asked to play straight eights often, if ever in this band. We jam tunes out, and that gives a bass player a lot of room. It's a bit like Cream, but with a Hammond organ and a lot of soul/blues/funk tunes.

Variety: we play a real range of stuff, and we give it our own treatment.

The opportunity to be involved in writing and recording. Mostly, in pubs and clubs we're going to play covers because that's what's required. We do it our own way, and put our stamp on it - we don't slavishly recreate anything. But also, we will write and record new music.

A friendly but productive working environment. We're fairly normal and reasonable people (or at least we think we are). We work hard - we care about what we do intensely, and put a lot of energy into both rehearsing and gigging. At the same time, we don't rehearse every week if there's no work to do - we get the set right and we go out and gig it. (We're not going to forget how to play it if we don't play it every week). When we need to change it we go and rehearse that. We don't rehearse it until all the life is sucked out of it!

What do you need to do?

Email us via this website. If you've got links to stuff you've done - videos on Youtube or Soundcloud or anything else - link it in. I'll get straight back in touch with you.

Many thanks.

Tony

 

 

 

 

So Ends 2017

The first year for the Groove Organic is now drawing to a close. Gigs are finished for the year, and the preparation for next year is already under way.

The year has been a little up and down. Most things haven't turned out as we expected, even the sound of the band is something that has evolved slightly by chance. When we first thought to put something together, it was guitar driven -  a blues rock band, to create a follow up to my 'Notebook' album from 2009. But somehow as we tried to put that together in January, it was obvious that we were just repeating ourselves. I went away to think again.

Bringing in the Hammond Organ in May was a bit of a leap in the dark. I was asking Fred and Danny to show a degree of patience and a great deal of faith. I'm not an experienced Hammond player by any stretch. The pressure of having to learn quickly as I go, has been a great motivator though!

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While progress has been in fits and starts, in the end we feel like its been a successful year. With five gigs under our belts we've got the band tried and tested and now we're looking for lots of new venues for 2018.

Response has been warm from venues and audiences. Danny, Fred and I want to thank you all for the help and encouragement over the last few months. Especially in the first couple of gigs, where we were taking a while to hit our stride, it makes a real difference when you have a friendly audience willing to give you a chance. The support and encouragement from other musicians has also been very much appreciated.

Part of the aim of the band as we regrouped in May, was to be able to have a great many of our friends and peers sit in with the band. Being a kind of 'roaming rhythm section' creates great opportunities to invite friends along to play. This came to fruition very quickly with the Fox 'All Star' jam in December. It was such a success (thanks to the guitarists!) that we'll be doing it again next year as the final curtain for the Fox Bands in 2018. But before then, I hope to arrange many more special guests to join us through the year.

We're now going to have a short break from gigging until the end of January to concentrate on writing and adding new songs to the the set. Next year is going to be a big one for us I hope.

So finally, Danny, Fred and I wish you a great Christmas and New Year. For our friends who are still out gigging across the holiday season, good luck and safe journeys.

See you all in 2018!

Tony