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January and the joint is jumpin’

For many of us, 2 January onwards is not a month we associate with celebrations. There’s accounts to be submitted, credit cards bills to pay, and probably a box of mince pies we’ve forgotten about lurking somewhere in a food cupboard.

No wonder Monday 20 January is Blue Monday, claimed to be the most depressing day of the year. Unless you’re in the USA, when it is also Martin Luther King Jnr Day, truly a life to celebrate.

So, why not banish the blues on Blue Monday (or any other day) with a performance by the Bogus Blues Brothers, in tribute to the pseudoscience that ‘calculated’ the Blur Monday date in the first place! This ‘Jake and Elwood’ tribute duo perform all your favourite “Blues Brothers” soundtrack songs, including “Gimmie Some Lovin’”, “Everybody Needs Somebody”, “Minnie the Moocher” and “Sweet Home Chicago”. As the boys say, “That ain’t no Hank Williams song!”

Not a fan of the movie? (Really?) No worries, you can mark Australia Day on Sunday 26th January instead. At such a time of crisis for the fire-blighted country, many Aussies over here in the UK are staging charity events to raise money for those who have lost everything to the flames. 

If you’d like to do the same, our Australian acts include the wonderful Kangaroo Moon. This talented group weave many strands from world, rock, folk and dance, with acoustic and electronic influences into a funky, heart-lifting wall of sound. 

For the iconic sound of the Australian outback, look no further than our experienced didgeridoo performers.

Kangeroo Moon band member Elliet Mackrell is an expert didg (didgeridoo) player whose one woman show is a truly mesmerising experience.

Mike Edwards is known for his technical mastery and profound musicianship bringing energy and excitement to each and every performance.

If you’re staging a gig on Australia Day, why not out out a bucket for a reputable organisation helping with bushfire relief – you’ll find a list at the ABC including:

Burns Night 2020

Saturday 25 January sees another ‘double bill” of celebrations, being both Burns Night and the Chinese New Year.  Burns Night  celebrates Scotland’s greatest poet, Robert Burns, with a traditional mix of music, verse, dancing and traditional food, including the much-addressed haggis. See our blog here on what makes an brilliant Burns Night, even for vegetarians!

Chinese New Year 2020

Chinese New Year is a riotous celebration of dancing, music, fireworks and fun! The celebrations see millions of Chinese travel back home for special New Year’s Eve dinners, creating the biggest single human mass migration on earth! 

2020 is the Year of the Metal Rat, the first in the 12-year Chinese zodiac cycle. It is a year of new beginnings, and a strong, prosperous and lucky year for almost all Chinese zodiac signs. It is therefore a good year to start a business, invest money, and striving towards both personal and work goals. 

“People born in the Year of the Rat are instinctive, acute and alert in nature which makes them to be brilliant businessmen. They can always react properly before the worst circumstances take place. They are also sophisticated and popular in social interaction. They are sanguine and very adaptable, being popular with others.”

quote from Chinese Travel guide

Rats are highly rated in the Chinese zodiac, for their their spirit, wit, alertness, delicacy, flexibility and vitality. Chinese people will include items in their New year dinner menus that rats like to eat, such as nuts and cheese. Rats are also lovers of opulence, so it’s a great excuse to wear your best clothes and finest jewellery.

For more details, and how to book Chinese acrobats, musicians and dancers, see our blog .

Marking a special celebration this Spring?

Call us for ideas for live music and entertainment ideas for major celebrations from Valentine’s Day (14 Feb) to Holi (9 March) and St Patrick’s Day (17 March). We also provide live music for a whole range of major sporting events from football to horse racing. We can suggest unique, eye-catching acts for awareness days such as Marie Curie Daffodil Day (1 March) or International Women’s Day (8 March).

And of course, we can provide exceptional entertainment for your own special day, whether a big birthday, a milestone anniversary, a wedding or just for the fun of it. Call us with your requirements and we’ll do the rest.