ABOUT THE BAND
Ska & Reggae cover band based in East Anglia
Scooted n Booted is a Ska covers band playing songs from artists such as Madness, The Specials, Bad Manners, UB40, Desmond Decker, The Selecter and many more.
The Band was formed in 2012 by their keyboard Player Paul Larham and over the years has since gone from strength to strength.
Alan Driver has fronted the band since March 2014, providing brilliant vocals and plenty of charm and charisma. Alongside Alan is vocalist Amanda Ward, giving the band a different dimension adding both excellent backing and lead vocals.
Driving from the back we have Andy Clifton (Drums) and Rob White (Bass) alongside them the keyboards are now shared by Paul Larham and Will Etheridge.
Performing alongside Alan at the front we have Dave Alexander (Guitar), Richard Bartlett (Sax), Ian Laing (Trumpet) and Warren Middleton (Trombone).
Taking care of all the Sound and Lighting is Dan Reid from Show-Sound Productions.
Covering East Anglia and surrounding areas, we will make sure that your event gets people up and dancing from the very start. Whether you’ve got a small party or a large event, we can cover it for you. We provide all of our own PA and lighting; you won’t have to worry about anything. Also, we aren’t just a covers band: we can also provide music before we start, in between sets and after we’ve finished.
Our performances will give you 100% energy every time and we’ll do it at very reasonable rates, so that your party or event can have a great sound without costing the earth! Contact Richard Bartlett (07458 315556) for bookings or for further information you can email us at email@example.com or find us on Facebook
MEET THE BAND
ALAN DRIVER – Lead Vocals
Alan has fronted the band since 2014 and offers lots of charm and charisma as well as excellent vocal ability. His day job takes him all over the country as an HGV driver, where he fills his time by singing all day! Alan enjoys singing ska/reggae numbers but particularly likes the older trojan numbers. If any one person could encapsulate what the about is about, it is Alan!
DAVE ALEXANDER – Guitar
“I got into bands while at school and eventually started playing in various classic (i.e. dodgy) London venues that aren’t there any more – The George Robey Finsbury Park, Hammersmith Clarendon Hotel, Red Lion Brentford, The Bull & Gate Kentish Town and The Mean Fiddler in Harlesden to name just a few.”
“In 1992 I studied at the Guitar Institute in Acton Vale for a year and did lots more gigs, but like most people, I never made any money and eventually I took a few years off from music to pursue other careers.”
THOMAS BROWN – Bass
A self taught bass player, drummer and guitarist, joining Scooted n Booted after a short break from the music scene. Previously playing bass for The Rose Affair, an original indie/alternative band, for a number of years around Cambridgeshire, London and beyond! With musical influences from Frank Sinatra to Nirvana and everything in between.
“After being a fan of Scooted n Booted for a few years, when the opportunity to play Bass for them came around I couldn’t pass it up! Having never played Ska/Reggae before but being a big fan of The Specials, Toots, Madness and others alike; I’m so excited for this new chapter in my music career”
ANDY CLIFTON – Drums
“I began playing drums in 1982 after seeing the great Eric Delaney play at The Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Shortly afterwards I joined my first band with some school friends. By the age of 12, I was regularly gigging and at the same time began playing drums and percussion for local amateur dramatics productions. By the age of 15 I’d played in a lot of great venues including BBC TV Centre, The Empire Ballroom Leicester Square (as part of the Soho Jazz Festival ) and the Pizza Express chain of jazz clubs in London.”
“Over the next few years, I played in as many bands and different styles as possible and progressed from amateur to professional engagements. I have performed with numerous bands and have backed many “named” artists in theatre / cabaret / gig situations both in the UK and abroad. A few years back I was asked to work with a Ska band as a stand in musician. This lead to work with other Ska bands and now to Scooted n Booted.”
RICHARD BARTLETT – Saxophone
“I have gigged and jammed with bands playing jazz, funk, soul, rock, blues, reggae and now Ska with Scooted n Booted, whom I joined quite a few years ago now. I have also had the pleasure of supporting Madness, Neville Staple, the Specials, the Two Tones when playing in another, original reggae band.”
“I am in awe of (and saw live in concert) the late, great Michael Brecker and also Courtney Pine plays. My main influences come from Dexter (‘Sax’) Gordon, who brings energy to his sax like no other!”
AMANDA WARD – Vocals
“I was surrounded by music of all genres from a young age but remember favouring UB40 and reggae. When I was 17 I met my husband who introduced me to ska, 2tone and trojan which I instantly loved! I have always loved singing but had kept it behind closed doors as confidence was never one of my strong points, until recently when I had a couple of years as a backing singer in a band and I actually began to enjoy singing in front of people… So when Scooted n Booted gave me the opportunity to sing with them? I jumped at the chance! It’s great fun and I am enjoying every minute of? being a part of such a supportive, energetic, fun loving band!”
