Tag: CC Smugglers


I really don’t know why it’s taken me so long to dedicate a whole blog to these guys. I’ve mentioned them before and would love to be blogging better news about them, but sadly, this may be one of my last chances to get my memories of these guys down in writing…… and pictures….. and videos.

Meet the boys…… The CC Smugglers.

Richie in the middle is the one responsible for forming the band 10 years ago. He is the lead vocalist and plays rhythm guitar, harmonicas and banjo.
He’s actually been dragged home by my daughter Murron after a night out on the town, to jam in our garage until the early hours of the morning.
Not that I’m complaining!!
He’s quite welcome to drag the rest of the boys round if they ever want to jam together in the future.

Sam, on the right, I know from work and he is one of the nicest guys you could ever wish to meet. He’s also incredibly talented. He does vocals and plays rhytm guitar and fiddle.

The tall guy on the left of Richie is Dan and he does vocals and plays the double bass.

The guy in the hat is Ryan and he does vocals, lead guitar, dobro and banjo.

The guy in between Ryan and Sam is Tom and he does vocals, accordion and is one of the most talented piano players I’ve ever heard.

Then, last, but not least, on the extreme left of the photo is Iain who does vocals, drums and percussion.

I have had the privilege of seeing these guys in concert at least 5 times in the past (yes, I’ve lost count!) and I am pleased to say that I will be seeing them again in Cambridge on 1st November and I have also just secured tickets for their last EVER gig together back here at Esquires in Bedford on 19th December.

I say last ever, because after 10 years and some extremely bad luck in the last couple of years, the guys are calling it a day.


I remember the first concert. It was October 29th 2016 and my daughter was working on one of the doors at our local music venue, Esquires. It was Halloween weekend and fancy dress was optional. A friend decided to do some wicked makeup on us and Murron talked me into going along with her and having some fun for the evening.

She managed to get me a free pass into the main stage to see a band called the CC Smugglers.
So I stood at the bar in the main stage, on my own, and I waited.
I wasn’t disappointed. They were amazing. They were talented, catchy, enthusiastic and I needed to find out more about them.

I was lucky enough to see them again in December the same year as they did a tour rehearsal show on one of the smaller stages at Esquires. It was announced last minute so had a smaller audience and this time I dragged my husband along. He was hooked too.

That cemented my following of the band and I took every opportunity to see them from that point onwards.

A couple of years ago they decided they wanted to record and release an album and they wanted to fund it themselves. They used a company called ‘Pledgemusic’ to raise funds and they asked fans to buy merchandise.
All seemed to be going well for them. They were nearing the stage where the album could be recorded and released when the unthinkable happened. Pledgemusic went bust and ran off with their money.

That was really the beginning of the end for these guys, and in an interview for the ‘Bedford Independent’ this week, Richie states…

“Financially, it’s the end of the road for us,”

“The collapse of Pledgemusic cost us £20,000 and then we cancelled the How High tour after an incredibly traumatic bereavement that hit the whole band really, really hard.”

“We’ve given it ten years and we’ve thrown absolutely everything into this. We’ve sacrificed so much and everyone’s just emotionally drained.

“We’ve made a call to prioritise our relationship as friends over success in the industry.

“There’s no reason why we shouldn’t get back together at some point in the future, but for now, it’s time to call it quits.”

In the last ten years they have come close to a major record deal on two occasions. Releasing an album under their own control has seen them being played and interviewed on National radio and they have toured festivals across Europe and just as they are on the brink of well deserved fame and fortune, their luck runs out.

I am absolutely gutted for the guys. If I won the lottery, I would be backing them all the way!
I was lucky enough to be at their Album Launch Party and the start of the ‘How High’ Tour and I cannot wait to see them again on November 1st as they finish the re-arranged tour.
I will also be there at the final gig at Esquires on 19th December, a gig that sold out in minutes and meant that they added a penultimate gig on 18th December.
It is going to be a very emotional evening.
So for now, I will leave you with a few of my own photo and video memories.


On Friday, I had my last shift for just over two weeks.
It’s a lovely feeling knowing that you’re not having to get up for work.
I decided to tackle my garden over the weekend so that I have somewhere to sit and chill during my annual leave. It was an absolute jungle as it has quite literally been ignored for the last two years while I concentrated on Uni work.

Over the course of two days, my garden went from this….

