Boogie Me are a 15 piece Rhythm, Blues and Boogie band based in Faringdon, Oxfordshire, 20 miles from Oxford and 11 miles from Swindon.

Formed in 2005 by Jon Lane, the band comprises experienced players who have cut their teeth with numerous bands and orchestras. Drawn together with a collective love of R&B, Soul, Blues and obviously, Boogie, the band continues to grow from strength to strength.

With a set list that includes songs recorded by Ray Charles, Solomon Burke, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, LaBelle, Sam Brown, The Commitments, Blues Brothers, James Brown, Jools Holland and others, there really is something for everyone…

If you like your Blues swinging then this is a band you’re going to want to see more of…

OUR HISTORY

Boogie Me was inspired by a combination of manager Jon Lane seeing Jools Holland live, and the film ‘Ray’ about Ray Charles.

So where do you start to put together a 15 piece R'n'B orchestra in a small rural town? Jon began at The 15 Minute Club – then quite a major affair held in the Corn Exchange, Faringdon. Someone introduced Jon to lead Saxophonist Nick Warr, and we began from there. Faringdon music enthusiast Al Cane – very supportive of the idea, and still a huge fan – put an article in the local paper for Jon and the bones of Boogie Me were formed. Jon pulled in a few people from his last band in Wantage, and we had our first line up – 10 of us. Boogie Me’s first outing was a small slot at the Faringdon Arts Festival in 2005, which Jon remembers being a bit crap. It wasn’t until November, when local Sean Hodgson put the band on in the Faringdon Junior School that we had our first full set, and line up. A brass section of 10! Much better – but not nearly tight enough. To be fair, the band sounded a bit like a school orchestra in places and didn’t live up to the visual image of Boogie Me on stage.


It wasn’t until the following summer of 2006 with a lot of hard work behind us when we had our first decent gig that Jon was really happy with. One of those odd occasions where the Faringdon Arts Festival had decided not to put music on in the evening on the Saturday – so we booked to play at the back of the Crown on the Saturday night and filled the place. After a long run up – Boogie Me had finally arrived! Slightly smaller, tighter and a lot more experienced. The following New Year’s Eve was a smash hit and we were properly on track.


OUR MUSIC

Jon’s original idea for the Boogie-Me sound was firmly based on putting something together that sounded like Jools Holland’s band. It is only when you write his music out, and then begin to play it that you realise how difficult some if it is, and when you play it live – only a few of his arrangements go down well. So early on we picked a few Motown numbers to add into the set – mainly to get enough material together. Songs like ‘Nowhere to Run To’ and ‘Chain of Fools’ were easy to write, great to play – and got an immediate, good audience response. Adding in a bunch of Ray Charles songs started to bring our sound together.


That marked the start of us growing and developing, building the set, changing it over the years, and rotating through singers, brass players and the occasional bassist. Trying to keep our character through maintaining the Boogie Me style - which has now evolved to be such a mix of influences that we can now call it our own style that comes through in most of what we play – whether that be original material from the 50’s and 60’s, or a much more modern piece that we have put our own twist to. We continue to rotate the set – it keeps us interested, and hopefully means that you don’t always hear the same stuff when you come to see us!

SONGS WE HAVE PLAYED

Accentuate The Positive - Jools/Rumer

Baby I Love You - Aretha Franklin

Barefootin' - Robert Parker

Be Young, Be Foolish and Be Happy - The Tams

Big Bad Handsome Man - Imelda May

Blowin' In The Wind - Jools/Ruby Turner

Chain of Fools - Aretha Franklin

Cuddly Toy - Roachford

Dancing In The Street - Martha And The Vandellas

Do You Love Me - The Contours

Enjoy Yourself - The Specials

Feeling Good - Nina Simone

Geno - Dexy's Midnight Runners​

Grapevine - Paul Weller & Amy Winehouse

Hallelujah, I Just Love Her So - Ray Charles

Happy - Pharrel Williams

Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles

Hound Dog - Willie Mae Thornton

Horse To The Water - Jools Holland & Sam Brown

How I Got Over - Reef

I Feel Good - James Brown

I Got A Woman - Ray Charles

I Just Wanna Make Love To You - Etta James

Its Not Unsual - Tom Jones

Juice Head Blues - Blue Lou

Jumpin' Jack Flash - Thelma Houston

Knock On Wood - Eddie Floyd/Seal

Lady Marmalade - LaBelle

Lovecats - The Cure

Love On A Mountain Top - Robert Knight

Mama Told Me Not To Come - Tom Jones

Mess Around - Ray Charles

Midnight Train to Georgia - Gladys Knight and the Pips

Minnie The Moocher - Cab Calloway

Minder - Dennis Waterman

Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett

Monkey Man - Jools Holland & Amy Winehouse

Move On Up - Curtis Mayfield

Mr Pitiful - Otis Redding

9 to 5 - Dolly Parton

Nowhere To Run To - The Marvelettes

One Mans Poison - Liz Lands

One Step Beyond - Madness

Peace In The Valley - Jools Holland & Ruby Turner

Pencil Full Of Lead - Paulo Nutini

Precious Lord - Jools Holland & Ruby Turner

Proud Mary - Ike & Tina Turner

Reet Petite - Jackie Wilson

Respect - Aretha Franklin

Roll This Soul - Jools Holland / Solomon Burke

Saved - Commitments

Seventh Son - Willy Mabon / Jools Holland

Shake A Tail Feather - The Blues Brothers

​She's Looking Good - Wilson Pickett

Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder

S.O.B. - Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Son Of A Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield

Something's Got A Hold On Me - Jools/Paloma Faith

Soul Man - Sam & Dave

St James Infirmary Blues - Tom Jones

Tainted Love - Gloria Jones

Take Me To The River - Al Green

That Man - Caro Emerald

The Snake - Al Wilson

This Train - Jools Holland & Ruby Turner

Too Hard To Handle - Montgomery Gentry

Treat Her Right - Roy Head/Ray Charles

Uptight - Stevie Wonder

Unchain My Heart - Ray Charles

Valerie - Amy Winehouse

Wish I Knew How It Felt To Be Free - Jools Holland

What A Man - The Sapphires

You Don't Love Me - Jools Holland

Your Love Is Lifting Me Higher - Jackie Wilson

Reach Out & I'll Be There - The Four Tops

I Can't Help Myself - The Four Tops

Stop In The Name Of Love - The Supremes

All I Want for Christmas - Mariah Carey

Baby It's Cold Outside - Tom Jones & Cerys Mathews

Fairytale of New York – The Pogues

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