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High Energy Roots Music & Comedy

* As seen on Vernon Kay's Five O'Clock Show, Channel 4 *


Fiddle and Banjo at breakneck speed !   A tribute to woodlice !

The homesick Saw !   A Cabbage plays a watering can !   A Pet's Polka !

Learn to play the washboard !   Canine Constipation !


Contact :   lpso4@yahoo.co.uk















live photos : Bente Feldballe (Skagen Festival, Denmark July 2007)

Dates 2010 :

Jan 16 - Pamber Heath Hall, Hants

Jan 29 - Mavesyn Ridware Hall, Staffs

Feb 12 - Phoenix Theatre, Bordon, Hants

Feb 26 - Grange Hall, Southam, Warwks

Feb 27 - Little Wolford Hall, Warwks

March 6 - Sparsholt Memorial Hall, Hants

March 12 - Shrewley Hall, Warwks

March 13 - Upper Town Social Centre, Derbys

March 26 - Youlgrave Hall, Derbys

March 27 - Wine Makers Guild, Dunstable

April 14 - Newton & Noss Hall, Devon

April 15 - Diptford Hall, Devon

April 16 - Peter Tavy Hall, Devon

April 17 - Stokeinteignhead Hall, Devon

May 21 - Greyladyes Arts, Burlesdon, Hants

May 29 - Ireby Festival, Cumbria

May 30 - The Steamer, Fleetwood

May 31 - Chippenham Folk Festival

June 18 - Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival

June 25 - St Albans Folk Festival

July 2 - Cleckheaton Folk Festival

July 5 - Vernon Kaye's Five O'Clock Show, Channel 4

July 7 - HAC, Artillery Garden, London (6-9pm)

Aug 14 - Saltburn Folk Festival

Aug 15 - Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Norfolk

Aug 20 - Chiswick Park, London (12-2pm)

Sept 3 - Kingsdon Hall, Somerset

Sept 4 - Burnham-on-Sea Folk Fest

Sept 30 - Ludford Hall, Lincs

Oct 1 - Northside Comm. Centre, Workington

Oct 2 - Ingleton Folk Festival, N. Yorks

Oct 9 - Banbury Folk Festival

Oct 10 - Half Moon, Putney, London

Oct 14 - Ullock Hall, Cumbria

Oct 15 - Bowness on Solway Hall, Cumbria

Oct 16 - Waberthwaite Hall, Cumbria

Oct 21 - St Mary's Church, Horncastle, Lincs

Oct 22 - Caunton Dean Hole Community Centre, Caunton, Notts

Oct 29 - Hambledon Hall, Surrey

Nov 5 - Thrumpton Hall, Notts

Nov 6 - Grove St Methodist Church, Retford, Notts

Nov 11 - Kings Theatre, Cheddar, Somerset

Nov 12 - Westborough Hall, Notts

Nov 13 - Market House, Long Sutton, Lincs

Nov 18 - Snainton Hall, N Yorks

Nov 19 - Tholthorpe Hall, N Yorks

Nov 20 - Lothersdale Hall, N Yorks

Nov 21 - Stillington Sports/Social Club, N Yorks

Nov 24 - Weaverthorpe Hall, N Yorks

Nov 25 - Wass Hall, N Yorks

Nov 26 - Danby Hall, N Yorks

Nov 27 - Ingleby Greenhow Hall, N Yorks

Jan 12, 2011 - Burniston O Cloughton Hall, N Yorks

Jan 13, 2011 - Cropton Hall, N Yorks

Jan 14, 2011 - Terrington Hall, N Yorks

Jan 15, 2011 - Carleton Hall, N Yorks

Jan 21, 2011 - Chilwell Rd Methodist Church, Beeston, Notts

Jan 22, 2011 - Ordsall Hall, Notts

April 23, 2011 - Centenary Centre, Peel, Isle of Man


Great Music - Great Show - Great Fun

"You coped magnificently with our weird television ways" (Dawn Payne, Producer, The 5 O'Clock Show, Channel 4, July 2010)

"The LPSO raised the roof....with laughter, insanity & a fantastic range of every type of music possible. The audience left with wide smiles & happy hearts saying "We haven't laughed so much in years!""   Gill Scard (Director, King's Theatre, Cheddar, Nov 2009)

"The LPSO combine zany madcappery with faultless musicianship"   Ian McGlynn (Artistic Director - Rondo Theatre, Bath, March 2009)

"A fantastic night of musical zaniness - our audience loved it."   Will Wollen (Artistic Director, Theatre Royal, Margate, April 2008)

"They're brilliant"   Merrily Powell (Artistic Director, Wharf Theatre, Devizes, February 2008)

"The LPSO just blew away our packed audience. They must be one of the best acts we have had here on the Isle of Man. It was a show full of fun, great music, performed by very talented musicians who are not only multi-instrumentalists, they play each instrument amazingly well!"