To this…

The weather was lovely, the ice cold beer was flowing, the music was playing.
It’s amazing how much more agreeable gardening is when you haven’t got to squeeze it in between shifts! I won’t be re-stocking the borders this year. I just want to keep it simple and easy to maintain for a while.

Anyway, the plan was to have a bit of a lay in this morning, however……
Murron was at a jam night last night and brought home a few waifs and strays at 02:30.

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Can’t really complain when one of them was Richie, the lead singer of the CC Smugglers!
After a bit of singing in the garage and a fire pit in my lovely tidy garden, they all finally called it a night at around 6am.
Of course, my body clock has now told me it’s time to get up for work, so I am wide awake with no hope of a lay in.

Richie, you owe me one!

So, my plan for the day….
Time to get on top of the cleaning in the house and then I’m having my hair cut at 3, ready for my trip to London with Murron.
We were hoping to get to the cinema later today but that all depends on whether I think we’ll stay awake or not after last night!

There is a movie due out on DVD today that I want to get so if we don’t go to the cinema, it will be a night in on the sofa.
It’s a movie I haven’t actually seen yet, but it looks really good!!
It’s based on the true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. An incredible woman who dared to enter a man’s world and made her name fighting for gender equality during the 60’s and 70’s. At 86 years old, she still holds the office of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States!

Right, if I get started now, I could have the house done and dusted before midday.


In the middle of a week off and so far I’ve done virtually nothing!!
I did spend a couple of hours on Saturday re-sealing the shower tray but that’s as much work as I’ve managed.

The rest of my time has been spent chillin’. Playing on the PC and putting my feet up in front of the TV.
I watched the new Robin Hood movie yesterday which was actually a lot of fun! Then I watched Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

The rest of my time has been spent making it to the end of a third run of Versailles and through Season 5 of Merlin. For one reason only……

He’s so pretty!

Anyway, how is the rest of my week shaping up?

Pampered myself a little today with a hair cut and then I popped into town with Murron. I’ve booked myself in for a tattoo next week. It’s an extension to my existing tattoo on my left shoulder. A few roses, some ivy and a Star Wars Resistance logo to accompany my existing First Order logo.

I have decided to go to a Jam night with Murron tonight and then tomorrow we are going out as a family for dinner and then hopefully catching a preview showing of Shazam at the cinema.

Thursday is going to be make or break day for Ian as we head to Addenbrookes for an up to date MRI scan followed by a meeting with the surgeon. Watch this space.

I have yet to decide what to do on Friday, but if the weather keeps up the way it is, I may just spend the day tidying the garden up a bit.

Saturday is album launch party day with the CC Smugglers in Chesham.

Sunday is my last rest day before back to work……. although it’s only for a day before I have four more off!! My shifts have fallen quite nicely.

Anyway, back to chillin’ for a bit before I go out with Murron.


OK, this post is another shout out for The CC Smugglers.

I know I don’t get a lot of traffic on my blog but every little helps.
I’ve posted recently about this local band. That post can be read HERE.

Quite simply, this band have been handed a HUGE spanner in the works by a company called ‘Pledgemusic’.
This company was being used to promote the band and sell merchandise to raise money to fund and release their first official album.
That album is being released on the 29th of this month!!

Click on my current mood on the right of this page to listen to Baker Street 205!! Currently my favourite track.


Pledgemusic have run into financial trouble and have left the Smugglers high and dry. They cannot get hold of their money.
All the Album pre-sales, concert tickets, everything purchased through Pledgemusic has been lost and the band have taken a HUGE financial risk by taking out a loan and honoring all those sales. If you go to their Youtube site, you can watch videos explaining the whole thing.

They have set up an independent website to start all over again and so far it looks like it’s going really well. Their fans have stepped up to the plate and backed them all over again, 100%

All I’m asking is that you check them out and catch the bug! Pass this on to anyone who may be interested in them. They deserve more recognition and notoriety, even though it means I will probably see less of them locally.
They are an awesome band and one that I would HIGHLY recommend seeing live. Their live performances are AMAZING! and I can’t wait to see them at their album launch party next weekend.

Click on the following links and show your love.

Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/user/ccsmugglers
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ccsmugglers/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/ccsmugglers/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/ccsmugglers
Main website – https://www.ccsmugglers.co.uk/

I’ll just leave a few of my own videos and photos here to tickle your interest.


Right, I’ve spoken about this group in the past.
I go and see them at every opportunity. Luckily they are a local band and play at our local venue a few times each year.
And I can’t believe I’m saying this……
They are going to hit the big time soon. It’s only a matter of time, and when that time comes, it will become more difficult to see the boys regularly.
That said, I can’t be selfish, they sooooo deserve it!!

