Jonny B & The Two Tees, with special guest Martin Cooper (back for a second night in a row), brought rock and roll to Magoos on night 10 of the Living Advent Calendar. The Vault at the back of Magoos was packed with people tapping their toes to the band’s festive set. The four musicians played a range of well-known Christmas songs as well as some rockabilly classics.
Jonny B was in charge of lead vocals and guitar, bantering with the audience and Martin Cooper (also on vocals, guitar, and harmonica). Tony and Trevor were superstars on the guitar and backing vocals, keeping the songs moving energetically from one to the next.
The group opened with a jazzy rendition of Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree, setting the tone for the upcoming set. Audience participation was demanded for a version of Dominick the Donkey as crowds joined in with joyful hee-haws and la-la-las. The song also featured some questionable Italian accents from the band, adding some extra humour to Lou Monte’s jolly Christmas song. Telling puns and jokes told between each track, the band kept the audience laughing throughout their set.
As well as festive favourites, the band also played a couple of 1950s/60s classics, including That’ll Be The Day by Buddy Holly. The funky 1958 song had the spectators tapping their toes, shimmying their shoulders and nodding their heads along with the band.
Jonny B & The Two Tees and Martin Cooper rounded out the evening with two famous festive hits – Shakin’ Stevens’ Merry Christmas Everyone and Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody. The group then paid their thanks to Sam, Magoos Bar Manager, and Living Advent Calendar organiser Richard Rodway for their help in setting up.
Night 10 of the Living Advent Calendar was supported by the Cook Curry Club, who kept the crowds warm with cups of aromatic curry. All proceeds from the evening will go towards the Sue Ryder South Oxfordshire Palliative Care Hub, based in Nettlebed.