"A Rock ‘n Roll band
that will keep you dancing all night!"
We play both types of music – The Rock and The Roll.
From Chuck Berry and Eddie Cochrane to early sixties such as Rock and Roll Music, Twist and Shout and Dizzy Miss Lizzie. We’ve also “Stompered” up a few other songs that we liked.
It’s not all fast and loud, well ………. I could be lying, but there is plenty to sing along to as well.
If you want music that will get your feet wandering and your hands clapping or vice versa then we are the band for you. Listen to a sample on our music page
Our name comes from a local landmark,
Cley Hill on the edge of Longleat.
We are a band with over 300 years of musical experience but more about our leader later. We were originally formed to bring Skiffle to the musically illiterate masses of Chapmanslade, a village on the Wiltshire/Somerset border. The band widened it’s horizons when invited to perform at a charity gig at Peasedown St John, near Bath and a music festival in Somerset ….. OK, not THE festival in Somerset, Summerfest at the Somerset Arms, Maiden Bradley.
No stone was left unturned to get the cream of local musicians and once he was onboard anyone was accepted who could buy their own instruments. Our current set covers Rock 'n Roll classics such as Long Tall Sally and Johnny B Goode, complemented by our own take on Rockabilly and 70s and 80s Rock. See here for our current playlist.
OUR PLAYERS & OUR GIGS
BUDGIE BREWER - Rhythm Guitar
Musical director, arranger, inspiration to us all. This man has more talent in his left thumb than in the rest of us put together. Unfortunately he doesn’t use it when playing his guitar so it’s totally wasted. (He might as well stick it up his arse and whistle Dixie ….. now there’s a thought, hey Budgie – an addition to our repertoire)
Forged in the pubs and folk clubs of Bradford on Avon he became infamous as the eponymous front man of Budgie and The Tits. His composition “ The Gold and Black”, anthem of Trowbridge Town FC brought a tear to many an eye (although that could have been the way Trowbridge played)
HARRY STAMPER (AKA Charlie Hadfield) - Bass Guitar
Joined us when Andy started Stone walling ..... that's building stone walls not refusing to answer questions.
Born in Manchester and ended up in Midsomer Norton via Canada and Paulton ...... Oasis loss is our gain!
Like all bass players he likes to feel the stage vibrating from his amp. Unlike a lot of bass players he can multitask! He can move his body and play at the same time. In fact I've had to move off the stage to give him room to strut his stuff.
PETE DRISCOLL - Lead Guitar
It took a while to find someone to replace Simon and his mandolin but we’ve done it.
Pete will tackle anything Budgie throws at him, including the intro to Jonny B Goode, and his riffs are recognisable most of the time.
Lives in Dilton Marsh but we don’t hold that against him and has many years experience with local bands.
Fits in well with the Stompers image, i.e. can get on stage without help and can stand unaided for a full 2 hour set.
He brings a bit of quality to the backing vocals which is a bonus in itself.
MIKE TEAGER - Drums
Impressed everyone at his audition by picking up the drum sticks by the right ends and being able to hit the single snare drum available. (At a distance of 25 metres with one eye closed which showed a true drummer’s mentality).
Bought his own drum kit to prove he wasn’t a one hit wonder (get it – single snare drum – one hit wonder – I slay myself sometimes)
Provides a backing beat which is second to none and usually in time with Budgie which is no mean feat.
The time our set takes depends on how much Vimto he's drunk.
STEVIE McSTEVIE - Vocals
Our larger than life front man, he can grab an audience and hold them (literally, he’s that big!)
A man who loves to perform on the big stage or even on a small stage …. or possibly even on a street corner. Always ready to entertain when the spotlights are turned on.
(often keeps going when they’ve been turned off)
The well known Panto Dame from Chapmanslade who has also appeared in panto at the Merlin and Memorial Theatres in Frome.
KEN DAVIES - TAMBOURINE AND ROADIE
Although the skiffle band morphed into a Rock n Roll band fairly quickly, Ken, having been persuaded to buy a washboard still insists on playing it occasionally. He tried moving on to a saxophone but gave it up due to artistic differences with the rest of the band. They thought he should have lessons and learn to play it properly. He couldn’t be arsed. Basically now Roady, chauffeur, backing singer and tambourine player.