Here we are, playing some Square Music...

Here are a few photos taken at our Sounds In The Square gig in Wellington on 22nd July. Thank you to all who came to listen - it was good to see our former pianist Brian in the audience and to catch up with him. Fortunately the weather held - most of the time! - and we had another enjoyable gig, despite having to redeploy the available gazebos after the brief mid-day downpour had abated!

Coming soon - our latest Demo CD for your listening pleasure!!


At last! A date for your dairy......

Yes, it's that time of year again, when the streets of Wellington resound with music of all genres (but not all simultaneously!)

3 In A Bar will be performing on Saturday 22 July to amazed shoppers between 11:00 am and 1:00pm. Mike (tenor and soprano saxes); Emily (vocals and tenor sax); Jim (piano); Dave (double bass) and Chris Jones (drums) will be joined by the returned prodigal Mr. Frank Mooney on alto sax. Good to have you back aboard, Frank!

To whet your appetite, here is a recording of the trio (Mike, Jim and Dave) performing at The Pheasant, Wellington last year - it's a good pint there, so why not pop in for one while you're in town?



The band played for the Pure Cricket 2017 event at Wrekin College, Wellington on 6 July. A good time was had by all 700 guests, and you will be pleased to know that rain didn't stop play, neither on the pitch nor on the bandstand. Mike, Dave and Gary were joined by Midlands guitar supremo Roy Sainsbury and it was a relaxed and enjoyable gig - here is one of the pieces played that afternoon, kindly recorded by the sound crew of ITR Event Solutions.

Mike says, "Jim couldn't make the gig so I asked Roy to step in and he did, much to my delight. We have known each other for over 30 years but, strangely enough, this is the first time we've played together. I'm sure it will be less than 30 years before we play together again!"


YouTube Hit Parade...

As promised, here is a slightly more timely summary of our YouTube popularity since the last one, which was in May 2016. Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen, filmed at The All Nations, Madeley, in 2006, is still our most popular number - in fact, the top eight have remained the same, and are still a regular feature of our live gigs!

The performers were Mike Gray (soprano and tenor saxes); Keith Crane (clarinet); Emily Floyd (vocals); Brian Jones (keyboard); Paul Hobbs (guitar); Dave Towers (bass) and Phil Asma (drums).
(The clip also includes Shuffle Twist, on which Mike plays the mighty baritone sax and Keith plays tenor sax, as does Emily.)

1   (1)    Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen  3,617

2   (2)    Shuffle Twist  2,128

3   (3)    Watermelon Man  1,849

4   (4)    Darktown Strutters' Ball  1,501

5   (5)    Blue Bossa  905

6   (6)    Take The A-Train  743          

7   (7)    Wild Man Blues  611

8   (8)    Easy Rider  448

9   (10)  Nobody's Sweetheart  430

10 (9)    Sidewalk Blues  429

11 (12)  Fine And Mellow 2005  409

12 (11)  Avalon  347

13 (13)  Lady Be Good  315

14 (14)  St. Louis Blues  235

15 (15)  It's Hard When I Think Of You  203

16 (16)  Merely The Blues  196

17 (17)  Ain't Misbehavin'  195

18 (18)  Worfield Church Concert  185

19 (19)  Fine And Mellow 2007  160

20 (21)  Wrekin Inn  152

21 (20)  Feeding The Crocodile  140

22 (22)  Down With Love  94

23 (23)  Stompers’ Xmas Xtravaganza  67

Chart position / (Previous position) / YouTube hits


Cheese & Wine update...

As regular visitors to this site will know, Mike, Jim and Dave will be performing at a Cheese & Wine Evening at The Castle Hotel, Wem on Thursday 1st December. This begins at 7:30pm and admission is £8.95, which includes a glass of wine and the cheeseboard (well, the contents of it!). Tickets, which are of limited availability, can be purchased from The Castle Hotel - phone 01939 236088 - so get yours now to avoid disappointment.
Ain't Misbehavin'


At last, a date for your dairy...

Mike, Jim and Dave will be playing for a Cheese & Wine evening at The Castle Hotel, Wem on Thursday 1st December which starts at 7:30 pm. To find out further details such as the admission price and what you will get for it (in addition to some fine music, of course), phone the pub on 01939 236088. Mike did a gig there a couple of months ago with The Hales Street Stompers and says that it is a very pleasant venue, well worth a visit. To put yourself in the mood, how about listening to the trio playing a famous Acker Bilk tune after you have gone into the kitchen, cut yourself a hunk of Goganzola and poured a generous glass of your favourite plonk?

Stranger On The Shore

Mike is wondering if he should invest in a bowler hat for when he plays this in public - but if he does, will Emily have to invest in one too since it is also one of her vocal numbers?

Etymological information available here.