CC Smugglers!!

What? Who?

CC Smugglers are a band, local to myself, who I have been following for the last couple of years.
I actually work with one of them.
They are an incredibly infectious, enthusiastic group who are really amazing, energetic and completely at their best when performing live.
They have been trying to raise money to record, promote and release their first official album and up until recently things had been going pretty well for them. The album is launching at the end of this month and I’m pleased to say that I will be at the launch party.

They had been using a company called ‘Pledgemusic’ to sell merchandise to raise money and this company is now in trouble and has left the Smugglers a little high and dry.

Here’s Richie to explain.

So, what I’m asking is quite simple.
Go check them out on Youtube and Spotify and Facebook and check out their new website at https://www.musicglue.com/cc-smugglers.
Catch the CC Smugglers bug! Donate to their cause. Spread the word.

Regardless of what this next video/song says, they need your money!!
Every little can help them out at this stage.

I’ll leave you with this quick video I took myself, that really shows the fun side of their performances.


This blog is only a couple of days late.

Earlier in the week I went to London to see one of my favourite bands. CC Smugglers.

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It was supposed to be me and Ian but Ian has some real problems with a trapped nerve at the moment and literally cannot stand and walk around for more than an hour or two, so London was out of the question.
So I took my eldest daughter, Murron, who is also a Smugglers fan.

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I’ve blogged about the Smugglers before.
They are a local band. One of them actually works at the Hospital with me.
They are AMAZING live.

Over the last year they have been raising money using ‘Pledgemusic’ so that they can record their first official album and it is now just about ready for release.
I pledged to get the tickets for the show we were going to see.

Anyway, we decided to make the most of the day and headed into London by train just before 10am.
As Ian wasn’t with me, it was decided that I should do things that I’ve never done before in London so Murron planned the day.

We arrived in London at around 11am and we made our way to London Bridge and Borough Market.
Murron got a faceful of Mac ‘n’ Cheese with pulled pork and cheese sauce and I got to try a Sea Urchin!

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Then we arranged to meet Charlotte, one of Murron’s friends who works in London, for a lunchtime drink at one of my favourite pubs, The Horniman, by HMS Belfast.

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After that, we headed up to Camden where Murron showed me the fabulous Market around Camden Lock and took me to see Cyber Dog, a very alternative fashion store with an 18+ only floor which was quite interesting! I will neither confirm or deny that I treated myself!!
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Of course, Murron found a little music den and just ‘had’ to try one of the guitars.

After Camden, we headed over to Soho to check out Crumbs and Doilies.
We treated ourselves to a mini cake because we didn’t want to spoil dinner and it was delicious but I have to say I was a little dissapointed with the shop itself.
Very small, and not much on display, so we didn’t stay long.

Then we headed over to Covent Garden to find the Hospital Club where the gig was to take place to get our bearings. On the way we walked right past Choccywoccydoodah!!
Of course we went in and had a nose around.

Then we went and found a pub for dinner.
One large steak and a burger later, we headed back to the Hospital club and as always, the smugglers were brilliant!!

The photo of the day had to be this one….. taken mid-song with Richie, the lead singer.
Unfortunately not very flattering for me!! Cheesy grin and nasal flair! But lots of fun.

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Then, one very long day and 18 kilometers of walking later we headed back home and got to bed at just before 1am.

I have to say that when I have a bit of money set aside, a trip back to Camden is on the books!!


So, tomorrow is a day I’ve been waiting for since the beginning of November 2017 when I bought the tickets.
A favourite local band have been raising money through ‘Pledgemusic.com’ to be able to record their first album.
They have been selling things like tote bags, t-shirts, signed CD’s, right up to a full band house show ranging from £10 to £1700.
The good news is that they’ve recorded the album!!

I couldn’t afford, much but two tickets to their ‘secret show’ in Covent Garden wasn’t going to break the bank and it means an intimate show of only 130 pledgers!
We only found out recently that the show is at the Hospital Club in Covent Garden tomorrow evening. I’m so looking forward to it.

I was originally going to attend with my husband but unfortunately, with a pinched nerve in his neck, he’s in no condition to be stomping all over London so it has been decided that I am going with my eldest Daughter, Murron!!

Should I be worried!!!
As it turns out, yes I should. This is Murron we’re talking about!

