Gigs

Andy Baum and Dave Maggs - the Bacuma Boys duo - will be playing at the Miller of Mansfield, Goring, on Friday February 23rd 2018 (8pm).

The Bacuma Boys quartet will be playing their LAST public performance with Max Hunt at Brewhouse Music, Yattendon on Easter Saturday March 31st 2018 (7.30pm).

Tickets are available from:

The Yattendon Village Stores, 01635 201236
Roger Sansom, randssansom@aol.com, 01635 200185
Andrew Baum, aeb@abaum.co.uk, 07909 521690

Comments after recent Bacumas gigs....

"We were there for the music and what an evening it turned out to be. .....the Bacuma Boys took us on a journey through American blues and jazz to western swing and some traditional and contemporary folk, running from the 1930’s (though they did slip in some earlier pieces!) through to about 1959, finishing with a bit of Gospel and Rock. “He’s in the Jailhouse Now” was made memorable by the three gents in caps (the Bacumarettes, of course) who jumped up on cue to sing the chorus!! The band created a great atmosphere and a good time was had by all."

"I’m still floating after Friday and it’s not through lack of sleep!!!  What a brilliant result – not just in terms of money raised (although that has beaten all records here apparently!) but bringing so many people together from the outlying villages in one place for a fabulous evening of great music, food and fun.  I’ve been bowled over by lovely comments. “Thank you” seems so inadequate but I mean it from the heart.  You have numerous new fans over here now!"

The Bacuma Boys – Almost Live at Thrive! – Friday 11th July 2014
 
What’s music for?  Well, in just one evening in the beautiful garden setting of the Berkshire HQ of Thrive (the horticultural charity) at Beech Hill, Mortimer, the Bacumas answered that question in a number of satisfying ways…
 
First and foremost, there’s fun: there’s a delicious sense of humour behind everything these guys do and it’s hard to imagine listening to them for more than a minute before your toes start tapping and you’re fighting the urge to dance. 
 
Second, there’s soul; not in a Motown sense, but there’s an evident love of the material in the set, which is delivered with well-crafted musicianship across the band.  Founder members Dave Maggs and Andy Baum blend guitars and vocals to provide a solid and harmonious framework for slide guitarist Richard Cox-Smith and keyboard maestro Max Hunt to add their formidable talents to, and their collective respect for the songs they play gives their performance a sense of humility that disguises their dexterity.
 
What else?  Strangely, it’s this: education.  The Bacumas take you – by stealth – on a musical tour of 20th Century Americana, from traditionals like “Jesus on the Mainline”, through the Jazz Age, and subsequent Depression-era (although it’s not depressing hearing their rendition of “In the Jailhouse Now”), on through the rock’n’roll years (Fats Domino’s “I’m Ready”, for example), the Woodstock-era 60’s (e.g. The Band’s hit, “The Weight”) and approaching this Millennium with Little Feat’s “Rad Gumbo”.
 
A gorgeous evening, a great band and a good time had by all…

Colin Williams
Hall of Sound, Pangbourne

www.hallofsound.co.uk