Rockney duo Chas & Dave back gigs in Kettering and Milton Kenyes

Chas & Dave
Chas & Dave

Rockney pioneers genre Chas & Dave will return to the region this year for two gigs as part of their UK tour.

In a career spanning 40 years, Chas & Dave are without doubt one of Britain’s longest running and best loved rock acts.

Their tour heads to Milton Keynes and Kettering in March and April respectivley.

Bursting onto the music scene in the 1970s, they recorded exceptionally witty songs performed with a strong affection for all things English.

In the tradition of The Kinks and the Small Faces and around the same time as Ian Dury and Squeeze, they wrote songs that spoke about life in London, using their own accents rather than the fashionable-but-fake transatlantic twang.

With hits like Gertcha, Rabbit, The Sideboard Song and Margate, they created a sound that was uniquely British.

Their debut album One Fing ‘n’ Anuvver was released in 1975 earning critical acclaim from the likes of Radio One legend John Peel.

The band has also contributed theme tunes for TV shows such as Crackerjack and In Sickness & In Health but contrary to urban myth, they were not responsible for the Only Fools and Horses theme, turning the opportunity down because they were too busy.

Their contribution to popular culture was recognised by BBC Four recently with an hour-long documentary detailing their career and influence.

The critically acclaimed show was based around the 2011 tour and featured input from Jools Holland, Phill Jupitus, and Pete Doherty among others.

They play Milton Keynes Stables on Friday, March 22 and Tuesday, April 9.

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