I suppose it’s my own fault.
I wanted to do things I’ve never done before in London so Murron has basically planned the day.

We are leaving Bedford at around 10am and arriving in London St Pancras just after 11am.
We will then head down to London Bridge for a light lunch with a friend of Murron’s that works in London before we have a wander around Borough Market.
We are then going to head up to Camden where Murron is going to take me around the market and a place called Cyber Dog!! Apparantly the third floor of this place is strictly for 18+ peeps!

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After Camden we are heading over to Soho to visit Crumbs and Doilies. I keep telling Murron that Cupcake Jemma probably won’t be front of house in the shop but she wants to go anyway.

After Soho we will be heading over to Covent Garden for some dinner before the show.
I just hope I’m not too knackered to enjoy it!


So this is how my day went…..

Arrived at work to start shift at 07:30.
Receive call from number one daughter about crippling abdominal pain just after handover.
Come home and talk to NHS 111 who advise getting her seen by Doctor within 6 hours.
Get seen. No worries but sent for blood tests just in case.
Get blood test done.
Get anti sickness meds from Pharmacy.
Arrive home.
Find out number three daughter has been sent home not feeling well.
Get back to work for just after midday.
Have a pretty good afternoon.
Get some great reference material for an essay from the Matron.
Make it to 20:00 hours only to realise you were only on an early shift and ‘technically’ could have gone home at 15:30!!!!


Anyway, This weekend will consist of studying Sat and Sun for my exam on Monday but will be broken up by a night out in town with the hubby to see CC Smugglers!!!

Can’t wait.




So, a planned quiet evening turned out to be quite the opposite!

Ian had been away Thursday night for work. He drove up North for some sort of meeting, stayed overnight and drove back yesterday afternoon.
Travelling like that is pretty hard for him with his Psoriatic Arthritis so a quiet evening curled up in front of the TV was the original plan.

Then I got a message from Murron, daughter number one.

Apparantly CC Smugglers where having a surprise appearance at Esquires in town as a warm up to a gig they are doing at the O2 today!
I got to see them at Esquires a few months ago and absolutely loved them so the chance to see them again at an even more intimate venue was too much to resist.


They were even better this time!
Their style is catchy, bouncy and lots of fun! You can’t help dancing.
They made my night when they played ‘Rhythm’. My favourite track and a song that I’m absolutely addicted to at the moment.

And I got to meet the band and tell them exactly how terrific they are!


I must remember not to wear a hoody and a jacket next time. I was boiling and I look like a tomato!!

Fab night and I really hope things go well for them in the future.


That’s it then, 2 weeks of annual leave over with.

Good news though, it’s only 4 weeks until I have 2 more. Frightening thing is that that will be for Xmas preparations and that in turn means it’s not long until Rogue One!!

As I write this post the counter to the left informs me that it’s only 47 days.
I’m an itsy bitsy bit excited.

I’m sorry, but why do the bad guys always look soooo good!!

So what have I done in the last 2 weeks?

I went out for a meal and a movie for my birthday.

I’ve seen three films in total.
Miss Perigrine’s Home for Peculiar Children which was nothing special.
Inferno which was just as good as it’s predecessors and showcases Florence amazingly.
And Dr Strange which was surprisingly better than I thought it was going to be. I’d actually go and see it again.

The house has been given a bit of a deeper clean than normal and the gardens have had a tidy up.

I went out with Murron again!
Halloween night at Esquires.

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As she worked on one of the gig doors, I went to the main stage, on my own, and saw CC Smugglers!! AMAZING!! Even if I did feel like a bit of a loner.

Apart from all that, I have spent an unhealthy amount of time on my computer, Tumbling, Tweeting, Youtubing and reading fan-fiction and I have managed to write another short piece of my own.
No, I will not be posting a link here as I will admit, it’s an extremely naughty piece of writing but anyone who’s desperate enough to want to give it a go should be able to figure out where I post if they get a bit creative!! or if you message me nicely I may just let you know.

So, back to work bright and early tomorrow. Up before 6am but I’ll be home by 4pm as I’m still on short shifts for a while due to my knee problem.
That’s good news because my 3D Star Wars Force Awakens with more extras should be arriving tomorrow!
So 3D glasses and wine glasses will be out tomorrow night!

I seriously need to think about more Dish and Dishettes of the week. It’s been a while since I blogged about any as I have been totally smitten by my evil space boyfriends down in the Kylux trash can!