Now in their 29th year as rock 'n' roll crusaders for all that's way, way cool about early '60s Britannia pop, Merseybeat and Shadows-styled instrumentals, The Rapiers—"the best '60s band since the '60s"—are truly worth flying 5,000 miles to see, hear and dig.
Making their fourth annual pilgrimage to Northamptonshire's Jacks Hill Cafe, The Rapiers join the "celebration of Ton-up, Coffee Bar Cowboys and Rockers at this historic A5 cafe" on Sunday, 17 July 2011, supporting dawn-of-British-Pop legend Wee Willie Harris, famous purveyor of Rockin' at the 2 I's.
Get your British motors running up to Jacks Hill Cafe this Sunday, 25 July, in Towcester, Northamptonshire, for the annual Ton-Up Day celebrations, featuring The Rapiers (three years running) with rocker Mike Berry.
For what true-blooded Englishman or Englishwoman (or long-distance Anglophile) could resist "rock 'n' roll, fry-ups, cafe racer movies, trophies, tea & chips, real cafe atmosphere, the lot!"
For action on previous Ton-Up Days, check 2009 here and here, and 2008 here.
Sunday's date at Jacks Hill Cafe in Towcester turned "very wet but didn't stop us havin' a great time!" while The Rapiers served up "authentic old skool rock 'n' roll" in front of a packed caff of black-clad rockers and rockerettes.
"Ton-Up Day", vintage British motorbikes and the book launch of author Chester Dowling's paen to the rocker lifestyle Just for Kicks brought out The Rapiers and a crowd of about 1,000 Sunday afternoon at historic Jacks Hill Cafe near Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.
"We played inside the cafe—didn't want to risk the rain—for an hour, which went down really well," says Nathan J. Hulse, noting the band appropriately burnished their hour-long set with a trio of tracks by "true blue British rocker Johnny Kidd", including I'll Never Get Over You, Lindy Lou and Please Don't Touch. Singers Billie Davis and Vince Eager also performed.
POLICE SQUAD: Black and white Rapiers Colin Pryce-Jones, Nathan J. Hulse, John Tuck and Dave Lawes look sharp when it counts. Photos by Janet Pryce-Jones.
BUILT FOR SPEED: A mate's BSA bike in front of Jack's Hill Cafe. Photo by Nathan J. Hulse.