Check out the bass on that! #Kado are back with their soul jazz funk this year and headlining @The Elephant Inn – 9pm, Sunday May 20. Dancing shoes will be necessary! #NorthFinchleyFestival #NorthFinchley #souljazz #Londonmusic pic.twitter.com/Y49S8UXIab— North Finchley Fest (@NorthFinchFest) May 1, 2018
Unfortunately for me, I've got another appointment just down the road. I will be playing with my own band, the False Dots, at the Bohemia. We will be the main support to the awesome Silencerz, who feature Lee Thompson from Madness on Saxophone. Normally you'd have to shell out big wonga to see Lee play, so to see him for free is a real treat!
More from @TheSilencerz from last year – they're headlining this Sunday at the @Bohemia_N12 at 10pm. Perfect way to wind up the festival. Come down and have a dance!#NorthFinchleyFestival #NorthFinchley pic.twitter.com/PPpld6rG1A— North Finchley Fest (@NorthFinchFest) May 14, 2018
Music has always been my number one passion in life. I founded the band in 1979 and we performed our first gig in 1980. It was a hastily arranged gig for Rock Against Racism. A chaotic affair, we borrowed Dav, the drummer from Alan Warner of the Foundations and our singer didn't bother to turn up! Despite all of that it was a brilliant night and it gave me the bug.
On 13th December 1980, I organised and promoted a gig for Rock against Racism at Hartley Hall, Mill Hill, featuring The False Dots and local Reggae band Stylo. The Hall was packed, one of the proudest nights of my life pic.twitter.com/VBAv6OFjOH— Roger Tichborne/RogT #CTID (@Barneteye) April 26, 2018
As a sixteen year old, the concept that I'd still be playing 38 years later would have seemed a little strange, but here we are. The lineup we play with now was our 1985 lineup, augmented by Fil Ross on bass guitar. Last Saturday, we performed at our singer, Allen Ashley's 60th birthday party at the Kings Head in Enfield. When Allen isn't singing with the False Dots, he is an author and poet and he runs various writing groups across Barnet and Enfield. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that quite a few stalwarts of various Barnet campaigns I've supported and many Barnet Eye readers are also members of the various writing groups Allen runs. Allen hadn't told them that the Dots were performing (in fact many didn't know he was our singer, as they simply knew him from the writing group). It was an excellent night. Perhaps the most touching moment was when Allen's wife Sarah presented a book she'd put together with contributions from his writing group.
To mark @AllenAshleyUK’s “special” birthday, I secretly invited his writing pals & writing groups to contribute Allen-inspired stories, poems & tributes to this: the Allenthology, inc fab cover by David Rix & pic by Peter Coleborn. Presented to Allen at his party; he was amazed! pic.twitter.com/f20Q8DZR7b— Sarah Doyle (@PoetSarahDoyle) May 13, 2018
Of course The False Dots are a completely different beast from Allens literary and poetic activities. Although our songs are finely crafted, we are a full on Rock and Roll band with a long pedigree. I daresay a few of Allens writing group would have been surprised to see a completely different side to Allens personality. The False Dots have put the finishing touches recently to our forthcoming album "Songs of Love and War" and will be previewing these, along with some newer material at the show on Sunday.
As well as Allen we have Fil Ross on Bass. Fil has played bass with the band since 1998 and is also wicked lead guitarist. His other band, The Rock and Roll Sons will be headlining at The Elephants Head on Saturday at 10pm. Fil is always value for money. A brilliant live performer. Anyone who has seen the False Dots or the Rock and Roll sons will testify that there is no shoegazings at our gigs!
Get ready to rock with the @RockAndRollSons – headlining #NorthFinchleyFestival on Saturday May 19th at @TheElephantInn – 10pm! ⚡️https://t.co/Vc3Omwnxrk#NorthFinchley#Londonmusic #Londonfestival— North Finchley Fest (@NorthFinchFest) May 8, 2018
|The False Dots in Belgium 1985|
|The False Dots 2018|
The False Dots are in some ways almost unique. All of us are involved in other musical/creative projects. All of us are outspoken, opinionated, all from very different backgrounds. Whilst you may think this would cause musical differences, in fact it has built a huge mutual respect. Musically we all push each other onwards and upwards. I think the material we've written in the last few years is the best of our career. If you come down on Sunday night and you enjoy live music, you will not be disappointed. Here is a little sample of what you will be missing if you decide to stop in and listen to The Archers on iPlayer! This is a very live video!