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

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

Fiddle and Banjo at breakneck speed !   Dance with Stavros !

Learn to play the washboard !   Canine Constipation !


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D2015 :

Jan 15 - The Courtyard Theatre, Hereford

Jan 17 - Pamber Heath Memorial Hall, Hants

March 8 - Bell, Bath (6 pm)

May 14-17 - Dresden Jazz Festival, Germany

May 24 - Chippenham Folk Festival

June 13 - Wadenhoe, Northants (private event)

June 27 - Goodworth Clatford Hall, Hants (6.30pm)

July 17-19 - Kihveli Soikoon, Finland

July 25 - Norwich Golf Club

Aug 29 - Southampton (private birthday party)

Nov 1 - "WAKEmanFEST", Gliderdrome, Boston (2pm)

Nov 22 - Water Rats Ball, Grosvenor Hotel, London (6.30pm)

Feb 5, 2016 - Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford, Essex

Feb 19, 2016 - Hall, Oxenhall, Newent, Glos

Feb 20, 2016 - Hall, Minchinhampton, Glos

March 12, 2016 - Hall, May Hill, Glos

April 16, 2016 - Hall, Box, Stroud, Glos





live photos : Bente Feldballe (Skagen Festival, Denmark, July 07, 08, & 09) except Nellie (Kihveli Soikoon, Finland, July '11)

Great Music - Great Show - Great Fun

"What an immensely entertaining and fun band LPSO are, and moreover, incredibly talented musicians. Love them !!!" (Sandy Slaughter, Pamber Heath, January 2015)

"I love your band. Great fun!" (Rick Wakeman, Water Rat's Ball, Grosvenor House, London, November, 2014)

"That's because they hate you here. I bet they chase you with sticks!" (HRH Prince Phillip The Duke of Edinburgh, when told by Mike Martin that the LPSO work abroad a lot, Buckingham Palace, November, 2014)

"Great Night's Entertainment!" Steven Laffoley-Edwards (Deputy Director, Stage & Events, Jersey Arts Centre, St Helier, October 2014)

"I was lucky enough to witness your indescribable and inimitable clowning, wit, agility, vocal talent, lyrical ingenuity, instrumental accomplishment and sheer sense of fun! ...... there is absolutely no chance of any of us forgetting what an amazing time we had! You were brilliant! Thank you so much for your ability to cheer up the world!" Sally Barrett (Commemoration Hall, Huntingdon, September 2014)

"ein zweistündiges Feuerwerk erstklassiger Musical Comedy mit Wurzeln in Skiffle Music und Folk. Schräg und very British, humorvoll und gekonnt. Ein wenig erinnert das an Monty Python, kein Fettnäpfchen wird ausgelassen, aber bevor es peinlich und platt wird, kriegen die vier circus- und comedyerfahrenen Vollblutmusiker Mike Martin, Martyn Oram, Captain Cabbage und "The Right Horrible" Ronald Regan immer rechtzeitig die Kurve. Eine unvergesslicher Abend. Gerne wieder! ------ (a two-hour fireworks first-class musical comedy show with music rooted in skiffle and folk. A little reminiscent of Monty Python , no faux pas is omitted, but before it is embarrassing and flat, the four circus and comedy experienced thoroughbred musicians always get back on the track. An unforgettable evening. They'll be welcomed back! (Christoph Gugger, Veranstaltungsmanager, New Generation, Hamburg, January 2014)

"LPSO - er et uovertruffent show-band med forskellige genre af musik og en total crazy fremføring på scenen, så smilet hos publikum holdes fast under hele koncerten - og latteren vil ingen ende tage!" ------ (The LPSO are an unsurpassed show-band with different genres of music and a totally crazy delivery on stage - the smiles in the audience are held firmly during the entire concert - and the laughter never ends!) Jørgen Christensen (Director, Slangerup Jazz Festival, Denmark, August 2013)

"Fantastik, godt og underholdende show" (Fantastic, good and entertaining show) Marianne Holm (Café Frederiksberg, Aalborg, April 2013)

"Sjoveste program hidtil" (Funniest programme so far). Christoffer Larson, (Radio Aalborg, April 2013)

"Det kunstneriske niveauer af disse kunstnere er ekstremt højt i denne genre af musikalske comedy, og numre og vitser går rigtig godt også med det danske publikum, da den britiske humor er meget godt forbundet med danske. Og så er de tilmed glade for marineret sild!" ----- (The artistic levels of these performers are extremely high in this genre of musical comedy, and their act goes down really well also with the Danish audience, since the British humour is very well connected with the Danish. And they even like pickled herring)  Soren Lindholt Hansen (Aalborg Blues Festival Artistic Director, April 2013)

"Ein echtes Glanzstück englischer Spielfreude und musikalischer Begeisterung erlebte das Publikum im April 2013 im "Deutschen Haus" in Appel. Die "London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra" bewiesen bei zahlreichen Liedern, den lustigen Moderationen und Zwischentexten, der Einbeziehung des Publikums und in immer neuen Rollen und Kostümen ihre musikalische Viel-seitigkeit, Virtuosität auf vielen Instrumenten und den Spaß an ihrer Musik." ----- (The Deutsch House in Appel witnessed a real gem of English playfulness and musical enthusiasm in April 2013. The London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra gave a wonderful and incredibly versatile performance where the presentation, the way the audience was involved by the musicians and the breathtaking virtuosity and skill in acting and performing made the night an outstanding event to remember) Karsten Marquardt (at Appel, April 2013)