WARREN MIDDLETON – Trombone
Musical Influences: Tony Laing, Bobby Pratt & Bert Ezzard (Ted Heath Big Band), Count Basie Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson, Dave Browning, Barry Daykin, Clifford Brown, Clark Terry, Chet Baker, Gerard Presencer, Al Jarreau, George Benson, Jerry Hey, Chuck Findley, Guy Barker, Philip Lynott, David Lee Roth, Billy Sheehan, Pete Murphy (Bauhaus), Orinoco Womble, Florence Foster Jenkins and my brothers-from-other-mothers, Pete Couzens & Neil Shaw-Hulme.
Instruments played: Trumpet, flugelhorn, cornet, piccolo trumpet, little bit of bass guitar, little bit of drums, even some backing vocals now & then, assorted percussion
Other occupations: Office manager, style guru, attitude adjuster, keeper of confidences, all round good egg.
IAN LAING – Trumpet
“I began playing at age 7 in the Salvation Army brass band, moving up through school, city and county youth bands and orchestras. At music college I was principal/lead trumpet of the college big band/jazz orchestra within a month of arriving, and midway through my second year I began ‘depping’ for my trumpet tutor in touring musicals and theatre productions, my first being “The Pajama Game”.”
“Until recently I played for the Lee Vasey Big Band, and I also play lead and 2nd trumpet in the Potters Big Band and solo trumpet in a Blues Brothers style revue at a ‘holiday village’, and have played sessions at Epic TV studios in Norwich with “The Voxettes”.”
DAVE KEELING – Keys
Dave began playing piano at 6, but has improved a little since then!
“I have played in bands in London and the East of England for 40 years, playing mainly blues, soul and jump jive, including at the Burnley, Colne and Upton Blues Festivals.
“My main influences have been Ray Charles, Dr John, Stevie Wonder, Steve Winwood, Herbie Hancock and Claude Debussy!!
“I became am a huge fan of ska in the early 1980s, buying back catalogues on the Trojan and Blue Beat labels, just as Madness, Bad Manners, the Specials and others were reviving and developing the genre. Mike Barson of Madness and Steve Nieve of the Attractions became my favourite keys players of that time.
“It’s a great opportunity to join Scooted, whose energy and great faithful delivery of the music is really infectious (in a good way!!!).”
The Braza Tom & Jerry Charity Gig in conjunction with Big 10. Proceeds to McMillan Support Charity
The Potton Club, 9pm
Belstead Arms (Garden)
The Roundabout Club
Braza Club, 9pm
March Summer Festival
Chatteris Summer Festival
Haddenham Beer Festival
Silver Star Pub
The Anchor Inn
The NeaRly Festival (Ska & Reggae Weekend)
Great Yarmouth Scooter Weekender
March United Services Club
The Anchor Inn
Childers Sports & Social Club
Covering songs from Madness, The Specials, Bad Manners, UB40, The Selecter and many more…
My Girl Lollipop, Lip Up Fatty, Sally Brown, Inner London Violence, Don’t Knock the Baldheads, Lorraine, Skinhead Girl, Woolly Bully, Just a Feeling, Don’t Be Angry, Feel Like Jumping
Iron Shirt, Bed and Breakfast Man, The Prince, Swan Lake, One Step Beyond, Baggy Trousers, Madness, Night Boat to Cairo, Embarrassment, Taller then you are, Grey Day, The Communicator
Rat Race, Do the Dog, Gangsters, Guns of Navarone, Pressure Drop, Message to You, Enjoy Yourself, Monkey Man
Missing Words, Everyday, On My Radio, 3 Minute Hero, Carry Go Bring Home
Tyler, Food for Thought, One In Ten
Mirror in the Bathroom, Best Friend, Rankin Full Stop
AND OTHER MUSIC INCLUDING
Simmer Down – The Wailing Wailers, 54/46 Was My Number – Toots and the Maytals, Tighten Up – The Untouchables, The Harder They Come – Jimmy Cliff, Twice – The Skadows, Sweet Sensation – The Melodians, Jonny too Bad – The Slickers, Israelites – Desmond Dekker, The Impression That I Get, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
WE ALSO LIKE TAKING SOME CLASSICS AND GIVING THEM THE REGGAE/SKA TREATMENT
The Model (Kraftwerk), Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd), Fix You (Coldplay / The Dualers), Purple Rain (Prince)