Kitzbuhel, Austria (with Christoph Steinbach Band)
Maschseefest, Hanover, Germany
Botany Bay Cricket Club, Enfield (with Mike Cole Jazz Quartet & Lonnie Donegan Jr)
Dessau, Germany (with Christoph Steinbach)
Barsinghausen Stadfest, Germany
Vienna, Austria (with Heini Altbart’s band)
1220, Vienna, Austria
5th – 6th September
Processed Pea Folk Club, Etton
Eben Ezer Foundation, Lemgo, Germany
North London Twilight Festival – CANCELLED
Salmon Days Festival, Seattle, U.S.A – Click HERE to view festival brochure
Crawley (Venue not known)
Inn On The Beach, Sussex
Beck Theatre, Hayes
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne
Muddy Waters Blues Festival, Godor Club, Budapest, Hungary
GODOR CLUB, BUDAPEST – 27th November, 2009.
Let’s Roll/Rock Me Mama/Morning Dew/Statesbro’ Blues/With a Girl Like You/Goin’ Down Slow/Why I Sing The Blues/Dust Pneumonia Blues/Lady Rose/No More Woman Blues/I Had a Bird/In The Summertime/Baby Jump/Open Up
Muddy Waters Blues Festival, Slovakia
Herisau, Nr; St. Gallen, Switzerland
Nahe Langnau, Berne, Switzerland
Brig-Glis, Wallis, Switzerland
S-Event, Gams, Switzerland
The year has been good for 35 years of In The Summertime, the song is featured in the hit American movie, THE WEDDING CRASHERS, it has also been featured on about six newspaper compilations and Ray Dorset received an award from Sony/ATV Music for writing the most successful summer song ever, and award from the British Performing Right Society stating that the song has now reached ICONIC STATUS!
It was also featured in the ITV series, GREATEST HITS OF LONDON and of all of the fifty songs used for the series, spent more time at No.1 in the UK charts than any of the other songs!
Newcastle Under-Lyme/Stoke 2005…
In 2005, Mungo Jerry spent another great weekend in the Stoke area.
First stop was a visit to The Coppice Special Needs School in Newcastle Under-Lyme where the band – Ray, James Davis (drums) and Mike Cole (double bass played a sit-down, jug band type gig.
Headmaster Garry Marsh (pictured here) was at the original Hollywood festival in 1970.
They followed this up the following day with a full band gig at the Forum Arts Centre in Stoke itself where the band consisted of Ray, Tim Green (guitars), Mike Cole, James Davis (drums) and Mike Cole (double bass).
Australian Rex Horan played the second half of the show on bass, replacing Mike Cole.
As ever, many fan club members had travelled from all over the UK, and several from France, Holland and Germany.
One of Mungo Jerry’s biggest fans, Chris Stanyer from Blackpool, got to play on stage with Mungo Jerry at the Processed Pea, along with The Dog House Skiffle Group.
Chris played blues harp on a couple of numbers – Mighty Manand Mama Don’t Allow No Washboard Played In Here.
Sadly, Chris passed away in 2013 and is missed by all of his Mungo friends.
He was a great guy!
In 2005, Easyplay released a DVD of the Mungo Jerry Bluesband playing live in Germany in 2002.
Entitled Open Up, the track listing was;
GOING DOWN SLOW
WHY I SING THE BLUES
WIGGLE & WAGGLE
DUST PNEUMONIA BLUES
SHE LOVES ME LIKE A WOMAN
ONE MORE NIGHT
NO MORE WOMAN BLUES
Blues In Britain…
At the start of 2005, Ray Dorset was featured in the Blues In Britain magazine conducting a major interview with reporter Trevor Hodgett.
He talked of his time with Mungo Jerry, the break-up of the band, his solo album and more.
Ray was asked to present a Variety Club Sunshine Coach to Heathfield Special Needs School in Fareham, Hants on Wednesday, 15th March, 2006 and he was of course, happy to oblige.
This school caters for 110 children ranging in ages from 4 – 11 years. The children have a range of complex needs including autism, cerebral palsy, moderate and severe learning difficulties, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
The coach will be used for a variety of activities outside of the school grounds including shopping, visiting the swimming pool, visiting the gymnastic centre and for residential weeks away.
In 2007, there was a fairly decent 2-CD issued by Metro.
The back of the sleeve said, “In 1970, the hottest sound around was the acoustic jug band stomp of Mungo Jerry.
“Like T.Rex, their music possessed a raw charm that was light-years away from the manufactured pop or heavy metal and they had they own Marc Bolan in Ray Dorset.
“These forty original recordings are still refreshingly entertaining today, so celebrate the 70’s all over again!”
We sadly learned that Mungo Jerry’s former bass player Byron Contostavlos had died suddenly. Byron played bass in the band during the 90’s, along with his brother Plato, and they both played on the Candy Dreams album.
I remember him personally from the legendary gig at The Archer in Newcastle in 1996 and in particular his sense of humour.
After a wonder gig, the banter between the band was something else!
2007 saw Sanctuary Records issue one of the best Mungo Jerry compilations, or to be precise Ray Dorset.
The 2-CD set contained several previously unavailable tracks from Ray’s career and had the title of – RAY DORSET – GONNA BOP ‘TIL I DROP.