"The four piece got the audience giggling and clapping right from the start ... singing about various countries, pets, mosquitoes and even viagra. Each song saw new props, costume changes and general tomfoolery, so it kept everyone on their toes throughout the evening ... a sort of music and circus hybrid. The LPSO are clearly a talented bunch and, despite going to this on my own, time seemed to fly past as I laughed my way through their set" Lucienne Simpson (at Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, 8/11/12)

"Laughing and laughing tears. I do not remember when the laughter was so loud and long at Iris Stage.
The band consists of four crazy Englishmen who are known to concert venues around Europe with their frenzied, unpredictable antics and crazy humour. Now they add Odda to their list of venues where the audience falls off furniture laughing. Clowning united with a musicality in all imaginable and unimaginable musical genres, whose members often switched on all instruments and other various things on stage that could produce sound. LPSO took their audience on several journeys through many countries around the world in musical form, with a history of some sort, that yes, most could recognize themselves in. Other fun devices were also performed by these multi artists to create song and show. Here it may be mentioned various animals and different types of dance."
Steinunn Torsteinsdottir (Odda Blues Festival, Norway, Sept 2012) (courtesy of Google translate)http://oddablues.no/nyheter/bluesfrokost-med-humor.aspx

"Such an amazing show. We shall all remember your outrageous antics on stage, silly costumes, your musical versatility and your ability to read the audience. A night of fun, frivolity, energy and hilarity together with amazing musical dexterity.  Come back to Cornwall soon please." Helen Fletcher (Organiser, Tremayne Hall, Mylor Bridge, Nov 2011)

"Thank you for a great evening on Friday. It was fantastic to see the room full and, standing at the back, I could clearly see how much people were enjoying themselves. What a show!" Andy Gibbs (Manager, British Schools Museum, June 2012)

"Energetic, colourful, bizarre, hilarious, uplifting - costume changes and jokes amid a cacophony of musical styles brought howls of laughter from an appreciative audience." Brentwood Gazette, 20/4/2011

"I don't recall ever having as many favourable comments about a band as we have had about you" Dom Wills (Artistic Director Burnham-on-Sea Folkfest, Sept 2010)

"What a fabulous evening of entertainment the LPSO treated us to. The format certainly worked well and everyone who attended was full of praise not only for your musicianship but also the way in which you entered into the spirit of the event so well. In the words of one attendee “in 20 years of attending City events I can say that I have never seen anything like it; it will go down as one of our special memories, for all the right reasons”. Julian Squire (Master,Worshipful Company of Upholders, March 2011 )

"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)

"Zany madcappery with faultless musicianship"   Ian McGlynn (Artistic Director - Rondo Theatre, Bath, March 2009)

"A fantastic night - 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"

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

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

"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.   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 the 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.

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

Have previously appeared at :

Denmark : Skagen Folk Festival Snake City Jazz Festival - Kolding Town Festival - Tante Olga, Randers - Cafe Frederiksberg, Aalborg - Jonstrup Jazz Festival

Finland : Khiveli Soikoon, Hankasalmi Music Festival - KesaKaivari Festival, Helsinki Tampere Concert Hall

Norway : Odda Blues Festival - Froya Festival - Vikedal Roots Festival - SildaJazz Festival, Haugesund

Germany : Hamburg Skiffle FestivalBremerhaven Theater Cotton Club, HamburgBrauhaus, Buxtehude - Kulturforum, Buxtehude - New Generation Theatre, Hamburg

Belgium : Deerlycke Festival ----------- Holland : Paddy Murphy's, Rotterdam

Britain : Henley-On-Thames Festival of Music and Arts - Cleckheaton Folk Festival - Fylde Folk Festival - Cambridge Big Weekend

  Warwick Folk Festival Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage - Tithe Barn, Wellingborough - Walthamstow Festival

Ferneham Hall, Fareham - Lakeside Country Club, Camberley - Folk On The Pier, Cromer Chippenham Folk Festival

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

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 - Wharf Theatre, DevizesPhoenix Theatre, Bordon - City Varieties, Leeds Ireby Folk Festival

Half Moon, Putney Bedford River FestivalLeytonstone Festival, LondonBurnham-on-Sea Folkfest

Ingleton Folk Festival - Saltburn Folk FestivalGorleston Pavilion Theatre - St Albans Folk Festival - Middlewich Folk Festival

Harrogate Theatre - Ludlow Festival - Manchester Street Festival - Chichester Music FestivalBanbury Folk Festival

Sedgefield Folk Festival - Wallingford Bunkfest - Barnsley Acoustic Roots Festival - Walker Theatre, Shrewsbury

Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury - Vinopolis, London - Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax - Blackfriars Theatre, Boston

Sutton Coldfield Town Hall - Mart Theatre, Skipton - Courtyard Theatre, Hereford - Old Gaffers Festival, I-O-W

West Cliff Theatre, Clacton on Sea - Arts Centre, Jersey

Video Demos -

Barnsley Acoustic Roots Festival April 2012

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


Contact :   lpso4@yahoo.co.uk