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Hi Val & Committee - Thank you - You gave us a great evening with Mambo Jambo - my brother thoroughly enjoyed his birthday at Herringswell!! Well done to you all for a first event - you were real pros!! Hope it was successful from a financial as well as a social event. Can't wait to see if you will do another one! J& J, Freckenham

Well done everyone. It was a really fun evening and the place looked great. Thank you. A & Y, Herringswell

Dear Gloria, We thoroughly enjoyed the evening concert - Mambo Jambo were really good, weren't they!
Funnily enough, our daughter is learning the banjo so it was nice to hear it played properly! She says 'bluegrass' is very difficult to play. We were very impressed with the village hall; it was so warm and luxurious, and we look forward to further functions there. Please thank Liz and the other organisers. G & J, Herringswell Manor

Hi Val - Thanks for last night. We had a great time. Jan

Just to say thank you for a really great evening and for all the hard work you put into it. It certainly was a great success & everybody seemed to be very happy. They are extremely talented performers and I am now looking forward to another great evening in May. Gill, Tuddenham

Hi Liz - I did have a good time Saturday night. Mambo Jambo were really good. Please tell the committee they get two thumbs up from the Americans! J, Herringswell


Reply to our message of thanks from Mambo Jambo:

Well that's good coz it gives us another chance to say thanks! And how much we enjoyed it too; and seeing your Hall really buzzing! It's a great thing to see. We look forward to seeing the reviews on the website a nd we'd love to come back at some stage! Pete and Frankie



Mambo Jambo are a fine live act with their foot-tapping blend of self-written songs and popular favourites. The pair play a bewildering array of acoustic instruments including guitar, banj, tres, saxophone, clarinet and flute - all played with flair and enthusiasm. To describe their music as 'feel-good' is an understatement and will give everone a lift.

Acoustic roots duo, Mambo Jambo take you on an intriguing and joyous musical journey mixing up hot sounds from around the world, such as Cuba and Brazil, the Caribbean and Africa, plus bluegrass, boogie and Eastern European music and their own compositions. Between the two of them they carry with them more instruments than the average orchestra - Pete on guitar, vocal, banjo, percussion, tres (traditional Cuban guitar), and Frankie on saxophone, clarinet, flute, guitar, vocal, percussion. Accordion and ukuleles also often find their way into their already bulging instrument trunk!

This dynamic duo are exceptional musicians performing with energy, enthusiasm and panache. They are a real "feel good” band with their blend of foot tapping self written songs and popular favourites.

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Herringswell Village Hall are working with Creative Arts East/Home Grown which aims to promote talented acts in the Region .




Neil Lanham and Andrew Stannard of the Bumpstead Boys present


Roxanne bought at Lavenham Horse Fair before the 1914-18 War, the old mn sent to London and had a light weight trotting dilly specially made for her. It was a time when people would bet and have wagers on almost anything and when new fangled automobiles started getting about they weren't going to be beaten by them. She trotted the five miles from Hadleigh Market to Boxford Swan in 11 minutes to pay for herself (song: Roxanne the trotting mare).

Stories from life as told by Neil's mother Ruby Alleston (born 27th December 1905). Of her love and continuous involvement with horses through the agricultural depression at Red House Farm Kersey, in a time when she said 'If you did not have anything you were lucky because you had not the worry of it for sooner or later you would loose it'

The production is supported by a PowerPoint presentation of Ruby's own photographs, digitally enhanced for the big screen, and each story is followed by an unaccompanied song from Andrew Stannard in his nutbrown Suffolk voice. Everything you hear on the night will come straight out of the oral tradition, nothing having been taken from books.


'An excellent show full of touching stories, humour and local songs in Andrews excellent Suffolk Voice & 2 squeeze boxes. Magnificent photos on big screen presentation - a special evening, delightful' - West Suffolk Newspapers

'If you get a chance to see these entertainers grab it with both hands' - East Anglian Daily Times



For more details visit the website: Traditions of Suffolk



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