St. Pete Florida Blues THE TRAMPS
I’m Gonna Love My Baby THE TRAMPS
Whoa-oh-oh THE TRAMPS
My Own Country THE GOOD EARTH
Unwashed Unwanted THE GOOD EARTH
Live From Hollywood MUNGO JERRY
The Sun Is Shining MUNGO JERRY
We Shall Be Free MUNGO JERRY
Shorty George MUNGO JERRY
Outskirts Of Town MUNGO JERRY
You Got Me Dizzy MUNGO JERRY
Santo Antonio Santo Francisco MUNGO JERRY
Cold Blue Excursion RAY DORSET
Going Back Home MUNGO JERRY
I Don’t Wanna Go Back To School MUNGO JERRY
No Girl Reaction MUNGO JERRY
Open Up MUNGO JERRY
Don’t Stop MUNGO JERRY
Gonna Bop ‘Til I Drop MUNGO JERRY
Dance Dance Dance MUNGO JERRY
Hello Nadine (Demo) MUNGO JERRY
Just Wanna Dance With You MUNGO JERRY
Sitting On a Rainbow MUNGO JERRY
All That a Woman Should Be RAY DORSET & MUNGO JERRY
Dragster Queen RAY DORSET & MUNGO JERRY
Get Down On Your Baby RAY DORSET & MUNGO JERRY
Forgotten Land RAY DORSET
Why Did You Lie To Me MUNGO JERRY
She Had To Go THE INSIDERS
Rollin’ an’ Strollin’ THE INSIDERS
Night On The Town MUNGO JERRY
Hazel Eyes RAY DORSET & MUNGO JERRY
There Goes My Heart Again MUNGO JERRY FEATURING RAY DORSET & THE TARTS
Gone Gone Gone MUNGO JERRY
Put a Little Love In Your Letter RAY DORSET
Ha Ha This-A-Way RAY DORSET
Prospects MADE IN ENGLAND FEATURING RAY DORSET
Boogie All The Way KATMANDU
Blowing All My Troubles Away MUNGO JERRY TRIO
Yet another box set was released in 2008 – Mungo Jerry – The Definitive Collection, a 3-CD set of most of Mungo’s Dawn recordings.
Roland Dunne on Mungo…
“Ray is committed to an authentic, ‘less is more’ roots sound in whatever he plays. Mungo Jerry’s current playing style is in the blues/soul/jazz groove. Ray calls it “music straight from the heart and no Bullshit – for adults only.
“This authenticity is the very thing which enabled Ray Dorset; Mungo Jerry to play to rapturous festival audiences in now legendary performances alongside the likes of THE GRATEFUL DEAD, PINK FLOYD, SLY & THE FAMILY STONE, JOHNNY & EDGAR WINTER, THE KINKS and HENDRIX.
“It’s authentic, joyous, infectious music whether in blues, rockabilly, soul or pop mode.
“Mungo Jerry’s sound means different things to different people – “impossible to classify but real music” is the most typical comment made. It’s ‘real’ music in the same way as real food and beer appeals: it’s a ‘feel-good’ factor in the current musical scene. The Ray Dorset/Mungo Jerry sound plays equally well in the big festival and smaller club venues.
“Dorset is committed to authenticity in live and recorded music. Ray has a repertoire of songs written in the 40 year period since the 1960s when he played in the same environs as many in the British blues scene including the Rolling Stones in West London.
ROLAND DUNNE (Former Mungo Jerry manager who sadly passed away a few years ago.)
Salmon Days Festival 2009…
“Good news from the ‘other side of the pond’: I finally got to see Ray in person!
“Thanks to a friend from work who heard about the date through Roger & Christy (of Black Velvet) & remembered how much I like Mungo music, my family & I caught Ray’s show at the Salmon Days festival in Issaquah.
“What a pleasure! Even without taking the limited practice time into consideration, the music was very well done; given the limited opportunity for Ray to practice with the backing band, it was outstanding!
“I heard that Ray was really excellent for the musicians to work with also.
“And it was really nice to meet Ray. He couldn’t have been more pleasant to talk with, and I really enjoyed getting to thank him for all the pleasure his & his band-mates’ music has given us.
“Somebody even got a good snapshot of us together, which will be a nice remembrance.
“All-in-all, a good day! “
(“By the way: The drummer is Alan White. (Yes, I think it is THAT Alan White) I’ve brain-lapsed the gent from the Ventures’ Don Wilson, perhaps?”)
Mungo Jerry & Lonnie Donegan Jr…
Ray Dorset’s gig at Mike Cole’s Googlies Jazz Club on the 21st of August was, not surprisingly a great success with special guest, Lonnie Donegan Jr joining Ray, and Mike Cole’s band, on stage for the first time.
Lonnie Jr’s manager, Roland Dunne told us, “Ray and Lonnie had a great gig last night (friday 21/8/09).
“Ray was inspired and Lonnie was on form. And that was after barely a few practice songs!”
In a year where we heard of the sudden death of former bass player Byron Contostavlos, more bad news reached us when we heard that the keyboard player with Ray at the time, Chris Garrett sadly passed away on October 7th, 2008.
Chris had only just joined the band and was proving to be a great asset playing not only keyboards but a variety of other instruments as well such as saxophone and mandolin.
Processed Pea 2009…
Any Mungo Jerry visit to the Processed Pea is special but in 2009 was made even more so by the appearance of a face from the past.
Ray ‘Cleggy’ Clegg, (pictured below back in the day with Joe Rush) the bands former road manager turned up but to my shame, I didn’t recognise him at all.
In my defence, all the long dark curly locks from the 70’s were gone – but then again, so are mine!
It was great to see him again and he told us that he now runs the FERGUSON-FAWSITT ARMS, Public House and Country Lodge in Walkington, in East Yorkshire.