Forged in the gin-joints and speakeasies of Leeds in early 2001, Captain Redeye and the Hoods are purveyors of highly-refined vintage Gangster Swing.
Taking a heavy influence from the bands of the 1990s swing revival such as Royal crown Revue and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the band based its name around the somewhat mythical figure of Captain Redeye, a legendary alter-ego of one of the original band members, who had a penchant for wine, women and all-night revelry, and could usually be found propping up the bars of smoke-filled Jazz lounges until the early hours of the morning.
Musically the Hoods serve up a heady cocktail of styles and genres, from high-octane jump-jazz, through hip-shaking swing, to finger-poppin’ rhythm and blues, all with a dash of Latin thrown in for good measure.
Prepare to be propelled in spirals across the dancefloor by the pounding jungle drums before you sway to the sultry rhythms of mambo and calypso, then soothe your breathless soul with the sensitive balladry of a softly-crooned love-song.
Much of their inspiration and playlist is drawn from the golden Hollywood era of the 1930s-50s and features old favourites from artists such as Louis Prima, Benny Goodman, Cab Calloway, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, and Ray Charles, as well as original compositions and rock and pop reinterpretations, all delivered in the Hoods own hard-swingin’ style.
The band itself consists of nine highly-accomplished musicians, the majority of whom have trained in prestigious institutions such as the Royal Academy, Guildhall, and the Leeds College of Music before embarking on their own successful professional music careers. The last decade has seen the band go from strength to strength, playing a multitude of different venues and events across the UK, from high society balls in Knightsbridge and Kensington to variety evenings in northern social clubs, to regular Burlesque nights in Piccadilly Circus at the heart of London’s West End – continuing to build up an ever-widening fanbase, which ranges from ages 9 to 90.
They are as comfortable playing shows to large festival crowds as they are in intimate cabaret clubs, and have performed their own brand of much-loved musical high-jinks everywhere from the Science Museum to the Savoy Hotel. With all of this and an album of original songs due for recording in 2012, better grab your hat and two-tones, for you are sure to be hearing more from Captain Redeye and the Hoods...
• Ain’t That A Kick In The Head?
• Almost Like Being In Love
• Beyond The Sea
• Come Fly With Me
• Datin’ With No Dough
• Fly Me To The Moon
• Hallelujah I Love Her So
• Have You Met Miss Jones?
• Hey Pachuco!
• House Of Bamboo
• I Wanna Be Like You
• I’m In The Mood For Love
• Jump In The Line
• Jump Jive And Wail
• Jump With Me Baby
• Just A Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody
• Lady Is A Tramp
• Let There Be Love
• Let’s Face The Music And Dance
• Mack The Knife
• Mambo No 5
• Mambo Swing
• Minnie The Moocher
• Mr Pinstripe Suit
• My Baby Just Cares For Me
• Oh Marie
• One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
• Stormy Weather
• Sweet Little Angel
• Under My Skin
• When You’re Smiling/Sheikh Of Araby
• You And Me And The Bottle Makes Three Tonight Baby
Name: Captain Redeye & The Hoods
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Standard Set Times: Up to 2 hours of performance with at least one break. Suggested schedules: x2 one hour sets, x3 40 minute sets.
Set Up Time: 6.30PM
Usual Arrival Time: 4.30PM
Usual Finish Time: 12MN
PA suitable for: All necessary PA sound system equipment suitable for events of up to 200 guests approx.
Stage Lighting: Yes
Dance Floor Lighting:
Free use of PA via iPod: Yes
Hospitality/Artist Rider: We do ask that you provide the band with a hot meal at the event and make provision for parking (if no free parking, charges apply)
Technical Requirement: General Power Requirements
Up to a 4 piece band: 16 Amp supply for x4 13amp sockets for exclusive use
Larger line ups: 32 Amp supply for x4 13 amp sockets for exclusive us
General stage/performances areas:
Up to a 4 piece band: 12' wide x 10' deep
Up to an 8 piece band: 16' wide x 12 deep
Smaller sizes can be accommodated, please contact us if you are unclear
“Nice work guys!” Vince Power, founder of Vince Power Music Group and owner of The Pigalle Club, Piccadilly Circus
I was sooooo thrilled with you and the band last night - you are a unique, slick, damn hot band - Loved working with you all - really - so professional etc.. x and easy on the eye to boot!!”
“You guys were totally and utterly brilliant last night. You absolutely made the night! You are entertaining, sooooo tight, all damn hot musicians, and your set was enormous fun. Everyone needs to know about you!”
Please Note: The fees indicated below are approximate and based on a central location for each county. They are intended to provide a rough guide only and exact quotes can only be given once the date and exact location of your event have been provided.