It’s 30 years since Dame Peggy Ashcroft opened Ashcroft and we are celebrating! Join us for an event headed up by King Pleasure & the Biscuit Boys, with live music from some of our local friends as you arrive and during the interval and then finish the evening with a bit of laughter with comedy in the bar from James Alderson.
With more than 6500 performances in 21 countries under their belt in their 30 years on the road, King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys are more than just the world’s greatest jump, jive and swing band – they’re an institution!
In that time they have opened shows for B.B. King, Cab Calloway and His Orchestra, Ray Charles, and toured with the real Blues Brothers Band - the one from the movie.
They’ve played on 36 radio shows and made 73 television appearances, including several on Blue Peter, The Teletubbies, as well as the Paradise Club series where they were the house band. They also featured on Challenge Anneka, The Gadget Show and on a prime time National Lottery advertisement – not to mention accompanying John Barrowman in a rendition of I Get A Kick Out Of You on Live And Kicking.
Rough, tough and always rocking, King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys have appeared at festivals, in concert and at clubs throughout the UK and Europe – and they still play the Birmingham Jazz & Blues Festival, where they have headlined for an unprecedented 14 years.
Along the way, the band have recorded 11 albums for Big Bear Records, all distributed worldwide.
The band line up as King Pleasure [vocals and baritone saxophone], Boysey Battrum [alto and tenor saxophones], Bullmoose K Shirley [guitars], Mighty Matt Foundling [piano], Shark Van Schtoop [bass], and Gary ‘The Enforcer’ Barber [percussion].
Paul Jones on BBC Radio 2 called them “the hardest act to follow since the parting of The Red Sea”,
Atomic Magazine from New York wrote “To those who say that swing is a musical form best left to Americans, prepare to be proven wrong. This British combo is bullet-proof!”
The Guardian said “Behind the fun and rollicking good times lies an outfit skilled enough for the horns to come on with the bite and precision of the Basie Band”
James Alderson, who hosts our monthly comedy night, is the award winning comedian the BBC chose to represent the Portsmouth area in their new iPlayer series “Knock Knock”!
James supported Dane Baptiste on his UK tour in 2017 and Jo Brand in 2016 whilst also filming a new Sky Christmas comedy show.
Performing live most nights of the week, James has also spent the last 12 months developing his reputation with many major clubs across the UK, working for the best clubs in the country including Komedia, The Comedy Loft, Just The Tonic, Up The Creek, The Boat Show, Manfords, Off The Kerb, Barnstormers, The Comedy Store, Funhouse, Avalon, Buzz Comedy, Hot Water, Crack Comedy Clubs and many more during his 250+ shows in the last year!
“James lights up the room like a pyromaniac in a fireworks shop!” Russell Kane
Book your tickets to celebrate Ashcrofts 30th Birthday with King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys at Hampshire Cultural Trust's Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham now!