“Expect to smile, not cry”
Rob Heron is a man of few words. But, if you’ll pardon the cliche, he and his Tea Pad Orchestra let their music do the talking. Their own distinctive brand of genre-bending music at times defies description, and has drawn seemingly scattergun comparisons with Tom Waits, Frank Sinatra, Hank Williams, and plenty more besides. But throw those great names all together, along with the band’s many other influences (musical and liquid) and you’ll arrive at the sort of carefree, yet highly-accomplished brand of good times that Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra offer.
What can we expect from a Tea Pad Orchestra show?
Expect to hear us play the songs from our records! A mixture of uptempo ragtime dancers and witty country songs. Expect to smile, not cry. Expect some dry humour in between songs, and references to drinking too much.
Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
Too many to list, but the obvious ones are Django Reinhardt, Bob Wills, Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Big Joe Turner, Tom Waits. Non-musical: pop culture, alcohol, friendship and love.
If you could pick one act, living or dead, to join you on stage for a song, who would it be?
I’d want to sing a duet with George Jones.
What is the song you most enjoy performing?
Cats and Chickens, because it gets an audience dancing and laughing.
What is your proudest achievement to date?
Sticking around for 8 years, doing what we do, and growing every day!
What would be the title of a Tea Pad Orchestra biopic?
Money Isn’t Everything. Because we haven’t made a penny… and it’s also the title of our first record!
Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra will be appearing live in our Cellar Bar on Wednesday 20 February. Click here to find out more and buy tickets.