Hot Fingers welcomes you to an eclectic mix of vintage acoustic music. We visit the red hot jazz of 1920’s New York and sophisticated 1930’s Swing.
We re-create the ‘French Coffee House’ sound of the king of gypsy swing Django Reinhardt, the blues guitars of Eddie Lang and Lonnie Johnson, and the syncopated Latin rhythms of Argentinean Oscar Aleman.
These multi-instrumentalists can then transport you to the nightclubs of 1920’s New York and London, playing hot dance music and jazz.
This is mixed with vocals from the song-writing greats, crooners such as Bing Crosby and Al Bowlly, and hokem from the likes of Cliff ‘Ukulele Ike’ Edwards.
From Jump-Jive to swing, from the Charleston to Bossa-Nova, Hot Finger’s wide range of styles and rhythms makes them popular with both sit-down audiences and dancers alike.
Although just a trio, the band can be seen removing two guitars, a double bass, a banjo, a mandolin, a ukulele, a clarinet, a tuba, a bass clarinet, and a pair of castanets from the band van. Hot Fingers are proud to play acoustic instruments without amplification for a truly authentic sound whenever possible.
A regular addition to Hot Fingers, Emily Campbell adds a touch of class with her plaintive vocals, drawing inspiration from the likes of Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald.
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Jazz CD Review of Smile, on MusicWeb International
The latest album from Hot Fingers, led by the wizardly Spats Langham, presents 22 period pieces, not all by any means familiar, in ingenious
arrangements made the more so through versatile instrumentation. For that Langham himself takes much credit, wielding the banjo, ukulele, and guitar, but
it's Danny Blyth who wins the award for multi-instrumentalist par excellence in this set, given that he varies things through the use of guitar, mandolin,
clarinet, bass clarinet, and harmonica. Malcolm Sked is his usual tower of strength and the singer is Emily Campbell not, as one might have supposed,
Debbie Arthurs, who often sings with this groups and others like it.
The spirit of the peppy 20s is immediately summoned up and reprised throughout. Nothing - or few things - could be as evocative of time and place as Vo Do
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