The Wyre Levee Stompers


Left to right Back: - Ken Emery, Pete Lindup. Middle - John Smith,  Irene 'Buttercup' Smith, Alan Riley, Front -  Bill Barrow, John Lewin, Willie Barrow

Photo - Keith Wadeson

Outside his professional career as a Doctor of Medicine the late Andy Gardner's chief claim to fame is to have had a pub named after him. Although he could convince few people of this, all acknowledged his outstanding contribution to jazz in the Fylde when he took the Wyre Levee Stompers to the Gardener's Arms. The band was founded in 1974 with a nucleus of members from a Big Band night-school class. That year marked a phase of local government reorganisation and since most members lived in the borough of Wyre, named after the river, the band gained its name. Their first residency was at Thornton-Cleveleys R.U.F.C. and after a few early years wandering in the wilderness settled at the Gardener's Arms, Fleetwood Road North in Thornton. The band is well known in the North West having played many gigs throughout the area. Musical policy is based on a sound foundation of New Orleans material, but Hoagy Carmichael and Ellington numbers are also amongst those featured. Indeed, the extent of the band's repertoire is greatly admired. This is seen on their studio-recorded cassettes and the performances they have given by invitation : to play alongside the U.S.A.A.F. Big Band to accompany church services and to perform at Rossall School, one of the country's leading public schools, in their annual series of concerts which normally feature renowned classical musical groups and soloists. The musicians have a real affection for the music they perform and their enthusiasm and humour has helped to build up a big following of fans in the area.

06/09/13 - The band played every Thursday night at The Wings Club, Victoria Road, Cleveleys near Blackpool for 20 years, but have now moved to the Ashley Club, in Thornton. They also play in the afternoon on the 1st Sunday in the month at the The North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood.

22/04/10 - Les Keating recently decided to leave the band, and his place has been taken by Willie Barrow.

April 2014 - Ron Melling retired from the band, his place taken by Alan Riley.

 


Willie Barrow and John Lewin


Bill Barrow


John Smith, Willie Barrow & John Lewin


Willie Barrow (1), Pete Lindup, Irene Smith, Ron Melling

Photographs by Keith Wadeson

 


NEW CD RELEASED IN 2014

 

Track

         Title

  Track

         Title

1. Come on and Stomp Stomp   8. Banjo Picker's Ball
2. Jazz Me Blues   9. When You're Smiling
3. Everybody Loves My Baby   10. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
4. S'Wonderful   11. Apex Blues
5. Lonesome Railroad Blues   12. Sky Blue Shirt and Rainbow Tie
6. Come Back Sweet Papa   13. When The Saints Go Marching In
7. Tishomingo Blues   14. Farewell Blues

 
Jazz Me Blues


Baby Won't You Please Come Home

The Album costs 5 from the band on Thursdays at Ashley Club , or North Euston Hotel 1st Sundays in the month
It is also available by post but there will be an additional charge of 1.28 for postage and packaging

To purchase this CD, contact Ken Emery on 01253 854718.
 


Band Contact: 

Irene Smith 
Tel: 01253 886863  
Email: buttercup.mail * talktalk.net
(replace " * " with "@")

Tapes and CD's

Down in Honky Tonk Town - 1991

At A Jazz Band Ball : 1919 March : Delia Gone : Snake Rag : Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor : Somebody Else Is Taking My Place : Wild Man Blues : West End Blues : High Society : Tin Roof Blues : Aged And Mellow : Stevedore Stomp : I Want A Little Girl : Black Cat On A Fence : Georgia On My Mind : Down In Honky Tonk Town : Swing Low Sweet Chariot : Chimes Blues : Some Of These Days : Ponchartrain Blues.

Live at Kendal Jazz & Blues Festival - 1992

Giggin' Around Volume 1 - 1993

Coming of Age - 1996

Dippermouth Blues : Barefoot Boy : I Had Someone Else Before I Had You : Texas Moaner : Meet Me Tonight In Dreamland : The Girls Go Crazy : Kitchen Man : Apex Blues : Maryland My Maryland : Climax Rag : I Double Dare You : Baby Face : Nobody Wants To Know You : Melancholy Blues : Dying Gambler's Blues : Too Busy : I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter : Lily Of The Valley.

 

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