Ernie Leece (Director, Centenary Centre, Peel Isle of Man, February 2006)

"The LPSO took The Tower by storm with their eclectic musical mix, ...  the band hit all points of the musical compass! It might all be rollicking good fun, but make no mistake, these guys really can play, and some of the tunes rattle along at an incredible lick! Comic songs, an excellent rapport with the audience, between songs patter and the timely introduction of comic props keep the show moving along nicely.  Everybody came out with a smile on their face!"

John Tellett (Director, Tower Arts Centre, Winchester, April 2005)

"A Great Show"  Suzanne Yeates (Artistic Administrator Henley Festival, July 2004)

"A fantastic evening. The way all four of you interact with each other and the audience was a joy to watch."

Richard Ryan (Events, Hampshire County Council, October 2006)

"The absolute highlight of this year's festival"   KESKISUOMALAINEN (26/7/04) (review of Kihveli Soikoon, Finland)

For those of you who have not heard of this illustrious group, perhaps I should explain what you can expect. Four, er, gentlemen? Just this side of insane. Four very talented musicians who play a variety of instruments from the more traditional violin, double bass, mandolin, etc, through the slightly quirky washboard and saw to a duck, rubber chicken and frog. Throw into the musical mix an eclectic dress code that changes seemingly randomly throughout the evening, music that moves so fast that you can barely catch your breath, stir in a large dose of wacky humour and you get the flavour of this group.   Dick Deciduous almost literally props up the manic behaviour of the group with his large bass, whilst Captain Cabbage allows his more eccentric take on life full rein. Somehow the two Martins (Mike Martin and Martyn Oram) steer a clever path through the craziness with superb musical talent. All round a very enjoyable evening – it just all seemed to be over too quickly!    Well done to the LPSO, for providing a show of excellent quality and value.

Anthea Dore (Medstead Hall, Jan 2007)

It was a terrific show and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  I am still in awe of the LPSO, what a fantastically talented group you are - I was lost in admiration for Martyn's fiddle playing and your banjo routine - absolutely brilliant and long may you reign.   It was a slick, professional show that blew everyone away..... It was only as I was getting ready for bed last night that I got the Fox Hat gag! I tell you, I nearly choked on my toothpaste - which just goes to show what a terrific pace you were going at - there was enough energy being generated on that stage to power the national grid for a fortnight.  Fabulous - and congratulations again on a terrific evening.

Chris Emmett (Water Rat's Theatre, March 2007)

Have previously appeared at :

Henley-On-Thames Festival of Music and Arts   -   Hankasalmi Music Festival, Finland   -   Cleckheaton Folk Festival   -   Cambridge Big Weekend

Vikedal Roots Festival, Norway   -   SildaJazz Festival, Haugesund, Norway   -   KesaKaivari Festival, Helsinki, Finland   -   Deerlycke Festival, Belgium

Warwick Folk Festival   -   Ludlow Festival   -   Manchester Street Festival   -  Chichester Music Festival   -   Banbury Folk Festival

Skagen Folk Festival, Denmark   -   Fylde Folk Festival   -  Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage   -   Tithe Barn, Wellingborough   -   Walthamstow Festival

Ferneham Hall, Fareham   -   Harrogate Theatre  -  Lakeside Country Club, Camberley  -  Hamburg Festival, Germany   -   Folk On The Pier, Cromer

Sweeps Festival, Rochester   -   Theatre Royal, Margate    -   Battersea Arts Centre, London   -   Weston-Super-Mare Festival   -   Ely Folk Club

Crawley Folk Festival   -   Leigh on Sea Folk Festival   -   Bridgend Beer Festival  -  Hitchin Festival   -   Civic Hall Theatre, Broxbourne

Essex County Cricket Ground, Colchester   -   Central Theatre, London   -   Water Rats Ball, Grosvenor Hotel, London   -   Lewisham People's Day

Peel Centenary Centre, Isle Of Man   -   Didmarton Bluegrass Festival   -   Tower Arts Centre, Winchester   -   Dorset Steam Fair

Rondo Theatre, Bath   -   Tampere Hall, Finland   -   Wharf Theatre, Devizes   -   Phoenix Theatre, Bordon   -   City Varieties, Leeds

Half Moon, Putney   -   Kolding Festival, Denmark   -   Bedford River Festival   -   Leytonstone Festival, London

Bremerhaven Theater, Germany   -   Cotton Club, Hamburg, Germany   -   Brauhaus, Buxtehude, Germany


Would you like to hear us ?     Click on a song title -


Caught By The Cossacks

Crazy 'Bout You

Pet's Polka

Funky Banjo

Wagon Wheel

McChevitt's Reel


Would you like to see us  ?    click here - "LPSO live"

Contact :   lpso4@yahoo.co.uk